Portuguese Way to Santiago

The Portuguese Way to Santiago is a classic route that combines personal challenge, interest in history, art and nature. Year after year pilgrims cover hundreds of miles through stunning landscapes, hidden isolated villages and spectacular medieval towns.

The Portuguese Way, both in Northern Portugal and Galicia, is rich in cultural heritage, which extends beyond architecture and museums to become a route with some of the region’s finest examples of art. The landscapes are breathtaking, along the Atlantic coast or inland.

The hospitality offered by the people is proverbial, and a true highlight. This practice was started in the middle Ages by the monks and clergymen, and the tradition is kept alive today along the Way.

Our tour crosses Northern Portugal to end up in Santiago, on the other side of the border, in Galicia, Spain.

From the old town of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage city, and home of Port wine, to the medieval town of Santiago de Compostela, crossing beautiful regions in Northern Portugal and Galicia, the Portuguese Way of Santiago is an unforgettable journey.

With the picturesque riverfront of Porto, the famous ceramics of Barcelos, the green hills of Northern Portugal and Galicia, not to forget the numerous Baroque churches and mediaeval villages and bridges all along the way, the Portuguese Way has plenty to offer, for all the heritage, culture and nature lovers.

We can’t fail to mention the sumptuous gastronomy from both regions, and the fine wines, among the best in the world.

The Portuguese Way is approximately 241km, we will be cherry picking the best sections for your enjoyment.

The peregrination to Santiago from Portugal has started in the high medieval period. For centuries, the Portuguese people participated in this collective experience, following the example of monarchs, members of the nobility and the high clergy.

Thanks to this movement between Portugal and Galicia, the cultural, economic and intellectual exchange flourished.

If you like good walking and magnificent scenery, this holiday is a perfect choice! This is truly a rambler’s paradise not only for the amazing walking but also for the beauty that engulfs. Visits to: Porto, Barcelos, Ponte de Lima, Vitorino dos Piães, Cabanas, Valença, Porrino, Pontevedra, Caldas de Reis, Padron, Santiago de Compostela.

Comfortable en-suite accommodation.
Sociable evenings spent in local restaurants.
A fantastic itinerary of walks, developed and perfected by local resident Portuguese tour leaders, very knowledgeable of the region.
The hospitality and warmth from the local poulation, whilst enjoying dining out at local restaurants every evening.

The tour includes

Airport transfers.

En-suite accommodation in comfortable hotels, or charm units, beautifully located.

Breakfasts taken at the hotel and dinners in local restaurants.

All transport costs in conjunction with the programme.

Services of a dedicated leader.

Please note:

The walking and sightseeing programs are integral with each other. However because we have dedicated transport with the group there will be considerable flexibility within the program for individual clients.

A wait at the airport may be necessary to enable all passengers to travel together to and from the hotel.

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image.

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