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Camino Portugués Tui to Santiago
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Highlights

  • Experience a route rich in cultural and archaeological heritage
  • Walking into Spain across the International bridge across the Minho
  • Walking along quiet, unspoilt coastline
  • Sipping ruby port in the UNESCO heritage city of Porto
  • Completing a unique and rewarding journey and gaining your Compostela in Santiago

Beginning in the World Heritage site of Porto you walk to the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, where pilgrims from all around the world congregate.

This section is varied as after leaving the urban sprawl of Porto and its outskirts, you will walk through a mixture of coastal, forest and open countryside trails. You will pass vineyards, crop fields and farms along the way. You will also pass along side some of Portugal’s best historic sites, which are well worth the visit.

The Camino Portugués in general is quite flat and easy to navigate and is a great alternative to the Camino Frances for pilgrims looking for their next achievement!

Day 1: Arrive Porto and overnight

Arrive in plenty of time to explore the city of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996. 


Overnight: Porto


Day 2: Walk to Vilar do Pinheiro (transfer to Arcos for overnight)

Pay careful attention to your route notes today as you follow the
maze out of Porto. The route gets quieter from Maia onwards. On arriving
in Vilar do Pinheiro, you will be transferred to your accommodation in
Arcos.


It is possible to take an alternative coastal route out of Porto before returning to the main “Caminho Central” at the end of the first day on this stage if you prefer to avoid some of the urban sprawl. However, for Camino “purists” it should be highlighted that this is not the historical Camino route which most people follow. You should let your Destination & Adventure Specialist know if you would like to take this option so we can arrange for some additional route notes for you.


Walk: 17km


Overnight: Arcos


Day 3: Transfer back to Vilar do Pinheiro and walk to Arcos

An early transfer takes you back to Vilar do Pinheiro to continue
your walk on to Arcos. You finally encounter some lovely woodland paths
as you enter Arcos.


Walk: 19km


Overnight: Arcos


Day 4: Walk to Barcelos


The Camino takes you through eucalyptus and pine woods to the lively village of Barcelos with its attractive market square.


Walk: 20km


Overnight: Barcelos


Day 5: Walk to Ponte da Lima

A long but beautiful stage takes you over two hill passes and through
the tranquil Neiva and Lima valleys.  Ponte da Lima is a beautiful
market town in a stunning location.


Walk: 33km


Overnight: Ponte da Lima


Day 6: Walk to Pecene

A long climb today takes you up the Labruja valley to a high pass
with spectacular views of the green countryside around you.  Descent via
the Coura valley to Pecene.


Walk: 22km


Overnight: Pecene


Day 7: Walk to Tui

You cross the border from Portugal into Spain today, following quiet
country roads and woodland paths. Tui is a well-preserved medieval town
with an impressive Romanesque cathedral as its centrepiece.


Walk: 16km


Overnight: Tui


Day 8: Tui to O Porrino

Follow quiet country roads and woodland
paths along the rio Louro valley to O Porrino. You will be collected
from here to be transferred back to Tui for your overnight accommodation
due to a lack of good standard accommodation in O Porrino.

Walk: 15km, 4 hours


Overnight: Tui


Day 9: O Porrino to Arcade

A short transfer will take you back
to O Porrino, to continue your walk. A short, steep climb up the Road of
the Knights is rewarded with views of the sea, before heading downhill
to Redondela. Continue along the coast, then a brief climb up through
wooded forest, before reaching the coast again at Arcade.

Walk: 23 km, 5-6 hours.


Overnight: Arcade


Day 10: Arcade to Pontevedra

Begin the day by climbing the
ancient stone paths of the Verea Vella da Canicouva. Explore the 13th
century Church of Santa Maria with it’s wonderful views over the Bay of
Vigo before arriving in Pontevedra.

Walk: 12km, 3-4 hours 


Overnight: Pontevedra


Day 11: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis

Gentle paths take you
through eucalyptus woods and along river valleys shared with the railway
line today. Caldas de Reis is a spa town, its history linked to its
thermal waters. Enjoy resting your feet in the hot spring on arrival.

Walk: 21km, 5 hours


Overnight: Caldas de Reis


Day 12: Caldas de Reis to Padron

A lovely day of walking through
two river valleys, the Bermana and the Valga valley. Padron is the
starting point of James ministry in Spain, and where St James remains
were brought to following his martyrdom in Jerusalem.

Walk: 17km, 4-5 Hours.


