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CAMINO DE SANTIAGO


OVERVIEW

The Camino de Santiago is an ancient pilgrimage route that provides unforgettable experiences to those who travel along it. Reach Santiago de Compostela from the magical city of Porto, choosing walking paths through inland shepherd hills (Central Route), or along the dramatic Atlantic coastline (Coastal Route). Along the route you will discover rocky sea coves, charming fishing villages, serene monasteries, and stunning forest, meadow and coastal views.


PRICE

 

£745 per person


DATES

15 March – 1 November

7 nights


YOUR EXPERIENCE


Day 1: Porto Arrival
Arrival in Porto, a day to explore the fascinating city or rest at your hotel before your multi-day pilgrimage walk.
Day 2: Porto - Arcos
Start the “Caminho” with a private transfer to “Vilar do Pinheiro” to avoid the urban areas of the cities of Porto and Maia and their suburbs. From here, the path becomes more distinct and you can appreciate the progressive transition from urban into rural areas. You will go through Vilarinho and cross the medieval bridge over the Ave before reaching the village of Arcos. Distance: 17km
Day 3: Arcos - Barcelos
This stage begins in Arcos and leads towards to the old village of Rates, where you can appreciate the beautiful church of a former convent. No major changes of scenery, but with increasing woodlands, you pass the villages of Courel and Pedra Furada, then on rural roads you will reach the town of Barcelos where you will have time to visit the main monuments of this old market town. Distance: 20km
Day 4: Barcelos - Balugães
You will depart from Barcelos, following minor roads and continue until the river Neiva, which is crossed by a medieval bridge just before the village of Balugães, where you will finish one more stage. Distance: 15 km
Day 5: Balugães - Ponte de Lima
This is a day of rural roads, and a magnificent journey through the hamlets of Facha, Seara and Correlhã, finally reaching Ponte de Lima along the Avenue of Plátanos, beside the river, where you will be dazzled by the stunning landscape. Distance: 18 km
Day 6: Ponte de Lima - Cossourado
You leave the medieval town of Ponte de Lima crossing the impressive Romanesque- Gothic bridge over the river Lima, with its 22 arches. After arriving at the far side of the bridge, you turn to the right plunging into the rural world represented by the farming parish of Arcozelo, but then, after Labruja, agriculture is scarce and the landscape until Portela Pequena is tree covered upland. These 2 uphill kilometres from Labruja are the most demanding of the whole Way. Halfway up you find the Cruz dos Franceses and then climb to the Forester’s house. From the top of the climb at Cossourado, it is a short and easy walk to the end of this stage. Distance: 22 km
Day 7: Cossourado - Valença
You will start this day leaving the valley of the river Coura and from there you have a gentle climb until S. Bento da Porta Aberta, the site of a famous religious festival. You continue to Fontoura through fields and brushwoods until you reach the fortified town of Valença where the stage ends. Distance: 14 km
Day 8: Valença - Porriño
You cross Rio Minho by way of the metal bridge inspired by the work of the famous Gustave Eiffel and on the far side you walk through the streets of the medieval village of Tui until reach its famous Cathedral. From here you pass the tunnel of the Convent of Clarissas and the Churches of Santo Domingo and San Bartolomé. After crossing the Veiga bridge you will reach one of the most beautiful stretches of the whole route – the Valley of the River Louro. Continuing on you reach an Industrial Park before entering the city of Porriño. Distance: 20 km
Day 9: Porriño - Arcade
From Porriño, you head north. Along the way you will pass close to the Pazo de Mós, Santiaguiño de Antas and Chan das Pipas. Here starts a steep descent that leads us towards the end of this stage initially reaching the centre of Redondela. You then leave Redondela along by-ways until you reach Outeiro de Penas, a place with an excellent view over the Ria de Vigo. Then finally you reach Arcade, a place renowned for having the best oysters in Galicia. Distance: 22 km
Day 10: Arcade - Pontevedra
From Arcade, continue to Pontesampayo where you will cross a long medieval bridge over the Verdugo River and then enter a cluster of narrow streets that will guide us to one of the most beautiful stretches of the Caminho: the very old by-ways which climb up the slope of Canicouva until Cacheiro. After crossing the mountains, the track widens again, now dominated by fields, vineyards and orchards until you reach Pontevedra, for a well deserved rest. Distance: 13 km
Day 11: Pontevedra - Caldas de Reys
You start this stage at the historical centre of Pontevedra walking from the old city to the millennial bridge, O Burgo, over the Lérez River. You continue along the beautiful Valley of the Gandra River until San Mauro. From there, the path widens and as you walk further you will experience a peaceful and serene atmosphere. From here you start seeing the first crosses, some of them magnificently carved. You enter Caldas de Reis alongside the church of Santa Maria, close to the bridge of the Umia River, where this stage ends. Distance: 22 km
Day 12: Caldas de Reys - Padron
You leave Caldas de Reis along some enchanting stretches of the Way, across the medieval bridge of the Bermaña River and follow a path that leads us to the village of Cruceiro, on an unforgettable stretch through forests and meadows. You pass near the church of Santa Maria de Carracedo and then you will cross a particularly luxuriant landscape along the side of the Valga River continuing to S. Miguel de Valga, where you head to Pontecesures. After crossing the Ulla River you arrive at Padron, the place where, according to legend, the stone ship with the body of the Apostle James (Santiago) was moored. Our day’s walking ends here. Distance: 19 km
Day 13: Padron - Santiago de Compostela
You start this last stage by leaving Padron and heading north until reaching the church of Santa Maria de Iria Flávia. It was here that two great Galician writers lived, the poet Rosália de Castro and the Nobel award winning Camilo José Cela, who was born next door to the church. You continue through Galician villages until the magnificent sanctuary of Nossa Señora da Escravitute. From here you will reach Rua de Francos following broad streets and narrower shortcuts. You finally start to see Santiago de Compostela and a bit further, at Agro dos Monteiros, you can see the towers of the Cathedral for the first time. After crossing the Sar River, you continue through the suburbs of the city that lead us to the Faxeira gate, the entrance of the Portuguese Way in this old city. Through a labyrinth of streets you continue to Obradoiro square and to the Cathedral itself were the Apostle waits for you. Distance: 23 km

INCLUDES

  • 13 nights of accommodation (2 / 3* hotels) with breakfast included;
  • Luggage transfer between hotels – 12 stages – 1 bag per person – maximum 15 kg/bag
  • Telephone support for emergencies
  • Pilgrim passport (credential)
  • Road book of the Camino de Santiago (in English)
  • Journey documentation


EXCLUDES

  • Flights
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Other items not specified in itinerary
  • Tips
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal travel insurance

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