This trip can be tailor made throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Responsible tourism: Portuguese Way self guided walking holiday
A number of infrastructural entities gave rise to the popularity of the Portuguese Way in Galicia. Bridges, country chapels, sanctuaries, wayside crosses, manor houses and historic cities dot the route that starts on the banks of the Minho river, in the city of Tui, and ends at the tomb of Saint James. Although the pilgrimages did not necessarily lead to the design and creation of a set of monuments corresponding to a specific period (Romanesque or Baroque) in an integrated artistic space, the Portuguese Way in Galicia asserts a deep cultural heritage.
The Portuguese Way gently winds northwards, along ancient tracks and paths that traverse woodlands, farmlands, villages, towns and historic cities. Due to the large number of small and large rivers that cross the Galician landscape, some paths are routed over stunning medieval bridges, many of which maintain some trace elements of Roman design. The route is enriched by the presence of chapels, churches, convents, petos de animas (stone altars usually found at crossroads) and cruceiros (wayside crosses), common in Galicia. By discovering the area in an environment-friendly manner (walking), you will have plenty of time to enjoy the natural wonders along Le Puy Route, while minimizing the impacts on the surrounding nature.
We avail of a Travelers Code of Conduct and all our documents are printed on recycled paper. Our staff also follows an Environmental policy (e.g: only using hard copies when necessary or switching off the lights where the areas are not in used.)
Last but not least, as hikers by passion, we have a strong ethic about respecting the places we go to and their environment, either for business or personally (e.g: not leaving any rubbish behind us during a day walk or using reusable water containers), and we encourage our guests to act responsibly while traveling.
Even though the Portuguese Way passes through some urban areas, it also crosses a lot of farmlands and small villages, where people along the way have kept the hospitality tradition of the Camino de Santiago well alive. These last 117 kilometres to Santiago de Compostela along the Portuguese Way run through Galicia, a region where people are still proudly connected to their Celtic roots, through Galician language and dances. Galicia is also well known for some of its seafood gastronomy, such as “pulpo” (octopus). Being booked in half board gives you the freedom to stop wherever you like for lunch along the way, and so to ask local people to cook their regional products for you (you will probably discover all the ways to cook octopus and maybe you will become addicted to the “Torta de Santiago” by the end of your walking holidays!).
When possible, you will stay in family-run hotels or guesthouses, giving you a chance to interact even more with local people. By dealing directly with local professionals, we also ensure them maximum benefits.