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Caminho do Santiago (St James Way)

Portuguese Route

Where we stay:
We stay at comfortable three and four-star hotels, Pousadas and Paradors. One night is in an old monastery that has been converted to a 4 star hotel. All have old-world atmosphere yet have modern comforts. All rooms in the hotels we use have a private bathroom.  . 

Porto - We stay at the four star Hotel Carris Porto Ribiera. Located in the old quarter of Porto, overlooking the river Douro, the Carrís Porto Ribeira is very close to Ribeira Square. Air conditioned rooms have mini-bar, safe, TV.

Braga - In Braga we stay at the 4 star Braga Mercure Centro situated within Braga’s historic area and surrounded by museums and a pedestrian zone. Rooms are spacious with TV and free wifi. There is a swimming pool on the roof. 

Viana do Castelo -  Located on a hill above the town, the historic Pousada Viana do Castelo is surrounded by green gardens and woods. There is a magnificent view of the city and over the delta of the Lima River and a large expanse of golden sand beaches bathed by an ocean of intense blue. Air conditioned rooms have a private bathroom including bathrobe and amenities, safe, a mini bar and TV..   There is a lovely outdoor swimming pool.

Valenca -  We stay at the Pousada de Valenca.  This Pousada is in the small town of Valença which, throughout history, was the last Portuguese stronghold before the Spanish border.  The hotel is located  within Valença's fort which was originally built in the 13th century to defend the town against the Spanish on the other side of the Minho River.  There is a stunning view of the river and of Tui, on the opposite side. Air conditioned rooms have TV and mini-bar. A swimming pool, terrace and bar await tired walkers at the end of the day.

Baiona -  The Parador at Baiona is one of the most unique Spanish Paradors. The building is part medieval fortress and part seigniorial Galicia mansion. It commands an impressive site above the ocean within a walled enclosure and has a beautiful pine forest on either side. There is an inviting swimming pool. Air conditioned rooms have TV, mini-bar, safe.

Pontevedra -  The Parador at Pontevedra occupies a palace which was formerly the residence of the Counts of Maceda. In the historic centre of the city the hotel is surrounded by pretty landscaped gardens and a large sun terrace. From here you can stroll the enchanting streets of Pontevedra and find local shops, bars and restaurants serving typical tapas. Air conditioned rooms have TV, mini-bar

Caldas de Rei -  In 2017 we stay at the Monasterio de Aciveiro. The Monastery, as inscribed on the south wall of its church, was founded in 1135. A remote Cistercian monastery, it has been converted to a comfortable 3 star  hotel but has maintained the original architecture with a cloister, refectorium and scriptorium.  Rooms are comfortable with private bathroom, TV, mini-bar.  The surrounding scenery is spectacular. In 2018  we stay at the Balneario Acuna. The word "balneario" means "spa".  The hotel is housed in an attractive, old building on the shores of the river and has a huge thermal spa centre where you can refresh your tired muscles.

Padron -  Pazo de Lestrove is our final accommodation before reaching Santiago. A "pazo" meant a country estate of the Spanish nobility and usually consisted of a stately manor house or castle surrounded by gardens and outbuildings such as a chapel. This pazo was once the country escape for the Bishops of Santiago.. Today is is an atmospheric country hotel complete with swimming pool.  Air conditioned rooms have private bathroom, TV, minibar.

Santiago - In 2017 we stay at the Virxe de Cerca, is an 18th century former Jesuit residence located in the old quarter near the Cathedral.  It is an atmospheric, four-star hotel that still has the stone walls of its historic past but now is a comfortable hotel surrounding a garden courtyard. Rooms are equipped with hairdryer, safe, satellite TV, minibar, phone and air conditioning.

In 2018 we stay at the Hotel Monumento San Francisco. Located 150 metres from the Cathedral, this 4-star hotel is a serene oasis that was formerly the Convent of San Francisco dating back to the 1200's. It has been carefully restored keeping the original exterior but with an ultra modern interior that includes a heated swimming pool. Rooms are comfortable and modern.


Meals: Breakfast is always included (usually a buffet). 4 picnic lunches are provided. On other days we stop in villages where there are small restaurants or shops where you can purchase lunch. All dinners are included and allow everyone to sample regional cuisine which changes along the route. The food is excellent and plentiful and many of the hotels include local wine with dinner. Vegetarians can be accommodated. 

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