The pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela achieved considerable importance in Portugal, whose inhabitants actively contributed to the development of the tradition of St James. As early as the 12th century, pilgrims were already setting out from the major cities of Galicia’s neighbouring countries such as Lisboa, Coimbra, Porto and Braga.
Although the initial reason for undertaking this journey of pilgrimage was religion, one the century-long flows of people who travelled the roads leading to Santiago also helped to establish motives in matters of culture, economy and philosophy.
This route will eventually lead to Santiago de Compostela following the still-decipherable remains of old Roman roads.
Duration: 7 Days/ 6 Nights
Total distance: 125 km
Availability: All year except Easter, July and August
Minimum / Maximum of persons: 1/10
Price for 1 person in single room: 695€
Price for 2 persons in double room: 1125€
The price includes: 5 nights in rural accommodation with dinner and 1 night in hotel 3* with breakfast, lugagge transfer between accommodations (1 pack per person), transfer at the end of each stage to the rural houses and back (if necessary), travel insurance and VAT.
This program starts in Porto and end in Tui, with 125 Km. and it can be completed in 6 days and 5 stages. At the end of each day, travelers can be picked up on the road and taken by car to a rural house, where they can spend the night after a home-made meal with local products. In the morning, after a filling breakfast, the pilgrim can be taken, once again, by car to the beginning of the route for the day. The Bono Iacobus invites you to follow this amazing road through its different routes and unique experiences.
Here you will discover areas of incomparable beauty and authenticity with the comfort of having a rural house at the end of each day to rest and gain new strength for the next day.
Arrival to Porto and free day to visit the town
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.
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.
You will depart from Barcelos, through the road N204 until “Faial” and “Vila Boa”.
Continue to the “Espirito Santo Chapel” and you will cross the railway and pass near the “São Sebastião chapel” and “Santa Cruz chapel”. In “Tamel” you will continue to “Portela” and then “Aborim” before reach “Quintiães” where the sage ends.
Leave Quintiães until the river Neiva, which is crossed by a medieval bridge just before the village of Balugães. 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.
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.
We will start this day leaving the valley of the river Coura and from there we have a gentle climb until S. Bento da Porta Aberta, the site of a famous religious festival. We continue to Fontoura through fields and brushwoods until we reach the fortified town of Valença where the stage ends.
The Bono Iacobus offers the possibility to hire extra services:
picnics for the stages;
Transfer from the principal airports.
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