Camino Portugués: Stage 4 & 5: Porto to Santiago

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  • 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
Walking from Porto to Santiago de Compostela is considered by many to be the highlight of the whole route. 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 alongside 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!

What To Expect

The Camino Portugués is a fantastic alternative to the well known Camino Frances, and is perfect if you want a route rich in culture as it passes through many villages, towns and historical cities. Much of the route follows the original Roman military road so you can expect some road walking but there are alternative routes which can be taken to avoid some of this.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Pilgrim Trail | You will follow a historic pilgrimage trail, in the footsteps of generations of travelers

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Spiritual Journeys
  • Personal Growth

Featured in our collections:

  • Classic

Activity Level & Terrain

The Camino Portugues is graded moderate overall and involves daily walks of between 12-33km. It is suited to regular walkers who enjoy long-distance walking. You will follow a mixture of farm/dirt tracks, woodland paths, minor roads (one-third of the route) and closer to the bigger towns and cities, some busier roads. It should also be noted that on the section out of Porto there is a busy road network but there are some alternatives to avoid this. Much of this route is flat, but there are a few days that are long and some sections on cobbled pavements which can be tough so a good level of fitness is recommended.

Navigation

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, particularly in the latter half of the route from Porto to Santiago. Navigation can become trickier when leaving the busier cities and towns such as Lisbon, Porto and Tui and you will need to pay close attention to your route notes for these sections. We also provide a guidebook and access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App, which you can use to navigate. We strongly recommend using this App, or at least having it on your phone ready to use should you ever be in any doubt about your direction. There are usually other walkers around in case you are looking for help. A detailed information pack including route notes, local information and maps will be waiting for you at your first accommodation.

Accommodations

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.

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.

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.

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
  • 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
  • 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.

When To Go

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.

Getting to the Start

By Air: Porto is easily accessible from London and many airports throughout Europe on a direct flight or you can also fly via Lisbon and take a train to Porto (2.5h). Airlines flying to Porto include low-cost carriers such as Ryanair and Easyjet and other options include British Airways, TAP, KLM and Lufthansa.

By Rail: Porto is one of the main railway hubs in northern Portugal and is therefore easily reached by train. It takes approx 3 hours by train from Lisbon to Porto.

By Road: Porto enjoys good connections by road to the rest of Portugal. It takes approx 7 hours to drive from Lisbon to Porto.

Getting from the End

By Air: If flying to the UK, low-cost airlines such as EasyJet and Ryanair offer direct flights to London Stansted and London Gatwick. For travelling to the rest of Europe or the US, you can fly from Santiago via Madrid with Iberia, via Frankfurt with Lufthansa or via Paris or Barcelona with Vueling. Other options are available and you can check the Santiago Airport website for more information.

By Rail: It is also possible to take the train from Santiago to Madrid (approx 7hrs). Train timetables and fares can be viewed at RENFE.  

By Bus: There are good bus connections from Santiago to other cities within Spain – see ALSA for bus schedules.

Luggage 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.

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.

Pilgrim's Passport & Compostela

The pilgrim’s passport is issued by the church of St James, you can obtain one at the start of your walk in the pilgrim’s office or the local church in town.  You need to get the passport stamped in churches, restaurants and hotels along the way. At the end of the walk, in Santiago, you can obtain your Compostela Certificate (only if you have walked the last 100km). For the other sections of the trail, the passport is used as a souvenir with all the colourful stamps you will receive.

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Porto and Overnight Day 2: Walk to Vilar do Pinheiro (transfer to Arcos for overnight) 10.3 miles / 16.6 km Day 3: Transfer back to Vilar do Pinheiro and walk to Arcos 14 miles / 22.5 km Day 4: Walk to Barcelos 13 miles / 20.8 km Day 5: Walk to Ponte de Lima 22.4 miles / 36 km Day 6: Walk to Pecene 13.7 miles / 22 km Day 7: Walk to Tui  10 miles / 16 km Day 8: Walk to O Porrino (transfer to Tui for overnight)  10.7 miles / 17.2 km Day 9: Transfer back to O Porrino and walk to Arcade 14.6 miles / 23.5 km Day 10: Walk to Pontevedra 8.3 miles / 13.4 km Day 11: Walk to Caldas de Reis  13.7 miles / 22 km Day 12: Walk to Padron 12 miles / 19 km Day 13: Walk to Santiago de Compostela 16 miles / 26 km Day 14: Onward Travel from Santiago

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