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Camino Portuguese Day 9: Caldas de Reis to Padron

On our ninth day of the Camino Portuguese we walked 12 miles from Caldas de Reis to Padron. The day started out with a very pleasant stretch of walking on a dirt path before veering off to a few side roads on the way into Padrón. This would be our final night on the Camino Portuguese before The Way would take us to Santiago de Compostela. 

Camino Portuguese Day 5: Rubiãs to Tui - From Portugal to Spain

Camino Portuguese Day 5: Rubiãs to Tui – From Portugal to Spain

The fifth stage of the Camino Portuguese takes pilgrims from Rubiãs to Tui. This is a very special day, as it includes the border crossing from Portugal into Spain over the Río Miño. Leaving Rubiãs, the first half of this stage is on natural pathways and dirt roads surrounded by woodlands and farms. The second half covers sidewalks and asphalt as pilgrims approach the large cities of Valença and Tui. 

Camino Portuguese Video: Highlights From Our Family Journey On The Way

Camino Portuguese Video: Highlights From Our Family Journey On The Way

In 2012, I completed the Camino Frances and put together a documentary called “A Journey of the Mind“. That video has since been viewed a few hundred thousand times. I returned to the Camino this summer with my wife and son to walk the Camino Portuguese. On our way, we met some incredible people and made memories that will last a lifetime. I will be putting together a full length video for our Camino Portuguese adventure soon. Until then, here are the highlights from our journey along The Way.

Camino Portuguese Day 4: Ponte de Lima to Rubiaes

Camino Portuguese Day 4: Ponte de Lima to Rubiães

The fourth stage on the Camino Portuguese takes pilgrims from Ponte de Lima to Rubiães on 13 miles of mixed asphalt and natural paths. This stage brings pilgrims to the highest point on the entire route, the 1338ft Alto da Portela Grande.  The trail to and from Alto da Portela includes some of the harshest terrain on the Camino Portuguese, with ruts and rocks adorning a beautiful path of single track through the woods.

Camino Portuguese Day 3: Barcelos To Ponte de Lima

Camino Portuguese Day 3: Barcelos To Ponte de Lima

The third stage of the Camino Portuguese takes pilgrims on a 22-mile stretch from Barcelos to Ponte de Lima. This is one of the longest stages on the Camino Portuguese, but is also one of the most beautiful. The majority of this stage takes place on natural pathways and dirt roads that pass by bridges, farms, vineyards, and churches. After arriving in Ponte de Lima, pilgrims are treated to an abundance of historical buildings and monuments. The most popular historical site is Ponte Medieval, a medieval bridge that spans the nearby Rio Lima. 

Camino Portuguese Day 2: Vilarinho To Barcelos

Camino Portuguese Day 2: Vilarinho To Barcelos In The Rain

Stage two of the Camino Portuguese Central Route takes pilgrims on an 18 mile stretch from Vilarinho to Barcelos. This section of The Way incorporates natural pathways and mostly avoids the busy roads and highways, unlike the first stage out of Porto. The major highlight of this stage is the arrival in Barcelos, where pilgrims cross a bridge and then approach Paço dos Condes, the old palace of the Dukes of Bragança.