Caminho Portugues

Caminho Portugues

The experience of a lifetime...

From the old town of Oporto to the medieval town of Santiago de Compostela, crossing the beautiful regions of northern Portugal and Galicia, the Portuguese Way of Santiago is an unforgettable journey.

The journey is also an opportunity to discover the hospitality of the people of Northern Portugal and Galicia and the architectural heritage, centuries-old cultural traditions and rich gastronomy of the region.

The way to Santiago de Compostela is an ancient pilgrimage route that has been followed by millions of Pilgrims from the beginning of the 9th century, when the tomb of the Apostle James (Santiago) was discovered. Since then, people from all over the world have walked the ways that lead to the Cathedral where relics of the Holy Apostle are venerated; giving rise to a phenomenon that gets stronger day by day.

With this self-guided program, you can follow the Portuguese way to Saint James (Santiago) in total autonomy and freedom.
Accept our challenge and discover the Portuguese way to Santiago.

Day 1 Porto

Arrival in Porto.  
Accommodation in a Hotel 3*

Day 2 Porto - Vilar do Pinheiro - Arcos (Vila do Conde)

Distance: 20 km
Transfer from the centre of Oporto to Vilar do Pinhiero where you begin your walk. From here, the way becomes more distinct and you can appreciate the progressive transition from urban into rural areas. You will go through Vilarinho and cross the medieval bridge over the Ave before reaching the village of Arcos where the first stage ends.          
Accommodation and dinner in a Manor house / Farmhouse

Day 3 Arcos (Vila do Conde) - Barcelos

Distance: 20 km
This stage begins in Arcos and leads towards to the old village of “Rates”, where we can appreciate the beautiful church of a former convent. There are no major changes of scenery on route, but with increasing woodlands, you will pass the villages of Courel and “Pedra Furada”, then change to rural roads until you will reach the town of Barcelos where you will have time to visit the main monuments of this old market town.           
Accommodation and dinner in a Manor house / Farmhouse

Day 4 Barcelos - Quintiaes

Distance: 15 km
Today you will depart from Barcelos, and pass by the Church of Senhor Bom Jesus da Cruz, cross the Campo da Feira (Market Square) and take the N103 towards Viana, crossing over the Ring Road. Before arriving to Abade de Neiva, turn right to Ponte de Lima and leave the main road as the present itinerary consists of rural paths. You will enter the Neiva Valley following minor roads and continue until you reach the town/village of Quintiaes.     
Accommodation and dinner in a Manor house / Farmhouse

Day 5 Quintiaes - Ponte de Lima

Distance: 19 km
Continue north and cross over the river Neiva, with its medieval bridge, just before the village of Balugães.  This is a day of rural roads, and a magnificent journey through the hamlets of Facha, Seara and Correlhã, finally reaching Ponte de Lima along the Avenue of Plátanos, beside the river, where you will be dazzled by the stunning landscape.           
Accommodation and dinner in a Manor house / Farmhouse

Day 6 Ponte de Lima - Cossourado (Paredes de Coura)

Distance: 22 km
We leave the medieval town of Ponte de Lima crossing the impressive Romanesque-Gothic bridge over the river Lima, with its 22 arches. After arriving at the far side of the bridge, we turn to the right plunging into the rural world represented by the farming parish of Arcozelo, but then, after Labruja, agriculture is scarce and the landscape until Portela Pequena is tree covered. These 2 uphill kilometres from Labruja are the most demanding of the whole Way. Halfway up we find the Cruz dos Franceses and then climb to the Forester’s house. From the top of the climb at “Cossourado”, it is a short and easy walk to the end of this stage.   
Accommodation and dinner in a Manor house / Farmhouse

Day 7 Cossourado (Paredes de Coura) - Tui

Distance: 16 km
We will start this day leaving the valley of the river Coura and from there we have a gentle climb until S. Bento da Porta Aberta, the site of a famous religious festival. We continue to Fontoura through fields and brushwoods till we reach the fortified town of Valença just south of the River Mino.  We cross Rio Minho by way of the metal bridge inspired by the work of the famous Gustave Eiffel and on the far side we walk through the streets of the medieval village of Tui where this stage of the journey ends.  Tui is famous for its Cathedral.   
Accommodation and dinner in a Manor house / Farmhouse

Day 8 Tui - Redondela

Distance: 31 km
Leaving Tui we pass the tunnel of the Convent of Clarissas and the Churches of Santo Domingo and San Bartolomé. After crossing the Veiga bridge (old bridge) we will reach one of the most beautiful stretches of the whole route – the Valley of the River Louro.    Continuing on we reach an Industrial Park before entering the city of Porriño. From Porriño, we head north. Along the way we will pass close to the Pazo de Mós, Santiaguiño de Antas and Chan das Pipas. Here starts a steep descent that leads us towards the end of this stage, finally reaching the centre of Redondela.      
Accommodation and dinner in a Manor house / Farmhouse

Day 9 Redondela - Pontevedra

Distance: 20 km
Today we leave Redondela along by-ways until we reach Outeiro de Penas, a place with an excellent view over the Ria de Vigo. Then finally we reach Arcade, a place renowned for having the best oysters in Galicia.  From Arcade, continue to Pontesampayo where we will cross a long medieval bridge over the Verdugo River and then enter a cluster of narrow streets that will guide us to another of the most beautiful stretches of the Caminho: the very old by-ways which climb up the slope of Canicouva until Cacheiro. After crossing the mountains, the track widens again, now dominated by fields, vineyards and orchards until we reach Pontevedra, for a well-deserved rest.    
Accommodation and dinner in a Manor house / Farmhouse

Day 10 Pontevedra - Caldas de Reys

Distance: 21 km
We start this stage at the historical centre of Pontevedra walking from the old city to the millennial bridge, O Burgo, over the Lérez River. We continue along the beautiful Valley of the Gandra River until San Mauro. From there, the path widens and as we walk further you will experience a peaceful and serene atmosphere.
From here we start seeing the first crosses, some of them magnificently carved. We enter Caldas de Reis alongside the church of Santa Maria, close to the bridge of the Umia River, where this stage ends.     
Accommodation and dinner in a Manor house / Farmhouse

Day 11 Caldas de Reys - Padron

Distance: 21 km
We start this stage at the historical centre of Pontevedra walking from the old city to the millennial bridge, O Burgo, over the Lérez River. We continue along the beautiful Valley of the Gandra River until San Mauro. From there, the path widens and as we walk further you will experience a peaceful and serene atmosphere.
From here we start seeing the first crosses, some of them magnificently carved. We enter Caldas de Reis alongside the church of Santa Maria, close to the bridge of the Umia River, where this stage ends.     
Accommodation and dinner in a Manor house / Farmhouse

Day 12 Padron - Santiago de Compostela

Distance: 22 km
We start this last stage by leaving Padron and heading north until reaching the church of Santa Maria de Iria Flávia. It was here that two great Galician writers lived, the poet Rosália de Castro and the Nobel award winning Camilo José Cela, who was born next door to the church. We continue through Galician villages until the magnificent sanctuary of Nossa Señora da Escravitute. From here we will reach Rua de Francos following broad streets and narrower shortcuts. We finally start to see Santiago de Compostela at a distance and a bit further, at Agro dos Monteiros, we can see the towers of the Cathedral for the first time. After crossing the Sar River, we continue through the suburbs of the city that lead us to the Faxeira gate, the entrance of the Portuguese Way in this old city. Through a labyrinth of streets we continue to Obradoiro square and to the Cathedral itself were the Apostle waits for us.    
Accommodation in a Hotel 3*