Portuguese Camino walking holiday
Description of Portuguese Camino walking holiday
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetFollowing the final section of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago, from the Portuguese border to Santiago, on foot is an eco-friendly way to enjoy the beautiful region of Galicia.
Our clients walk from base to base and we give them a full briefing that includes practical guidelines on how to minimise their impact on the environment, e.g. leaving no litter and respecting the wildlife and architectural heritage.
Tap water is perfectly drinkable throughout the programme and there are numerous safe public water fountains where clients can refill the bottle that we give them at the start of their journey, thus reducing the need to buy disposable bottles of water.
Luggage transfers between accommodation are made by local transport companies and arranged to coincide with that of other clients so as to reduce the number of car/van trips required and keep carbon emissions to a minimum.
Our preferred accommodation partners use eco-friendly practices to save water, use solar power and promote recycling.
PeopleRural Galicia suffers from depopulation as young people tend to head to the cities for work, leaving older generations in the villages. That’s why we make sure our programme not only bring money into these marginalised communities and stimulate entrepreneurship but also make local people feel appreciated and motivated.
We do this by encouraging our clients to eat and drink at local cafés and restaurants, and to shop in small grocery stores rather than the major supermarket chains.
Our office is in the small town of Ponte de Lima in Northern Portugal, not far from the starting point for this programme. Our location and specialist local knowledge enable us to rapidly organise local help and support to any of our clients as required.
Our information pack contains helpful phrases in Portuguese and Spanish to make inter-cultural communication easier, richer and more respectful.
The Camino is a well-trodden path so local people are generally welcoming of, and helpful towards pilgrims, which in turn encourages our guests to connect with the people they meet along the way.
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