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Camino Portugues

Central Route

Overview

Pilgrimage through Portugal

to Santiago de Compostela


The Camino Portugues Central Route: Rural landscapes, little villages and peaceful countryside

Lush green countryside on the Camino Portugues Central Route

A pilgrimage on the Camino Portugues Central Route starts in Porto (or about 2 weeks earlier in Lisbon) to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. The Camino portugues central route offers vast landscapes, hiking trails through magnificent historic old towns and landmarks, ancient forests and vineyards, and offers pilgrims the opportunity to experience Portugal's rich cultural heritage. 
As a welcome time out, the Way of St. James can be a gateway into a new stage of life and powerful support on your individual journey.

We are happy to advise you on the different levels of difficulty of each stage and divide your Camino according to your individual wishes in sections of 1 to 2 weeks, for example.


Camino Portugues Central Route Porto-Santiago

Camino (PR18-310):
Porto - Arcos - Barcelos - Balugaes - Ponte de Lima - Rubiaes - Tui - Porriño - Redondela - Pontevedra - Calda de Reis - Padrón - Santiago de Compostela

Type of Travel: Individual pilgrimage - 14 days
Level of difficulty: easy
Distance: approx. 227 Km
Fare: from 990 EUR per person


Camino Portugues Central Route Porto-Tui

Camino (PR25-320):
Porto - Vilar do Pinheiro (transfer) - Arcos - Barcelos - Balugaes - Ponte da Lima - Pecene - Tui

Travel type: Individual - 8 days
Difficulty: easy
Distance: approx. 125 km
Fare: from 690 EUR per person


Camino Portugues Central Route Tui-Santiago

Camino (PR25-325):
Tui - Arcade - Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis - Padrón - Santiago de Compostela

Trvael type: individual - 8 days
Difficulty: easy
Distance: approx. 115 km
Fare: from 680 EUR per person

Pilgrimage Itinerary

Pilgrimage through Portugal

to Santiago de Compostela


Day 1: Arrival
Start your Camino Portugues Central Route with your arrival to your accommodation in Porto.

Day 2: Porto/ Moreira da Maia - Arcos (approx. 21 km / approx. 6 h / easy)
Your included transfer will take you from your accommodation in Porto to Moreira da Maia (a district of Porto).
Here begins your Camino de Santiago and you leave the city heading to Arcos.

Day 3: Arcos - Barcelos (approx. 19.8 km / approx. 6 hrs. / easy)
Your destination today is Barcelos. A place that bears the same rooster legend as the Spanish town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada (on the Camino Francés).

Day 4: Barcelos - Balugães (approx. 15.7 km / approx. 5 hrs / easy)
From Barcelos you will go on pilgrimage through fabulous forests and vineyards to Balugães.

Day 5: Balugães - Ponte de Lima (approx. 18.8 km / approx. 5.5 h / easy)
On today's stage of your Camino Portugues Central you will hike to the medieval town of Ponte de Lima through beautiful nature along the river Lima.

Day 6: Ponte de Lima - Rubiães (approx. 17,4 km / approx. 5 h / medium)
Today's pilgrimage of about 5 relaxed hours will lead you via Arcozelo and Codecal to Rubiães.

Day 7: Rubiães - Tui (approx. 19,1 Km / approx. 6 hrs / very easy)
We cross another pass and follow the Portuguese Way of St. James until we reach Valença on the Minho River, which impresses with its fortress. (17,9 km - easy)

Day 8: Tui - Porriño (about 16.1 km / about 5 hours / easy)
The highlight of the day's Camino Portugues Central route is the crossing of the "International Bridge" from Portugal to Spain. Explore the beautiful town of Tui a bit before continuing your pilgrimage to reach Porriño.
Note: Clocks are changed when crossing the border into Spain!

Day 9: Porriño - Redondela (approx. 15.8 km / approx. 5 hrs / easy)
On small roads and paths we proceed to Redondela, where the Atlantic Ocean can be seen for the first time. Further on the portuguese coastal Camino leads to Redondela/ Arcade to today's accommodation.

Day 10: Redondela - Pontevedra (about 19.6 km / about 6 hours / easy)
The way becomes more hilly and leads through forests to the capital of Galicia, to Pontevedra, where you will have enough time for the beautiful old town as well as the cathedral and the church Capela da Virxe Peregrina, its ground plan is the image of the scallop shell!

Day 11: Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis (about 21.1 km / about 6.5 hours)
Today's theme is diversity. Because up to the thermal springs of Caldas de Reis today's stage leads through the beauty of Galicia with its fantastic forests, meadows and small rivers.

Day 12: Caldas de Reis - Padrón (approx. 18.6 km / approx. 5.5 hrs.)
This is the last but one stage of your pilgrimage on the Camino Portugues Central, enjoy the picturesque, hilly landscape of Galicia one last time.
Padrón is famous for the legend of the ship that brought the body of St. James to Padrón. It is also the place where the famous small green peppers - pimientos de Padrón - come from.

