Why walk the less travelled Camino to medieval Santiago? Because it’s a 150 miles of scenic beauty, heritage and nature; for its original purpose as a pilgrimage; for the achievement of a hike hiked or a myriad of other personal reasons. You’ll walk the best of the route over a week, skip the tarmac and enjoy the trail, the conversation along the way and spectacular views on your northward path. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays.
Our Portuguese experts, resident in the country, have cherry picked the most scenic sections for your rambling enjoyment, crossing from Porto, Northern Portugal to finish on the other side of the border, in Galicia, Spain.
In Porto, you will have time to explore and visit the Cathedral, before we transfer from Porto to Vilarinho and begin walking towards the impressive city of Barcelos.
Your second centre, Ponte de Lima, is one of the oldest towns in Portugal (circa 1125), and is historically significant as a Roman settlement. From here you’ll walk in rich farming lands where the famous vinho verde (young wine) is produced. Also this area has the largest concentration of baroque manors in Portugal.
The following day you walk from Ponte de Lima to Cabanas, leaving the fertile valley of the river Lima to climb the final range of wooded hills before Galicia. Our next section of the route is from Valenca to Porrino, detouring through the old town before crossing into Spain on the iron bridge over the River Minho. We’ll then take a bucolic path towards Porrino, before transferring to our final centre Pontevedra.
The following day we continue our journey from Calda de Reis to Padron, famous for its tasty peppers. Our final day will be spent visiting the magnificent holy city of Santiago de Compostela. Legend holds that St James’s remains were carried here for burial after arriving at Padron by boat from Jerusalem.
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The Hotel Império do Norte is located in Ponte de Lima, the oldest town in Portugal. WiFi is free throughout the property and free parking is available on site. The offers 46 standard rooms, 3 standard suites and 1 suite which is suitable for guests with limited mobility. All are comfortably equipped with air conditioning, flat-screen TV, telephone, balcony. The rooms and suites each have a private bathroom with a shower, free toiletries and a hairdryer. Some units have views over Avenida dos Plátanos and the Lima River. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. There is also a bar, which serves refreshing drinks and cocktails.
The Hotel Virgen del Camino in Pontevedra is located near the centre in the Rias Baixas. The hotel owns a beautiful restaurant serving Galician dishes and great seafood. There is also a quaint little cafe and a terrace for relaxing. Each room has air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and room service.
The mythical Cinema Águia D’Ouro opens doors to a new hotel experience in downtown Oporto. In the emblematic building built in 1839, you will now find a renewed, sophisticated and welcoming space where the spirit of cinema is still alive. With the recovery of the Art Decó facade Moov Hotel Porto Centro (downtown Oporto) restores the soul and spirit of cinema to the inspiring Invicta City with the presence of several visual references. In the heart of the city, the hotel is very well located, near several underground stations which are connected to the Francisco Sá Carneiro airport and by the main accesses to downtown.