Camino in Country Inns

Camino-Country-Inns - Self-guided walk

Walk the Camino and stay at unique accommodations!

If you enjoy spending time in the countryside rather than urban areas, our Camino in Country Inns is designed with you in mind. End each walking day in a characterful and cosy country house where you can unwind in a peaceful setting.Your hosts will give you a warm welcome and provide delicious home cooked meals that showcase traditional Portuguese and Galician gastronomy.Your Camino route follows the Central Way of St. James from Porto, through the beautiful Minho region of northern Portugal and onwards into Spain.Along the way, you’ll spend time on forest footpaths, country lanes, and in villages where time appears to have stood still. You’ll also pass through fascinating riverside towns and small cities including Barcelos, Ponte de Lima and Valença do Minho in Portugal and Tui, Pontevedra, Caldas de Reis and Padrón in Galicia. End your remarkable journey in the ancient tangle of streets that emanate from Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.

  • Caminho de Santiago
    Caminho de Santiago

GENERAL CONDITION

Duration: 14 days / 13 nights
Total distance: 240 km
Availability: From March to November
Minimum of persons: 1
Price per person (in double): From 1190€
Extra for single accommodation: From 480€

SERVICES INCLUDED

– 13 nights accommodation and breakfast
– Dinner included day 2 to 12
– Luggage transport between hotels
– Emergency telephone service
– Pilgrim’s Credential
– Roadbook of the Portuguese Way of Santiago
– Travel documentation

 

