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year-round
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Discover the wild Atlantic coast and sandy beaches of Northern Portugal and Galicia

Walk through charming seaside towns and fishing villages, dining on delicious fresh seafood

Enjoy more pleasant summer walking temperatures, when it can get very hot inland

Viana do Castelo; one of Portugal’s most beautiful and best-preserved historic towns

Experience the sense of acheivment in receiving your Compostela in Santiago


Walk the Camino Portugués: The Coastal Route

The Portuguese Camino Coastal Way is a quieter and incredibly scenic variation of the main Camino Portugués central route, following the wild Atlantic coastline of northern Portugal and Galicia. It is a great option during the summers months as the Atlantic breezes help to maintain pleasant walking temperatures at a time when it can get very hot inland. Starting from the UNESCO Heritage City of Porto, the Caminho da Costa takes you through charming seaside towns and fishing villages, over sandy beaches and dunes before rejoining the inland route at Redondela for the final 80 km to Santiago de Compostela.

You can choose to walk the whole way from Porto to Santiago or to walk just half of the route, starting or ending in Oia.

13-DAY TRIP FULL ROUTE FROM PORTO TO SANTIAGO

€1,395 per person sharing*

*A single supplement charge of €330 will apply for solo walkers

7-DAY TRIP PORTUGUESE SECTION ONLY: FROM PORTO TO OIA

€670 per person sharing*

*A single supplement charge of €150 will apply for solo walkers

8-DAY TRIP SPANISH SECTION ONLY: FROM OIA TO SANTIAGO

€720 per person sharing*

*A single supplement charge of €180 will apply for solo walkers

ACCOMMODATION

In charming guesthouses in a double room with private bathroom and breakfast. A half board supplement is available on the Spanish section, although the guesthouses are generally located in towns/villages with a choice of nearby restaurants.
AVAILABILITY You can start on any day of the week (subject to availability) all year round.
INCLUDED
Bed and breakfast accommodation in selected guesthouses
Transfer from Vigo to Redondela for walk to Pontevedra
Luggage transportation between stages
Pilgrim Pack with detailed route notes and maps
Pilgrim’s credential (to be stamped in churches, cafés and hotels along the way)
24/7 telephone support
NOT INCLUDED
Flights
Transport to Porto/Oia or from Santiago/Oia
Metro ticket from Porto to coast on day 2
Lunches or dinners
Personal expenses (drinks, phone calls, tips, etc.)
Any other items not mentioned in the program
OPTIONAL EXTRAS
Additional nights before, during or after the walk
Single room supplement
Transfers from/to the airport on arrival/departure
Half-board supplement
1

Day 1: Arrival in Porto

Make sure to arrive in plenty of time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage City of Porto. Take a stroll along the picturesque riverfront and enjoy a glass or two of the famous port wine!

Overnight: Porto

2

Day 2: Porto to Póvoa de Varzim – 26 km

From the city centre of Porto you first take the metro to the Atlantic coastline, wher you start your walk northwards. You will walk on beachside boardwalks while enjoying the sea breeze and wonderful views over the Atlantic Ocean. You will pass through towns such as Labruge and Vila do Conde, as well as the Iron Age ruins of Castro de Sampaio, before arriving at Póvoa do Varzim. This beautiful city is home to the 3,000-year-old Cividade de Terrosso Fort, as well as an ancient aquaduct and a charming old town.

Overnight: Póvoa de Varzim

3

Day 3: Póvoa de Varzim to Esposende – 20 km

Today’s walk takes you through the Coastal Natural Park, Parque Natural do Litoral Norte, an area of wetlands and pine forests which is home to mallards, grey herons and cormorants. You will then cross the iron bridge over the Cavadoy river into the town of Esposende.

Overnight: Esposende

4

Day 4: Esposende to Viana do Castelo – 25 km

A longer walking day today, continuing through the Coastal Natural Park and passing vast sandy beaches and dunes along your way to the beautiful historic town of Viana do Castelo.

