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Caminho de Santiago   (St James Way)
Portuguese Route
                                                                       
      May 03 - 15, 2022   
      Sept 4 - 16, 2022

History of the Camino de Santiago:  
According to legend, in 40 AD the body of the Apostle St James was clandestinely buried in Northern Spain.  Further legend says that, in 814, a hermit witnessed a shower of stars leading him to the secret tomb. When he informed the king of Galicia a church was built on the site but in 997 it was destroyed by Muslim invaders. This became a cause for Christian forces who retook the region  and, in 1075,  began construction of the present Cathedral.  That led to a golden age of pilgrimages as people from all over Europe flocked to Santiago. One of
the routes led north through Portugal to Santiago although there were different Portuguese trails - one coastal and several interior.  By the 1500's pilgrimage fell out of fashion and the footpaths were forgotten until, in the late 20th century, the Spanish and Portuguese governments saw a market for eco-tourism and breathed new life into the Camino.

Our guided walk:  
We start at historic Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage city. The trail winds north through rural Portugal and enters Spain at Tui to continue through Galicia to Santiago de Compostela.  Most of the walk is on the inland route although we have one day on the coastal Camino. With the help of our support bus we cover the most scenic and historic stages.  We have two guides so each day there is a choice of doing an easy section at a relaxed pace or a more challenging longer walk.  Our accommodation is in lovely Pousadas, comfortable inns and historic Paradors. Walking does wonders for body, mind and spirit but our walks have NO religious focus. However, it is possible to walk the last 100 km into Santiago thus earning the official Compostela certificate.

Level of Difficulty: The terrain is easy to moderate walking with some hills. Each day we divide into two groups, each with its own guide. Our support bus follows and is available to assist at various junctions along the way. 

Our meeting point:  Porto      End of Tour:  Santiago de Compostela

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