Caminho de Santiago   (St James Way)
Portuguese Route
     May 11 - 22. 2024         Oct 09 - 20, 2024 

History of the Camino de Santiago:  
According to legend, in 40 AD the body of the Apostle St James was clandestinely buried in Northern Spain and in 814, a hermit witnessed a shower of stars leading him to the secret tomb at Santiago  That led to a golden age of pilgrimages as people from all over Europe flocked to the site. One of
the routes led north through Portugal to Santiago although there were different Portuguese trails - one coastal and several interior.  By the 1500's pilgrimage fell out of fashion and the footpaths were forgotten until, in the late 20th century, the Spanish and Portuguese governments saw a market for eco-tourism and revive the trails.

About the Portuguese Camino Route
There are many variants but the two main routes are the inland (central) route and the coastal route.

Our guided walk:  
Our route combines the best of both the coastal and the inland Camino routes. We start at historic Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage city. The trail winds north along the coast to the Spanish border and then continues on the inland route through Galicia to Santiago.  We  cover the most scenic and historic stages.  Having two guides allows a choice of distance each day. You can walk an easy section at a relaxed pace or challenge yourself with a longer walk.  Our accommodation is in lovely Pousadas, comfortable inns and historic Paradors. Walking does wonders for body, mind and spirit but our walks have NO religious focus. However, it is possible to walk the last 100 km into Santiago thus earning the official Compostela certificate.

Level of Difficulty: The terrain is easy to moderate with some hills. Each day we divide into two groups, each with its own guide. Our support bus follows and is available to assist at various junctions along the way. 

Our meeting point:  Porto      End of Tour:  Santiago de Compostela

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