History of the Camino de Santiago:
According to popular tradition, in 40 AD the body of the Apostle St
James was clandestinely buried in Northern Spain. Centuries later, a
hermit witnessed a shower of stars leading him to the forgotten tomb.
Then, legend says, during a battle with the Moors, a ghostly apparition
of St James appeared to Christian soldiers, spurring them to victory.
The 900's to the 1400's brought a golden age of pilgrimages to the tomb
of St James at Santiago. One of the many pilgrims' trails led north
through Portugal to Santiago de Compostela although there were different
Portuguese routes - one coastal and several interior.
Our guided walk:
We start at historic Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage city. The trail
winds north through rural Portugal and enters Spain at Tui to continue
through Galicia to Santiago de Compostela. With the help of our
support bus we cover the most scenic and historic stages including one
day on the coastal route and other days on the main interior route.
We have two guides so each day there is a choice of doing an easy
section at a relaxed pace or a more challenging 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 walking 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.