The Portuguese or Central Way from Oporto, traditional way

The Camino from Portugal to Santiago de Compostela, 155 mi (250 km) of the Portuguese Way

950.00 €

The Camino from Portugal and Spain to Santiago de Compostela is also called the Portuguese or Central Route. The itinerary in this case covers the last 250 Km of the Portuguese Route and begins in Oporto. This Camino takes in wooded areas, farmlands and hamlets, as well as historic towns and cities. On this section of the Portuguese Route, you will walk long ancient paths used in the 13th century by Queen Isabel of Portugal on her way to Santiago de Compostela. You will cross the River Minho out of Portugal reaching Tui in Galicia, and continue north towards Santiago. The itinerary also includes Padron, the home town of Galicia’s most acclaimed poet, Rosalía de Castro.

- ITINERARY -

1st day: ARRIVAL IN OPORTO.
2nd day: OPORTO -GIAO (24 Km - 4h - difficulty 1/3).
3rd day: GIAO - ARCOS (13 Km - 5h - difficulty 1/3)
4th day: ARCOS - BARCELOS (17 Km - 4h - difficulty 1/3).
5th day: BARCELOS - PONTE DE LIMA (34Km - 4h15 - difficulty 2/3)
6th day: PONTE DE LIMA - SAN PEDRO DE RUBIAES (22 Km - 4h45 - difficulty 3/3)
7th day: SAN PEDRO DE RUBIAES - TUI (19 Km - 3h45 - difficulty 1/3)
8th day: TUI - O PORRIÑO (13 Km - 4h – difficulty 1/3)
9th day: O PORRIÑO - ARCADE (23 Km – 5h – difficulty 2/3)
10th day: ARCADE - PONTEVEDRA (12 Km - 4h – difficulty 1/3)
11th day: PONTEVEDRA - CALDAS DE REIS (21 Km - 5h15 – difficulty 1/3)
12th day: CALDAS DE REIS - PADRON (18 Km - 4h30 - difficulty 1/3 )
13th day: PADRON - SANTIAGO (24 Km - 6h - difficulty 2/3)
14th day: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA


The Price Includes:
- 13 nights in handpicked hotels and inns, all with en-suite accommodation, on a bed and breakfast basis.
- Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel (1 x max. 20kg bag per person)
- Travel insurance
- Credencial (Pilgrim's passport)
- Tips and maps
- 24/7 telephone assistance (English-speaking)

The Price does not include:
- Lunches
- Single room supplement: € 300
- Dinners supplement:€ 300
- Superior category supplement:€ 170
- Superior cat Single room supplement: € 380
- Superior cat Dinners supplement:€ 320

PRICE PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE ROOM


DAILY DEPARTURES


 DAY-TO-DAY ITINERARY

1st day: ARRIVAL IN OPORTO.
Fill in your pilgrim’s passport and visit the fantastic monuments in this UNESCO-listed old town and stroll along the picturesque riverfront in the home of port wine. Discover the best of Portuguese hospitality before you begin walking !

2nd day: OPORTO - GIAO (24 Km - 4h - difficulty 1/3).
The “Caminho” starts at Oporto Cathedral. From Maia, you will be walking on a quiet country route with many interesting churches along the way, for instance the 12th century monastery: Mosteiro de Leca do Balio. Your stop for the night is the village of Giao. we recommend you take the metro to Maia (not included), so you can skip the suburbs of the city (walking 21km)

3rd day: GIAO - ARCOS (12 Km - 5h - difficulty 1/3)
Today’s walking day on Camino starts in Fajozes and heads North East, away from the coast. Shortly after the start you will cross the magnificent Dom Zameiro bridge and enter lush pine and eucalyptus woods, offering plenty of shade.

4th day: ARCOS -BARCELOS (17 Km - 4h - difficulty 1/3).
This stage begins in Arcos and leads towards to the old village of Rates, where you can visit the beautiful church of a former convent. There are no major changes of scenery, although there is an increasing amount of woodland. You will pass by the villages of Courel and Pedra Furada, before following country roads to reach the town of Barcelos where you will have time to visit the main monuments in this old market town.

