Camino Portugués – Valenca to Santiago – May 2019

Camino Groups – Guided Walks 2019

 

Valenҫa to Santiago – the Camino Portugués

 

Description

The final section of the Portugués is a bit misleading in that it is all in Spain! You start from Valenҫa which is on the Portuguese side of the border between Spain and Portugal, crossing over to Tui.

The level of difficulty is moderate – this is one of the easier Camino sections.

Starting from the Portuguese citadel town of Valenҫa, cross the River Minho into Spain via a bridge designed by Gustav Eiffel. Walk 117km over 6 days to Santiago.

 

Departure Date and Cost (Saturday to Saturday):

  • May 18th – 25th (Saturday – Saturday)
  • €545 pps (not including flight – flight booked at cost).
  • Single Supplement €150 for first 6 places, €200 thereafter.
  • If a single traveller is willing to share and a partner can’t be found, SS of €75 applies.
  • €30 discount for previous Camino Groups walkers!

All our escorted walks are with an Irish guide – the emphasis is on having fun while experiencing the Camino at your own pace!

 

What’s included:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in ensuite rooms on a B&B basis.
  • Airport transfer from Santiago to your starting point (Valenҫa).
  • Bag transfer each day.
  • Pilgrim Passport (Issued by Camino Society Ireland – the only official Irish pilgrim passport).
  • Premier Plus travel insurance – the highest level of cover available from Blue Insurance, Ireland’s largest travel insurance provider.
  • An Irish tour guide to accompany you every step of the way.
  • A Camino Groups walking top – the must-have fashion accessory of 2019!
  • Detailed walking notes and accommodation maps.

Note:

  • Flights are not included in the prices, but as a licensed and bonded travel agency, we will book your flights at cost for you. The earlier you book, the cheaper it will be!

 

Itinerary

Saturday 18th, Day 1

  • Fly from Dublin to Santiago. Upon arrival, you are provided with a private transfer to Valenҫa for your overnight stay. Take the chance to explore the forteleza in Valenҫa – the old town contained within fortress walls that date from the 13th century.

Sunday 19th, Day 2

  • Walk 20km from Valenҫa to O Porriño. Your day starts by crossing over the River Minho into Spain via a bridge designed by Gustav Eiffel. Passing by the Parador of Tui, you will walk uphill through the narrow streets of Tui to collect your first stamp in Spain at Tui cathedral.
  • Your day finishes in the small town of O Porriño, famous for its “Pink Porriño” granite stone.

Monday 20th, Day 3

  • Walk 22 km from O Porriño to Arcade. Your day involves passing through the picturesque hamlet of Mos before reaching Redondela, a pretty place to stop for lunch.
  •  Arcade is the self-styled Galician home of oysters and is also a chance for you to take a beach stroll to watch the sun go down over the Bay of Vigo.

Tuesday 21st, Day 4

  • Walk 13km from Arcade to Pontevedra. Your day starts by crossing the beautiful Roman bridge from Arcade to Pontesampaio.
  • The short day allows you plenty of time to explore the old city centre of Pontevedra, centred around the Basilica de Santa Maria in Praza Ourense.

Wednesday 22nd, Day 5

  • Walk 21km from Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis. A quiet day spent mostly on minor country roads allows you the chance to relax in San Amaro on the way to Caldas.
  • Caldas de Reis (“the thermal springs of the kings”) takes its name from the thermal springs that are still used today.

Thursday 23rd, Day 6

  • Walk 20km from Caldas to Padrón. Passing through possible resting points at Santa Mariña, O Pino and San Miguel, the day finishes up in Padrón, a town synonymous with Camino legend. It is here that the remains of St. James are said to have been taken ashore by his followers.
  • Padrón is also home to the Pimientos de Padrón – peppers with a random hot surprise that are a local specialty worth sampling!

Friday 24th, Day 7

  • Walk 24km to Santiago. Today is all about reaching your journey’s end. You pass through Escravitude, Anguira de Suso, Faramello and Milladoiro before walking the final couple of kilometres to the cathedral in Santiago.
  • Set off early to give yourself plenty of time to explore the incredible city of Santiago, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the perfect place to get lost in meandering streets or to sit at a bar and watch the pilgrim world go by!

Saturday 25th, Day 8

  • Free morning in Santiago before returning to Santiago airport for the return flight to Dublin.