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  • Location: Portugal
  • Duration: 6 nights/7 days
  • Departing from: Porto, Portugal
  • Tour finishes: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Departures 2023: March 12, April 4*, 16 & 30, May 14 & 21, June 4 & 25, July 9 & 30, Aug 27, Sept. 10 & 24, Oct 1 & 8 plus private departures.
  • Price 2023: Euro €3,099 per person based on double occupancy. Single Supplement Euro €420. One guide accompanies departures of 2 - 8 people. Two guides accompany departures of 9 or more people. * April 4 departure is a special Easter departure @ €3,599 per person based on double occupancy.

Hike the legendary Camino de Santiago, but by the back door, taking the Portuguese route. This lesser-known Pilgrimage trails take us through the glorious landscapes of northern Portugal and north-western Spain to the tomb of the Apostle St. James in Santiago de Compostela. Our adventure begins in the beautiful and historic seaside city of Porto. We hike through varied landscapes along three historical paths of the Portuguese Camino, including the Coastal Way and Queen Isabel’s Way. You will hike through remote villages and lush highland countryside, along the dramatic Atlantic coastline, and visit UNESCO World Heritage site Guimarães, a watchtower-crowned medieval castle. Local cuisine, including fresh-caught sea food and wines made from the vineyards you have walked through reward us at the end of the day. You will ultimately arrive in beautiful Santiago, as so many have before you in centuries past. 

We have partnered with a Portuguese kindred spirit to develop this tour which we think is the best possible Camino hiking experience available*. All the criteria are fulfilled: excellent food and wine, spectacular and diverse landscapes, beautiful trails, charming accommodation, companionship, history, and culture. Some people do the Camino for all those reasons, independent of its religious connotations. Those who seek the mystic and spiritual element will not be disappointed either. Basically, this hiking tour covers the best segments of three Portuguese Camino routes: the central, the coastal and the “medieval” Camino to provide you with the most superlative Camino experience possible.

Like us, our Portuguese partners provided REI Adventures tours for many years. Like us, their guides won REI Top Guide Awards. Like us, they have a proven track record of developing and leading superlative small group tours. 

*We have been running the “classic” Leon to Santiago de Compostela Camino through Spain for many years now, and frankly, we have not been entirely happy with it. The reason being that there are too many segments where you walk along paved roads, and the countryside is not always that spectacular. One of our guides who has done the Spanish Camino did the Portugal route a few years ago on her own and she preferred the Portugal route, by a mile. That inspired us to develop this Camino tour.

Camino de Santiago - The Portuguese Way Tour Includes:

  • Accommodation: 6 nights in 4-star boutique hotels (1 night each Guimarães & Tui, 2 nights Calheiros & 2 nights Santiago de Compostela)
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches (including 1 picnic), and 4 dinners
  • Luggage: Bags are transferred starting from pick-up at the Porto hotel to the final drop-off at the same hotel
  • Special events: Entrance to Rates romanesque church, visit to Santiago de Compostela cathedral and visit to Finisterra, where the camino ends
  • Transport: All private van/bus transfers as noted in the itinerary
  • Active days: 6 days of guided hiking
  • Guides: Two bilingual Terracotta Journeys guides on departures of 4 - 7 people; 3 guides accompany departures of 8-14 people; exceptionally we will do 2-3 people tours with 1 guide.
  • Max group size: Tours are capped at 14 people

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DAY 1 Hike to Guimarães, a stunning medieval town along the Central Camino trail.

Meet your group and guides in Porto this morning. We transfer to Pedras do Corgo  and start our walk from the beach, to follow this segment of the Portuguese Coastal Camino, favored by 18th century sailors  and travellers who arrived in Portugal by boat to start their pilgrimage. We walk along the beach, boardwalks, and trails before stopping  at Castro de São Pai and its bronze age ruins. We stop for lunch at lunch at a beachside cafe' and from there, we transfer to Guimarães, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is a rare example of a medieval settlement exquisitely preserved within a modern town. In our exploration of the town’s medieval streets, we view 10th century Guimarães Castle and visit a site built in the style of a French chateau, called Dukes of Bragança Palace.  The Hike: 2.5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: insignificant.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner and hotel included.

