El Camino Portugués

Portuguese Way | O Porto to Santiago

Tour Description

Walk the Portuguese Way or Camino Portugués, from Porto to Santiago

If you have at least two weeks to walk the Camino Portugués, why don’t you start in Porto? This way, you will be able to discover one of the most important cities of Portugal, really well known because of its old quarter (a World Heritage Site since 1996), its wine, or its promenade along the Duero river.

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Experience details

Included Services

Lodging in private room with private bathroom
Luggage transfer between stages
Half board: breakfast and dinner
Travel insurance
Walking notes
Pilgrim passport
24/7 telephone assistance

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Arrival in Porto

O Porto – Fajozes (22 km)

We will start this walking day in the Cathedral of Porto. After leaving behind the outskirts of Porto, we will start walking through small rural areas.

Fajozes - Arcos (11 km)

This is one of the shortest walking days, just 11 km from Fajozes to Arcos. We will walk through small forests.

Arcos - Barcelos (20 km)

This stretch combines rural tracks and paved roads. In Barcelos, end of the stage, we can enjoy a great historical and cultural heritage.

Barcelos - Ponte da Lima (32 km)

The track will take us to rural areas in inland Portugal, until we reach Ponte da Lima. It is one of the most important cities of Portugal.

Ponte da Lima - Rubiaes (18 km)

Be ready from some ups downs, as this walking day is quite challenging. On the way, we will see chapels, and a lot of symbols related to the Camino de Santiago.

Rubiaes - Tui (20 km)

The Camino de Santiago will finally take us to Galicia region. The boarder is marked by the bridge that connects Valença do Minho (Portugal) and Tui (Spain).

Tui– O Porriño (18 km)

Tui, the first town in Spain, marks the beginning of the last 100 km of the Portuguese Way. In fact, most of the pilgrims walking this route, start their adventure in Tui. The are really nice spots in Tui that we strongly recommend to visit before heading off to O Porriño. For example, the Cathedral, or the bridge.

O Porriño – Redondela (16 km)

Be ready for some ups and downs on the way from O Porriño to Redondela. The walk is a bit more challenging that the previous days, however, it offers amazing views of the sea. The centre of Redondela is small, and the number of accommodations for pilgrims is limited. There are a few hotels spread on the way to Arcade (right on the Camino de Santiago).

Redondela – Pontevedra (19,8 km)

Once in Redondela, the path is the same as the Portuguese Coastal Way (an alternative route through the coast). For these reason, there could be more pilgrims on the way to Santiago de Compostela. Some of the highlights of the day: the Roman Bridge in Pontesampaio or the ascent to a Canicouva. Once in Pontevedra, we strongly recommend you to visit La Peregrina Church, and the historical quarter.

Pontevedra – Caldas de Rei (21,5 km)

This is a pleasant walking day, quite flat, through rural areas. On the way from Pontevedra to Caldas de Rei (in Barro) you can stop at the Natural Park of Rio Barosa, and discover its mills and cascades. Caldas de Reis is very popular because of its thermal spring waters. Why not taking a quick bath after the walk?

Caldas de Rei – Padrón (18,6 km)

The walk will take us to Padrón. Did you know that Padrón, according to the legend, was the first piece of land spotted by the sailors that were transporting the remains of St James the Apostle, from their boat? It is also the home town of one of the most popular Galician writers, Rosalía de Castro.

Padrón – Santiago (24,6 km)

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Standard Category Accommodations on El Camino Portugués

1* and 2* hotels

These hotels offer private rooms with private bathrooms as well as other additional services that may vary depending on the type of category: restaurant service, television, room service, dry cleaning, ironing service, etc. It is common to stay in this type of hotels in the cities along the Camino.

Hostels and pensions

These accommodations have the necessary services to cover the basic needs of cleanliness and rest at a more moderate price than the hotels . Officially, hostels and guesthouses are 1-star accommodations. However, this rating should not be taken into account when evaluating the level of comfort and quality of their services.

Trip cancellation insurance
Upgrade to superior room
Extra night at the beginning of the tour
Extra night at the end of the tour
Private transfer airport-starting location
Private transfer Santiago-Airport
Other private transfers
Organized visits and excursions
Pilgrim massage

Route map

Touristic information

History of the Portuguese Way from Porto

The Way of St. James originated in the 9th century when the remains of the Apostle were discovered in Santiago de Compostela. The news quickly spread around the world, becoming an important center of pilgrimage.

