Pilgrims Walking the Camino

camino portugués: Traditional TOUR

porto ⇒ Santiago de Compostela

From Porto to Santiago, the Traditional Caminho Português (as it’s referred to in Portuguese) turns northwards and runs inland, revealing the picturesque Portuguese and, leter, Galician landscapes. Scenic vineyards and fruit orchards characterize the countryside, and quaint villages and beautiful, old towns invite for authentic gourmet experiences of traditional, regional foods and the famous Vinho Verde ˗ the sparkling white wine.

Pilgrims traverse such cities of major historic significance as Porto, Ponte de Lima, Valença, Tui, Pontevedra and Padrón, and crossing the country border on foot, over the „International Bridge“ over the River Minho, is an absolutely delightful highlight. It pays off to read up on the towns and the regions this Camino crosses, and to allot some time for sightseeing!

Read More about the Camino Portugués ⇒

The devout Portuguese started walking to Santiago de Compostela soon after the discovery of St. James’ remains. The Portuguese Queen Isabel walked the Caminho Português in 1325, after the death of her husband, King Denis. The route of the Portuguese Way follows old Roman roads, established in the 1st century AD. Many of the cities along the way date back to Roman times as well, and they are brimful with history and cultural gems.

Already in medieval times, many pilgrims would choose to walk along the Atlantic coast instead of the traditional route. This alternative has gained in popularity again in the last ten years, and the infrastructure – shops, lodging options and signposting – have since improved immensely. Everyone who enjoys the coast, will appreciate this route especially.

Whichever Portuguese Way you choose, it is a special experience to cross the border between Portugal and Spain on foot, and to witness the visible transformation of the architectural styles, cuisine and other aspects of people’s lives. As the Camino from Porto stretches only for approx. 260 kilometers, many appreciate the possibility to finish it in two weeks.

Though most pilgrims start walking in Porto, the capital city, Lisbon, has become more and more popular as the starting point. The route from Lisbon is especially interesting for religious pilgrims, as it leads through Fatima, a city that itself is known for many Marian apparitions. Even though many parts of the way are sign-posted, the fact that the stretch between Lisbon and Porto often follows paved freeways discourages many pilgrims from walking it. However, attempts have been made to improve the infrastructural layout, and more guesthouses have opened along this part of the Portuguese Way.

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the Highlights

Starting in Porto – Portugal’s beautiful „Cultural Capital“ – the Portuguese part of the Traditional Camino leads northwards inland, traversing picturesque countryside and beautiful, historic towns. After the iconic border crossing at Valença – Tui, the Way leads into the lush greenery of the rolling hills and eucalyptus forests of Galicia.

The degree of difficulty of the Portuguese Camino ranges from easy to moderate; therefore, it is suited for anyone with reasonable, average physical fitness, and it makes for a wonderful choice for most pilgrims. Travelers here enjoy not only the rich, traditional quisine, picturesque countryside and charming rural atmosphere, but also wonderful infrastructure for pilgrims.

The rewarding feeling of arriving in Santiago on foot at the end is indescribable. One extra day (2 nights) in Santiago is the least needed to celebrate this accomplishment and to enjoy this magical city, and the itinerary is planned accordingly.

tour details

Tour Type: Self-Guided

Availability: April through October

Details ⇒
  • April 01 – June 30: Regular Season
  • July 1 – September 15: High Season
  • September 16 – October 31: Regular Season
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Duration: 14 Days Total / 11 Days Walking

Total Distance: 239.7 km. (149 mi.)

Average distance: 21.8 km. (13.6 mi.) / Day

Prices (per person):

Double Room:
Starting at € 730

Single-Occupancy Room:
Starting at € 1,040

What’s Included:

13 nights in single / double room

En-suite facilities

English-speaking emergency assistance
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Your full digital Travel Info Package
Details ⇒

We are proud to be working together with hand-picked, high quality and mostly locally owned and operated service providers.

Your journey will be booked through, and your Travel Package will include all the information you will need to access your lodging locations and to process your check-in.

