The Portuguese Way is, after the French, the second most famous Jacobean route and a perfect alternative for its smooth profile and the many charms that Portugal has to offer. Here we propose you to follow the Portuguese Way from Oporto to Tui, in the so called fronteira minhota: 5 stages that will take you from the main urban centre of the north of Portugal to the gates of Galicia. Atlantic coast, green hills and idyllic forests is what the landscape has to offer. Gastronomy, culture and the striking Portuguese rural baroque architecture complete a perfect combination.
▌Day 1. Starting the Portuguese Way from Oporto
Starting the Portuguese Way from Oporto - Porto, in Portuguese -, offers us the possibility of getting to know one of the most important cities in Portugal and a must for all those who visit the north of the country. Not in vain has it been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Its many attractions, from the Torre dos Clérigos to the Ribeira district, or from the Cathedral to the famous Livraria Lello & Irmão, have made it a tourist destination of reference in Portugal. And for this reason, without a doubt, it is also one of the best places to start the Portuguese Way.
▌Day 2. Stage Oporto - Vilarinho
Distance: 27 km. Duration: 6 hours. Accommodation: Vilarinho
More than a third of this first stage is urban. And no wonder. Porto has the second largest metropolitan area in the country. This means that most of the route will be on asphalt and pavements, which leads some pilgrims to skip this stretch using the metro to Araújo. We don't recommend it, because the Camino de Santiago is not just about rural areas and beautiful landscapes. It is also its cities and its people. And sometimes its industrial parks, like the one in Maia, which you will also pass through on this stage.
The journey continues through small villages such as Mosteiró, Gião and Vairão before reaching the day's goal: Vilarinho.
▌Day 3. Stage Vilarinho - Barcelos
Distance: 26.6 km. Duration: 6 hours. Accommodation: Barcelos
The second stage of this Portuguese Way from Porto is radically different from the first and rural and agricultural areas dominate the whole section, which runs along dirt tracks and local roads without traffic, connecting small villages relatively close to each other.
The stage ends in Barcelos, an interesting town that is at the base of one of the Portuguese symbols par excellence: the cockerel. It is only 20 km from Braga, once the capital of the Kingdom of Galicia and now known as the Portuguese Rome.
▌Day 4. Stage Barcelos - Ponte de Lima
Distance: 32.9 km. Duration: 7 hours. Accommodation: Ponte de Lima
From Barcelos to Ponte de Lima is the longest stage of this programme: almost 35 km which, depending on your time availability, we recommend you to split in half, spending the night in Balugães.
The entire route takes you through the beautiful wine-growing areas of the vinhos verdes(literally green wines), a type of young wine very appreciated in Portugal and perfect to accompany light meals.
At the end of the stage you will reach the wonderful town of Ponte de Lima. A perfect place to rest and imagine the scene of its main legend: that of the river of oblivion during the conquest of Gallaecia.
▌Day 5. Stage Ponte de Lima - Rubiães
Distance: 18.3 km. Duration: 4:30 hours. Accommodation: Rubiães
The fourth stage is one of the most interesting and of greatest scenic and natural value in this programme.
It runs mainly through a wooded and very pleasant environment, with almost no difficulties except for the climb to the Portela Grande de Labruja, with a steep slope.
It should also be noted that between Codeçal and Rubiães (9.2 km) there are no services for pilgrims. However, the whole stage is much shorter than the previous one and the destination, Rubiães, is the prelude to Tui.
▌Day 6. Stage Rubiães - Tui
Distance: 19 km. Duration: 5 hours. Accommodation: Tui
We reach the end of this programme of the Portuguese Way from Porto with a different stage to the previous one. More urban, with services every few kilometres and a profile with moderate slopes.
The most interesting are its last two towns: Valença do Minho, where we recommend you stop and visit its fortress, and Tui, on the other side of the international bridge over the Minho. You will not be disappointed.
▌Day 7. Discover Tui
Tui is one of those essential places in the history of Galicia and northern Portugal which, however, is often overlooked by tourists.
The Portuguese Way gives us the opportunity to walk through this ancient medieval city, seat of a bishopric that extended on both sides of the Minho, and to discover its cathedral-fortress and its history as a border marker.
Overnight stay in the type of accommodation of your choice
During the Camino, good night's sleep and rest are essential. Here are images of the types of accommodation we use to book on this route.
