Where we stay:
We stay at comfortable three and four-star
hotels, Pousadas and Paradors. One night is in an old monastery
that has been converted to a 4 star hotel. All have old-world atmosphere
yet have modern comforts. All rooms in the hotels we use have a private bathroom.
We stay at the four star Hotel Carris Porto Ribiera. Located in the old quarter of
Porto, overlooking the river Douro, the Carrís Porto Ribeira is very
close to Ribeira Square.
Air conditioned rooms have mini-bar, safe, TV.
Braga - In
Braga we stay at the 4 star Braga Mercure Centro situated within Braga’s historic area
and surrounded by museums and a pedestrian zone. Rooms are spacious with TV and free wifi.
There is a swimming pool on the roof.
Viana do Castelo -
Located on a hill above the town, the historic Pousada Viana do Castelo is
surrounded by green
gardens and woods. There is a magnificent view of the city and
over the delta of the Lima River and a large expanse of golden sand
beaches bathed by an ocean of intense blue. Air conditioned rooms have a private bathroom
including bathrobe and amenities, safe, a mini bar
and TV.. There is a lovely outdoor swimming pool.
We stay at the Pousada de Valenca. This Pousada is in the small town of
Valença which, throughout history, was the last Portuguese stronghold before
the Spanish border. The hotel is located within Valença's
fort which was originally built in the 13th century
to defend the town against the Spanish on the other side of the Minho
River. There is a stunning view of the river and of Tui, on the
opposite side. Air conditioned rooms have TV and mini-bar. A swimming
pool, terrace and bar await tired walkers at the end of the day.
The Parador at Baiona is one of the
most unique Spanish Paradors. The building is part medieval fortress
and part seigniorial Galicia mansion. It commands an impressive site above the
ocean within a walled enclosure and has a beautiful pine forest on either
side. There is an inviting swimming
pool. Air conditioned rooms have TV, mini-bar, safe.
The Parador at Pontevedra occupies a
palace which was formerly the residence of the Counts of Maceda. In the
historic centre of the city the hotel
is surrounded by pretty landscaped gardens and a large sun terrace. From
here you can stroll the enchanting streets of Pontevedra and find local
shops, bars and restaurants serving typical tapas. Air conditioned rooms
have TV, mini-bar
Caldas de Rei -
In 2017 we stay at the Monasterio de Aciveiro. The Monastery, as inscribed on
the south wall of its church, was founded in 1135. A remote Cistercian
monastery, it has been converted to a comfortable 3 star hotel but
has maintained the original architecture with a cloister, refectorium
and scriptorium. Rooms are comfortable with private bathroom, TV,
mini-bar. The surrounding scenery is spectacular. In 2018 we
stay at the Balneario Acuna. The word "balneario" means "spa". The
hotel is housed in an attractive, old building on the shores of the
river and has a huge thermal spa centre where you can refresh your tired
Pazo de Lestrove is our final accommodation before reaching Santiago. A
"pazo" meant a country estate of the Spanish nobility and
usually consisted of a stately manor house or castle surrounded by gardens
and outbuildings such as a chapel. This pazo was once the country escape
for the Bishops of Santiago.. Today is is an
atmospheric country hotel complete with swimming pool. Air
conditioned rooms have private bathroom, TV, minibar.
In 2017 we stay at the Virxe de Cerca, is an 18th century former Jesuit residence
located in the old quarter near the Cathedral. It is an atmospheric,
four-star hotel that still has the stone walls of its historic past but
now is a comfortable hotel surrounding a garden courtyard. Rooms are
equipped with hairdryer, safe, satellite TV, minibar, phone and air
In 2018 we stay at the Hotel Monumento San Francisco. Located 150 metres
from the Cathedral, this 4-star hotel is a serene oasis that was
formerly the Convent of San Francisco dating back to the 1200's. It has
been carefully restored keeping the original exterior but with an ultra
modern interior that includes a heated swimming pool. Rooms are
comfortable and modern.
Breakfast is always included (usually a buffet). 4 picnic lunches are
provided. On other days we stop in villages where there are small
restaurants or shops where you can purchase lunch. All dinners are included
and allow everyone to sample regional cuisine which changes along the
route. The food is excellent and plentiful and many of the hotels include local
wine with dinner. Vegetarians can be accommodated.