Experience the beauty and tranquility of Spain’s Camino de Santiago on this active eight-day hiking and walking adventure in September and October 2019 along the famous pilgrim’s trail, the Portuguese Spiritual Way!
Set out from Porto, Portugal, along the less-traveled Portuguese Spiritual Way (a variant of the Camino). Enjoy spectacular views over the ocean from the Foz de Douro Lighthouse and explore the ramparts of the Fortress of Valença do Minho, an ancient river defense. Meet with women carrying on the longstanding traditions of lace and porcelain making. Walk into Tui, Spain, a town dominated by its Gothic Cathedral. From here you’ll set out along the Camino de Santiago route. The mostly-downhill walk to Mos, through lush forests and along the riverside, offers opportunities to connect with the adventurous women sharing your journey through Spain, on foot.
On your way to Arcade, you’ll spot the beautiful Galician church of Santa Eulalia del Monte and the Pazo de los Marquis. Views of the Vigo Bay give way to peaceful oak forests. Stay on medieval castle grounds atop Mount Viso. Explore the beautifully-preserved old quarter of Roman-built Pontevedra with a friend before continuing along a detour unique to the Spiritual Way, a variant of the Camino, which boasts the oldest roots of any of the pilgrimage paths. Unwind and bond with your fellow adventurers as you take a traditional cooking class highlighting the best of Spanish local cuisine.
A visit to the 16th-century Cistercian Monastery of Armenteira provides a wealth of local legends attached to the site. Journey along the Armenteira River, where over 30 medieval water mills still stand. This region, known for its wine, has some of the best Albariño whites in the world. A meal at Michelin-starred Yaya Daporta offers a chance to sample some of these delicious Spanish vintages!
From Cambados, embark on a catamaran cruise following the original path of the Apostle Saint James’s remains, carried via stone boat. You and your friends will delight at stories of the miracles (and terrifying possessions) rumored to have taken place here. After an afternoon walking through charming local hamlets, head to the ancestral home of the Marquis Gonzalo Rivero, a knight of St. James, who will share his homemade Albariño with you.
The next day you reach the ultimate goal of your Camino hiking in Spain: the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela! Pass abandoned forts and ancient castles on your way to the destination thousands of pilgrims have reached before. You’ll be awarded certificates by the Pilgrim Office, but the real rewards are the unforgettable experiences, views, and friends you’ve made along the Camino.
Follow an ancient path to new friends and new memories on this unique hiking trip in Spain on the iconic Camino de Santiago!
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- Hike the less-traveled Portuguese Spiritual Way on the famous Camino de Santiago
- Enjoy spectacular views of the ocean while you walk this ancient pilgrimage path
- Experience a traditional cooking class along the way
- Taste some of the best Albariño white wines in the world
- Earn your certificate from the Pilgrim Office after reaching the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
What You'll See and Do
- Boat Cruise
- Cooking Class
- Historical Sites
- Local Delicacies
- Natural History
- Wine Tasting
- Women-To-Women Exchanges