Portuguese Camino Coastal Route

Portuguese Camino Coastal Route

Portuguese Camino Coastal Route. On the Portuguese Camino Coastal Route blend beaches, countryside and historical towns on an ancient pilgrim walking the trail from Porto to Santiago de Compostela.

Portuguese Camino Coastal Route Self-Guided for individuals
Portuguese Camino Coastal Route along which you can enjoy History and nature.
During the Middle Ages, many routes crossed the countryside leading towards of Santiago de Compostela, amongst which the routes from Portugal had particular importance. One of these pilgrim routes is the “Portuguese Coastal Way”, which runs from Porto through Vila do Conde, Viana do Castelo, Caminha, La Guardia, Baiona and Vigo before joining the more traditional Portuguese Way to Santiago.

Pilgrims from the west and those who arrived in Portuguese ports from overseas countries and who sought to get to Compostela following this coastal way. Place names show its importance, and elements of Jacobean devotion, old hospitals and pilgrim hospices, as in Viana do Castelo and Caminha. From Caminha you will cross the Minho River by boat to La Guarda, continuing through Baiona and Vigo, reaching Redondela where you join the same route that was followed by pilgrims on the traditional Portuguese way.

Portuguese Camino Coastal Route

Portuguese Camino Coastal Route – Itinerary Summary:
DAY 1 – Arrival to Porto
Accommodation in a 3* Hotel

DAY 2 – Walk from Porto (Matosinhos) to Vila do Conde | 20km
Private transfer to Matosinhos
Accommodation in a 3* Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 – Walk from Vila do Conde to Esposende | 25km
Accommodation in a 3* Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 – Walk from Esposende to Viana do Castelo | 23.5km
Accommodation in a 3* Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 – Walk from Viana do Castelo to VP Âncora | 19km
Accommodation in a 4* Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 – Walk from Vila Praia de Âncora to A Guarda | 15km
Accommodation in a 3* Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 – Walk from A Guarda to Oia | 13km
Accommodation in a 2* Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 – Walk from Oia to Baiona | 17.5km
Accommodation in a 3* Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9 – Walk from Baiona to Vigo | 25km
Accommodation in a 3* Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 – Walk from Vigo to Arcade | 22 km
Accommodation in a 2* Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11 – Walk from Arcade to Pontevedra | 13km
Accommodation in a 3* Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12 – Walk from Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis | 22km
Accommodation in a 2* Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13 – Walk from Caldas de Reis to Padrón | 19km
Accommodation in a 3* Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14 – Walk from Padrón to Santiago de Compostela | 24km
Accommodation in a 3* Hotel | Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15 – Departure
Meals: Breakfast

Overview Portuguese Camino Coastal Route

DestinationPortugal / Spain
Holiday TypeSelf Guided Walking
Start/FinishPorto/Santiago de Compostela
Duration14 nights – 13 walking days
Season15th Mar > 1st Nov

What we do

We put together the trip for you: reserve the hotels, transfer the luggage and organise your transfers to the start of your itineraries. Each tour includes a complete Road book with detailed itineraries, information for visits along the way, a detailed map and total peace of mind with our 24-hour local support.

We work with local operators through-out each destination that are passionate about their regions.

We can tailor make this tour, if you want to add an extra rest day, spend a few days relaxing before or after the trip just let us know and we will be happy to provide a quotation.


Portuguese Camino Coastal Route

Portuguese Camino Coastal Route Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival to Oporto
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Day 2 – Stage 1
Start: Porto (Matosinhos) End: Vila do Conde
Distance: 21 km
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Private Transfer: Porto – Matosinhos *
You will start the walk in Matosinhos to avoid the outskirts of Porto, and on the first stage, you will walk along the Atlantic coastline. The ocean and miles of golden sandy beaches will accompany you until reaching the town of Vila do Conde with an ancient medieval shipyard full of historical and architectural interest.

Day 3 – Stage 2
Start: Vila do Conde – End: Esposende
Distance: 25,5 km
Accommodation: Hotel 3 *

The second stage starts in Vila do Conde, crossing the town by way of its historic centre and then in a couple of miles you will reach Povoa de Varzim, a famous town with strong maritime links. You will continue to head north along the coast crossing the Coastal Natural Park and the Cavado river in the direction of Esposende, an old fishing village with a beautiful setting on the estuary of the River Cavado.

