The Spiritual Variant and Traslatio from Oporto through the central route - 14 days

Discover this route and enjoy part of it on a boat

1220.00 €

This variant combines several routes: starting from the Portuguese Way beginning in Oporto, you will reach Pontevedra by the traditional inland route.
From here, you will begin the "Spiritual Variant" which will take you from Armenteira to Vilanova de Arousa.
At this point, the pilgrim will follow the route in a boat, also called Traslatio, crossing the estuary and commemorating the transfer of the body of Apostle James.
Afterwards, they will conclude their journey by reaching Padrón on foot and, finally, Santiago de Compostela, the ultimate destination.
 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.

1st day: Arrival in OPORTO
2nd day: OPORTO - ARCOS (17 Km - 4h30 - difficulty 1/3).
3rd day: ARCOS - BARCELOS (18 Km - 5h - difficulty 1/3).
4th day: BARCELOS - PONTE DE LIMA (34/ 22 Km - 8h30 - difficulty 2/3)
5th day: PONTE DE LIMA - PECENE (21.8 Km - 5h30 - difficulty 3/3)
6th day: PECENE - TUI (14.7 Km - 3h45 - difficulty 1/3) 
7th day: TUI - O PORRIÑO (16 Km - 4h - difficulty 1/3)
8th day: O PORRIÑO - ARCADE (22.5 Km - 5h - difficulty 2/3)
9th day: ARCADE - PONTEVEDRA (13 Km - 3h30 - difficulty 1/3)
10th day: PONTEVEDRA - ARMENTEIRA (23.2 km - 5 h - difficulty 2/3)
11th day: ARMENTEIRA - VILANOVA DE AROUSA (22.7 km - 6 h - difficulty 2/3)
12th day: VILANOVA DE AROUSA - PADRÓN (15 nautical miles + 2 km - 4h - difficulty 1/3)
13th day: PADRON - SANTIAGO (24.2 Km - 6h - difficulty 2/3)

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/44lbs bag per person)
- Traslatio by boat (13th day).
- Travel insurance.
- Credencial (Pilgrim's passport).
- Maps of the stages.
- Telephone assistance (English-speaking)

The Price does not include:
- Lunches.
- Flights or trains.
- Single room supplement: €420
- Dinner supplement: €380
- Superior category supplement: €290
- Superior category single room supplement: €500
- Superior category dinner supplement: €420



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 - ARCOS (17 Km - 4h30 - difficulty 1/3).
We recommend you take the metro to Moreira de Maia (not included), so you can skip the suburbs of the city (walking 21km), optional we can offer you a transfer.
The “Caminho” starts at Oporto Cathedral. From Moreira de 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 Arcos.

3rd day: ARCOS - BARCELOS (18 Km - 5h - 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.

4th day: BARCELOS - PONTE DE LIMA (34/ 22 Km - 8h30 - difficulty 2/3)
This stage is too large, so we suggest to walk to Vitorino de Piaes, then we offer you a transfer to Ponte de Lima (walking only 22 km)
You can also optionally split the stage in two parts and stay overnight at Balugaes
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.

5th day: PONTE DE LIMA - PECENE (21.8 Km - 5h30 - difficulty 3/3)
Today we have a short but hard stage. 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.

6th day: PECENE - TUI (14.7 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 brushwood’s 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.
7th day: TUI - O PORRIÑO (16 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.

8th day: O PORRIÑO - ARCADE (22.5 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.

9th day: ARCADE - PONTEVEDRA (13 Km - 3h30 - 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.

10th day: PONTEVEDRA – ARMENTEIRA (23.2 km - 5h30 - difficulty 2/3)
You will wake up at your accommodation in Pontevedra, where a nice breakfast is included to kickstart your day with energy, and you'll begin your walk towards Armenteira. After the city of Pontevedra, 2 km after, you'll find a left deviation. At this point, the "SPIRITUAL VARIANT" begins, passing through Poio and Combarro before reaching the Monastery of Armenteira, situated in a very peaceful rural area amidst the mountains.
It's worth noting that after Combarro, there is a 7 km stretch where the difficulty of the stage increases, so we recommend carrying water.
11th day: ARMENTEIRA - VILANOVA DE AROUSA (22.7 km - 6 h - difficulty 2/3)
From Armenteira to Pontearnelas, we will follow "The Route of Stone and Water," which winds through a natural area of great beauty.
Walking in the shade of the trees, you'll come across ancient water mills resting on the riverbanks. Orchards and vineyards will signal your approach to the Arousa estuary. After covering 22 km, you'll reach the beaches and the town of Vilanova.
12th day: VILANOVA DE AROUSA - PADRÓN (15 nautical miles + 2 km - 4h - difficulty 1/3)
In Vilanova de Arousa, you will begin the Traslatio or maritime-fluvial route, which will take you by boat for a journey covering 15 nautical miles to Pontescures, from where you'll continue by foot.  Further along, you'll arrive in Padrón, where you can explore various points of interest in the area.
The departure time of the "traslatio" by boat depends on the tide. The boat journey takes approximately 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes

13th day: PADRON - SANTIAGO (24.2 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.

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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