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Walk the Camino Portugués to Santiago

The origin of the Camino Portugués actually predates the Camino de Santiago, as part of the route runs along an old Roman road.  Later, the Camino Portugués was supported by different kings of Portugal when the remains of the Apostle James were discovered.  To demonstrate their commitment to this path, even neighboring monarchs visited the grave.

Described in many guides as a way for beginners, the stages each day are similar in length and there are hills rather than mountains. At our final destination, Santiago de Compostela,  we will enjoy some relaxation with time to explore the Old Town - designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the famous Cathedral of St James to attend the pilgrim Mass, where we have arranged for the great Botafumeiro to be swung.

An experienced McCabe Pilgrimages leader who has walked the Camino Frances will lead us. A local Camino guide will join us to add commentary along the way.

A pilgrimage is a spiritual adventure, where the journey itself is as important as the destination. Each day as we walk, we will pray and reflect on scripture and other writings; and as we walk, talk, eat and drink together our hope is that the journey will refresh and renew us.

Buen Camino!

 

This is a walking pilgrimage, with no coach back-up, so a good level of fitness is required and it is essential to start preparatory walks well before departure.  If for any reason you are unable to complete a days walking or need some rest time, you can arrange a taxi for yourself to the next hotel.  Luggage will be transported between each hotel, so you only need to travel with a day pack, water, rain wear, plasters etc.

 

Itinerary

  1. Travel to Tui, Spain

    Departure from Gatwick Airport on Veuling flight to Santiago departing at 13:40 direct to Santiago de Compostela, arriving at 16:45. Transfer to hotel in Tui for dinner and a two night stay.

    Flight times are subject to change.

    Rest and recover over night ready to start the next days' walk.

    Dinner and overnight stay in Tui.

  2. Walk Porriño to Redondela (17km)

    Transfer to Porriño. Before leaving Porriño we can visit the chapel of Las Angustias. Pass through different villages with their chapels. Before arriving in Redondela enjoy the view of the coast and the bridge, Puente de Rande. Transfer back to the hotel in Tui for dinner and overnight stay.

  3. Santiago Walk

    Walk Redondela to Pontevedra (19km)

    Enjoy the view of the sea. Before leaving Redondela, visit the church of Santiago. In Pontesampaio cross the bridge that gives the place its name and where many battles took place during the French occupation. Here you can visit the church of Santa Maria. Free time in the afternoon to visit the town of Pontevedra where we have dinner and stay overnight.

  4. Pontevedra to Caldas de Rei (23km)

    Leave Pontevedra and the camino runs mainly through eucalyptus and pine forests. See many 'Cruceros', a very typical Galician monument related to the Santa Compaña Journey through villages like Santa María de Alba and Agudelo where you can visit the church of San Martín. Free time in the afternoon to have a walk around Caldas de Reis where we stay overnight.

  5. Caldas de Reis to Padrón (19km)

    Visit the church of Santa María de Caldas. In the village of Santa Marina de Carracedo, see the church, the parish house and the “hórreos”, typical granaries from Galicia built in wood or stone. Upon reaching Padrón, have the opportunity to visit this beautoful city, very important in the Camino de Santiago. According to legend, the stone boat carrying the body of St. James arrived at the port of Padrón and from there the remains were transferred by his disciples to its present location, Santiago de Compostela. Overnight in Padrón .

  6. Padrón to Santiago de Compostela (24km)

    This is our last stage before reaching our destination. First we’ll pass by Iria Flavia, ancient episcopal see. Here you can visit the church and norn here was the Nobel laureate Camilo José Cela. After lunch we pass through the villages of A Escravitude, Faramello and Milladoiro before reaching Santiago for a two night stay.

  7. Santiago de Compostela

    A day to visit this beautiful city, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. During the morning we’ll visit the market at Plaza de Abastos. At 12 noon we’ll attend to the Pilgrim’s Mass which is held every day at this time. . In the morning, we have a guided tour of Santiago Old Town and visit the Cathedral which has a Baroque façade hiding the much earlier Romanesque building and set on the site where in the 8th century the tomb of St James was discovered. We join the Pilgrim Mass at noon and hope to see the Botafumeiro swing. Free time for lunchIn the evening we enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant, featuring the traditional ‘Quiemada’ drink ceremony.

