Camino Portugues Central
Porto to Tui Camino Portugues Central
Walking / Bicycle
Porto to Tui Camino Portugues Central
The the Portuguese camino is the second in size and importance among the routes of the Camino de Santiago and the most intriguing one. It is a good choice for those who want to experience the pleasant and modest rural landscapes of Portugal and enjoy a slightly different hiking experience.
This section is the last part that passes through the Portuguese section in the plains area, crossing several historically significant cities such as Porto, Ponte de Lima, and Barcelos. This route will expose us to some of the local way of life, culture, art, and of course, delicious food
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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 Duero 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 surrounded by lush green landscapes, a pleasant Mediterranean climate, excellent cuisine, and a youthful and vibrant atmosphere.
On the first day of our hike towards northern Portugal, we will traverse the city of Porto walking on urban roads. Along its picturesque streets, we will pass by numerous churches and monasteries, including a Roman temple dedicated to Jupiter, where we can visit.
Walking distance: 22 km.
This is a relatively short walking day on our Camino, gradually moving away from the coastline towards northeastern direction. After crossing the Puente de Zameiro bridge, we enter the beautiful agricultural area of northern Portugal. We will encounter vast fields dotted with charming villages and a gentle forest of pine and eucalyptus trees providing shade from the sun throughout the day. We will reach a pleasant rural farm where we can enjoy the local cuisine.
Walking distance: 12 km.
Our final day of hiking in the Portuguese section of the Camino will lead us through roads and villages to two lovely towns on either side of the Minho River. You can choose to cross the border via the international bridge connecting the two towns or take a boat across the river. We will end the day in the beautiful and historic town of Tui, located on the banks of the Minho River on the border between Spain and Portugal. Tui is rich in fascinating history, art, and culture. We will visit the Gothic Cathedral of Santa María, which offers a beautiful panoramic view, and indulge in a delicious meal at a local restaurant.
Walking distance: 20 km.
This is the most demanding day of our Portuguese Camino route, both in terms of distance and the scarcity of villages along the way. However, the compensation is great, as the landscapes we will encounter through the vineyard region are definitely worth the effort. We will rest from the walk and treat ourselves to a good meal and Vinho Verde wine in the charming town of Ponte de Lima, one of the famous wine capitals.
Walking distance: 34.5 km.
Departing from picturesque Ponte de Lima, we will pass through the magnificent Roman bridge crossing the Lima River and take a walk in a particularly green area in the open nature spaces of northern Portugal. A short climb will take us to the small village of Rubiaes, the festivals hub of Galicia, and its unique church. Walking distance: 18 km.
Our final day of hiking on the Portuguese Northern Camino will take us through roads and villages to two charming towns on either side of the Minho River. You can choose to cross the border via the international bridge connecting the two towns or take a boat across the river. We will end the day in the beautiful and historic town of Tui, located on the banks of the Minho River on the border between Spain and Portugal. And we will not forget to enjoy a tasty meal at a local restaurant before parting ways. Walking distance: 19 km.
Our amazing journey has come to an end... After visiting the Gothic Cathedral of Santa María, from which you can see a beautiful panoramic view, you can leave with unforgettable memories of an unforgettable journey, or stay with us for a few more days in the Tui area, rich in fascinating history, art, and culture.
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