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Camino Portugues

Camino Portugues ~ 73 miles (117 km) ~ 6 days' walking

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EasyWays proposes starting from Tui, on the Portugal / Spain border, for 6 days’ walking on the Camino Portugues in rural Galicia past terraced fields, lush forests, vineyards and peaceful sleepy villages to end at the magnificent Cathedral City of Santiago de Compostela.

The Camino Portugues – or Portuguese Way in English – is one of the routes that comprise the Camino de Santiago – or St James’ Way in English. According to tradition, St. James’ remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to be buried in northern Spain, where the cathedral now stands.

St James’ Way can take numerous routes through Spain, some starting as far away as France or Portugal, all ending at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The entire Camino Portugues starts from Lisbon, over 500 km from Santiago.

The symbol of the Camino is a scalloped shell. There are a number of legends about the significance of the shell. It also served practical purposes for pilgrims who used the shell to scoop up water to drink. Today, you will see the shell on signposts to guide you on the way. Many walkers wear a shell to identify themselves with the Camino and it remains a popular souvenir of a memorable, and sometimes spiritual, walking holiday.

A Compostela is a certificate of accomplishment given to pilgrims on completing a minimum of 100 km of the Way. Your official Pilgrim Passport be available to pick up at your first overnight hotel. On the Way, have your passport stamped with the official St. James stamp at least once a day in hotels, restaurants, bars or churches, to provide you with an authentic and original record of where you ate and slept on the route. On arrival in Santiago, you can then present your passport to receive your compostela from the Pilgrim’s Office.

The Botafumeiro is the famous giant thurible or censer in Santiago de Compostela cathedral. The Botafumeiro is a 1.5 metre high recepticle containing coal and incense. During the church mass, it is tied to a rope hanging by the altar and set in motion with great precision, forming an impressive 65-metre long arched trajectory along the cathedral, a ritual which has been taking place at least since the 12th century.

If you want to see the Botafumeiro in use, the easiest way is to attend pilgrim mass in Santiago on a Friday evening at 19.30pm, so you should plan your walk to be in Santiago on a Friday. It is also used on special dates throughout the year such as Christmas Day and Saint James Day. Whenever St. James’s Day – 25th July – falls on a Sunday, the cathedral declares a Holy Year. Depending on leap years, Holy Years occur in 5, 6, and 11 year intervals. The next will be 2021.

The Camino Portugues route is available from March until October.

If you would like to walk our Camino Portugues route, then fill out our enquiry form.

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Route Terrain
Moderate to Strenuous

Route Signposting
Waymarked

Navigational Skills
Easy

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Camino Portugues ~ 73 miles (117 km) ~ 6 days' walking

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Fixed Price - £430 November sale price £387 per person

Single supplement - £140

Included

  • 7 nights’ accommodation for 2 people sharing in private inns, with en-suite shower/wc
  • Breakfast
  • Door to door baggage transfer - maximum 18 kg per bag
  • Map and location details for each accommodation
  • Travel information to the start and from the finish of the walk
  • Official Pilgrim Passport
  • Emergency support in Spain
  • All local taxes

Not Included

  • Flights to and from Santiago Airport
  • Private transfers to and from the airport on arrival and departure (EasyWays will be happy to arrange these if required)
  • Evening meals, packed lunches and drinks
  • Travel insurance

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If you would like to stay an extra night at any point on the route, please let us know in the Comments section of the Enquiry Form.

Stages and Distances
Tui
9.5 miles - 15 km
O Porriño
15 miles - 24 km
Redondela
8 miles - 13 km
Pontevedra
15 miles - 24 km
Caldas de Reis
14.5 miles - 23 km
Padrón
11 miles - 18 km
Santiago de Compostela


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