Come with us along the Camino Portugues, commencing in northern Portugal.
Travel Enriched offers two itineraries along the Camino Portugues. Both tours commence in the world heritage listed small city of Oporto (also known as Porto) in northern Portugal. Our journey includes five days walking through the attractive Portuguese countryside. The remainder of our time is spent in the equally delightful rural Spanish region of Galicia.
The Camino Portugues is possibly the least demanding of the many pilgrim trails that lead to Santiago de Compostela. Much of the pathway is flat or undulating. Our itinerary excludes any very steep sections and industrial areas. Our journey follows forest tracks and rivers, via vineyards, picturesque valleys, small hamlets and historic towns. We stay in charming locations such as Barcelos, Ponte de Lima and Tui on our ‘Way’ to the ancient city of Santiago.
Much of this relatively uncrowded pilgrim trail follows the original Roman road between Portugal and Spain. We walk in the footsteps of Celtic, Roman, Islamic and Christian Wayfarers stretching back to ancient times. Significantly the Camino Portugues follows the route taken by St James the Apostle who first landed in Galicia by boat in the area now known as the township of Padron.
In 2018 we offer two 13 day tours along the Camino Portugues. Maximum walking distances are between 150 – 200 kms. Both tours are fully supported with back up transport and luggage transfers. Accommodation is in comfortable, small hotels and family run guesthouses. Participant numbers are limited to 14.
Our first tour in the European springtime commences in Oporto. We travel inland along the traditional pilgrim route through charming villages such as Barcelos and Ponte de Lima before crossing into Spain. Highlights of walking in this season include the pleasant temperature, colourful wildflowers and the sound of new-born farmyard animals. The tour includes a side trip to nearby historic sites on the Galician coast. Before reaching Santiago we enjoy two days walking in the more remote Finisterre peninsula. See itinerary.
Our second Spring tour follows the coastal route of the Camino Portugues. A key attraction is observing daily life in remote agricultural areas and fishing villages beside the Atlantic Ocean. Our pathway takes us through significant historic towns such as Viana do Castelo and Baiona that played an important role in maritime trade and exploration. Midway through our journey we join pilgrims on the inland Portuguese trail then walk the final stretch to Santiago. See itinerary.