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Porto to Santiago

The Portuguese Coastal Camino, sometimes referred to as the ‘friendly Camino’, heads north from Porto along the Atlantic coastline into Spain and is quieter but more picturesque than the traditional and more well trodden inland Camino Central (Central Way). Our 261km itinerary follows the Portuguese and Galician coastlines using the Portuguese Camino da Costa (Coastal Way) and the Portuguese Camino da Senda Litoral (Seashore Path) to Caminha where a ferry crossing leads to the border from Portugal into Spain. From here the paths merge through to Redondela, where it then converges with the Portuguese Camino Central and continues on to Santiago de Compostela.

Our Portuguese Coastal Camino itinerary includes stays in fascinating historic towns such as beautiful Viana do Castelo, A Guarda, Redondela, Baiona and Pontevedra, before finishing in magnificent Santiago de Compostela. As you journey through Portugal and into Spain you can expect to pass many fine beaches and seascapes, sand dunes and fishing ports and will walk through seaside communities, quaint fishing villages, rural landscapes and historic towns with a wealth of architectural sites to explore and amazing seafood to sample.

This trip can be taken on any departure date of your choosing. We also offer set departures on the dates listed if you would like to travel with others on a single or twin share basis.

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Highlights

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    • Savour the slower pace of this much quieter Camino
  • Enjoy memorable encounters with friendly locals along the way
  • Rest or explore with a free day in Porto, a vibrant, fascinating riverside city
  • Visit Tui and its cathedral on a rest day in Baiona, or make a day trip to the Cies Islands

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Customer Testimonials

Absolutely brilliant experience without any glitches at all! Efficient luggage transfers, quality hotels and live app as backup worked well. Nearly all the rooms were perfect. RAW Travel did a fabulous job and I am recommending your company to everyone.

Katrina Henry (Wyneden, NSW) – April 2024

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One of the best experiences to be had. Loved the organisation, the quality of the accommodation, the information provided and then the actual walk itself which has something of everything. Some of the places to stay were spectacular and this was certainly a highlight.

David Harvey, Balmain (NSW) - April 2024

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Brilliant experience! Loved the walk, the people we met, the scenery and the challenge.

Garry King, East Lindfield (NSW) – April 2024

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We had an amazing flawless trip! Absolutely perfect – even the few days of light rain were enjoyable. We found 20km per day fairly easy and had no blisters or issues. Food, hotels and people all amazing. We highly recommend travel with RAW and will book again for sure. Thank you again for making it happen!

Susan Rohac & Michel Grenier (Ontario, Canada) - October 2023

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Great walking, only slightly dampened by some pretty unfortunate weather. Enjoyed the amazing location with family and friends, great food, great hotels.

Lisa Joseph, Tewantin (QLD) – October 2023

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Marvellous experience. Always a pleasure to allow RAW Travel to organise everything. They listen to our needs and ensure everything runs smoothly. Could not be happier with the service both before and during the trip. First time using the App and I don’t know how I walked without it! It gave lots of reassurance that we were on track. Also liked the highlights along the way. The accommodation was perfect. It fitted exactly our brief to Sue. Every provider was kind and helpful and we felt welcomed in all our stays. Thank you!

Karen & Oscar Guglielmi, Clifton Hill (VIC) – September 2023

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Completely different to any other trip or holiday I have had. Enjoyed spending a decent amount of time immersed in really different cultures and meeting people from all over the world who had a common goal.

Helen Roach, Northland (NZ) – September 2023

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We had a wonderful walk – it was more than we expected and provided a great challenge. We enjoyed immersing ourselves into the culture and walking through small villages and woodland.

Michael Kirby, Invermay Park (VIC) – September 2023

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Thoroughly enjoyed the experience – the walk itself, the accommodation and the overall organisation of the trip. I liked that most of the accommodation was close to where we left to start the walk each day, and that we were not walking across towns.

Genni Werninghaus, Blackburn (VIC) – September 2023

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The Portuguese Camino was fabulous. Pre-walk support was very good. The accommodation was excellent; route notes and App were great. I most enjoyed the sense of personal achievement and renewal of confidence.

