Pilgrims Walking the Camino

camino portugués: coastal TOUR

porto ⇒ Santiago de Compostela

The Portuguese Way is the second most popular after the Camino Francés. From Porto to Santiago, the Caminho Português (as it’s referred to in Portuguese) offers two options, both equally popular and worth considering: the Coastal Route, and the Traditional ˗ or the Inland ˗ Route. The degree of difficulty of both Portuguese trails ranges from easy to moderate, and both are suited for anyone with reasonable, average physical fitness, which makes them a wonderful choice for most pilgrims.

Both trails offer truly wonderful scenery and experience: along the coast, the panoramic ocean vistas are particularly stunning at sunset, as the sun dissolves in the Atlantic, and the sandy beaches invite pilgrims to take a refreshing dip. Inland, scenic vineyards and fruit orchards characterize the countryside, and quaint villages and beautiful, old towns invite for authentic gourmet experiences of traditional, regional foods and the famous Vinho Verde ˗ the sparkling white wine.

As the Trail leads through the most populated regions of Portugal and Galicia, its cultural and historic heritage is especially evident. Pilgrims traverse such cities of major historic significance as Porto, Vigo, Pontevedra and Padrón. It pays off to read up on the cities and the regions this Camino crosses, and to allot some time for sightseeing!

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The devout Portuguese started walking to Santiago de Compostela soon after the discovery of St. James’ remains. The Portuguese Queen Isabel walked the Caminho Português in 1325, after the death of her husband, King Denis. The route of the Portuguese Way follows old Roman roads, established in the 1st century AD. Many of the cities along the way date back to Roman times as well, and they are brimful with history and cultural gems.

Already in medieval times, many pilgrims would choose to walk along the Atlantic coast instead of the traditional route. This alternative has gained in popularity again in the last ten years, and the infrastructure – shops, lodging options and signposting – have since improved immensely. Everyone who enjoys the coast, will appreciate this route especially.

Whichever Portuguese Way you choose, it is a special experience to cross the border between Portugal and Spain on foot, and to witness the visible transformation of the architectural styles, cuisine and other aspects of people’s lives. As the Camino from Porto stretches only for approx. 260 kilometers, many appreciate the possibility to finish it in two weeks.

Though most pilgrims start walking in Porto, the capital city, Lisbon, has become more and more popular as the starting point. The route from Lisbon is especially interesting for religious pilgrims, as it leads through Fatima, a city that itself is known for many Marian apparitions. Even though many parts of the way are sign-posted, the fact that the stretch between Lisbon and Porto often follows paved freeways discourages many pilgrims from walking it. However, attempts have been made to improve the infrastructural layout, and more guesthouses have opened along this part of the Portuguese Way.

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the Highlights

Starting in Porto – Portugal’s beautiful “Cultural Capital” – the Portuguese part of the Coastal Camino follows the Atlantic coast northwards, with occasional detours into the adjacent countryside. After crossing into Spain, the coast gets left behind, and the pilgrims traverse the lush greenery of the rolling hills and eucalyptus forests of Galicia.

This Camino is perfect for everybody who wants to enjoy a bit of everything: beautiful oceanic panoramas and beaches, great traditional food, picturesque countryside and charming rural atmosphere, as well as the great infrastructure for pilgrims.

The rewarding feeling of arriving in Santiago on foot at the end is indescribable. One extra day (2 nights) in Santiago is the least needed to celebrate this accomplishment and to enjoy this magical city, and the itinerary is planned accordingly.

tour details

Tour Type: Self-Guided

Availability: April through October

Details ⇒
  • April 01 – June 25: Regular Season
  • June 26 – July 15: Middle-High Season
  • July 16 – August 31: High Season
  • September 1 – September 15: Middle-High Season
  • September 16 – October 31: Regular Season
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Duration: 15 Days Total / 12 Days Walking

Total Distance: 268.6 km. (166.9 mi.)

Average distance: 22.4 km. (13.9 mi.) / Day

Prices (per person):

Double Room:
Starting at € 820

Single-Occupancy Room:
Starting at € 1,270

What’s Included:

14 nights in single / double room

En-suite facilities

English-speaking emergency assistance
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Your full digital Travel Info Package
Details ⇒

We are proud to be working together with hand-picked, high quality and mostly locally owned and operated service providers.

Your journey will be booked through, and your Travel Package will include all the information you will need to access your lodging locations and to process your check-in.

Optional Add-ons:

Luggage transfer on walking days

Breakfasts (subject to availability)

Lodging for additional night(s) stays

Airport transfers
Details ⇒

If you wish to walk your Camino Stages with a light backpack, carrying only the basic necessities, we will be happy to arrange for your luggage to be forwarded from one hotel to the next on your walking days.

