The “Portuguese Way” to Santiago, 8-day Guided walking tour from Porto

Join one of Be Cool Travel’s certified guides on an 8-day walking tour from Porto to Santiago de Compostela along the world-renowned "Portuguese Way."

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

8 days

Mountain Range

-

People per Guide

Trip Level

Easy

Offer Period

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
  • Take a world-famous walking route from Porto to Santiago

  • Walk through picturesque rural landscape on your way to Santiago

  • Learn all about the history of the pilgrims that came before you

 

The journey from Porto in Portugal to Santiago de Compostela in Spain on foot is an experience that will stay with you forever.  Join us as we take you on the best trails and point out the best sites on this 8-day walking tour along the “Portuguese Way”.

The Portuguese Way is a 214km walk, which combines exercise, nature, and history all in one. To help you to make the most of your 8 days, we’ve selected the best bits of the 214km trail. You’ll be able to learn all about the history of the region, walk for hours and still enjoy the great food and wine of the places you travel through.

From Porto’s picture-perfect riverfront to the interesting pilgrimage sites and history in Santiago, you’ll love this trip.

So, request to book now and we’ll be waiting for you to begin your 8-day walking tour.

While you’re in Portugal, you should also check out this amazing 8-day guided walking tour of the beautiful Costa Verde. 

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Price per person

 
 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Half-board meals during trip
  • Transport to the start of the trip
  • Transport during the trip
 The price includes: Accommodation, 8 nights in a twin room (two and three stars hotels). Single supplement applied in single rooms. Guide: All guided tours Meals: 7 Dinners taken in local restaurants with drinks included. We are always able to cater for vegetarian or other special diets (Lunches can be bought from local shops) 7 buffet breakfasts at the Hotel. Transport: Tranfers from Porto airport at 12 a.m on first day. Tranfers from the Hotel to Porto airport at 12 a.m on last day. All land travel (as outlined). Dedicated driver and guide. The price does not include: Any services not listed as included. Flights to and from Portugal. Meals, tips/gratuities, baggage or personal insurance (except as outlined). Admission fees to castles & attractions or events (except as outlined). Personal expenses. Supplements. Guide services inside monuments.
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Arrival in Porto

    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.

  • Day 2Rates to Barcelos

    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.

  • Day 3Vitorino dos Piães to Ponte de Lima

    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.

  • Day 4 Ponte de Lima to Aqualonga

    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. 

     

  • Day 5Valença to Porriño

    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.

     

  • Day 6Caldas dos Reis to Padrón

    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 7Santiago de Compostela

    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.

  • Day 8Departure

    After breakfast you’ll get your transfer all the way back to Porto.

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Beginner

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

Porto Airport

 

About the Guide

 
 

We are Portugal's most trusted walking and cultural company and have been providing services to clients from all over the world for more than 10 years.

All of our trips are fully customisable. We can always work with you to put together exactly what you had in mind. We will listen to you and take care of all the planning and logistics using our local expertise and contacts.

Based on experience, we know that many groups like to mix their activities with some more leisurely aspects, such as good food and cultural highlights. We are happy to put that together for you as well.

Contact us for a truly memorable experience in Portugal!

 
 
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