A Trail Of Faith
Pilgrimage: Camino Portugués
Camino Portugués - May 22 - June 1, 2020
The Portugués Way (restricted to 11 – 21 participants) is an enchantingly beautiful walk that is intimately connected to the life and ministry of St. James the Greater. We meet in Portugal’s beautiful capital, Lisbon and over the next few days, we will visit Fátima and walk some of the beautiful sections of the Camino Portugués. Our 100 km walk will start in Tui where we will travel through stunning countryside, vineyards, and colorful rivers ending our pilgrimage in Santiago de Compostela. Our handpicked accommodations for this special pilgrimage include Paradores, charming Galician manors and excellent hotels.
Lisbon • Eucharistic Miracle: Santarém • Fátima • Our Lady of Fatima • Porto • Ribeira • Douro River • Ponte De Lima • Lima river • Rubiaes • Miño River • Fortress of Valença do Minho • Tui • Bridge of San Telmo • Louro River • O Porriño • Church of Santa Eulalia • Os Marqueses • Chapel of Santiaguiño • Redondela • Covent of Vilavella • Cesantes • O Vsiso • Arcade • Bridge of Pontesampaio • Verdugo River • Pontevedra • Church A Peregrine • parish of Alba • Iglesia de San Mamede • Barosa River • Ermita (chapel) of Santa Lucía • Tivo • Caldas de Reis • Cambados capital of the wine area Albariño • Carracedo • Church Santa Mariña • Valga • Pontecesures • Ulla River • Padrón • Iria Flavia • Camilo José Cela • A Escravitude • Rúa de Francos • Milladoiro • Plaza del Obradoiro • Botafumeiros in the Cathedral of Santiago • Tomb of St. James
- English speaking guide
- Private guided visit in Santiago
- Santuário de Fátima – Visit to the Shrine and Holy Mass
- Pilgrim Masses/Spiritual Director
- Pilgrims Pack, Shell & Credentials
- Private van support nearby throughout each day’s walk
- Botafumeiros ritual (arrival day) at the Pilgrim’s 12.00 noon Mass in the Cathedral
- VAT (Value Added Tax)
- Private transfer on arrival/hotel check-in assistance
- Accommodation: 10 nights in National Paradores, Hotels and charming Galician manors
- Luggage transfer to accommodations
- Welcome and Farewell dinner
- Daily – Breakfast and Dinners (3 dinners on your own to explore the local cuisine)
- Packing list and updates covering all aspects of preparing for your pilgrimage.
- Practice walks with N. Va participants.
From Lisboa Airport, we will transfer to Santarém and visit the Church of the Holy Miracle, the home of a 13th century Eucharistic miracle. We will spend time with our Lord at this beautiful shrine then move onto Fátima. Fátima; there we will visit the sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, a Roman Catholic Marian basilica. Its construction began in 1928 and it was consecrated in October 1953. The sanctuary was built on the spot where the three Portuguese children saw a vision of the Virgin Mary. The Chapel of the Apparitions is the most visited, especially on May and October 13th. We will also visit other areas of Fátima linked to the apparitions and the visionaries. Overnight in Fátima. (D)
FATIMA-PONTE DE LIMA
From Fátima we go on to Porto (UNESCO World Heritage Center), the second most populated city in Portugal and world-renowned for its Porto wine. We will start with an guided tour and discover the main attractions of the old city and then it’s off to the Ribeira quarter, on the bank of the Douro River. There we will have time to enjoy the Portuguese gastronomy at one of the restaurants facing the river, and of course try the varieties of the Porto Wine.
We leave the city, heading to the countryside, joining up with the Portuguese Way to Santiago. We will walk for 5-6 km along the hilly landscape of this region, to have the first contact with the pilgrimage to Santiago. After the walk we travel to Ponte de Lima, where we will spend the night. (B,D)
PONTE DE LIMA-TUI
We will discover the Ponte de Lima, the oldest town in Portugal, with its historical buildings and the impressive bridge over the Lima River that marks the Camino de Santiago. After visiting Ponte de Lima we head to the north to rejoin the Camino and walk up and downhill sections, for 6 km. We are not in Spain but we will soon see the river Miño, which borders between the region of Galicia in Spain and Portugal. On the way, we will discover the traditional Portuguese architecture and some villages close to the Camino like Rubiaes. Once we reach the river Miño, we will visit the fortress of Valença do Minho, a great place with a bustling market with many restaurants where we can try the “bacalhau” (cod).
After lunch we descend to the banks of the river Miño, cross the international bridge and reach Tui, in Galicia (Spain). After check-in at the lovely Parador, situated on the outskirts of Tui, we will walk across the cobblestone streets of the old quarter of Tui, visiting the defensive Gothic Cathedral, without any doubt the highlight of Tui. This is our starting point for the Camino de Santiago in its Portuguese version. We will spend two nights at this wonderful Parador. (B,D)
TUI-O PORRIÑO (17 KM) (10.6 miles) – Our Camino Starts Today!