Rhonda Nolan, East Ipswich (QLD) – August 2023

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Trip of a lifetime that was made well-organised with a self-guided package. Loved the standard of accommodation, coastal views and overall experience.

Giselle Jacques, Brisbane (QLD) - July 2023

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Walking at our own pace and meeting other pilgrims from around the globe was an awesome experience!

Marie Hatchard, Millswood (SA) - July 2023

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A great adventure! Loved meeting and talking to other pilgrims along the way and stopping for a well-deserved beer at the local cafes. All accommodation was better than expected.

Robert Guy, Brisbane (QLD) - June 2023

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Wonderful walk from Porto to Santiago, then on to Finisterre – loved every step! Outstanding scenery. Loved the camaraderie of friends and family as we walked together (my 18-month-old grand-daughter and her parents walked part of the way with me). The accommodation was very generous and in some instances our hotels were absolute luxury.

Pauline Lysaght, Austinmer, NSW - June 2023

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Really enjoyed the walking and the accommodation. We had a fantastic time!

Peter Meredith, Lavington (NSW) - June 2023

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Fantastic trip. Loved walking along the coast of Portugal. The whole experience was amazing.

Mary Gillett, Stanwell Park (NSW) - June 2023

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Wonderful rewarding achievement and memories. Excellently executed trip from a walking company of a supreme standard! Really enjoyed walking through the small towns and forests, and over medieval bridges.

Michelle Marriott, Kotupna (VIC) - May 2023

Itinerary

Daily Details

Week 1: Porto to A Guarda
Day 1: Arrive Porto

Start your journey towards Camino de Santiago in Porto, one of the most ancient cities in Europe. Home to 240,000 people, Porto charms visitors with many architectural highlights, the picturesque Ribeira river front and UNESCO heritage listed colourful historic old town. You can easily spend a few days here. There’s a mix of the old and the new with churches, colourful markets, wine bars, port cellars and a lively atmosphere to soak up and enjoy. Be sure to visit the Porto Cathedral before tomorrow’s walk and obtain your first stamp (carimbos in Portuguese and sello in Spanish).

The Coastal Camino from Porto is well marked with the blue-and-yellow or rusty steel signs with the familiar scallop shell and the words Caminho Portugues da Costa, and a variety of yellow arrows and scallop shell signs.

On this Camino you have the option of using a mixture of the Senda Litoral (Seashore Path) and Coastal Way; the latter is often slightly inland of the Seashore Path. (Both routes often converge and share the same path.)  The Seashore Path is less well waymarked, often without any signs.

Day 2: Free day - Porto

Wake up in Porto with a full day to explore the culinary and architectural delights of this colourful city with its many port cellars and riverside cafes.

Meals: B

Day 3: Metro from Porto to Matosinhos. Walk to Póvoa de Varzim (25km)

The day begins by taking the Metro light rail to Matosinhos to avoid the outskirts of Porto and reach the coast to start your walk on the Portuguese Seashore Path (or instead you may prefer to take a 15-minute taxi ride to  Matosinhos). When taking the Metro, get off at the ‘Mercado’ stop, 30 minutes from the Trindade Metro station in Porto. Cross the bridge and turn left towards the coast.

Today’s walking is mostly flat and relatively easy. You will be accompanied by many kilometres of golden sandy Atlantic beach, which will be your guide to the town of Vila do Conde. The route along the coast from Matosinhos is well marked. Your walk will be close to the coast, on the pedestrian pavement, the cycle track and wooden walkways, passing fishing villages, chapels, monuments and beautiful popular sandy beaches. Ignore any yellow Camino arrows directing you to the right to the Coastal Way further inland. Keep to the shore and cross the bridge over the River Ave to enter the medieval shipyard town of Vila do Conde with its pretty harbour and imposing Convent of Santa Clara.

Take time to visit the Museum of Naval Construction with a replica Portuguese carrack, the Nau Quinhentista, floating in the dock. Also, the Igreja Matriz church with the large aqueduct behind it and the Convent of Santa Clara. Leaving Vila do Condo, with the beach once again on your left, walk along the coastal path to Póvoa de Varzim, a popular resort and holiday town.

