WALKERS’ WORLD
Caminho de Santiago (St James Way)

PORTUGUESE ROUTE


SELF-GUIDED

History of the Camino de Santiago:  In 40 AD, according to legend, the body of the Apostle St James was clandestinely buried in Northern Spain. Centuries later, a hermit witnessed a shower of stars leading to James'  forgotten tomb. Further legend claims that during a battle with the Moors St James' ghostly apparition appeared to Christian soldiers spurring them to victory. The story of this miracle started the golden age of pilgrimage to Santiago with multitudes of wayfarers seeking the tomb of St James. 

There were many medieval routes for pilgrims to travel to Santiago de Compostela. Today one of the hiking trails leads from the fascinating Portuguese city of Porto north through Portugal.  Our Portugal Caminho walk starts at Porto, goes north through Portugal, crosses the Spanish border and on reaching Porrino in Spain it then covers the last 100 km of the trail into Santiago. An official "Compostela" certificate can be earned by walking every step of this last 100 km.


There are two routes through Portugal, one along the coast and one inland. We walk the inland route because the coastal route is poorly marked and is marred with a lot of construction. The inland route is through pretty rural countryside.

Today this walk is sometimes done for spiritual reasons but many hikers on the Camino are there for adventure, challenge and camaraderie with fellow walkers from all over the world. 

Walkers' World Self-Guided walks are for those who prefer to walk independently rather than with a group. A comfortable room with private bath is waiting at the end of each day. Luggage is transported from inn to inn so all walkers carry is their daily necessities.  An English speaking local tour host is on call for advice and assistance.

Independent walks can be arranged starting any day (subject to accommodation availability) but we suggest that the best time is from April to October. 

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