The Coastal Portuguese Camino offers an intriguing combination of ocean views, a myriad of beachscapes from rocky shores to wide expanses of sand. You’ll encounter fishing communities and tiny villages where locals still plant and tend their crops by hand, as well as fascinating cities full of history and impressive architecture.

 

The typical itinerary for this Coastal Camino from Porto can be quite demanding at times due to some long distances between overnight stops with decent accommodation. If you would rather slow things down and divide your days into a more manageable schedule, we have the perfect solution for you with our Easy Coastal Camino.

 

With a combination of short days of 7 or 8 km and a sprinkling of longer ones (up to 18 km), you’ll have time to replenish your energy and enjoy the places you visit, making the experience about so much more than the ultimate goal of reaching Santiago.

DURATION 21 days – 20 nights
DISTANCE 256 km in 19 stages
AVAILABILITY March to November
INCLUDED
20 Nights of accommodation with breakfast
Luggage transfers between hotels (1 bag per person – Max. 15 kg/bag)
24/7 emergency support
Pilgrim kit: passport (credencial) and shell (vieira)
Roadbook of the Way with tips and information (in English)
NOT INCLUDED
International flights, arrival and departure transfers, meals (where not listed as included in the itinerary),optional additional tours or activities during free time, tips and items of a personal nature
PRICES Per person in double bedroom: from 1440 euros
EXTRAS Supplement for single accommodationt: from 680 euros

Supplement for June and September: 50 euros/person
Supplement for July and August: 100 euros/person
Half-board Supplement: on request
Upgrade for 4, 5* Hotels and Paradores available on request

Notes

– We are a local company, so there are no intermediaries when booking through us. Our goal is get you the best price/quality possible and give you all the necessary local support
– The hotels in our programs are regularly inspected by our team and have been carefully selected for their location and comfort. All our handpicked hotels have en suite accommodation

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Arrival

Make your own way to the historical city of Porto to meet a member of our team and receive a full briefing about your Camino journey and relevant documentation. Try to allow some time to explore this beautiful city and visit the 12th century cathedral.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 1: Labruje – Vila do Conde (16 km)

We will drive you from the bustling centre of Porto to the tranquil beach at Labruge to begin your Camino. Your journey north to Vila do Conde encompasses a variety of attractive coastal scenery.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 2: Vila do Conde – Apúlia (17 km)

As you leave Vila do Conde, notice the beautifully carved Manueline doorway of the parish church. After a brief urban section, you will reach the beach in Póvoa de Varzim and spend most of the day following boardwalks and backroads close to the sea until you reach the small coastal village of Apúlia.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 3: Apúlia – Esposende (8 km)

Make your way through the patches of forests and cultivated fields that surround Apúlia to the village of Fão before crossing the Cavado River. This wide estuary and surrounding wetlands are part of a nature reserve that attracts many birds. Follow the road into the old town centre of Esposende.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 4: Esposende – Castelo do Neiva (12 km)

After leaving the pleasant resort town of Esposende behind, you will be back in the countryside again in order to cross the Neiva River. Spend the night in a charming country house in a tiny village.
Accommodation: Charm Hotel
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Stage 5: Castelo do Neiva – Viana do Castelo (13 km)

Small villages and attractive countryside mark the start of today’s walk. You will then make your way down to the River Lima, crossing the long metal bridge designed by Gustav Eiffel. Admire the views up and downstream as you cross the estuary and enter the charming small city of Viana do Castelo, full of pretty squares and historical buildings.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 6: Viana do Castelo – Âncora (18 km)

Begin your day with a gradual ascent as you leave Viana do Castelo to walk through a string of villages with distant views of the ocean. Climb a forested hill before descending to the vast beach and pleasant fishing town of Vila Praia de Âncora.
Accommodation: 4* Hotel
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Stage 7: Âncora – A Guarda (14 km)

Follow the ecotrail along the coast, past the coastal village and sandy beach of Moledo, then stroll through a beautiful pine forest to reach the mouth of the River Minho and the town of Caminha at the north-western tip of Portugal. After crossing the river, by ferry if the weather permits, a gentle climb takes you to the Spanish town of A Guarda.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 8: A Guarda – Oia (14 km)

