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Portuguese Route of Caminhos of Santiago

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 Hiking in North Portugal

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The “Old Portuguese Spiritual Route of the Caminhos of Santiago”

This beautiful route is characterized by much of the route is a coastal path. Between the Atlantic, the Minho River and some of its estuaries in Galician lands, we will know its people and some of its deep traditions. We will meet and sleep in secular convents and hotels that are symbols of an entire region. We will pass through places of great natural beauty and others of great historical importance.

These are our Camiños of Santiago and we invite you to join us on this journey of reunion and spirituality.

Duration

12 days / 11 nights
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Check out our other hiking itineraries in Portugal.

TYPE OF TRAVEL

Hiking tours with private transport transfers, local guide and hotel accommodation.

SUITABLE FOR

Anyone in good health, able to face walks of about 4 hours , and 500 km. per day.
The program can be adepted depending on your level of preparation.

RECOMMENDED PERIOD

From April to November

 

 

 

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PROGRAM – Hiking in North Portugal

Day 1: Path of the Coastal Defensive Line

Day 2: Celtic Track

Day 3: The Galicia Wild Shore

Day 4:The Sea and the Mountain Track

Day 5: The Medieval Architecture on the Way to Vigo

Day 6 -Through the Wood of the Great Plateau

Day 7: The Hills, the Oysters and the Historical Bridge

Day 8: The Path of the Spiritual Monasteries

Day 9: The Route of the Stone and the Water

Day 10: By Estuary and By the River

Day 11: The “Obradoiro” Square

Day 12: The Farewell Day

 

Contact us to receive the detailed schedule of the trekking trip to the North of Portugal

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PRIVATE TRAVEL

Possible every day

The price per person for this program implies a minimum number of 6 participants.

For less than 6 people, the price is provided upon request. Therefore, if that number is not reached, Lifextreme reserves the right to suspend the program in question, returning all the money that each participant has already paid.

The Camino de Santiago hiking trip can be organized for private groups of 2 or more people.
Contact us to receive personalized information.

GROUP TRIP

From 19.04.21 to 30.04.21*
From 20.10.21 to 31.10.21*

*For other dates, the booking is on request

Contact us to receive a personalized information.

 

There are many pilgrimage routes to Santiago, but none is more significant and moving than the “old Portuguese spiritual route of the Caminhos de Santiago”.

According to John Brierley, author of the bestseller “A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino de Santiago”, walking the Portuguese Way means traveling through time and advancing to a new era of spiritual renewal and awakening. While rooted in its pagan, Roman and Christian history, the Portuguese Paths are open to everyone, from all religions, or none ”.

Welcome to our Caminhos de Santiago.

 

 

 

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By Day Includes

  • All overnight stays within the program.
  • All transportation within the program, including the boat tour as well as transportation from Porto to Viana do Castelo.
  • The daily transport of personal luggage up to a maximum weight of 20 kg per participant.
  • Dinner on the 11th.
  • As for breakfasts, given the current limitations due to the pandemic of COVID19, it is not possible to know in advance which hotels include breakfast. In cases where it will not be possible, there are always good alternatives close to the hotels where we will be staying.
  • 1 guide.
  • All activities included in the program.
  • Personal Accident And Civil Liability Insurance in accordance with legal requirements.

By Day Not Included

  • In addition to cases where hotels serve breakfast and dinner on the 11th, no meals are included. The guide will ensure that there are always places where picnics can be purchased. In some cases there is the possibility of having lunch along the way which will be duly informed by the guide.

Accommodations

  • In view of the current limitations due to the COVID19 pandemic, it is not possible to inform in advance which hotels we will spend the night in, however we guarantee a minimum level of 3 Stars or similar, with the necessary amenities.

