Camino Adventure October 2023 Walk the Camino in Portugal and Spain with me!
Looking for an adventure that awakens your body, mind and soul? A journey that will enliven your spirit and feed your authentic true self? A mystical magical experience connecting with the earth and a group of amazing, like-minded, supportive people, where everyone is welcome and accepted exactly as they are? Leave the judgments behind! We’ll walk, talk, eat and bask in the scenic beauty all around us.
Join me in walking the Camino de Santiago - Portuguese Coastal Route October 2 - 15, 2023
Imagine walking along the coast of Portugal and Spain. Exploring the beauty and quaint towns along the way. Being a pilgrim, walking an ancient path, feeling the energy of the thousands who have traveled this path before. Whether it be a conscious spiritual pilgrimage or just an opportunity to get away and move at a slower pace for a while.
Walking, being present only to what is in front of you, quieting your mind, finding your peace within is the experience of the Camino.
The Camino De Santiago, a.k.a. the way of Saint James is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching all across Europe culminating at the tomb of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
The Camino Frances is the most traveled route and to do the entire way takes about 35 days of walking, it is 500 miles across Spain.
Arriving in Santiago is a magical experience you do not want to miss.
The Camino De Santiago - Portuguese Coastal Route will consist of 13 nights with 11 days walking with an average of 10 miles per day. The route is mostly flat and easy hiking, with the occasional gentle climbs and descents. It is a stunningly beautiful walk.
IMPORTANT: You can walk much less than the average of 10 miles per day if you’d like. We’ll have multiple stops each day for coffee and snacks (my favorite!) and opportunities to take taxis to the next stopping point or the next hotel where you can rest, explore or people watch.
We'll be a small group of no more than 24 people, the group naturally splits up into smaller groups walking together or alone. The Camino is very safe and supported by the local people, who are always willing and delighted to help with directions and advice!
Please note: The only rule about walking is to listen to your body and do what feels right, safe and find for you!
Book now - because this will fill up FAST, and there's limited space. Also, book your flights ASAP as prices are going up!
Camino De Santiago - Portuguese Coastal Route Itinerary
DAY 1 - Arrival in Porto Portugal - Monday, October 2
Welcome dinner in Porto Portugal, a coastal city located on the Duoro River in northern Portugal. Porto is quickly becoming a top tourist destination in Europe, even being called a little Paris. It is famous for its Port wine production and houses, which line the beautiful river. A river boat tour is a must! We will dine on local specialties and meet our fellow pilgrims. I highly recommend arriving at least one day ahead to explore this soulful city.
DAY 2 - Viana Do Castelo - Tuesday, October 3
We will take a short train ride to Viana Do Castelo, another gorgeous town in northern Portugal known as the jewel of the Costa Verde.
After checking into our hotel you will have the afternoon to explore, and rest up for our walk tomorrow!
Dinner is on your own with many fine choices.
DAY 3 - Vila Praia de Ancora - Wednesday, October 4
We begin our Camino this morning after breakfast. Today our walk is approximately 12 miles along the beautiful Atlantic coastline.
Our destination is Vila Praia de Ancora, another beautiful little city on the sea.
DAY 4 - A Guarda - Thursday, October 5
We continue along the coastline approximately 8 miles today walking to Caminha where we leave Portugal and take a short ferry ride, crossing over the river Minho to the Galicia region of Spain. A short walk and we arrive at A Guarda, a fishing village, known for it lobsters! A late lunch or dinner is included today at our fabulous hotel restaurant.
DAY 5 - Oia is Viladesuso - Friday, October 6
Our miles today are approximately 10, a highlight, besides the stunning coastline, is the small town of Oia famous for the beautiful monastery on the sea.
This is a great place to stop for lunch or a snack. Our destination, just a few miles past Oia is Viladesuso, and hate to say it… another small town with gorgeous views of the ocean.
DAY 6 - Baiona - Saturday, October 7
More walking along the coastline to Baiona approximately 11 miles - a very quaint seaside town with many great Restaurants on the harbor, known for their seafood and Albarino white wine. A must see is the Baiona Parador, a historic hotel on the cliff as you enter town. Explore this town for a bit, have a snack or lunch. Another mile of walking, we stay in Nigran, and you guessed it… a seaside paradise! Pristine beaches and fabulous restaurants are on the menu here!
DAY 7 - Baiona-Redondela - Sunday, October 8
Today we take a short bus ride to our starting point for our 8 mile walk into Redondela. Here the Camino meets up with the central Portuguese route, and we will encounter many more pilgrims from here to Santiago. It is a real treat to meet people from all over the world walking the Camino. A friendly “Buen Camino” is the official greeting! Our hotel tonight is on the Vigo Estuary is quite lovely, and dinner is included in their highly-rated restaurant.
DAY 8 - Redondela to Pontevedra -Monday, October 9
11 miles. Today we head inland on the original Portuguese route. Our path today takes us through peaceful vineyards and eucalyptus woods. We arrive in the historic riverside city of Pontevedra. The Camino runs right through the center of town, and a must-see is the Santuario de Paragrina (pilgrim chapel). This beautiful 18th-century chapel has a floor plan in the shape of a scallop shell and is considered one of the great treasures of the Camino.
