Duration:

15 Days / 14 Nights

Distance:

261 km / 162.1 mi

Difficulty:

Medium

Start / End

Porto - Santiago

Self-guided Walk of St.James: Walk along the majestic coasts of Portugal and Spain

The Portuguese Coastal Camino gives you the opportunity to discover the wild Atlantic coasts of both Spain and Portugal. You will enjoy breathtaking sea views as you walk along winding coastal paths, and even experience a taste of seafaring life as you travel one stage by boat.

A Camino of contrasts, the Portuguese Coastal route boasts rugged cliffs, pristine sandy beaches, beautiful vineyards, and sparkling rivers. You will travel 261 kilometers from Porto to Santiago de Compostela over thirteen walking stages, plus a stage by boat. We will meet you in the colorful city of Porto for a welcome briefing, and the next day you will be transferred to Matosinhos to begin your pilgrimage. Explore two diverse countries in this adventure of a lifetime!

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Cancellation Insurance

With our cancellation insurance, you will be covered in case of cancellation of your travel due to health reasons, legal, labor or extraordinary reasons.

The cost of the cancellation insurance will be 2.5% of the value of the tour + extras.

If you need more information regarding our cancellation insurance and procedures, you can contact us here

Our Support
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On the first day, you will receive The 'Briefing Package' with all the necessary information for the Camino and also our famous Pilgrim’s Kit (Click here to view) that includes: The Pilgrim's shell, a Marly Camino program with reflections and waterproof Route Map, a waterproof pouch, notebook, snacks and more!

We take care of your accommodations, breakfast, transferring your luggage each day . You will receive all our staff support, answering all your doubts and questions before the start of your journey.

Accommodations
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You have accommodations reserved each night, all with private bathrooms and hot water! The accommodations are right at the end of each stage so you can easily access them on your own by foot. They include private inns, hostels, and hotels, depending on the stage. You will be able to experience many of the different accommodation options right on the trail.

Departures
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The dates of departure are upon request and availability. We will travel via train from Madrid to Porto where you will spend a night and start walking on the following day.

Start
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Start: Our Camino starts in the city of Porto. You can arrive a few days before the tour to enjoy the city if you’d like. We would be happy to assist you with hotels.

Means and Assistance

Private support vehicle

You will have a support vehicle throughout your Camino. You can use it if you are tired or if you don’t want to keep walking for any reason, if you want to leave or take things during your walk or if you want to change your shoes. Our van is equipped with a first aid kit, medicines, snacks, water and fruits. This vehicle will cover any unexpected circumstances.

Guides

Our guides have an enormous human quality. They have lived the Camino experience themselves, being able to anticipate your needs and help you physically and emotionally during the Camino. Our guides share anecdotes that will help you better understand the meaning of the Camino. They cure blisters and accompany you to the doctor if needed.

Insurances

All of our tours include travel insurance, which will be very useful in case you have an emergency during your Camino. Also, we offer cancellation insurance at a special price, which will vary depending on your Camino.

Pilgrim's Kit

We prepare you for your walk by sending you a packing list with recommendations on what to bring along on your trip, and provide a backpack with our Pilgrim’s Kit (Click here to view) that includes: Your Pilgrim's Passport, the shell, a Marly Camino program with reflections and waterproof Route Map, a waterproof pouch, notebook, snacks and more!

Dates & Price 2019:

1240 €

Single Supplement + 450 €

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Dates & Price 2020:

1390 €

Single Supplement + 490 €

  • Pick your dates for groups

The price includes:

  • Accommodations with private bathrooms
  • All breakfasts
  • Travel insurance for the entire tour
  • Daily transfer of ONE piece of luggage per person
  • Informational program with daily stages
  • Pilgrims' Kit
  • Value added Tax (VAT)
  • Private transfer from Porto to Matosinhos
  • Telephone support for emergencies
  • Guided visit in Santiago de Compostela (4+ groups)

Day 1

Welcome meeting in Porto

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

Day 2

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

Day 3

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

Day 4

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

Day 5

Viana do Castelo - Vila Praia de Âncora
19 km/11.8mi

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.

Day 6

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

Day 7

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.

Day 8

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

Day 9

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

Day 10

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

Day 11

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

Day 12

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

Day 13

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

Day 14

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 15

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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