Portuguese Camino

Portugal & Spain

Take the road less travelled by on this beautiful coastal Camino pilgrim trail, soaking up all that north-western Spain has to offer.

Trip duration:
10 days

Challenge duration:
7 days

Challenge grade:
3/5

Departure months:
May, June, September, October

Accomodation:
Twin-share in 3 star hotels and 1 night in multi-share dorm

Hiking the Portuguese Camino

Challenge yourself as you tackle 120km of the famed Portuguese Coastal Camino trek.

Follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims as you walk through quaint coastal towns, historic churches, and, by night, take the time to soak in Portuguese and Spanish culture. The feeling of arriving at the finishing point in Santiago de Compostela simply can’t be beaten.

Best of all, will you tick off your bucket list while trekking alongside a group of passionate people making a difference, creating memories and friendships to last a lifetime.

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Why you'll love this adventure

  • Trek under the warm Spanish sun, through quaint coastal towns
  • Discover the colour, culture and cuisine and Portugal and Spain
  • Retrace the footsteps of history along the Camino de Santiago
  • Make new friends while making a difference to a cause you're passionate about

 

Trip notes

Day 1: Arrive in Porto

Welcome to Porto! Make your own way to the hotel, ensuring you are there in time for our team briefing at 6:00pm, where you will meet your local guide and the rest of the team. Stretching along the banks of the River Douro, Porto is one of Portugal's most romantic cities, known for majestic bridges, a medieval riverside district with its cobbled streets, merchants’ houses and cafes. Following the briefing, you may wish to head riverside with the rest of your team for dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Oia to Baiona

It’s time to get on the trail! This morning, we drive the 1 hour to Oia, where we begin our Camino. Over the next 8 days, we will be undertaking the final section of the Portuguese Coastal Walk. Beginning in the small coastal town of Oia, today’s journey will see us explore the coastline, making our way to the town of Baiona. Once we’ve arrived in Baiona, spend the evening strolling along the port, visiting the impressive Monte Real fortress, and tasting the best of the Rias Biaxas seafood and white wine.

Transfer Time: 1 hour

Trekking Distance: 19km

Meals: None

Day 3: Baiona to Vigo

This morning, we hug the coastline as we walk from Baiona to Nigran. On the way, we pass beautiful seascapes of the magnificent Bay of Vigo, with the acclaimed Illas Cies natural park on the horizon. These rugged islands form a main focal point of the bay, and on a warm day, it is delightful to cool off with a swim at Praia America beach in Nigran. We continue walking until we reach the beautiful city of Vigo in the late afternoon, ready for a leisure day tomorrow.

Trekking Distance: 26km

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Vigo

Today is free for you to do as you please in Vigo. Vigo is a city cradled by the mountains on one side and the sea on the other, flourishing from a humble fishing village into this region’s most populated city. Perhaps pack a picnic and stroll around parquet Monte del Castro, or head in town and enjoy some local seafood, like oysters, gambas, lubinas and more. If you’re feeling more active, stroll to the Castro Fortress – a defence system built in 1665 in an attempt to protect the city from attacks from the British navy allies of Portugal. Now, the fortress is more so ruins, and is a perfect place to walk around the gardens and admire the surrounding views. In the evening, be sure to get a group together and head to dinner; Vigo is a great place to enjoy that famous traditional Spanish seafood!

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Vigo to Redondela

Today we’re back on the trail! We continue following the coastline, giving us views of the Bay of Vigo from multiple angles. As we have a shorter walking day today, we can take our time taking in the beautiful surroundings. We continue on until we reach the city of Redondela. Located at the upper end of the Bay of Vigo, this is where the Coastal Portuguese Camino joins with the original Portuguese Camino, as we edge ever closer to our final destination, Santiago de Compostela.

Trekking Distance: 16km

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Redondela to Pontevedra

It’s our final day of coastal trekking before we head inland, so be sure to make the most of the seaside! We are setting out for Pontevedra, stopping in the village of Arcade on the way for a relaxed seafood lunch and a glass of locally grown Albarino. After lunch, we continue for a few more hours before we reach Pontevedra. On arrival, you may wish to explore the old town, with its many Romanesque churches and quaint granite squares.

