Best of the Portuguese Way

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For many pilgrims, the Portuguese Way is more spiritually connected to the Camino than any other way. The Camino is all about the apostle St James, and Portugal, it is said, is where he was known to have first preached. It is also believed that his final journey to Santiago was via Portugal when his bones were brought back from Jerusalem following his beheading. The Portuguese Way, which is second only to the Camino Francés in popularity with modern day walkers and pilgrims, extends from the capital, Lisbon, across the border to Santiago, and this guided walk takes in the most popular, beautiful and intriguing sections between these two classic European cities. You’ll visit the must see Portuguese cities of Coimbra and Porto, enjoying guided walks and wine tastings as you go, before crossing into Spain where you will walk a section of the Way and visit a manor house near Pontevedra before arriving in the famed cathedral city of Santiago de Compostela.

Trip highlights

  • Following in the footsteps of pilgrims along the medieval trail to Santiago de Compostela.
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of your fellow walkers
  • Staying at specially selected hotels and a parador and eating at hotels and restaurants with delicious local dishes.
  • Visiting Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto and Santiago de Compostela


Day 1 Arrive Lisbon, welcome dinner

Make your way to the joining hotel in Lisbon and meet your guide at 4pm for an orientation walk of the city. Welcome dinner with the guide and group.

Day 2 Guided walk in Lisbon then drive via Estoril and Sintra to Pousada in Óbidos

This morning we’ll have a walk in Lisbon with your guide including visits to the Cathedral and historical center. Later we transfer along the coast to Estoril then via Sintra to Óbidos where you can stroll in the old city before dinner. Overnight Óbidos

Day 3 Walk a section of the Portuguese Way to Santarem, transfer to Coimbra (3hrs)

Transfer to the Camino Portugués, where we walk about 10km to Santarem, located on the right bank of the Tagus River. The town has a rich and ancient history, having been inhabited by the Lusitani people, Greeks, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and later Portuguese Christians. From here we transfer to Coimbra, visiting the ruins of Coninbriga on the way. Coninbriga is the largest Roman settlement in Portugal. Overnight Coimbra

Day 4 Visit Coimbra, walk a section of the Way, transfer to Porto, orientation walk and wine tasting (3.5hrs)

Coimbra is a lively university town situated on the Mondego River. In the morning we visit the old city and university, which is famous for its library Biblioteca Joanina. We then walk for 11 km along the Way before transferring to Porto, located on the banks of the Douro River. Porto’s maritime legacies and importance as a New World trading port shaped it into a proud city, with an impressive cathedral and port wine lodges. We’ll have a city stroll in Porto visiting the Cathedral, the Tower of Clérigos, the Ribeira-quarter and a wine cellar with tasting (of Tawny and Ruby wine) and in the evening have a special dinner at a restaurant with lovely river views. Overnight Porto

Day 5 Transfer by tram to walk a section of the coastal route and continue to Guimaraes (3.5hrs)

Free time in Porto before taking the tram along the river to the Castelo do Queijo. From here we walk along the coast for 10-12 km then transfer to Guimaraes where we can explore the old city with its variety of national monuments and historic buildings on foot. Overnight Guimaraes

Day 6 Visit Braga and walk a section of the Central route before visiting Ponte de Lima (3hrs)

Today we visit the historic town of Braga to see the cathedral and the old quarter before transferring to the Camino Portugués to begin our walk for the day, 10-12 km along the Central route to Santiago. We visit Ponte de Lima, the oldest town in Portugal, and transfer to Viana do Castelo, for our overnight stay.

Day 7 Cross into Spain by ferry and walk along the Camino Portugués de la Costa, overnight Parador (3.5hrs)

We cross the border into Galicia in Spain by ferry, discovering the landscape of the Miño river estuary. After visiting the pre-roman settlement in Santa Tegra, we pass A Guarda and walk along the Atlantic Coast. We transfer to Baiona, visiting the impressive fortress and the Caravela of Colón. Overnight Parador.

Day 8 Visit Pontevedra and walk a section of the way before visiting a manor house and wine cellar en route to Santiago (3.5hrs)

This morning we visit Pontevedra, including the A Peregrina church and the squares of A Ferraría, Leña and Verdura. We’ll transfer then walk for 10-12 km along the Portuguese Way before visiting a Pazo manor house, discovering camellia gardens and trying the local wine (Albariño). Transfer to Santiago.

Day 9 Full day in Santiago, guided tour and free afternoon

This morning there will be a guided tour of Santiago visiting the Cathedral, local market and the Alameda Park. The afternoon is at leisure, before we join as a group once more for a special farewell dinner.

Day 10 Trip concludes

The trip concludes in Santiago after breakfast.


What’s included

  • 9 breakfasts, 4 dinners (beverages and coffee included)
  • 9 nights in specially selected 3-4 star hotels and a Parador on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • English speaking guide throughout
  • Support vehicle for luggage and transfers during walking days (days 2 to 8)
  • Entrance fees for scheduled sightseeing



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