Optional Add-ons:

Luggage transfer on walking days

Breakfasts (subject to availability)

Lodging for additional night(s) stays

Airport transfers
Details ⇒

If you wish to walk your Camino Stages with a light backpack, carrying only the basic necessities, we will be happy to arrange for your luggage to be forwarded from one hotel to the next on your walking days.

Breakfasts are not available everywhere, and they are often served late, starting around 8 am. However, if you wish to include brekfasts, we will be happy to do so, where possible.

Spending an extra night in a given town throughout your journey is often a good idea: you give your body a rest, relax and enjoy exploring the town. In Santiago, two nights are included in most of our Tours by default as we believe it’s the least a Pilgrim would need to enjoy the City; however, you have the option to opt out of it.

We will be happy to arrange for an airport shuttle transfer for you from your airport of arrival to the starting point of your journey. The same goes for the departure, unless you end your journey in Santiago and fly out of Santiago Airport. In that case, a taxi can be easily arranged for the time of your choice directly at the Reception Desk at your Hotel.

What’s NOT Included:

Flighs

Travel Insurance

Tour guide

Meals
Details ⇒

We do not book flights, nor organize any rail or commercial bus-line travel. However, if you need assistance in deciding how to get to and back from your Camino Tour, we will be happy to assist you with tips and ideas!

We strongly recommend to all our travelers to get a Travel Insurance; however, we do not sell any such policies. For our international clients, it is best to get a policy in their country of residence, as some countries offer insurances only to their own residents.

This is a date-flexible tour; therefore, it is self-guided – no Tour Guide will be accompanying you. If you are interested in joining a Group Tour with a Tour Guide, please check our Guided Tours page. (Note: our Guided Tours take place on set dates that are planned ahead.)

tour itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Porto

Your travels bring you, at last, to the beautiful City of Porto, often referred to as the cultural capital of Portugal. Check in at your hotel and spend the rest of the day and evening exploring the many amazing sites Porto has to offer, like a walk along the banks of the Duero river.

Day 2: Porto – Vila do Conde • 22.8 km. (14.2 mi.)

You first day on the Camino begins with a subway ride: Metro Line A will take you to get to the starting point of the Coastal Camino de Santiago. From here, you will walk along the coastline all the way until Vila do Conde. With the sea always to your left, the Camino leads over boardwalks and, later, traversing charming little villages. The farther you get from Porto, the more pleasant the scenery becomes, and there nearby Ocean will offer ample opportunities to have a quick swim.

Distance: 22.8 km. (14.2 mi.) | Difficulty: Easy

Day 3: Vila do Conde – Barcelos • 28 km. (17.4 mi.)

Today you will walk through the pretty city of Rates and on to Barcelos, where the same „rooster story“ is said to have happened as in Santo Domingo de la Calzada. As this a longer stage, you might want to consider taking a taxi out of town.

Distance: 28 km. (15.6 mi.) | Difficulty: Moderate

Day 4: Barcelos – Quinta da Portela • 23.7 km. (14.7 mi.)

From Barcelos, the Camino winds through vineyards and small forests, until it reaches Quinta da Portela.

Distance: 23.7 km. (14.7 mi.) | Difficulty: Moderate

Day 5: Quinta da Portela – Rubiães • 27 km. (16.8 mi.)

In the morning, the Camino descends to Ponte de Lima – a picturesque little town with a magnificent medieval bridge and historic center, located on the river that shares its name. After Ponte de Lima, the Way of St. James continues to today’s destination, Rubiães.

Distance: 27 km. (16.8 mi.) | Difficulty: Moderate

Day 6: Rubiães – Tui • 22.4 km. (13.9 mi.)

Today’s walk is one the most beautiful on the Camino Portugués. You will walk over mountain passes and later alongside the river Minho to Valença with its impressive fortress. While the city is now open and well-connected to Spain, its extensive fortress reminds of the days, when the border was not always peaceful. The “International Bridge,” located just beneath the fortress walls, connects the two European countries, and you can easily cross the border by foot. The destination of this today’s journey is Tui, a Spanish border city with its own fortress and various historical sites. Enjoy your evening in Tui, and take some times to admire its magnificent Cathedral!

Attention: When crossing the border into Spain, the clocks are changed 1 hr. ahead!

