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Porto – Valença – Santiago

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Duration

14 Days - 13 Nights

Tour Type

Self-guided

Group Size

from 1 person

Availability

March to November

Overview

A seaside route to enjoy the History and nature!

During the Middle Ages there were many routes that crossed the countryside leading towards of Santiago de Compostela, amongst which the routes from Portugal had special importance. One of these pilgrim routes is the “Portuguese Coastal Way”, which runs from Porto through Vila do Conde, Viana do Castelo, Caminha, La Guardia, Baiona and Vigo before joining the more traditional Portuguese Way to Santiago.
This route was followed by pilgrims from western lands and those who arrived in Portuguese ports from overseas countries and who sought to get to Compostela following this coastal way. Its importance is shown by place names, and elements of Jacobean devotion, old hospitals and pilgrim hospices, as in Viana do Castelo and Caminha.
From Caminha you have two options, you can continue through Cerveira to Tui where you can join the Central Way or you can cross the Minho River by boat to La Guarda, continuing through Baiona and Vigo, reaching Redondela where you join the same route that was followed by pilgrims on the traditional Portuguese route. (We can organise either option – please contact us).

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Walk through a thousand years of history on the worlds’ grandest historical and religious trail, retracing the steps of countless pilgrims.
  • Discover the historic city centre of Porto, a World Heritage site, and indulge in the combination of ancient and contemporary architecture.
  • Explore the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture of Santiago de Compostela, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage.
  • Cross the border between Portugal and Spain following an age-old pilgrimage route by sailing in the Minho river.
  • Enjoy the natural beauty of the beaches of Northern Portugal.

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Arrival to Porto
Day 1 - Arrival to Porto

Meeting with a member of our team for a briefing and to collect the documentation.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 - Porto (Matosinhos) – Vila do Conde
Day 2 - Porto (Matosinhos) – Vila do Conde

(20 km / 12,4 Miles – 5/6 hours)
Private Transfer: Porto – Matosinhos *

Start in Matosinhos to avoid the outskirts of Porto. On the first stage you will walk along the Atlantic coastline.
The ocean and miles of golden sandy beaches will accompany you until you reach Vila do Conde with an ancient medieval shipyard full of historical and architectural interest.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Vila do Conde - Esposende
Day 3 - Vila do Conde - Esposende

(25 km / 15,5 Miles – 5/6 hours)

The second stage starts in Vila do Conde, crossing the town by the historic centre and in a couple of miles you will reach Povoa de Varzim, a popular town with strong maritime links.
Continue heading north along the coast crossing the Coastal Natural Park and the Cavado river in direction of Esposende, an old fishing village with a great setting on the estuary of the Cavado River.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Esposende – Viana do Castelo
Day 4 - Esposende – Viana do Castelo

(23,5 km / 14,6 Miles – 3/4 hours)

Leave Esposende by walking along a cycle-track and continue close to the coast as you travel north admiring fine views and the peace of the route.
You will visit the villages of Marinhas, Belinho, Neiva and Darque before reaching the historic town of Viana do Castelo by way of Eifell’s old iron bridge over the Lima River.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Viana do Castelo - Caminha
Day 5 - Viana do Castelo - Caminha

(28,5 km / 17,7 Miles – 6/7 hours)

Leave Viana do Castelo and enter the world of “old farms”. You will pass through the villages of Areosa, Afife and Carreço walking through old narrow roads that pass between several 19th Century farmhouses. Continue until the old fishing village of Âncora. From there the route follows the coastline through Moledo and Camarido until centuries old Caminha.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Caminha – Vila Nova de Cerveira
Day 6 - Caminha – Vila Nova de Cerveira

(15 km / 9 Miles – 3/4 hours)

Leave the medieval town of Caminha crossing the bridge over the Coura River. In this stage walk north following the Minho River. You kicky arrive to the famous villages of Seixas and Lanhelas.
The short climb to Gondarem is rewarded with an astonishing view over the river and the Spanish territory across river. Until Vila Nova de Cerveira, where the stage ends it’s an easy walk.

Accommodation: Country Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Vila Nova de Cerveira - Valença
Day 7 - Vila Nova de Cerveira - Valença

(15 km / 9 Miles – 3/4 hours)

Start this day by leaving the old town of Cerveira and following the Minho River valley, passing the villages of Campos and São Pedro da Torre through fields and brushwoods reaching the fortified town of Valença where the stage ends.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Valença - O Porriño
Day 8 - Valença - O Porriño

(20 km / 12,8 Miles – 4/5 hours)

Enter Spain by crossing the Minho River. Walk through the streets of medieval Tui until you reach its famous Cathedral. From Tui follow the Louro River Valley until you O Porriño.

Accommodation: Hotel 2*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - O Porriño - Arcade
Day 9 - O Porriño - Arcade

(22 km / 13,6 Miles – 4/5 hours)

In this stage you will pass close to the Pazo de Mós, Santiaguiño de Antas and Chan das Pipas before reach the centre of Redondela. Continue to Outeiro de Penas, and then finally you reach Arcade.

Accommodation: Hotel 2*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - Arcade - Pontevedra
Day 10 - Arcade - Pontevedra

(13 km / 8 Miles – 3/4 hours)

Leave Arcade in direction to Pontesampayo and then to one of the most beautiful stretches of the Caminho: the very old by-ways which climb up the slope of Canicouva until Cacheiro, where the track widens again, reaching Pontevedra.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 - Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis
Day 11 - Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis

(22 km / 13,6 Miles – 4/5 hours)

Start this stage by walking from the old city of Pontevedra to the millennial bridge, O Burgo, over the Lérez River. Continue along the beautiful Valley of the Gandra River until San Mauro and from there, until Caldas de Reis.

Accommodation: Hotel 2*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 - Caldas de Reis - Padron
Day 12 - Caldas de Reis - Padron

(19 km / 11,7 Miles – 4/5 hours)

Leave Caldas de Reis along some enchanting stretches, following a path that leads you to the church of Santa Maria de Carracedo and then you will cross a particularly luxuriant landscape along the side of the Valga River until Padron.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 - Padron - Santiago
Day 13 - Padron - Santiago

(25 km / 15,5 Miles – 6/7 hours)

The last stage starts leaving Padron through Galician villages until the magnificent sanctuary of Nossa Señora da Escravitute. Continue for Teo and following broad streets and narrower shortcuts you finally arrive to the suburbs of Santiago that lead us through a labyrinth of streets to the Cathedral of Santiago.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 - Departure

After breakfast: end of our services

* Addicional Information

* On the second day, in Oporto, after breakfast you will meet a member of our team who will drive you until “Matosinhos” to start walking. With this you avoid the busy roads through urban areas of the cities of Porto and their suburbs. If you wish you can start walking in Oporto – contact us for more information.

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Prices

Prices per person
Low season: March, April, May and October
-In double room occupancy: 970euros
-Single room supplement: 440 euros

Mid season: June and September
-In double room occupancy: 1050 euros
-Single room supplement: 520 euros

High season:July and August
-In double room occupancy:1120 euros
-Single room supplement: 560 euros

Included/Excluded

  • 13 Nights of accommodation with breakfast;
  • Luggage transfer between hotels (1 bag per person – Max.15kg/bag);
  • Transfer Porto - Matosinhos;
  • 24 hour emergency support;
  • Pilgrim Kit: Passport (Credencial) and shell (Vieira);
  • Road book of the way with tips and information (in English).
  • International flights;
  • Arrival & departure transfers;
  • Meals (where not listed as included in the itinerary);
  • Optional additional tours or activities during free time;
  • Tips and items of a personal nature.

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