Trekking Distance: 20km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Pontevedra to Caldas de Rei

We head inland today, passing by beautiful chestnut groves, and pine and eucalyptus woods. We’ll walk through several quaint villages today, including the village of Ponte Cabras, Lombo da Maceira, and the hamlet of Tivo, with its fountain and public washing bath. After a long but beautiful day of trekking, we arrive in Caldas de Reis where we will spend the night.

Trekking Distance: 21km

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Caldas de Rei to Padron

Departing Caldas de Rei, we cross the river Umina to find the hot springs that has given this town its name since Roman times. The trail today takes us through forests and gradually climbs to the village of Santa Marine. Along the way, we enjoy a visit to one of the nearby bodegas to learn about the history of wine in this region and to taste the wine. The trail then continues through pine forests until we reach tonight’s stop, the town of Padron.

Trekking Distance: 19km

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Padron to Santiago de Compostela

It’s our final day of walking today! But, we still have a long journey ahead. We depart Padron, passing through several small villages and onto the historical sanctuary of A Escravitude. Be sure to keep an eye out because nearby on a hilltop sits the ruins of Castro Lupario fort. We make our way towards Agros dos Monteiros, catching a glimpse of the spires of the cathedral and passing the ruins of the castle of A Rocha Vella. As we come to the final leg of our journey, we arrive into Santiago de Compostela, walking through the magnificent Plaza del Obradoira, and finally to the gates of the marvellous Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. You’ve made it! Be sure to collect your Pilgrim passport, proof of your incredible accomplishment. Tonight, we celebrate with a team dinner.

Trekking Distance: 25km

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Depart Santiago de Compostela

With no activities planned for today and the walking done and dusted, your adventure comes to an end after breakfast this morning, leaving you with memories to last a lifetime.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 1: Arrive in Porto

Welcome to Porto! Make your own way to the hotel, ensuring you are there in time for our team briefing at 6:00pm, where you will meet your local guide and the rest of the team. Stretching along the banks of the River Douro, Porto is one of Portugal's most romantic cities, known for majestic bridges, a medieval riverside district with its cobbled streets, merchants’ houses and cafes. Following the briefing, you may wish to head riverside with the rest of your team for dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Oia to Baiona

It’s time to get on the trail! This morning, we drive the 1 hour to Oia, where we begin our Camino. Over the next 8 days, we will be undertaking the final section of the Portuguese Coastal Walk. Beginning in the small coastal town of Oia, today’s journey will see us explore the coastline, making our way to the town of Baiona. Once we’ve arrived in Baiona, spend the evening strolling along the port, visiting the impressive Monte Real fortress, and tasting the best of the Rias Biaxas seafood and white wine.

Transfer Time: 1 hour

Trekking Distance: 19km

Meals: None

Day 3: Baiona to Vigo

This morning, we hug the coastline as we walk from Baiona to Nigran. On the way, we pass beautiful seascapes of the magnificent Bay of Vigo, with the acclaimed Illas Cies natural park on the horizon. These rugged islands form a main focal point of the bay, and on a warm day, it is delightful to cool off with a swim at Praia America beach in Nigran. We continue walking until we reach the beautiful city of Vigo in the late afternoon, ready for a leisure day tomorrow.

Trekking Distance: 26km

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Vigo

Today is free for you to do as you please in Vigo. Vigo is a city cradled by the mountains on one side and the sea on the other, flourishing from a humble fishing village into this region’s most populated city. Perhaps pack a picnic and stroll around parquet Monte del Castro, or head in town and enjoy some local seafood, like oysters, gambas, lubinas and more. If you’re feeling more active, stroll to the Castro Fortress – a defence system built in 1665 in an attempt to protect the city from attacks from the British navy allies of Portugal. Now, the fortress is more so ruins, and is a perfect place to walk around the gardens and admire the surrounding views. In the evening, be sure to get a group together and head to dinner; Vigo is a great place to enjoy that famous traditional Spanish seafood!

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Vigo to Redondela

Today we’re back on the trail! We continue following the coastline, giving us views of the Bay of Vigo from multiple angles. As we have a shorter walking day today, we can take our time taking in the beautiful surroundings. We continue on until we reach the city of Redondela. Located at the upper end of the Bay of Vigo, this is where the Coastal Portuguese Camino joins with the original Portuguese Camino, as we edge ever closer to our final destination, Santiago de Compostela.