DAY 2 Hike to Calheiros via the legendary Portuguese Central Way.

This morning we start hiking the “Portuguese Central Way” of the Camino. We walk through Ponte de Lima to the doorstep of Paco de Calheiros, where we stay for the next two evenings in a family-run, 17th-century manor house – just one of many baroque manors the grace Ponte de Lima’s countryside. After a midday meal followed by some free time to explore the manor house and its stunning grounds, we transfer to Ponte de Lima, the oldest village in Portugal and a historically significant Roman settlement along the road from Braga to Santiago de Compostela and Lugo. We spend the late afternoon exploring the old quarters of the village, followed by dinner together. Ponte de Lima is well known for its light and fruity vinho verde wines. The Hike: 8.1 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +1162’/-624′; Optional hike: 4.9 miles Breakfast, lunch, dinner and hotel included.

DAY 3 Serra d’Arga mountains.

The friendly ghost of Queen Isabel of Portugal guides us today. She took this trail to Santiago de Compostela in the 13th Century. Starting from the mountain village of Arga de Cima the highland trail passes by granite houses and corn stacks as it leads us through the small villages of Serra D’Árga. This area still practices traditional agriculture, which means we share the lane with goats, sheep and crossing chickens. Our hike ends with a picnic lunch at a 13th century monastery, where we’re treated to views of the valley and the Minho River. We transfer to our manor and have the rest of the day free to enjoy the grounds. Some of us might head back into Ponte de Lima to shop and explore. We get dinner on our own in Ponte de Lima this evening. Breakfast and lunch included.
The Hike: 8 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +1917’/-1766′ Breakfast, lunch, and hotel included. Dinner not included.

DAY 4 The Roman Way.

A rewarding climb starts our day, as we hike through the eucalyptus woodlands of Labruja Mountain on the Portuguese Central Camino, climbing 1,705′ and descending 1,843′ in just over a mile. We make our way to the town of Rubiães along the Roman Way, which features a 2,000 year old stone bridge which still spans the River Pedreira. Our transfer takes us to lunch in the fortified town of Valença do Minho, where we explore along the walls of the fortress. Now we are at Spain’s doorstep. We cross the International Bridge over the Minho River and settle into our hotel in Tui. For the remainder of the day, we’re free to stroll along the river into town and visit the cathedral of Tui and its medieval center, or just relax at the hotel. Breakfast and dinner included. The Hike: 8.5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +1705’/-1843′; Optional 2.5 mile hike, minimal elevation gain/loss. Breakfast, dinner and hotel included.

DAY 5 Hike to Santiago de Compostela.

Today, we begin at the Galician fort of Castro de Santa Trega, which is strategically perched at 1,118′ above sea level overlooking the mouth of the Miño River. There, we explore the well preserved ruins of early Roman settlements. Next, we make our way to the old Cetárea – where fishermen store the lobster they have caught – via the Portuguese Coastal Camino. We enjoy a seafood lunch and a stroll around the Gondomar Castle at our next stop, the coastal village of Baiona in the province of Pontevedra, Galicia. We have the choice of either hiking the western Camino of Finisterra through old agricultural gardens and manor houses or transferring to Santiago by van. Our destination is in the Plaza Obradoiro, Santiago’s grandiose square. As we drive, the city and towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela come into view. Dinner is on our own tonight. Breakfast and lunch included. The Hike: 6 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +825’/-1512′; Optional 3 mile walk, minimal elevation gain/loss; Transfer: 1.5 hours. Breakfast, lunch  and hotel included.

DAY 6 Explore Santiago or hike the Finisterre Camino.