Enjoy the wild, largely untouched coastline and attractive countryside between A Guarda and the small village of Oia, which features an imposing monastery and a small beach.
Accommodation: 2* Hotel
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Stage 9: Oia – Baiona (17 km)

Follow the ocean road and parallel paths to and beyond Mougas before veering off into the wilds to climb a small hill. Make your way gradually downhill, through countryside and hamlets, to enter the coastal city of Baiona via two of its most impressive churches. Take your time to explore the medieval streets and multitude of tapas bars.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 10: Baiona – Corujo (15 km)

Leave Baiona and its suburbs behind and re-enter the countryside, punctuated with small villages and the towns of A Ramallosa and Nigran. After several kilometres in a eucalyptus forest, you will emerge onto a busy road in Corujo to meet your transfer back to Baiona for the night.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 11: Corujo – Vigo (11 km)

Pick up the trail from where you left off the previous day. After leaving the main road, you’ll enter a calmer environment of villages and countryside before reaching the outskirts of Vigo. Your entry to the city will be greener than you might expect as the Camino takes you through the city park.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 12: Vigo – Redondela (15 km)

Leave Vigo via its main shopping street then follow a very long, level road that straddles the slopes surrounding the city and passes through several hamlets. The views of the Ria de Vigo from up here are spectacular. After the villages, there is an attractive section of forest before the steep descent towards the town of Redondela, famed for its two viaducts.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 13: Redondela – Arcade (7 km)

The Coastal Camino merges with the Central route in Redondela so you will undoubtedly meet more pilgrims as you make your way north. Today is a short stage that takes you over a hill and into the small town of Arcade, which is renowned for producing oysters. Take the opportunity to spend some time at the river beach to enjoy the extensive views.
Accommodation: 2* Hotel
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Stage 14: Arcade – Pontevedra (13 km)

The ancient Ponte Sampaio was once the scene of an important battle but now offers gloriously peaceful views on your way out of Arcade. A gentle climb on old stone roads through attractive countryside leads you into a forest. Once you reach the River Tomeza, you can choose to take a detour and enter the attractive and interesting city of Pontevedra alongside the river instead of the main road.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 15: Pontevedra – San Mauro (10 km)

Another important bridge takes you out of Pontevedra, passing a Roman milestone on the way. Follow the train tracks into the countryside once more. You’ll pass Santa Maria de Alba church then begin a slow climb to the village of San Amaro. Meet your driver here to return to Pontevedra for the night.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 16: San Mauro – Caldas de Reis (12 km)

Return to San Amaro to continue the Camino as you walk through farmland and countryside towards the Barosa River. Follow the River Lamas for a short while to reach the entrance to Rio Barosa Natural Park, which has a collection of watermills you may wish to visit. The warm, sulphuric waters and spa town of Caldas de Reis are just a few kilometres from here.
Accommodation: 2* Hotel
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Stage 17: Caldas de Reis – Padron (18 km)

Leave Caldas de Reis via its medieval bridge and follow the River Bermaña through a pretty rural area of fields and woods. Climb through the Valga forest and down the hill to enter the small village San Miguel de Valga. Walk down through Infesta to cross the River Sar at Pontecessures then follow it into Padron, the place where the boat carrying St. James’ body is said to have washed ashore.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 18: Padron – Teo (12 km)

Leave the charming town of Padron via the Romanesque church at Iria Flavia. Cross the train tracks to see an entirely different style of religious architecture at the Marian church in A Esclavitude. From here, there are more small villages before you get to Parada de Francos, a pretty village with an elaborately carved 14th century stone cross, one of the oldest in Galicia.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 19: Teo – Santiago de Compostela (14 km)

Your last day on the Camino trail starts with an attractive wooded area to ease the gentle climb to the town of Milladoiro. From here, you can see the spires of the cathedral tempting you in the distance. Head downhill to cross the River Sar once more then choose which of the 3 Camino trail options you want to follow to get to the medieval heart of Santiago de Compostela.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Departure

After breakfast – end of our services

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