The Portuguese Way. Ponte de Lima to Santiago

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THE CENTENNIAL WAY TO SANTIAGO

 

The Portuguese Way is a hiking route linking the major town of Ponte de Lima to Santiago de Compostela, along the beautiful old Saint James path. Every day is a different scenery, offering country side 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

11 Days

DISTANCE

159 Km

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

START/END

Ponte de Lima-Santiago

ACCOMMODATION

Superior

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Religious architetonic sites
  • Nature landscapes and countryside scenarious
  • Delicious gastronomy and town esplanades
  • Santiago de Compostela UNESCO World Heritage Center

The Portuguese way is one of the most interesting Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. It is not as busy as the French way. If you have under 15days to travel, This one is your choice if you want peace on the Camino.

HELDER CEREJO

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PONTE DA LIMA: Lima hotel & Spa 4 * / RUBIAES: Casa da Capela / VALENÇA: Pousada São Teotónio 4* / PORRIÑO: Hotel Parque Porriño 3* / REDONDELA: Pazo Torre de Agrelo 4* / PONTEVEDRA: Hotel Galicia Palace 4* -/ CALDAS DE REI: Torre do Rio Rural 4* / PADRON: Hotel Pazo de Lestrove 4* / SANTIAGO: Hotel Virxe da Cerca 4*/

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: PORTO

    Our Guide will welcome you at Porto Airport and drive to Ponte de Lima, a medieval town in where you might discover old streets, ramparts and squares. Ponte de Lima by the river with same name was from roman time the only way up to the north, tomorrow will be your way to. Today take your time and enjoy!

    Day 2: PONTE DE LIMA to RUBIÃES (22,5km)

    The day starts from the doorstep of your lodging and goes towards north by the old roman bridge. You must know that these are the first steps of all Pilgrims since roman times, you wont just walk but be part of the history. The way goes up to the highest point of the entire hiking program, cross the beautiful countryside of northern Portugal and delight your eyes with land- scape plans. Away from the big roads and thru little way you’ll get to Rubiães your first night stop.

    Day 3: RUBIÃES to VALENÇA DO MINHO (13km)

    After a great breakfast, you start up to the sanctuary of Rubiães a romanic arquitectonic site. Take a deep breath and from there the way will drop to- wards Valença do Minho, the day is shorter and easier than yesterday. From wooden areas to agricultural field, from surfaced to dirt tracks the scenery varies a lot and will offer you a gorgeous way to the border town of Valença do Minho. There is the last Portuguese fortress, from XVIII century, make sure you will explore the old town.

    Day 4: VALENÇA DO MINHO to PORRIÑO (18.9km)

    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 has changed but the atmosphere, the landscape or the people 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 accomodation in Porriño.

    Day 5: 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 you way goes down the where you have opportunity to pass in some rural vilages full of streams and local spirit. You will sleep in the town, but before enjoy the monuments in the center or have a beer while the sun goes down.

    Day 6: REDONDELA to PONTEVEDRA (19.8km)

    Your adventure starts in the beautiful town of Redondela and will be just gorgeous until the end. Imagining from the ocean like fjord scenery, step inland in kilometers of wooden forested area and enter in old roman little villages. Al of this following the camino spirit and atmosphere where people are friendly and hospitable. Passing Arcade village and going up the small hill soon you arrive in Pontevedra, a wonderful town full of history and supeb Esplanades to a have a delicious meal.

    Day 7: PONTEVEDRA to CALDAS DE REIS (24km)

    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 of your senses step by step you get closer to Caldas dos Reis, the final destination of the day. A few kilometers from Caldas de Reis there is the waterfall and the watermills system of Barrosa river, take a look before check in your hotel.

    Day 8: CALDAS DE REIS to PADRON (21.7km)

    Your eighth day begins with 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 Compostela, this town is has beautiful gardens and monuments all around. Look for typical food and delight with great dinner.

    Day 9: PADRON to SANTIAGO (25,7km)

    Today is your last day of adventure! Santiago awaits you just 24km 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 go- ing 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. On the afternoon feel free to explore Santiago, the old quarter and the rest there is a lot to see.

    Day 10: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

    Welcome to Santiago de Compostela! Today is dedicated to walk along the old town center. If you want to stamp your pilgrim passport is also the best time to do it and find the certificate. Santiago is well worth of a day, from the old part and the related religious buildings to the newly museum of the Galician people. Have some time to enjoy a good meal to the sound of the pipes.

    Day 11: DEPARTURE

    Time to say goodbye! Our Guide will pick you up at Hotel according your schedule time. Take the best memories with you ...TRANSFER TO PORTO | 2h30

    WHAT´S INCLUDED?

    • Welcome transfer at Porto Airport or train Station in Porto to your Hotel in Ponte de Lima.
    • Briefing at the Hotel with handover of documentation and Gps Device for navigation.
    • Gps For Navigation (How to use tuition at briefing).
    • Booklet with detailed information for your tour, including maps.
    • Luggage transfer during Hike, Hotel to Hotel ( 1 Luggage per person Up to 18kg).
    • Phone assistance during all journey.
    • Portuguese phone for assistance 24/7 .
    • 10 nights lodging on Superior accommodations on BB basis.
    • Final Transfer from Santiago de Compostela to Porto (Airport, Train Station or Hotel)
    • Liability and personal accident insurance.

    EXCLUDED

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

    OPTIONNALS

    • Second luggage to be transfer from Hotel to Hotel
    • Reservation of dinner (where available)
    • Extra days of hike toward Finisterre or Muxia
    • Extra days for rest or Visits

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