What's it about?
Many people have experienced the positive effects of hiking
You start to feel relaxed, healthy, clear of mind, satisfied and, well, happy!
Now imagine what it will feel like if you'd embark on a 7-day camino hike all the way up from the Portuguese border to Santiago de Compostela. Walk the ancient Roman paths, take every step at a time and enjoy the way...
The Knapsack Collective travels part of the age-old Camino the Santiago.
Once a Christian pilgrim route merely for rather serious people, it has now become an immensely populair trail for people from all walks of life.
The fact that this trail has become such a considerable institute makes the Camino one of the most comfortable routes in the world. It's rather difficult to get lost, you can buy food and drinks along the way and there are guesthouses all over the place. As a result, you can travel incredibly light which will definitely contribute to your hiking pleasure! Additionaly, you will be awarded a certificate of completion (your "compestela").
The facilities along the trail are basic, be prepared to sleep in dorms and share facilities. The contents of your Knapsack will also be basic - at least, that's what we recommend. See it as something positive, you don't have to think about what you will be wearing each day! What to put in your Knapsack? Check out this packing list.
Some Facts About This Trip
Where do we meet?
At 3.30 pm on May 7th, we will come together at Restaurante Fortaleza in Valenca, Portugal.
While overlooking the fortress that the Portuguese used to keep out the Spanish, we'll have a coffee and get to know one another.
After our coffee, the moment has come to march toward the Portuguese-Spanish border...
Your trip has begun!
Technically, you are taking this trip on your own. That means you are responsible for your own safety and insurance. See also our conditions. You're also in charge of your own finances, i.e. you'll pay directly for your own food and other things you might need. More information, see costs.
This keeps things really simple and makes that you can set your budget to your own preference.
You can get yourself aboard the Knapsack train for an affordable €625. With this you buy yourself seven nights in an auberge, two coaches who will be at your service 16/7, a great laid-out trail, camino experience, an awesome group of people and lots of stuff yet to be discovered!
For the food you can expect to arrive at something around €20-25 a day. That includes breakfast (€4), lunch (€6) and dinner (€12). Prices rise a bit if you're interested in better-than-basic food and local winery ;) - or if you want to stay in a private room every now and then.
Travel costs (flight ticket, hotels prior and after the trip, etc.) are not part of this estimation. Good to know: you can get to Porto with low cost airlines, e.g. Ryanair, and from there take a 1,5-2-hour direct train or bus to Valença.
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from Valença (Portugal) to Santiago de Compestella (Spain)
Day 1: Valença (Portugal) - Tui (Spain) (2 km)
Day 2: Tui - O Porriño (17.3 km)
Day 3: O Porriño - Redondela (15.1 km)
Day 4: Redondela - Pontevedra (19.7 km)
Day 5: Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis (21.6 km)
Day 6: Caldas de Reis - Padron (18.1 km)
Day 7: Padron - Santiago (24.9 km)
During the trip, you will mainly walk on natural pathways and ancient Roman roads that take you through vineyards, agricultural fields and quiet villages. Every now and then, we'll walk on paved roads with little traffic and in some instances, we'll be on busier ones. It’s a moderately difficult hike: we’ll encounter some hills (max. 300m) and the path is relatively well-paved.