Overnight: Padron


Day 13: Padron to Santiago de Compostela

The route gets busier
today as you head towards Santiago, but there are still pleasant
sections through oak, pine and eucalyptus woodlands. You will soon spot
the spires of the magnificent cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, and
relish that moment of walking into Santiago and completing your journey.

Walk: 22km, 5-6 Hours.


Overnight: Santiago de Compostela


Day 14: Onward Travel

Arrange extra nights in Santiago or enjoy breakfast then make your way to Santiago Airport.

Accommodation

The accommodation is a mixture of small family run hotels, guesthouses and larger hotels in the big cities. All with private rooms and en-suite bathrooms and all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We do recommend that you book this trip early as the area is always popular and the hotels and inns do fill up early.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

The Camino is available to solo walkers at a supplement. Single rooms are available although a single supplement is payable.

Availability

This trip is available to start on any day from the beginning of March to the end of October. Option & extension prices will be displayed as part of the booking process.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

The Camino is available to solo walkers at a single supplement.


Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate and includes daily walks of 17-33km.


On the Camino Portuguese you will follow a mixture of farm/dirt tracks, woodland paths, minor roads (one third of the route) and close to the bigger towns and cities, some busier roads. It should be noted that on the section out of Porto there is a busy road network but there are some alternatives to avoid some of this.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The route is marked with yellow painted arrows but please take care at intersections where there may be a choice of several different alternative routes. Navigation can become trickier when leaving the busier cities and towns such as Porto and Tui and you will need to pay close attention to your route notes for these sections. There are usually other walkers around in case you are looking for help. We also provide a guidebook which can be very helpful to use at confusing intersections. A detailed information pack including route notes, local information and maps will be waiting for you at your first accommodation.


Baggage Transfer

Baggage transfers are included (max 20kg per person). Your main bag
will be transferred each day between your overnight accommodation so
that you only need to walk with a day pack. There is a supplement
applicable for solo walkers on baggage transfers due to the fact that
the transfer costs are usually shared


Time of Year

The Camino Portugués is best enjoyed from March to October but you can walk at any time of year.  You can start on any date that suits your travel plans and you will find up to date availability on our website.


Additional Nights

There is so much to see and do along the route that many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the walk either as a rest day or simply to do some extra sightseeing. If you are walking the whole route solo try not to add too many extra nights along the way as you will lose touch with those you have met.


Fewer Nights

It is possible to walk the Camino in less time but we would not recommend this.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sun screen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Meals

A local breakfast is included each morning which usually consists of a coffee and bread with jams. Lunch and dinner are not included as standard so you are free to choose from the available options.


Getting to Porto

For this section of the Camino Portugués you are best to fly in and out of Porto. This city is accessible directly from London and Manchester with Ryanair, Easyjet and TAP.


Then on the return let you can fly out of Santiago de Compostela. You can fly directly from Santiago from London Stansted with Ryanair

For this section of the Camino Portugués you are best to fly in to Porto. This city is accessible directly from London and Manchester with Ryanair, Easyjet and TAP


Then on the return let you can fly out of Santiago de Compostela. You can fly directly from Santiago from London Stansted with Ryanair

Included

  • Accommodation in small rural hotels, twin/double rooms with en-suite W/C
  • Daily Baggage Transfers
  • A detailed information pack for the group leader including route notes, maps and local information
  • Emergency support from our local and UK offices in the event of a problem
  • Transfer to and from Arcos
  • Return transfers from O Porrino to Tui

Excluded

  • Return travel to Spain/Portugal
  • Lunches, snacks or drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Equipment
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage

Extras

  • Additional nights accommodation along the way.
  • Single supplements.

Committing to the Portugués Camino is a big commitment and you will undoubtedly have a huge number of questions and queries. I hope the answers below will go some way to answering your queries.

How fit do I need to be?

The average daily distance of this stage of the Portugués Camino is between 20 kilometers and you can expect to walk for between four and five hours each day. You should do as much walking as possible prior to your walk as this will simply add to your enjoyment. That said if you are not at peak fitness you will find you will soon walk yourself fit.

What type of trails does the Portugués Camino follow?

The path follows quiet country roads and woodland paths, you go through wooded valleys, follow gentle rivers and walk by the coast. Wooden posts with a yellow shell symbol show the way and yellow arrows painted on many walls, wooden posts and tracks are there to follow. There will always be other walkers around incase you are looking for help.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as far in advance as possible as the Portugués Camino is extremely popular.  Numbers can rise by up to 100, 000 people. We will always try and accommodate late bookings but realistically you need to book at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Baggage transfers are included. Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. The maximum weight for a piece of luggage is 20kgs.

Can I walk with my bags?

