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Luxury Coastal Camino

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Duration

15 Days - 14 Nights

Tour Type

Self-guided

Group Size

from 1 person

Availability

March to November

Overview

Experience the very best of the Coastal Camino route!

When you are undertaking an epic adventure such as the Coastal Camino de Santiago, there’s no need to lower your standards when it comes to lodging. Enjoy your experiences of coastal communities, pretty rural areas and fascinating towns and cities in Galicia and northern Portugal safe in the knowledge that you will be sleeping in comfort and style.

We have chosen the best options in each overnight destination, be they historical buildings that have been converted into luxury hotels, known as Paradores in Spain and Pousadas in Portugal, or delightful modern hotels with excellent facilities and customer service.

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.
  • Discover Pontevedra, an antique city founded by the Romans and considered by many the capital of the Portuguese Camino to Santiago.

Itinerary

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

Meeting with a member of our team for a briefing and to collect the documentation.

Accommodation: Hotel 4*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 - Porto (Matosinhos) – Vila do Conde
Day 2 - Porto (Matosinhos) – Vila do Conde

(20 km / 12,4 miles)
Private Transfer: Porto – Matosinhos *

Start in Matosinhos to avoid the outskirts of Porto. On the first stage you will walk along the Atlantic coastline.
The ocean and miles of golden sandy beaches will accompany you until you reach Vila do Conde with an ancient medieval shipyard full of historical and architectural interest.

Accommodation: Hotel 4*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Vila do Conde - Esposende
Day 3 - Vila do Conde - Esposende

(25 km / 15,5 miles)

The second stage starts in Vila do Conde, crossing the town by the historic centre and in a couple of miles you will reach Povoa de Varzim, a popular town with strong maritime links.
Continue heading north along the coast crossing the Coastal Natural Park and the Cavado river in direction of Esposende, an old fishing village with a great setting on the estuary of the River Cavado.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Esposende – Viana do Castelo
Day 4 - Esposende – Viana do Castelo

(23,5 km / 14,6 miles)

Leave Esposende by 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 Lima River.

Accommodation: Hotel 4*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Viana do Castelo - V. P. Âncora
Day 5 - Viana do Castelo - V. P. Âncora

(19 km / 11,7 miles)

Leave Viana do Castelo and enter the 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 Âncora.

Accommodation: Hotel 4*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - V. P. Âncora - Caminha
Day 6 - V. P. Âncora - Caminha

(9,5 km / 5,9 miles)

Follow the coastal path between Âncora and Moledo and then continue to the pretty town of Caminha via a possible detour through the pine forest that borders the beach.

Accommodation: Hotel 4*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 -Caminha – Oia
Day 7 -Caminha – Oia

(17 km / 10.5 miles)

Start crossing through A Guarda and leave it in the direction of the beaches. At the northern end of these follow a trail that leads between the sea and the C-550 road, reaching “Portecelo”.
Pass alongside several beaches and from “Val da Aguieira”, next to the chapel of San Sebastian and a stone cross, you start approaching Oia, where you can find Santa Maria de Oia monastery, which gives its name to the route “Camino Monacal” (Monastic Way).
The stage ends just after the Monastery.

Accommodation: Charm Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Oia - Baiona
Day 8 - Oia - Baiona

(17.5 km / 10.9 miles)

Leave Oia and continue alongside beaches and cliffs, between cultivated fields, enjoying the waves beating on the rocks.
Before reaching “As Mariñas”, you get to the top of “Cape Silleiro”, this path crosses the road again and rising up circles around the top of Silleiro, where there is the chapel of “Virgen de Cela”, entering in “As Cadeiras” before continue along a track towards “O Ponte”.
Follow the road PO-2203 to finally cross under the highway and enter “Baiona” where you finish this stage.

