Portuguese Way - Guided Tour

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8 days
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Last 100km of Camino Portugues was used by Queen Isabel of Portugal in the 13th Century, heads north following the Atlantic coast of Portugal and Spain. The Camino Portugues gently winds along ancient paths, running through woodlands, villages, farmlands, vineyards and historic towns
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2021
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Highlights

Experience the Camino Portuguese this summer; breath-taking views, exquisite gastronomy, culture, tradition and the big celebration of Saint James Day in Santiago de Compostela.

Santiago de Compostela CathedralJoin our summer Camino guided tour and experience first hand the popular celebration of St James Day

Your last minute summer escape! This guided group is very special because it starts in the medieval town of Tui and finishes in Santiago de Compostela on St James Day (24 July 2020), so people will be able to experience first hand the popular celebration. What better way to end your Camino!

Look, listen and feel the historic Camino Portuguese to Santiago de Compostela

The Camino Portuguese, which was used by Queen Isabel of Portugal in the 13th Century, heads north following the Atlantic coast of Portugal & Spain. It gently winds along ancient tracks & paths, running through woodlands, villages, farmlands & historic towns.

Services

Included
  • Experienced Bilingual Guide
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • 7 Breakfasts and 7 Dinners
  • From/To Santiago Airport Transfer
  • Great mix of comfortable stay in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • Holiday / Pilgrim Pack - sent to 1st Hotel
Add-On
  • Premium Accommodation in Santiago
  • Additional Night in Santiago
  • Day Tours Available
Not included
  • Flights / Train
  • Insurance
  • Drinks / Lunch

Itinerary

Day 1

TUI (Arrival)

You’ll be booked into a hotel in the heart of Tui. The rooms are en-suite. Take a walk through the town’s picturesque streets, as you approach the Plaza de San Fernando, the silhouette of the west-facing facade of the 12th Century cathedral will provide you with a lasting memory.


Day 2
17.1km

TUI
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O PORRINO

From the long-standing port of Tui, the Camino winds its way up to the old town, following the so-called Camino da Barca. Then, through the Tunel das Monxas, the Camino enters a very steep section and leads to the historic bridge of San Telmo. From there, travelling over a less abrupt terrain, we come to the town of O Porrino.


Day 3
24.5km

O PORRINO
to
ARCADE

The terrain becomes easier as we cross the Louro Valley. Keeping the valley to the east, after a gentle climb you arrive at the chapel of Santiaguino de Antas – a pleasant place to take a rest. We now enter a wide expanse of woodland. Surrounded by pine trees, the Camino starts its descent through the hamlet of Setefontes and arrives in Arcade.


Day 4
11.7km

ARCADE
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PONTEVEDRA

From here you will cross a Romanesque bridge which is where Napoleon was defeated by the Spanish during the War of Independence. Arriving into Pontevedra you will head through the narrow streets before reaching the 13th Century church of Santa Maria. Of interest to pilgrims is also the Capela da Peregrina which although it appears round is actually in the shape of a scallop.


Day 5
21.2km

PONTEVEDRA
to
Caldas De Reis

Passing chestnut groves, the Camino leaves Pontevedra and runs parallel to the railway for a while. After passing through the hamlet of Ponte Cabras, we encounter the rectory of Santa Maria de Alba, tucked away among pine and eucalyptus trees. Emerging from the dense woods of Lombo da Maceira, you’ll see a statue of Saint James the pilgrim, his staff pointing the way to proceed. The lovely village of Tibo, with its fountain, public washing place and stone cross, brings us to Caldas do Rei.


Day 6
18.9km

Caldas De Reis
to
PADRON

Exiting the town, we take a bridge over the River Umia that leads us to a fountain of hot spring water that has lent the town its name since Roman times. Entering the woods once more, the Camino make its way gently uphill to the hamlet of Santa Marina. Going downhill, we cross the river Fontenlo. Finally, following a Camino lined with pine trees, we catch up again with the river as we arrive in Padron. Padron is famous for being the first land sighted by the ship bearing the body of St James.


Day 7
24.8km

PADRON
to
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

The Camino passes through many small villages and hamlets before arriving at the Baroque sanctuary of A Esclavitude. On a hilltop to the left stands the mysterious, abandoned ruins of the hillfort Castro Lupario.A few kilometres later, we come to the oldest wayside crosses in Galicia. As we near Agro dos Monteiros, it’s now possible to see the spires of the cathedral in Santiago. Finally, the Camino passes by the ruins of a castle known as A Rocha Vella, before entering the city of the Apostle.


Day 8

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

After breakfast, we bid you farewell. If you wish to stay in the area, we recommend that you: – Take your time and visit the magnificent historic centre – Continue with us along the wild “Camino Fisterra” (Finisterre Way), and stay overnight at the 2* hotel in the light house! – or take a bus to Fisterra. (Bus to fisterra: 9am, 10am, bus back in Santiago 16:45 & 19:00. takes 3hours) – Visit the unspoilt sandy coves and beaches of the west coast. With very few tourists, you are guaranteed a very special experience.


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