Portuguese Coastal Camino (Porto to Santiago)
From beautiful parador hotels to charming casa rurales, we have sourced the best accommodation so that you can delight in your surroundings and wake refreshed each day. A unique feature of our trip is a 2-night stay at the Baiona Parador, with a visit to the nearby historical town of Tui.
To make sure everything goes to plan, we have our own local staff on the ground. They will give you any assistance you might need on your Camino adventure and greet you at the end of your walk. You can't beat having local back-up when you need it!
We listen to what you want and tailor the walking to your ability and timeframes, giving you the experience you want, not what's easiest for us! We can vary the length of stages and find the accommodation that best suits your needs and budget.
We offer the route less trodden, taking the coastal paths where most walkers follow the inland route and miss the great Atlantic coast scenery. You'll get cooler temperatures and much more interesting walking days with ever changing views and fewer people on the trail. We walk through a diverse landcsape of vineyards, forests and fishing villages on this coastal trail.
The hilly, coastal capital city of Portugal is one of the oldest and most colourful and vibrant cities in Europe. Set against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, this sun-kissed city blends its rich and varied history with a modern buzz. The ornate city centre, wooden trams and terracotta rooftops make this a stunning and enjoyable city to explore.
With narrow streets that tumble down to the River Douro and its landmark bridge, Porto is a visual delight. The city's port cellars are a highlight of a visit here and a reminder of what made the city famous. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, especially in the medieval Ribeira (riverside) district with its cobbled streets and cafes.
The coastal paths along the Atlantic Ocean beaches are what make this Camino unique and such a good choice for a quieter scenic walk. The coastal Camino and seashore paths passes through fishing villages, beautiful bays and beaches, adding great variety to the Portuguese Camino and a making it a more inspiring walk than staying on the inland route.
Once an important trading city, Viana do Castelo is considered one of the most beautiful cities of Portugal. It has many attractions, an appealing medieval centre, and lovely beaches nearby. The town’s picturesque setting by the Rio Lima estuary is best appreciated from the hilltop Basilica of Santa Luzia.
One of our walkers' favourite stops on this coast, and not just because of its wonderful parador accommodation. The charming town has a quaint fishing port, small but appealing beaches, a historic fort and a vibrant old town behind the seafront area. This area is very popular with Spanish visitors in the summer months because of its pleasant climate.
The legendary city of Santiago is the goal of every Camino walker, and it never disappoints. Its epic Plaza de Obradeiro and the immense Cathedral are a fitting climax to every Camino journey. The lively historical streets, cafes and bars offer good exploration and a place to celebrate your achievement.
The Portuguese Coastal Camino route is ideal for those who love coastal scenery as well as for the more adventurous walker. You will find slightly less signage (until you enter Redondela – where the coastal track joins with the traditional Portuguese route and becomes well signed) and fewer fellow pilgrims than on the Spanish Camino. The locals are very friendly and willing to help!
The coastal route offers a choice of two paths and if you take the seashore path you will be walking on coastal tracks, beaches, old Roman roads and forest tracks crossing old villages and cities born from the Camino trail. There is some walking alongside the road, especially when walking into Vigo and also into Santiago on the last day but for the most part footpaths, tracks and beaches.
With its sunny climate, gorgeous beaches, picturesque towns, historic sites and delicious food, the Portuguese Camino is the perfect destination to hike, feast, dance and relax.
We have a dedicated Camino Team, including our own staff in Spain who have first-hand knowledge of the Camino routes, so when you call us you will speak to an expert!