Day 13: Padrón - Santiago de Compostela (about 24.3 km / about 7 hours)
Your last stage will see you off with the beautiful fragrant eucalyptus and pine forests.
After 2 weeks coming from the south you will reach the historical old town with its imposing cathedral.
If you like, you can finalize your Way of St. James with the Pilgrim's Mass in the Cathedral of Santiago de
Compostela. Tonight, celebrate your Portuguese Camino in the atmospheric alleys of Santiago.

Day 14: Departure
Today it's time to finalize your Camino Portugues Central, say goodbye and, if possible, slowly enjoy your way back home.
Alternatively, we recommend you continue your Camino to the so-called end of the world - to Cape Finisterre, which is almost the most western point of Europe.

Impressions

Pilgrimage through Portugal

to Santiago de Compostela


FAQ

Frequently asked questions

about the Camino in France, Spain & Portugal



The classic "Camino Francés" in its entire length starts in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France and ends in Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Pilgrims need around 34 days to walk the approx. 780 km.

We are also happy to divide your individual Camino into smaller sections, depending on your wishes.

The Spanish coastal path "Camino del Norte" leads from San Sebastián along the Atlantic coast to Santiago de Compostela. We plan 39 days for the approx. 800 km.

On the original "Camino primitivo", you will walk for 15 days for approx. 300 km from Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela.

You can walk the last 114 km from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela in 8 days in a guided group.

The Portuguese Camino from Porto to Santiago de Compostela takes 15 days and is approx. 260 km long.
 


Unfortunately, dogs of any size are only welcome in very few accommodations in Spain. However, you can walk the last 114 km of the Camino de Santiago from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela with your dog upon request, we will be happy to create an an offer for you.
 


The Portuguese Way of St James along the coast, the "Camino portugues de la costa", 15 days from Porto to Santiago de Compostela, or the last 118 kilometres from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela, which pilgrims can walk in 8 days, are both suitable for beginners.
 

  • For pilgrims who want to walk long distances along the rugged North Atlantic coast, the Camino del Norte.
  • For pilgrims who want to walk short distances and love the sea and beaches, the Portuguese coastal route.
  • For pilgrims who are particularly interested in culture and historic old towns, the Portuguese inland route.
  • For pilgrims who want a challenging Camino, definitely the Camino Primitivo.
  • To experience the true Way of St James feeling, the Camino frances in its classic version. Apart from the coast, the Camino frances has everything to offer: challenges, spirituality, diverse landscapes, mountains, great encounters with other people. In its entirety, the Camino frances represents the real, authentic Way of St James experience.
     


All routes on the Way of St James are well identified with signposts showing the typical shell, so it is very unlikely to get lost.
 


Thanks to the many different sections you can walk, there is something for every fitness level. While some of the mountainous sections - like the route from St. Jean Pied de Port across the Pyrenees to Burgos - can certainly be a challenge for your muscles, there are also plenty of more relaxed routes, like the portuguese Camino along the coast.


Services included:

  • Accomodation with breakfast (in either single resp. double room with shower/wc in simple to medium category)
  • Pilgrim´s Starter Kit (Pilgrim's Guide, Pilgrim's Pass, Pilgrim's Shell, description of stages)
  • Luggage transportation service (exclusion of luggage transport upon request)
  • Typical galician cheese tasting in the old town of Santiago de Compostela
  • 24h emergency number
  • Transfers
     

Dates:
From the beginning of April until the end of October.

Add-on:
Camino Finisterre afterwards within about 3-4 additional days.
 


The Compostela is a document issued to pilgrims who have completed the Camino de Santiago, the famous Way of St James that leads to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. This certificate is traditionally awarded to those who have covered at least 100 kilometres on foot or 200 kilometres by bicycle to the shrine Santiago and serves as "proof" of the pilgrimage. The issue of the Compostela is controlled by the Pilgrims' Office in Santiago de Compostela and has become a symbol of the rich cultural and religious heritage associated with the Camino de Santiago.


Apparel    

  • backpack (incl. rain protection): 35-50 l - max. 2 Kg/ 4.4 lbs
  • 2 pair of trekking pants: 1 convertable with zipper & 1 shorts
  • 2 shirts (functional material such as merino wool)
  • 1 long sleeve (best merino wool)
  • 2 pairs of hiking socks (compression socks are also recommended)
  • (possibly also nylon stockings - under the hiking socks against blisters)
  • 2 functional underpants
  • hiking boots (no sneakers)
  • 1 sweater
  • flipflops or crocs and/ or sandals
  • rain jacket & pants (or poncho) - max. 0,5 Kg/ 1.1 lbs
  • wind stopper
  • small travel towel
  • sun hat
  • poss. swimming gear (for the camino to Fisterra, for the portugese and spanish camino along the coast)

