Santiago de Compostela Tour from Oporto, a trip for those who want to get to know better the importance and devotion of the pilgrims who make this difficult route, same of them take years to do it, understand the mixture of feelings like joy and sadness when they arrive in Santiago.
Hotel / Apartment, Oporto
Considered world heritage site since 1985, Santiago de Compostela attracts visitors and pilgrims from all over the world, is the most cosmopolitan city of Galicia, but it takes this naturally, so from the first moment you feel that you are part of it.
In the historical center, the Cathedral and the Portico da Glória. Emblematic squares such as Obradoiro, Quintana and d’O Toural. Dozens of churches, convents and palaces different architecture types such as Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque.
And also shops, bars, restaurants and a beautiful Horticultural Market overflowing with fresh produce, in the heart, the main avenue with its camellia trees and Paseo de la Herradura, with a great view of the cathedral.
This tour like all the others starts with a short description of what will be the day, because even on this tour we have the option to choose what to visit during the trip from Oporto to Santiago de Compostela, we give you the oppurtunity to choose between “Viana do Castelo” or “Valença do Minho”.
Valença do Minho a Portuguese town in the border with Spain, where the river Minho makes this division, its Fort shows the importance of this city in the protection of Portugal. With a very busy historical center where the old rivalries between the two countries have long were forgotten long time ago. Viana do Castelo, a flat city where Santa Luzia church is visible from all over the city, this church as inspired by the Basilica of Sacré Cœur in Paris however this appreciation has been greatly contested, since, at the height of the project of Ventura Terra (1899), the Parisian church was still being built and with no visible configuration.
Another curiosity will be the visit to the hospital ship Gil Eanes that for decades treated the fishermen who dared to sail the North Atlantic in search of cod.
You should not miss the opportunity to climb the roofs of the Cathedral, this view is recommended in the Codex Calixtinus to be able to appreciate its splendid beauty. From there you can see the historical and the new part of the city, as well as the surroundings of Santiago, from Monte Pedroso to the Gozo, becoming an exceptional viewpoint.
Santiago can be understood better, becoming both more true and more mythical. From the coverings we can see the Cross of the Spoils, at the foot of which the medieval pilgrims burned the old clothes of the way, in a sort of purifying ritual. It is also a great place to appreciate the phases of temple construction and the various architectural styles employed until you get the lavish final result.
Probably the oldest hotel in the world, now a luxury hotel with an excellent location, right in the town of Obradoiro next to the cathedral where the pilgrims rest and at the same time they thank the fact that they have managed to contend this dream that is to make the way Santiago.
Santiago has many museums telling its history, some of them will be Cathedral Museum, with the history of Santiago and the construction of the Cathedral; the Museu do Pobo Galego, with an exhibition of Galician archeology, architecture and culture throughout the ages; Museum of Pilgrimages and Santiago; the Galician Center for Contemporary Art, designed by the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza; and the Holy Land Museum, in the convent of St. Francis, presents the history of the Holy Land and the State of Israel.
Obviously we do not have much time because we have to return to Oporto, however the choice is yours.
Or place of your preference ( in the city )
We visited Portugal as a group of five including a two and half year old. Walkborder arranged 6 private tours for us (half day tour in Lison, half day tour in Porto, Sintra full day, Fatima & Obidos full day, Douro valley full day, and Braga & Guimaraes). All the tours were great. The tour guides were professional and knowledgeable. The transportation vehicles were clean and in good condition. Carlos was our guide in Lisbon and Ricardo was our guide in Porto. They did everything they could to ensure we had a great experience in Portugal. I would strongly recommend the travel agency to anyone.