October 11, 2017
CMC Members: $2395
The Camino Portugués begins in Lisbon, Portugal and goes directly north to Santiago de Compostela. For this trip, we will walk the alternative Coastal route from the Spanish town of A Guarda, just over the Rio Miño that creates the international border between Portugal and Spain.
We’ll start our adventure in Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the home of Port wine. We’ll enjoy a ½-day walking tour that includes visits to the most important sites in Porto’s old town. We’ll even sample some Port wine along the way. Then we’ll travel together by train to Caminha, the last village on the Portugal side of the Rio Miño and our starting point for the Camino. Our walk takes us through the heart of the Rías Baixas region, famous for its Albariño white wine and delicious shellfish. Eight days later (4 days along the Coastal route and 4 days along the Central route) we’ll arrive in Santiago de Compostela. After visiting Santiago we head out for 5 days’ walking through the rustic countryside of Galicia to Finisterre, the end of the world. We’ll return to Santiago by bus for our final evening and farewell dinner together.
The Camino Portugués is one of the least-traveled routes to Santiago. The Camino Finisterre is also lightly-traveled; we’ll see other walkers and pilgrims along both routes without being overwhelmed by them. Our total walking distance will be just under 250 kilometers, with daily distances of between 14-22.7km (with an option of 25.5 km on one day). At the end of each day’s walk, we will relax in our mostly 3- and 4-star accommodations (some on the beach and some with spas), visit local sites of interest, eat amazing local cuisine, and taste some fine wines of the region.
This trip starts in Porto, Portugal and ends in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Due to the limited availability of our selected accommodations, space is limited on this trip and CMC members are encouraged to sign up quickly!
Mostly 3- and 4-star hotels; several on the beach, some with spas. NOTE: we will change accommodations nearly every day of this trip. Packing light is essential! Leaders will provide suggested packing list to registered participants.
Participants should be willing and able to walk without stress or complaint for up to 6 hours a day over a variety of terrain and with some short but steep climbs/descents. Daily distance is from 14-22.7km, with an option of 25.5km on one day.
Recommended training: walk/hike as much as you can prior to the trip.
Activities / Difficulty
B- and C-level hiking on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, at a moderate pace of approximately 3 miles/hour. Terrain includes: beach, boardwalks, dirt paths, stone paths, quiet country roads (some gravel, some asphalt), some major roads, village/city streets and sidewalks.