Make sure to take the funicular to the Basílica de Santa Luzía for stunning views over the town and surrounding area.

Overnight: Viana do Castelo

5

Day 5: Viana do Castelo to Vila Praia de Ancora – 18 km

A more leisurely day, passing through numerous seaside villages and walking along wooden footbridges over the beaches and dunes on your way to the coastal town Vila Praia de Ancora.

Overnight: Vila Praia de Ancora

6

Day 6: Vila Praia de Ancora to Oia – 27 km

Today you leave Portugal for Spain. First follow the coast north to the town of Caminha, at the mouth of the Miño River. Here you will catch the regular ferry service across the river to Galicia to continue your walk to the charming fishing village of A Guarda, followed by the small beachfront village of Oia, dominated by its 12th century monastery.

Overnight: Oia

7

Day 7: Oia to Baiona – 18 km

Leaving Oia, you along the coast to the Lighthouse of Cabo Silleiro before cutting across the mountains and finally descending into the medieval centre of Baiona.  This historic town was the first place in Europe to hear news of Columbus’ discovery of America. Today it is a busy seaside town a picturesque marina, atmospheric old town and excellent seafood restaurants.

Overnight: Baiona

8

Day 8: Baiona to Vigo – 28 km

Walking alongside the Ria de Vigo, you will enjoy wonderful views of the Bay and the Cies Islands, home to some of Galicia’s most beautiful beaches (it is possible to visit the islands by boat from Baiona during the summer months). You will pass the historic fountain of O Pombal, before crossing the Roman bridge at Ramallosa and continuing into the marshland area of Foz del Rio Minor.

Overnight: Vigo

9

Day 9: Vigo to Pontevedra – 24 km

This morning you have an included transfer to take you from Vigo to the start of your walk in Redondela (10km from Vigo).

From Redondela, you will join the traditional Portuguese Way. You will start seeing more pilgrims along the Camino as you pass through typical Galician landscapes with rural areas and lush green Eucaliptus forests. Before the halfway point, you will cross Ponte Sanpaio, the famous bridge where Napoleon’s army once suffered a heavy defeat. Continue by climbing the ancient stone paths to the 13th century Church of Santa Maria, with its wonderful views over the Bay of Vigo, before arriving in Pontevedra. This small riverside city has an impressive heritage; it was once Galicia’s biggest and most important port and it was here that Columbus’ flagship, the Santa María, was built.

Overnight: Pontevedra

10

Day 10: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis – 21 km

Gentle paths take you through chestnut groves, pine and eucalyptus woods and along river valleys today. You will pass through lots of typical Galician villages, such as the hamlet of Tivo with its lovely fountain. As you reach Lombo da Maceira, look out for a statue of Saint James with his walking stick, showing pilgrims the way. The Romanesque Church of Santa María welcomes you at the entrance to Caldas de Reis, a spa town where you can rest your weary feet in the hot springs on arrival.

Overnight: Caldas de Reis

11

Day 11: Caldas de Reis to Padrón – 18 km

Today you will leave Pontevedra province to enter the province of A Coruña – Santiago is getting very close!

This is an easy and very pleasant day of walking through pine forests in two river valleys. Padrón is believed to be place where St. James first preached in Spain, as well as being the arrival point where his body was brought to following his martyrdom in Jerusalem, before it was carried onwards by the disciples to Santiago.

Tasting the world-famous Pimientos de Padrón (Padrón peppers) is a must!

Overnight: Padrón

12

Day 12: Padrón to Santiago de Compostela – 25 km

The final stage of your journey. As you approach Santiago you will pass through the same villages as the disciples did when carried St. James’ mortal remains to lay them to rest for eternity. There is inevitably some road walking as you approach the city, but you will also walk through some pleasant sections of forest before spotting the spires of the magnificent cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. You can feel the centuries of history as you walk the cobbled streets of its UNESCO-listed old town and enjoy the sense of achievement in completing your journey!