Accommodation: Hotel 4*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Baiona - Vigo
Day 9 - Baiona - Vigo

(25 km / 15.5 miles)

Start this stage from the church of “Santa Maria”, continue parallel to the beautiful town harbour.
The route approaches the river Miñor, which you cross over a beautiful stone bridge that brings you to “A Ramallosa” and Nigran.
After crossing “As Nogueiras” begin a gentle climb up “Mount San Roman” and continue to admire the wonderful view of “Islas Cies” as you climb to “Castro Alto da Medoña”. Enter the city of Vigo by crossing the city Park (Park Castrelos) and following the “Lagares” river until reaching the “Avenida de Madrid” where this stage ends.

Accommodation: Hotel 4*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - Vigo - Redondela
Day 10 - Vigo - Redondela

(15 km / 9,3 Miles)

Leave Vigo straight ahead until you get to the square of “Santa Rita”. Continue by skirting around “Alto da Encarnacion”, where you can admire the river and “Rande Bridge”.
After the “Rio das Cabras” and “Coto da Fenteira”, start the descent through “Cedeira” and “Cruzeiro” from where you reach Redondela.

Accommodation: Charm Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 - Redondela - Pontevedra
Day 11 - Redondela - Pontevedra

(19 km / 11.8 miles)

Leave Redondela along by-ways until you reach Outeiro de Penas, a place with an excellent view over the Ria de Vigo. Eventually you will reach Arcade, a place renowned for having the best oysters in Galicia.
From Arcade, continue to Pontesampayo where you will cross a long medieval bridge over the Verdugo River and then enter a cluster of narrow streets that will guide you to one of the most beautiful stretches of the Caminho: the very old by-ways which climb up the slope of Canicouva until Cacheiro.
After crossing these hills the track widens again, now dominated by fields, vineyards and orchards until you reach Pontevedra, for a well-deserved rest.

Accommodation: Hotel 4*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 - Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis
Day 12 - Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis

(22 km / 13,6 miles)

Start this stage at the historical centre of Pontevedra walking from the old city to the millennial bridge, O Burgo, over the Lérez River.
Continue along the beautiful Valley of the Gandra River until San Mauro. From there, the path widens and as you walk further you will experience a peaceful and serene atmosphere. From here you will start seeing the first crosses, some of them magnificently carved.
Enter Caldas de Reis alongside the church of Santa Maria, close to the bridge over the Umia River, where this stage ends.

Accommodation: Hotel 4*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 - Caldas de Reis - Padron
Day 13 - Caldas de Reis - Padron

(19 km / 11.5 miles)

Leave Caldas de Reis along some enchanting stretches of the Way, across the medieval bridge over the Bermaña River and follow a path that leads us to the village of Cruceiro, on an unforgettable stretch through forests and meadows.
Pass near the church of Santa Maria de Carracedo and then you will cross a particularly luxuriant landscape alongside the Valga River, continuing to S. Miguel de Valga, where you head to Pontecesures. After crossing the Ulla River you arrive at Padron where the stage ends.

Accommodation: Hotel 4*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 - Padron - Santiago
Day 14 - Padron - Santiago

(25 km / 15,5 miles)

Start this last stage through Galician villages until the magnificent sanctuary of Nossa Señora da Escravitute. From here you will reach Rua de Francos following broad streets and narrower shortcuts.
Finally you will start to see Santiago de Compostela and a little further on, at Agro dos Monteiros, you can see the towers of the Cathedral for the first time.
After crossing the Sar River, continue through the suburbs of the city that lead us to the Faxeira gate, the entrance of the Portuguese Way into this old city. Through a labyrinth of streets you continue to Obradoiro square and to the Cathedral itself were the Apostle waits for us.

Accommodation: Hotel 5*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 - 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: 1570 euros
-Single room supplement: 920 euros

Mid season: June and September
-In double room occupancy: 1640 euros
-Single room supplement: 990 euros

High season:July and August
-In double room occupancy:1750 euros
-Single room supplement:1030 euros

Included/Excluded

  • 14 Nights of accommodation with breakfast;
  • Luggage transfer between hotels (1 bag per person – Max.20kg/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).
  • 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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