Vilarinho - Vila do Conde
Ponte de Lima
Frequent Asked Questions
Can I choose the dates I want?
Yes, in our programmes you choose the starting date. The Camino de Santiago can be done all year round, although in January and February many accommodations are closed for rest, so if you want to do it in those dates, we recommend you that you consult us first.
Where are the accommodations?
Most of the accommodation is located next to the Camino, at the place where you will finish your stage. When you make your booking we will generate for you the documentation with the exact address and other location data.
If the available accommodation is more than 1.5 km from the Camino, we will provide a transfer at no extra cost to you.
How does the transport of luggage between accommodations work?
In our programmes we include the option of hiring a luggage transfer service, with a limit of 1 piece of luggage of up to 15 kg per person. There is the option to increase the number of items, but this is not usually necessary. In addition, we will give you luggage identifiers (similar to those at airports) so that you can leave your backpack with the accommodation staff, properly identified, and the shuttle will pick it up there. It is important to do this before 9:00 am, so that our team can take it to the next accommodation before your arrival. In addition, if you plan to travel with more luggage than the Camino, we can also transport the luggage you are not going to use to your last accommodation, so that you can then continue your journey.
What do private transfers consist of?
Although the Camino is done on foot or by bicycle, you may need a vehicle from the airport to the starting point of your pilgrimage or to make a trip to a place of interest near the end of your stage. In these cases, we provide you with private transport vehicles whose price varies depending on the distance. You can see it among the options by clicking on "Book now".
What is travel insurance?
By default and compulsory, all our programmes include travel insurance with specific coverage for the Camino de Santiago. You can see the details in the section Insurance of our website.
What does 24-hour assistance mean?
All our programmes include a 24-hour telephone support service, should you need help at any time during your experience. This means that you can also contact us outside office hours (when you are on pilgrimage).
How do I make a reservation?
If you want to make a reservation for this programme, click the button I want to book my Camino. When you do so, you will be taken to a form where you can indicate the starting date, the type of accommodation and a series of optional services. The final price of the booking is shown in the top right-hand corner, according to the options you indicate. Once you have configured your trip, click on "Add to cart". Once you have done this, we will ask you for your personal details and to select the method of payment. You can pay by bank card or by Bizum (both are secure payments and we will not have access to your bank details).
Once we receive your request, you will automatically receive a proof of purchase and within 48 working hours we will contact you to confirm the details of your booking and provide you with the documentation.
What if I can't find the programme I need?
In Proguías we also work with tailor-made programmes (short stages, intermediate rest days, itineraries different from those proposed, etc.). If you are looking for a Camino that meets your needs/preferences, you can ask us for a quote here.
I have done part of the Camino de Santiago with Proguías, specifically from Roncesvalles to Logroño. My Camino has been a unique, emotional and unforgettable experience. I am very grateful to Proguías and especially to Alba for helping me to prepare it, with great enthusiasm, and for feeling accompanied throughout the journey. Next spring, without a doubt, I will do it again with them, from O Cebreiro to Santiago. Thank you very much!
We would like to thank Proguías (specifically Alba, as she was the permanent contact, even in hours and days out of hours), the attention, kindness, empathy and ability to work to make us feel at home. We started to enjoy the route from the first day we contacted you, it was all very easy and uncomplicated.
The experience was great in every way. The accommodation was perfect, the luggage transport, the contact and follow up with you all ideal. The weather was unbeatable and the trail very easy to walk, with clear signage and beautiful at every turn.
It is impressive what a small agency like this can do. Fluid and direct communication, without promising the impossible and always with the truth up front. Some bigger companies could learn something.
Juana Bermúdez Cea
The wonderful organization of the trip has greatly enhanced the experience of our journey. Any problems that have occurred (which have been minimal) have been solved quickly and efficiently. I have travelled with peace of mind. The experience with you has been 10 out of 10 and I will recommend it, and of course I will count on you for my next trip.
My experience has been very good. You have been very attentive at all times. The accommodation was very good and very close to the way itself. I can't say anything bad about it. A hug and thank you for everything.
Manuel Fernández Doallo
I wanted to do the Camino de Santiago, but I didn't want to walk so many kilometres. So I contacted Proguías and they took care of everything with professionalism and exquisite treatment.
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