Distance: 22.4 km. (13.9 mi.) | Difficulty: Moderate

Day 7: Tui – O Porriño • 16.2 km. (10.1 mi.)

As today’s journey is a rather short one, there is no need to rush out of Tui with the first light of the day – you canb spend some time in the mornigh enjoying Tui and visiting what you might have missed yesterday. Beyond Tui, you will follow the Camino on a narrow trail all the towards O Porriño.

Distance: 16.2 km. (10.1 mi.) | Difficulty: Easy

Day 8: O Porriño – Redondela/ Arcade • 15.5/ 21.8 km. (9.6/ 13.5 mi.)

Walking on narrow trails again today, you will approach Redondela, from where you can see the Atlantic for the first time since Portugal.

Distance: 15.5/ 21.8 km. (9.6/ 13.5 mi.) | Difficulty: Easy

Day 9: Redondela/ Arcade – Pontevedra • 19.9/ 13.6 km. (12.4/ 8.5 mi.)

Walking mostly through forests, today you will reach the city of Pontevedra – the so-called „capital“ of the Camino Portugués in Galicia: Pontevedra. Today’s stage is relatively short, and you will have plenty of time to explore the lovely old town and to visit the cathedral.

Distance: 19.9/ 13.6 km. (12.4/ 8.5 mi.) | Difficulty: Easy

Day 10: Pontevedra – Caldas de Reis • 22.9 km. (14.2 mi.)

Through beautiful landscapes and past many crossroads, the Way of St. James leads today to Caldas de Reis, which is famous for its healing thermal springs.

Distance: 22.9 km. (14.2 mi.) | Difficulty: Easy

Day 11: Caldas de Reis – Padrón • 18.3 km. (11.4 mi.)

Passing by old churches and cemeteries, and more of picturesque, green Galician countryside, you will reach the long-awaited destination of your pilgrimage: Santiago de Compostela. Let the Camino guide you, one last time, into the heart of this magical City. Congratulations, dear Pilgrim: You. Have. Arrived. Celebrate, and enjoy!

Distance: 23 km. (14.3 mi.) | Difficulty: Moderate

Day 12: Padrón – Santiago de Compostela • 23 km. (14.3 mi.)

Passing by old churches and cemeteries, and more of picturesque, green Galician countryside, you will reach the long-awaited destination of your pilgrimage: Santiago de Compostela. Let the Camino guide you, one last time, into the heart of this magical City. Congratulations, dear Pilgrim: You. Have. Arrived. Celebrate, and enjoy!

Distance: 23 km. (14.3 mi.) | Difficulty: Moderate

Day 13: Free Day in Santiago de Compostela

We strongly feel that, after this amazing journey, it is instrumental to spend (at least!) one full, extra day and another night in Santiago, which is why it is added in our program „by default“ (though you can opt out of it). This is both the time and the place to unwind, to reflect upon and enjoy your journey’s end and, most importantly, to take it easy on yourself with your post-Camino re-entry into the big, wide World. Aside from that, UNESCO-listed city of Santiago is full of incredible places to explore, and you can collect your very well-earned Compostela (Certificate of Completion) as well as attend the Pilgrims’ Mass at the Cathedral.

Day 14: Departure from Santiago de Compostela

Farewell, Santiago; farewell, Camino – and sage travels on your journey back home or to your next adventure! And here is another option well-worth considering: to continue the Camino on to Finisterre (the „End of the World“) and / or to Muxía – two stunning, mystical places on the majestic Atlantic coast.

¡Buen Camino!

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Accommodation Type

Breakfast (note: not available in some places, and often served after 8 am)

Luggage Transfer (on walking days)

Additional Nights (beyond what's included in the itinerary)

tour combination options

our camino Portugués: Traditional tour can be easily combined with:

Camino Finisterre

Santiago de Compostela ⇒ Finisterre

Starting at € 280

Distance: 90.5 km. (56.2 mi.)

Duration: 6 Days Total / 4 Days Walking

Difficulty: easy

Camino Finisterre – Muxía

Santiago de Compostela ⇒ Finisterre ⇒ Muxía

Starting at € 370

Distance: 119.3 km. (74.1 mi.)

Duration: 8 Days Total / 6 Days Walking

Difficulty: easy