Breakfasts are not available everywhere, and they are often served late, starting around 8 am. However, if you wish to include brekfasts, we will be happy to do so, where possible.

Spending an extra night in a given town throughout your journey is often a good idea: you give your body a rest, relax and enjoy exploring the town. In Santiago, two nights are included in most of our Tours by default as we believe it’s the least a Pilgrim would need to enjoy the City; however, you have the option to opt out of it.

We will be happy to arrange for an airport shuttle transfer for you from your airport of arrival to the starting point of your journey. The same goes for the departure, unless you end your journey in Santiago and fly out of Santiago Airport. In that case, a taxi can be easily arranged for the time of your choice directly at the Reception Desk at your Hotel.

What’s NOT Included:

Flighs

Travel Insurance

Tour guide

Meals
Details ⇒

We do not book flights, nor organize any rail or commercial busline travel. However, if you need assistance in deciding how to get to and back from your Camino Tour, we will be happy to give you assist you with tips and ideas!

We strongly recommend to all our travelers to get a Travel Insurance; however, we do not sell any such policies. For our international clients, it is best to get a policy in their country of residence, as some countries offer insurances only to their own residents.

This is a date-flexible tour; therefore, it is self-guided – no Tour Guide will be accompnying you. If you are interested in joining a Group Tour with a Tour Guide, please check our Guided Tours page. (Note: our Guided Tours take place on set dates that are planned ahead.)

tour itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Porto

Your travels bring you, at last, to the beautiful City of Porto, often referred to as the cultural capital of Portugal. Check in at your hotel and spend the rest of the day and evening exploring the many amazing sites Porto has to offer, like a walk along the banks of the Duero river.

Day 2: Porto – Vila do Conde • 22.8 km. (14.2 mi.)

You first day on the Camino begins with a subway ride: Metro Line A will take you to get to the starting point of the Coastal Camino de Santiago. From here, you will walk along the coastline all the way until Vila do Conde. With the sea always to your left, the Camino leads over boardwalks and, later, traversing charming little villages. The farther you get from Porto, the more pleasant the scenery becomes, and there nearby Ocean will offer ample opportunities to have a quick swim.

Distance: 22.8 km. (14.2 mi.) | Difficulty: Easy

Day 3: Vila do Conde – Esposende • 25.1 km. (15.6 mi.)

Leaving Vila do Conde, you will soon be on the coast again and pass through the former fishing village Póvoa de Varzim, which is a popular tourist destination today. Much of the way can be walked on a boardwalk next to the Atlantic, before the Camino heads into the green hinterlands. Passing by vegetable fields and crossing a forest, you will finally reach Fão, cross the river Cávado and, finally, arrive at your today’s destination: Esposende.

Distance: 25.1 km. (15.6 mi.) | Difficulty: Easy

Day 4: Esposende – Viana do Castelo • 25.3 km. (15.7 mi.)

After Esposende, the Camino leaves the coast for a day. The Way winds through lush forests filled with the scent of eucalyptus, and then leads through traditional Portuguese villages. Today’s destination, Viana do Castelo, is one of the most beautiful cities along the coastal Camino, boasting a magnificent, historic city center with a cathedral and two defence towers that made up a part of the city’s fortress.

Distance: 25.3 km. (15.7 mi.) | Difficulty: Moderate

Day 5: Viana do Castelo – Vila Praia de Ancora • 17 km. (10.6 mi.)

Behind Viana, the Camino goes up to a ridge of hills, where the pilgrims walk until just before Ancora. The path leads through many small Portuguese villages and, between them, it leads over beautiful forest paths. Again and again, beautiful vistas of the Atlantic from above will open up, and you will hear its distant roaring from time to time. In Vila Praia de Ancora, the Camino will finally reach the coast again.

Distance: 17 km. (10.6 mi.) | Difficulty: Moderate

Day 6: Vila Praia de Ancora – Oia • 28.3 km. (17.6 mi.)

Your first stage of today’s lengthier journey will be to Caminha. This town, with its many bars, the traditional Portuguese main plaza, the townhouse and its clocktower, make for a opportunity to bid Portugal a proper farewell, and to, then, be welcomed into Spain. Crossing the river Miño by boat, you will enter Galicia. (NOTE: your watches will have to be reset 1 hour ahead on reaching Spain!) From there, the Camino will lead you to the fishing village A Guarda, known as the “capital of lobsters”. Following the rocky coast, you will then reach your today’s destination: Oia.

Distance: 28.3 km. (17.6 mi.) | Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

Day 7: Oia – Baiona • 18.8 km. (11.7 mi.)