PROGRAM

1
ARRIVAL TO PORTO
Meeting with a member of our team for a briefing and to collect the documentation.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
Meals: Breakfast
2
PORTO – ARCOS (Vila do Conde) – 34 km (or 17 km) | 21,1 Miles (or 10,6 Miles)
The “Caminho” starts at the Porto Cathedral – “Sé”. Leave the Sé Square, and through the old city roads you’ll see some of the hallmarks of this “invicta” town. You will walk several kilometers through urban areas of the cities of Porto and Maia and their suburbs. From here, the way becomes more distinct and you can appreciate the progressive transition from urban into rural areas. You will go through Vilarinho and cross the medieval bridge over the Ave before reaching the village of Arcos where the first stage ends.
Accommodation: Country Inn
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
3
ARCOS (Vila do Conde) – BARCELOS – 20 km | 12,5 Miles
This stage begins in Arcos and leads towards to the old village of “Rates”, where we can appreciate the beautiful church of a former convent. No major changes of scenery, but with increasing woodlands, you pass the villages of Courel and “Pedra Furada”, then on rural roads you will reach the town of Barcelos where you will have time to visit the main monuments of this old market town.
Accommodation: Country Inn
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
4
BARCELOS – BALUGÃES – 15 km | 9,3 Miles
You will depart from Barcelos, following minor roads and continue until the river Neiva, which is crossed by a medieval bridge just before the village of Balugães qhere the stage will end.
Accommodation: Country Inn
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
5
BALUGÃES – PONTE DE LIMA – 18 km | 11,1 Miles
This is a day of rural roads, and a magnificent journey through the hamlets of Facha, Seara and Correlhã, finally reaching Ponte de Lima along the Avenue of Plátanos, beside the river, where you will be dazzled by the stunning landscape.
Accommodation: Country Inn
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
6
PONTE DE LIMA – COSSOURADO (Paredes de Coura) – 22 km |13,6 Miles
We leave the medieval town of Ponte de Lima crossing the impressive Romanesque-Gothic bridge over the river Lima, with its 22 arches. After arriving at the far side of the bridge, we turn to the right plunging into the rural world represented by the farming parish of Arcozelo, but then, after Labruja, agriculture is scarce and the landscape until Portela Pequena is tree covered upland. These 2 uphill kilometres from Labruja are the most demanding of the whole Way. Halfway up we find the Cruz dos Franceses and then climb to the Forester’s house. From the top of the climbat “Cossourado”, it is a short and easy walk to the end of this stage.
Accommodation: Country Inn
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
7
COSSOURADO – TUI – 16 km | 10 Miles
Head downhill from Cossourado to River Pedreira where you will cross a Romanesque bridge then enter a patch of pretty woodland before the urban outskirts of Valença. Take some time to explore this fortress town before walking across the International Bridge into Spain. Tui’s historical centre is delightful and the cathedral well worth a visit before you make your way to your lodgings.
Accommodation: Country Inn
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
8
TUI – O PORRIÑO – 17 km |10,5 Miles
Soon after leaving Tui, you will find yourself in the woodlands that surround Ponte das Febres. After crossing the medieval bridge near Orbenlle, use the new route through the forest and countryside to reach Porriño without the need to cross the industrial estate.
Accommodation: Country Inn
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
9
O PORRIÑO – REDONDELA – 15 km | 9,3 Miles
From Porriño, you’ll pass through a series of villages, including Mós and Santiaguinho de Antas, and the pine forest of Chã das Pipas. As you walk down the hill to Redondela, you’ll see the beautiful Ria de Vigo estuary below.
Accommodation: Country Inn
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
10
REDONDELA – PONTEVEDRA – 20 km | 10,5 Miles
After crossing the first forested hill and the riverside village of Arcade, you will follow an ancient stone road that leads up into another wooded area. When you reach the tiny chapel of Santa Marta, take the riverside detour along the River Tomeza to stay the peaceful green surroundings to reach the city of Pontevedra. There are plenty of squares and tapas bars here as well as ancient monuments.
Accommodation: Country Inn
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
11
PONTEVEDRA – CALDAS DE REIS – 22 km | 13,6 Miles
We start this stage at the historical centre of Pontevedra walking from the old city to the millennial bridge, O Burgo, over the Lérez River. We continue along the beautiful Valley of the Gandra River until San Mauro. From there, the path widens and as we walk further you will experience a peaceful and serene atmosphere. From here we start seeing the first crosses, some of them magnificently carved. We enter Caldas de Reis alongside the church of Santa Maria, close to the bridge of the Umia River, where this stage ends.
Accommodation: Country Inn
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
12
CALDAS DE REIS – PADRON – 19 km | 11,8 Miles
We leave Caldas de Reis along some enchanting stretches of the Way, across the medieval bridge of the Bermaña River and follow a path that leads us to the village of Cruceiro, on an unforgettable stretch through forests and meadows. We pass near the church of Santa Maria de Carracedo and then we will cross a particularly luxuriant landscape along the side of the Valga River continuing to S. Miguel de Valga, where we head to Pontecesures. After crossing the Ulla River we arrive at Padron, the place where, according to legend, the stone ship with the body of the Apostle James (Santiago) was moored. Our day’s walking ends here.
Accommodation: Country Inn
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
13
PADRON – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – 25km | 15,5 Miles
We start this last stage by leaving Padron and heading north until reaching the church of Santa Maria de Iria Flávia. It was here that two great Galician writers lived, the poet Rosália de Castro and the Nobel award winning Camilo José Cela, who was born next door to the church. We continue through Galician villages until the magnificent sanctuary of Nossa Señora da Escravitute. From here we will reach Rua de Francos following broad streets and narrower shortcuts. We finally start to see Santiago de Compostela and a bit further, at Agro dos Monteiros, we can see the towers of the Cathedral for the first time. After crossing the Sar River, we continue through the suburbs of the city that lead us to the Faxeira gate, the entrance of the Portuguese Way in this old city. Through a labyrinth of streets we continue to Obradoiro square and to the Cathedral itself were the Apostle waits for us.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
Meals: Breakfast
14
DEPARTURE
End of our services.
Notes:
– For an easy walk we can split the long walking days in two – contact us!
– On the first stage, we suggest start waking at the small village of “Vilar do Pinheiro” and avoid the busy roads through urban areas of the cities of Porto and Maia and their suburbs. You will meet a member of our team who will drive you until to start point. If you wish you can start walking in Oporto – contact us for more information.

PRICES

From March to November:
Price per person (in double bedroom): 1190€
Single bedroom supplement: 480€

SERVICES INCLUDED

– 13 nights accommodation and breakfast
– Private transfer Porto – Vilar do Pinheiro (Day 2)
– Dinner included day 2 to 12
– Luggage transport between hotels
– Emergency telephone service
– Pilgrim’s Credential
– Roadbook of the Portuguese Way of Santiago
– Travel documentation

The programme is not available in July and August

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WHY BOOK WITH US?

– We are a local company, so there are no intermediaries when booking with us. Our goal is get you the best price/quality and we give you all the necessary local support.
– Full customization to your requirements. We adapt our programs according your preferences! We organise customized itineraries according the requirements of our customers. We know that this is a special event, so we pay special attention to every detail of the trip to transform this journey in a unique and memorable experience.
– We have a highly qualified team with several years of experience in the Portuguese Way to Santiago. We place at your disposal a highly qualified team with wide experience and knowledge of the Way to Santiago, able to help you to discover, interpret and feel the “Camino”.
– The hotels in our programs are regularly inspected by our team and have been carefully selected for their location and comfort. All our handpicked hotels have en suite accommodation.

 

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