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Easy Coastal Camino

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Duration

21 Days - 20 Nights

Tour Type

Self-guided

Group Size

from 1 person

Availability

March to November

Overview

Portuguese easy Coastal Camino

With three weeks to spare, you can enjoy the coastal scenery, gorgeous countryside and charming towns and villages of northern Portugal and Spain at a relaxed pace that allows you the time and energy to appreciate your surroundings and avoid over-exertion.

Our Easy Coastal Camino divides the walking days over shorter distances, ranging from 7 km to a maximum of 18 km. If you prefer to take your time, or simply aren’t as fit as you used to be, this is an itinerary that most people will find both manageable and rewarding.

There are countless places to stop for refreshments and soak up the local atmosphere as you immerse yourself into a mixture of seafaring and rural communities and thriving towns and cities.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Walk through a thousand years of history on the worlds’ grandest historical and religious trail, retracing the steps of countless pilgrims.
  • Discover the historic city centre of Porto, a World Heritage site, and indulge in the combination of ancient and contemporary architecture.
  • Explore the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture of Santiago de Compostela, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage.
  • Relish in the rich and varied gastronomy of Northern Portugal and Galicia, accompanied by locally produced wines.
  • Enjoy the natural beauty of the beaches of Northern Portugal.

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Arrival to Porto
Day 1 - Arrival to Porto

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: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 - Labruje – Vila do Conde
Day 2 - Labruje – Vila do Conde

(16 km / 10 miles)
Private Transfer: Porto – Labruje *

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: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Vila do Conde - Apulia
Day 3 - Vila do Conde - Apulia

(7 km / 4,3 miles)

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: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Apulia – Esposende
Day 4 - Apulia  – Esposende

(8 km / 5 miles)

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: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Esposende - Castelo de Neiva
Day 5 - Esposende - Castelo de Neiva

(12 km / 7,5 miles)

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
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Castelo de Neiva - Viana do Castelo
Day 6 - Castelo de Neiva - Viana do Castelo

(13 km / 8 miles)

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: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Viana do Castelo – Âncora
Day 7 - Viana do Castelo – Âncora

(18 km / 11 miles)

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: Hotel 4*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Âncora - A Guarda
Day 8 - Âncora - A Guarda

(14 km / 8.7 miles)

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: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - A Guarda - Oia
Day 9 - A Guarda - Oia

(14 km / 8.7 miles)

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: Hotel 2*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - Oia - Baiona
Day 10 - Oia - Baiona

(17 km / 10,6 Miles)

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: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 - Baiona - Corujo
Day 11 - Baiona - Corujo

(15km / 9.3 miles)

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: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 - Corujo - Vigo
Day 12 - Corujo - Vigo

(11 km / 6,8 miles)

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: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 - Vigo - Redondela
Day 13 - Vigo - Redondela

(15 km / 9.3 miles)

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: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 - Redondela - Arcade
Day 14 - Redondela - Arcade

(7 km / 4,3 miles)

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: Hotel 2*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 - Arcade - Pontevedra
Day 15 - Arcade - Pontevedra

(13 km / 7 miles)

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: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 16 - Pontevedra - San Amaro
Day 16 - Pontevedra - San Amaro

(10 km / 6,2 miles)

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: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 17 - San Amaro - Caldas de Reis
Day 17 - San Amaro - Caldas de Reis

(12 km / 7,5 miles)

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: Hotel 2*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 18 - Caldas de Reis - Padron
Day 18 -  Caldas de Reis - Padron

(18 km / 11,2 miles)

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: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 19 - Padron - Teo
Day 19 - Padron - Teo

(12 km / 7,5 miles)

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: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 20 - Teo - Santiago
Day 20 - Teo - Santiago

(14 km / 8,7 miles)

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: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 21 - Departure

After breakfast: end of our services

* Addicional Information

* On the first stage, we suggest start waking in “Matosinhos” and thus avoid the busy roads through urban areas of the city of Porto and its suburbs. You will meet a member of our team who will drive you until the start point. If you wish you can start walking in Porto itself – contact us for more information.
For a less strenuous walk we can split the long walking days in two – contact us!

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Prices

Prices per person
Low season: March, April, May and October
-In double room occupancy: 1440 euros
-Single room supplement: 680 euros

Mid season: June and September
-In double room occupancy: 1490 euros
-Single room supplement: 750 euros

High season:July and August
-In double room occupancy:1590 euros
-Single room supplement: 840 euros

Included/Excluded

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

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