Welcome to Valença
Valença is a colonial fishing town on the banks of the Rio Una, historically the site of Portuguese struggles with both indigenous tribes and the Dutch. For most it is simply the gateway to Morro de São Paulo, but locals know it as a center of shipbuilding: 15th-century techniques have been so well maintained that the town was chosen to produce a replica of the Spanish galleon La Niña for the American epic film 1492... Read More
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Santiago de Compostela and Valença do Minho Day Trip from Porto with Lunch
Travel from Porto, Portugal, over the border to northwestern Spain to walk in the footsteps of pilgrims and discover the Gothic and Baroque glory of the world-renowned cathedral in the city of Santiago de Compostela. One of the world's most important pilgrimage routes since the early Middle Ages, St James Way leads to the cathedral, where the remains of the apostle St James lie interred.Your guided visit reveals why this is one of the world's most famous cathedrals, filled with Romanesque sculptures, multi-tiered bell towers, porticoes, cloisters and portals. See and experience the highlights of the cathedral's breathtaking interior, including the lofty barrel-vaulted nave, the air thick with heady incense, the golden altar and the crypt housing St James’ remains.Have free time to have a traditional lunch of octopus or seafood in Santiago (own expense) and explore Santiago's UNESCO World-Heritage-listed old town.After your visit to Santiago de Compostela, get back in your air-conditioned coach and travel to Valença do Minho, an historical village in the north of Portugal, located on the border between Portugal and Spain. Also known by its "Caminhos de Santiago" Valença do Minho is dominated with a fortress of two towers and a double great wall projected in the Vouban Style. An Engineer and an military architect from the XVII e XVIII centuries. Take time to explore this great city with its historical essence before returning to Porto, where your day trip concludes.
Full-Day Tour to Santiago de Compostela and Valença do Minho from Porto
Start your tour around 8am, where you will cross the border to Spain to explore the pilgrim city of Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia.Santiago is the capital of the autonomous region. The city was born by the discover of the tomb of the Apostle Santiago, people believe that in the city remains the tomb of Santiago and after that, it began a pilgrimage that led to the world-famous “Caminho de Santiago” (St. James Way). In this magnificent visit to Santiago de Compostela, you will have time to visit the gorgeous 11th century cathedral, dedicated to the Apostle. Originally built in a Romanesque style, today, the Cathedral is a set of harmonious influences.Have the opportunity to attend mass if you wish, enjoy free time for lunch and make sure you take a walk around the local shops and handicrafts. After visiting Santiago, the tour starts the way back to Porto, stopping at Valença do Minho. Valença do Minho is a lovely city with a unique fortress in Vauban style. There will time of a nice walk and to see the local buzz of the small northern portuguese cities! The full day tour ends with the hotel drop off around 6:30pm
Morro de Sao Paulo Day Trip from Salvador
Morro de Sao Paulo, located on the island of Tinhare in the Bay of Camamu, is an enchanting location with fine beaches, crystal-clear waters and naturally forming tide pools. Enjoy a relaxing ferryboat ride from Sao Joaquim, a short bus trip to Valença and a quick speedboat journey before arriving at this natural paradise that attracts thousands of people from all over the world. You'll get the opportunity to visit the splendid beaches that are ideal for swimming and relaxing. Explore trails and go diving while you visit this unique location. You also have full access to all facilities.
Full-Day Private Tour: Historic Santiago de Compostela from Lisbon
Get picked up from your hotel in Lisbon by a private guide, then depart immediately for Santiago de Compostela. Located in the northwest tip of Spain, the area is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites for Catholics around the world. Traveling by comfortable, private vehicle, arrive in town in the early afternoon. Upon arrival, head to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela to take part in the special Pilgrim Mass. This mass is held each day to recognize the pilgrims who have traveled along the pilgrimage route, known as the Way of St. James. Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this historical ceremony, which has taken place ever since the 9th century. At the beginning of each mass, it is traditional for the home country and starting point of all attending pilgrims to be announced.Following the mass, learn more about the historic cathedral, which is dedicated to St James, one of Jesus’ apostles. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the building is renowned for its unique architectural character. After visiting the city’s old town, head to the walled town of Valença do Minho, also know for its historical buildings and renaissance architecture. Then hop back in the car and return to Lisbon, where the guide will drop you back off at your hotel.