Porto is located at the mouth of the Douro River and is one of the most important cities in Portugal. With a great historical and cultural wealth, it has been declared a World Heritage Site.

During the Middle Ages, it was an important enclave for trade in the area. Its privileged position at the mouth of the Douro River facilitated the exchange of goods and merchandise, making it a thriving commercial center that attracted merchants and sailors from all over Europe. This key role in medieval trade contributed significantly to the wealth and development of the city.

Villages to visit on the Portuguese Way from Porto

Porto

The third most inhabited municipality in Portugal, declared a World Heritage Site for preserving one of the most beautiful old towns in Europe. Nowadays, it is one of the most popular starting points for pilgrims on the Portuguese Way.

Barcelos

One of the most important cities in the field of Minoan art and part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. One of its most emblematic elements stands out, the rooster of Barcelos, symbol of Portugal’s identity, linked to the Camino de Santiago by an ancient legend in which it saved the pilgrim from an injustice.

Tui

Tui on the Portuguese Way from Porto
Considered one of the main cities of the Kingdom of Galicia in the Middle Ages, Tui has an imposing historic center, declared a Historic-Artistic Site.

Small town whose border location makes it considered as “the gateway to Galicia” from the Portuguese Way of St. James. It preserves its medieval historical-artistic ensemble and the Diosano Museum, formerly a hospital for pilgrims, which can be visited today.

Redondela

Charming village located in the province of Pontevedra located at the mouth of the river Verdugo, in a privileged natural environment. It has a rich historical and cultural heritage, which makes it a destination to discover the beauty and authenticity of Galicia.

Pontevedra

Pontevedra on the Portuguese Way from Porto
With its charming old town, lively squares and delicious cuisine, Pontevedra invites you to immerse yourself in a world of tradition and modernity.

Also known as “Boa Vila” Pontevedra is a city with a long maritime and mercantile tradition that preserves one of the most important and elegant historical centers of Galicia, with a close relationship with the Camino de Santiago, Pontevedra is considered the capital of the Portuguese Way to Santiago.

Padrón

Located 22 km from Santiago de Compostela, this town is linked to the apostle Santiago, as his remains came from Jerusalem to this city. It is also known for being the home of two important writers: the poetess Rosalía de Castro and the Nobel Prize for Literature, Camilo José Cela.

Places of interest on the Portuguese Way from Porto

San Simón Island

At the bottom of the Vigo estuary, lies the island of San Simón, with a past surrounded by enigmas and mysticism. It was a refuge for Templar knights and Benedictine monks during the Middle Ages and was attacked by pirates in the 16th century and a concentration camp during the Civil War. This island, declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, although not directly on the Portuguese Way, many pilgrims choose to approach and visit this impressive place for its historical importance and cultural beauty on their way to Pontevedra.

Most important monuments on the Portuguese Way from Porto

Oporto Cathedral

Porto Cathedral on the Portuguese Way from Porto
The Cathedral of Porto is an impressive example of Romanesque and Gothic architecture with Baroque traces located in the heart of the city of Porto.

Also known as “La Sé de Porto”, the cathedral is the episcopal see of Portugal and one of the most important monuments of the city, being an essential visit for pilgrims and visitors.

It dates back to the 12th century and as a result of its various restorations, it combines Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture, which gives it an unparalleled historical richness.

Cathedral of Santa Maria de Tui

Built during the 12th century, the Cathedral of Santa Maria is one of the most important buildings of the Portuguese Way.

Despite being predominantly Romanesque in style, it has Gothic influences, highlighting its entrance, considered the first Gothic sculptural ensemble of the Iberian Peninsula. It also has a medieval cloister, the only one of its kind preserved in Galicia.

Sampaio Bridge

This bridge of Roman origin crosses the Verdugo River at its mouth and joins the towns of Soutomaior (Arcade) and Ponte Sampaio. Its architecture stands out, characterized by an elongated construction of 10 arches between which there are cutwaters.

In this town was fought the famous Battle of Ponte Sampaio, decisive in the Spanish War of Independence in 1809, ending 5 months of French occupation.