 

 

 

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      Tour Plan

      1
      Day 1 – The Path of the Coastal Defensive Line
      After the transfer from Porto to Viana do Castelo and after we have installed in a guesthouse of reference in this historical city, we will begin our program. This will be a short hike in which we will cross some forts dated from the 16th and 17th century, old bastions of the defensive line created to protect the Portuguese coastline of the attacks of the pirates and Spanish. An old church from the end of the 19th century, deeply linked to the devotion of the fishermen, is also part of this rich heritage we will cross. After some beaches and some coastal paths, we come to the end of this short walk that will be the shortest of all this journey. Back to the guesthouse in Viana do Castelo and after a short rest, the dinner waits for us in lands where the art of well-eating has a long tradition. After that, our hikers can, if they wish, get to know a little of this beautiful city, bathed by the Lima River and whose historical center dates back to the 15th century, very close to where we will sleep, and is constituted by buildings of great historical wealth.

      Details

        Beginning of the Activities: Between 8:00 am and 8:30 am Meals Included: Breakfast, picnic lunch, and the dinner Duration of the Hike: 2,5 hours Difficulty: Very Easy (Very Easy)
       
      2
      Day 2 – The Celtic Track
      Much of the walk on this second day will be along beautiful beaches in northwest Portugal. Shortly after the start of this second phase, we will find the ancient Salgadeiras, dating back to the period between the Iron Age and Romanization, around 500 years BC. This whole region is very representative of the influence of the Celtic people, proof of this is the presence of rock carvings (images carved in stone), from the same period as the Salgadeiras. Like the previous day, the presence of ancient forts is a constant. One of these gives its name to the beach in front, Forte do paço, recently considered by “The Guardian”, one of the 10 best secret beaches in Portugal. After a beautiful pine forest we will reach the beautiful village of Caminha, whose foundation dates back to the 19th century. XIII. Located at the mouth of the great and beautiful Minho River, its historic center is definitely worth a visit.

      Details

        Beginning of the Activities: Between 8:00 am and 8:30 am Meals Included: Breakfast and the picnic lunch Duration of the Hike: 6 hours Difficulty: Dificuldade (Easy)
      3
      Day 3 – The Galicia Wild Shore
      This day begins with the crossing of the river Minho to the Spanish side, on board a vessel of a local fisherman (depending on the sea conditions this crossing can be done through the local ferry). The landscape is beautiful, on one side we have the calm waters of the Minho and its islets, on the other, on the other hand, the turbulent waters of the Atlantic. This will be one of the most scenic routes on this entire spiritual journey. The entire route will be along the beautiful and wild coastline of Galicia. We will start walking after the boat trip. After going around Monte de Santa Tecla, about 1 hour later we will arrive at “La Guardia”. This fishing village is known for its fortress and Santa Cruz castle, which was occupied by Napoleonic forces in 1809. However, it was a short-lived occupation, since the local militias, together with Portuguese troops, expelled the French. After passing “La Guardia”, we will again have the ocean for company. At the end of this stage we can see a huge medieval monastery, built in 1137.

      Details

        Beginning of the Activities: Between 8:00 am and 8:30 am Meals Included: Breakfast and the picnic lunch Duration of the Hike: 6 hours Difficulty: Dificuldade (Easy)
      4
      Day 4 -The Sea and the Mountain Track
      the 4th day begins at the medieval monastery where we finished the previous stage. We continue our tour side by side with the Atlantic and with the mountain to our right. About 3 hours later, the path turns inland, and we begin to climb a beautiful mountain path. For about 6 km, the up and down is a constant and at the highest points the views are magnificent. After the last descent, we are very close to “Baiona”. This beautiful coastal town, born in 1201 by the order of Afonso IX, King of Leon and Galicia, already part of the metropolitan area of Vigo, is one of the most elegant beach resorts in the region and it is here, like the night before that we will sleep inside the old fortress.