Trekking Distance: 16km

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Redondela to Pontevedra

It’s our final day of coastal trekking before we head inland, so be sure to make the most of the seaside! We are setting out for Pontevedra, stopping in the village of Arcade on the way for a relaxed seafood lunch and a glass of locally grown Albarino. After lunch, we continue for a few more hours before we reach Pontevedra. On arrival, you may wish to explore the old town, with its many Romanesque churches and quaint granite squares.

Trekking Distance: 20km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Pontevedra to Caldas de Rei

We head inland today, passing by beautiful chestnut groves, and pine and eucalyptus woods. We’ll walk through several quaint villages today, including the village of Ponte Cabras, Lombo da Maceira, and the hamlet of Tivo, with its fountain and public washing bath. After a long but beautiful day of trekking, we arrive in Caldas de Reis where we will spend the night.

Trekking Distance: 21km

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Caldas de Rei to Padron

Departing Caldas de Rei, we cross the river Umina to find the hot springs that has given this town its name since Roman times. The trail today takes us through forests and gradually climbs to the village of Santa Marine. Along the way, we enjoy a visit to one of the nearby bodegas to learn about the history of wine in this region and to taste the wine. The trail then continues through pine forests until we reach tonight’s stop, the town of Padron.

Trekking Distance: 19km

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Padron to Santiago de Compostela

It’s our final day of walking today! But, we still have a long journey ahead. We depart Padron, passing through several small villages and onto the historical sanctuary of A Escravitude. Be sure to keep an eye out because nearby on a hilltop sits the ruins of Castro Lupario fort. We make our way towards Agros dos Monteiros, catching a glimpse of the spires of the cathedral and passing the ruins of the castle of A Rocha Vella. As we come to the final leg of our journey, we arrive into Santiago de Compostela, walking through the magnificent Plaza del Obradoira, and finally to the gates of the marvellous Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. You’ve made it! Be sure to collect your Pilgrim passport, proof of your incredible accomplishment. Tonight, we celebrate with a team dinner.

Trekking Distance: 25km

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Depart Santiago de Compostela

With no activities planned for today and the walking done and dusted, your adventure comes to an end after breakfast this morning, leaving you with memories to last a lifetime.

Meals: Breakfast

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

ABOUT THE ADVENTURE

How challenging is this adventure?

This adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Portuguese Camino trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. You will be walking on a mix of terrain from coastal paths to dirt roads to urban pavement. You will encounter some slopes as your cross over creeks and rivers.

You will be well supported on the adventure by the expert guides and the wider team. You can move at your own pace and we take frequent rest breaks. Transport is available in some sections if you feel you are unable to complete the day. You will need to carry a day pack with personal items such as water, snacks, medications and spare clothing. The rest of your luggage will be transported by vehicle each day.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–80+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

FITNESS AND TRAINING

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. You should aim to make walking up and down hills the main part of your training. Take regular and increasingly long walks to develop your muscles. Gradually increasing the duration of your walks will help to develop your stamina and also assist in preparing you for being on your feet over long distances. Be consistent in your training, walk as often as possible and increase the intensity of your workouts to gain the most benefit from them.

As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

ACCOMMODATION

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in 3-star hotels and one night in a hostel. Hotels and guesthouses will have modern and clean amenities with toilet paper provided. In smaller towns, the amenities may be more basic. You may not always have private ensuite facilities or air conditioning.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share, with the one night in the pilgrim hostel being triple-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

WHAT TO EXPECT

What are the toilets like? 

While trekking, basic public toilets are accessible, however, cleanliness may vary. We advise that you always carry toilet paper and hand sanitiser with you in your daypack. Remember to have a laugh if amenities are not quite what you’d expect! 

What is the food like? 

Coastal Portugal and Spain is famous for seafood including sardines, octopus and cod. Meals on the Camino will feature a mix of local specialities and hearty, filling foods such as bread, stew, meat and cheese.

