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TRIP INFORMATION

THE PORTUGUESE WAY IS A HIKING

ROUTE PROGRAM THAT LINKS THE MAJOR TOWN OF PONTE DE LIMA TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA IN GALICIA, SPAIN ALONG THE BEAUTIFUL AND CENTURIES OLD SAINT JAMES PATH.

From Ponte de Lima deep in the Minho Region north of Porto to Santiago, you’ll discover and admire one of the ways of pilgrimage in the Portuguese way. Like this you will experience one true way, away from the crowds of the French way and nearly discover yourself. Every day is a different scenery, offering country side views along the way, and the crossing of several small towns and cities along the way rich in culture will fill your Camino spirit. Churches, monuments, old crosses will tell the history of this less trodden way until you arrive at Obradoiro Square, just in front of Saint James Cathedral, in the heart of Santiago de Compostela.

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PRICES

Welcome at PORTO airport.

Transfer from Porto to Ponte de Lima (1h30), flying (00h45) or getting a Train to Porto (2h30).

Ponte de Lima is a very unique town of our Minho region in Portugal. Situated at some 85km north of Porto this medieval town will receive you for a leisurely discover of its streets, ramparts, and squares. Ponte de Lima, located by the river Lima, was from roman time the only way to cross the river to the north, and since then grown in importance for the pilgrimage to Santiago. The roman bridge is still there!!!

REDONDELA to PONTEVEDRA

From Redondela to Pontevedra the way is stunning. From ocean like fjord scenery to wooden forested area, old roman way and little villages in rural Galicia you will be amazed. While descending from a forested area you arrive to Arcade and its river crossing over one old bridge, just after some hundred meters the roman old way appear to you and lead you up the hill. Just after the pass and along wooden areas you’ll reach Pontevedra outskirts and the old centre is already in reach. Esplanades, old medieval Pontevedra is superb.

PONTEVEDRA to CALDAS DE REIS

This longer day is relatively easy, almost all day following the railway towards Caldas de Reis. Exiting Pontevedra via the old Roman Bridge the path enters a rural area and one low land preserved area. Alba marshes wetland is some 80 acres and home to hundreds of plant species and 123 bird species.

The way is wide and follow back roads with almost no traffic, giving peace to our steps, in the way stone carved crosses will appear, some preciously carved, that will prove that you are on the right path to Santiago arise. A few kilometres from Caldas de Reis there is the waterfall and watermills system of the Barrosa River. Following along the field you soon enter into Caldas de Reis. From here you follow the river up to your hotel.

CALDAS DE REIS to PADRON

This day is a very nice day, as you come out of Caldas de Reis you will enter a nice walk along fields and forests going toward the pilgrim goal of the Saint tomb. At some point you follow the Ap9 motorway but at every time you’re in the fields. At Valga you enter a very scenic foot path by the river and into a forest. Out of this forest and along little roads you reach Pontecesures and cross the river to reach Padron your last stop before Santiago de Compostela.

WALKING in SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

This day is dedicated to walk along Santiago de Compostela old town center. If you have stamp your pilgrim passport it's also the best time to find your certificate. Santiago is well worth of a day, from the old part and the related religious buildings to the newly museum of the Galician people. Have some time to enjoy a good meal to the sound of the pipes.

DEPARTURE to Porto

Transfer from Santiago de Compostela to Porto City (3h00).

If you have some time: the afternoon is dedicated to visit the capital of the north of Portugal. Discover the ancient old quarter of medieval times, the Ribeira and Sé quarter. Wander, explore large avenues of late XIX early XX century and visit one of the most characteristic markets of the town, Mercado do Bolhão. Take a look to some of the old churches and modern architecture that also make Oporto a vibrant city.

VALENÇA DO MINHO to PORRIÑO

This is the day that enters into Galicia, Spain. The day begins exiting the old fortress via a small door. You’ll descent to the river and cross the border to Galicia via the bridge. The path will enter Tuy and goes along the old town centre. Its Cathedral is one of the main monuments. For some of the way the Minho River will be always near until you stray away from Tuy. The day follows into Galicia, leaving the shores of the Minho. The path now follows along the river Louro, sometimes near it or a little away from it. The wooden areas nearby are of great help during sunny days. The day will end entering Porrino.

RUBIÃES to VALENÇA DO MINHO

Once again you’ll start going up to a little sanctuary, just a few Km from your beginning of the day. From here the way will drop towards Valenca do Minho, the day is shorter than yesterday and also easier while descending. From wooden areas to agricultural field the scenery varies a lot. From well surfaced to dirt track the day will offer you a nice way to get to the border Town of Valenca do Minho. The last Portuguese burg and one of a kind! It's XVIII c. old fortress over the hill defending from the mighty Spaniards, nowadays only friends! Make sure you will explore the old fortress town.

PONTE DE LIMA to PECENE | RUBIÃES

The day starts from the doostep of your lodging and find its way to  cross the Lima River by its older bridge. From Roman times to the more modern Pilgrims these are the first steps of this stretch of the Camino. The way goes up to overcome the highest point of the entire pilgrimage and to cross the beautifull countryside of northern Portugal. Away from the big roads and through the little way you'll get to Rubiães, your first stop.