Note: The alternative Coastal Way travels up to 5km inland after leaving Porto, through soulless stretches of industrial built-up areas, along busy roads and passing the airport runway until after some 20km, finally enters rural areas near Labruge, 10km before Vila do Conde.

Meals: B

Day 4: Póvoa de Varzim to Esposende (20km(

Continue on your way to the old fishing village of Esposende with the Seashore Path and Coastal Way sharing much of the route. Follow the coast passing through the villages of Agucadoura and Areia, then cross through the Coastal Natural Park (Parque Natural do Litoral Norte). At the church in Apulia you have a choice. The Coastal Way forges straight ahead through the pine and eucalypt forest before Fao, while the Seashore Path turns left to follow the coast. Both routes re-joining to cross the River Cavardo on the spectacular bridge before arriving at Esposende, a popular resort and fishing town on the estuary.

Meals: B

Day 5: Esposende to Viana do Castelo (26km)

Today there is a choice of walking the traditional Coastal Way along quiet roads that continue slightly inland from the coast via the villages of Marinhas, Belinho, Santiago and Chafe to Viana do Castelo, which is reached after crossing the River Lima on Eiffel’s old iron bridge. The alternate route is to take the Seashore Path along the coastal roads, walkways and the beach. Both paths converge at the Ponte Sebastaio Bridge over the River Neiva, about half way between Esposende and Viana do Castelo, before diverging again. So if you prefer, you can mix your day between the quiet rural Seashore Path and the more undulating Coastal Way through the many interesting local communities. While the Coastal Way is well marked, the Seashore Path is not.

Classified as a mecca of architecture, Viana do Castelo is famous for its monuments in and around the city, and the surrounding natural beauty of its beaches and seafront. Take the opportunity to visit the 15th-century cathedral and take the funicular to the Basilica de Santa Lucia on the hill above the town for some of the best views of the West Atlantic coast.

Meals: B

Day 6: Viana do Castelo to Vila Praia de Âncora (20km)

Today’s walk will continue along the wild Atlantic coastline following the official route of the Coastal Way, which is a little inland, passing a world of old farms and quaint villages on narrow cobblestone roads offering beautiful views over the hills and coastline. It’s also possible to walk the Seashore Path along quiet roads, the beach and boardwalks above the dunes, but you will not have the benefit of any way marking. Both routes converge at the old fishing village of Vila Praia de Âncora, your stop for the night. The town has a great beach and is popular with tourists.

Meals: B

Day 7: Vila Praia de Âncora to A Guarda (15km)

Today depart Âncora along the coast following the Caminho Portugues da Costa waymarks along the wide concrete walkway and cycle path. Pass the small chapel of Santo Isidoro following the concrete path around to the left and continuing along the shore towards Caminha. Remain on the Seashore Path next to the rocky than sandy coastline; ignore the crossing to the right under the railway line and continue past Moleda beach all the way into Caminha by walking along the path along the Minho estuary. Interesting sites to explore in Caminha are the Torre do Relogio clock tower, the gothic Igreja Matriz church and the Praça do Conselheiro Silva Torres main square.

When ready, take the ferry across the river Minho to A Pasaxe in Galicia. There are about 10 crossings per day from Caminha to A Pasaxe (the schedule varies depending on the season). If the ferry is not running due to low tide, maintenance or being a Monday  you can arrange a boat across using Taximar from the ferry terminal ( prices will depend on number of passengers. Once across the estuary in Spain, don’t forget to put your watch forward 1 hour. As an option, on leaving the ferry, instead of walking directly to A Guarda, consider the scenic walk around the peninsular to enjoy an alternative way to enter the town – this will add an extra 3km but the scenery makes it worthwhile.

The fishing port of A Guarda with its pretty harbour is home to Galicia’s most impressive ancient Celtic settlements: the Santa Tecla on the hill above the town – an authentic archaeological gem with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Meals: B

Week 2: A Guarda to Caldas de Reis
Day 8: A Guarda to Oia (13km)

Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring A Guarda before departing by walking past the harbour to the small fort near the breakwater and continue north on the path on the coast. After several kilometres, the route joins a wide pedestrian and cycle path above the rocky shoreline along the side of the main road, PO-552, most of the way into Oia. This section is flat with very little shade. As you approach Oia you will be rewarded with the spectacular view of the 12th-century Monastery of Santa Maria de Oia cross the small harbour. Oia is a small pretty town with several restaurants; you may find some locals engaged in an impromptu sing-along with bagpipes playing typical Galician tunes.

