The Portuguese Coastal Way takes pilgrims through the most westerly part of Portugal. Starting from Porto, it follows the coastline north.

 

The Coastal Portuguese Way of Saint James was mainly used by pilgrims who came by boat from western lands to then head north to Santiago de Compostela on foot.  It is less well-travelled than the Central Portuguese Way, and therefore quieter, at least until Redondela where it merges with the Central Camino.

In calm, warm weather, the coastal stretches are particularly enjoyable and the route has plenty of natural charms and historical towns, albeit fewer shrines and monuments than other more popular routes.

From Porto to Caminha, the Coastal Way follows boardwalks and back roads alongside the wide sandy beaches and flowered sand dunes of the northern Portuguese coastline. That said, much of this section is inland, along rural lanes and tracks through traditional villages, forests and historical towns and small cities like Vila do Conde and Viana do Castelo.

Once across the River Minho and through A Guarda, you’ll spend most time next to the mostly rocky Galician shoreline before reaching the attractive seaside resort town of Baiona. After that, the Way continues inland, through a series of villages and forests to the city of Vigo and on to Redondela, where it merges with the Central Way.

You won’t find fresher fish and seafood than on this route.

Coastal Way Tours

Camino de Santiago

Porto - Santiago (Coastal way)

Walk along sandy beaches and through historical coastal towns of northern Portugal, the rugged Galician coastline and beautiful beaches of Baiona before joining the central Camino in Redondela. After visiting
Coastal Way

Caminha - Santiago (Groups)

Join this group tour for a scenic ferry ride from the beautiful riverside town of Caminha to the rugged Galician coastline. Enjoy beautiful Baiona’s beaches and architecture before continuing your
Camino

Porto - Santiago (Coastal Way) - Cycling

Enjoy a blend of beaches, gorgeous green countryside, traditional villages and historical towns as you alternate between the Portuguese and Galician coast and inland areas. Cycling the Coastal Portuguese Way
Camino de Santiago

Caminha - Santiago (Coastal Way)

A scenic ferry ride takes you from the beautiful riverside town of Caminha to the rugged Galician coastline. Enjoy beautiful Baiona’s beaches and architecture before continuing your journey inland. Your
Camino

Porto - Tui - Santiago

Combine sandy Portuguese beaches with the greenery of its countryside by walking alongside the spectacular River Minho to join the central route in the fortress town of Valença. You’ll have