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Location

Portugal

Difficulty

4

Moderate

Length

38

Trip Cost

$5745 pp
twin share

Overview

  • Enjoy solitude and reflection on the Camino less travelled
  • Walk through lush fields, forests, vineyards, olive and citrus groves, beautiful coastlines and small villages
  • Soak in the history of old Knights Templar towns, Moorish bastions and Romanesque-Gothic churches
  • Enjoy Portuguese specialties such as fresh cod and grilled sardines and, of course, the world famous ‘Pastéis de Nata’ – Portuguese custard tarts
  • Relax with a glass of ‘vinho verde’ green wine at the end of your day
  • Explore vibrant Porto with its picturesque Ribeira river front, colourful old town and the Port cellars on the river Douro

This trip begins in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Rich in culture, it showcases traditional architecture, cobbled streets, inviting laneways and colourful tiles. Gorgeous beaches are just a short drive away. The first part of the itinerary follows the Portuguese Camino out of Lisbon along the fertile Tagus river valley through the ‘Garden of Portugal’. It passes through old towns founded by the Romans and occupied by Visigoths, Moors and Galicians following much of the old Roman military road to Porto.

Stay overnight in the old Templar town of Tomar, and the historic and vibrant university town of Coimbra, home of the first queen of Portugal, Queen Isabel of Aragon, who made her pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in the 14th century.

Arrive in Porto, one of the most ancient cities in Europe, and cross over the river Douro on the famous Ponte de Dom Luís bridge.

After Porto the Camino follows closely along the Portuguese and Galician coastlines using the Portuguese Camino da Costa (Coastal Way), and the Portuguese Camino da Senda Litoral (Seashore Path) to the town of Caminha where pilgrims take a ferry across the border into A Guarda, Spain. At A Guarda the Seashore Path merges with the Coastal Way to Redondela, and from here the Coastal route converges with the Portuguese Camino Central (Central Way) and continues through to Santiago de Compostela.

This part of the Camino is suited to those who love coastal scenery. The Coastal Way is picturesque and is quieter than the traditional inland Camino Central from Porto to Redondela. Pilgrims have the option of using a mixture of the Seashore Path and Coastal Way from Porto to A Guarda, the latter often being slightly inland of the Seashore Path and better signposted. (Both routes often converge and share the same path.)

Our Portuguese Coastal Camino takes in the many beautiful beaches along the coast and captivating historic towns such as Viana do Castelo, Caminha, Baiona and Pontevedra, most of which date back to Roman times. You also have the option to visit nearby Tui and its cathedral on your rest day from Baiona. Arrive in Santiago de Compostela via Rua da Porto Faxeira, the old entrance of the Portuguese Way.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Lisbon

Day 2: Lisbon to Póvoa de Santa Iria (26km)

Day 3: Póvoa de Santa Iria to Vila Franca De Xira (16km)

Day 4: Vila Franca De Xira to Azambuja (20km)

Day 5: Azambuja to Porto de Muge (17km)

Day 6: Porto de Muge to Santarém (16km)

Day 7: Free day in Santarém

Day 8: Santarém to Azinhaga (27km)

Day 9: Azinhaga to Vila Nova Barquinha (16km) or Tancos.

Day 10: Vila Nova Barquinha to Tomar (23km)

Day 11: Tomar to Cortiça, just before Alvaiázere (26km)

Day 12: Cortiça to Ansiao (20km)

Day 13: Ansiao to Condeixa-A-Nova (30km)

Day 14: Condeixa-A-Nova to Coimbra (20km)

Day 15: Free day in Coimbra

Day 16: Coimbra to Mealhada (23km)

Day 17: Mealhada to Águeda (25km)

Day 18: Águeda to Albergaria-A-Velha (16km)

Day 19: Albergaria-A-Velha to São João da Madeira (29km)

Day 20: São João da Madeira to Grijó (19km)

Day 21: Grijó to Porto (16km)

Day 22: Free day in Porto

Day 23: Porto to Vila do Conde (22km)

Day 24: Vila do Conde to Esposende (20km)

Day 25: Esposende to Viana do Castelo (26km)

Day 26: Viana do Castelo to Vila Praia de Âncora (20km)

Day 27: Vila Praia de Âncora to A Guarda (15km)

Day 28: A Guarda to Oia (13km)

Day 29: Oia to Baiona (18km)

Day 30: Rest day At Baiona Parador / Optional Tui Excursion

Day 31: Baiona to Vigo (24km)

Day 32: Vigo to Redondela (16km)

Day 33: Redondela to Pontevedra (20km)

Day 34: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis (22km)

Day 35: Caldas de Reis to Padrón (19km)

Day 36: Padrón to Santiago de Compostela (26km)

Day 37: Santiago de Compostela

Day 38: Depart Santiago de Compostela

*This itinerary is subject to change due to the hotels RAW Travel is able to secure upon booking.

Dates

Self-guided trips offer flexibility, independence and choice. Set your own agenda while someone else worries about the logistics. Our self-guided walking holidays are fully flexible which means you can normally start your walk on any day during the season and customise by adding extra days for resting or sightseeing. As you’re walking independently, you’re free to follow the trail at your own pace. You set your own speed as you are not limited by the constraints of group travel.

Note that if booking for a start date of less than 30 days from the time of booking we cannot guarantee that your trip is possible unless you have contacted us first and your trip details have been confirmed.

Inclusions

  • Excellent accommodation, including historic hotels and character-filled country houses with private en-suite rooms (twin share/double)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luggage transfer each day from hotel to hotel (1 x 15kg bag per person)
  • John Brierley’s Portuguese Camino guidebook with maps
  • Pilgrim’s passport per person
  • Portuguese phrasebook
  • Daily luggage tags
  • Maps of your hotel locations
  • Local and Australian emergency contact numbers
  • Pre-trip Camino guidance and planning
  • Dedicated local support person in Spain for reassurance

Not Included:

  • International or domestic airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Arrival or departure transfers
  • Single supplement POA

Options/Add ons:

  • For an extra indulgence, upgrade your hotel in Santiago to a Parador for only $120 per person/per night twin share, when booked 6 months in advance (subject to availability).

Map & Guide

Reviews

Vicki Conyers, Orange (NSW) – July 2018
The vast majority of our accommodation was fantastic. Our luggage transfers went pretty much without a glitch. The distances planned out for each day were very well calculated. We loved Portugal! The first couple of days out of Lisbon were uninspiring but after that, it was fabulous – not too crowded.

Julie Garlick, St Heliers, New Zealand – June 2017
Our trip was well organised, with some great accomodation and fabulous pre-trip documentation, including language guides and a great tablet/laptop case!

Anne – July 2016
The Camino is a must. Put it on your bucket list. I’m 65 years old and did it comfortably. It’s the best thing I have ever done. A job well done by RAW; highly recommend the Camino and RAW Travel. I would do it all again tomorrow!

What our Clients Say

Our trip was well organised, with some great accomodation and fabulous pre-trip documentation, including language guides and a great tablet/laptop case!

Julie Garlick, NZ – June 2017

The Camino is a must. Put it on your bucket list. I’m 65 years old and did it comfortably. It’s the best thing I have ever done. A job well done by RAW; highly recommend the Camino and RAW Travel. I would do it all again tomorrow!

Anne – July 2016

We loved Portugal! The vast majority of our accommodation was fantastic. Our luggage transfers went pretty much without a glitch. The distances planned out for each day were very well calculated.

Vicki Conyers, Orange (NSW) – July 2018

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Trip Grading

This trip is rated as Moderate