5th day: BARCELOS - PONTE DE LIMA (34 Km - 4h15 - difficulty 2/3)
Today’s stage leaves Barcelos and follows minor roads until the River Neiva, which is crossed by a Medieval bridge just before the village of Balugães.This is a day of country roads and a magnificent stroll through the hamlets of Facha, Seara and Correlhã, finally reaching Ponte de Lima along the Avenue of Plátanos, beside the river with its stunning views.

6th day: PONTE DE LIMA - SAN PEDRO DE RUBIAES (22 Km - 4h45 - difficulty 3/3)
We leave the Medieval town of Ponte de Lima by crossing the impressive Romanesque-Gothic bridge, with its 22 arches, over the River Lima. At the far side of the bridge, you will take a right turn into the countryside and the farming parish of Arcozelo. Agriculture becomes scarce after Labruja with the landscape until Portela Pequena turning into a tree-covered upland. After the climb to Cossourado, there is a short and easy walk to the end of this stage.

7th day: SAN PEDRO DE RUBIAES - TUI (19 Km - 3h45 - difficulty 1/3)
You will leave the valley of the River Coura and start a gentle climb to S. Bento da Porta Aberta, the site of a famous religious festival. The route continues on to Fontoura through fields and brushwoods until we reach the fortified town of Valença. Cross the River Minho on the metal bridge inspired by the work of Gustave Eiffel and take a walk through the streets of the Medieval village of Tui until you reach its famous Cathedral.
 
8th day: TUI - O PORRIÑO (13 Km - 4h – difficulty 1/3)
From Tui we go through the tunnel of St Clare's Convent and past the churches of Saint Dominic and Saint Bartholomew. After crossing the Veiga bridge, you will reach one of the most beautiful stretches on the entire route – the River Louro valley, At the end of the stage, you will reach an industrial estate before arriving in the city of O Porriño.

9th day: O PORRIÑO - ARCADE (23 Km – 5h – difficulty 2/3)
From O Porriño, we head north. Along the way, you will be close to the Pazo de Mós, Santiaguiño de Antas and Chan das Pipas. A steep descent starts here that leads us towards the end of this stage initially reaching the centre of Redondela before moving on to Arcade, a place renowned for having the best oysters in Galicia.

10th day: ARCADE - PONTEVEDRA (12 Km - 4h – difficulty 1/3)
From Arcade, the route continues on to Pontesampayo where we will cross a long medieval bridge over the River Verdugo and then enter a cluster of narrow streets that will guide us to one of the most beautiful stretches on the Caminho: a series of old by-ways which climb up the slope of Canicouva to Cacheiro. After crossing the mountains, the track, now dominated by fields, vineyards and orchards, widens again until we reach Pontevedra for a well-deserved rest.

11th day: PONTEVEDRA - CALDAS DE REIS (21 Km - 5h15 – difficulty 1/3)
This stage starts in the historic centre of Pontevedra, with a walk out of the old city to the millennial bridge, O Burgo, over the River Lerez, and continues along the beautiful valley of the River Gandra to San Mauro. From here, the path widens, making for a peaceful and serene hike. We finally reach Caldas de Reis via the church of Santa Maria, close to the bridge over the River Umia, where this stage ends.

12th day: CALDAS DE REIS - PADRON (18 Km - 4h30 - difficulty 1/3)
We leave Caldas de Reis via some enchanting stretches of the Way, across the Medieval bridge over the River Bermaña, following a path that leads us to the village of Cruceiro, on an picturesque trail through forests and meadows. After crossing the River Ulla, we arrive at Padron, the place where, according to legend, the stone ship with the body of the Apostle James (Santiago) was moored.

13th day: PADRON - SANTIAGO (24 Km - 6h - difficulty 2/3)
This last stage starts by leaving Padron and continuing through Galician villages to the magnificent sanctuary of Nossa Señora da Escravitute. You finally start to see Santiago de Compostela in the distance and at Agro dos Monteiros, you will be able to see the towers of the Cathedral for the first time. After crossing the River Sar, you will make your way through the suburbs of the city to the Faxeira gate, the entrance for the Portuguese Route in this old city. Walk through a labyrinth of streets to Obradoiro square and its Cathedral, where the Apostle awaits you.

14th day: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
After breakfast, go to exchange your pilgrim’s passport, if you haven’t already done it. Alternatively, we suggest you visit the cathedral and the surrounding areas or attend a pilgrim mass



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