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13-Day Portuguese Coastal Way

13-Day Portuguese Coastal Way

13 Days/12 Nights From
AU$2,295 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Walking tourWalking tour
  • Itinerary
    Porto to Santiago de Compostela
  • Duration
    13 Days/12 Nights
  • Distance
    281 km
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Tour Code
    PCW130416
  • Operating Days
    All year round
13 Days/12 Nights From
AU$2,295 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Walking tourWalking tour
  • Itinerary
    Porto to Santiago de Compostela
  • Duration
    13 Days/12 Nights
  • Distance
    281 km
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Tour Code
    PCW130416
  • Operating Days
    All year round
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Accommodation includedTransfersTransfers Luggage transfer between hotelsMealsMeals Daily breakfast and dinnerOfferOffer Access to the Spa Circuit for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Includes massage treatments, sauna, showers & moreInclusionInclusion Telephone support for emergenciesInclusionInclusion Pilgrim passportInclusionInclusion Road book of the way & journey documentationItineraryItinerary Walking tour from Porto to Santiago de Compostela for 13 days.

Summary

This is alternative route of Camino de Santiago, following the Atlantic Coast from Porto to Santiago de Compostela. Discover the beautiful seaside towns and villages along the way.

Itinerary

Day 1: Porto
Start your Camino de Santiago journey in gorgeous and colourful Porto, with its UNESCO-listed old town, picturesque river front and home to Port wine. Discover the best of Portuguese hospitality before your walk!

Day 2: Porto to Póvoa de Varzim (27 km)
Today you should take the Metro to Matosinhos to avoid the outskirts of Porto and reach the coast to start your walk on the Portuguese Coastal Way, also known as ‘Caminho da Senda Litoral’. Get off at the ‘Mercado’ stop. You will walk following the coastline, passing fishing villages, forts and chapels, the prehistoric castro of San Paio and of course, beautiful sandy beaches.

Day 3: Póvoa de Varzim to Esposende (22 km)
Explore pretty Vila do Conde harbour and its medieval district before you continue your Camino. Walk up to the Convento de Santa Clara to discover the best views of the town and the surrounding coast. On your way to Esposende you will pass the popular seaside town of Póvoa de Varzim with its sandy beach front and cross the Coastal Natural Park, Parque Natural do Litoral Norte.

Day 4: Esposende to Viana do Castelo (24 km)
Today you will continue your Camino coastal walk from Esposende, across the Coastal Natural Park, on your way to Viana do Castelo. 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. Legend has it that the Romans were so impressed by Viana’s beauty when they reached the town in the first century BC that they thought they had reached paradise.

Day 5: Viana do Castelo to Vila Praia de Ancora (24 km)
Today you will leave Viana do Castelo and continue along the beautiful Atlantic coastline heading North on the Portuguese Coastal Way. Today is quite an easy walking day, giving you plenty of time to enjoy a relaxed pace and have enough time to make the most of the seaside villages and towns along the Camino. You will stay in the coastal town Vila Praia de Ancora.

Day 6: Vila Praia de Ancora to A Guarda (13 km)
From Vila Praia de Ancora you will continue on your coastal Camino towards Caminha, right by the Minho estuary, where the river meets the Atlantic. From Caminha, you will take the ferry-boat Santa Rita de Cássia across the river Minho to Galicia. There are about 10 crossings per day from Caminha to A Guarda (schedule varies depending on the season). Ticket fare not included in the holiday package. From the ferry to can continue straight to A Guarda or take a detour along the estuary for great coastal views (4km longer). If you have time, once you reach A Guarda, take a visit to its famous hilltop ‘castro’, Celtic settlement.

Day 7: A Guarda to Baiona (32 km)
This fishing village of A Guarda is home to Galicia’s most impressive ancient Galaico-Roman settlements: the Santa Tegra Castro is an authentic archaeological gem with breathtaking views of the Atlantic ocean. Make sure to visit before continuing you Camino along the Rías Baixas to the elegant seaside town of Baiona.

Day 8: Baiona to Vigo (28 km)
Today you will follow the coast from Baiona to Nigrán and finally to the city of Vigo. You will enjoy fantastic views of the Bay of Vigo, with the magnificent Illas Cíes and its Natural Park in the horizon. On a hot day, stop at the blue flag beach Praia América in Nigrán for a quick swim. Take a rest day in Vigo if you’d like to take a boat to the Cíes Islands, an authentic paradise (only accessible from June to September).

Day 9: Vigo to Redondela (14 km)
From the city of Vigo, you will continue on your coastal Camino with the Bay of Vigo to your left. Today is quite a short day so you can enjoy a more relaxed pace. Your stop for the night is the town of Redondela where you will join the original Portuguese Camino.

Day 10: Redondela to Pontevedra (20 km)
Today is your last day along the coast and quite a short walking day so you can make the most of the seaside. Stop to try the famous oysters in the fishing village of Arcade. Your final point is the city of Pontevedra, with its pretty historic centre. At today is quite a short day so you will have time to explore the old town, with its many Romanesque churches and quaint granite squares.

Day 11: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis (21 km)
Leaving Pontevedra, today, the Camino Portugués will take you through chestnut groves and pine and eucalyptus woods. In the village of Ponte Cabras you will see the rectory of Santa María de Alba. At Lombo da Maceira, a statue of Saint James with his walking stick will show you the way. On your way to Caldas de Reis you will pass the hamlet of Tivo with its lovely fountain and public washing area.

Day 12: Caldas de Reis to Padrón (19 km)
From Caldas de Reis you will cross the river Umia and find the hot springs that have given the town its name since Roman times. The trail once again takes you through forests and gradually climbs to the village of Santa Mariña. You will continue on the Camino through pine forests to today’s destination: the town of Padrón. When the body of Saint James was being brought to Compostela by boat, Padrón was said to be the first land it reached. It is also home to Galicia’s most famous poet: Rosalía de Castro.

Day 13: Padrón to Santiago de Compostela - (25 km)
Your final walking day on the Camino Portugués will take you through a number of small villages on your way to the sanctuary of A Esclavitude. Nearby on a hilltop sit the ruins of a fort known as Castro Lupario. Shortly after this you will see some of the oldest wayside crosses in Galicia (cruceiro). As you make your way towards Agro dos Monteiros you will be able to spot for the first time the spires of Santiago Cathedral. You will pass the ruins of the castle of A Rocha Vella, as you approach Santiago de Compostela.

Easy Walking Option: If you want to take your time on this section, we can split this long walking day in two days of 12km, staying in the village of Teo for a night.
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Take time to explore this gem of a city. Santiago de Compostela is a vibrant university city and its UNESCO listed old town will enchant you. Here you will find not only pilgrims but also locals and students, socialising over a few bites with a glass of wine in the many bars, restaurants and cosy cafes.

 

Inclusions

  • Accommodation with breakfast included
  • Dinners during the walk (drinks included)
  • Luggage transfer between hotels (11 stages - 1 bag per person – max 15 kg)
  • Telephone support for emergencies
  • Pilgrim passport (Credencial)
  • Road book of the way (in English)
  • Journey documentation

Exclusions

  • Transfers from and to airport
  • Personal equipment
  • Other personal expenses
  • All items not mentioned in inclusions

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