DAY 9 - Pontevedra - Tuesday, October 10
A lovely day to rest and enjoy the sights of this beautiful city. Options include getting a massage, church and museum hopping, exploring restaurants and cafes - let’s have some fun together! Or, if you prefer, take some time to yourself. Don’t forget there’s shopping - playtime!
DAY 10 - Pontevedra to Caldas de Rei - Wednesday, October 11
An early start today as we have 12 miles of walking to the town of Caldas de Reis. Located on the river Umia, this town is known for it’s thermal waters, and people have been coming here for years to soak and find “the cure”.
DAY 11 - Caldas de Reis to Padron - Thursday, October 12
Caldas de Reis to Padron, 10 miles. The route today is split between natural pathways and quiet country roads, with several opportunities to stop for a café con leche and snack, before arriving at Padron, where according to legend, the stone ship with the body of the apostle James was moored. We will have a wonderful dinner at our historic hotel tonight, which may feature the famous Padron peppers!
DAY 12 - Padron to Teo - Friday, October 13
Today we walk 8 miles to the very small town of Teo. The casa rural inn is a real treat with an excellent chef! Dinner included.
DAY 13 - Teo to Santiago - Saturday, October 14
Our last day of walking. 8 miles and we arrive at our final destination Santiago de Compostela. Arriving early you may choose to attend the noon Pilgrim’s mass. We have plenty of time today for souvenir shopping, getting your Compostela (certificate of completion), and soaking in our pilgrimage. There are many great restaurants in Santiago!
DAY 14 - Farewell
Breakfast and farewell. Fly out of Santiago.
If you're interested, please click the button below to know more about this journey.
Jennifer Hadley will be traveling from her home in Vermont to Philadelphia to fly direct to Barcelona on Wednesday, September 27th arriving early morning Thursday, Sept 28. She plans to stay at a Marriott hotel in Barcelona Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and then take an early morning flight to Porto on Sunday, October 1. If you’d like to know exact flights and details, click here.
WALKING THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO -
PORTUGUESE COASTAL ROUTE
October 2 - 15, 2023
ATTENTION: Power of Love Ministry will not be collecting any direct payment. All booking must be made directly through Winn Journeys.
What's Included in this Trip
IMPORTANT NOTE: This is considered a level 3 out of 5, so you should be in decent physical shape. That said, there's always the option of taking a taxi all or part of the way each and every day.
This journey is custom designed for our needs. You will be personally assisted if you have any questions and/or if you would like to sign up.
Please give a call or email and you'll receive a respond within 24 hours.
$3,350 USD Single Occupancy or
$2,700 USD Double Occupancy
Travel insurance is highly recommended.
We reserve the right to cancel this trip if there are not sufficient participants. We will know this in advance and recommend not buying your plane tickets until confirmation.
As the Camino can be unpredictable, Winn Journeys has the right to change the itinerary as needed.
Winn Journeys acts as a tour operator. The suppliers providing transportation, sightseeing arrangements and hotel accommodations for the tour program are independent contractors and are not agents or employees of Winn Journeys. All coupons, receipts, and tickets issued are subject to the terms and conditions specified by suppliers. By utilizing the service of the suppliers, you agree that Winn Journeys will not be liable for any change in schedule, strikes, delay, acts of governments, fires, riots, theft, pilferage, epidemics, quarantine, medical or customs regulations, accident, loss, injury, or damage to you or to those traveling with you in connection with any accommodations, transportation or any other services or resulting directly or indirectly from any occurrence or conditions beyond its control, including defects in vehicles, breakdown in equipment, thefts, delay or cancellation of or changes in itinerary for any act, omission, or event during our time together.
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WALKING THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO -
PORTUGUESE COASTAL ROUTE
October 2 - 15, 2023
ATTENTION: Power of Love Ministry will not be collecting any direct payment.
All booking must be made directly through Winn Journeys.
Jennifer Hadley will be traveling from her home in Vermont to Philadelphia to fly direct to Barcelona on Wednesday, September 27th arriving early morning Thursday, Sept 28. She plans to stay at a Marriott hotel in Barcelona Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and then take an early morning flight to Porto on Sunday, October 1. On the evening of October 15 she’s flying to Madrid for 1 night at an airport hotel and then an early morning flight to Charlotte, North Carolina, and home to Vermont.
Here are the exact details:
Wednesday, September 27
Philadelphia to Barcelona - American Airlines #742 Seat # 28J
Departs 7:15 pm arrives 9am
Hotel in Barcelona September 28 to October 1
AC Hotel Diagonal L’llla - Let me know if you’d like to book and I’ll put you in with my reservation as I have a discounted rate. Link to hotel here.
Sunday, October 1
Barcelona to Porto - Vueling Airlines #8476
Departs 7am arrives 7:55am (there’s a 1 hour time change)
Sunday, October 15
Santiago de Compostela to Madrid - Iberia Airlines #
Departs 5:45 pm arrives 6:55pm
Hotel in Madrid - October 15
Madrid Marriott Auditorium Hotel & Conference Center is near the airport and has an airport shuttle. I may be able to get a deal at this Marriott. Link to hotel here.
Monday, October 16
Madrid to Charlotte, NC - American Airlines #749
Departs 7:49 am arrives 2pm
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