      Details

        Beginning of the Activities: Between 8:00 am and 8:30 am Meals Included: Breakfast and the picnic lunch Duration of the Hike: 6 hours Difficulty: Dificuldade (Easy)
      5
      Day 5 -The Medieval Architecture on the Way to Vigo
      On this 5th day, we begin to enter in the channel where the famous Estuary of Vigo begins, a low water area with innumerable fish and shellfish farms. On this route, once again always with the sea close by, we will go through some beautiful sea walks. A little over an hour after we started our walk, we will cross a bridge whose architecture symbolizes the passage from the Romanesque to the Gothic. Dated from the 13th century, was ordered to be built by the Bishop of Tui and has a curious legend associated with it. After having passed this beautiful bridge full of history, the path follows now or along several beaches by sea walks, or, sometimes, through several villages until, about 4 km later, we come across another historical monument, this even more ancient. We refer to a Visigoth Arch, which was part of an ancient temple dating from the sixth and seventh centuries. After we passed the last beaches and the elegant villas next to them, we arrived at the port of Vigo, one of the most important in the world in terms of fishing discharges and it was thanks to him that Vigo was born and grew up. We are already very close to our hotel, right in the heart of this vibrant seaside town. After a short rest in the hotel, we will have a nice dinner, a fair reward for this long day.

      Details

        Beginning of the Activities: Between 8:00 am and 8:30 am Meals Included: Breakfast, picnic lunch, and the dinner Duration of the Hike: 8 hours Difficulty: Caminõs Santiago (Moderate)
       
      6
      Day 6 -Through the Wood of the Great Plateau
      The first part of this 6th day of hiking is by the most coastal part of Vigo, after which we will start to climb, further inland, towards a plateau where we will do much of the way. Once we have reached these highlands, the beautiful view extends throughout the city of Vigo, as well as to the other bank of the great Estuary of Vigo and, to our left, beyond, the entrance of the channel we crossed in the previous day. About 2 hours after we are walking on this great plateau we will enter a nice wood from which we will only leave when we begin to descend to our goal of the day, the coastal village of Redondela, created in the middle of the 13th century. Until then we will pass through some small villages. The overnight stay will be again in Vigo, where our travelers, given this is not a long leg, will have time to get to know this city a little better with a long and full history that began around the 2nd century BC.

      Details

        Beginning of the Activities: Between 8:00 am and 8:30 am Meals Included: Breakfast and the picnic lunch Duration of the Hike: 5 hours Difficulty: Dificuldade (Easy)
      7
      Day 7 -The Hills, the Oysters and the Historical Bridge
      On this 7th day, we resume the path where we finished the day before, in the village of Redondela, where several personalities were seduced by its charm, among them the poet Federico García Lorca, famous Spanish poet and playwright, one of the first victims of the Spanish civil war. From here the path goes up and near the top of the hill begins a wood where we will continue for about 3 km until we reach Arcade, a town famous for the quality of its oysters. However, Arcade is also known for its beautiful medieval bridge which full of symbolism, because it was here that the French were defeated in a battle that marked their retreat in the Spanish War of Independence. From here the path repeats itself, as we have a new hill to go up and near the top of it we enter and leave several small forest corridors almost until our destination of the day, the beautiful city of Pontevedra. It is here that we will spend the night in a beautiful hotel located right in the historic center and inside an old Renaissance palace from the 16th century. After dinner at the hotel, we propose a walk through the streets of the historic center, which can be proud to be one of the most beautiful and well preserved in all Galicia.

      Details

        Beginning of the Activities: Between 8:00 am and 8:30 am Meals Included: Breakfast and the picnic lunch Duration of the Hike: 7 hours Difficulty: Caminõs Santiago (Moderate)
             
      8
      Day 8 – The Path of the Spiritual Monasteries
      The day begins with a visit to the historic Church of the Pilgrim Virgin, a curious 19th century building. XVIII and a sanctuary for all pilgrims. After leaving the city, we will pass by the Ponte do Burgo. Of Roman origin, it has a high symbolic value for both the Spaniards and the Portuguese, since it is on top of it that the kings Fernando II of Leão and Galicia and D. Afonso Henriques celebrated the peace treaty. 2 hours later we will arrive at the convent of Poio. Dated to the sec. VII, reached its apogee in the century. XVI with the creation of a College of Theology. Over the centuries it has undergone several restorations, being in the century. XVII, with the construction of its church, which assumed its present form. It is one of the most important places for pilgrims, with a 200 m2 mosaic representing the Camino de Santiago. After 3 km we will begin to climb towards the Convent da Armenteira. Inside there is still a community of cisterciences nuns. Its isolation and the austerity of its architecture are an invitation to introspection and meditation.