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The day to reach Santiago de Compostela is probably the longest one, not only in Kms but also in mind, getting to Obradoiro and the Cathedral is by the end of the day. The Path leaves the town of Padron driving up north to the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria de Iria Flavia, Episcopal center before its transfer to Santiago de Compostela. Rural Galicia will be present until you pass the Albergue of Teo. And as you reach the outskirts of Santiago the more urban and less appealing are the views. From the electric power station the view of Santiago and the end is remarkable but some kilometers are still to go....

THE PORTUGUESE WAY TO SANTIAGO

Distance Duration Elevation

Daily Distance

14 - 25 Km per day

Trip Duration

11 days & 10 nights

Daily Elevation

205 - 530 meters

FROM

1.199 €

 

ACCOMMODATION

Superior (-)*

*basic acommodation at Porriño

 

DURATION

11 days | 10 nights

 

START | END

Ponte de Lima | Santiago de Compostela

TOUR GRADE

 

 

DISTANCE

14 - 25km per day

 

ROUTE

Mix between unpaved foot track to smooth little road surface

 

PROFILE

Long distance easy climbs

DESCRIPTION

TRIP INFORMATION

  • Ponte de Lima, one historical Town of the Camino;

  • Valença do Minho and its mighty Fortress;

  • The countryside and coastal scenery;

  • Pontevedra old town;

  • Historical Towns and Villages on the Way;

  • Natural landscapes;

  • The Rias Baixas scenery in Galicia;

  • The Portuguese Way in Galicia while arriving at Santiago;

  • Saint James Cathedral and the goal of this way;

  • Santiago de Compostela and its entire splendor.

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Self-Guided

TRIP PRICE

TRIP PRICE PER PERSON 2017

ARE YOU A SOLO TRAVELER?

Available upon request

NOTE

Extra charge may apply for special occasions

(I.e.: New Years Eve, Christimas or Local Festivities)

INCLUDED

THE ITINERARY

InLima Hotel & SPA

Day

1

Day

2

Rural Guest House "Casa da Capela"

Hike Day

17km+530m

ARRIVAL in PORTO

Pousada de São Teotonio

Day

3

Day

4

Hotel **/***

Hike Day

22km+250m

Hike Day

18km+220m

Day

5

Day

6

Parador de Pontevedra

Hike Day

14km+250m

Hike Day

21km+390m

From Porrino to Redondela the Saint James Path follow the N550 at eyesight, but away from the car traffic. Following little back roads the way points north toward Santiago and along little hamlets. Another big Climb wait for the Pilgrim, almost 250m high is the pass that overlook to Redondela and the Ria de Vigo. The ocean enters into the land like the fjords of other areas. Yes, the water is salted! Redondela is now at reach with a nice descent.

PORRIÑO to REDONDELA

Pazo Torre de Agrelo

Day

7

Day

8

Hotel Pazo de Lestrove

Hike Day

20km+300m

Hike Day

23km+250m

Torre do Rio Rural Hotel

Day

9

Day

10

City Hike Day

Hike Day

25km+450m

Hotel Virxe de la Cerca

PADRON to SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Hotel Virxe de la Cerca

Day

11

(2 persons based on double room occupation)

 

LOW SEASON

Individual room supplement

01.01. - 26.03.

28.10. - 23.12.

 

MEDIUM SEASON

Individual room supplement

27.03. - 06.04.

16.04. - 26.05.

29.09. - 27.10.

 

HIGH SEASON

Individual room supplement

07.04. - 15.04. (Easter)

27.05. - 28.09.

1.199 €

+ 335 €

1.249 €

+ 349 €

1.299 €

+ 369 €

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10 nights lodging on Superior Accommodation.

Breakfast included

 

Transfer on day of arrival from Airport OPO to the Hotel, followed by Tour briefing

 

Transfer from last Hotel to Airport OPO

 

Pre departure Information Pack

 

Tour Information

 

Information Book (includes Maps, Daily Information, Daily Maps, GPS Device Quick Manual)

delivered at departure day at location

 

GPS Track and Device

 

Mobile Telephone (free to call us 24h / day)

 

Liability and personal accidents Insurance

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TRIP PRICE PER PERSON 2017

(Group of 6 or more people)

 

LOW SEASON

Individual room supplement

01.01. - 26.03.

28.10. - 23.12.

 

MEDIUM SEASON

Individual room supplement

27.03. - 06.04.

16.04. - 26.05.

29.09. - 27.10.

 

HIGH SEASON

Individual room supplement

07.04. - 15.04. (Easter)

27.05. - 28.09.

1.799 €

+ 335 €

1.899 €

+ 349 €

1.999 €

+ 369 €

Available upon request

YOUR PARTY IS LESS THAN 6 PEOPLE

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10 nights lodging on Superior Accommodation.

Breakfast included

 

Transfer on day of arrival from Airport OPO to the Hotel, followed by Tour briefing

 

Transfer from last Hotel to Airport OPO

 

Luggage Transfers from Hotel to Hotel every day of the Tour

 

Pre departure Information Pack

 

Tour Information

 

Liability and personal accidents Insurance

 

9 days of guided Hiking Tour

 

9 nourishing and energtic picnics

 

Dinners to be organised by our guide.

(Payment individually at location, not included in the price Tour)

 

Daily fruit, energy bars and water

 

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OPTIONAL

SERVICES

Luggage transfer during tour (up to 4 person)

per GPS (includes complete Portugal Topographic Map)

+ 299 €

+ 95 €