Breakfasts will usually be buffet-style at the hotel and offer a variety of Western favourites like toast and jam as well as local specialties. Lunches on the Camino are at your own expense. Cafes and restaurants on the way cater for trekkers with affordable, hearty meals on the menú del día. Dinner is your chance to unwind and get a taste for local delights.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. A special meal can always be prepared to meet individual needs specified in advance.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

Yes, you can expect to have phone reception for most of your adventure. 

If you have worldwide coverage, you can bring your own mobile phone and use it to make domestic or international calls. Please check with your mobile service provider prior to departure regarding international roaming and associated costs. Alternatively, you may wish to purchase a local SIM card with data. Please ensure your phone is unlocked prior to departure. Your local guide can assist with setting up the local SIM card.

Access to wifi will vary from hotel to hotel. You should be able to access the internet on most days but expect lower quality in the more rural areas.

Will I have access to electricity?

Yes. Outlets in Spain and Portugal are 220V/50Hz, plug type F (two round pins). We recommend that you use a universal adapter.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

 

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. 

 

All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

 

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

COSTS AND PAYMENTS

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in 3 star hotels, twin-share, and 1 night in multi-share dorm
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Oyster tasting
  • Wine tasting
  • Pilgrim passport

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include:

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visas
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities

Is the travel cost guaranteed?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size, currency fluctuations or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a personalised fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow €60 per day (approx. AUD$90) to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs, gifts, drinks and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel well on a smaller budget and you can always withdraw more money while away.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not expected in Portugal and Spain, but is appreciated. You are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate. The total recommended tipping amount for your local guide is €30–40 (approx. AUD$45-60), and €1–2 per person, per day for your driver. Tipping in restaurants and taxis is not compulsory but is appropriate. It is common to round up your bill to the nearest €1.

TRAVEL INSURANCE AND VISAS

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory for international adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

Do I need a visa to travel to Portugal and Spain?

Australian and New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa for entry into Portugal and Spain. If you are travelling on another passport, please check with your country’s embassy.

ABOUT PORTUGAL AND SPAIN

What weather can I expect?

Weather in the coastal regions of Spain during the trekking season can be warm, with daytime temperatures of around 25°C-30°C, but wet weather is also possible so ensure you are prepared. Please check local weather forecasts prior to departure for up-to-date information.

Can I drink the water in Portugal and Spain?

Tap water in Portugal and Spain is safe to drink and we encourage you to bring refillable water bottles to use throughout the adventure to minimise plastic waste. On trekking days, you can fill up before the start of the day at the hotel and at cafés along the trek if needed.

Is it safe to travel to Portugal and Spain?

While travelling in Portugal and Spain and trekking on the Camino, we advise that you remain aware of your surroundings at all times. Never leave your belongings unattended, always keep an eye or a firm grip on cameras and shoulder bags, and avoid travelling alone, especially at night. Caution should be adopted in larger cities. When staying in hotels, secure all valuables and documents in a safe.

These are the same safety precautions we recommend when travelling to any destination. We suggest you review the Smartraveller website for the most up-to-date information.

How challenging is this adventure?

This adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Portuguese Camino trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. You will be walking on a mix of terrain from coastal paths to dirt roads to urban pavement. You will encounter some slopes as your cross over creeks and rivers.

You will be well supported on the adventure by the expert guides and the wider team. You can move at your own pace and we take frequent rest breaks. Transport is available in some sections if you feel you are unable to complete the day. You will need to carry a day pack with personal items such as water, snacks, medications and spare clothing. The rest of your luggage will be transported by vehicle each day.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–80+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. You should aim to make walking up and down hills the main part of your training. Take regular and increasingly long walks to develop your muscles. Gradually increasing the duration of your walks will help to develop your stamina and also assist in preparing you for being on your feet over long distances. Be consistent in your training, walk as often as possible and increase the intensity of your workouts to gain the most benefit from them.

As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in 3-star hotels and one night in a hostel. Hotels and guesthouses will have modern and clean amenities with toilet paper provided. In smaller towns, the amenities may be more basic. You may not always have private ensuite facilities or air conditioning.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share, with the one night in the pilgrim hostel being triple-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What are the toilets like? 