Overnight: Santiago de Compostela

13

Day 13: Departure from Santiago

Your arrangement ends after breakfast this morning, unless you have booked additional nights.

1

Day 1: Arrival in Porto

Make sure to arrive in plenty of time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage City of Porto. Take a stroll along the picturesque riverfront and enjoy a glass or two of the famous port wine!

Overnight: Porto

2

Day 2: Porto to Póvoa de Varzim – 26 km

From the city centre of Porto you first take the metro to the Atlantic coastline, wher you start your walk northwards. You will walk on beachside boardwalks while enjoying the sea breeze and wonderful views over the Atlantic Ocean. You will pass through towns such as Labruge and Vila do Conde, as well as the Iron Age ruins of Castro de Sampaio, before arriving at Póvoa do Varzim. This beautiful city is home to the 3,000-year-old Cividade de Terrosso Fort, as well as an ancient aquaduct and a charming old town.

Overnight: Póvoa de Varzim

3

Day 3: Póvoa de Varzim to Esposende – 20 km

Today’s walk takes you through the Coastal Natural Park, Parque Natural do Litoral Norte, an area of wetlands and pine forests which is home to mallards, grey herons and cormorants. You will then cross the iron bridge over the Cavadoy river into the town of Esposende.

Overnight: Esposende

4

Day 4: Esposende to Viana do Castelo – 25 km

A longer walking day today, continuing through the Coastal Natural Park and passing vast sandy beaches and dunes along your way to the beautiful historic town of Viana do Castelo.

Make sure to take the funicular to the Basílica de Santa Luzía for stunning views over the town and surrounding area.

Overnight: Viana do Castelo

5

Day 5: Viana do Castelo to Vila Praia de Ancora – 18 km

A more leisurely day, passing through numerous seaside villages and walking along wooden footbridges over the beaches and dunes on your way to the coastal town Vila Praia de Ancora.

Overnight: Vila Praia de Ancora

6

Day 6: Vila Praia de Ancora to Oia – 27 km

Today you leave Portugal for Spain. First follow the coast north to the town of Caminha, at the mouth of the Miño River. Here you will catch the regular ferry service across the river to Galicia to continue your walk to the charming fishing village of A Guarda, followed by the small beachfront village of Oia, dominated by its 12th century monastery.

Overnight: Oia

7

Day 7: Departure from Oia

Your arrangement ends after breakfast this morning, unless you have booked additional nights.

1

Day 1: Arrival in Oia

Your trip begins in the small Galician beachfront village of Oia, dominated by its 12th century monastery.

Overnight: Oia

2

Day 2: Oia to Baiona – 18 km

Leaving Oia, you along the coast to the Lighthouse of Cabo Silleiro before cutting across the mountains and finally descending into the medieval centre of Baiona.  This historic town was the first place in Europe to hear news of Columbus’ discovery of America. Today it is a busy seaside town a picturesque marina, atmospheric old town and excellent seafood restaurants.

Overnight: Baiona

3

Day 3: Baiona to Vigo – 28 km

Walking alongside the Ria de Vigo, you will enjoy wonderful views of the Bay and the Cies Islands, home to some of Galicia’s most beautiful beaches (it is possible to visit the islands by boat from Baiona during the summer months). You will pass the historic fountain of O Pombal, before crossing the Roman bridge at Ramallosa and continuing into the marshland area of Foz del Rio Minor.

Overnight: Vigo

4

Day 4: Vigo to Pontevedra – 24 km

This morning you have an included transfer to take you from Vigo to the start of your walk in Redondela (10km from Vigo).

From Redondela, you will join the traditional Portuguese Way. You will start seeing more pilgrims along the Camino as you pass through typical Galician landscapes with rural areas and lush green Eucaliptus forests. Before the halfway point, you will cross Ponte Sanpaio, the famous bridge where Napoleon’s army once suffered a heavy defeat. Continue by climbing the ancient stone paths to the 13th century Church of Santa Maria, with its wonderful views over the Bay of Vigo, before arriving in Pontevedra. This small riverside city has an impressive heritage; it was once Galicia’s biggest and most important port and it was here that Columbus’ flagship, the Santa María, was built.

