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Portuguese Coastal Way – Porto to Santiago FULL WALK

Full Walk

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Portuguese Coastal Way – Full Walk: The Portuguese Coastal Way or Caminho da Senda Litoral is a stunning alternative route of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago. Following the Atlantic Coast towards Santiago de Compostela, the Portuguese Coastal Way starts in the colourful UNESCO-listed city 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 Southern Galicia, taste delicious seafood and wine, stay in fishing villages and be refreshed by the maritime feel of our newest Coastal Camino.

*Please note the Caminho da Senda Litoral follows the coastline, while the Caminho da Costa (better signposted) weaves heads inland at times and overlaps with the Senda Litoral in certain sections. If you happen to take the Caminho da Costa, don’t worry, the trail will take you back to the same finishing point. Check the maps and walking notes provided.

VIEW OUR TOUR OPTIONS

    • Standard:
      • 14 days/ 13 Nights. Stay in our hand-picked accommodation.
      • Split – 16 days/ 15 Nights. This tour includes two extra walking days to split the longer sections. You will stay in the hamlets of Oia and Teo.
    • Superior Collection: Treat yourself to the top accommodation along the way, including unique boutique properties and historic ‘Parador’ hotels. Now including complimentary spa treatment in Santiago.

    Trip highlights

    • Explore colourful Porto
    • Be enchanted by the wild Atlantic beauty
    • Indulge in the best fresh seafood and wine
    • Go for a swim in one of the many sandy beaches

    1 Porto

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    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!

    2 Porto to Póvoa de Varzim - 27km

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    7h | +157m / -157m
    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.

    3 Póvoa de Varzim to Esposende - 22km

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    5h30 | +194m / -202m
    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 little town of Apúlia before you cross the Coastal Natural Park, Parque Natural do Litoral Norte.

    4 Esposende to Viana do Castelo - 24km

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    6h | +122m / -112m
    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.

    5 Viana do Castelo to Vila Praia de Ancora - 19km

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    5h30 | +150m / -142m
    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.

    6 Vila Praia de Ancora to A Guarda - 13km

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    4h | +150m / -142m

    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, ferry doesn’t operate on Monday). 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.

    7 A Guarda to Baiona - 32km

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    8h | +496m / -540m
    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.

    Easy Walking Option Stay in Oia - 13km & 20km

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    4h | +246m / -270m

    You have the option to split this long walking day in two, staying in the village of Oia, famous for its impressive monastery right by the Atlantic Ocean. These shorter walking days on the Portuguese Coastal Way will allow you to explore the famous ‘castro’ in A Guarda before you set off (a must-see in the area but not on the Camino route), as you will be walking at a more relaxed pace.

    8 Baiona to Vigo - 28km

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    8h | +320m / -318m
    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).

    9 Vigo to Redondela - 15km

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    4h | +353m / -347m
    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.

    10 Redondela to Pontevedra - 20km

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    4h | +353m / -347m
    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.

    11 Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis - 21km

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    6h | +244m / -241m
    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.

    12 Caldas de Reis to Padrón - 19km

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    5h | +268m / -285m
    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.

    13 Padrón to Santiago de Compostela - 25km

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    6h | +448m / -202m
    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.

    Superior Collection now including complimentary spa treatment in Santiago.

    Easy Walking Option Stay in Teo - 12km & 13km

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    3h | +224m/ -101m

    If you want to take your time on this section between Padrón to Santiago, we can split this long walking day into two walking days of 12km & 13km, staying in the village of Teo for a night.

    14 Santiago de Compostela

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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.

    Hotels & country cottages have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food, and friendliness of the staff. They are subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard of comfort & price. Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.

    Porto - Standard / Superior

    Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail

    Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses and relaxing country homes.

    Póvoa de Varzim - Standard

    Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

    Esposende - Standard

    Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

    Viana do Castelo - Standard / Superior

    Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
    Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guest houses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

    Vila Praia de Ancora - Standard/ Superior

    Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
    Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guest houses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

    A Guarda - Standard

    Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

    Baiona - Standard / Superior / Parador

    Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
    Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guest houses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.
    Parador: Full of history, classic ‘Paradores’ or heritage buildings will make your Camino experience extra special.

    Vigo - Standard / Superior

    Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
    Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guest houses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

    Redondela - Standard

    Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

    Pontevedra - Standard / Superior / Parador

    Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
    Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guest houses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.
    Parador: Full of history, classic ‘Paradors’ or heritage buildings will make your Camino experience extra special.

    Caldas de Reis - Standard / Superior

    Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
    Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guest houses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

    Padrón - Standard / Superior

    Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
    Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guest houses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

    Santiago de Compostela - Standard / Superior / Parador

    Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
    Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guest houses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.
    Parador: Full of history, classic ‘Paradors’ or heritage buildings will make your Camino experience extra special.

