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Your pilgrimage on foot begins in the magical and attractive city of Porto, one of the most interesting routes to do The Portuguese Central Way of Santiago. It is a journey of 150 miles divided into 9 stages. 2 amazing countries in 10 days.

The Journey from Porto to Santiago ends its first stage in Vilarinho, where you will spend the night, and the other days of your Portuguese Jacobea Route will overnight in each of the following locations: Barcelos, Ponte de Lima, Valença do Miño, O Porriño, Pontevedra , Caldas de Reis and Padrón, from this town we will head to Santiago de Compostela crossing the historical-artistic monument Ponte Vella.

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The Way Portuguese of St. James Route from Porto to Santiago


Day 1


Today begins your fascinating pilgrimage by foot on the Portuguese Way of St. James on its route from the beautiful city of Porto.
The city of Porto is the second largest in Portugal after Lisbon, its capital. It is a beautiful town, full of tradition, history, art and charm. A city that combines antiquity and modernity in a perfectly integrated design.
This initial stage does not stand out for its beauty, but, as we must always start with the first step, we will stay with the positive aspects of it and with the objective of our adventure: end our pilgrimage to the Apostle Santiago making one of its Official Ways to his tomb in Santiago de Compostela.
Our route today is comfortable and runs, in almost all, on paved roads and with good signage until we reach our goal of the day in the town of Vilarinho.

Day 2


Today, as yesterday, we will enjoy a comfortable day with moderate slopes, although, during this day, the journey runs along dirt roads, between rural areas with beautiful agricultural landscapes and gorgeus villages that offer an outstanding cultural and artistic heritage, culminating in our Destination of the stage of our Portuguese Way of Santiago: Barcelos.
This beautiful medieval population stands out culturally and gastronomically.
Vinho verde, typical cheeses, roasted rooster and traditional cakes are some of the products that are worth tasting.
As for its monuments, you can visit its medieval bridge of the fourteenth century, the wall of Barcelos with its Tower of Porta Nova, The Main Church (XIII) and the baroque Churches of Nossa Senhora do Terço and Bom Jesus da Cruz XVIII century . The Lord of the Cruceiro Lord of Rooster (Padrão do Galo) related to the 'milagro do enforcado': This is a legend associated with the Camino de Santiago. Tradition tells that a pilgrim was unjustly accused of robbing a nobleman and sentenced to death by hanging for such a crime. At the time of applying the sentence the pilgrim is saved by the Apostle Santiago, when the judge was informed of what happened he said that the pilgrim was as alive as the roasted rooster he was eating. At that moment the rooster, who had worn a colorful plumage, sang and jumped from the tray. It is said that the pilgrim returned years later to the town and carved the ‘cruceiro’. Thus, the figure of the ‘Colorful Rooster’ has become the icon of the city of Barcelos, and we can see it everywhere in different representations, among which the huge sculptures that adorn the town stand out.
In the Church of San Antonio the ‘blessing to the pilgrim’ is granted every day at the end of the Mass of 7:00 p.m.

Day 3


During this third day of pilgrimage along the Portuguese Way of Santiago, we will enjoy walking among the vineyards that produce the famous vinho verde, in whose capital we will spend the night: Ponte de Lima.
Broadly speaking, we talk about a stretch of the Camino de Santiago comfortable, with gentle slopes, although, we must review the steep climb to Portela de Tamel, with 130 meters of ramp in 1,43 miles of ascent.
The population of Ponte de Lima stands out for the artistic richness that we can admire in its buildings, for its tasty cuisine and the, already named, green vine.
We can review among its architectural heritage: the bridge over the Lima river of Roman origin with medieval remodeling; the sculptures that enrich the banks of the river walk, the medieval towers of San Paulo and Cadeia Velha; the Romanesque-Gothic church, the Palacio del Marqués s. XV, the Museo dos Terceiros with important collections of tiles, paintings, sculptures, etc., and on the outskirts of the municipality, the Church of San Antonio da Torre Velha from the early nineteenth century and the Botanical Garden.
After an interesting cultural tour, we can sit in one of its restaurants before a succulent rice with sarrabulho - made with various types of meat, pork blood and spices -, a rice with lamprey - fish species considered a real delicacy -, or any of its recipes based on cod or pork, all paired with vinho verde in one of its three varieties: white, rose or red. And finally, a delicious leite-creme queimada (roasted milk cream).

