- Experience a route rich in cultural and archaeological heritage
- Walking into Spain across the International bridge across the Minho
- The charming market town of Ponte da Lima
- Sipping ruby port in the UNESCO heritage city of Porto
- Meeting fellow pilgrims and sharing your tales
On this trip you cross the border from Portugal into Spain when crossing the international bridge over the Minho river. During the course of the trip you will pass through a variety of landscapes, from the urban sprawl of Porto to rolling green hills and stretches of quiet coastline. As ever, the towns along the way are dotted with spectacular baroque churches and are rife with history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 8: Onward Travel
Enjoy breakfast before checking out and making your way home.
The accommodation is a mixture of 3-4 star hotels and family run guest houses . 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.
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.
Time of Year
The weather on the Camino Portugues can be quite varied as it passes through several different regions. We recommend walking between March and October to get the best weather for walking. July and August can be extremely busy on the Camino and very hot (temperatures have reached up to 40 degrees) so we tend to recommend avoiding these months.
As some of the route passes close to the coast, this can cool down the temperatures but it can also cause storms and high winds.
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. You will follow a mixture of farm/dirt tracks, woodland paths, minor roads 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. The walk is well way-marked and you will also be supplied with turn by turn route notes and detailed maps so you will have no problem following the route each day.
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. This tour also has access to the Macs Adventure Navigation Smartphone App - we highly recommend using it, or at least having it on your phone ready to use should you ever be in any doubt about your direction.
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.
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.
It is possible to walk the Camino in less time but we would not recommend this.
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.
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.
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.
To get to back to Porto from Tui, you can take a taxi to Valenca, across the international bridge and then take a bus with Rede Expressos which takes around two and a half hours.
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.
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
To get to back to Porto from Tui, you can take a taxi to Valenca, across the international bridge and then take a bus with with Rede Expressos which takes around two and a half hours.
- Accommodation in small rural hotels, twin/double rooms with en-suite W/C.
- Baggage Transfers
- A detailed information pack for the group leader including route notes, maps and local information.
- GPX tracks and access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone Navigation App
- Emergency support from our local and UK offices in the event of a problem.
- Transfers from Arcos to Vilar do Pinheiro and back the next morning.
- 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.
- Additional nights accommodation along the way.
- Single supplements.
- Dinner Supplement in Rubiaes with transfer included.
Commiting to the Portugués Camino is a big commitment and you will undoubtably 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 21 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.
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.