Portuguese Way, Valença to Santiago

Put on your hiking boots and get ready for an unforgettable pilgrimage along the historic Portuguese Way of Saint James.

880,00 / person
8 days

Best season

  • Autumn
  • Spring
  • Summer
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Portuguese way, The last 100 kilometers

Did you know that the Portuguese Way of Saint James is one of the most used routes to reach Santiago?

It’s second only to the French Way.

Join this epic adventure, Portuguese Way.

It all begins on the border between Portugal and Spain, between Valença and Tui, lands separated by a river that winds its way through the mountains of northern Portugal and Galicia.

This is where your new adventurous journey will begin, where battles were once fought between peoples of different cultures, traditions and languages.

Breathtaking landscapes. Immerse yourself in the beauty of northern Portugal and Spain as you walk through vineyards, lush forests and picturesque coastal towns.

Today pilgrims set off from all corners of the world with the same goal: to reach Santiago de Compostela.

We could write several sentences to describe the sensation and emotion of arriving at Obradoiro square. But that’s not enough, they wouldn’t be enough!

Everyone carries a story with them.

But if there’s one good place in the world to tell a story and share moments, it’s on the road to Santiago.

It’s time to pack your backpack and set off!

Bom Caminho! Buen Camino!

Regret is what you don’t do, not what you did.

Suggested Program

Day 1 – Arrive to Valença do Minho

This will be the setting up day for your great adventure.

We encourage you to let yourself ramble amongst Valença.

We encourage you to let yourself wander through the streets and monuments of Valença, and then sample the superior gastronomy and wines of the region before spending the day and having a good night’s rest.

Day 2 – Walk from Valença to Porriño,24 km

You’ll leave Portugal and set foot on Spanish soil as you cross the River Minho via a quaint but Pituresque metal bridge.

Tui is a village worth visiting, especially if you appreciate the history and tranquillity that the old churches and cathedrals have to offer.

Leaving Tui behind, the trail will now turn into woods and streams that will take you to Porriño.

Day 3 – Porriño to Redondela, 18km

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 4 – 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 5 – Pontevedra to Caldas del Rey, 26 km

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 6 – Caldas del Rey to Padron, 23 km

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 7 – Padron to Santiago de Compostela, 25 km

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.

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 8 – 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 the experiences you take with you that really matter.

See you soon,


  • Trip Briefing online
  • Self Guide Travel Program (8 days / 7 nights)
  • 7 nights in superior rural accommodation or Hotel (breakfast included)
  • Luggage transfer between accommodations during the trip
  • 24-hour PortugalOutside helpline
  • PortugalOutside travel book, with all the detailed information on the stages and their characteristics, suggested restaurants and places to visit
  • Gps Tracks (GPX format or Smartphone app)

Not included

  • Extra travel
  • Personal expenses, other meals
  • Extra activities
  • Does not include a return transfer to Valença, but we can arrange this on request.
  • Insurance. We can quote.


The estimated price is for a minimum of two adventurers, the price may change if there is only one traveler and depending on the time of year.

The final price is always given in a proposal sent by Portugal Outside

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