Walking the Coastal Camino Portugues from Porto

  • 14 Nights
  • From 1265 Per Person
  • Flights available (optional)
  • Portugal, Spain
The Coastal Camino Portugues from Porto has become a modern Camino classic and one of the pilgrims’ new favourites in recent years for very good reasons. Sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean, historic cities, countless sandy beaches, scrumptious seafood and pretty little villages are some of the highlights on this scenic Camino trail.

This 2-week tour walking the Coastal Camino Portugues from Porto to Santiago de Compostela will be a memorable journey, as you make your way across Northern Portugal and Galicia, with the Atlantic Ocean as your travel companion.

In addition to the many wonders of Porto and Santiago de Compostela, both UNESCO World Heritage cities, there are many pretty hamlets, seaside villages and ancient towns you will simply love, such as Viana do Castelo, Baiona or Pontevedra.  

Along the Coastal Camino Portugues from Porto you will encounter two trail options in some of the sections, they are marked as ‘Costa’ (Coast) or ‘Litoral’ (Shoreline).

Both trails will take you to the same stop for the night: the main difference is that the ‘Litoral’ route hugs the shoreline more closely while the ‘Costa’ option takes pilgrims through forests and trails inland, but with some great views of the coast in most cases.

The ‘Costa’ option is generally better marked but the ‘Litoral’ offers no way of getting lost, just make sure you keep the ocean, your loyal companion, to your left! And you’ll eventually rejoin the official trail.

Let our travel team know if you require any additional nights in Porto, Santiago de Compostela or rest days during your Camino trip. 

There are many wonderful things to do and see on this stunning Camino route: exploring picturesque Porto, walking on sandy beaches, going for a swim in the Atlantic Ocean and sampling the culinary delights of Portugal and Galicia.

This is a Coastal Camino Portugues from Porto self guided walking tour, if you are interested in joining a Camino guide group, you can find all the details on upcoming departures here: CAMINO GUIDED TOURS.

Walking the Coastal Camino Portugues from Porto

The Coastal Camino Portugues from Porto has become a modern Camino classic and one of the pilgrims’ new favourites in recent years for very good reasons. Sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean, historic cities, countless sandy beaches, scrumptious seafood and pretty little villages are some of the highlights on this scenic Camino trail.

This 2-week tour walking the Coastal Camino Portugues from Porto to Santiago de Compostela will be a memorable journey, as you make your way across Northern Portugal and Galicia, with the Atlantic Ocean as your travel companion.

In addition to the many wonders of Porto and Santiago de Compostela, both UNESCO World Heritage cities, there are many pretty hamlets, seaside villages and ancient towns you will simply love, such as Viana do Castelo, Baiona or Pontevedra.  

Along the Coastal Camino Portugues from Porto you will encounter two trail options in some of the sections, they are marked as ‘Costa’ (Coast) or ‘Litoral’ (Shoreline).

Both trails will take you to the same stop for the night: the main difference is that the ‘Litoral’ route hugs the shoreline more closely while the ‘Costa’ option takes pilgrims through forests and trails inland, but with some great views of the coast in most cases.

The ‘Costa’ option is generally better marked but the ‘Litoral’ offers no way of getting lost, just make sure you keep the ocean, your loyal companion, to your left! And you’ll eventually rejoin the official trail.

Let our travel team know if you require any additional nights in Porto, Santiago de Compostela or rest days during your Camino trip. 

There are many wonderful things to do and see on this stunning Camino route: exploring picturesque Porto, walking on sandy beaches, going for a swim in the Atlantic Ocean and sampling the culinary delights of Portugal and Galicia.

This is a Coastal Camino Portugues from Porto self guided walking tour, if you are interested in joining a Camino guide group, you can find all the details on upcoming departures here: CAMINO GUIDED TOURS.

Itinerary

The Coastal Camino Portugues from Porto self guided tour includes:

  • 14 nights in selected 3-star accommodation and guesthouses 
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Luggage transfers on walking days, so your luggage will be delivered to your next stop
  • Pilgrim travel pack with holiday information, official pilgrim passport and route notes

OPTIONAL

  • Flights
  • Dinner
  • Airport pick up and transport
  • Travel insurance
  • Hotel upgrades to boutique and luxury hotels or paradores where available

COASTAL CAMINO PORTUGUES FROM PORTO ITINERARY

DAY 1 – PORTO

Porto in Northern Portugal is an unmissable city: charming, relaxed and beautiful in equal measure. The history of Porto goes back 2000 years and the Romans gave it its current name: ‘Portus’, meaning port, testament to the importance of cultural and commercial and exchanges that took place between this region and across the seas. 

