There are many pilgrim paths to Santiago but there is none more soulful and significant than the Portuguese Way. This is the path that is intimately connected with the life and ministry of St. James as well as his death and burial. It was on this route that he first preached in Iberia and later his body made its last journey.
This walk is more than enough to qualify for the ‘Compostela’ & the ‘Pilgrims passport’ can be obtained at Tui Cathedral when you arrive.
- Monte Santiaguino where St James first preached in Iberia
- Padron where the boat carrying St James mortal remains became shipwrecked
- A road less traveled – the route is blissfully uncrowded
- Follow in the footsteps of Celtic, Roman and Christian wayfarers
Day 1. Arrival in the historic town of Tui on the Portuguese / Spanish border. Overnight Tui.
Day 2. Tui to Porrino (16km) most of this first stage is woodland paths that follow the lovely Louro river valley, then along the N550 to the historical centre of Porrino. Overnight Porrino.
Day 3. Porrino to Arcade (22km) you climb up through mixed forest to Monte Cornedo & the Chans das Pipas plateau before dropping down to the town of Redondela. From here you pass through tiny hamlets to reach Arcade. Overnight Arcade.
Day 4. Arcade to Pontevedra (12.5km) you start the day by walking over the beautiful old bridge at Pontesampaio then a short uphill stretch following ancient stone paths before dropping down to the provincial capital of Pontevedra. Overnight Pontevedra.
Day 5. Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis (23.8km) most of this stage is through woodland and countryside along gentle river valleys with virtually no climbing. Overnight Caldas de Reis.
Day 6. Caldas de Reis to Padron (19.2km) this is a beautiful walk through the Bermana river valley before dropping down into the Valga valley, one short climb. Overnight Padron.
Day 7. Padron to Santiago de Compostela (25.6km) the final day takes us through pine, oak and eucalyptus wood before climbing up to reach Santiago. Overnight Santiago.
Day 8. Free day.
Day 9. Departure.
- 8 nights accommodation with breakfast in a twin/double room with en-suite facilities including 2 nights in Santiago
- All hotels are comfortable 3 & 4* rating with good bathrooms and plenty of hot water!
- Movement of luggage during the week
- Hints and notes to help you with the route
- Travel insurance
Closest Airport – Santiago airport (Ryanair fly into both and offer very competitive fares) or you can return to Porto by bus (we will give you the timetable)
Cost per person: 752 euro
Single room supplement: 160 euro
Single transport supplement if only one walking: 130 euro
6 night half board (3 course dinner with wine): 145 euro
(This is for the 6 nights walking before reaching Santiago)