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Portuguese Way from Oporto in 11 stages

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238 km
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11 stages
13 days
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415 €

International Bridge between Galicia and Portugal
The Portuguese Way is, after the French, the second most famous Jacobean route and a perfect alternative for its smooth profile and the many charms that Portugal has to offer. Here we suggest the Portuguese Way from Porto to Santiago de Compostela. 11 stages that will take you from the main urban centre of northern Portugal to the city of the apostle. Atlantic coast, green hills and idyllic forests is what the landscape has to offer. Gastronomy, culture and the striking rural Portuguese and Galician baroque architecture complete the perfect combination.
Walk the entire Portuguese Way from Oporto
Discover heritage cities and charming villages
Cross the invisible border between Portugal and Galicia
International Bridge between Galicia and Portugal
Camino Portugues
PT00

Portuguese Way from Oporto in 11 stages

Distance
Difficulty
Stages
Duration
238 km
●●○○○
11 stages
13 days
Walk the entire Portuguese Way from Oporto
Discover heritage cities and charming villages
Cross the invisible border between Portugal and Galicia
from 415 €
The Portuguese Way is, after the French, the second most famous Jacobean route and a perfect alternative for its smooth profile and the many charms that Portugal has to offer. Here we suggest the Portuguese Way from Porto to Santiago de Compostela. 11 stages that will take you from the main urban centre of northern Portugal to the city of the apostle. Atlantic coast, green hills and idyllic forests is what the landscape has to offer. Gastronomy, culture and the striking rural Portuguese and Galician baroque architecture complete the perfect combination.

The recipe for great journeys

Natural, historical and ethnographic heritage, spectacular gastronomy, good company, slow pace and time for time. These are the ingredients with which we design trips in Viando. Are you staying at home? 

Is this trip for me?

Type of trip: Long distances
For those who are not content and want to live every step of a great adventure. Endorphins and great memories.
Type of services: Configurable
You choose your category of accommodation, if you want breakfast or not, if you want us to carry your luggage, etc. You decide and we will make sure everything runs smoothly.
Travel style: On your own
Programmes designed so that you can travel the route on your own, at the pace set by your steps. Full autonomy and the peace of mind of knowing that we are with you if you need us.
Physical demands: Hiking
Routes of small or medium physical demand, of medium distance (20-30 km / day) and surfaces that facilitate walking, and that can be covered autonomously.

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Luggage transport
Private transfers
Breakfast
Half board (dinners)
Cancellation insurance

Free if you book through our website

Luggage transport
Private transfers
Reinforced breakfasts
Half board (dinners)
Cancellation insurance

Itinerary

Day 1. Starting the Portuguese Way from Oporto

Starting the Portuguese Way from Oporto - Porto, in Portuguese -, offers us the possibility of getting to know one of the most important cities in Portugal and a must for all those who visit the north of the country. Not in vain has it been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Its many attractions, from the Torre dos Clérigos to the Ribeira district, or from the Cathedral to the famous Livraria Lello & Irmão, have made it a tourist destination of reference in Portugal. And for this reason, without a doubt, it is also one of the best places to start the Portuguese Way.

Hostel: Porto Lounge Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel Poveira or similar
Charming accommodation: Porto Coliseum Hotel or similar
Premium accommodation: The Clover Act or similar

Day 2. Stage Oporto - Vilarinho

Distance: 27 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Vilarinho

More than a third of this first stage is urban. And no wonder. Porto has the second largest metropolitan area in the country. This means that most of the route will be on asphalt and pavements, which leads some pilgrims to skip this stretch using the metro to Araújo. We don't recommend it, because the Camino de Santiago is not just about rural areas and beautiful landscapes. It is also its cities and its people. And sometimes its industrial parks, like the one in Maia, which you will also pass through on this stage.

The journey continues through small villages such as Mosteiró, Gião and Vairão before reaching the day's goal: Vilarinho.

