Portuguese Coastal Camino - 18 Days

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This Portuguese Coastal Camino is a camino route you don’t want to miss. With its beautiful landscapes and beaches it is growing in popularity. It is an interesting and quieter option of the Caminos in Portugal.  The Portuguese Coastal Way or Caminho da Costa runs from Porto to Santiago. This path follows the beautiful Atlantic coastline of northern Portugal and Galicia. Listen to the waves break, smell the ocean and feel the breeze as you make your way to Santiago.

The Portugal Camino was traveled by pilgrims in the twelfth century, but it wasn’t until recently that it has been recognized as an official Jacobean route.

Starting in Porto is the best way to do the Camino Portuguese along the coastal route. Part of one of its main points of interest, is the cathedral of Porto. The Royal Monastery of Santa María de Oia is also worth seeing, dating from the twelfth century, was once a hospital for pilgrims. And of course, contemplate the views from the Luis I Bridge.

All this and more when you join us for the Portuguese Coastal Camino!

Overview

An interesting and quieter option of the Caminos in Portugal.  The Portugues Coastal Way or Caminho da Costa runs from Porto to Santiago. This path follows the beautiful Atlantic coastline of northern Portugal and Galicia. Listen to the waves break, smell the ocean and feel the breeze as you make your way to Santiago.

Starting in the vibrant UNESCO heritage city of Porto. We leave the city and head straight to the coast. We continue to walk through seaside towns and fishing villages, past river estuaries and sandy beaches.

Visit one of the most beautiful and best-preserved historical centers of Portugal in Viana do Castelo before reaching the natural border of Spain and Portugal and the River Miño.

See the historic medieval towns such as Baiona, Pontevedra and Padro. Cross beautiful Romanesque bridges and dine on some of Galicia’s gastronomic delights. We will finally, meet up with the main Camino Portugues route and walk with our new found pilgrim friends into the wonderful city of Santiago where all pilgrims come together.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Porto

You arrive in Porto.

Porto is easily accessible from many airports throughout Europe or you can also fly via Lisbon and take a train to Porto (2.5h). We will be happy to help you plan your arrival into Porto

Day 2
Day in Porto

We start our Camino in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Porto. This day in Porto is just what you need. Time to rest after your long travels and time to explore this vibrant city of Porto. Porto is famous for its production of port wine. With its medieval old town, baroque churches and plentiful restaurants this is a wonderful place to start your pilgrimage.

Wander through the narrow cobbled streets of the Ribeira district before enjoying dinner and perhaps sampling some delicious vintage Port.

Day 3
Porto to Labruge, 8 miles

A nice short day to get your body started. Today we will take the Metro to Matosinhos to avoid the outskirts of Porto and reach the coast to start your Camino walk. We will enjoy a day of following the coastline, passing fishing villages, forts and chapels, of course, beautiful sandy beaches.

Day 4
Labruge to Povoa de Varzim, 8 miles

Today will be another short day and another day of following the coastline along a boardwalk. We will pass the prehistoric castro of San Paio and make our way to Povoa de Varzim. Once rested we will walk up to the Convento de Santa Clara to discover the best views of the town and the surrounding coast and explore its medieval district.

Day 5
Povoa de Varzim to Esposende, 16 miles

As we leave town, we will make sure to enjoy a stroll along the pretty Povoa de Varzim harbor. We will have a nice flat day as we hug the coastline and enjoy the ocean views along with its nice breeze.

Day 6
Esponsende to Viana do Castelo, 16 miles

Today we will continue our Camino coastal walk from Esposende. We will enjoy quiet country lanes with lovely stretches of woodland paths and river crossings. Once in Viana, take the opportunity to taste the local cuisine, explore the historic center of town and take the funicular to the Basílica de Santa Luzía for great views.

Day 7
Viana do Castelo to Vila Praia de Ancora, 11 miles

Today we will leave Viana do Castelo and continue along the beautiful Atlantic coastline heading North. This is quite an easy day, giving us plenty of time to enjoy a relaxed pace and have enough time to make the most of the seaside villages and towns along the way.

Day 8
Vila Praia de Ancora to La Guardia, 8 miles

Today is a short but fun day. We will leave Vila Praia de Ancora and head to Caminha. From Caminha, we will take the ferry-boat Santa Rita de Cássia across the river Minho to Galicia. We are now in Spain. From the ferry we walk into A Guarda or La Guardia.

Day 9
La Guardia to Mougas, 14 miles

From the fishing village of A Guarda, our path continues northwards where we have some more breathtaking views of the ocean on your left.

Day 10
Mougas to Nigran, 10 miles

Today we will pass through the busy seaside town of Baiona with its gorgeous marina. We continue on to Nigran, if it is a hot day let us enjoy a swim at the blue flag beach Praia América.

Day 11
Nigran to Vigo, 13 miles

Today we walk into Vigo which is Iberian Spain’s westernmost city, right on the Atlantic Ocean and with lush mountain landscapes all around.

