Plan your summer holiday with CaminoWays.com, the Camino de Santiago specialists, and enjoy an adventure like no other. You can choose from different coastal routes, all boasting magnificent sea views and gorgeous landscapes.
Thousands of pilgrims walk or cycle the Camino de Santiago each year. While the majority of pilgrims choose to follow the French Way or Camino Francés, the most famous Camino route; there are many other Camino routes in France, Portugal and Spain; many of them taking in fantastic coastal regions.
As well as experiencing stunning scenery, you will discover quaint seaside towns where the very best seafood is on offer. The specialists at CaminoWays.com have selected the top three Camino coastal routes:
Portugal’s Coastal Camino to Santiago
Starting in the colourful city of Porto, the Portuguese Coastal Way covers 236km through Northern Portugal into the South of Galicia and Santiago de Compostela. Discover the wild Atlantic charm of Northern Portugal as you stay in picturesque fishing villages and walk through natural parks and magnificent beaches; you will cross the Minho estuary by boat into Galicia and continue your Camino along the Rías Baixas, famous for their seafood and white wine. The entire route should take about two weeks on foot or just one week by bike.
When to go: Plan your trip for mid-summer and catch Porto’s Festa de São João, one of Europe’s liveliest street festivals.
Price from €838 per person for 7 nights. For more information: Portuguese Coastal Way.
The Northern Way across ‘Green Spain’
Feeling even more adventurous? Why not choose the Camino del Norte for your next getaway. You’ll journey 800km across the lush coast of ‘Green Spain’, starting in the chic city of San Sebastián which is famous for its many Michelin star restaurants. From the Basque Country, you’ll venture through Cantabria and Asturias before reaching Galicia. Kick back and relax after the day’s activities and sample delectable local cuisine. The entire Northern Way takes 37 days to walk and 18 days to cycle. If you have limited time, you can choose a section of the route.
When to go: travel in July and August to catch local festivals in towns such as Ribadesella, Luarca and Ribadeo.
Price from €632 per person sharing for 6 nights. For more information: Camino del Norte.
If you have a little less time on your hands, why not choose the Finisterre Way? It’s the only route that begins in bustling Santiago de Compostela and takes pilgrims to Cape Fisterra, otherwise known as the ‘End of the World’, and along the craggy coastlines to Muxía. Pass through tranquil villages, secluded farmland and untouched landscapes before reaching the sea cliffs of the westernmost point of Spain. There will definitely be plenty of great photo opportunities! You can walk the Finisterre Way in just eight days.
When to go: Travel in early September to experience the vibrant traditional Romaria festival and pilgrimage in Muxia.
Price from €741 per person sharing for 7 nights from Santiago to Muxía (walking) or from €468pp for 4 nights (cycling). For more information: Finisterre Way.
Includes: Accommodation on half-board basis, luggage transfer from hotel to hotel, holiday pack with walking notes, maps and pilgrim passport.
Does not include: Flights, transport, insurance.
Also available: Hotel upgrades, airport transfers, bike rental.
Talk to the CaminoWays.com travel specialists for more coastal Camino ideas.