Hostel: Casa da Laura or similar
Standard accommodation: Mindela Guesthouse or similar
Charming accommodation: Santana Hotel & Spa or similar
Premium accommodation: Villa C Boutique Hotel or similar

Day 3. Stage Vilarinho - Barcelos

Distance: 26.6 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Barcelos

The second stage of this Portuguese Way from Porto is radically different from the first and rural and agricultural areas dominate the entire section, which runs along dirt tracks and local roads without traffic, connecting small villages relatively close to each other.

The stage ends in Barcelos, an interesting town that is at the base of one of the Portuguese symbols par excellence: the cockerel. It is only 20 km from Braga, once the capital of the Kingdom of Galicia and now known as the Portuguese Rome.

Hostel: InBarcelos Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel Bagoeira or similar
Charming accommodation: Casa da Ana Boutique Guesthouse or similar
Premium accommodation: Art'Otel Barcelos or similar

Day 4. Stage Barcelos - Ponte de Lima

Distance: 32.9 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
AccommodationPonte de Lima

From Barcelos to Ponte de Lima is the longest stage of this programme: almost 35 km which, depending on your time availability, we recommend you to start in the middle, spending the night in Balugães.

The entire route takes you through the beautiful wine-growing areas of the vinhos verdesa type of young wine very appreciated in Portugal and perfect to accompany light meals.

At the end of the stage you will reach the wonderful town of Ponte de Lima. A perfect place to rest and imagine the scene of its main legend: that of the river of oblivion during the conquest of Gallaecia.

Hostel: O Caminheiro Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel Império do Norte or similar
Charming accommodation: Hotel Mercearia da Vila or similar
Premium accommodation: Hotel Paço de Vitorino or similar

Day 5. Stage Ponte de Lima - Rubiães

Distance: 18.3 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
Accommodation: Rubiães

The fourth stage is one of the most interesting and of greatest scenic and natural value in this programme.

It runs mainly through a wooded and very pleasant environment, with almost no difficulties except for the climb to the Portela Grande de Labruja, with a steep slope.

It should also be noted that between Codeçal and Rubiães (9.2 km) there are no services for pilgrims. However, the whole stage is much shorter than the previous one and the destination, Rubiães, is the prelude to Tui.

Hostel: Alojamento Local Ninho or similar
Standard accommodation: Repouso do Peregrino or similar
Charming accommodation: Quinta das Águias or similar
Premium accommodation: Quinta do Crasto or similar

Day 6. Stage Rubiães - Tui

Distance: 19 km
Difficulty: ●○○○○
Accommodation: Tui

Last Portuguese stage of this route. However, the Portuguese Way continues towards Santiago, passing the border (which was not always the case) of the river Minho. You will reach the old medieval city of Tui, whose bishopric extended, in the Middle Ages, on both sides of the river. You will first have to pass through Valença do Minho, where we recommend a stop at the fortress. It is one of the best preserved in Portugal, and one of the liveliest.

At the end of the day, much more heritage awaits you in Tui. Its splendid cathedral-fortress and intricate medieval streets. Many people end their journey here to continue on to Santiago on another occasion. But in this programme we will continue.

Hostel: Pilgrim Ideas or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel Villa Blanca or similar
Charming accommodation: A Torre do Xudeu or similar
Premium accommodation: Tui Parador or similar

Day 7. Stage Tui - O Porriño

Distance: 16.1 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: O Porriño

The seventh day is the first completely Galician day of this Portuguese Way. You will start your journey in Tui, on the banks of the river, perhaps joining the pilgrims who have decided to take Tui as the starting point of their Camino, as it is one of the most popular starting points.

After crossing the historic street you will begin a gentle ascent towards Ribadelouro, passing by the sanctuary of San Bartolomeu, one of the oldest in Galicia.

From there, you'll descend towards O Porriño, capital of the municipality of the same name, which is in the metropolitan area of Vigo, the largest city in Galicia.

