HIKING TRAILS PORTUGAL, the pilgrimage (Porto-Tui)

The Caminho Portuguese, pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella (Spain)

Six sections of the Caminho Portugués, the Portugal way, in the north of the country. This caminho ends, as is well known, in Santiago de Compostella (Spain). We ended our hike in Tui, on the border of Portugal and Spain. Starting in Porto.
The trail follows small country roads, asphalted, old stone roads or small connection roads between the villages. Along many villages and - of course, this is a caminho - churches and chapels. The trail is very well marked: yellow arrows. The real enthusiasts  can get their stamps on countless places en route.
Getting there: a flight to Porto, the light-rail/tram to the city-center for a hotel and next morning by public transport or taxi to Mayo. To avoid walking kilometers through the suburbs of Porto.
Accommodation: We made use of the services of  Pelgrimsroute.nl (only in Dutch). Spending the nights in hotels and old country houses. You can also use the many sleeping opportunities for pilgrims en route.
Maps: just follow the yellow arrows and nothing can go wrong.
Indication of height: up to 460 m.

April 2016: a part of the Caminho Portuguese, the Portugal way

Day 1: Porto ( Mayo) - Arcos………………………….22 km.
Day 2: Arcos - Barcelos………………………………..23 km.
Day 3: Barcelos - Balugaes…………………………….17 km.
Day 4: Balugaes - Ponte de Lima…………………..….17 km.
Day 5: Ponte de Lima - Rubiaes……………………….19 km.
Day 6: Rubiaes - Tui (S.)………………………………20 km.
And with a bus back to Porto.

Caminho Portuguese   tui spain   ponte de lima

                                                                              Overlooking Tui                                                    Ponte de Lima

On trail: a nice walk on quiet roads, by many villages, some eucalyptus forests, vineyards. This Camino route also passes many lovely rural villages with magnificent Baroque churches and interesting historic towns, such as Barcelos and Ponte de Lima.
A steep climb to Portella Grande (460m.), day 5, and a nice descend to the valley of  Coura. The old fortified town of Valence, and after admiring the castle walking across the International Bridge over the River Minho that separates Valença do Minho, in Portugal, from Tui, in Galicia.
Or Ponte de Lima with its medieval bridge, day 4. As you progress to the North is the landscapes become more beautiful, greener and higher. And less populated. In case of heavy rainfall there is a risk of small floods on trail.
And for the yummy eaters among us: try the fish (the cod or bacalhau). Porções da categoria ao ar livre!

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