1st Stage Camino Portuguese: Porto – Tui

  • Camino
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Price: €510

This part of the Portuguese route leads from Porto to Tui – the town located on the border between Portugal and Spain, or better to say Spanish Galicia. Here you will experience one week of trekking through the Northern Portugal. Green forests and hills, historical towns and villages – Portugal like you never imagined it.

Day 1
Porto

The gem of the Northern Portugal, located at the bank of Douro river, gave a name to the kingdom of Portucale which in XII century became an independent country: Portugal. The city of the bridges, the magical place where the sweet Port wine comes from, offers to the visitors many attractions: the Cathedral, Clérigos tower, old-style bookstores, museums, the House of Music and many more, always combining the spirit of decadence with the most modern architecture and arts.

Day 2
São Miguel de Arcos

Leaving Porto is not easy. To avoid the struggle to find the way out of the busy city, it would be better to take a metro / quick train to Maia and begin your walk there. This way the first 20 km (13 miles) will be bearable.

Day 3
Barcelos

The colorful rooster from Barcelos (Galo de Barcelos) is today’s well know symbol of Portugal. There is a legend according to which the rooster sung after being roasted to prove the innocence of a poor pilgrim accused of a theft. Curiously enough, the same legend exists in Santo Domingo de la Calzada, on the French Route. Who could tell today where did it really happen, in Spain or in Portugal?

Day 4
Balugães

The experienced pilgrims decide to walk 33 km (21 miles) that separate Barcelos from Ponte de Lima in one day. We do not recommend this. We offer you a split in the most wonderful place of the whole Portuguese Route, located only 1 km off-route. Our pilgrims who are Tolkien fans called it “the Portuguese Rivendell”. ☺ Be prepared for a surprise.

Day 5
Ponte de Lima

The ancient writers considered the river Lima (Limia – meaning “the border”) the coursed river – the river of oblivion. Once crossed, it would make the people forget their families and homeland. Nowadays we can guarantee that upon crossing the Roman bridge over the river, such thing will not happen to the modern pilgrims. ☺

Day 6
Rubiães

The hardest day on the Camino. A little bit of climbing in Labruja hills will be unavoidable.

Day 7
Tui

The last day in Portugal. If in the future you will miss Portugal, it means you’ve just learned to feel “saudade”. Portuguese people proudly say that the word “saudade” could and should not be translated into other languages. It is that feeling of missing home and longing your people with the typical Portuguese note of melancholy. You will finish your Camino crossing the bridge on the Minho river which is the border between Portugal and Spanish Galicia; the border that separates countries but not the common Galician-Portuguese culture.

Standard Accomodation May – Sep. Oct. – April
  • Hotels ** and ***
  • Boutique Hotels
per person shared 320€ 300€
single sumplement 230€ 210€

 

Extra nigths May – Sep. Oct. – April
Oporto per person shared 60€ 60€
single suplement 30€ 30€
Tui per person shared 50€ 50€
single suplement 25€ 25€

 

1 Person 2 Persons
Luggage Transfer 130€ 140€

Check Flights to Oporto,and Vigo

Transportation to the starting point (Taxi 1-4px)
Porto airport to hotel 50€
Vigo Airport to hotel 220€

 

Transportation from Tui (Taxi 1-4px)
Hotel to Vigo Airport 60€
Hotel to Oporto Airport 200€

Map

The basic package includes:

  • Lodging in private inns: private room with en suite bathroom and breakfast included
  • Phone attention in Spain 24/7 while walking your Camino
  • Taxes
  • Maps of the places where you will stop
  • Official pilgrim passport(s) – issued on request (please note that you must request it at least 1 month before the pilgrimage starting date so we can send it from Santiago to your home address)