    Porto Average Temperature & Rainfall
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    Baiona Average Temperature & Rainfall

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    Santiago de Compostela Average Temperature & Rainfall
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    Flying IN and OUT

    How to get to Porto:
    Best option: Porto airport (10km)
    There are many international flights from Porto airport, including: London (Gatwick) with EasyJet, Dublin, Liverpool or Rome (Ciampino) with Ryanair. There are a few direct flights with TAP Airlines from/to New York (Newark) and from/to Toronto (Pearson International) with Air Transat. See www.skyscanner.com.

     

    How to get back from Santiago de Compostela:
    Best Option: Santiago de Compostela airport (12km)
    Aer Lingus serves flights from/ to Dublin; Ryanair from/ to London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo) and Frankfurt (Hahn), Vueling from/ to London Gatwick, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Munich, Dusseldorf, Rome and Zurich; Easyjet from Geneva, London (Gatwick), Rome and Basel; Swiss to Zurich; Turkish Airlines to Istambul. Santiago de Compostela Lavacolla airport also has many flights to Spanish cities; with many daily flights to Madrid and Barcelona. See www.skyscanner.com.
    Alternative Option: Porto airport (210km)
    There are many international flights from Porto airport, including: London (Gatwick) with EasyJet, Dublin, Liverpool or Rome (Ciampino) with Ryanair. There are a few direct flights with TAP Airlines from/to New York (Newark) and from/to Toronto (Pearson International) with Air Transat. See www.skyscanner.com.
    Alternative Option: Vigo Airport (90km)
    Direct flights to Dublin, Edinburgh (Ryanair), London-Luton (Air Nostrum), Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Lisbon, Rome and Paris. See: www.skyscanner.com.
    Alternative Option: A Coruña Airport (70km)
    Direct flights to London (Vueling), Lisbon (TAP), Madrid and Barcelona.

    Transfers TO and FROM Airport

    How to get to Porto:
    From: Porto airport (10km)
    The easiest connection between Porto airport and the city center is by metro. The purple metro line (line E) has regular departures; frequency between 5-9 minutes approx. See: metrodoporto.pt.

     

    Ferry Caminha-A Guarda: www.cm-caminha.pt

     

    How to get back from Santiago de Compostela
    To:
     Santiago de Compostela airport (12km)
    There is a shuttle bus to/from the airport in Santiago, departing every 30min. Bus stops are. e.g., the bus station (Estación de Autobuses), the train station (Estación de Ferrocarril) and the city centre (Plaza de Galicia). See www.empresafreire.com.
    To: Porto airport (210km)
    There is a direct bus connection between Santiago (Estación De Autobuses) and Porto airport once or twice a day (taking 4h or 6h approx.). See www.alsa.es.

    To: A Coruña airport (70km)
    From Santiago you can take a train to A Coruña (30 min approximately) and then take a bus from Alfonso Molina (line 4051) to the airport (every 30 min, takes 20 min approximately). Monbus has services from Santiago to A Coruña Airport (every 3 hours), see monbus.es/en for details.

    To: Vigo airport (90km)
    From Santiago you can take a train to Vigo Guixar (see www.renfe.com) or a bus to Travesia de Vigo (every hour). You should then take a city bus from Travesia de Vigo to Vigo Airport (every 30 min).

    We can also arrange taxi transfers, if you prefer. Let the CaminoWays.com team know.

    Please select from our available tours below and proceed to booking. Contact the team if you have any special requests.


    Select your trip

    1. Tour options - Select your trip type

    • Stay in our hand-picked accommodation. Price pp, half board.

      Single Room
      €1822
      Double/Twin Room
      €1455
    • This tour includes two additional nights: in Oia and Teo. Stay in our hand-picked accommodation. Price pp, half board.

      Single Room
      €2107
      Double/Twin Room
      €1687
    • Treat yourself to the top properties along the way, including unique country homes and boutique hotels, as well as historic 'Paradores'. Now including complimentary spa treatment in Santiago. Price pp, half board.

      Single Room
      €2352
      Double/Twin Room
      €1847
    • Treat yourself to the top properties along the way, including unique country homes and boutique hotels, as well as historic 'Paradores'. Now including complimentary spa treatment in Santiago. Price pp, half board.

      Single Room
      €2636
      Double/Twin Room
      €2079

    2. Select Date

    3. No. of rooms

    • Single (1 bed)
    • Twin Rooms (2 beds)
    • Double (1 large bed for 2)

    What's Included

    • Luggage transfered from hotel to hotel
    • Rooms en-suite
    • Half Board
    • Holiday pack: inc. notes & map(s) & pilgrim passport, what to bring, useful information
    • Superior Collection now including complimentary spa treatment in Santiago.

    We also offer

    • Airport Transfers, Hotel Upgrades (where available), Bike Rentals