      Details

        Beginning of the Activities: Between 8:00 am and 8:30 am Meals Included: Breakfast, picnic lunch, and the dinner Duration of the Hike: 7 hours Difficulty: Caminõs Santiago (Moderate)
       
      9
      Day 9 – The Route of the Stone and the Water
      This day begins inside a beautiful forest, where the crystalline waters of a stream and its granite stones will accompany us. We will continue to a small village, known for its original stone statues that represent life in its various forms. 3 hours later we will arrive in the small town of Cambados, capital of Alvarinho, one of the best white wines in the world (known in Portugal as Vinho Verde), and it was the European City of Wine in 2017. Although its origin is late when compared to many other cities in the region, given that it was born only in the 19th century. XVI, Cambados is an authentic open-air museum carved in granite stone, being one of the best preserved historical sites in Galicia. Given that this is one of the shortest stages, our hikers will have time to enjoy this beautiful city, besides that it will be here that they will sleep.

      Details

        Beginning of the Activities: Between 8:00 am and 8:30 am Meals Included: The Breakfast Duration of the Hike: 4 hours Difficulty: Dificuldade (Easy)
      10
      Day 10 – By Estuary and By the River
      This day begins with a long and nice boat ride. First, by the estuary of Arousa, one of several that make up the great complex of the “Rias Baixas” (Low Estuaries) of Galicia and which is not only the largest estuary in Galicia but also in Spain. It is famous for its rich marine fauna and its beaches and islets. Then we enter the Ulla River, which rises 640 meters high and separates the province of A Coruña from Pontevedra. It is one of the largest rivers in the region, and its watershed is the second most important of all of Galicia, the first is the one of Minho River that we crossed on the 2nd day of our adventure. The recreation of a Viking boat at the mouth of the river is another attraction of this river/sea ride. It remains to be said that this is the only maritime Via Sacra in the world, just as it was through it that the remains of the Apostle Saint James were transported. After this tour, which saves us more than 30km of the road, we begin our walk. Afterward passing through several villages we arrive at our destination, the village of Parada de Francos and it will be in the “Casa Grande de Cornide” that we will spend the night, a very pleasant spot and where our travelers will find all the conditions for a deserved rest and a nice dinner.

      Details

      Beginning of the Activities: Between 8:00 am and 8:30 am Meals Included: Breakfast, picnic lunch, and the dinner Duration of the Hike: 5 hours Difficulty: Dificuldade (Easy)
      11
      Day 11 – The “Obradoiro” Square
      After 4 hours of walking, we will arrive at our final destination, the impressive Praça Obradoiro. This is the time to drink everything that surrounds us, as there are rare places where we can feel so much magnificence at the same time with the grandeur of the secular buildings that surround us. The Romanesque Cathedral, flanked by two 74 m high towers, invites you to contemplate. This square has the capacity to condense the customs and the ancient history of the city. A 360º turn allows us to recognize the presence of several styles of architecture, which were implemented over 700 years ago. The monumental buildings are representative of the living forces of the capital of Galicia: Religion, University, care for the pilgrim and the Administration. After this moment, we will settle into the hotel, have lunch and be able to rest on one of the numerous terraces in the beautiful historic center. Our last dinner on this spiritual journey will be here, as well as our last night in Galicia.

      Details

        Beginning of the Activities: Between 8:00 am and 8:30 am Meals Included: Breakfast and the dinner Duration of the Hike: 5 hours Difficulty: Dificuldade (Easy)
      12
      Day 12 – The Farewell Day
      This is the last one where our bus takes us back to the capital of Northern Portugal, the city of Porto. It was 11 days ago that we covered about 200 km, but we also covered about 2,000 years of history. We saw how these people live, from the North of the Minho to Galicia. We learned its ancestral culture and felt the weight that the Catholic Religion has in these latitudes, as well as the strength of the faith, which moves a whole people here from Celtic times to the present day. We also learned about the Rio Minho and the “Rias Baixas” and the importance they have always had in the life and economy of this region. We sleep in convents and feel their peace and tranquility. Finally, we understand a little of the soul of these proud people who cling to their faith and traditions.  
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