Overnight: Pontevedra

5

Day 5: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis – 21 km

Gentle paths take you through chestnut groves, pine and eucalyptus woods and along river valleys today. You will pass through lots of typical Galician villages, such as the hamlet of Tivo with its lovely fountain. As you reach Lombo da Maceira, look out for a statue of Saint James with his walking stick, showing pilgrims the way. The Romanesque Church of Santa María welcomes you at the entrance to Caldas de Reis, a spa town where you can rest your weary feet in the hot springs on arrival.

Overnight: Caldas de Reis

6

Day 6: Caldas de Reis to Padrón – 18 km

Today you will leave Pontevedra province to enter the province of A Coruña – Santiago is getting very close!

This is an easy and very pleasant day of walking through pine forests in two river valleys. Padrón is believed to be place where St. James first preached in Spain, as well as being the arrival point where his body was brought to following his martyrdom in Jerusalem, before it was carried onwards by the disciples to Santiago.

Tasting the world-famous Pimientos de Padrón (Padrón peppers) is a must!

Overnight: Padrón

7

Day 7: Padrón to Santiago de Compostela – 25 km

The final stage of your journey. As you approach Santiago you will pass through the same villages as the disciples did when carried St. James’ mortal remains to lay them to rest for eternity. There is inevitably some road walking as you approach the city, but you will also walk through some pleasant sections of forest before spotting the spires of the magnificent cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. You can feel the centuries of history as you walk the cobbled streets of its UNESCO-listed old town and enjoy the sense of achievement in completing your journey!

Overnight: Santiago de Compostela

8

Day 8: Departure from Santiago

Your arrangement ends after breakfast this morning, unless you have booked additional nights.


Getting to Porto

  Porto International Airport (OPO) is 12 km from the city.
The easiest way to get to Porto airport from the city is taking the metro (line E), departing every 5-9 minutes. See: www.metrodoporto.pt.

Getting from Santiago de Compostela

  Santiago de Compostela Airport (11 km): There is shuttle bus from Santiago city centre to the airport, departing every 30min. Bus stops are: city centre (Plaza de Galicia),  train station (Estación de Ferrocarril) and bus station (Estación de Autobuses).
  Porto Airport (210 km): There is a direct bus connection between Santiago (Estación de Autobuses) and Porto airport once or twice a day. For details, see www.alsa.es.

Starting / ending in Oia

  The most convenient airport for Oia is Santiago de Compostela Airport.
  You can get from Santiago Airport to Oia (and vice versa) by bus via Vigo. Monbus operates a bus from Santiago airport to Vigo (1 hour) and Autna operates several buses every day between Vigo and Oia (30 mins).
Porto coastal camino
Colourful buildings, Porto
Porto, Ribeira
Porto; Carmo Church (c) Associação de Turismo do Porto e Norte / AR
Porto; Foz do Douro (c) Associação de Turismo do Porto e Norte / AR
Porto; Fort of São Francisco do Queijo (c) Associação de Turismo do Porto e Norte / AR
Esposende
Parque Natural do Litoral
The Santa Luiza Sanctuary in Viana do Castelo (c) Associação de Turismo do Porto e Norte / AR
Viana do Castelo on the Camino Portugues
View over the Minho River which marks the border between Spain and Portugal
View of A Guarda, Coastal Camino
A Guarda
A Guarda, Galicia, on the Portuguese Camino
Baiona
Fortaleza de Monterreal, Baiona
Hiking towards Pontevedra, (c) Jose Antonio Gil Martinez, Wikimedia Commons
Redondela, Camino Portugues
Caldas de Reis, Camino Portugues
The historic streets of Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela

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