Easygoing Walking Tour A Taste of Camino de Santiago
Dolce Tempo Journey from Portugal to Spain
Pilgrims have walked this way for centuries. Now you can join them on the historic Camino de Santiago, blending the best of two countries and relaxing in Iberian style at exclusive hotels and exquisite restaurants. Discover Spanish villages with intriguing Celtic ties, sip Vinho Verde in the warm breeze as the chef grills a seafood feast or stroll the shore of the mighty Atlantic. Your choice. Your way.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Portugal & Spain
Start Porto, Portugal / End Santiago de Compostela, Spain or Porto, Portugal
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Refreshingly Active Adventures
Explore a stunning stretch of the iconic Camino from Porto to Santiago, passing windswept coastline, dramatic pine forests and well-tended vineyards along the way.
Join the legions of pilgrims that have walked this ancient route. Stroll the cobblestone streets of Santiago de Compostela and Ponte de Lima, towns steeped in history and alive with culture.
Unique Hotels & Delectable Dining
Luxuriate in Iberian style at boutique hotels and stunning restaurants on this itinerary, from wine tasting in Portugal to seafood-sampling in Spain, and appreciate the old-world service and beautiful décor of our premiere lodgings.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Meet in colorful Porto, a World Heritage city known for its beautiful tiled façades | Walk an easygoing stretch of the Caminho Português (Portuguese Way) en route to the oldest town in Portugal | Pause for lunch at a villa on a traditional farm | Venture through eucalyptus woodland in the Labruja Hills | With a backdrop of verdant landscapes, stroll through the hills to Rubiães | Dance to fado, the passionate traditional music of Portugal.
At this chic and intimate boutique hotel—set in lush surroundings above the Lima River Valley—you'll feel like you're the guest at a luxurious private home. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)
Cross the border into Spain and admire the hilltop ruins of the Celtic castros, dating from 100 BC | Take in stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Minho River, which marks the national border | Taste local zamburiñas (scallops) in a quiet seaside town | Walk a coastal path and savor panoramic vistas of Galicia's rugged western seaboard | Soak up the charm of medieval Baiona.
Originally the castle of the Conde de Gondomar, this grand parador holds a spot in history as the first observation site of La Pinta as it approached Spanish soil with news of the New World. (pool)
Take a private boat to Cíes Island Nature Reserve, one of the most remote and stunning national parks in Spain | Sunbathe on shimmering beaches or stroll the pristine trails of Monteagudo Island | Join the lively community of pilgrims along the Camino Francés (French Way) en route to Santiago de Compostela | Sample local Spanish wines | Tour the old quarter of beautiful Santiago | Enter the magnificent cathedral and learn about its significance on a private tour—a memorable way to cap off your trip!
Pure luxury and tranquility await at this elegant 18th-century estate, situated in a park-like setting near the Sar River. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.
Dolce Tempo: What to Expect
Our walking activities allow you to leisurely explore local footpaths and paved walking paths, exploring authentic, local hidden gems. Get away from the crowds to experience the essence of your location, taking time to explore and experience your region on your own terms. Your day unfolds according to your agenda, not someone else's. Easygoing daily routes typically 2-3 hours of walking per day, approximately 2-7 miles. Fully supported with dedicated Trip Leaders, support vans and meticulously selected routes and a Backroads navigation app to offer guidance on the route.
The terrain on this trip includes level to rolling sections of the Camino de Santiago, forest trails and dirt, cobblestone and paved roads.
- All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
- Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
- Snacks and beverages between meals
- Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
- Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
- Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
- Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
- Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
- On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
- Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
- Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
- Park and other entry fees
- Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
- Select coach transfers
- Baggage transfers and porterage
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Although we'll be walking along parts of the Camino de Santiago, it's important to note that our experience will be quite different from that of its Compostela-seeking pilgrims, who are required to walk at minimum the last 100 kilometers into Santiago—often along stretches of busy highway—and who typically stay in simple dormitories. This trip allows us to experience the essence and highlights of the Camino and surrounding landscape in comfort, with the region's best hotels, gourmet meals and excellent route support each day. Also keep in mind that as we are walking on the Camino, many parts of this historic pilgrimage are on paved paths, back roads or cobblestones. You can expect about half of the walking to be on a hard surface.
Parador de Baiona and Hotel A Quinta da Auga are Premiere Hotels housed in beautiful historic buildings. While they offer outstanding service and amenities, please note that these hotels are equipped with bio-friendly air-cooling systems that may not be as cold as you are used to in other locations. Despite the region's generally temperate climate and cool nights, guestrooms can occasionally become warm during peak temperatures.
While biking and hiking and kayaking trips are at the core of popular adventure travel offerings, they are not for everyone. So Backroads, a company that has long been the leader in active travel trips, has come up with an array of softer adventures for 2021.