Portuguese Way, Ponte de Lima to Santiago

Price
1100€/person
Days
10
Transport
Distance
160Km
Season

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Hiking from Ponte de Lima to Santiago de Compostela

 This might be the most mythical and emblematical of all the Portuguese trail routes – Camino de Santiago. Hiking this trail will not only provide workout for the body, it will provide fuel for the soul as you step along the path followed by thousands of pilgrims before you throughout the ages. The route we offer you will begin in Ponte de Lima, which for us is the most scenic and symbolical segment of the Camino in Central Portugal.

 As days unfold so the most beautiful and varied landscapes will present before your eyes, each with its characteristic flora and fauna. But once you reach Praza do Obradoiro the atmosphere will be charged with the energy from the hundreds of pilgrims arriving to the Cathedral and the emotions will pour out for sure.

 It is now time to grab your boots and your walking stick, pack light and hit the road – and then let us know all about your adventure!

 Good riddance and safe return!

Bom Camino!!

  • Pick-up at airport with briefing, and drop-off at the hotel
  • 9 nights accommodation with breakfast included‘
  • Portugal Outside’s Travel Itinerary’ developed specifically to enhance your journey with authentic experiences, not only with travel tips and useful information, but also suggested trails, cultural highlights, places to eat, etc
  • Portugal Outside’ Hotline
  • Luggage Transport between Hotels
  • Personal accident insurance and liability insurance
  • Portugal Outside’s ‘Welcome Kit’
  • Pilgrim’s credential card
  • No car rental necessary
  • The routes included in this program you can do it March to October
  • Minimum two persons
  • Groups with a Guide minimum 6 persons

Sugested Program

Welcome to Ponte de Lima
We encourage you to let yourself ramble amongst Ponte de Lima welcoming streets and monuments, and then have a taste of the region’s superior gastronomy and wines before calling it a day and have a good nights rest.

This is probably the most emblematical stretch of the trail, starting in Ponte de Lima with a 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

You are so close now – only 23km 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.


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.


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.

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,

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