Camino Romantico on the Portuguese Way
Treat yourself and your loved one to a romantic week together on Camino Romantico – Portuguese Way!
We thought about everything to make this week as romantic as possible.
We transformed the last 100 km of the Camino Portugues into an oasis of romance ensuring you stay in the most comfortable, charming and beautiful places on the Camino with some added pampering, candle-lit dinners, breakfast in bed, massage?
Start of the journey on the Camino Romantico with a luxurious night in Tui
For your first night on the Camino Romantico, we would like to invite you to indulge in the best that Spain has to offer. Stay in the Parador de Tui in the splendid Torre room, their largest room.
This 4* hotel in the historic city of Tui, on the Portuguese border, is a faithful reproduction of a pazo or Galician country house, in a setting of mountains and rivers. Take a walk through the picturesque streets of Tui, visit the hotel’s beautiful garden and swimming pool, before enjoying a gourmet dinner in the Parador.
From Tui to O Porrino (16km 4h) with transfers to the Parador de Baiona
Start your journey with a short walk from Tui to O Porrino, expect one steep climb before the evocative bridge of San Telmo, but otherwise an easy walk. Once in O Porrino our driver will pick you up to bring you to the stunning town of Baiona where you will spend another luxurious night in the best room of the city’s Parador.
Situated on the Monterreal peninsula, this is one of the most unique Paradors; the building is mid-way between a medieval fortress and seigniorial Galician architecture. It commands an impressive viewpoint above the ocean within a walled enclosure. It is protected by the sea and has a beautiful pine forest on either side.
From O Porrino to Arcade with transfer to Rodondela (22km 5h30)
We will arrange a short transfer back to where you ended the day before.
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 comes to Arcade. You will spend the night in a 19th century Franciscan monastery converted into a charming Guest House in the small town of Rodondela.
From Arcade to Pontevedra (11km 3h)
Reaching the historic site of Ponte Sampaio, the Camino crosses the Verdugo River. During the War of Independence, Napoleon’s army suffered one of its greatest defeats in Galicia at this bridge. Heading up a cobbled footpath we come to the 13th century church of Santa Maria. Views of the Bay of Vigo are stunning!
From Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis (24km 6h)
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 ahead. The lovely village of Tibo, with its fountain, public washing place and stone cross, brings us to Caldas do Rei.
From Caldas de Reis to Padron (18km 4h30)
Exiting the town, we take a bridge over the river Umia that leads us to a fountain of hot spring water that had 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 then 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 Saint James.
From Padron to Santiago (28km 7h)
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, and couple of kilometres later, we come to the oldest wayside crosses in Galicia. As we near Agro dos Monteiros, it is now possible to see the towers of the cathedral. Finally the Camino passes by the ruins of a castle known as A Rocha Vella, before entering the city of the Apostle where you will stay in the San Francisco, a renovated Franciscan Monastery 150m from the Cathedral.
Santiago de Compostela, end of your Camino Romantico
After breakfast, we bid you farewell.
- Accommodation in charming Guesthouses
- Romantic Breakfast and Dinners each night
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
- Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- Unique Galician Speciality : La Queimada
- A surprise each day (petal beds, Galician liquor, fruit baskets, massage pack, late check-out)
- Personalized gift-box to present your itinerary
- Extra nights
- Upgrade to authentic & luxury accommodation
- Visit of Santiago de Compostela
- Day tour to Fisterra
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela airport with Aer Lingus or Ryanair (can book return flights).