Meals: B

Day 9: Oia to Baiona (18km)

Start the day by taking the path alongside the dramatic coast where after several kilometres it once again joins alongside the busy PO-552. Just before reaching As Marinos, 11.5km from Oia, the Coastal Way crosses the main road to the right and heads inland and upwards towards Baredo along the old Roman ‘Royal Path’. Look for a small granite Camino sign on the right-hand side of the road near some houses where there will also be a large blue sign. Go through a gate and up the hill; soon you will be rewarded with spectacular views over the coast, the lighthouse and the rocky hill known as Monte de Baredo. Note the prominent wheel ruts worn into the granite rocks as this ancient path goes through the forest and over the pass.

After passing a sports ground, the path enters the village of Baredo and then O’Sinal where you will soon be rewarded with views of the Cíes Islands out of the Bay of Vigo. Follow the yellow arrows to Baiona and enter the town making your way to the main esplanade along the sea where the imposing walls of the old fortress containing the Parador Hotel can be seen on the small promontory. Baiona is the most popular seaside tourist town in southern Galicia and has a well preserved old town and numerous important monuments. It was here in 1493 that the Caravel La Pinta returned with news of the discovery of America by Columbus. A replica is moored in the harbour.

Meals: B

Day 10: Rest day - Baiona

A full day at leisure to relax and recover in this popular coastal town. The medieval fortress, Monte Real, was originally intended to deter pirates from this stretch of coast; in 1585 it repelled an English raid led by Sir Francis Drake.  Baiona itself has many great cafes and restaurants and a wonderful atmosphere with an interesting old quarter worth exploring. The tourist office is located in the Baiona Parador which has the most amazing views over the Atlantic Ocean and Vigo Bay. If energy levels permit you may like to use this free day to travel to the nearby historic town of Tui with its cathedral, a highlight of the inland Central Camino, or even take a day trip to visit the beautiful Cies Islands located a short distance off the coast.

Meals: B

Day 11: Baiona to Vigo (24km)

Today the best option out of Baiona is to follow the Senda Litoral Seashore Path and cross the medieval Ponte Ramallosa bridge over the Rio Minor. At this point you can decide to either continue along the coast on the Seashore Path or follow the inland route through the hills on the Coastal Way. The Seashore Path follows coastal roads, promenades, wooden walkways and beaches to the Rio Lagares where it enters the Bay. Here, either continue along the coast into Vigo Baja past the port and docks or take the path alongside the river joining up with the inland Coastal Way and continuing on to Vigo Alto.

From Ponte Ramallosa the Coastal Way goes over the hills with the PO-552 to the left, on back roads and some forest; the path becomes more urbanised closer to the large busy and cosmopolitan city of Vigo. Follow the yellow arrows. There are several Camino routes into Vigo, so you may also encounter green arrows. Make your way to your accommodation in Vigo Baja down the busy and straight Rua de Urzaiz. Vigo is a huge industrial city, so when walking in here expect industrial areas, highways and busy roads; navigating your way may become difficult.

There is an option to have a rest day in Vigo and from here you can take a ferry trip out to the Cíes Islands, which are known as the Caribbean of Spain and are a beautiful protected national park (the ferry runs from June to September and on weekends in May). However, visitor numbers to the islands are controlled, so a visit must be booked in advance.

Meals: B

Day 12: Vigo to Redondela (16km)

There are two ways to depart Vigo: the Seashore Path leaves the old town along the coast past the Vigo Guixar railway station along Rua do Areal and Rua de Garcia Barbon and Sanjurio Badia (the PO-323), before turning right (4km from the railway station), on to Camina Trapa where it joins the Coastal Way.