Stage 1: We start the walk at the Parador and walk along the narrow streets of Tui, with some up and down section in the fist kilometers, reaching later the bridge of San Telmo. In order to avoid the industrial area As Gándaras, before entering it we turn to the left, cross the river Louro and follow the alternative way to O Porriño, walking along the river in a natural area. The stage is mainly flat, finding some hills and slopes very easy to walk. We will find several interesting spots where we can have the lunch. Finally we reach O Porriño; from this point we will be transferred to the Parador in Tui. (B)
O PORRIÑO-REDONDELA (20 KM) (12.4 miles)
Stage 2: Morning transfer to O Porriño where we will face the second stage towards Santiago de Compostela. We leave O Porriño and begin the ascend, we see along our way the church of Santa Eulalia (16th Century) and the (18th Century Manor House) Os Marqueses, in the village of Mos. We keep ascending and walk close to the chapel of Santiaguiño; our downhill section will take us to Redondela, with the Convent of Vilavella along our way; once we reach the center we will be transferred to our accommodation, in Pontevedra. (B,D)
REDONDELA-PONTEVEDRA (20 KM) (12.40 miles)
Stage 3: Once in Redondela after the morning transfer, we face another uphill section; we have to climb the mountain O Vsiso (152 m altitude), our effort is worth it because we will have incredible views. Downhill we reach Arcade, famous for its oysters, and the medieval bridge of Pontesampaio; once we cross its river Verdugo. We walk in the forest and follow an old roman road (calzada romana) until we descend gently to Pontevedra. This city has an important pedestrian area with the old city full of animate squares, “pazos” and convents and monasteries. Very related to the pilgrim’s way is the church A Peregrine, which base has the shape of a Vieira (scallop), the symbol of the pilgrims. (B)
PONTEVEDRA-CALDAS DE REIS (21 km) (13 miles)
Stage 4: We leave Pontevedra along the bridge O Burgo; soon we are walking in the parish of Alba (Romanesque), in the outskirts of Pontevedra. In San Caetano we find the chapel and then we walk along a forest and find another church, the Iglesia de San Mamede and close to the waterfalls of the river Barosa. If we do not visit the waterfalls we continue to Briallos and we meet the Ermita (chapel) of Santa Lucía, the village of Tivo with a granite crosstone (cruceiro) from the 17th century. We are very close to Caldas de Reis which is famous for its health/spa hotels. From here we will be transferred to Cambados, capital of the wine area Albariño. Accommodation at a lovely Parador in the old sector. (B,D)
CALDAS DE REIS-PADRÓN (19 KM) (11.8 miles)
Stage 5: Again in Caldas, we will walk 5 km and after Palas we arrive to Carracedo, with an interesting baroque church (Santa Mariña, 18th century). We will walk along the Galician countryside, with samples of the rural architecture. We reach Valga and then Pontecesures, from where we enter in Padrón after crossing the bridge over the river Ulla, which forms the Galicia estuary. Padrón is very popular because the writer Camilo José Cela (Nobelprize) and Rosalía de Castro, the most popular Galician poetess was born there. Padrón is also popular for its green peppers. Transfer to our accommodations where we will spend the evening. (B)
PADRÓN-MILLADOIRO (17 KM) (10.6 miles)
Stage 6: We leave Padrón and in less than 2 km we reach Iria Flavia, deeply related with the sepulcher of the Apostle Santiago. In this place we will find the Camilo José Cela foundation and the church of Santiago. Walking gently among fields and small hamlets we reach A Escravitude, with an important baroque sanctuary dated from the 18th century. The way is now more challenging with some climbs and we reach Rúa de Francos, with the one of the oldest cruceiros (granite stone cross) of Galicia. We are close to Milladoiro where we will transfer to a beautiful country inn. This evening we will have our Farewell Dinner. (B,D)
MILLADOIRO-SANTIAGO (6 KM) (3.70 miles)
Stage 7: We have just 6 km before reaching Santiago, the old town (World Heritage by the UNESCO) is impressive and you feel you are moved to the Middle Ages by walking through the streets. Entering the Plaza del Obradoiro we walk the final steps of our pilgrimage through the Portico de la Gloria and attend the Pilgrim Mass and witness the swinging of Botafumeiros in the Cathedral of Santiago. After mass we will pray at the tomb of St. James. Our afternoon will start with our guided tour of the old city where we will recall the history of the city and the pilgrimage to Santiago through its monuments, squares and streets. We will then enter the Cathedral where its history and traditions will be explained. Dinner is on your own this evening to explore some of the amazing restaurants in the historic district. Our accommodation will be Hotel Monumento San Francisco, only a short walk to the Cathedral. (B)
Breakfast, check out and transfer to the airport. (B)
10 nights’ – During the Camino we will stay in National Paradores, Hotels and charming Galician manors. All of our accommodations have en suite bathrooms.
Luggage transfer to accommodations
Private transfer to hotel on arrival/check-in assistance.
Private van support: logistical support will be available during the entire route. The van is there in support of pilgrims in transit and to cover any other needs that might arise along the Way.
Luggage transfer to accommodations.
Welcome and Farewell dinner
All breakfasts and dinners included – water, coffee & wine included
3 dinners on your own to explore the local cuisine
Pilgrims Pack: a MEDSEAS daypack with your informational tour program, daily itinerary, route map, your shell, and your Pilgrim’s passport (Credencial).
Packing list: recommendations on what to bring along on your trip as well as ‘Your Camino’ which answers questions regarding laundry, tips, and other useful topics.
Euros to be collected at check-in – 75€ per person
Discount of $50 for each pilgrimage you’ve taken with us