Yes, some people prefer to walk carrying their own bags as a true pilgrim would have. You can select the option for removing the baggage transfers in Step 2 of the Booking Engine.

When is the best time of year?

I would recommend April/May when the spring flowers are at there best and September/October when the colours are just lovely. June, July and August can be very hot if you are not used to walking in the heat while the temperatures can fall sharply in the winter with some accommodation closing down for the end of season.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

Public transport and taxis are available, if you are need of support our local partner in Portugal will be more that happy to help.

Can I change my itinerary once I start walking?

Unfortunately we are unable to change your accommodation bookings and itinerary once you start walking as alternative accommodation is generally not available at such short notice.

Clothing & Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, lightweight clothes, waterproofs and a day pack.

What equipment do I need?

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, lightweight clothes, waterproofs and a day pack.

When is the best time of year?

I would recommend April/May when the spring flowers are at their best and September/October when the colours are just lovely. June, July and August can be very hot if you are not used to walking in the heat while the temperatures can fall sharply in the winter with some accommodation closing down for the end of season.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

Public transport and taxis are available, if you are need of support our local partner in Spain will be more than happy to help.

Wonderful walk but some inconsistencies

3

Again, the accommodations were not consistent in their standards so you could be staying in a 5 star resort one night and a hostel the next. There should be a choice for travellers to upgrade if they want even if it means walking a few extra miles/kilometers. At least there would be a choice and and an understanding of what to expect.

SW

Porto Portugal

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I look forward to our next Camino. I recommend this trip!

5

Macs was with us the whole time of preparation. We had complete confidence in their delivery. I can't imagine going it without them. Hotels were mostly more than we expected. We will use them for our next walking adventure.

Whitecollar

Michigan

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Another successful Camino with Mac Adventure

5

This is our third walking holiday using Mac Adventure and it was a great success. The organisation in setting up was agreed and sorted very quickly. Each of the places we stayed in were just what we needed after a day walking the Portuguese Camino. The stay in the Parador in Santiago was very special and yet again the weather was perfect. Thanks for a great holiday.

Adrian

Preston

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5

Generally the hotels were excellent, the luggage transfer was good and the paperwork was useful. Some of the hotel directions were difficult to follow, especially the maps and one hotel had a difficult manager. Overall, Mac's did an excellent job.

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USA

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A great walk

5

Had a wonderful time in both Portugal and Spain. The great weather during the walk added to our enjoyment. Great to experience 'off the normal tourist track' locations. Gave ourselves 2 days off during the walk to spend additional time in brilliant locations.

JohnMMM

Adelaide South australia

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Challenging first few days

3

The first few days out of Porto can be challenging - contradictory directions between guidebooks and trail marks. Moreover walking on cobblestones becomes tough on the feet after a while, and walking down narrow and busy cobblestone lanes is not relaxing - and sometimes dangerous.

Paul

Connecticut

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A strenuous but enjoyable trek.

4

Most accommodations were good, however a couple were too near busy streets and above restaurants/bars. The travel times listed in your itineraries were grossly exaggerated even for fast walkers.

Super Senior

Seattle

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Another great camino experience

4

Another great camino experience for us all- me, husband and teenage daughter. In general there was lots of variety in the walking - some town/tarmac but mainly beautiful country landscapes to enjoy. We followed recommendations of other travellers and avoided the walk through the urban sprawl of Porto and picked up the way from the metro stop at Vilar do Pinheiro. This gave us plenty time to explore Porto/sample port! We were a little anxious about the walking on busy main roads but this was actually very minimal and the worst was over on the first day. Otherwise the walking was mainly on quiet country roads/tracks/woodland - very like waking in our native Perthshire except with lots of eucalyptus trees,corn fields and grape vines. The camino is very well marked. The camino Portugese is much quieter than the camino Frances and we didn't meet other walkers until day 3 although we were passed by cyclists. Once we crossed the river into Spain at Tui, the camino got busier. Our longest walk was 33km that I found hard but did not phase teenage daughter/husband. The upside was that it was not difficult terrain and the countryside is beautiful. Accommodation was all very different and there was nowhere that we would not go back to. Despite our non existent Portugese/Spanish speaking skills-we found all our hosts friendly and helpful. Teenage daughter and me are both vegetarians and felt we ate better than on the camino Frances. We were staying in generally bigger towns and we weren't restricted to the generally plain fare of peregrino menus. Wayside bars and cafes for day time stops ensured we stayed refreshed in the Portugese/Spanish sun.

Mary Queen of Scots

Scotland

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Camino Portugués: Stage 4 & 5: Porto to Santiago

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