The alternative is to make your way from the old town along the Rua do Principe mall continuing along the Rua de Urzaiz where it intersects with Avenida do Alcalde Gregorio Espino. This is where you pick up the Camino Coastal Way and the yellow arrows. Follow the pedestrian mall then turn to the left just before the ends on Rua Toledo, then along quiet back streets with the Bay of Vigo on the left where the British sunk many galleons in the 1702 battle of Vigo Bay.

The Camino to Redondela is a pleasant walk with great views of the Vigo estuary as the walk continues through a string of hillside villages and patches of woodland. Your stop for the night is the town of Redondela, known as the ‘Village of Viaducts’, where the Coastal and Senda Litoral Caminos join with the inland Central Portuguese Camino to Santiago de Compostela.

Meals: B

Day 13: Redondela to Pontevedra (20km)

Today is a beautiful day of walking. As you walk on the Camino Portuguese you will notice many more pilgrims who have joined from the Central Way from Porto via Tui. Several kilometres out of Redondela the path leads up to the Alto de Lomba through the forest after which there is a short section on the busy N-550 to the village of Arcade famous for the best oysters in Galicia. Cross the long medieval bridge of Ponte Sampaio over the River Verdugo where Napoleon’s army was defeated by the Spanish in 1809 during the War of Independence. Then walk up through the forest and enjoy one of the most beautiful stretches of the Camino following the ancient narrow stone paths as they climb up the slope. The path widens amongst fields and vineyards, arriving at Pontevedra with its pretty historic centre, the 13th-century church of Santa Maria, and the famous Pilgrim Virgin’s church (Santuario da Peregrina), which although appears round, is actually in the shape of a scallop shell.

An alternative scenic and peaceful way to enter the town is via the Rio Gafos. Turn left shortly after the chapel da Santa Marta and before a play area, not waymarked.

Pontevedra is another good rest day option as it has a wonderful atmosphere to soak up and enjoy with its pedestrianised streets and plazas.

Meals: B

Day 14: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis (22km)

Today the Camino Portuguese will take you over the Rio Lerez via the pretty stone Ponte do Burgo bridge decorated with scallop shells and through chestnut groves and pine and eucalyptus trees to the village of San Amaro. Emerging from the woods near Valbon, at the Cruceiro de Amonisa, a statue of Saint James with his walking stick points the way to Santiago. You will pass the pretty village of Tivo with its lovely fountain and public washing area. Continue on through rural fields and vineyards to the Roman-influenced town of Caldas de Reis, known otherwise as ‘the hot waters of the Kings’, where you will find the thermal springs after crossing the river Umia around to the left outside the Hotel Davila. You may wish to soak your feet in the hot thermal water upon your arrival into the town.

Meals: B

Week 3: Caldas de Reis to Santiago de Compostela
Day 15: Caldas de Reis to Padron (19km)

Today’s walk is one of the most beautiful of the whole route. The path once again takes you through pine forests and rural areas through the Bermana and Verga valleys to today’s destination across the Ulla River, the town of Padron. Padron, the starting point for Saint James ministry in the Iberian peninsular, was also said to be where his body first reached land when it returned by boat after being martyred in Jerusalem. The parish church has the legendary Pedron, the stone where St James’ boat was moored. You can find the Pedron under the altar in the Igrexia de Santiago with a replica Pedron over the bridge on the west bank of the Rio Sar.

Meals: B

Day 16: Padron to Milladoiro (19km)

The path today will take you through a variety of woodland trails and increasingly busier roads. After making your way to the historic sanctuary of A Escravitude, continue to Faramello and the Chapel of San Martino where you can see one of the oldest wayside crosses (cruceiro) in Galicia. Continuing on you will arrive in Milladoiro, Santiago’s largest suburb.

Meals: B

Day 17: Milladoiro to Santiago de Compostela (7km)

Your final walking day on the Camino Portuguese will be through busier suburban streets to your final destination Santiago de Compostela. After departing Milladoiro and the tiny town of Agro dos Monteiros, but before passing under the motorway, pilgrims now for the first time will have a view of the spires of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. After crossing the Sar River, take the left waymarked option and continue through the streets of the city via Rua de Porto Faxeira, the old entrance of the Portuguese Way into Santiago de Compostela. Make your way via Rua Franco to Praza do Obradoiro and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Meals: B

Day 18: Depart Santiago de Compostela

You are free to check out of your hotel any time before 10am. If you would like to explore Santiago further you are able to leave your bags with reception.