Church of the Pilgrim Virgin in Pontevedra

The church of the Pilgrim Virgin is one of the most symbolic and relevant buildings in the city of Pontevedra. Declared a Historic-Artistic Monument and of Cultural Interest, it combines elements of late baroque with neoclassical forms, such as its main altarpiece, erected in the eighteenth century. It is dedicated to the Pilgrim Virgin, patron saint of the province of Pontevedra and of the Portuguese Way, who guided the pilgrims from Baiona to Santiago; its peculiar plant in the shape of a scallop shell, symbol of excellence of the pilgrims of the Way of Santiago, in which a cross is inscribed, stands out.

What to do on the Portuguese Way from Oporto?

Taste the local gastronomy

Taste the delicious Portuguese and Galician gastronomy in the different towns and cities along the Way. You can taste traditional dishes such as cod, francesinhas and cream cakes; and octopus á feira and cocido in Galicia.

Explore the culture of the Camino

Along the Camino, you can visit a wide range of cultural and historical heritage such as churches, cathedrals and monasteries. Learn about the history, architecture and culture of each region.

Enjoy wine tastings

Especially in the wine regions of Portugal, such as Alentejo and Douro, you will find wineries and vineyards where you can taste a wide variety of red and white wines. A unique experience that will undoubtedly enrich your journey along the Portuguese Way.

Frequent questions

From Oporto airport

  • Car or cab: It is 12km to the city center, approximately 25 minutes drive.
  • subway: Take the purple E subway line from the airport to Trindade station. Frequency 30′ and with an estimated duration of 35′. For timetables and more information visit: https://www.oporto.net/metro
  • Bus: Take the bus towards Cordoaria (LINE 601 or 602) or towards Hospital de São João (LINE 604). The trip takes about 1 hour. For schedules and more information visit: https://www.stcp.pt/pt/viajar/linhas/

From Vigo airport

  • Car or cab: It is 160km, during a journey of approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes.
  • Bus: Take the bus (LINE A) from Vigo Airport to Urzaiz stop (Estación / Cotomondongo wall). 30′ journey and frequency every 30′. Another option is to take a cab to the station (10 minutes). Once there, we can take a bus (ALSA) to Oporto (2h trip). For schedules and more information visit: www.vitrasa.es and www.alsa.es  
  • Train: Take the bus (LINE A) from Vigo Airport to Urzaiz 13 stop. Frequency every 30′. Walk for 10 minutes to the train station Vigo Guixar. Once there, we can take a train (Renfe) to Oporto (2h and 20 minutes). For schedules and more information visit: www.vitrasa.es and www.renfe.com

From Lisbon airport

  • Car or cab: It is 315km, during a journey of approximately 3 hours.
  • bus: Take the subway (RED LINE) direction East (6 minutes ride). Frequency every 10′. Once there, we can take a bus to Oporto (3h and 30 minutes). For timetables and more information visit: https://www.metrolisboa.pt/ and https://rede-expressos.pt/es   
  • Train: Take the subway (RED LINE) direction East (6 minutes ride). Frequency every 10′. Once there, we can take a train to Oporto (3h trip). For schedules and more information visit: https://www.metrolisboa.pt/ and https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en

FromSantiago de Compostela airport

  • Car or cab: 250km with an estimated duration of 5 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Bus: Take the bus (LINE 6A) from Santiago de Compostela airport to the bus station. Frequency every 15′ and with an approximate duration of 45′. Another option is to take a cab to the station, with an estimated duration of 15′. Then, we must take a bus (ALSA) to Oporto (4h trip). For schedules and more information visit: www.alsa.es, www.flixbus.es y https://lugove.gal/es
  • Train: Take the bus (LINE 6A) from Santiago de Compostela airport to the train station. Frequency every 15′ and with an approximate duration of 20′. Another option is to take a cab to the station, with an estimated duration of 15′. Then we will take a train to Vigo (journey time between 50 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes). At Vigo-Guixar station we can take a train (Renfe) towards Porto (2h and 20 minutes). For schedules and more information visit: www.vitrasa.es, https://lugove.gal/es and www.renfe.com

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TOUR SUMMARY

DISTANCE: 241 Km
STAGES: 12 Stages
DURATION: 13 Nights
DIFICULTy: 4/5
START: Porto
PRICE: desde 1085€

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