One of our representatives will meet you personally in Porto on the first day of your tour, and will give you a warm welcome and your tour briefing. By the end of the briefing, you will be completely prepared to walk your Camino independently!
Night in Porto
Porto (Matosinhos) - Vila do Conde
21 km / 13.04mi
Today, your Camino truly begins! You will be transferred to Matosinhos, the start of your first walking stage. After crossing the impressive Ponte Movel de Leça drawbridge, you will walk along the shoreline enjoying picturesque coastal scenes: sandy praias, rugged cliff faces and the brightly coloured fisherman’s houses in Angeiras.
Night in Vila do Conde
Vila do Conde - Esposende
25 km / 15.53mi
It’s time to enjoy the coastal aspect of the route: your stage today is by the seaside! Walk along wooden boardwalks over endless sand dunes, before heading inland again and exploring coastal pine and eucalyptus forests. You will pass by the fishing port of Póvoa de Varzin, in use since the Middle Ages and a number of traditional Portuguese windmills. You will finish the day in Esposende, which has been hosting pilgrims since 1579.
Night in Esposende
Esposende - Viana do Castelo
23km / 14.29mi
From Esposende, you will take the coastal route passing through the Northern Littoral Natural Park. The first point of interest you will find is the church of San Bartolomé do Mar, where locals celebrate the saint’s day by circling the church three times and immersing themselves in the sea to wash away the year’s sins. You will continue along sandy beaches until you reach the beautiful city of Viana Do Castelo, the endpoint for today’s stage.
Night in Viana do Castelo
Viana do Castelo - Vila Praia de Âncora
Today you will take the coastal route out of Viana do Castelo, enjoying breathtaking views of the sea and the nearby mountains. Your walk will take you across some of the Atlantic coast’s most beautiful beaches. During today’s route, you will catch glimpses of Portugal’s long history as you pass by the megalithic Dolmen of Barrosa tomb and the medieval Ponte da Torre bridge. You will finish the day in the charming seaside town of Vila Praia de Âncora.
Night in Vila Praia de Âncora.
Vila Praia de Âncora - A Guarda (by boat)
14 km / 8.6mi
It’s time to say adeus to Portugal! Today you will walk to Caminha, from where you will board the ferry across the River Minho, a natural border between Portugal and Spain.
Once in Spain, you will take the coastal road skirting around Monte Santa Tecla and pass by the Iron Age Castro of Sara Tecla before arriving in the medieval walled fishing village of A Guarda. Bienvenido!
Night in A Guarda
A Guarda - Monasterio de Oia
15 km / 9.3mi
From A Guarda you will follow the south coast of Galicia towards O Rasal, famous for its wine. Walking along beaches and rocky coastal paths, you will make your way to the town of Oia, a quaint seaside resort boasting fabulous Atlantic views. Today’s highlight is the 12th century Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Oia, which was founded by King Alfonso VII of Castilla and which once commanded great power throughout northern Portugal and Galicia.
Night in Oia.
Monasterio de Oia - Baiona
18 km / 11mi
Today you will walk along the Vigo Estuary hugging the coast and taking in the sea air and wild Atlantic coastline. You will pass by Cape Silleiro and admire the historic lighthouse before arriving in the scenic seaside town of Baiona. Today’s stage is a real treat for birdwatchers: you may catch sight of sandpipers, oystercatchers and egrets.
Night in Baiona
Baiona - Vigo
25 km / 15.5mi
Your stage today will take you deeper into Galicia - both figuratively and literally - as you discover traditional hórreos (raised granaries), evocative medieval bridges and ancient Galician forests of chestnut and oak trees. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Cíes Islands as you walk the coastline of the Vigo Estuary before arriving in the colourful city of Vigo.
Night in Vigo
Vigo - Arcade
22 km / 13.6mi
Your route today will take you along the historic Senda da Auga, through verdant forests, past a waterfall, and along coastal hilltops with terrific sea views. You’ll go through Redondela, an interesting Camino town which boasts a square, a fountain and a church all dedicated to Saint James, before passing a hilltop scallop shell memorial and finishing the stage in the town of Arcade.
Night in Arcade
Arcade - Pontevedra
13 km / 8mi
Still hugging the coastline, today you will cross from the province of Vigo into Pontevedra. You will notice how the landscape begins to look more typically Spanish as as you reach the rolling vineyards of Pontevedra. You will finish the stage in the city of Pontevedra, where you can find the church of La Virgen Peregrina (the Pilgrim Virgin), patroness of the city. The floor of the church has the unique shape of a scallop shell.
Night in Pontevedra
Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis
22 km / 13.6mi
Today's stage is one of the most beautiful in the entire Galician section of the Portuguese Camino. You will walk through vineyards, and forests filled with chestnut, pine and eucalyptus trees, keeping your eyes open for small rural hermitages. On your way to Caldas de Reis you will pass through Muiñada Da Barosa, a beautiful natural enclave with waterfalls and natural pools where you can cool off and rest a bit before continuing your journey.
Night in Caldas de Reis
Caldas de Reis - Padron
21 km / 13mi
From Caldas de Reís, you will cross the Umia River. The path continues through the beautiful Bermaña Valley and its ancient forest. Your stage ends in the legendary town of Padrón, the place where - according to tradition - the stone boat containing the remains of the Apostle arrived from Palestine. Padrón has been an important site on the Portuguese Camino for many centuries, as demonstrated by the presence of the medieval pilgrim hospital next to the church.
Night in Padron
Padron - Santiago de Compostela
23 km / 14.3mi
You’ve reached the final stage of the Portuguese Camino! The day's first landmark will be the historic sanctuary of A Escravitude. After this you will continue toward the Chapel of San Martiño were you can see one of the most ancient Cruceiros of Galicia. Take a moment to pause at Agro Dos Mosteiros -where for the first time you will be able to make out the spires of Santiago's Cathedral in the distance - before heading down into the city itself.
Night in Santiago.
Day in Santiago de Compostela
End of tour
Spend the day exploring the legendary city of Santiago de Compostela.
Your Camino through life begins!
END OF TOUR
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