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Camino Portugues Central

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Full Camino Portugues Central

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Walking

Duration

13

Grade

1

Distance Miles/Km

160/257

Hospitality

הדירוג הממוצא הוא 3 מתוך 5

Low Season

From

1299

High Season

From

1399

Full Camino Portugues Central

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Overview

The Portuguese Camino begins officially in the city of Lisbon and spans approximately 650 kilometers along quiet and beautiful trails towards its destination, the city of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain.

The Portuguese Camino offers a great alternative for those who want to experience a slightly different Camino journey and immerse themselves in the pleasant and modest rural landscapes of northern Portugal. It allows travelers to engage with local life, traverse forests of impressive oak trees, and enjoy the culture, art, and cuisine along the way. Along the Portuguese route, you'll pass through ancient and picturesque cities such as Porto, Ponte de Lima, Pontevedra, Tui, and more.

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Itinerary

Day 1


The beautiful and colorful city of Porto, home to the famous Port wine, is a perfect place to start our journey. The large city situated on the banks of the Douro River, is one of the most popular destinations in Western Europe. Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage site, offering visitors magnificent views, ancient monasteries, and fortresses, all enveloped in lush green landscapes, pleasant Mediterranean climate, exquisite cuisine, and a vibrant and captivating atmosphere.


Day 2


On the first day of our journey towards northern Portugal, we will traverse the city of Porto by walking on urban roads. Along our route through its picturesque streets, we'll pass by numerous churches and monasteries, including the Roman temple dedicated to Jupiter, where we can visit. 

Walking distance: 22 km


Day 3


This is a relatively short day of walking on our Portuguese Camino, gradually moving away from the coastline towards the northeast. After crossing the Puente de Zameiro bridge, we'll enter the beautiful agricultural area of northern Portugal. We'll encounter vast fields dotted with charming villages and gentle forests of oak and eucalyptus trees providing shade from the sun during the day. We'll reach a pleasant rural farmhouse, where we can enjoy the local cuisine.

Walking distance: 12 km


Day 4


Today, we continue our journey through rural areas, passing by forests and charming villages along the route. We'll pass by the chapel of Santa de Franciscan, which provides a panoramic view from the top of the hill, and cross another bridge from the 14th century that will lead us to the vibrant and bustling market town of Barcelos, where we'll enjoy the lively atmosphere of the central square. The town is known for its numerous monuments, and we'll have the opportunity to taste local foods and stroll through the historic quarter that will transport us to another time.

Walking distance: 20 km


Day 5


This is the most demanding day on our Portuguese Camino, both in terms of the distance we'll cover, and the scarcity of villages along the way. The reward is great as we traverse through the vineyard region, which definitely makes the effort worthwhile. We'll take a break from walking and indulge ourselves with a good meal and Vinho Verde wine in the charming city of Ponte de Lima, one of the famous wine capitals.

Walking distance: 34.5 km


Day 6


Departing from Ponte de Lima, we'll pass through a picturesque Roman bridge over the Lima River, taking us to a particularly green area in the open spaces of northern Portugal. A short climb will lead us to the small town of Rubiaes, the festival center of Galicia, there we can visit its unique church.

Walking distance: 18 km


Day 7


Our last day of walking in the Portuguese section of the Camino will take us through roads and villages to two charming cities on both sides of the Minho River. You can choose to cross the border via the international bridge connecting the two or cross the river by a boat. We'll end the day in the beautiful and historic town of Tui, located on the banks of the Mino River, on the border between Spain and Portugal. Tui is rich in fascinating history, art, and culture. We'll visit the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria, which offers a beautiful panoramic view, and enjoy a delicious meal in a local restaurant.

Walking distance: 19 km


Day 8


We bid farewell to the city of Tui and depart through its old quarter. We'll start the first stage of the route in the Galician region with a visit to the Romanesque shrine of San Bartolome and a walk along the banks of the Louro River. To avoid an unpleasant crossing in the industrial area, we'll take a more pleasant alternative route, continuing along the Louro River, which will accompany us to the town of O Porriño, known for its bread baked in wood-fired ovens.

Walking distance: 16 km


Day 9


Today, we'll walk along narrow and shaded rural paths through oak and eucalyptus tree groves alongside streams. We'll climb up to the Santiaguino chapel and descend to Redondela, known as the village of viaducts, where the coastal path and the interior path of the Portuguese Camino converge, leading us to the ascending path to Arcade, the capital of Galician oysters and seafood. We'll enjoy good food and another viewpoint of the Vigo estuary and the beaches of San Simon.

Walking distance: 22 km


Day 10


We'll cross the Ponte Sampaio bridge over the Verdugo River, one of the important bridges in the history of Galicia. Along the way, we'll pass through picturesque towns until we reach the city of Pontevedra, where we'll see the symbol of the Camino pilgrims, La Virgen Peregrina Pontevedra. The city is the second oldest after Santiago de Compostela, known mainly for its magnificent historic center and the variety of excellent tapas bars we'll sample from.

Walking distance: 15 km


Day 11


As we leave Pontevedra, we'll cross the Lerez River and make our way to a lookout overlooking the estuary of Alba. From there, we'll advance to Caldas de Reis, a town known for its hot springs. In the town, we'll see Galicia’s oldest thermal springs, attracting visitors from all over the world for healing in its waters. We'll end the day in Padron, where the remains of the body of Saint James were brought in the year 44 AD, offering cultural and historical interest. The town is also famous for its tasty Padron peppers.

Walking distance: 19.5 km


Day 12


Our beautiful route from Caldas de Reis will take us over the old bridge above the Umia River, leading us to the thermal springs that gave the town its name during Roman times. Our route passes through areas rich in water sources, making them green and lush. 

Walking distance: 22 km


Day 13


This is the final stage of our beautiful journey on the Portuguese Camino! Before departing, we'll visit the beautiful collegiate church in Iria Flavia, the first cathedral in Galicia, and the adjacent cemetery. Under the olive tree lies in his tomb the poet Camilo José Cela, a Nobel Prize winner. From there, we'll pass through small villages, marked trails, and forests until we reach the historic quarter of Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage site. At the Plaza de Orbadoiro, the Royal Cathedral awaits us, where we'll celebrate the end of the journey.

Walking distance: 28 km


Day 14 - Santiago de Compostela


Our amazing journey has come to an end... You can leave after breakfast, taking with you memories of an unforgettable journey, or stay with us for a few more days and enjoy everything Santiago de Compostela has to offer.


Don't hesitate to contact us for planning your extended stay!

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