Day 4 – Stage 3
Start: Esposende – End: Viana do Castelo
Distance: 23 km
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

You leave Esposende walking along a cycle-track and continue close to the coast as you travel north admiring exceptional views and the peace of the route.
You will visit the villages of Marinhas, Belinho, Neiva and Darque before reaching the historic town of Viana do Castelo by way of Eifell’s old iron bridge over the River Lima.

Day 5 – Stage 4
Start: Viana do Castelo – End: V.P.Ancora
Distance: 19 km
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

On this stage, you will leave Viana do Castelo and enter into a world of “old farms”. You will pass through the villages of Areosa, Afife and Carreço walking through old narrow roads that pass between several 19th Century farmhouses, until the old fishing village of Ancora

Day 6 – Stage 5
Start: V.P.Ancora – End: A Guarda
Distance: 15 km
Accommodation: Hotel 2*

From Vila Praia de Ancora the route follows the coastline through Moledo and Camarido until centuries old Caminha, where you catch the ferry across the river to Spain. After crossing the river, you head left along the river as it reaches the sea, passing another beautiful beach at “Camposancos” after which you arrive in the Port of “A Guarda.”

Day 7 – Stage 6
Start: A Guarda – End: Oia
Distance: 14 km
Accommodation: Hotel 2*

You start the day crossing through the town and leave it in the direction of the beaches. At the northern end of these, you follow a trail that leads between the sea and the C-550 road, reaching “Portecelo”. Pass alongside several beaches and from “Val da Aguieira”, next to the chapel of San Sebastian and a stone cross, you start approaching Oia, with its Santa Maria de Oia monastery, which gives its name to the route “Camino Monacal” (Monastic Way). The stage ends just after the Monastery.

Day 8 – Stage 7
Start: Oia – End: Baiona
Distance: 17 km
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Leave the village of Oia and continue alongside beaches and cliffs, between cultivated fields, enjoying the sea beating on the rocks. Before reaching “As Mariñas”, you reach the top of “Cape Silleiro”, the path then crosses the road again and rising up circles around the head of Silleiro, where there is the chapel of “Virgen de Cela”, and then entering in “As Cadeiras” before continue along a track towards “O Ponte”. After leaving here, follow the route of the road PO-2203 to finally cross under the highway and enter “Baiona” where you finish this stage.

Day 9 – Stage 8
Start: Baiona – End: Vigo
Distance: 25 km
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Start this stage from the church of “Santa Maria”, and continue parallel to the beautiful town harbour. The route approaches the river Miñor, which you cross over a beautiful stone bridge that brings you into “A Ramallosa” and Nigran. After passing “As Nogueiras” begins a gentle climb up “Mount San Roman” and continue to admire the magnificent view of “Islas Cies” as you climb to “Castro Alto da Medoña” and enjoy the path as it follows between trees. You are then entering the city of Vigo, crossing the city Park (Park Castrelos) and following the river “Lagares” until reaching the “Avenida de Madrid” where this stage ends.

Day 10 – Stage 9
Start: Vigo – End: Arcade
Distance: 22 km
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Leave Vigo straight ahead until you reach the square of “Santa Rita”. Continue on until you reach “O Troncal”, almost on the outskirts of the city. Then to “A Paradela” at the foot of “Mount Madroa” until passing just below it, in the neighbourhood of “Teis”. Continue near a stream that runs parallel to your route as a reference mark to reach “Cidadelle”. Continue by skirting around “Alto da Encarnacion”, where you can admire the river and “Rande Bridge”. After the “Rio das Cabras” and “Coto da Fenteira”, start the descent through “Cedeira” and “Cruzeiro” from where you reach Redondela. You leave Redondela along by-ways until you reach Outeiro de Penas, a place with an excellent view over the Ria de Vigo. Then eventually you reach Arcade, an area renowned for having the best oysters in Galicia.