To get to O Porriño, when you reach the village of Orbenlle you have two well-signposted options: you can take the official road, which crosses the industrial area of As Gándaras, or the alternative route that runs through the natural area of As Gándaras de Budiño and Río Louro. Our recommendation is to opt for the latter, because it avoids the asphalt and the industrial area and, in addition, both variants are 7.9 km long.

Hostel: Senda Sur or similar
Standard accommodation: Accommodation Central or similar
Charming accommodation: Casa Rural O Corzzon or similar (with transfer)
Premium accommodation: Tui Parador (with transfer) or similar

Day 8. Stage O Porriño - Redondela

Distance: 15.6 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Redondela

On leaving O Porriño you will quickly pass the town hall of Mos.

The route crosses the small village that serves as the capital, passing by the church of Santa Eulalia and the manor house of the Marquises of Mos, and then begins the climb to the top of Enxertade. There you can find the Roman milestone of Vilar de Infesta and follow the old Roman road XIX that linked Braga and Astorga.

From there you reach the town of Redondela, another of the towns in the Vigo metropolitan area, known for the enormous railway viaducts that cross the town between its houses, and a perfect place to spend the night.

If you are lucky and your visit to Redondela coincides with the Corpus Christi festivity, you will be able to enjoy the magnificent festival of the cokeThis festival, which has been celebrated since the Middle Ages as a pre-Christian reminiscence, brings to the streets of the town a being from Galician mythology in the form of a dragon or serpent that inhabits rivers and seas.

Hostel: Hostel Santiago de Vilavella or similar
Standard accommodation: A Marisma Hostel or similar
Charming accommodation: Alvear Suites or similar
Premium accommodation: Torres Agrelo Manor House or similar

Day 9. Stage Redondela - Pontevedra

Distance: 19.1 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Pontevedra

After leaving Redondela, a new effort will take you to the top of O Viso, which offers one of the best views over the famous Vigo estuary - the one portrayed by Jules Verne in his 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, where Spanish galleons loaded with gold from America rest on the seabed.

After a gentle descent, you will reach Arcade, a town famous for the oysters produced on its banks. Further on, you will cross the historic Roman bridge over the river Verdugo and start your descent towards Pontevedra, a town with an impressive historic quarter that is well worth a visit, taking advantage of the shorter-than-usual stage design.

In addition, you can't miss the church of the Pilgrim Virgin and discover its history. Take a look at the ground plan of the building and you'll see that it stands on an unusual but very appropriate scallop shape.

Hostel: Acolá Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel Avenida or similar
Charming accommodation: Hotel Boa Vila or similar
Premium accommodation: Parador de Pontevedra or similar

Day 10. Stage Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis

Distance: 21 km
Difficulty: ●○○○○
Accommodation: Caldas de Reis

On the fifth day of your experience on this Portuguese Way from Tui you will leave Pontevedra by the historic bridge of Burgo, where the river Lérez turns into an estuary. This stage of the Portuguese Way of Saint James is for nature lovers. You will be accompanied by wonderful landscapes dotted with small villages that will allow you to enjoy the charms of the Rías Baixas.

You can have lunch at the Barosa River Nature Park, enjoy the thermal waters of Caldas de Reis or do a wine tasting of D.O. Rías Baixas as part of this section. Just ask us and we will prepare it for you.

The end of the day will be in Caldas de Reis, a thermal village on the banks of the Umia river, perfect for recharging your batteries.

Hostel: GBC Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel O Cruceiro or similar
Charming accommodation: Via XIX Hotel Accommodation or similar
Premium accommodation: Hotel Torre do Río or similar

Day 11. Stage Caldas de Reis - Padrón

tancia: 18.5 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
AccommodationPadrón : Padrón

After leaving Caldas, the Portuguese Way continues through rural areas, with small towns and villages. Almost reaching the end of the stage you will cross the river Ulla, one of the most important rivers in Galicia and one of the main channels of the largest and most productive estuary in Galicia: the Ría de Arousa.