    
Sanitary Articles    

  • washbag (or big Zip-Lock-Bag)
  • shower gel (small travel version)
  • toothpaste (small travel version) & dental floss
  • toothbrush
  • disinfectant, needle & thread (best to treat blisters) or blister pads
  • deer cream (to prevent blisters) - 50-100 ml
  • magnesium
  • sun cream - 50-100 ml
  • deodorant
  • headache pills (preferably Ibuprofen 400)
  • razor
  • tissues
  • tiger balm

    
Technical Equipment    

  • headlamp
  • ebook-reader
  • phone
  • camera
  • pocket knife

    
Documents & Money    

  • purse
  • cash
  • credit card
  • passport (for non-europeans) or ID
  • train tickets
  • health insurance ID (or travel health insurance for non-europeans)
  • emergency phone numbers of your insurance and bank

   
Miscellaneous    

  • Pilgrim Guide & Itinerary
  • Pilgrim’s Credencial
  • diary & pen
  • St. James's scallop
  • sunglasses
  • drinking system (e.g. camel bag) - max. 2 l
  • zip lock bags or 10 liter freezer bags (for the modular pack system)
  • first aid kit
  • trekking poles or hiking/ pilgrim stick
  • stone as symbol (especially for the Camino Francés)
     


Luggage must be left at reception by 08.00 in the morning to ensure a smooth collection process. Either simply leave it there before breakfast or leave it at reception the evening before (and keep everything you need, such as a toothbrush, in your small luggage).
The deliverers usually have to deliver the luggage to the next accommodation by 15:30 local time. The accommodations we book accept the luggage even if they do not open for pilgrims to check in until later.
 


We recommend a pilgrimage between mid-April and mid-October, but you can choose your travel period individually.
 


Changes to your camino pilgrimage route according to individual wishes, such as certain stage combinations or shortenings, are possible. We will be happy to create an individual offer for you.
 


We are also happy to receive short notice requests and will do everything we can to make your trip possible spontaneously, although this depends on the availability of the accommodations. Otherwise, please try to book your Camino de Santiago with us 6 weeks before your desired departure date.
 


The arrival at the starting point of the Camino must be arranged by travellers individually. We´d be happy to help you find a suitable train connection.
Transfers to/from the train station are not included unless otherwise stated. Upon request, we would be happy to organize a transfer from/to the train station or airport (price for a maximum of 3 people with luggage). Otherwise, we recommend taking a taxi or public transport to your first (or from your last) accommodation.
 


Notes

Please remember to bring your ID or passport.
We recommend - depending on the level of difficulty - to ensure that you are in good physical condition. Sure-footed, broken-in mountaineering boots are a must. A head for heights is also advantageous.
Please note the current entry and health regulations and recommendations, as well as the health and entry regulations of your travel country.
There is no minimum number of participants.
The organizer of this trip is SLOWTRAVEL.

Packing list

Packing list

for the classic french Camino, the portuguese Caminos, the Camino del Norte & Primitivo


What should I pack for my Camino Frances?

Apparel    

  • backpack (incl. rain protection): 35-50 l - max. 2 Kg/ 4.4 lbs
  • 2 pair of trekking pants: 1 convertable with zipper & 1 shorts
  • 2 shirts (functional material such as merino wool)
  • 1 long sleeve (best merino wool)
  • 2 pairs of hiking socks (compression socks are also recommended)
  • (possibly also nylon stockings - under the hiking socks against blisters)
  • 2 functional underpants
  • hiking boots (no sneakers)
  • 1 sweater
  • flipflops or crocs and/ or sandals
  • rain jacket & pants (or poncho) - max. 0,5 Kg/ 1.1 lbs
  • wind stopper
  • small travel towel
  • sun hat
  • poss. swimming gear (for the camino to Fisterra, for the portugese and spanish camino along the coast)

    
Sanitary Articles    

  • washbag (or big Zip-Lock-Bag)
  • shower gel (small travel version)
  • toothpaste (small travel version) & dental floss
  • toothbrush
  • disinfectant, needle & thread (best to treat blisters) or blister pads
  • deer cream (to prevent blisters) - 50-100 ml
  • magnesium
  • sun cream - 50-100 ml
  • deodorant
  • headache pills (preferably Ibuprofen 400)
  • razor
  • tissues
  • tiger balm

    
Technical Equipment    

  • headlamp
  • ebook-reader
  • phone
  • camera
  • pocket knife

    
Documents & Money    

  • purse
  • cash
  • credit card
  • passport (for non-europeans) or ID
  • train tickets
  • health insurance ID (or travel health insurance for non-europeans)
  • emergency phone numbers of your insurance and bank

   
Miscellaneous    

  • Pilgrim Guide & Itinerary
  • Pilgrim’s Credencial
  • diary & pen
  • St. James's scallop
  • sunglasses
  • drinking system (e.g. camel bag) - max. 2 l
  • zip lock bags or 10 liter freezer bags (for the modular pack system)
  • first aid kit
  • trekking poles or hiking/ pilgrim stick
  • stone as symbol (especially for the Camino Francés)