Day 4


At the beginning of today's stage we will be pilgrimage in a more natural environment, to move on to a second, more urban section.
The first phase of this exciting stage of your pilgrimage on foot reaches the town of Rubiães and passes through lush grove. About 3,1 miles from Ponte de Lima, we will confront the most important ascent of this Portuguese Way to Santiago, it is the Alto da Portela Grande de Labruja, with a slope of 315 meters on a 2,6 miles stretch. Although, do not be scared, for those who make the path on foot it is not very complicated.
We must emphasize the need to stock up before leaving Codeçal because until Rubiães will not find any place to do it again.
In our second half of the stage, we will walk through a more urban area, with slopes of easy access for the pilgrim. Again, we will find a large number of establishments to buy food and drinks to make our way more comfortable.
The end of this stage is located in Valenca do Miño where we will spend the night. This population has a beautiful fortress in its historic center, an inevitable consequence of its location on the border of Portugal with Spain. A city full of shopping streets with shops and restaurants, many of them offer spectacular views over the Miño River. Again cod, pork and lamprey are protagonists in their traditional cuisine.
In its historical-artistic ensemble, its 17th-century Fortress stands out, aspiring to be part of the List of World Heritage Monuments; the Romanesque Church of Santa María dos Anjos, the church of São Estevão of the s. XVII and the baroque military chapel of Bom Jesus before which we find the representation of San Teotónio, the first Portuguese saint.

Day 5


We have passed the equator of our pilgrimage through the Portuguese Way of Santiago and we started a new journey along a road that presents 2 variants: one more urban and one more natural.
Once we cross the bridge over the Miño River that works as a link between Portugal and Spain countries, the road leads us to the upper part of Tui through the old city and the citadel. Pilgrims usually stop at the Cathedral of Santa Maria de Tui, the City Hall and the Convent of Santo Domingo, from here, the cobbled streets will deposit you at the gates of the Church of San Bartolomeu de Rebordáns (s. VI).
Among an exuberant nature, stretches of road and escorted by the Louro River in many parts of our Way, we enter O Porriño, a more industrialized and modern city but no less interesting, where we will spend the night.
The most notable at an artistic level are the work of arts of one of his most famous son, the architect Antonio Palacio, architect of the City Hall, the Fountain of Christ and a Temple that, curiously, was located at an entrance to the Madrid metro.
Its cuisine includes bread baked in a wood oven, seasonal mushrooms, Celtic pork and Galician veal traditionally cooked in multiple and delicious recipes.

Day 6


Today's stage takes us to Pontevedra, where we will spend the night of this Portuguese Way of Santiago. Unlike some stretches that run in a more rural environment, it offers a slightly more urban profile. We will also have some interesting pending.
Among the towns of Mos and Redondela we find the first difficulty of the road during this day, we refer to the popular climb to the Chapel of Santiaguiño de Antas. In this ascent there are many pilgrims who take the opportunity to eat in one of the frequent 'furanchos' established in the area. The 'furancho' is a private home that opens its doors to the public, to offer it home-grown wine and traditional homemade food. The second one takes place in Cesantes with the ascent to Alto da Lomba, 152 m. (Sierra del Viso), at whose descent we will enjoy the fabulous views over the Ría de Vigo
During our pilgrimage today we can admire the 2 famous train viaducts of the s. XIX de Redondela embedded in a beautiful natural environment. To these pieces of art we must add the Church of Santiago Apóstol, (12th century). As well as taste its delicious cuisine.
From the Alto da Lomba we will have fabulous views over the islands of San Simón and San Antón in the middle of the Ría de Vigo, whose waters keep safe the dream of the galleons lost during the Battle of Rande (1702-Spanish War of Succession).
We continue walking along our Portuguese Jacobea Route to reach the municipality of Arcade, internationally recognized for the delicious oysters raised at the mouth of the Verdugo River. Leaving Arcade behind, we head for Pontesampaio across the magnificent medieval bridge that gives it its name.
The stage comes to its end in Pontevedra. Its vast historical-artistic and gastronomic heritage makes the adventure of discovering it worthwhile. The peculiar Church of the Pilgrim Virgin (Capela da Virxe Peregrina s.XVIII), with a plant in the form of a 'scallop', is a monument of 'must' visit for pilgrims to host under its roof the Pilgrim Virxe, Patroness of Pontevedra and of this Portuguese Camino of Santiago. The Basilica of Santa María la Mayor is another beautiful church of the s. XVI worth visiting.
Again, local Galician cuisine puts the finishing touch to the day. Enjoy it !!!