On the other side of the bridge, you will find Padrón, the point where, according to tradition, the boat carrying the body of the Apostle James docked when his disciples Theodore and Athanasius brought him back to Gallaecia.

In Padrón you will also discover that the "national poet" of Galician literature is a woman: Rosalía de Castro.

Hostel: Murgadan Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Hotel Rosalia or similar
Charming accommodation: Garden Guesthouse or similar
Premium accommodation: Hotel Pazo de Lestrove (with transfer) or similar

Day 12. Stage Padrón - Santiago de Compostela

Distance: 24.3 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
AccommodationSantiago de Compostela

You are approaching the finish line. Passing through small villages, always climbing moderately, you will reach Santiago passing through Iria Flavia, where the bishopric of Teodomiro was located at the time of the discovery of the apostle's tomb.

You will also pass through O Milladoiro, which today functions as a dormitory town of the capital of Galicia, but whose name probably comes from the Latin humiliatorium - a clear reference to the pilgrimage and to the fact that from its top it was finally possible to see the towers of Santiago Cathedral.

Keep walking and you will enter the city from the south, through the Porta Faxeira of the old wall and the rúa do Franco, a name related to the pilgrims, who were called francos indistinctly, even if they came from Portugal or from the south of Galicia. Congratulations, pilgrim! You have reached your goal. The journey continues.

Hostel: The Last Stamp or similar
Standard accommodation: Hospedería San Martín Pinario or similar
Charming accommodation: Hotel Costa Vella or similar
Premium accommodation: Hotel Monumento San Francisco or similar

Day 13. Santiago de Compostela and more

After a well-deserved rest, you finally have time to visit the city that you have reached on foot after more than a hundred kilometres. Its historic centre, its university, its market and its countless parks, its surroundings...

And, if you have time, the End of the World awaits you. We bring it to you on a full day trip to Muxía, Fisterra and the Costa da Morte.

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when booking on the website

Frequently asked questions

What to expect from this tour?
This long-distance route is especially geared towards people who want to complete the inland Portuguese Way in one go from Porto, the great city in the north of Portugal and one of its main tourist and heritage attractions. With a varied profile, this section is, in general, very accessible for people of different fitness levels, which makes it especially popular among the routes that make up the Way of St. James. It has a wide variety of services and also a significant number of walkers who walk it mainly in summer and autumn.
The Portuguese Way between Oporto and Santiago de Compostela is open all year round. Although it can be done in the middle of winter, taking into account a series of technical conditions (more information here), the most advisable time is usually the first half of autumn, when the weather is milder. It can also be done in summer, because temperatures are usually mild, but in this case you should expect more people on the Camino and there may be a certain saturation in the last stages.
All the stages of this route can be completed on foot, so there is no need for additional transfers. If you need transport to get to Porto from the city's airport, or if you want to hire a transfer from Santiago to the airport for your return home, we can include them as an optional service.
Accommodation in the following categories is available on this route: hostels, standard accommodation, charming accommodation and premium accommodation. You can find more information about the categories of accommodation we use on Viando. in this link.

By default and compulsory, all our programmes include travel insurance with specific coverage for the Camino de Santiago. You can see the details in the section Insurance of our website. 

All our programmes include a 24-hour telephone support service, should you need help at any time during your experience. This means that you can also contact us outside office hours (when you are on pilgrimage). 

If you want to book this programme, you have the following options available a form where you can indicate the starting date, the type of accommodation and a series of optional services. The price will be updated according to the options you choose, so you have full control. Once you have configured your trip, click on "Book" to make the payment.

Once we receive your request, you will automatically receive a proof of purchase and within 48 working hours we will contact you to confirm the details of your booking and provide you with the documentation. 

In Viando we also work with tailor-made programmes (short stages, intermediate rest days, itineraries different from those proposed, etc.). If you are looking for a Camino that meets your needs/preferences, you can ask us for a quote. here.