The Portuguese Coastal Camino or Caminho da Costa is a stunning alternative route to the traditional Portuguese Camino. Starting from colourful Porto, you will 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 coastal feel of this scenic Camino de Santiago trail.
Keeping the Atlantic Ocean as your companion, this Camino route starts in the gorgeous UNESCO-listed city of Porto and will take you to charming seaside towns and villages in Northern Portugal such as Viana do Castelo and Vila Praia de Ancora before crossing the River Minho by ferry to A Guarda in Galicia.
Once in Galicia, you will be walking in the heart of the Rías Baixas, the lower bays, home of the famous Albariño white wine. From Baiona to Vigo you will enjoy wonderful views of the Bay and the magical Cies Islands. We recommend you take a rest day in Vigo and take the opportunity to visit this paradise, just off the coast of the city and a short ferry journey away.
As you reach the town of Redondela and head inland, you will be joining the classic Camino Portugues trail and start meeting many other pilgrims on their way to Santiago.
You can walk the full Portuguese Coastal Camino in just under 2 weeks, or 1 week if you are cycling. You can also choose to do a section of the route and pick your starting point.
Please note, in order to get your Compostela pilgrim certificate in Santiago you will need to walk a minimum of 100kms into Santiago (we suggest you start in Baiona) or cycle at least the last 200kms of the route (we suggest you start in Porto).
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