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 and in 814, a
hermit witnessed a shower of stars leading him to the secret tomb at
Santiago That led to a golden age of pilgrimages
as people from all over Europe flocked to the site. 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 revive the trails.
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. 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.
Having two guides allows a choice each day. You can walk an easy
section at a relaxed pace or challenge yourself with a 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 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