Day 7


This stage of the Portuguese Way to Santiago de Compostela is comfortable to pilgrimage, although you should carry sufficient provisions for the journey due to the shortage of services along the path.
On your route, we invite you to make a small detour between Portela and Briallos to spend some time in a magical environment that combine forest, "muiñada" (row of mills located on the bank of a river) and waterfalls in the Ría Natural Park Barosa
This stage will also surprise us with towns like Alba, A Portela and Briallos. In Alba you can see the Church of Santa María de Alba and in A Portela the Church of San Mamede.
Our pilgrimage today culminates in Caldas de Reis, possibly the most interesting municipality of this section. The situation between the Umia and Bermaña rivers already makes it beautiful, but there is much more to discover.
Caldas de Reis is the birthplace of King Alfonso VII of León y Castilla, known as "The Emperor" (12th century). This was the reason that gave his name the surname ‘Reyes’ (Reis in Galician language). Caldas de Reis is prestigious for its thermal springs, one of them for public use: "Fonte das Burgas". Among its treasures we review the Roman Bridge, the Church of Santa María de Caldas and the Church of Santo Tomé de Canterbury.
Once you have finished your walk through the history and culture of the municipality, we invite you to enjoy some of its most renowned dishes, cooked with lamprey, seafood, trout, and Galician meats, accompanied by a fantastic albariño wine; as well as its delicious butter bread and cornmeal. After that, you can head to your hotel to enjoy a deserved and restful sleep.

Day 8


Today we are facing another pleasant day that allows us to better appreciate the probably more attractive route of the Portuguese Way of Santiago in Galician domains.
We leave from Caldas de Reis in the direction of O Cruceiro where we will pass by the beautiful baroque Church of Santa Mariña (18th century). Before entering Pontecesure we find the Romanesque Church of San Xulián (12th century). After crossing the Ulla river by this bridge of Roman origin, we will leave the province of Pontevedra to enter A Coruña.
At the end of our stage we will spend the night in the attractive town of Padrón. It is the second most prominent city in relation to the Apostle Santiago after Compostela. As history tells us, 2 disciples from Santiago arrived in Galicia to bury safe from his murderer Herod Agrippa, king of Israel, his mortal remains. In the place where a pastor found his tomb Monte Libredón, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela was erected, objective of our pilgrimage.
Once you have arrived in Padrón you can visit the Church of Santiago and admire the 'Pedrón' (granite block where the boat that moved the body of the saint was moored, and belonged to a Roman ara dedicated to Neptune), which is found under the main altar.
Another of Padrón's cultural landmarks is its link to two great figures of Galician and universal literature: Rosalía de Castro and Nóbel Camilo José Cela.
To finish another fascinating stage of our Portuguese Xacobea Route, nothing better than sitting at a good table of typical Galician products, cooked according to its rich culinary tradition such as: seafood and fish from its estuaries and its ocean, meats and cheeses of cattle that graze in their green meadows and the wines of their vineyards. To this, we must add its renowned "Padrón Peppers", a highly prized vegetable that is served deep fried with coarse-grained salt. Enjoy them!!!

Day 9


In this last stage, your pilgrimage will take place on the road, between rural-urban areas. As soon as we have started our journey, we enter the most relevant town of this route: Iría Flavia. This town was an important Celtic settlement that acquired municipality status with the arrival of the Roman Empire. Silent witness the Roman road extends, Via XIX, which accompanied us along most of the Portuguese Way of Santiago, leaving us in this place to go to Lugo.
The beautiful Collegiate Church of Iría Flavia is a highly recommended place to visit. About 4 centuries ago, this church was a cathedral of Galicia before the current one of Santiago de Compostela.
We continue walking until we reach our destination and see how the emblematic Ponte Vella extends before us, immediately after which, we will find two ways to enter Santiago de Compostela: directly along the road or, taking a dirt track that It is located on the right. This last alternative that will take us to the feet of the convent of Santa María de Conxo, is 0,87 miles longer, but at the same time, more peaceful and interesting.
Once you arrive at the Cathedral of Santiago and, after getting in the Pilgrim's Office the precious "Compostela", your Way of Saint James will have come to its end, but NOT the Experience. Now it is time to discover the city and all the attractions it offers; as well as share your experience with hundreds of pilgrims from all over the world.

Day 10

SANTIAGO. End of Services

After a full breakfast our services end.
We can facilitate your return trip *.
This is the end of your wonderful adventure. We hope you enjoyed and feel satisfied with your pilgrimage on this Camino Portugues de Santiago.
The fruits of your Camino de Santiago will appear from this very moment deep inside you, and will last, accompanying you, over the years.
Thank you very much for trusting mascamino.es. Good Return Trip!

  • 9 nights in shared dorm or private rooms.
  • 9 full breakfasts.
  • Pilgrims Passport and Travel Guide.
  • Luggage transfer between stages.
  • Possibility to attend to the daily Mass.
  • Phone support on the road 24 hours.
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