Pious Queen Isabela of Portugal first walked the Portuguese Camino to Santiago de Compostela in the 13th century. Follow in her footsteps on this eight-day hike during a rare holy year through the history and pastoral beauty of Portugal and Galicia with AdventureWomen!
The Portuguese Camino, less traveled but infinitely beautiful, is an ideal way to experience the Camino de Santiago: historic, picturesque, and full of charm. In Porto, Portugal, meet your guide and the women with whom you’ll be walking the Way, getting a taste of Portugal before the journey begins. Your hiking guide will be with you throughout the trip to teach you about the Camino, the history of St. James, and the meanings behind the symbols you’ll see along the way. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way!
Visit Foz de Douro Lighthouse and walk the ramparts of the Fortress of Valença do Minho, an ancient river defense, try port wine tastings in the Ferreira Bodega (est. 1751), and then then get to know each other over a lively welcome dinner.
With your Pilgrim’s Passport in hand, depart Porto on a route with an ambience that’s conducive to friendly conversations with your fellow adventurers. You’ll feel like old friends by the time you arrive in Tui, Spain! Tui is a medieval border town and your entree to the Camino de Santiago. Stop to visit nearby Mos, a pretty, hilly hamlet of farms and vineyards which offers plenty of spots in which to dine and refresh on local wines, then continue past the beautiful Galician church of Santa Eulalia del Monte and the Pazo de los Marquis, then explore the castle of Soutomaior once owned by the early 1900s feminist Maria Vingals, a true Adventure Woman who loved to travel and was committed to women’s rights.
Continue your journey through medieval villages, exploring the preserved Roman quarter of Pontevedra along a detour unique to the Spiritual Way, which boasts the oldest roots of any of the pilgrimage paths. Enjoy a cooking class with a Galician chef before heading to coastal Cambados, the heart of Albariño, and a chance to sample some of these delicious Spanish wines! Explore the 16th-century Cistercian Monastery of Armenteira and walk the Armenteira River where 30 medieval grist mills still stand. From here, embark on a boat cruise taking the original path of a boat that bore the Apostle James’ remains, followed by a visit to the private palace of the Marquis Gonzalo Rivero de Aquilar, a knight of St. James.
The next day you reach the ultimate goal: the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and the bestowing of your pilgrim’s Compostela certificate. You each may have had a different reason for hiking the Way, but everyone can agree that walking the Portuguese Camino together as women made this experience one for the ages.
Follow an ancient path to new friends and new memories on this unique hiking trip from Portugal to Spain on the Portuguese Camino to Santiago de Compostela.
- Hike each day on the Camino de Santiago through the beauty of the rural countryside in northern Portugal and southern Spain
- Enjoy the best of Portugal’s and Spain’s vineyards as you learn about the local cuisine in this part of western Europe
- Visit palaces, lighthouses, fortresses, and monasteries as you revisit history along this famous spiritual path
- Triumph in your accomplishment as you gratefully accept your Compostela pilgrim’s certificate at the Cathedral at journey’s end
What You'll See and Do
- Cooking Class
- Historical Sites
- Local Delicacies
- Wine Tasting