The Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago has many routes and is a journey of the soul and spirit. Our walk along the Camino Portuguese starts in Porto and follows the Royal Route, made famous by Queen Isobel of Portugal’s pilgrimage in the 12th Century, and ends in Santiago de Compostela. It is a largely rural route that crosses some of the most beautiful parts of Northern Portugal and Southern Galicia passing through many important pilgrimage towns such as Tui. Some parts also follow beautiful sandy beaches and crystal clear water with the chance for a swim at the end of the day. This Camino is among the most important routes and has a tremendous history.
Modern-day ‘pilgrims’, like their forerunners, come from all over, but nowadays those with purely religious motives are joined by lovers of adventure, art, history and legends, all with a desire to take part in an experience that is unique in the modern Western world.
Our destination is the cathedral in Santiago’s fabulously preserved medieval centre, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its entirety. You will be able to obtain your Compostella (Pilgrims Certificate) on this journey.
The journey takes the traveller in the footsteps of millions of others over a millennium, who sojourned from all over Christendom to this green and misty spot in the northwest corner of Iberia to venerate the tomb of the Apostle St. James – (Santiago as he is known in Spanish). The site, now known as Santiago de Compostela, came to be Christianity’s 3rd Holy City, along with Rome and Jerusalem, and Santiago became the Christians’ patron Saint and inspiration in their long struggle to reconquer Spain from the Moors.
|Activity Level||Duration||Departure Date||Price|
||12 days||26th May 2017||$3,860|