Camino Portugues Central Camino Portugues Central from Porto to Santiago Last 200km

Activity:
Walking or Easy Walking or Cycling or Easy Cycling
Duration:
Up to 14 Nights
Distance:
249 km
Difficulty:
Medium
Tour Type:
Self-Guided
Time To Go:
March to October
Price:
7 nights from €621
Rating:

Camino Portugues Central from Porto

The Camino Portugues Central from Porto to Santiago, the Last 200km of the Camino de Santiago, begins in magnificent Porto,  the colourful UNESCO World Heritage city home of Port wine.

Porto is a wonderful starting point for your Camino de Santiago. It is the second-largest city in Portugal and while bustling, also has a small-town charm. The city has a rich and diverse history with lots of things to see and do for tourists and it is from here that you will travel over 250 km to Santiago de Compostela.

The Camino Portuguese Central from Porto is a classic Camino de Santiago Route route that takes in many different landscapes across Northern Portugal and Galicia, from lush forests and vineyards to rolling green hills and lovely villages dotted with magnificent Baroque and Romanesque churches.

Camino Portugues Central from Porto

On the Camino Portugues Central from Porto, you will travel along ancient paths, following in the footsteps of Queen Isabel of Portugal who took this trail to Santiago de Compostela in the 13th century. Since then, thousands of pilgrims have taken this way from Portugal to Santiago. It is a quieter route than the more busy Camino Frances and could be a good alternative option for those looking for a more rural experience.

Once in Valencia do Minho, pilgrims will cross the River Minho over the International Bridge to reach Tui, in Galicia. From Tui, you will continue North towards Santiago reaching the famous Rías Baixas, home of Albariño white wine and some of Europe’s top seafood.

In Galicia, the Portuguese Camino trail takes you to forests, farmlands, and lovely historic villages and cities such as Pontevedra before taking you to the magnificent Santiago de Compostela.

Click below to create your Camino Portugues Central from Porto. You can walk or cycle.

Map of the Camino Portugues Central from Porto

Itinerary of the Camino Portugues Central from Porto

This is the most popular itinerary, you may be able to combine or split the distance for each day. Click on get a quote to customize your trip.

Porto
Porto
You arrive in Porto.
25 km
Fajozes
Fajozes

As you start your Camino from Porto, we recommend you take the metro to Maia (not included), so you can skip the suburbs of the city (walking 11km). If you choose to walk from the centre of town, you will walk 25km. From Maia, you will be walking on a quiet country route with many interesting churches along the way, for instance the 12th century monastery: Mosteiro de Leca do Balio. Your stop for the night is the village of Fajozes.

13 km
Arcos
Arcos

Today’s walking day on Camino starts in Fajozes and heads North East, away from the coast. Shortly after the start you will cross the magnificent Dom Zameiro bridge and enter lush pine and eucalyptus woods, offering plenty of shade.

20 km
Barcelos
Barcelos

This stage of the Camino takes you across gentle rolling hills, woodland and lovely little villages. If you like, you can climb up to the Chapel of Santa de Franqueira, at 290m, to enjoy the fantastic views. You will cross an old stone bridge as you make your way to the market town of Barcelos, famous for its ‘galo’, the iconic Portuguese cockerel.

16 km
Balugães
Balugães

Easy Walking Split Option:  Split the long walking day from Barcelos to Ponte Lima and stay the night in the small town of Balugues.  The next morning you will make your way to the town of Ponte de Lima.

18 km
Ponte de Lima
Ponte de Lima

After you leave Barcelos, the landscape will start to change gradually, as you approach Galicia and green hills become more prominent. Today is the most challenging walking day on this Camino section, mainly due to the shortage of villages along the way, as well as some short, sharp climbs. The scenery is fantastic however, so your effort will be rewarded with wonderful views.

18 km
Rubiães
Rubiães

There is a fair amount of climbing to be done again today, with the highest point being Alto da Portela Grande, at 410m. However once again you will be rewarded with fantastic views. The Camino de Santiago also takes you past a number of small churches and crossings with cairns, where pilgrims to Santiago have traditionally placed stones to mark their journey and remember their loved ones.