While trekking, basic public toilets are accessible, however, cleanliness may vary. We advise that you always carry toilet paper and hand sanitiser with you in your daypack. Remember to have a laugh if amenities are not quite what you’d expect! 

What is the food like? 

Coastal Portugal and Spain is famous for seafood including sardines, octopus and cod. Meals on the Camino will feature a mix of local specialities and hearty, filling foods such as bread, stew, meat and cheese.

Breakfasts will usually be buffet-style at the hotel and offer a variety of Western favourites like toast and jam as well as local specialties. Lunches on the Camino are at your own expense. Cafes and restaurants on the way cater for trekkers with affordable, hearty meals on the menú del día. Dinner is your chance to unwind and get a taste for local delights.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. A special meal can always be prepared to meet individual needs specified in advance.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

Yes, you can expect to have phone reception for most of your adventure. 

If you have worldwide coverage, you can bring your own mobile phone and use it to make domestic or international calls. Please check with your mobile service provider prior to departure regarding international roaming and associated costs. Alternatively, you may wish to purchase a local SIM card with data. Please ensure your phone is unlocked prior to departure. Your local guide can assist with setting up the local SIM card.

Access to wifi will vary from hotel to hotel. You should be able to access the internet on most days but expect lower quality in the more rural areas.

Will I have access to electricity?

Yes. Outlets in Spain and Portugal are 220V/50Hz, plug type F (two round pins). We recommend that you use a universal adapter.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. 

All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in 3 star hotels, twin-share, and 1 night in multi-share dorm
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Oyster tasting
  • Wine tasting
  • Pilgrim passport

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include:

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visas
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities

Is the travel cost guaranteed?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size, currency fluctuations or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a personalised fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow €60 per day (approx. AUD$90) to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs, gifts, drinks and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel well on a smaller budget and you can always withdraw more money while away.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not expected in Portugal and Spain, but is appreciated. You are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate. The total recommended tipping amount for your local guide is €30–40 (approx. AUD$45-60), and €1–2 per person, per day for your driver. Tipping in restaurants and taxis is not compulsory but is appropriate. It is common to round up your bill to the nearest €1.

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory for international adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

Do I need a visa to travel to Portugal and Spain?

Australian and New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa for entry into Portugal and Spain. If you are travelling on another passport, please check with your country’s embassy.

What weather can I expect?

Weather in the coastal regions of Spain during the trekking season can be warm, with daytime temperatures of around 25°C-30°C, but wet weather is also possible so ensure you are prepared. Please check local weather forecasts prior to departure for up-to-date information.

Can I drink the water in Portugal and Spain?

Tap water in Portugal and Spain is safe to drink and we encourage you to bring refillable water bottles to use throughout the adventure to minimise plastic waste. On trekking days, you can fill up before the start of the day at the hotel and at cafés along the trek if needed.

Is it safe to travel to Portugal and Spain?

While travelling in Portugal and Spain and trekking on the Camino, we advise that you remain aware of your surroundings at all times. Never leave your belongings unattended, always keep an eye or a firm grip on cameras and shoulder bags, and avoid travelling alone, especially at night. Caution should be adopted in larger cities. When staying in hotels, secure all valuables and documents in a safe.

These are the same safety precautions we recommend when travelling to any destination. We suggest you review the Smartraveller website for the most up-to-date information. 

 

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

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Responsible travel

Caring for our adventurers, the communities we visit and the wellbeing of the planet is the heart of everything we do. This adventure is no exception.

Meaningful connections: Hear from Aranda Elders who will tell us about the history of the area.

Environment: We offset the emissions from this trip through carbon credit programs in partnership with Carbon Neutral.

Treading lightly: Trekking is a great, low-impact way to explore.

Small group travel: Our teams consist of a maximum of 25 people. Better for you, and better for the planet.

Responsible business: We’re a certified B-Corp, committed to using business as a force for good

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Safe travel and flexible bookings

Keeping you safe: We’ve developed a stringent COVID-10 Pandemic Safety Management Plan in cooperation with government guidelines, tourism boards and the advice of medical experts to minimise the risks associated with travel as best as possible.

Flexible bookings: If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date or you will receive a travel credit.

To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, you can see a full list of FAQs here.

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