The Portuguese Way from Porto allows you to know the second most important city in Portugal. If you have time before starting your Camino, it is worth spending a day to get to know its many attractions. its many attractions.

Our suggestion is to finish in Vilarinho, a town located just over 26km away. However, there are not many lodging options, so it is also possible to finish 1.6 km earlier, in Vairão. 
There you can stay at the pilgrims' hostel of the Vairao Monastery. It is also possible to extend it to São Pedro de Rates, with more services than Vilarinho, but which would mean traveling about 10km more.
This first stage is well signposted and does not present great difficulties in its route, which runs mostly through urban areas.
The starting point of the Portuguese Way in Porto is Carlos Alberto Square. Of medieval origin, this charming square is very close to the Carmo church, famous for its mosaic of blue tiles. From there, we start the route along the commercial Rua de Cedofeita towards the north.

Many pilgrims, however, decide to start from the top of the Cathedral of Porto, the starting point of the variant along the coast. This will allow you to cross the beautiful Portuguese city, directing your steps to Aliados and the Torre dos Clérigos. From there you just have to go to Carlos Alberto square and follow Cedofeita to leave Porto.

The urban section that involves leaving Porto will be extended for about 9 km until reaching Araújo. On this route we will find the church of Carvalhido and the chapel of Ramada Alta. 
In addition, we will have to pass under the Porto ring road and under the A4 highway. From Araújo we will head to Moreira da Maia, a little more than 3 and a half kilometers away.
At the exit, we have to cross the industrial area of Maia. 
After crossing the village of Outeiro, our steps will take us to Mosteiró, where we find the church of Vilar.
The last two towns of this first stage of the Portuguese Way will be Gião and Varião to immediately reach our goal of the day: Vilarinho 

Alternative stage: Porto-São Pedro de Rates (35,8km).
The Spanish Federation of Associations of Friends of the Camino de Santiago proposes to extend this stage to São Pedro de Rates. 
If you choose this option, your first stage of the Portuguese Way will be 35.8km. There you will be able to rest at the Albergue de Peregrinos de Rates, a donation hostel with 50 beds located in the upper part of the town.
São Pedro de Rates, located in the town of Póvoa do Varzim, is a place of great significance within the Jacobean culture. According to legend, St. Pedro de Rates was ordained the first bishop of Braga by the Apostle Santiago himself, who entrusted him with the Christianization of the peoples of the north of what is now Portugal during his passage through the Iberian Peninsula.

Its history is also very similar to that of the Apostle James. According to tradition, he was martyred while trying to convert the local population to Christianity. His body was found centuries later by the hermit St. Felix, who for several nights detected a light on a mountain in the Sierra de Rates. The discovery of the body gave rise to the church of San Pedro de Rates, where the remains were deposited.
This church is one of the jewels of Portugal's heritage. Exponent of Portuguese medieval art, the temple was built in the ninth century and declared a National Monument. Years later, in 1552, the body of St. Pedro de Rates was transferred to the Cathedral of Braga, where it remains to this day.

How to get to Porto

Porto has very good air connections. Francisco Sa Carneiro (OPO) is the city's airport and has frequent internal connections - mainly from Lisbon - and international connections (Spain, Europe and the American continent).

Getting from the airport to the city is also very easy. You can take the purple metro line (frequency: every 30 minutes). You can also travel by bus: lines 601 and 602 (Sà Carneiro - Cordoaria) or 604 (Sà Carneiro - Hospital de São João).
Alsa and Eurolines are the bus companies with more connections to Porto. From Galicia there are lines from Santiago and Vigo. It is also possible from Madrid, with a connection with stops in Avila and Salamanca. From the south there are departures from Seville and stops in Huelva, as well as Lisbon and other Portuguese cities.
From Lisbon we have Route 50 of the company Rede Expressos.
The best option to reach Porto by train from any Spanish city is to travel to Lisbon and, from there, take an Intercidades train to Porto. From Galicia, there is a regional train that connects Porto and Vigo twice a day.
It is also possible to reach Porto by private car. From Galicia it is necessary to take the A3 highway. From Madrid the A-25. And from the south, the easiest way is to take the A2 to Lisbon and the A1 to Oporto.

Accommodations Porto – Vilarinho

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Porto, Camino Portugués
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