Ponte de Lima - Santiago

PONTE DE LIMA - SANTIAGO - Self-guided walk

From the old town of Ponte de Lima to the medieval town of Santiago de Compostela, crossing the beautiful regions of northern Portugal and Galicia, the Portuguese Way of Santiago is an unforgettable journey.

With this self-guided program, you can follow the Portuguese way to Saint James (Santiago) in total autonomy and freedom. Don’t worry with the details, and enjoy this unforgettable experience. We organize the accommodation and all the paperwork. Walk with the reliability of our road-book and the security of our emergency support. For added convenience we also offer the service of luggage transportation between the hotels.

Like thousands of pilgrims over the centuries and go toward Santiago!

  • Ponte de Lima
    Ponte de Lima

GENERAL CONDITION

Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Total distance: 155 km
Availability: From March to November
Minimum of persons: 1
Price per person (in double): 595€
Extra for single accommodation: 175€

SERVICES INCLUDED

– 9 nights accommodation and breakfast
– Luggage transport between hotels
– Emergency telephone service
– Pilgrim’s Credential
– Roadbook of the Portuguese Way of Santiago
– Travel documentation

 

PROGRAM

1
ARRIVAL TO PONTE DE LIMA
Meeting with a member of our team for a briefing and to collect the documentation.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
2
PONTE DE LIMA – COSSOURADO (Paredes de Coura) – 22 km |13,7 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: Hotel 3*
3
COSSOURADO – VALENÇA – 14 km | 8,7 Miles
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, passing in Cerdal and Pedreira until we reach the fortified town of Valença where the stage ends.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
4
VALENÇA – O PORRIÑO – 20 km |12,4 Miles
We cross Rio Minho by way of the metal bridge inspired by the work of the famous Gustave Eiffel and on the far side we walk through the streets of the medieval village of Tui until reach its famous Cathedral. From here we pass the tunnel of the Convent of Clarissas and the Churches of Santo Domingo and San Bartolomé. After crossing the Veiga bridge we will reach one of the most beautiful stretches of the whole route – the Valley of the River Louro. Continuing on we reach an Industrial Park before entering the city of Porriño.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
5
O PORRIÑO – ARCADE – 22 km | 13,7 Miles
From Porriño, we head north. Along the way we will pass close to the Pazo de Mós, Santiaguiño de Antas and Chan das Pipas. Here starts a steep descent that leads us towards the end of this stage initially reaching the centre of Redondela. We then leave Redondela along by-ways until we reach Outeiro de Penas, a place with an excellent view over the Ria de Vigo. Then finally we reach Arcade, a place renowned for having the best oysters in Galicia.
Accommodation: Hotel 2*
6
ARCADE – PONTEVEDRA – 13 km | 8,1 Miles
From Arcade, continue to Pontesampaio where we will cross a long medieval bridge over the Verdugo River and then enter a cluster of narrow streets that will guide us to one of the most beautiful stretches of the Caminho: the very old by-ways which climb up the slope of Canicouva until Cacheiro. After crossing the mountains, the track widens again, now dominated by fields, vineyards and orchards until we reach Pontevedra, for a well deserved rest.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
7
PONTEVEDRA – CALDAS DE REIS – 22 km | 13,7 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: Hotel 2*
8
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: Hotel 3*
9
PADRON – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – 22 km | 13,7 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: Hotel 3*
10
DEPARTURE
End of our services.
Notes: For an easy walk we can split the long walking days in two – contact us!

SERVICES INCLUDED

– 9 nights accommodation and breakfast
– Luggage transport between hotels
– Emergency telephone service
– Pilgrim’s Credential
– Roadbook of the Portuguese Way of Santiago
– Travel documentation

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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