Day 11 – Stage 10
Start: Arcade – End: Pontevedra
Distance: 13 km
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

From Arcade, continue to Pontesampayo where you will cross a long medieval bridge over the Verdugo River and then enter a cluster of narrow streets that will guide us to one of the most beautiful stretches of the Caminho: the very old by-ways which climb up the slope of Canicouva until Cacheiro. After crossing the mountains, the track widens again, now dominated by fields, vineyards and orchards until you reach Pontevedra, for a well-deserved rest.

Day 12 – Stage 11
Start: Pontevedra – End: Caldas de Reys
Distance: 22 km
Accommodation: Hotel 2*

You start this stage at the historical centre of Pontevedra walking from the old city to the millennial bridge, O Burgo, over the Lérez River. You continue along the beautiful Valley of the Gandra River until San Mauro. From there, the path widens, and as you walk further, you will experience a peaceful and serene atmosphere. From here you start seeing the first crosses, some of them magnificently carved. You enter Caldas de Reis alongside the church of Santa Maria, close to the bridge of the Umia River, where this stage ends.

Day 13 – Stage 12
Start: Caldas de Reys – End: Padron
Distance: 19 km
Accommodation: Hotel 3 *

You leave Caldas de Reis along some enchanting stretches of the Way, across the medieval bridge over the Bermaña River and follow a path that leads us to the village of Cruceiro, on an unforgettable time through forests and meadows. You pass near the church of Santa Maria de Carracedo, and then you will cross a particularly luxuriant landscape alongside the Valga River, continuing to S. Miguel de Valga, where you head to Pontecesures. After crossing the Ulla River, you arrive at Padron.

Day 14 – Stage 13
Start: Padron – End: Santiago de Compostela
Distance: 24 km
Accommodation: Hotel 3 *

You start this last stage through Galician villages until the magnificent sanctuary of Nossa Señora da Escravitute. From here you will reach Rua de Francos following broad streets and narrower shortcuts. You finally start to see Santiago de Compostela, and a little further on, at Agro dos Monteiros, you can see the towers of the Cathedral for the first time. After crossing the Sar River, you continue through the suburbs of the city that lead us to the Faxeira gate, the entrance of the Portuguese Way into this old city. Through a labyrinth of streets, you continue to Obradoiro square and to the Cathedral itself were the Apostle waits for us.

Day 15
End of Portuguese Camino Coastal Route

Portuguese Camino Coastal Route

Portuguese Camino Coastal Route Dates & Prices

Availability: 15th Mar > 1st Nov

Date Price Per Person (in double) Single Supplement
From 15th March to 31st May and October€919 €369
June and September €979 €389
July and August €1069 €459

Included: Portuguese Camino Coastal Route

  • 14 Nights of accommodation with breakfast
  • Luggage transfer between hotels (1 bag per person – maximum of 15 kg/bag);
  • Pilgrim kit: pilgrim passport and shell
  • Roadbook of the way with tips, maps and detailed information
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • Private transfer from Porto to Matosinhos on day 2.

Your Accommodation on Portuguese Camino Coastal Route

Where you rest your head after an active day is hugely important to us. We go to great lengths to find properties that are unique expressions of the region you are travelling through. Think of them as the charming and intimate garnish atop your trip. 

Whether nestled in the heart of a village or lost in the countryside and surrounded by nature, all accommodations are chosen using strict criteria of comforthospitality, and authentic charm. We like to use locally run independent small hotels, guest houses and B&Bs instead of the larger “chain” hotels.  All of them are hand-picked, visited, and revisited by our local partners. On most of our holidays, you will be staying in different hotels, and their uniqueness and individual character only add to the enjoyment of your holiday. You will benefit from the knowledge that your trip is contributing to local economies and supporting local family-run businesses.

You will be welcomed in a double or twin room (2 beds) – based on double occupancy.
All of our rooms have private bathrooms.
Single rooms are available on request; they are subject to availability and incur a supplemental fee.
For biking trips, all of our inns have a safe place to keep bicycles for the night.

Portuguese Camino Coastal Route

Getting to Portuguese Camino Coastal Route

Flights are not included in the price. Adventure Holidays do not book flights. We will advise you on best times, dates and airfares to book.

Fly into Porto and out of Santiago.

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