Portuguese Camino

10 Days | Be challenged and be fulfilled on this coastal Camino.

4.9 out of 5 based on 47 reviews submitted.
Walking & Trekking
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Challenge yourself to a journey from pretty Porto to the historic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela on an 10-day alternative coastal Camino trail. This Portuguese Camino trail passes through coastal Baiona, Vigo and Redondela, and joins the pilgrim route onwards to Pontevedra, Caldas de Reis, Padron, and finishing in Santiago de Compostela. You’ll embark on a journey through the countryside in mostly north-western Spain, retracing the ‘Way of Saint James’, trekking past the Bay of Vigo, visiting old churches and quaint villages. As one of the three most important Christian pilgrimages, you’ll take part in a powerful journey through some idyllic landscapes and via some beautiful towns.

Trip overview

Map of Portuguese Camino including Portugal and Spain
Start
Porto, Portugal
Finish
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Destinations
Spain, Portugal
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
ZMXG
This trip generates 10.67 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Journey this mostly coastal walk to Santiago de Compostela – a lesser-known trail with fewer pilgrims along the way.
  • Feast on some of the best Spanish seafood and Albarino wine in Arcade, on a substantial lunch stop on the way to Pontevedra.
  • Trek a fair distance each day, but be able to relax along the way, with dedicated rest day in seaside Vigo.
  • Take a load off – literally! Your luggage will be transferred between your accommodation each day, meaning you’ll only have to carry a day pack, and your luggage will be waiting at your hotel.
  • Visit one of the local wineries in the region of Caldas de Rei and have the opportunity to soak in the renowned hot springs in the area.
  • Explore the marvels of Saint James’s resting place at the Cathedral de Santiago and the medieval old town surrounding as a reward for conquering this journey

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is a walking trip. You need to be of good health in order to complete the walks. Please ensure you bring sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothes. To make the most of the trip, it's best if you have at least a moderate level of fitness.
  • Please note that there are sections on the walk where it will not be possible to call in a taxi or any other transport.
  • Your main luggage will be transported between stops, but you will still carry a daypack with the essentials, such as water, snacks, a raincoat and so on.
  • The diversity of the seasons here makes for incredible scenery, but the weather in this region can be unpredictable. It’s best to wear layers at all times of the year in case conditions change during the day.
  • While this route is called Portuguese Camino, most of the walking is done on the Spanish territory.
  • On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight under 15kg / 33lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are likely to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

Itinerary

Map of Portuguese Camino including Portugal and Spain

Inclusions

Meals

9 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Private minivan, Taxi, Walking

Accommodation

Hotel (9 nights)

Activities
  • Pilgrim passport collection
  • Oyster tasting
  • Wine tasting in local bodega or vinoteca
Add on activities
  • Porto - Clerigos Tower - EUR8
  • Porto - Bolhao Market - Free
  • Porto - Livraria Lello - EUR8
  • Porto - Serralves Foundation - EUR20
  • Porto - Port Wine Tasting - EUR10
  • Santiago de Compostela - Cathedral - EUR12
  • Santiago de Compostela - Pilgrimage Museum - EUR2
  • Santiago de Compostela - Bike Hire - EUR10

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip and subject to availability at the time of booking. Please also note that due to the small properties we use in Europe there is only a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability please speak to your booking agent.
2. We will transport your luggage between hotels, but you are only allowed one bag/suitcase of maximum weight 18kg. No items should be strapped to your luggage, such shoes, walking poles, etc. Transport of any extra luggage will incur small fee charged at the Welcome Meeting.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 47 reviews submitted.
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Pasqualina · Traveled September 2023
Cristina was with us every step of the way and went over and above. Thank you Cristina what an inspiration you are
Review submitted 09 Oct 2023

Steven · Traveled September 2023
Our guide, Adrian, was a fountain of knowledge about the ecology and plant life, geology, culture and history of Galicia. Along the walk, he pointed out trees, plants, natural features, local food specialties, and points of historical interest. The tip itself has an excellent itinerary, with the right length of walk each day, variety of scenery, and unique inclusions. A great value!
Review submitted 01 Oct 2023

Theresa · Traveled September 2023
Intrepid is a wonderful company largely because of its tour leaders and trip planning.
Review submitted 05 Oct 2023

Betsy · Traveled September 2023
The Portuguese Camino is a not to be missed adventure. It is one of the original Camino paths and an opportunity to walk north along the ocean and enjoy marvelous seafood. All the trip organization and support was flawless and the trip leader superb. It is a long walk in a terrific setting and September was a great month to do it.
Review submitted 22 Sep 2023

Fiona · Traveled September 2023
Buen Camino!! My husband and I had a wonderful experience on our 10 day walk. The beautiful scenery, delicious food, Spanish hospitality and our wonderful group of fellow travellers as well as our amazing guide Maria. So many wonderful memories.
Review submitted 16 Sep 2023
Portuguese Camino
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EUR €1,950