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
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.