Way of St. James, Portuguese Central Way

Portuguese Central Way, Porto to Santiago

Perhaps the most mythical all Portuguese trails

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14 days

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Porto to Santiago Compostela

This is perhaps the most mythical and emblematic of all Portuguese trails – the Camino de Santiago. 

This trail is not only an exercise for the body, but also fuel for the soul, as it is the path followed by thousands of pilgrims throughout the ages.

Our proposed route will start in Porto, Portugal’s second largest city.

This is your chance to walk the Way of Saint James and get to know one of the best cities in Europe.

Porto has an aura and an energy that shines through at any time, you can’t explain it, you can feel it.

Embark on an extraordinary journey along the timeless trails of pilgrims for an unforgettable and cherished experience.

The Portuguese Camino de Santiago has stood as a revered pilgrimage route to Santiago for centuries.

So immerse yourself in a voyage of self-discovery as you trace the footsteps of countless pilgrims and wanderers.

Spend two remarkable weeks traversing breathtaking landscapes, meandering through picturesque Portuguese and Galician villages, and delving into the captivating history of UNESCO World Heritage cities.

The Portuguese Camino beckons you to explore not only the beauty of the Portugal and Spain but also the depths of your own soul. 

Join us, because you will live an adventure that promises not just a travel experience but a transformative journey through time and spirit.

Put on your boots, pack your backpack and it’s time to hit the way towards Santiago.

Bom Caminho! Buen Camino!

Suggested Program

Day 1 – Arrival at Porto

Welcome to Porto

This is the day when you arrive at the place where this epic adventure begins.

We love Porto and in our guide you’ll find lots of tips and itineraries to make the most of this day.

Before a night’s rest, there’s nothing like toasting with a glass of Port wine to energize you for this great adventure.

Hotel

Day 2 -Porto to Mosteiro – Arcos, 17 kms

This is your first day on the way.

As they say in Portugal, you feel butterflies in your stomach, nervous. It’s not worth it, this is why you came.

The day begins with a short transfer to avoid the busy streets of Porto and its industrial areas.

It all starts in Mosteiro, where we’ll pass bridges from Roman times. Here you can breathe tranquillity.

Hotel, Arcos

Day 3 – Arcos to Barcelos, 20kms

Embark on a picturesque journey, from Arcos towards the time-honored village of Rates featuring its magnificent Romanesque church.

Meander through the quaint villages of Courel and Pedra Furada, traversing scenic rural roads that lead you to the alluring town of Barcelos—the delightful conclusion of this stage.

Indulge in a myriad of dining options as you explore Barcelos

Day 4 – Barcelos to Balugães, 16 kms

Embark on a captivating journey from the vibrant town of Barcelos. Meandering along scenic minor roads that unveil the heart of rural charm.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of small-scale agricultural practices and embrace the possibility of encountering friendly villagers along your path.

Traverse the quaint villages of Tamel and Aboim, leading you to the tranquil banks of the River Neiva.

Conclude your day in the enchanting Balugães.

Experience the essence of local life on this immersive adventure.

Day 5 Balugães – Ponte de Lima, 19 kms

Embark on a day of enchanting exploration along rustic roads, surrounded by breathtaking countryside, leading you to the mesmerizing town of Ponte de Lima.

Plan your walk strategically to ensure you have abundant time to immerse yourself in the rich history of the town’s center, wander through its captivating gardens, or simply bask in the serene ambiance by the riverside.

Indulge in the perfect blend of scenic beauty and cultural delights on this picturesque journey.

Ponte de Lima awaits, inviting you to savor every moment of this idyllic experience.

Day 6 – Ponte de Lima to Rubiães, 18 kms

This is probably the most emblematical stretch of the trail.

Starting in Ponte de Lima with an astounding view of Lima river running towards the sea, its crystalline curves resembling those of a bigger than life water serpent delineating the mountain range.

As you climb Labruja, take a moment to pause by the French Cross that landmarks the exact place where the Portuguese fought against Napoleon’s troops two centuries ago.

By the end of a well spent day you will be welcomed in Rubiães village for a well deserved relaxed night.