Beyond Oia, you will continue along the coast, following narrow trails that, later, turn into paved roads. There will be some uphill and downhill terrain just before the destination of this stage – Baiona, which was an important trading hub up until the end of the 19th century. Baiona’s beautiful old town is still filled with tails of the once affluent, bustling town life.

Distance: 18.8 km. (11.7 mi.) | Difficulty: Easy

Day 8: Baiona – Vigo • 28 km. (17.4 mi.)

Leaving Baiona, you will hike through villages and forests up the hills around Vigo. From there, pilgrims can see the estuary called Ria de Vigo, which pierces far inland. You will also be able to marvel at the picturesque Islas Cies (Isles of the Gods) until, eventually, making it into today’s final destination of Vigo.

Distance: 28 km. (17.4 mi.) | Difficulty: Moderate

Day 9: Vigo – Soutoxuste (Redondela) • 21.1 km. (13.1 mi.)

The Camino continues along the coast or and, from time to time, inland, but always with views of the coast. This day’s journey will take you through the town of Redondela over to today’s accommodation located in Soutoxuste, directly on the Bay of Vigo. Here, you will be spoiled with magnificent views of the Sea.

Distance: 21.1 km. (13.1 mi.) | Difficulty: Easy

Day 10: Soutoxuste (Redondela) – Pontevedra • 18 km. (11.2 mi.)

Walking mostly through forests, today you will reach the city of Pontevedra – the so-called “capital” of the Camino Portugués in Galicia: Pontevedra. Today’s stage is relatively short, and you will have plenty of time to explore the lovely old town and to visit the cathedral.
18 km – easy.

Distance: 18 km. (11.2 mi.) | Difficulty: Easy

Day 11: Pontevedra – Caldas de Reis • 22.9 km. (14.2 mi.)

Through beautiful landscapes and past many crossroads, the Way of St. James leads today to Caldas de Reis, which is famous for its healing thermal springs.

Distance: 22.9 km. (14.2 mi.) | Difficulty: Easy

Day 12: Caldas de Reis – Padrón • 18.3 km. (11.4 mi.)

Passing by old churches and cemeteries, and more of picturesque, green Galician countryside, you will reach the long-awaited destination of your pilgrimage: Santiago de Compostela. Let the Camino guide you, one last time, into the heart of this magical City. Congratulations, dear Pilgrim: You. Have. Arrived. Celebrate, and enjoy!

Distance: 23 km. (14.3 mi.) | Difficulty: Moderate

Day 13: Padrón – Santiago de Compostela • 23 km. (14.3 mi.)

Passing by old churches and cemeteries, and more of picturesque, green Galician countryside, you will reach the long-awaited destination of your pilgrimage: Santiago de Compostela. Let the Camino guide you, one last time, into the heart of this magical City. Congratulations, dear Pilgrim: You. Have. Arrived. Celebrate, and enjoy!

Distance: 23 km. (14.3 mi.) | Difficulty: Moderate

Day 14: Free Day in Santiago de Compostela

We strongly feel that, after this amazing journey, it is instrumental to spend (at least!) one full, extra day and another night in Santiago, which is why it is added in our program “by default” (though you can opt out of it). This is both the time and the place to unwind, to reflect upon and enjoy your journey’s end and, most importantly, to take it easy on yourself with your post-Camino re-entry into the big, wide World. Aside from that, UNESCO-listed city of Santiago is full of incredible places to explore, and you can collect your very well-earned Compostela (Certificate of Completion) as well as attend the Pilgrims’ Mass at the Cathedral.

Day 15: Departure from Santiago de Compostela

Farewell, Santiago; farewell, Camino – and sage travels on your journey back home or to your next adventure! And here is another option well-worth considering: to continue the Camino on to Finisterre (the “End of the World”) and / or to Muxía – two stunning, mystical places on the majestic Atlantic coast.

¡Buen Camino!

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tour combination options

our camino Portugués: coastal tour can be easily combined with:

Camino Finisterre

Santiago de Compostela ⇒ Finisterre

Starting at € 280

Distance: 90.5 km. (56.2 mi.)

Duration: 6 Days Total / 4 Days Walking

Difficulty: easy

Camino Finisterre – Muxía

Santiago de Compostela ⇒ Finisterre ⇒ Muxía

Starting at € 370

Distance: 119.3 km. (74.1 mi.)

Duration: 8 Days Total / 6 Days Walking

Difficulty: easy

other Camino trails

Camino Francés
Camino Portugués
Camino Finisterre-Muxía
Via de la Plata
Camino del Norte
Camino Primitivo
Camino Mozárabe
Camino Inglés
Via Podiensis