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Camino Portugues Costal

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Full Camino Portugues Costal

Walking

Duration

13

Grade

1

Distance Miles/Km

161.5/260

Hospitality

הדירוג הממוצא הוא 2.5 מתוך 5

Low Season

From

1343

High Season

From

1489

Full Camino Portugues Costal

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Overview


The Portuguese Coastal Way is a recently developed route among the Camino de Santiago trails, and its popularity is growing among modern pilgrims.

The trail starts in the vibrant city of Porto and follows the Atlantic Ocean coast of Northern Portugal before crossing into the green region of Galicia in Spain. It passes through towns, villages, and small communities with rich historical, cultural, artistic, and culinary values.

The route offers tranquility and serenity alongside a variety of fascinating activities and points of interest beyond the walking itself. The Portuguese Coastal Way traverses towns and villages like Caminha, Viana do Castelo, Vila Praia de Âncora, and more, with picturesque landscapes on both the Portuguese and Spanish sides.

The Portuguese Coastal Way provides an excellent opportunity to blend beach experiences, walking, and the lush greenery of nature.

If you liked the route but want to plan it differently according to your needs and abilities, tell us, and we will be happy to help you plan a personalized itinerary.

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Itinerary

Day 1


Our journey begins in the beautiful and colorful city of Porto, home of the famous Port wine, which is a perfect place to start our journey. The large city, located on the banks of the Duero River, is one of the most popular destinations in Western Europe and the second largest in Portugal. Before setting off, we can explore the streets of the old city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visit one of the many wineries offering tastings of local Port wine, or wander through the beautiful streets of Santa Catarina and enjoy delicious food and a vibrant atmosphere.


Day 2


After breakfast, we will head towards the Atlantic Ocean coastline along the route that runs along the Duero River. We will pass through nature reserves while walking on wooden trails, passing sandy beaches and authentic fishing villages. We will reach the historic seaside town of Vila do Conde and end the day on the beach of Povoa de Varzim, which was a major fishing port in the north of the country in the 18th century.

Walking: 36 km


Day 3


After leaving the town of Povoa de Varzim, we will walk along the beaches and sandy dunes dotted with abundant wildflowers on a path that will take us to a pleasant inland walk. We will cross the Cávado River and reach the coastal town of Esposende. We can watch the sunset and enjoy a glass of excellent Port wine in one of the bars along the beautiful promenade.

Walking: 20 km


Day 4


Get ready for one of the most beautiful days on the trail! We will start the walk on the promenade of Esposende and continue north as we leave the coastline. As we walk along inland paths, we will pass through enchanting forests that will lead us to the beautiful Neiva River, where we’ll cross over a stone slabs bridge. Later on, we will reach the magnificent bridge over the Lima River and enter the heart-capturing city of Viana do Castelo, famous for its ancient architecture.

Walking: 25 kilometers


Day 5


A string of villages and ocean views will accompany most of our walk today. After a moderate and short climb, we will descend to the coastal town of Vila Praia de Âncora, where we will have the opportunity to relax on one of the beaches, dip our feet in the cool ocean waters, or sit in one of the cafes along the promenade and enjoy the beautiful sunset.

Walking: 18 km


Day 6


We bid farewell to the coast of Portugal and enter through the ancient gate of the city of Caminha. After crossing the Minho River by boat, we will stop in the fishing village of A Guarda, a perfect culinary stop for seafood lovers. We will continue along the coastal paths to reach Oia, a charming fishing village boasting the royal monastery of Santa María de Oia, built in the 12th century.

Walking: 28 km


Day 7


Our first day of walking in the Spanish Galician countryside begins on a path that will take us through the open coastal strips of the Atlantic Ocean, passing through villages and fields. Along the way, we will see petroglyphs from the Bronze Age - mysterious inscriptions carved into rocks by the early settlers, and we will cross the mountain ridge that provides a breathtaking view of the city of Baiona. The city is famous for being the first port in Europe where the discovery of America by Columbus was announced, with the return of the La Pinta.

Walking: 22 km


Day 8


As we leave Baiona, the terrain becomes more rural and scenic. After crossing the La Ramallosa bridge over the Minor River, we can choose which route to take next. We can walk along the coast and enjoy a swim in the sea in Nigran, or alternatively, choose a more inland path and enjoy an urban environment. Whichever path we take, we will enjoy the stunning views of the Vigo Bay and the Cies Islands, the beautiful archipelago located off the coast of Vigo.

Walking: 27 km


Day 9


This is one of the most challenging yet enchanting days in the Galician countryside. We will leave Vigo behind and enter a rural and picturesque area dotted with small communities, offering a breathtaking view of the Vigo Bay and the Rande Bridge. We can stop at Redondela, known as the village of viaducts, where the coastal path and the inland route of the Portuguese Camino converge. Further on, we will cross the Ponte Sampaio bridge, one of the important bridges in the history of the Galician region. Along the way, we will pass through picturesque towns until we reach the city of Pontevedra, where we can admire the famous pilgrim route symbol of La Virgen Peregrina Pontevedra. Pontevedra is the second oldest city after Santiago de Compostela. The city is known mainly for its magnificent historic center and the variety of excellent tapas bars.

Walking: 36 km


Day 10


Leaving Pontevedra, we will cross the Lerez River and make our way to the viewpoint overlooking Arousa. From there, we will slowly advance to the town of Caldas de Reis. The town is famous for its ancient thermal springs, which have attracted visitors from all over the world for many years.

Walking: 22 km


Day 11


This is our last stop before arriving to Santiago de Compostela. The beautiful route ahead of us begins in Caldas de Reis, where we will cross the ancient bridge over the Umia River to the hot spring fountain, which gave the town its name in Roman times. We will walk through small villages, marked trails, and lush forests until we reach the historic quarter of Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the Plaza de Obradoiro, we will find the Royal Cathedral, where we will celebrate the end of the pilgrimage.

Walking: 28 km


Day 12


Before embarking on the final stage of our fascinating journey on the Portuguese Camino, we will visit the beautiful collegiate church in Iria Flavia, the first cathedral in Galicia, and the adjacent cemetery. Under the olive tree lies the tomb of Camilo José Cela, the Nobel Prize-winning writer. From there, we will pass through small villages, marked trails, and forests until we reach the ancient quarter of Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the Plaza de Obradoiro, the Royal Cathedral awaits us, where we will celebrate the end of the pilgrimage.

Walking: 28 km


Day 13 - Santiago de Compostela


Our amazing journey has come to an end... You can leave after breakfast, taking with you memories of an unforgettable journey, or stay with us for a few more days and enjoy everything Santiago de Compostela has to offer. 


Don't hesitate to contact us for further stay planning.

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Services & Terms

Includes:


  • Accommodation in hotels and rural houses (combination of high-rated lodging places)

  • Rooms with private bathrooms

  • Breakfast

  • Transfer of luggage between accommodation places (1 suitcase/bag per person, maximum 17 kg)

  • Guidebook including tips and information

  • Pilgrim's passport and Compostela of the Camino de Santiago

  • Customer support and emergency service 24/7

  • Taxes


Excludes:


  • Flights to and from the destination

  • Transfer from/to the airport

  • Insurance

  • Lunches and dinners

  • Tourist tax (if required)

  • Personal equipment

  • Personal expenses


Optional extras such as:


  • Dinners

  • Extra nights in Porto

  • Extra nights in Santiago

  • Extra nights along the route

  • Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Porto

  • Private transfer from Santiago de Compostela to Porto

  • Single room for additional fee