The Group will transfer with its Guide in private transportation to Valença do Minho, a beautiful Portuguese city that borders Tui, where you will begin your exciting pilgrimage along the Central Portuguese Way of Santiago with the Rias Baixas in the background. It is a journey of 75 miles divided into 5 stages, lasting 7 days. TRANSFER FROM PORTO.
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The Group will transfer with its Guide in private transportation to Valença do Minho, a beautiful Portuguese city that borders Tui, where you will begin your exciting pilgrimage along the Central Portuguese Way of Santiago with the Rias Baixas in the background. It is a journey of 75 miles divided into 5 stages, lasting 7 days.
The trip from Valença to Santiago begins with the transfer of the group from Porto. During the journey, there will be 3 stops in the beautiful cities of Barcelos, Braga and Ponte de Lima that will, undoubtedly, enrich this trip. We will spend the night in Valença do Miño to begin the next day our pilgrimage along the Portuguese Xacobea Route. The end of each stage will be in the following towns: Mos, Pontevedra, Caldas de Reis and Padrón, from here, we will enter Santiago de Compostela crossing the Ponte Vella.
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Portuguese Way of Saint James Trip from Valença to Santiago
TRANSFER TO VALENÇA DO MINHO FROM PORTOWe provide you with the transfer to Valença do Minho where the next day will start your Portuguese Way of Santiago, but, during our trip, we will visit three unique cities: Barcelos, Braga and Ponte de Lima. Barcelos is only 60 km north of Porto. One of the main charms of this city are the huge statues of the famous Barcelos Rooster, which make it so colorful. Likewise, in the historic center of Barcelos you can enjoy visiting the 14th century Gothic bridge, the Archaeological Museum and the Senhor Bom Jesus da Cruz church, among other monuments. Braga is another beautiful city in northern Portugal with a charming old town. Walking through its streets you can find multiple churches, parks, architecturally interesting buildings and even Roman ruins. Life in Braga revolves around the Republic Square and its huge fountain. Ponte de Lima is one of the oldest Portuguese cities, founded by the Romans as one of their settlements in the Iberian Peninsula. In it, you can admire different Ponte Romana, or Roman stone bridges. After visiting the charming center of this city we will go to Valença. DINNER • OVERNIGHT
STAGE 1 (16 MI) · FROM VALENÇA TO MOSThis is the first stage of your Camino de Santiago, after crossing the bridge over the Miño river, which is the border between Portugal and Spain, the trail will take you through the old city and the citadel at the top of Tui. Pilgrims often visit the cathedral Santa Maria de Tui there, the town hall and the monastery of St. Domingo from where the cobbled streets will lead you to the Sanctuary of St. Bartolomeu de Rebordáns (6th century). Another city on the route is Porriño with an industrial character. Before you reach Mos. We will stop today’s stage here and tomorrow morning we will start from this point our pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT
STAGE 2 (18 MI) · FROM MOS TO PONTEVEDRAThis is the longer stage of this Camino Portugues de Santiago; except for some interesting country stretches, it has a slightly more urban character, which is why the entire route will certainly run relatively comfortably. Between Mos and Redondela is the main difficulty of the road during the journey today, it is the ascent to the Chapel of Santiaguiño de Antas. Along this climb, there are pilgrims who deviate a little to eat in one of the many ‘furanchos’ scattered throughout the area. The ‘furancho’ is a private house that enables an area as a dining room open to the public, where they offer homemade wine and homemade food. Redondela itself is a city of 7,000 inhabitants and is famous for its train’s viaducts. Two viaducts from the 19th century meet here. In the old town there is the famous Iglesia de Santiago Apostol de Redondela, a church that must be visited. In Cesantes we highlight the beautiful ascent to Alto da Lomba, 152 m. (Sierra del Viso), at whose descent we can enjoy the fantastic view over the Ria de Vigo where the islands of San Simón and San Antón emerge. At the bottom of its waters rest the remains of the sunken galleons during the Battle of Rande (1702-Spanish Succession War). Continuing our Camino Portugues de Santiago we reach the town of Arcade, known outside and inside Galicia for the delicious oysters that they produce in trays inside the mouth of the Verdugo river. Leaving Arcade we go to the next municipality Pontesampaio crossing over a magnificent medieval bridge that has the same name. Here took place the decisive battle for Galicia against Napoleon’s troops in the Spanish War of Independence (1809), ending the French occupation in this Community. Pontevedra is the final goal of this stage. The rich cultural and gastronomic heritage make it worthwhile to discover this beautiful and relevant Galician city. The curious Church of the Virgen Peregrina (Capela da Virxe Peregrina 18th century), with a ‘scallop shell-shaped’ plant, is a ‘must’ for pilgrims due it wellcomes Virxe Peregrina, Pontevedra’s patroness and this Camino Portugues de Santiago that you are living. It is located in Praza de Peregrina (Plaza de la Peregrina-Pilgrims’ Square). Basílica de Santa María la Mayor is another church from the 16th century, which is worth a visit. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT
