Easy Coastal Camiño

EASY-COASTAL-CAMINO-Self-guided walk

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).

  • Caminho de Santiago
    Caminho de Santiago

GENERAL CONDITION

Duration: 21 days / 20 nights
Total distance: 260 km
Availability: March to November
Minimum of persons: 1
Price per person (in double): From 1440€
Extra for single accommodation: From 680€

SERVICES INCLUDED

– 20 nights accommodation and breakfast
– Luggage transport between hotels
– Private transfer Porto – Labruje
– Emergency telephone service
– Pilgrim’s Credential
– Roadbook of the Portuguese Way of Santiago
– Travel documentation

 

PROGRAM

1
ARRIVAL TO PORTO
Meeting with a member of our team for a briefing and to collect the documentation.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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PORTO (Labruje) – VILA DO CONDE – 16 km / 10 Miles
Private Transfer: Porto – Labruje
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: 3* Hotel
3
VILA DO CONDE – APÚLIA – 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: 3* Hotel
4
APÚLIA – 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: 3* Hotel
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
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: 3* Hotel
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: 4* Hotel
8
V.P. ANCORA – A GUARDA – 14 km / 11,7 Miles
From Vila Praia de Ancora the route follows the coastline through Moledo and Camarido until centuries old Caminha, where you catch the ferry across the river to Spain. After crossing the river you head left along the river as it reaches the sea, passing another beautiful beach at “Camposancos” after which you arrive in the Port of “A Guarda”.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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A GUARDA – OIA – 14 km / 8,7 Miles
You start the day crossing through the town and leave it in the direction of the beaches. At the northern end of these you 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, with its Santa Maria de Oia monastery, which gives its name to the route “Camino Monacal” (Monastic Way). The stage ends just after the Monastery.
Accommodation: 2* Hotel
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OIA – BAIONA – 17 km / 10,6 Miles
Leave the village of Oia and continue alongside beaches and cliffs, between cultivated fields, enjoying the sea beating on the rocks. Before reaching “As Mariñas”, you reach the top of “Cape Silleiro”, the path then crosses the road again and rising up circles around the top of Silleiro, where there is the chapel of “Virgen de Cela”, and then entering in “As Cadeiras” before continue along a track towards “O Ponte”. After leaving here, follow the route of the road PO-2203 to finally cross under the highway and enter “Baiona” where you finish this stage.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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BAIONA – CORUJO – 15 km / 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: 3* Hotel
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: 3* Hotel
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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: 3* Hotel
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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: 2* Hotel
15
ARCADE – PONTEVEDRA – 13 km / 7 Miles
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: 3* Hotel
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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: 3* Hotel
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: 2* Hotel
18
CALDAS DE REIS – PADRON – 18 km / 11,2 Miles
You 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. You 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.
Accommodation: 3* Hotel
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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: 3* Hotel
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: 3* Hotel
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DEPARTURE
End of our services.
Notes:
– For a less strenuous walk we can split the long walking days in two – contact us!
– 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.

PRICES

Low Season(March, April, May and October):
Price per person (in double bedroom): 1440€
Single bedroom supplement: 680€

Mid Season (June and September):
Price per person (in double bedroom): 1490€
Single bedroom supplement: 750€

High Season (July and August):
Price per person (in double bedroom): 1590€
Single bedroom supplement: 840€

SERVICES INCLUDED

– 20 nights accommodation and breakfast
– Private transfer Porto – Labruje (Day 2)
– Luggage transport between hotels
– Emergency telephone service
– Pilgrim’s Credential
– Roadbook of the Portuguese Way of Santiago
– Travel documentation

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WHY BOOK WITH US?

– We are a local company, so there are no intermediaries when booking with us. Our aim is to give you the best price/quality and we provide you with all the necessary local support.
– Full customization to meet your requirements. We adapt our programs according your preferences! We organise customized itineraries according the requirements of our customers. We appreciate that this is a special occasion, so we pay special attention to every detail of the trip to transform this journey in a unique and memorable experience.
– We have a highly qualified team with several year’s experience working on the Portuguese Way to Santiago. We place at your disposal a highly qualified team with wide experience and knowledge of the Way to Santiago, able to help you to discover, interpret and feel the “Camino”.
– 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.

 

COASTAL WAY

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