  8. Santiago Cathedral

    Departure

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport. The Vueling flight from Santiago de Compostela leaves at 11:50 arriving back at London Gatwick at 13:00.

    Flight times are subject to change.

Essential Information

Included 

The cost includes a room with private facilities, flights with 23kg of checked luggage and seat allocation, airport transfers in Spain, local Camino walking guide, McCabe leader and gratuities to those who help us on our journey. Group meals are a highlight so breakfast and dinner are included.

Not included

Travel insurance, single room supplement, lunches.

Travel Insurance

Ensuring that your holidays are appropriately protected is one of our main priorities. That’s why we have specifically chosen Holiday Extras as our *preferred travel insurance provider to ensure that you are protected before and whilst you are travelling. Holiday Extras offer McCabe Travel guests favourable rates for single trip, multi-trip and annual policies.

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Airline

We fly from London direct to Santiago de Compostela airport. This is a two hour 10 minute flight. We include 23 kilos of checked-in luggage and pre allocated seats. McCabe Travel will require your passport details prior to departure, and will check you in, and issue your boarding passes with your final travel documents.

Hotels

You will be accommodated in simple but comfortable hotels and pensions similar to those mentioned below. All rooms feature private facilities.

You can click on the hotel websites below:

2 Nights 3 Star Hotel Colon in Tui

1 Night 3 Star Hotel Rias Bajas in Pontevedra

1 Night 1 Star Hotel Sena in Caldas de Reis

1 Night 1 Star Hotel Rosalia in Padrón

2 Nights 1 Star Hospederia San Martin Pinario in Santiago

Touring information

We will set out each morning at around 8am and plan to arrive at our destination between 5 and 6pm. We walk each day for up to five hours.  On the way, we will stop for lunch (times vary) and visit places of interest which our guide will introduce to us. Lunches are not included as we like to keep flexibility of each day’s timings, but our tour managers are expert at recommending options each day.   

Most groups celebrate the Eucharist at a key point on the journey and at your destination we join in the pilgrim Mass in the cathedral of St James, where we have arranged for the great Botafumeiro to be swung.  

Our Walks

Our walks along The Camino Portugués will vary in length and degree of difficulty, we will be walking between 17-24 kilometres each day, sometimes roadside on flat pavement, sometimes through country roads, cobbled paths and through woods & forests. Luggage is transported between hotels, so you only need to walk with a day pack.

Do wear sturdy shoes or boots suitable for walking long distances and bring a day pack to carry principally rain-wear, sun cream, a hat, water, blister plasters and spare socks.

The weather in the Galician region is much like the English summer.  Sunshine with scattered showers is not uncommon but equally it can be hot. We will keep an eye on the daily weather forecast and the guide will plan our walking and stops accordingly

Practical information

Passports, visas and health

Check that your passport is valid beyond the return date of this tour.  If you need a new passport apply early as there can be considerable backlogs at the passport offices.  There are minimal formalities for British passport holders entering Spain.  If you are holding a non-British passport, or require further advice, please consult the McCabe office.  No inoculations are required. We do, however, advise you to consult your doctor regarding your own personal requirements.  

The McCabe Educational Trust

For many, meeting the ‘Living Stones’ of The Land becomes a real highlight of their pilgrimage. The McCabe Educational Trust is an independent registered charity with the aim of helping inspiring people we meet on pilgrimages in the Holy Land.  

McCabe Pilgrimages invites all travellers to become partners in this work. A £20 voluntary donation to the Trust’s work is added to every pilgrim’s invoice and all money raised in this way is given in full to the projects the Trust supports. This scheme is voluntary and confidential with nobody put under any pressure to participate.

Full Financial Security

All money paid to McCabe is fully secure. Holidays including flights are covered by our ATOL license from the Civil Aviation Authority, and holidays without flights are protected by our membership of the ABTOT bonding scheme.  If a pilgrimage is cancelled, for instance through lack of numbers or for political considerations, McCabe will promptly refund all monies paid.

AITO Quality Statement

McCabe Pilgrimages is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. The Association represents Britain’s leading independent tour operators and encourages high standards of quality and service. McCabe abides by the Association’s Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Quality Charter.

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