Camino Portuguese Central. Valença to Santiago

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CAMINO CENTRAL. VALENÇA TO SANTIAGO

 

The Portuguese Way is a Pilgrimage route linking the town of Valença do Minho by the border of Galicia to Santiago de Compostela, along the beautiful old Saint James path. Every day is a different scenery, offering countryside views, towns and cities rich in culture and filled with the camino spirits. Churches, monuments, old crosses will tell the history of this less trodden way until you arrive at Obradoiro Square, just in front of Saint James Cathedral, in the hearth of Santiago of Compostela. You will experience the true way, away from the crowds and near yourself discover.

SELF-GUIDED INFORMATION TRIP

LENGHT

8 Days/ 7 Nights

DISTANCE

124 Km

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

START/END

Valença do Minho - Santiago

ACCOMMODATION

Comfort / Basic

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Religious architecture 
  • Countryside
  • Medieval Towns
  • Santiago de Compostela UNESCO center
  • The Saint James Way

This is the perfect choice. You will experience The Camino and not in the crowds…

HELDER CEREJO

Our Camino expert!!

SUPERIOR (3*/4*) Valença do Minho: Pousada de São Teotonio 4*/ Porriño: Hotel Parque 3*/ Redondela: Pazo Torre de Agrelo / Pontevedra: Hotel Galicia Palace 4*/ Caldas de Reis: Posada Real 4*/ Padrón: Pazo de Lestrove / Santiago: Hotel Virxe da Cerca 4* COMFORT (2*/3*) Valença do Minho: Hotel lara 3* / Porriño: Hotel parque 3* / Redondela: Pazo Torre de Agrelo / Pontevedra: Hotel Rias Baixas 3* / Caldas de Reis: Hotel Roquiño 2* / Padrón: Hotel Scala 3*/ Santiago: Hotel Alda San Carlos 3* BASIC (Guesthouse, 1*& 2*) Valença do Minho: / Porriño: Hostal Loro / Redondela: Hotel Santo Apostolo 1*/ Pontevedra: / Caldas de Reis: Hotel Cruceiro 1*/ Padrón: Hotel Rosalia 2* / Santiago: Hotel Windsor 2*

You walk your Camino at your own pace, and you can choose to walk alone or with others as you wish. You will be provided with maps and a briefing of the terrain before you begin each day’s walk. Along the Way, you will also be guided by the yellow arrows, so you need not worry about getting lost. We have meeting points along the day's walk where our support vehicle will be waiting with snacks, fruit and water and to make sure everything is OK. If along the Way, you do not want to keep walking for any reason, you can hop on the support vehicle for a rest and re-commence when you feel up to it.

    ITINERARY:

    Day 1 Valença do Minho Arrival

    After arriving at Porto airport or Train Station, our Guide will meet you and brief you about your tour, handling you all the information pack of the journey. After this meeting transfer will be organized to your hotel in Valença do Minho. If you still have time, enjoy the atmosphere of old Valença do Minho, by the border with Spain.

    Day 2 Valença do Minho to Porriño (19km)

    Hiking along small fortresses, passing under old doors, travel in medieval streets and crossing over ancient bridges, today you might feel like a middle age pilgrimage. The times have changed but the atmosphere, the landscape or the people's lifestyle do not. On the way you might enjoy the town of Tuy and spend some time in the center, the Cathedral is a must see. Very soon you arrive in Galiza, Spain and after a beautiful walk along the river, you find your accommodation in Porriño.

    Day 3 Porriño to Redondela (17.5km)

    The challenge for today goes towards Redondela still the Saint James path, part following close to the national road. Up to the hill the hiking will be rewarding because at 250 meter high you can see the horizon, feel the wind and take some great photos over Redondela and Ria de Vigo. Until the town as you descend, you’ll have the opportunity to pass by some rural villages.

    Day 4 Redondela to Pontevedra (14.3Km)

    Back to the forest track just out of the logging, toward one of the smallest days of your entire journey and Pontevedra! Up the hill to Arcade, along the forest to reach the end of the Ria and cross the Sampaio Bridge at Arcade, one from the XVIc. It is here to help you get over Verdugo River to one of the oldest parts of this Saint James way, the roman way. This part of the way was the Vía XIX that came all the way from Braga (Pt) to Lugo and As- torga. This part goes up through forest and rural countryside. A peaceful part of the Camino that ends up in the 80000 inhabitants of Pontevedra. Pontevedra is a magnificent place to hang out by the end of this small day, a lot of history is present in the old centre, from churches to monasteries and narrow streets...

    Day 5 Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis (22.6Km)

    After your breakfast feeling full energized you will start one of the longest day. The experience goes through old railways, rural paths and wetlands. Place of hundreds of species and biodiversity, you will be surrounded by some of the most beautiful and natural landscapes. Perfect to explore with all your senses step by step you get closer to Caldas dos Reis, the final destination of the day. A few kilometres from Caldas de Reis there is the waterfall and the watermills system of Barrosa river, have a look before check in your hotel.

    Day 6 Caldas de Reis to Padrón (20Km)

    Now on your 14th day, you begin with a nice walk along agriculture fields, in this fertile land with thermal waters. Toward Valga the path goes into a very scenic scenery by the river and dark forest. Out of this forest and along little roads you reach Pontecesures, a place full of religious architecture. Crossing the river reach Padrón, your last stop before Santiago de Compo- stela, this town has beautiful gardens and monuments all around. Look for typical food and delight with great dinner.

    Day 7 Padrón to Santiago de Compostela (25.3Km)

    Today is your last day of hiking adventure! Santiago awaits you just 25km ahead. The day to reach Santiago de Compostela is probably the longest one, not about the kilometers but mindset. The path leaves the town of Padrón going up north to the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria la Mayor, episcopal center before its transfer to Santiago de Compostela. Soon you reach the outskirts of Santiago. In the afternoon feel free to explore Santi- ago, the old quarter and the rest there is a lot to see.

    Day 8 End of Tour

    Every tour comes to an end. After Check out we will transfer you to the airport, train or bus station.

    WHAT´S INCLUDED?

    • Accommodation & Breakfast 
    • Welcome briefing at Porto
    • Booklet with detailed information of your tour including maps.
    • Gps file for your device (mobile app) sent previously.
    • Support contact during all tour
    • Luggage transfer from Hotel to hotel (1Pc)
    • Transfer from Porto Airport, train Station or Bus station to Hotel in Valença do Minho (Superior & Comfort)
    • Final transfer From Santiago Hotel to Santiago Airport, train or bus station.
    • (Superior & Comfort)
    • Basic travel Insurance 

    EXCLUDED

    • Lunch and diners
    • Personal expenses.
    • Taxi transfer and presence support during hike.

    OPTIONNALS

    • Second Luggage Hotel to Hotel (please inquire)
    • Luggage from Porto to Santiago Hotel (please inquire)
    • Transfer from Porto Airport, train or bus station to Hotel in Valença do Minho (Basic) (140€ up to 4Pax)
    • Final transfer From Santiago Hotel to Santiago Airport, train or bus station. (Basic)
    • (40€ up to 4Pax)
    • Solo Supplement if you travel alone
    • Individual Room Supplement 

    HOW TO BOOK?

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    E- mail : info@thewaytours.com

    Phone : + 34 629 066 115

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