The Portuguese Coastal Way or Caminho da Costa is a stunning alternative route of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago (#caminhoportugues). Following the Atlantic Coast towards Santiago de Compostela, the Portuguese Coastal Way starts in the colourful UNESCO-listed city of Porto and will take you to charming seaside towns and villages in Northern Portugal before crossing by ferry to A Guarda, in Galicia, and the heart of the Rías Baixas. Discover the wild Atlantic beauty and sandy beaches of Northern Portugal and Galicia, taste delicious seafood and wine, stay in fishing villages and feel refreshed by the maritime feel of our newest Coastal Camino. Read more Portuguese Coastal Way Camino articles on our blog. The full Portuguese Coastal Way takes just under 2 weeks to complete or you can choose to do one week.
|Póvoa de Varzim||27||Section 1 of the Portuguese Coastal Way starts in stunning and colourful Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following the Atlantic coastline walking along beautiful sandy beaches, you will be delighted by fishing villages, forts and chapels on your way, as well as the prehistoric San Palo Castro. On your way to Esposende, you will see the popular seaside town of Póvoa de Varzim with its sandy beach front and cross; and the protected coastal nature reserve that is Parque Natural do Litoral Norte. Once in Viana do Castelo, take a stroll to discover this charming town and sample the local gastronomy. On your way to A Guarda, you will need to cross the Minho River to Galicia by the ferry-boat Santa Rita de Cássia. From A Guarda, take the chance to visit the Santa Tegra Castro, an impressive ancient Galaico-Roman settlements with breathtaking views over the ocean. This first section of the Portuguese Coastal Camino finishes in the elegant seaside town of Baiona. Go for a stroll along is marina and make sure you sample the best of the Rias Baixas seafood and white wine. If you have time, you should organise a trip to the magnificent Cíes Islands, a very unique nature reserve in the Bay of Vigo.|
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|Vigo||28||Section 2 of the Portuguese Coastal Way starts in Baiona and will take you all the way to Santiago de Compostela. On the way you will enjoy stunning views of the Bay of Vigo, the Cíes Islands and its Natural Park while following the coast line. On a hot day, stop at the blue flag beach Praia América in Nigrán for a quick swim. If you would like to visit the Cíes Islands natural park, you can take a ferry from Vigo city, but you should book an extra day (highly recommended). You will join the traditional Portuguese Camino trail in Redondela.As you reach the fishing village of Arcade, you should try its famous and tasty oysters. In Pontevedra, you will be amazed by its quintessential Galician old town, with its charming granite arches and cosy squares where to sit and watch the world go by for a bit.After Pontevedra, the Camino route takes you through chestnuts groves and woodland. The rectory of Santa Maria de Alba, a statue of Saint James with his walking stick showing the way and the lovely hamlet of Tivo, near Caldas de Reis, are some of the highlights. You will also stay in Padrón, said to be the first land reached when the body of Saint James was brought to Compostela by boat. Then your last kilometres before arriving in Santiago de Compostela, you will pass many small villages, hilltops and some of the oldest wayside crosses in Galicia. When you are at Argo dos Monteiros the spires of the cathedral in Compostela will become visible. You will pass the ruins of the castle of A Rocha Vella, as you approach Santiago de Compostela. Take time to explore this gem of a city, small and vibrant. Its UNESCO listed old town will enchant you.|
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