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PORTUGUESE COASTAL WAY: Porto - Santiago (Self-guided)

Porto - Santiago

A coastal route along which you can enjoy History and nature.

During the Middle Ages there were many routes that crossed the countryside leading towards of Santiago de Compostela, amongst which the routes from Portugal had special importance. One of these pilgrim routes is the “Portuguese Coastal Way”, which runs from Porto through Vila do Conde, Viana do Castelo, Caminha, La Guardia, Baiona and Vigo before joining the more traditional Portuguese Way to Santiago.
This route was followed by pilgrims from western lands and those who arrived in Portuguese ports from overseas countries and who sought to get to Compostela following this coastal way. Its importance is shown by place names, and elements of Jacobean devotion, old hospitals and pilgrim hospices, as in Viana do Castelo and Caminha.
From Caminha you have two options, you can continue through Cerveira to Tui where you can join the Central Way or you can cross the Minho River by boat to La Guarda, continuing through Baiona and Vigo, reaching Redondela where you join the same route that was followed by pilgrims on the traditional Portuguese route. (We can organise either option – please contact us).

Arrival to Porto

Meeting with a member of our team for a briefing and to collect the documentation.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Stage 1: Porto (Matosinhos) – Vila do Conde (21 km / 14,8 Miles – 5/6 hours)

Private Transfer: Porto – Matosinhos *
You will start the walk in Matosinhos in order to avoid the outskirts of Porto and on the first stage you will walk along the Atlantic coastline. The ocean and miles of golden sandy beaches will accompany you until reaching the town of Vila do Conde with an ancient medieval shipyard full of historical and architectural interest.
Accommodation: Hotel (3*)

Stage 2: Vila do Conde - Esposende (25,5 km / 15,8 Miles – 5/6 hours)

The second stage starts in Vila do Conde, crossing the town by way of its historic centre and then in a couple of miles you will reach Povoa de Varzim, a popular town with strong maritime links. You will continue to head north along the coast crossing the Coastal Natural Park and the Cavado river in the direction of Esposende, an old fishing village with a great setting on the estuary of the River Cavado.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Stage 3: Esposende – Viana do Castelo (23 km / 14,4 Miles – 3/4 hours)

You leave Esposende walking along a cycle-track and continue close to the coast as you travel north admiring fine views and the peace of the route. You will visit the villages of Marinhas, Belinho, Neiva and Darque before reaching the historic town of Viana do Castelo by way of Eifell’s old iron bridge over the River Lima.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Stage 4: Viana do Castelo - Caminha (28,5 km / 17,7 Miles – 6/7 hours)

On this stage you will leave Viana do Castelo and enter into a world of “old farms”. You will pass through the villages of Areosa, Afife and Carreço walking through old narrow roads that pass between several 19th Century farmhouses. Continue until the old fishing village of Ancora and from there the route follows the coastline through Moledo and Camarido until centuries old Caminha.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Stage 5: Caminha – Vila Nova de Cerveira (15 km / 9 Miles – 3/4 hours)

Leave the medieval town of Caminha crossing the bridge over the river Coura. In this stage you will walk north following the river Minho. You kicky arrive to the famous villages of Seixas and Lanhelas. The short climb to Gondarem is rewarded with an astonishing view over the river and the Spanish territory across river. Until Vila Nova de Cerveira, where the stage ends it’s an easy walk.
Accommodation: Country Hotel (3*)

Stage 6: Vila Nova de Cerveira - Valença (15 km / 9 Miles – 3/4 hours)

This day start leaving the old town of Cerveira and following the valley of the river Minho, passing the villages of Campos and São Pedro da Torre through fields and brushwoods until reach the fortified town of Valença when the stage ends and you get the Portuguese Central way to Santiago.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Stage 7: Valença - O Porriño (20 km / 12,8 Miles – 4/5 hours)

Cross Rio Minho and enter in Spain. Walk through the streets of the medieval town of Tui until reach its famous Cathedral. From Tui follow the Valley of the River Louro until reach the city of O Porriño.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Stage 8: O Porriño - Arcade (22 km / 13,6 Miles – 4/5 hours)

In this stage you will pass close to the Pazo de Mós, Santiaguiño de Antas and Chan das Pipas before reach the centre of Redondela. Continue to Outeiro de Penas, and then finally you reach Arcade.
Accommodation: Hotel 2*

Stage 9: Arcade - Pontevedra (13 km / 8 Miles – 3/4 hours)

Leave Arcade in direction to Pontesampayo and then to to one of the most beautiful stretches of the Caminho: the very old by-ways which climb up the slope of Canicouva until Cacheiro, where the track widens again, until reach Pontevedra.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Stage 10: Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis (22 km / 13,6 Miles – 4/5 hours)

Start this stage walking from the old city of Pontevedra to the millennial bridge, O Burgo, over the Lérez River. Continue along the beautiful Valley of the Gandra River until San Mauro and from there, until Caldas de Reis.
Accommodation: Hotel 2*

Stage 11: Caldas de Reis - Padron (19 km / 11,7 Miles – 4/5 hours)

You leave Caldas de Reis along some enchanting stretches, following a path that leads you to the church of Santa Maria de Carracedo and then you will cross a particularly luxuriant landscape along the side of the Valga River until Padron.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Stage 12: Padron - Santiago (23 km / 13,5 Miles – 5/6 hours)

The last stage starts leaving Padron through Galician villages until the magnificent sanctuary of Nossa Señora da Escravitute. Continue for Teo and following broad streets and narrower shortcuts you finally arrive to the suburbs of Santiago that lead us through a labyrinth of streets to the Cathedral of Santiago.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*

Departure

After breakfast - end of our services

* - On the second day, in Oporto, after breakfast you will meet a member of our team who will drive you until “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 Oporto – contact us for more information.

General Information

Duration: 14 days – 13 nights
Total distance: 260 km in 12 stages
Availability: March to November
Minimum of people: 1
Price per person (in double): 895 Euros
Single supplement: 325 Euros

Included
  • 13 Nights of accommodation with breakfast
  • Luggage transfer between hotels (1 bag per person – Max. 15 kg/bag)
  • Transfer Porto - Matosinhos
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Pilgrim Kit: passport (Credencial) and shell (Vieira)
  • Road book of the way with tips and information (in English)

Not included

International flights, Arrival & 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

Notes

- We are a local company, so there are no intermediaries when booking with us. Our goal is get you the best price/quality and we 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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