Take a break and head off to Porto, for a short break in one of the most popular routes of the Camino. A quieter route than the French way, this 4 night tour is the perfect way to spend a few days relaxing while walking part of the Camino. Starting from Unesco World Heritage Porto, this route will take you across Porto, Póvoa do Varzim, Esposende and Viana do Castelo along its 75km and surprise you with traditional fishing villages.
In Porto, get lost on the riverside quarter whose streets so narrow that cars can’t come into, take a picture from the viewpoint at the cathedral and cross D. Luis bridge designed by one of the associates of Gustave Eiffel to taste a Port wine in one of the many famous cellars.
To top it up, try Francesinha, a signature sandwich from Porto, considered by many the best sandwich in the world. On the way, observe fishermen going into the ocean to fish by the old way, and at the end of the day, bargain to get the best part of the catch of the day. Relax at beach bars by golden sandy beaches and have some freshly caught fish in one of the many fish restaurants with views to the ocean. Enjoy the sunset from old forts, a testimony from a pirates era and visit an afloat full-size replica of a discoveries ships docked in one of the most important ports during the discoveries. In the end stroll around Viana do Castelo with many Roman remains and a lively city center were in August the biggest fair in the north takes place and women parade with necklaces with kilos of gold.
*Note that the Caminho da Senda Litoral goes along the seaside. The Caminho da Costa follows inland along coastal towns and follows the same way as the Senda Litoral in some parts. If you choose the Caminho da Costa, the trail will always take you to the same finishing point. Have a look at the maps and walking notes provided. This route has been receiving many with 5 star ratings.
Mary, United States
My husband and I walked for 16 days. We started in Porto, Portugal and walked to Santiago (12 days) and then on to Finisterre (4 days.) I highly recommend Camino Ways! They handled the accommodations, which included breakfast every day and dinner 12 nights.
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