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Camino Portugués Coastal Way

15 Days & 14 Nights 4.7 Read 10 reviews
  • Walk to Santiago via the wild Atlantic coastline of Portugal and Galicia
  • Enjoy a quieter Camino experience away from the crowds
  • Explore the medieval towns of Baiona, Pontevedra and Padron
  • Dine on the finest seafood and sip on ruby port
  • The vibrant UNESCO heritage city of Porto
An interesting and quieter variation of the main Camino Portugues central route, the Portugues Coastal Way or Caminho da Costa runs from Porto to Santiago following the wild Atlantic coastline of northern Portugal and Galicia. Starting in the vibrant UNESCO heritage city of Porto, head straight to the coast and walk through seaside towns and fishing villages, past river estuaries and sandy beaches. Visit one of the most beautiful and best-preserved historical centres of Portugal in Viana do Castelo before reaching the natural border of Spain and Portugal and the River Miño. Continue through historic medieval towns such as Baiona, Pontevedra and Padro. Cross beautiful Romanesque bridges and dine on some of Galicia’s gastronomic delights. Finally, meet up with the main Camino Portugues route before arriving at the wonderful city of Santiago where all pilgrims come together.
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What To Expect

This is a great alternative to the main Camino Portugues route if you are looking for a quieter trail away from the crowds. Graded moderate, you will walk for between 13 and 26km a day on mostly flat terrain. Overnight stays are in small hotels and guesthouses or larger hotels in the big cities.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Pilgrim Trail | You will follow a historic pilgrimage trail, in the footsteps of generations of travellers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Spiritual Journeys, Personal Growth

Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded as moderate overall and includes daily walks of between 13 and 26km on mostly flat terrain. You will follow a mixture of coastal paths, wooden walkways, dirt tracks and some roads closer to the bigger cities and towns.

Navigation

The Camino Portuguese coastal route is not as well way-marked as the main Camino Portuguese but we provide detailed route notes and maps as well as a guidebook. You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App so you can follow the route using your phones GPS so you will have no problems finding the way.

Accommodation Information

14 nights accommodation is included in small rural hotels and hostels. You will always have a private room and en-suite bathroom. In the larger towns, you will stay in 3* hotels.

You can add extra nights at any point during your stay, and we particularly recommend extending your stay in Santiago.

Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This trip is available to solo walkers for a supplement. Single rooms are also available for a supplement.

Meals

A local breakfast is included each morning which usually consists of a coffee and bread with jams. Lunch and dinner are not included as standard so you are free to choose from the available options.

Included
  • 14 nights in small rural hotels and hostels in twin/double rooms with en-suite W/C
  • 14 Breakfasts
  • Daily Baggage Transfers
  • A detailed information pack including route notes, maps and local information
  • Access to our smartphone app & GPS tracks
  • 24-7 emergency support from our local and UK offices in the event of a problem
Excluded
  • Return travel to Portugal/Spain
  • Lunches, snacks or drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Equipment
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Metro on Day 2 to Matosinhos (approx €3)
  • Ferry from Caminha over River Mino (approx €3)
Extras
  • Additional nights accommodation along the way.

When To Go

You can start your walk anytime between the beginning of March and the end of October subject to availability. As the ferry between Caminha and A Guarda does not operate on a Monday it is not possible to start this tour on a Wednesday. Please also keep this in mind if you are adding any additional nights. July and August can get very hot so please bear this in mind if walking at this time of year.

Getting to the Start

By Air: Porto is easily accessible from London and many airports throughout Europe on a direct flight or you can also fly via Lisbon and take a train to Porto (2.5h). Airlines flying to Porto include low-cost carriers such as Ryanair and Easyjet and other options include British Airways, TAP, KLM and Lufthansa.

By Rail: Porto is one of the main railway hubs in northern Portugal and is therefore easily reached by train. It takes approx 3 hours by train from Lisbon to Porto.

By Road: Porto enjoys good connections by road to the rest of Portugal. It takes approx 7 hours to drive from Lisbon to Porto.

Getting from the End

By Air: If flying to the UK, low-cost airlines such as EasyJet and Ryanair offer direct flights to London Stansted and London Gatwick. For travelling to the rest of Europe or the US, you can fly from Santiago via Madrid with Iberia, via Frankfurt with Lufthansa or via Paris or Barcelona with Vueling. Other options are available and you can check Santiago Airports website for more information.

By Rail: It is also possible to take the train from Santiago to Madrid (approx 7hrs). Train timetables and fares can be viewed at RENFE.

Baggage Transfer

Baggage transfers are included (max 20kg per person). Your main bag will be transferred each day between your overnight accommodation so that you only need to walk with a day pack.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes.

Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, lightweight clothes, waterproofs and a day pack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Porto Day 2: Metro to Matosinhos, walk to Povoa do Varzim 16 miles / 26 km Day 3: Walk to Esposende 12.5 miles / 20 km Day 4: Walk to Viana do Castelo 16 miles / 25.5 km Day 5: Walk to Praia da Ancora 11.5 miles / 18.5 km Day 6: Walk to Caminha, ferry to Spain, walk to A Guarda 11.5 miles / 18.5 km Day 7: Walk to Oia 8.5 miles / 13.5 km Day 8: Walk to Baiona 11.5 miles / 18.5 km Day 9: Walk to Vigo 16 miles / 26 km Day 10: Walk to Arcade 14.5 miles / 23 km Day 11: Walk to Pontevedra 8 miles / 12.5 km Day 12: Walk to Caldas de Reis 13 miles / 20.5 km Day 13: Walk to Padron 12 miles / 19 km Day 14: Walk to Santiago de Compostela 16 miles / 26 km Day 15: Onward Travel

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