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    The Portuguese Camino

Walking the ‘Portuguese’ Santiago Trail

Spain and Portugal

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Journey by foot to the legendary Santiago de Compostela

For more than a thousand years pilgrims have taken time out for reflection, and walked to Santiago de Compostela to visit the tomb of St James - most popularly, along a route from France. On this rewarding walking tour, you will follow the final 75 miles of the lesser-trodden ‘Portuguese Camino’ - all of which will be in Spain - to arrive at the cathedral for a guided visit. Each day you will be free to set your own pace, taking in the varied scenery which includes vineyards, forests, orchards and medieval architecture.

To properly relieve any aching feet you will stay in simple hotels and inns along the way - and your bag will be transported to the next accommodation each day - allowing you to focus on the journey and the memories.

Including...

Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed7 nights in hotels

Dinner plate14 meals: 7 breakfasts (B) and 7 dinners (D)

Plus...

  • Return flights and transfers
  • Porterage at all hotels and bags will be carried ahead to the next hotel each day
  • Guided visit to Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
  • Welcome drink
  • Audio headsets
  • Wine and water with meals
  • Pilgrims Passport
  • Official Camino walking guide

Daily stages

  • Tui to Porrino
  • Porrino to Redondela
  • Redondela to Pontevedra
  • Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis
  • Caldas de Rei to Padrón
  • Padrón to Santiago de Compostela
The Holy Year of Jacobeo

In the years in which the Feast of St James (July 25th) falls on a Sunday, that year is celebrated as a Holy Year. This tradition - often also referred to as a ‘Jubilee Year’ - began in the 15th century and continues to attract greater numbers of spiritual pilgrims than a non-holy year. The cathedral itself features a special door, the Puerta del Perdon, which is only opened during the holy year.

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Day 1 UK to Santiago to Tui

Tui, Pontevedra

Transfer to the airport and fly to Santiago de Compostela Airport. You will then travel to Tui. Separated from Portugal by the River Mino, Tui started life as a Roman settlement. Its charmingly compact historic quarter features a main plaza and a castle cathedral. Stay overnight at the 3-star Hotel Colon Tuy (2Q). D


Day 2 Tui to O Porrino

Pilgrim trail between Tui and O Porrino on the Camino de Santiago trail, Spain

11.4 miles

Today’s stage will perhaps be the most challenging but beautiful of your trip. The route passes A Virxe do Camiño Chapel, Paredes de Abaixo and iconic San Telmo Bridge, also known as As Febres Bridge. Along the way, in the distance, it is possible to make out the granite quarries to which this spot owes its fame (known as ‘pink granite’, which is exported to such countries as the United States and Japan). Stay overnight at the 1-star Hotel Azul (1Q), a basic guest house-style hotel. B, D


Day 3 O Porrino to Redondela

Redondela, the way Camino de Santiago

10 miles

Involving substantial elevation, today’s exertion will be rewarded with plenty of pleasing panoramas. Stay overnight at the 1-star Hotel Antolin (2Q), a seafront guest house. B, D


Day 4 Redondela to Pontevedra

Bridge in Pontevedra

12.5 miles

Expect a day of walking through lush greenery and passing by medieval landmarks before arriving into Pontevedra, an impressive riverside city, known for its historic centre. After time to rest, enjoy a guided tour of Pontevedra’s old town followed by dinner in a local restaurant. Stay overnight at the 4-star Hotel Galicia Palace (3Q). B, D


Day 5 Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis

Waterfall of Portela do Homem in Portugal

13 miles

Moving away from the ups and downs of the previous stages, this section will prove to be a little flatter. Leaving the city via the Ponte do Burgo Bridge, which spans the Lerez River, you will shortly pass through Alba, home to the beautiful Romanesque Church of Santa Maria. Wind your way through villages, such as Portela and Briallos - between which there is a waterfall located half a mile off the path - before finishing your day in Caldas de Reis. Perhaps visit one of Caldas de Reis’ natural spas or simply enjoy its waterside scenery and reflect on your journey so far. Stay overnight at the 1-star Hotel O Cruceiro (2Q). B, D


Day 6 Caldas de Rei to Padrón

Padrón, Spain

11 miles

Enjoy a day of walking through vineyards, grain fields and chestnut forests as you experience agricultural Galicia and immerse yourself in some of the trip’s most varied environments. Along the way, there will be plenty of bars and cafés to rest your feet and enjoy a pick me up. Follow the Camino’s famous yellow arrows past numerous farmhouses to reach Padrón, the town from which ‘Padrón Peppers’ originate. Don’t miss an opportunity to try these small peppers, usually served lightly brushed with salt. Stay overnight at the 2-star Padrón at Hotel Rosalia (1Q), a very basic hotel, but the best available in Padron. B, D


Day 7 Padrón to Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

15 miles

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Today, your journey finishes at a site to which pilgrims have journeyed for more than a thousand years. People from all walks of life, pauper to king and nobleman to nobody, have steadily trudged along the many miles of ‘The Way’ from wherever they choose to start. Tantalising glimpses of the city’s cathedral towers will surely motivate you to keep putting your best foot forward.

Navigating the city streets - and surrounded by emotional pilgrims - you will arrive in the plaza over which the Santiago de Compostela overlooks. Make sure to collect the final stamp for your Pilgrim’s Passport from the cathedral, and of course your certificate for completing this pilgrimage to Santiago. Check into your hotel and enjoy a guided visit to the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.

Stay overnight at the 3-star Hotel Lux (2Q), a modern hotel with a central location. B, D


Day 8 Santiago to UK

Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your return journey back to the UK. B


Walking the ‘Portuguese’ Santiago Trail

Spain and Portugal