Day 12
Vigo to Redondela, 10 miles

We will leave Vigo and head out through the suburbs, woodland paths and make our way into Redondela.

Day 13
Redondela to Pontevedra, 13 miles

Today will be our last day along the coast. We will pass through the fishing village of Arcade, if lunch time stop to try the famous oysters. We will cross the Verdugo River over Ponte Sampaio. This bridge is where Napoleon’s army suffered one of its greatest defeats in Galicia. From here we continue along a cobbled road which takes pilgrims to the 13th century Church of Santa María, where you can enjoy magnificent views over the Bay of Vigo while walking towards Pontevedra.

Day 14
Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis, 14 miles

Today, starting in the city of Pontevedra, the Camino will take you through chestnut groves, vineyards, pine and eucalyptus woods. In the village of Pontecabras, take a minute to admire the rectory of Santa María de Alba. We will pass through Lombo da Maceira where you can see a statue of Saint James with his walking stick, showing pilgrims the way. A little further down the way, we will pass through the hamlet of Tivo with its lovely fountain and public washing area. We will be staying in the spa town of Caldas de Reis for the night, with a chance to soak in a natural hot spring.

Day 15
Caldas de Reis to Padron, 12 miles

We will head out of Caldas de Reis and cross the river Umia and the hot springs that have given the town its name since Roman times. We climb back into the forests and make our way to the village of Santa Marina. We will cross the river Fontenlo before making our way through pine forests to today’s final destination: the town of Padron. Padron is believed to be arrival point of the body of Saint James when it was brought to Santiago de Compostela by ship.

Day 16
Padron to Santiago, 16 miles

Today is the day. Today we will walk into Santiago de Compostela. The entrance to the city along the road does not affect the mood of the pilgrim who has finally arrived to La Plaza del Obradoiro!! You may wish to attend the pilgrims Mass today in the evening. Botafumeiro could be used during this Mass.

After we have rested in the Plaza, we will head to our resting place.

Day 17
Santiago

Today is a day in Santiago. A private tour of the city to start the day and then this day is yours.

Today will be the final chance to attend a pilgrims Mass at 12 and have a chance to see the Botafumeiro swing. You will have time to explore this beautiful city. Just make sure you enter the Cathedral and make your way to the tradition of hugging the shining statue of St. James. After the embrace, enter the crypt where Saint James relics are kept. Make sure you take some time and explore the Cathedral, it is formed with Galician granite. It is one of the finest architectural examples in Europe. It encompasses Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles.

Tonight we will have our farewell dinner and have time to reflect on our pilgrimage.

Day 18
Depart Santiago

Say goodbye to our new found friends and prayer partners.

Depart hotel and head to airport for flights home

Included

  • Pre-departure information including planning and packing suggestions.
  • Phone time with Mary.
  • Guide/Spiritual Coach accompanying the group
  • Pre-Training support
  • Nights in double rooms, single occupancy additional $200.
  • Luggage transfer
  • The Way of St. James devotional
  • Pilgrims passport
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Private tour in Santiago
  • Transfer from Porto airport to Porto accommodation

Doesn't Include

  • Traveller’s insurance or trip cancellation insurance.​
  • Airfare to and from Europe. All flights need to fly into Madrid or Santiago. (We will give you all the information you need to make these arrangements correctly).
  • Lunch and Dinners
  • Traveller’s insurance or trip cancellation insurance.​
Where will we be staying along the Camino?

All of our accommodations are carefully selected. We want you to experience the true Camino, for this reason we try to stay on the Camino or close to it. We try to provide charming and quaint rural farmhouses when available. These are similar to bed and breakfasts. Some nights we use hotels. These hotels are up to our standards and are quaint and locally run and owned. It is a good mix and you will be surrounded by fellow pilgrims along the Way!

How do I prepare for the Camino?

Preparing for a walk is the hardest part. First the mental preparation with all of its concerns and worries. Then the physical concerns, if you can walk any distance you can walk the Camino. After the mental is the prayerful side of preparation. Please pray about your decision, if you are meant to walk you will know it. In your heart, in your thoughts. You will feel the pull of The Camino!

First step, please contact us so we can answer all your questions. We want to discuss all the details. We want to help answer all questions about transportation to and from the pilgrimage.

All you need to do is walk, we will take care of the rest. This pilgrimage is fully guided, from beginning to end we will be there. No need to worry, we have you in our hands.

All our guides started off as a pilgrim as well. We have returned to the camino for years, to help others experience this amazing pilgrimage. We want to share this journey with others and we strive to give you an affordable amazing pilgrimage.
Please visit our How fit do I need to be page for more information.

Should I carry my pack or transfer it?

This is completely up to you. Only you know your physical capability of carrying a pack. My only suggestion is if the reason you want to transfer is to have more clothing than you are missing an important part of the Camino. We should strip ourselves of the comforts of home so we may grow and learn. If health and age are your reason to transfer your bag then my suggestion is to transfer your bag but still pack light. Please check out our Trail info and packing tip page.

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