The Portugues Way – packs a lot into one of the shortest, and perhaps the prettiest, of the pilgrims’ ways to Santiago de Compostela.

Never far from the Atlantic coast and with the lovely rolling scenery of central and northern Portugal and Galicia as a backdrop, the route is certainly scenic. And with nine world heritage sites along the way it’s truly crammed with cultural and historic highlights.

The regional gastronomy, from ocean and mountains is second to none and the wines are world-class from start to finish.

The full route takes fourteen days but you can do as little, or as much, as you like.

  • Tour Highlights:
  • Lisboa, Coimbra, Santiago & Porto – four magnificent, vibrant cities
  • Estremadura monasteries – Batalha, Alcobaça & Tomar
  • Fado culture in Lisboa and Coimbra
  • Alentejo & Douro to Ribeira and Albariño – a wine lover’s paradise
  • The Atlantic – Portuguese big surf to the sheltered estuaries of the Rias Bajas
  • The Portuguese Way of St James – steeped in history.
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£1300 p/p

* Indicative mid-season price for 14 nights (including car hire – flights not included).

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Day 1 to 3 – Lisboa & around

  • Hop a tram and explore Portugal’s exciting capital
  • Rossio square and train station
  • Skip out to Sintra, and the beaches of Cascais & Aldeia do Meco
  • Bar hop in Bairro Alto, dine in style in Chiado
  • Mosteiro dos Jéronimos – a Manueline delight

Day 4 & 5 – Estremadura

  • The magnificent monasteries of Batalha and Alcobaça
  • São Martinho do Porto a little pearl set on a string of surf washed Atlantic beaches
  • The Convent at Tomar, delightful city of the Templars
  • Sierras de Aire y Candeeiros Nature Park – riddled with caves
  • Medieval Óbidos with its famous white houses

Day 6 & 7 – Coimbra

  • Coimbra University – stunning buildings, stunning views, fascinating museums
  • Sé Velha, Portuguese Romanesque at its finest
  • Take in a fado show – Coimbra style of course
  • Jewish Quarter – especially magical by night
  • Roman ruins at Conímbriga

Day 8 to 10 – Porto

  • Ribeira, Porto’s fascinating historic centre, a World Heritage site
  • Cross the impressive Dom Luis I iron bridge to the Port Wine Lodges
  • Art for all from finest museums to simple galleries
  • Walk the lanes, sail the river, live and breathe Porto
  • Ferry to Afurada and the golden beach of Estrela

Day 11 & 12 – Santiago de Compostela, Galicia

  • Journey’s end, for centuries Europe’s most important pilgrim destination
  • World heritage city centred around the magnificent Cathedral, said to house the bones of St James
  • Guided walking tour, there’s so much to discover
  • Lively bar scene, great tapas and young Ribeiro wine, or if you prefer, a drop of Albariño

Day 13 & 14 – Minho Coast

  • Delightful Caminha and the fortress towns of Valença, Monção and Melgaço, dotted along the river Minho
  • Historic step in the Portuguese Santiago pilgrim way
  • Imposing Viana do Castelo with its long surfy windswept Atlantic coastline
  • Graceful Ponte de Lima with its Roman bridge
  • Sample the Vinho Verde wine and hearty local fare

The itinerary includes the following:

  • Accommodation in our listed hotels – 2 sharing 1 std. double ensuite, B&B
  • Economy 4dr car hire
  • Regional map and guide book
  • Instructions to find all accommodation & regional road map

 

Not included:

  • Flights – but we are able to advise
  • One-way car hire charges, where applicable (see your quote email)
  • The following car hire extras – these can be added at pick-up point
    • extra driver
    • Portuguese toll device (we highly recommend to take this service)
    • child seats
    • GPS
  • Garage parking where applicable (mostly city stops) – please ask us about parking charges

Fly directly to Lisboa / Lisbon and hire a car – the best options are:

From London Gatwick: Easyjet or TAP Portugal
From London Stansted: Ryanair
From London Heathrow: British Airways or TAP Portugal
From Luton: Easyjet
From Edinburgh: Easyjet or Ryanair
From Liverpool: Easyjet
From Manchester: Ryanair, Easyjet or TAP Portugal
From Bristol: Easyjet
From Dublin: Ryanair, TAP or Aer Lingus

Or fly directly to Porto / Oporto and hire a car – the best options are:

From London Gatwick: TAP Portugal or Easyjet
From London Stansted: Ryanair
From London Heathrow: British Airways
From Edinburgh: Ryanair
From Liverpool: Ryanair
From Manchester: Easyjet, TAP or Ryanair
From Birmingham: Ryanair
From Luton: Easyjet
From Bristol: Easyjet
From Dublin: Ryanair and TAP

PLEASE NOTE some flights are seasonal.

NB: Flights are not included

 

Getting around

As part of your package we will include a hire car. Normally we include a 4 door economy class car but please let us know if you would like something different.

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