20 km
Tui
 Tui

Today you will leave Portugal and cross the River Minho into Galicia. Your day will kick start with a descent to the Río Coura, across lush green hills; then followed by a long, gradual climb to Alto Sao Bento da Porta Aberta. From here there is a sharp descent to Fontoura and the Rio Minho, separating Portugal and Spain. You will cross the international bridge from Valença do Minho to your destination: Tui, in Galicia.

Take time to explore the charming town of Tui, overlooking the River Minho. Stroll down the lovely streets to the Plaza de San Fernando, where you’ll get fantastic views of the magnificent 12th century cathedral. Ask the team if you’d like to upgrade to a Parador or if you would like to book additional nights to explore this beautiful part of Galicia

18 km
O Porriño
O Porriño

This section of the Camino Portugues starts from the old port of Tui and makes its way up through the old town along the Camino de Barca. From here you will pass through the Túnel das Monxas and begin a sharp climb up to the pretty bridge of San Telmo. After this, the terrain becomes slightly easier on the way to O Porriño. Please note: an alternative route has been signposted in 2013 to bypass the industrial estate in the outskirts of town.

If you decide to start here, you will receive your Compostela, as you will complete over 100km.

24 km
Arcade
Arcade

From O Porriño you continue your Camino journey along the Louro valley. On your way to Redondela you will spot the bay in the distance. A short climb takes pilgrims to the chapel of Santiaguiño (Little St James) de Antas, a lovely place where you can rest your legs and feet for a while. After the chapel, the Camino route enters pine forests. Before you reach Arcade, famous for its oysters and your stop for the night, you will pass the village of Setefontes.

12 km
Pontevedra
Pontevedra

Today, you will cross the Verdugo River over Ponte Sampaio. It is in this bridge is where Napoleon’s army suffered one of its greatest defeats in Galicia. From Ponte Sampaio the Camino continues along a cobbled road taking pilgrims to the 13th century Church of Santa María, where you can enjoy magnificent views over the Bay of Vigo while walking towards Pontevedra.

22 km
Caldas de Reis
Caldas de Reis

Today, starting in the city of Pontevedra, the Camino will take you through chestnut groves and pine and eucalyptus woods. In the village of Ponte Cabras, take a minute to admire the rectory of Santa María de Alba. At Lombo da Maceira you will spot a statue of Saint James with his walking stick, showing pilgrims the way. On your way to Caldas de Reis you will pass the hamlet of Tivo with its lovely fountain and public washing area. You will be staying in the spa town of Caldas de Reis for the night.

18 km
Padrón
Padrón

From the spa town of Caldas de Reis, the Camino Portugués takes you across the river Umia and the hot springs that have given the town its name since Roman times. The Camino trail takes you once again to forests, gradually climbing to the village of Santa Mariña. After a descent you will cross the river Fontenlo before making your way through pine forests to today’s final destination: the town of Padrón, believed to be arrival point of the body of Saint James when it was brought to Santiago de Compostela by ship.

25 km
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela is a gem of a city: small enough to be explored and be discovered on foot but always vibrant and lively. Wander the cobbled streets of its UNESCO-listed old town, go for a stroll in the Alameda Park and discover regional flavours in the local market (Mercado de Abastos) and the many restaurants and bars.

Superior Collection includes complimentary spa in Santiago.

Accommodation

Standard Hotel & Guesthouse

We have hand-picked hotels and guesthouses along the Camino for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to your Camino trail. All rooms are en-suite with bathroom.

For our family packages, we have hand-picked establishments with outdoor space and swimming pools where possible. Where accommodation with private outdoor space is not available, we have selected comfortable hotels with spacious common areas as well as a convenient location close to recreational areas and sights. As your comfort is our priority, we try to book hotels located within walking distance of the Camino. Despite our effort, on rare occasions your accommodation can be located a few kilometers away from the trail, so we organise transportation to/from your accommodation.

Country Cottages

Country Cottages or  ‘Casas Rurales’ are beautifully restored country homes and farmhouses in the heart of peaceful rural communities. Our Country Cottages are renowned for their exceptional food, unique settings and personal touch. Rest assured when you select Country Cottage you will enjoy the full experience of our collection of beautiful Casa Rurales when and where this option is available, however, bear in mind, that sometimes due to location factors, only our choice of standard collection hotels and guesthouses may be available. All rooms are en-suite.