Explore the many monuments in this UNESCO listed city, sample its many food delicacies and soak up the atmosphere in the lively Ribeira before embarking on your Camino journey. We highly recommend spending a couple of days in Porto before starting your Camino walk.

DAY 2 – WALKING FROM MATOSINHOS TO PÓVOA DE VARZIM – 29KMS 

From Porto we recommend you take the Metro to Matosinhos (Mercado stop), on the coast, to avoid the outskirts of the city. Don’t forget to stamp your pilgrim passport, credencial, at the Cathedral before you leave so you have your first Camino stamp.

From Matosinhos to Póvoa de Varzim you will be walking on wooden walkways along the coast and passing many beaches; while enjoying wonderful views of the ocean. Before reaching Póvoa de Varzim, you will pass the lovely historic town of Vila do Conde.

The region is home to some of the best beaches in the North of Portugal so don’t forget your swimming gear, a swim in the ocean is fitting and refreshing end to a long walking day.

At 29kms, it is quite a long walking day but relatively easy for its flat terrain. It is also possible to stop for the night in Labruge or Angeiras to break this long walking day into two. 

OPTIONAL BREAK STOP – LABRUGUE OR ANGEIRAS

DAY 3 – WALKING FROM POVOA DE VARZIM TO ESPOSENDE – 22KMS

From Povoa de Varzim to Esposende the Coastal Camino Portugues route continues hugging the shoreline with the Atlantic Ocean, your ever present companion.

As you reach Apulia, you are entering the Coastal Natural Park, Parque Natural do Litoral Norte; spot the wonderful windmills. Your stop for the night is the town of Esposende. 

DAY 4 – WALKING FROM ESPOSENDE TO VIANA DO CASTELO – 24KMS

Leaving Esposende behind, we’ll continue our Camino journey along the Coastal Natural Park, Parque Natural do Litoral Norte, towards Viana do Castelo. 

Explore the historic quarter in this heritage city starting from Praça da República in the heart of the city. Viana is rich in architectural treasures from Manueline, Renaissance and Baroque to Art Deco and contemporary architecture.

This impressive cultural heritage is in many cases linked to its trading past, as a city connected to the sea. For breathtaking panoramic views of Viana and the Atlantic Ocean, take the funicular to the Basílica de Santa Luzía.

DAY 5 – WALKING FROM VIANA DO CASTELO TO VILA PRAIA DE ÂNCORA – 19KMS

From Viana do Castelo, the Coastal Camino Portugues route gives pilgrims two options on their way to Vila Praia de Âncora.

There are two routes marked, both taking you to the same destination: the ‘costa’ route takes pilgrims inland along forest tracks with views of the coast below and it is really well marked; while the ‘litoral’ route follows the shoreline but markings can be more erratic.

In any case you will arrive at the coastal town of Vila Praia de Ancora, your stop for the night.

DAY 6 – WALKING FROM VILA PRAIA DE ANCORA TO A GUARDA – 13KMS

Today will be your last day walking in Portugal, as you will be walking from Vila Praia de Âncora along Moledo beach to Caminha, where you will take the ferry boat to A Guarda, in Galicia, across the estuary of the Minho River.

A Guarda is home to Galicia’s most spectacular celtic hillfort and Castro Roman settlement on the Monte de Santa Trega or Santa Tecla, dating back to 100BC. It is worth a visit if you have time.

Remember you will lose an hour as you cross to Spain which is one hour ahead of Portugal.

Ferry services start from 10am and finish at 7pm from Tuesday to Friday (from 11am on Saturday, Sunday). Please note there are no ferry crossings on Monday.

DAY 7 – WALKING FROM A GUARDA TO BAIONA – 30KMS

It is 30kms from the fishing village of A Guarda to Baiona, so it is quite a long walking stage. However, the terrain is quite flat and manageable. The Atlantic Ocean continues to be the pilgrim’s companion for the day, rewarding you with great views.

If you’d like to break it into two stages, we can arrange accommodation half way in the village of Oia, home to the 12th century Royal Monastery of Santa Maria. 

Otherwise you will continue to the pretty seaside town of Baiona, with its cobbled historic quarter, promenade by the bay and iconic Monterreal Castle-fortress, which is today a luxury Parador hotel.

OPTIONAL BREAK STOP – In order to break this long walking stage into two, you can stay in the village of OIA.

RECOMMENDED – REST DAY IN BAIONA OR VIGO

If you take a rest day in Baiona and Vigo, we recommend taking a ferry to the Cies Islands, an authentic paradise off the coast of Galicia. 

