Camino de Santiago – walking the quiet way

Alexander Willmott, 11 January, 2024
The Camino de Santiago’s tributaries include a quieter, more picturesque, Portuguese Camino. 
 

Iconic routes provide sacred experiences for walkers who seek out nature’s wow moments. None more so than the Camino de Santiago, which has earned its place as one of the true pilgrimages amongst the walking community. However, as the route draws walkers from across the world, it’s well worth knowing that there’s a quieter option – the Portuguese Way. Though most people opt for the Camino Francés path across northern Spain, the Camino de Santiago’s myriad tributaries include a quieter, more picturesque, Portuguese Camino. 

Where will the pilgrim path take you?
This self-guided, long-distance walking holiday experience features charming hotel stays, where your luggage is transported for you. Tread the ancient paths hassle-free, following the Portuguese Way, where you can embark upon the Variante Espiritual, a route connecting Pontevedra with Pontecesures featuring a unique, river boat journey - the only water-based pilgrim route in Europe.

Since the 9th century, pilgrims have followed the Camino de Santiago to worship at the tomb of James the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela. There are many reasons why people still walk this iconic trail: spiritual, cultural, sporting – or simply to experience its camaraderie and ambience. On this sacred path you’ll discover charming riverside villages celebrated for their seafood dishes; the magnificent city of Pontevedra; and the beauty of the Rías Baixas region with its Albariño vineyards.

Looking for an alternative Portuguese experience?
Inntravel’s Portuguese collection is second to none, with each holiday route handpicked and walked personally by our trusted team. Portugal offers a wonderfully varied landscape, culture and cuisine, and caters for every walker’s taste, including:

Palaces & pathways of Sintra
The hills and coastline of historic Sintra are a remarkable national treasure. Rising from rugged cliffs, a succession of hilltops are capped by luxuriant vegetation, and it is amid this bucolic landscape that the old Portuguese aristocracy built their summer palaces and enriched the area’s natural beauty with exuberant gardens. 

Western Madeira awaits…
The name 'Madeira' conjures up images of levadas (waterways) lined with exotic flowers, and of luxuriant mountain slopes. Western Madeira is no different in this respect – there is certainly no shortage of drama or colour in the scenery – but what sets it apart is that it is the more serene, quieter and traditional side of the island.

Valley of Gold
Perfect walking country with spectacular views, the valley of the Rio Douro (‘river of gold’) is striking in its tranquillity – and its rich colours. Fertile hills neatly striped with green vines and silver olive trees are reflected in the mirror-like waters, as are the painted long boats which ply the river, and the region’s tiny, untouched villages. 
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