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 the 12th century Porto Cathedral, spend the first part of your Camino by the ocean as you head to the attractive town of Vila do Conde, famous for its lace-making and naval history. Pass through the seaside towns of Povoa da Varzim, Esposende and Vila Praia da Âncora, all of which offer great seafood, especially octopus. Delve into the architecture and culture of Viana do Castelo and visit the hilltop Santa Luzia basilica.  The last town in Portugal is Caminha, strategically located at the mouth of the River Minho, the border with Spain.

Admire the views from the ferry to A Guarda then follow the unspoilt coastline towards beautiful Baiona to enjoy tapas in the medieval backstreets. Around the city of Vigo, you’ll have views of the Cies islands and floating mussel farms in the Ria de Vigo lagoon. After merging with the Central Way in Redondela, explore the delightful historical centre of Pontevedra then relax in one of its many squares. Cross more beautiful countryside and two appealing riverside towns, the spa town of Caldas de Reis and Padrón, with its strong links to St. James, to reach Santiago de Compostela.

DURATION 15 days – 14 nights
DISTANCE 260 km in 13 stages
AVAILABILITY March to November
INCLUDED
14 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 840 euros
EXTRAS Supplement for single accommodationt: 295 euros
Supplement for June and September: 90 euros/person
Supplement for July and August: 125 euros/person
Extra night in Porto: 45 euros/person in double bedroom
Extra night in Santiago: 45 euros/person in double bedroom
Half-board Supplement (11 dinners): 275 euros
Upgrade for 4, 5* Hotels and Paradores available

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

Free day in Porto
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 1: Porto (Matosinhos) - Vila do Conde (21 km / 12.9 miles)

Transfer: Porto – Matosinhos *
Start your Way in Matosinhos and follow the coastline on wooden boardwalks and pavements where you’ll encounter a series of wide sandy beaches, nature reserves and local fishermen at work before reaching the historical seaside town of Vila do Conde.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 2: Vila do Conde - Esposende (25 km / 15.4 miles)

Cut through the urban areas between Vila do Conde and the coastal resort town of Povoa de Varzim. Then walk beside the coast and across beaches before heading inland through market gardens, woodland and villages. Admire the views as you cross the River Cávado to enter Esposende.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 3: Esposende - Viana do Castelo (23.5 km / 14.5 miles)

Today offers a series of villages interspersed with delightful patches of forest and rivers with views of distant mountain ranges. The Eiffel bridge over the River Lima offers spectacular views along the valley and estuary and the attractive historical and contemporary architecture of Viana do Castelo.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 4: Viana do Castelo - V. P. Ancora (19.5 km / 12.2 miles)

Most of the day is spent inland through a string of villages with occasional coastal views and rivers. There’s a steady climb up one mostly forested hill before the descent to the seaside town of Vila Praia de Âncora.
Accommodation: 4* Hotel
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Stage 5: V.P. Ancora - A Guarda (14 km / 8.7 miles)

Follow the coastal path between Âncora and Moleda and then continue to the pretty town of Caminha via a possible detour through the pine forest that borders the beach. A short, scenic ferry journey takes you across the River Minho to the fishing town of A Guarda in Spain.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 6: A Guarda - Oia (14 km / 8.7 miles)

Visit the Celtic settlement of Santa Tegra before leaving A Guarda for magnificent views of the coastline. Then follow the Way through the town and along coastal pathways, forest tracks and tarmac roads to the small but attractive beachfront village of Oia with its 12th century monastery.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 7: Oia - Baiona (17.5 km / 10.9 miles)

Start the day with a rural coastal landscape of small fields, scattered houses and a few villages then cut across the mountains towards Baiona. This rugged uphill section offers a welcome change of scenery and terrain before the final descent into the pretty resort town of Baiona.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 8: Baiona - Vigo (25.5 km / 15.8 miles)

The residential outskirts of Baiona gradually lead to more rural terrain and scattered villages interspersed with patches of woodland. A stint on a busy road ends with another series of villages before you reach Vigo where you’ll cut through Castrelos Park to skirt around the edge of the city.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 9: Vigo - Arcade (22 km / 13.5 miles)

Leave Vigo via its main shopping street and follow one long road through a string of quiet hillside villages. After several kilometres you’ll swap houses for trees and views of floating mussel farms and the Cíes islands before the descent into the town of Redondela. Walk uphill through a forest then down to the riverside town of Arcade, renowned for its oysters.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 10: Arcade - Pontevedra (13 km / 8 miles)

Ancient stone paths lead up through the woods and a scenic detour takes you along the River Tomeza. Pontevedra’s historical city centre is a maze of atmospheric squares filled with tapas bars.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 11: Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis (22 km / 13.6 miles)

Although fairly long, the journey to Caldas to Reis is not difficult and is mostly through pleasant countryside including an attractive section of woodland. Soothe your feet in one of Caldas de Reis’ thermal springs when you arrive.
Accommodation: 2* Hotel
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Stage 12: Caldas de Reis - Padron (19 km / 11.5 miles)

The day begins with gentle climb through a series of hamlets and the charming woodlands of Valga. You’ll see several attractive churches and stone crosses on the way to Padrón, where St. James is originally said to have been buried.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Stage 13: Padron - Santiago (23 km / 14.3 miles)

The final leg of your Camino is mostly through rural settings with a reasonable amount of shade. The last few kilometres are tiring but as the sign near the River Sar says, “Don’t Stop Now!” Enter the medieval centre of Santiago to make your way to the magnificent cathedral and end your journey.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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Departure

After breakfast – end of our services

* Notes: After breakfast on the second day in Porto you will meet a member of our team who will drive you to Matosinhos to start walking. With this you avoid the busy roads through urban areas of the cities of Porto and their suburbs. If you wish you can start walking in Porto – contact us for more information.

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