We’ll take care of your transfer from the airport to the centre. After a quick orientation of Porto, you’ll be free until we meet for a trip briefing and dinner.
Barcelos is an interesting mix of medieval structures with baroque constructions. It sits on the banks of the Cávado River and is an important historical hub.
We’ll explore the the Paço dos Duques palace, the main church, Igreja Matriz, and the Manor House, Solar dos Pinheiros. These are all important buildings both in the town and Portugal. We’ll also explore the pillory and the bridge, along with a medieval square, Largo do Apoio.
We’ll then travel by bus to Ponte de Lima to stay overnight.
Today we’ll walk to Ponte de Lima. This walk is beautiful and takes us through rich farmland. This is actually the terrain where the semi-sparkling vinho verde is produced. There is also the largest concentration of baroque manors in all of Portugal in this area.
Ponte de Lima is one of the oldest towns in Portugal and historically very important settlement in Roman times on the way from Braga to Santiago de Compostela.
Today will be our last day spent walking in Portugal. We’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful farmland scenery and wooded hills before we cross over into Galicia.
In Valença we’ll go through the old town until we reach the iron bridge that crosses the River Minho into Spain. On the other side we’ll arrive in Tui and pass by the Cathedral sitting at the heart of this old town.
We’ll then take a lovely, picturesque walk passing beautiful fields and small villages to Porriño.
At the end of the day we’ll take a bus from Porriño to Pontevedra.
We’ll transport you to Caldas dos Reis. From there we’ll walk along stunning sections of the Portugues Way. The scenery will include two beautiful river valleys of the Bermaña and the Valga rivers. We’ll pass through lush forests and open meadows. Finally, we’ll cross the Ulla River into Padrón.
It’s said that the boat carrying the body of the Apostle Santiago arrived from Jerusalem to this site.
Day 7 is the day we get to explore Santiago de Compostela- our goal destination. Santiago is a wonderful medievel city rich with history. The legend states that after St James remains arrived to Padrón, he was buried here in Santiago.
We’ll explore the Plaza do Obradoiro, the Cathedral and the City Hall and the Parador. Though the Parador is now a hotel, it was once the Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos. Pilgrims were cared for there and were able to recover from their long pilgrimage.
The streets around Plaza do Obradoiro contain lots of restaurants, bars and shops which we can explore. We’ll also find the pilgrims’ office, where pilgrims can get their certificate proving that they arrived in the city of Santiago.
After breakfast you’ll get your transfer all the way back to Porto.
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