Superior Collection

Stay in very special hotels and unique properties along the Camino.  We have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered. Rest assured when you select Superior Collection, you will enjoy the full experience of our best hotels and top guesthouses when and where this option is available, however, bear in mind, that sometimes due to location factors, only our choice of standard collection hotels and guesthouses may be available. All rooms are en-suite.

Access

How to Get There

Live information on Rome2Rio. We can also arrange private transfers if you prefer, just ask us.

Porto

Porto Airport 12km: The easiest way to get to Porto airport from the city is taking the metro (line E), departing every 5-9 minutes. See: www.metrodoporto.pt.

Tui

Vigo Airport 25km: There are 2 daily train connections between Tui and Vigo, with a travel time of approx. 40min. See www.renfe.com. There are also buses connecting Tui and Vigo, see: http://atsahorarios.com/. From Vigo train station (Estación de Ferrocarril), you can take a bus (C9A) to the airport. See http://www.aena.es/en/vigo-airport/vigo.html

Porto Airport 105km: You can take a train from Tui to Porto-Campanha (main train station) twice a day (travel time approx. 2h15). Valenca do Minho is only across the river from Tui (2km, a short taxi ride) and has regular trains to Porto. See schedule: www.cp.pt The easiest way to get to Porto airport from Porto-Campanha is by metro (purple line line E, every 5-9 minutes). See: www.metrodoporto.pt/en.

Santiago de Compostela Airport 110km: There are 2 daily train connections between Tui and Santiago, one with a change in Vigo Guixar (departing close to noon), the other one with a change in Redondela (departing in the late evening). Both of them take approx. 2h30. See www.renfe.com.
There is a direct bus to Santiago bus station from Tui (4 per day) taking approximately 2 hours. See www.alsa.es for schedule.
From Santiago train station and bus station you can take the shuttle bus to the airport in Santiago, departing every 30min. See http://www.empresafreire.com.

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela Airport 11km: There is shuttle bus from Santiago city centre to the airport, departing every 30min. Bus stops are: city centre (Plaza de Galicia),  train station (Estación de Ferrocarril) and bus station (Estación de Autobuses). See: www.empresafreire.com.

Vigo Airport 90km: From Santiago you can take a train to Vigo Guixar (see www.renfe.com) or a bus to Travesia de Vigo (every hour). You should then take a city bus from Travesia de Vigo to Vigo Airport (every 30 min).

A Coruna Airport 70km: From Santiago you can take a train to A Coruña (30 min approximately) and then take a bus from Alfonso Molina (line 4051) to the airport (every 30 min, takes 20 min approximately). Monbus has services from Santiago to A Coruña Airport (every 3 hours), see monbus.es/en for details.

Porto Airport 210km: There is a direct bus connection between Santiago (Estación de Autobuses) and Porto airport once or twice a day (taking 4h or 6h resp.). See www.alsa.es.

Whats Included

  • Included: Selected accommodation with private bathrooms, Holiday Pack on your mobile phone (Route ebook and Google Maps) and a 24/7 support number providing assistance during your trip, for instance organising a support vehicle if needed. In 2021 we also offer a Free Postponement with every booking made
  • Not included: Flights, drinks, city tax, Travel Insurance (Recommended)
  • Optional: Luggage transfers (On by default. One bag up to 20kg per person), dinners (On by default, where available), bike rental (On by default) and airport transfers, etc…

Manage your trip online

Note on Accommodation: We aim to book you into each of the towns listed on the itinerary, however in case of low availability we may book you 2 nights in the same town with provided transfers. If you are booking Superior collection or Country cottages, please note it is subject to availability and therefore cannot be guaranteed. Superior/Country cottage accommodation may be away from the route with included transfers. More details.

Have questions? Read our FAQ pages.

Kira, Marcia and Shawn, Canada - 09/2013
“Dear Camino Ways, Thanks for a fabulous trip! Our bike trip along the Portuguese Camino was everything we had hoped for. A time to experience Portuguese/Spanish culture in a variety of settings, the countryside, the people, the tourist attractions, vigorous exercise and each other. Our accommodations were outstanding and our luggage transfers flawless. Brand new mountain bikes were great! Our daughter often questioned the medium fitness level recommended, and my wife was a little concerned about her lack of mountain bike experience, but all would agree that it was a spectacular trip and would recommend to our fit, adventure-seeking friends. Thanks, we loved it”
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