Camino Portugues

Central Route


Pilgrimage through Portugal

to Santiago de Compostela

Camino Portugues Central Route Porto-Santiago

Camino (PR18-316):
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. 240 Km
Fare: from 930 EUR per person

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-Tui

Camino (PR205-317):
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 580 EUR per person

Camino Portugues Central Route Tui-Santiago

Camino (PR205-318):
Tui - Arcade - Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis - Padrón - Santiago de Compostela

Trvael type: individual - 8 days
Difficulty: easy
Distance: approx. 115 km
Fare: from 570 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.


Pilgrimage through Portugal

to Santiago de Compostela

Packing List

Pilgrimage through Portugal

to Santiago de Compostela

    backpack (incl. rain protection): 35-50 l - max. 2 Kg/ 4.4 lbs
    sleeping bag (alterntively a thinner sleeping bag made of silk or cotton) - 0.2-1.0 Kg/ 0.4-2.2 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 funtional underpants
    hiking boots (no seakers)
    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
    possibly tent & camping mat - max. 2 Kg/ 4.4 lbs
    poss. swimming clothes (for the portugese and spanish Camino de la Costa)
Sanitary Articles    
    washbag (or big Zip-Lock-Bag)
    shower gel (small travel version)
    toothpaste (small travel version) & dental floss
    disinfectant, needle & thread (best to treat blisters) or blister pads
    deer cream (to prevent blisters) - 50-100 ml
    sun cream - 50-100 ml
    headache pills (preferably Ibuprofen 400)
    ear plugs
    tiger balm
Technical Equipment    
    pocket knife
Documents & Money    
    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
    Pilgrim Guide & Itinerary
    Pilgrim’s Credencial
    diary & pen
    St. James's scallop
    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)


Pilgrimage through Portugal

to Santiago de Compostela

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

All year/ best travel period from the beginning of April until the mid of October.

Camino Finisterre afterwards within about 3-4 additional days.

You can choose your travel period individually. We recommend a travel time between mid-April to mid-October. Please try to register your trip with us up to 6 weeks before departure.
Arrival arranged independently on your own. We would be happy to help you find a suitable train connection.
Transfers to/from the train station are not included unless otherwise stated. On 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). Upon request, we can help you book a private transfer for departure. Otherwise, we recommend taking a taxi or public transport to your first (or from your last) accommodation. For more details see the recommendations in our itinerary.
Changes to the pilgrimage route according to individual wishes are possible, such as stage combinations for instance. Price on request.
Remember your identity card or passport.
We recommend - depending on the level of difficulty - to ensure that you are in good physical condition. Sure-footed mountaineering boots are also necessary. A head for heights is also advantageous.
Please note the current entry and health regulations and recommendations, according to which a corona vaccination is also essential.
Take a look at the health and entry regulations of your travel country.
There is no minimum number of participants.
The organizer of this trip is SLOWTRAVEL.