STAGE 3 (13 MI) · FROM PONTEVEDRA TO CALDAS DE REISThis stage of Camino Portugues de Santiago is quite easy to pass and not too long, it can be defeated even in 5 hours. Due to the small number of shops and bars along the way, you should ensure adequate supply. It is worth planning a small detour between Portela and Briallos to visit the waterfalls at Parque Natural Ría Barosa. Along the way, you will enjoy discovering villages like Alba, A Portela and Briallos. In Alba there is the beautiful church of Santa Maria de Alba, in A Portela you can visit the church of San Mamede. Caldas de Reis is probably the most interesting place on this route. This city is known for its thermal springs, one of them public “Fonte das Burgas”. In its heritage highlights the Roman Bridge, the Church of Santa Maria de Caldas and the Church of Santo Tomé de Canterbury. It is also worth visiting the O Muiño tavern that has been open since 1947. After visiting the city, you can go for a well-deserved rest. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT
STAGE 4 (12,5 MI) · FROM CALDAS DE REIS TO PADRONThis is another short and easy stage that can be completed in less than 5 hours, which will give us more free time to enjoy, probably, the most attractive route of the Camino Portugues de Santiago in the Galician demarcation. We start from Caldas de Reis towards O Cruceiro where we will pass by the beautiful baroque church of Santa Mariña (18th century). At this stage you will leave the province of Pontevedra and enter the province of A Coruna, by passing the Roman bridge over the river Ulla in Pontecesures. At the end of our stage we will spend the night in the interesting town of Padrón. It is the second most important city in relation to the Apostle Santiago after Santiago de Compostela. According to tradition, 2 disciples of Santiago Apostle came to Galicia in the small ‘Barca de Pedra‘ (Stone Boat) to bury him safe from Herod Agrippa, king of Israel who had ordered his decapitation between the years 40 and 44 AD, the Precious mortal remains of Santiago, one of the main disciples of Jesus Christ, were buried on Monte Libredón, where today is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. In Padrón you can visit the Church of Santiago under whose main altar is the ‘Pedrón‘ (huge block of granite where they tied the small boat that moved the martyred body of the saint, and that comes from a Roman ara dedicated to Neptune). This town also has very special links with two great Galician writers: Rosalía de Castro and Nóbel Camilo José Cela. Likewise, Padrón is well known for the famous “Padrón Peppers”, a highly prized vegetable that is served deep fried with sea salt. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT
STAGE 5 (15,5 MI) · FROM PADRON TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELAAt this stage, many times your pilgrimage on asphalt and in urban areas. The first interesting village on this route is Iria Flavia. It was an important Celtic settlement that, subsequently, with the Romans acquired municipality status. The Roman road, Via XIX, which accompanies us during most of the Camino Portugues de Santiago turns at this point towards Lugo. The beautiful Collegiate Church of Iría Flavia is one of the most recommended places to visit. This church was the cathedral of Galicia before the current one of Santiago de Compostela. Right next to Ponte Vella over the Sar river there are two options for entering Santiago de Compostela from wich you can choose: straight along the asphalt road or a dirt track on the right. This last option passes through the convent of Santa Maria de Conxo and is 1.4 Km. longer, but at the same time it is calmer and more interesting. After arriving at the Cathedral of Santiago and getting in the Pilgrim’s Office your”Compostela” your Way of Saint James has come to the end. FULL BREAKFAST • LUGAGGE TRANSFER • OVERNIGHT
SANTIAGO. End of ServiciesAfter the 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 Portuguese Way of Santiago. The results within each of us will be discovered from now on, and will last, accompanying you, over the years. Thank you very much for trusting mascamino.es. Good Return Trip!
- 6 nights in shared dorm or private rooms.
- 6 full breakfasts.
- Transfer from Porto.
- Pilgrims Passport and Travel Guide.
- Luggage transfer between stages.
- Possibility to attend to the daily Mass.
- Phone support on the road 24 hours.
- „*” The options marked with these symbols have an additional cost.
- Flights: Although we can provide them. Please contact us.
- Everything that does not appear in the section INCLUDED.
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