DAY 8 – WALKING FROM BAIONA TO VIGO – 24KMS

From Baiona to Vigo, the Coastal Camino Portugues route offers pilgrims again the option of heading a bit inland or following the coast all the way to Vigo.

We highly recommend following the lower route, taking you along beach promenades for most of the day, until you reach the city harbour, having left the city’s famous Samil Beach behind. Plenty of opportunities to go for a swim today, if travelling in the Summertime.

Vigo city is one of Galicia’s biggest and an important port. Make sure you explore the old town and go for a stroll by the harbour. If you are taking a rest day, we recommend taking a ferry to the magnificent Cies Islands. 

DAY 9 – WALKING FROM VIGO TO REDONDELA – 16KMS

Leaving Vigo city behind by the Senda da Auga, pilgrims on the Coastal Camino Portugues route will take in wonderful views of Vigo Bay and the city below.

Today’s stage is relatively short and takes you to the town of Redondela, where the trail joins the classic Camino Portugues route and where you are likely to encounter more pilgrims than any of the stages before. 

DAY 10 – WALKING FROM REDONDELA TO PONTEVEDRA – 19KMS

Today, you will be walking the traditional Camino Portugues trail to the wonderful city of Pontevedra. Along the way you will pass Arcade, famous for its oysters and the Romanesque bridge of Pontesampaio.

While the Camino trail doesn’t take you to Arcade harbour, you can take a small detour to enjoy a break there. From there, it is back to forest tracks and small country roads lanes all the way to Pontevedra. 

 It is a relatively short stage so you will have plenty of time to explore and admire the beauty of Pontevedra’s Old Town. 

DAY 11 – WALKING FROM PONTEVEDRA TO CALDAS DE REIS – 21KMS

From beautiful Pontevedra’s Old Town you will head for the spa town of Caldas de Reis, passing many small little hamlets and villages on your way, back to rural tracks.

Caldas de Reis is named after its hot springs that you can see in the historic part of town and that can also be enjoyed the traditional ‘balneario’.

DAY 12 – WALKING FROM CALDAS DE REIS TO PADRON – 18KMS

After Caldas de Reis the Camino Portugues trail takes pilgrims back to oak forests, paths among vineyards and tiny villages with pretty Romanesque churches, such as the Church of Santa Mariña de Carracedo. 

The stop for tonight is the town of Padrón, which is believed to be the place where the body of Saint James first landed when it was brought back Santiago de Compostela by boat after the Apostle’s death.

It is also the home of ‘Padron peppers’ and Galicia’s most illustrious poet: Rosalia de Castro. Explore the old quarter, its churches and quaint squares; and don’t leave without tasting its world famous peppers. 

DAY 13 – WALKING FROM PADRON TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – 25KMS

Today is your last day walking the Camino Portugues as you leave Padron and walk the last 25kms into Santiago de Compostela. It’s both the least and the most exciting day of the journey, as pilgrims must leave the countryside behind and navigate the city suburbs as you near Santiago. It is also the most exciting day of the journey as today you will finally reach Santiago de Compostela and its cathedral.

You will enter the Old Town by the Alameda Park and down Rua do Franco, always lively and vibrant with students, pilgrims and locals. The atmosphere as you arrive in Praza do Obradoiro and the Cathedral, is of pure joy and elation as pilgrims hug, smile and celebrate their achievement. You have arrived! Enjoy this magic moment.

Remember to head to the Pilgrims Office in the Rua Carretas to request your Compostela certificate.

DAY 14 – EXPLORE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA 

After your Camino walk, it is time to discover the wonderful city of Santiago de Compostela. The UNESCO World Heritage Site Old Town can be easily explored on foot, enjoying its vibrant atmosphere.

After a visit to the Cathedral and its treasures, head to the Abastos Market where you will find all the Galician delicacies on display from seafood and fish to cheeses, meats, vegetables and sweet treats.

The market is the city’s second most visited attraction and there are lovely cafes and bars nearby, where you can enjoy a cafe con churros, a glass of wine or sit down for lunch.

Read our blog post: Things to do and see in Santiago de Compostela

DAY 15 – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA AIRPORT

Today it is time to say goodbye to Santiago de Compostela and head back to Rosalia de Castro Airport for your flight back home. We hope you enjoyed your Camino experience and that you are back again soon!

This is a detailed itinerary of the Coastal Camino Portugues route from Porto. It is also possible to add extra nights and breaks in some of the longer stages as indicated in the description. Our travel experts will advice on the best options for you.

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  • Single rooms available on request
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