You have some choices today. You can stay and explore Santiago or join us for one last splendid hike along the Finisterra Camino to La Costa da Morte. The walk begins from Arnela beach, on the Camino de los Faros (The Way of the Lighthouses). We meander through pine forests, along rocky clifftops, and down to the pristine beaches of the Galician coast. Our destination is the Lighthouse of Cape of Finisterra which was known as “Land’s End” by the ancient people of the region.  Our trail continues along the spectacular coastline where many ancient ships lay wrecked beneath the waves. We return to Santiago for a final celebratory dinner.  The Hike: 6.7 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +1866’/-1757′ Breakfast, dinner and hotel included. (lunch not included for those who opt for the free day in Santiago).

DAY 7 (Saturday) Say goodbye in Santiago, Spain.

After breakfast, we go our separate ways. Of course, you can continue to explore this exquisite region of Spain or return to Porto with our guides or transfer on your own to Santiago’s airport. Our van transfer from Santiago de Compostela arrives back  at downtown Porto at around 11:30. If you wish to depart from Santiago’s de Compostela airport, it is 18 minutes from our Santiago di Compostela hotel by taxi or Uber. Breakfast included.

Our goal is to follow the schedule above. But the itinerary can change for many reasons beyond our control, such as changing weather and terrain conditions.

Activity Level 2 = Easy to Moderate: 
In general: This is an Easy to Moderate tour for fit hikers, and will be do-able with some effort by less fit hikers.
Terrain: Flat to gently rolling terrain with some rocky areas. Perhaps some short, relatively steep climbs and descents, but nothing longer than 20 minutes.
Actual walking time: Between 4 - 6 hours per day, mostly in the morning but sometimes also in the afternoon
Distances: Usually 7 - 14 km (4.5 - 8 mi). Max distance is 15.5 km (9 mi) on the optional Day 6 hike.
Surfaces: Trails consist mainly of compact earth and/or gravel and sometimes gravel roads
Footing: Easy/good. Proper hiking shoes with thick soles with good treads are required. Sport sandals, running shoes and tennis shoes are not adequate.
Hiking Poles: Not required, but if you habitually use hiking poles then you will find them helpful
Compared to the Cinque Terre: This tour is significantly easier than the hikes in the Cinque Terre
Other: This tour is appropriate for fit, first-time “hikers” who enjoy walking
Easy to Moderate Tours: Puglia & Basilicata, Piedmont Walk. All of our boat–based tours in Turkey, Croatia, and Greece Dodecanese Islands would be “easy to moderate” IF you decide to skip the one or two of the more challenging hikes. Your guides of course can advise you of the difficulty level and the terrain and footing of each walk. 

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by Randy A
Posted Oct 17, 2022

I had heard of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela from friends who have done the "traditional" routes in France and Spain, but was intrigued by the Portugese route, both from a historical and tourist perspective. The itinerary and wonderful choices of hotels, manor houses and paradores to relax in after hiking were outstanding and unique. Because of the thoughtful selection of hiking route, we rarely encountered any crowds of hikers. The cuisine and the postprandial food comas only enhanced the experience! Add to all that, a set of guides who were delightful, highly educated and versed in culture and history, who created a week of complete relaxation, adventure, and enjoyment. This was my 5th trip with Customwalks and I look forward to #6!



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I had heard of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela from friends who have done the "traditional" routes in France and Spain, but was intrigued by the Portugese route, both from a historical and tourist perspective. The itinerary and wonderful choices of hotels, manor houses and paradores to relax in after hiking were outstanding and unique. Because of the thoughtful selection of hiking route, we rarely encountered any crowds of hikers. The cuisine and the postprandial food comas only enhanced the experience! Add to all that, a set of guides who were delightful, highly educated and versed in culture and history, who created a week of complete relaxation, adventure, and enjoyment. This was my 5th trip with Customwalks and I look forward to #6!
by Randy A


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