Camino Portugués – Portuguese Central Route – Guided

Dingle Way Walking Hiking Vacation

The second most common of the routes on the Camino de Santiago, is the Portuguese route starting in Lisbon, 608km from Santiago de Compostella. Of the many pilgrim paths to Santiago de Compostella, The Portuguese route is probably the most synonymous with the life and teaching of St. James. Much of the old traditional route follows ancient Roman roads that linked this region of Portugal and Spain. The popular way from Porto was historically used by the local populations and by those who arrived in the local ports, en route to achieving their Compostella in Santiago.

Route: For this leg of the journey we will be starting from Tui, located just across the Miño river from Valença in Portugal. From Tui we will complete the last 100km of The Camino to Santiago de Compostela.

Prices / Dates

Price:  €1140 per person sharing

Single Supplement: +€350

Tour Dates 2024:

Sunday 13th to Sunday 20th, October

Tour Dates 2025:

Sunday 12th to Sunday 19th, October

Tour Grade: Easy to Moderate

Accommodation: Hotel 

Included / Excluded

Day 1 - Arrival into Tui

After arriving at Tui from Porto, Vigo or Santiago de Compostela, you will be able to enjoy the many charms of this town in the border with Portugal. Some of the most remarkable places are the International Bridge over the River Miño, the remains of the wal (12th Century), the Porta da Pía, the Cathedral of Santa María and the Diocesan Museum, the Chapel of San Telmo and the Convent of the nuns of the Order of St. Clare. In the outskirts, you can visit the Gothic church of Santo Domingo.

An Afternoon transfer will be organised from Santiago de Compostela airport if travelling from Vigo or Porto - advise will be given on best route to Tui.

Day 2 - Tui - O Porriño

Departing Tui we will journey to O Porriño. Once we have arrived in town, you can see the Town Hall, the “Botica Nueva”, the Fountain of the Christ and the “Templete de San Luis” before relaxing into the evening. 

Walking Distance: 19km 11.8 Miles Assent: 60m 200ft

Day 3 - O Porriño to Redondela

Our continued journey to Santiago today takes us to the town of Redondela on the Estuary of Vigo and with the beautiful park of Alameda in its heart.

Distance: 15 km / 9.5 miles, Ascent: 380 m, Approximate walking time: 3 / 4 hours 

Day 4 - Redondela to Pontevedra

After breakfast in Redondela, we continue on the Camino Portuguése to the city of Pontevedra where you can spend the evening relaxing in Ferrería Square.

Distance: 16 km / 10 miles, Ascent: 223m Approximate walking time: 4 / 5 hours

Day 5 - Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis

Departing from Pontevedra today, we travel to Caldas de Reis, the birthplace of King Alfonso VII of Spain and a town famous for its thermal baths.

Distance: 21.5 km / 13.5 miles, Ascent: 288 m, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hours ernight Portstewart 

Day 6 - Caldas de Reis to Padrón

Padrón is our final overnight before your arrival in Santiago de Compostela and your completion of the Camino de Santiago Portuguese Route. Paradón is an area famous for its peppers — a real local treat!

Distance: 19.5 km / 12 miles, Ascent: 298 m, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hours

Day 7 - Padrón to Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast, you will begin your last day walking on the Portuguese Way, entering Santiago de Compostela and finishing at the Cathedral and the beautiful Plaza del Obradoiro.

Distance: 24 km / 15 miles, Ascent: 527 m, Approximate walking time: 6 / 7 hours

Day 8 - Depart

We will enjoy our last morning breakfast together in Santiago de Compostela and make our departure from the city but not before collecting our Compostela. 

A few words from our customers...

I am a single woman traveller embarking on a self-guided hiking trip. While it's common for woman to embark on such adventures these days, it's my first time ever to be on a self-navigated hiking trip overseas. This is why I feel so grateful that I have the Footfalls as my backbone
We thoroughly enjoyed our weeks self-guided walking on the Connemara and Western Way. This emphasized for me that Footfalls are there with you along the way albeit in the background. The B&Bs chosen were excellent and taxi pick-ups were very efficient. Even though the Way is well sign-posted, Christopher had provided us with very comprehensive route notes. Overall a very well organized and enjoyable week. Thank you Christopher and Teresa.
Anne & Ita