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Portuguese Coastal Way – Porto to Baiona 1/2

Walking Section 1 of 2

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The first section of the Portuguese Coastal Way #portuguesecoastalway or Caminho da Senda Litoral starts in colourful Porto, where you should take time to discover the history of Port wine and enjoy a stroll along the UNESCO-listed river front. After exploring charming Porto, you will head for the popular beach district of Matosinhos to start your coastal Camino. You will walk North following the breezy Atlantic Ocean, stopping in charming seaside villages and towns such as Vila do Conde, Póvoa de Varzim and Viana do Castelo. From Caminha, you will take the ferry across the River Minho to A Guarda, in Galicia. You are now in the heart of the Rías Baixas region, famous for its Albariño white wine, superb seafood and gorgeous beaches.

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Standard:

  • 8 days/ 7 nights. Stay in our hand-picked accommodation.
  • Split – 9 days/ 8 Nights. This tour includes one extra walking day: Day 6 is split in two stages of 15km and 14km, you will stay in the village of Oia.

Superior Collection: Stay in the best accommodation along the way, including 4-star hotels and ‘paradores’. 

Trip highlights

  • Explore the colourful streets of Porto
  • Be enchanted by the wild Atlantic beauty
  • Indulge in the best fresh seafood and wine
  • Get amazing ocean views from the ancient village of Santa Tegra

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 on the Portuguese Coastal Way!

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 Camino walk. 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
Enjoy a stroll along the pretty Póvoa de Varzim harbour and explore 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 the 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. Today is quite an easy 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 way. 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, no ferries 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 ocean. Make sure to visit before continuing 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 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

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Before you head home, relax in the elegant seaside town of Baiona: stroll along the port, visit the impressive Monte Real fortress and taste the best of the Rías Baixas seafood and white wine. If you have time, you should organise a trip to the magnificent Cíes islands, a nature reserve in the Bay of Vigo.

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

Porto - Standard / Superior

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses 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 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 and relaxing country homes.

Povoa de Varzim - Standard / Superior

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses 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 and relaxing country homes.

Esposende - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses 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 trail.

Viana do Castelo - Standard / Superior

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses 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 guest houses 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 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 guest houses 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 trail.

Baiona - Standard / Superior / Parador

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses 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.

Porto Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Baiona Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Porto:
Best option: Porto airport (10km)
Porto airport has direct connections with many airports across Europe, 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 Baiona:
Best Option: The closest airport to Baiona is Vigo airport (30km).
Ryanair has direct flights from Dublin to Vigo. Air France connects Vigo with Paris (Charles de Gaulle). You can also take internal flights to/from hubs such as Madrid (with Iberia) or Barcelona (with Iberia or Vueling Airlines).
Other Option: Santiago de Compostela Airport (129km)
Santiago de Compostela is the main international airport in Galicia. 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.
Other Option: Porto Airport in Portugal (160km)
Porto airport has direct connections with many airports across Europe, 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.

Transfers TO and FROM Airport

How to get to Porto:
From: Porto airport (10km)
The easiest way to get from Porto airport to the city centre is taking the metro. The purple metro line (line E) departs every 5-9 minutes. See: metrodoporto.pt.

 

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

 

How to get back from Baiona:
To: Vigo (30km)
You will need a bus to get to Vigo. There are buses every 30 minutes from Baiona on weekdays. On Saturdays and Sundays there are buses every hour (40min approx.). The company providing this service is called ATSA. See: atsahorarios.com
To: Santiago de Compostela airport (129km).
You can take a bus from Baiona to Vigo, a 40 min journey approx. (see: vigobus.com, atsahorarios.com). From Vigo to Santiago you can either take a bus (it takes about 2 hours, see monbus.es) or you can take the train (1 hour and 30 min approximately www.renfe.es). From Santiago city centre to Santiago airport you can take the shuttle bus (30 min) see: empresafreire.com.
To: Porto (160km)
Best option is to get to Vigo by bus (vigobus.com, atsahorarios.com). From Vigo to Porto you can either take a train (www.cp.pt) or bus (www.autna.com).

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
    €944
    Double/Twin Room
    €760
  • This tour includes one extra walking day to split the longest walking section. Stay at Oia. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €1086
    Double/Twin Room
    €876
  • Stay in the best accommodation along the way, including 4-star hotels and 'paradores.' Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €1158
    Double/Twin Room
    €919

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

We also offer

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