10 days 261 km pilgrimage from Porto to Santiago with a small rucksack from hostel to hostel
EuropePortugal2 days / April 2022
Highs & Lows
The beautiful hiking trail close to the beach.
It is very busy around Easter and we arrived too late at one hostel, which is why it was already full.
Three of us girls started our travel in Porto. We love hiking and decided to walk the camino portuguese together. We spent a lovely day in Porto and drank a port wine at sunset. The next day we set off in the direction of Santiago de Compostela. We had already ordered the pilgrim's pass online beforehand and walked with the Outdoor (German) book on site, which contained all the important information about the trails and hostels. We didn't pre-book any hostels, which usually worked out really well. If the hostel is the only one in the area or is very popular, I would start earlier as it can otherwise be full. Sometimes we got food from the hostels and sometimes we cooked. Some are very familiar and communal, which was very nice. Nevertheless, they are not hotels and you have little privacy in the shared rooms. We walked the entire Way of St James along the coast. The beach and the paths there are beautiful. Nevertheless, you pass through many towns and many of the paths lead along roads. Another highlight is the arrival in Santiago de Compostela. There you receive your pilgrimage certificate, can visit the large church and take part in the pilgrimage service. We also spend a night out in a nice pub.
It’s a nice hostel in the town with a beautiful small garden, where you wIll already meet other pilgrims. It costs 15€ in shared dorm and they have the first pilgrim stamp for your pass. You can walk in 10-15 minutes to the river, where you can see the beautiful and historical bridges. It is a very nice viewpoint beside the river, when you go up the mountain, you can go for a walk, make a small picnic with a portwine and watch the beautiful ships. A typical meal there is the Francesinha, which we didn’t really enjoyed because it is a sandwich with a lot of different meat types and cheese. After a long search, we decided on a restaurant by the river, which is always very busy but the view is very nice. There are all a kind of similar and quite expensive.
It’s an example for the amazing beaches beside the trail. The hostel has shared dorms for pilgrims and you can cook something or visit a restaurant. We didn’t book before and just asked for a bed after the arrival. Then you can stop earlier spontaneously and change the route if you need a break or found a nice place.
Here we cooked pasta with vegetables for ourselves and went in the evening to the beach with a beer. They have small shops almost everywhere to get everything you need. We met there other people and talked about the routes and experiences. We planned every day 25-30 km because we had only 10 days but we would recommend not to to more than 20-25 km per day because it’s nice to have more time to connect with other people, to relax and explore the small towns.
Q & A
What would you have changed?I would go the trail that is not only beside the beach.
Anything go wrong during the trip?In bigger cities you can maybe book your accommodation earlier or don’t arrive too late.
Tips you would give a friend?You don’t have to plan too much :)
Packing tips?Don’t take too many things with you. You have to carry them all.
Transportation Tips?You get easily back to Porto by train or bus.