Camino Portugués Coastal Way: Stage 17 Days & 6 Nights 3.8 Read 5 reviews
- Enjoy a quieter Camino experience away from the crowds
- The vibrant UNESCO heritage city of Porto
- Spot birdlife such as mallards, grey herons and cormorants in the Natural Park of the Northern Portuguese Coast
- Explore the beautiful historical centre of Viana do Castelo
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.
Pilgrim Trail | You will follow a historic pilgrimage trail, in the footsteps of generations of travellers
This trip is suitable for:
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Spiritual Journeys
- Personal Growth
- Coastal & Island
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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.
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.
6 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.
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.
- 6 nights in small rural hotels and hostels in twin/double rooms with en-suite W/C
- 6 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
- 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)
- 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: The closest airport to A Guarda is Vigo which you can reach by flights with Iberia via Madrid. The other option is to fly into Porto, but it is a 4-hour bus journey from there to A Guarda.
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.
The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes.
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.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive Porto
Arrive in the vibrant city of Porto, famous for its production of port wine. With its medieval old town, baroque churches and plentiful restaurants this is a wonderful place to start your trip. Take a wander through the narrow cobbled streets of the Ribeira district before enjoying dinner and perhaps sampling some delicious vintage Port.
Porto is easily accessible from London and many airports throughout Europe or you can also fly via Lisbon and take a train to Porto (2.5h).
Hotel Teatro has 74 rooms over six floors with Fitness Centre, free WIFI, private parking, 24 hour front desk and laundry among other services.
After breakfast, take a short metro journey to the town of Matosinhos, escaping some of the urban sprawl of Porto. From Matosinhos, start your walk along the coast visiting seaside villages such as Leca da Palmeira, Labruge and Vila do Conde before arriving at Povoa do Varzim. This beautiful city is home to the Cividade de Terrosso Fort, more than 3000 years old as well as an ancient aqueduct, and a charming old town.
Ascent: 33m/Descent: 35m
This 4 star hotel located on the beach offers 208 air-conditioned rooms (including 12 suites) with simple but comfortable decoration and even some of them have private balcony with panoramic views. Each room has TV and minibar and a private bathroom with luxurious toiletries. In this accommodation also has free Wifi, and it is also at your disposal a restaurant, bar, a terrace area. Other facilities in this hotel: private parking, swimming pool and tennis court.
Walk along the esplanade to the Chapel of San Andres before continuing via a wooden walkway to the Natural Park of the Northern Portuguese Coast. Home to many different wildlife habitats including pine forests, wetlands and river estuaries you should be able to spot plenty of birds such as mallards, grey herons and cormorants and more than 200 different species of flora. Cross the iron bridge over the Cavadoy river before arriving in the city of Esposende.
Ascent: 26m/Descent: 32m
This accommodation integrated in a natural environment next to Río Cávado, with panoramic views to it and approx. 200 metres far to the Atlantic Ocean has 77 rooms, 11 suites, with private bathroom, telephone, mini-bar refrigerated, personal safe and television. Rooms also have Wifi, air conditioned. Other services in the hotel: room service, airport shuttle, private parking, laundry and dry cleaning. And at your disposal other facilities like restaurant, lobby bar with live piano, swimming pool, tennis court, playground, and gym.
Continue along the coastal plains, crossing expansive sandy beaches and dunes, the town of Marinhas, and Church of San Bartolome do Mar. Arriving at the mouth of the Neiva River, head inland briefly before returning to the coast and then walking along a forest path to the small port of Cabedelo. Cross the Eiffel Bridge into one of the most beautiful and best-preserved historical centres in Portugal, Viana do Castelo.
Here you can visit the Church of Our Lady of Conception, the Castle of Mino, the stunning cathedral and a traditional goldsmith’s museum.
Ascent: 284m/Descent: 276m
With a friendly atmosphere this family-run accommodation built in 1970 and completely renovated in 2009 is situated in the historic aea of Viana. This No-smoking hotel has 26 modest furnishing rooms, equipped with cable TV and free internet access and also special facilities for disabled (visually impaired/deaf) and easy access for wheelchairs. Other services: multilingual personnel, Hotel safe, air conditioning in public areas, room service. It also has car park and a bar which offers tasty snack.
Before leaving Viana do Castelo, take time to climb the funicular to the eucalyptus-clad hill of Monte de Santa Luzia or visit the exquisite neo-Byzantine Temple to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for panoramic views of Viana. Heading out of the city, cross many beaches via wooden footbridges over the dunes and walk along sea promenades. Discover the Fort of Santiago de Barra as well as the impressive windmills of Montedor. Reach Praia da Ancora, where you can perhaps take a dip in the sea!
Ascent: 172m/Descent: 174m
This hotel located just opposite to the beach offers rooms with fridge, air conditioning, TV, WiFi, full bathroom and heating. There is also a restaurant that serves tradicional Portuguese cuisine.
Not long after leaving the beach this morning you will arrive at the pretty town of Caminha, the last Portuguese city of your walk, located at the mouth of the Miño River. Take a short ferry crossing to Camposancos where you begin the Spanish part of your journey through Galicia.
Arriving in A Guarda, explore its port, bustling town square with its impressive clock tower and the Church of Santa Maria.
Ascent: 97m/Descent: 182m
Situated in the centre of this village, this accommodation is 12 minutes´ walk from the beach. It has 21 spacious rooms with simple decoration and with floor tiles. Also equipped with flat screen TV and private bathroom. The hotel also offers TV lounge, pub, playroom, laundry and a terrace for smokers.
Enjoy breakfast before checking out and making your way home.
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