Day 7 – Rubiães to Valença, 19 kms

This will be the second and last leg of the Portuguese Camino and it will be spent in Valença, overlooking the Minho river.

Once there make sure you visit the ancient part of the village, as well as its fortress – that will offer you an incredible sunset over the city below and Tui across the river, your next stop.

Day 8 – Valença to Porriño , 20 kms

Now you have left Portugal and will start stepping Spanish grounds as you cross the Minho river through a peculiar yet picturesque metallic bridge.

Tui is a village worth visiting, especially if you enjoy the history and peacefulness ancient churches and cathedrals have to offer.

As you leave Tui behind, the trail will now change into woods and prairies and streams of water that will lead you to Porriño.

Day 9 – Porriño to Redondela, 18 kms

Halfway through you get a well deserved break, so do enjoy the easiest segment of the whole journey.

Walking between forested areas and easy driving lanes you will be able to give your legs a rest.

You’ll have time to pause by running streams and cascading waters and observe the many evidences of ancient Roman settlings. Once in Redondela do make a stop and pay a visit to its beautifully curated gardens.

Day 10 – Redondela to Pontevedra, 21 km

Following Vigo river across the woods and around the hills will have you mesmerized.

But then the landscape will shift into farmland and the orchards will encompass the trail leading to Ponte Vedra, for many the pinnacle of the Portuguese Camino, and a mandatory stoppage.

Here you will have the opportunity to rest and recharge.

Day 11 – Pontevedra to Caldas del Rey, 26 kms

The region of Galicia is truly charming and welcoming.

Its people and singular landscape will capture your heart but it is time to follow the trail up to Caldas del Rey.

Once there, we encourage you to pay a visit to the Cathedral and don’t miss the change to dip your tired toes onto the hot thermal waters pouring from Las Burgas fount.

Day 12 – Caldas del Rey to Padron, 23 kms

Today’s trail will have reminiscing old legends and past History about the Camino and it is truly one of the most beautiful stretches you’ll be trekking.

So be sure to enjoy every step, soaking up the views and the energy from the surroundings.

Less than 24 hours away from Santiago de Compostela, Albor hill and river Sar will keep you company along the rest of the journey – and help soothe the thrill and excitement.

Day 13, Padron to Santiago Compostela

You are so close now – only 26km separate you from the long anticipated destiny.

After walking for several days, overcoming your own limits, you will certainly not be deterred by the last leg – although it poses a steep hill 8km climbing challenge!

Arriving to Santiago de Compostela and facing its Cathedral for the first time will be emotional. It can’t quite be put into words the feelings and the energy emanating from every stone paving Praza del Obradoiro.

Enjoy the emotions and take your time before walking inside the Cathedral.

It is well worth extending your stay here for a couple more days, and if you wish to do so we got you covered – let us know and we’ll see to make it happen.

Finisterra is just around the corner and is worth paying a visit too.

If extending your visit is not an option, we urge you to let yourself lose amongst the old streets and neighborhoods of Santiago and absorb its peculiar and very distinctive energy.

Day 14 – Departure

It is now time to return home and leave Portugal and Santiago behind. You have been tireless in this pursuit and we truly hope you had the time of your life.

One that makes you want to return to our beautiful country some day.

And as important as reaching the destination, it is experiences you take with you that really matter.

See you soon,

Included

  • 13 Nights of superior accommodation with breakfast included
  • Touristic fees
  • Luggage transfer between accommodations (1 bag per person maximum 15 kg/bag)
  • Private transfer from Porto to begin the trail on day 2
  • Portugal Outside travel book, with all the detailed information on the stages and their characteristics, suggested restaurants and places to visit
  • Pilgrim Kit: Credencial and Vieira
  • 24/7 Emergency support
  • Gps Tracks (GPX format or Smartphone app)
  • Online Trip briefing
  • Transfer from Porto Airport to Hotel
  • Transfer from Hotel Santiago Compostela to Airport Santiago Compostela

Not included

  • Lunches and dinners
  • Insurance, We can quote
  • Personal equipment
  • Other personal expenses
  • All items not mentioned
  • Minimum two persons

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