Meals: B

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Porto

Porto is one of the most ancient cities in Europe. It has many architectural highlights, the picturesque Ribeira riverfront and UNESCO heritage listed colourful historic old town. No visit to Porto is complete without a river cruise to the port wine sellers of the Douro Valley, a UNESCO world heritage wine region. While you’re in Porto, seek out the city’s namesake dish, Tripas à Moda do Porto, and its most popular sandwich, the Francesinha. You’ll easily burn off the calories if you are starting your pilgrimage from this beautiful seaside port.

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Póvoa de Varzim

This is a modern resort and holiday town. The town’s main appeal is the beach. There is also a historic centre and shopping streets.

Esposende

Esposende is a popular resort and fishing town. Along the riverside runs a wide palm-lined boulevard. The broad beach at the mouth of the Cávado River is known for its quality surf. Backed by low dunes the beach is overlooked by the 17th century Forte de São João Baptista and the red metal tower of Esposende lighthouse.

Viana do Castelo

Classified as a mecca of architecture, Viana do Castelo is famous for its monuments in and around the city, and the surrounding natural beauty of its beaches and seafront. You can visit the 15th century cathedral and take the funicular to the Basilica de Santa Lucia on the hill above the town for some of the best views of the West Atlantic coast.

Vila Praia de Ancora

The old fishing village of Vila Praia de Ancora has a great beach and is popular with tourists. The town has an excellent reputation for gastronomy. The festival of the Sea and Sardines is held in early July.

A Guarda

The fishing port of A Guarda has a pretty harbour and Galicia’s most impressive ancient Celtic settlement – the Santa Tecla on the hill above the town is an authentic archaeological gem with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Oia

As you approach the small town of Oia you will see the spectacular 12th-century Monastery of Santa Maria de Oia across the small harbour. The pretty town has several restaurants, and you may find some locals engaged in an impromptu sing along with bagpipes playing typical Galician tunes.

Baiona

Baiona is the most popular seaside tourist town in southern Galicia and has a well preserved old town and numerous important monuments. It was here in 1493 that the Caravel La Pinta returned with news of the discovery of America by Columbus. A replica is moored in the harbour. From Baiona you can travel to the nearby historic town of Tui with its cathedral (a highlight of the inland Central Camino) or to take a ferry trip to the heavenly Cies Islands, which are known as the Caribbean of Spain.

 

Vigo

Vigo is a busy, cosmopolitan industrial city. The Old Town (Casco Vello) is the city’s heart, packed with lively bars and restaurants serving delicious Galician dishes.

Redondela

The town of Redondela is known as the ‘Village of Viaducts’. It’s where the Coastal and Senda Litoral Camino’s join with the inland Central Portuguese Camino to Santiago de Compostela.

Pontevedra

Pontevedra has a pretty historic centre, pedestrianised streets, plazas and a wonderful atmosphere to soak up. The famous Pilgrim Virgin’s church (Santuario da Peregrina) appears round but is actually in the shape of a scallop shell.

Caldas de Reis

The Roman-influenced town of Caldas de Reis, known as ‘the hot waters of the Kings’. You’ll find the thermal springs after crossing the River Umia.

Padrón

Padrón was said to be where the body of St James first reached land when it returned by boat after being martyred in Jerusalem. The parish church has the legendary Pedron, the stone where St James’ boat was moored. You can find the Pedron under the altar in the Igrexia de Santiago with a replica Pedron over the bridge on the west bank of the Rio Sar.

Santiago de Compostela

The wonderful and historic city of Santiago is the end of the Camino journey for most pilgrims. Praza do Obradoiro and the wonderful ancient Cathedral form the city’s heart. Attend the midday pilgrims mass and watch the steady stream of pilgrims arriving into the square as they finish their epic journey. There are many enticing tapas bars and restaurants in which to celebrate your journey.

 

Inclusions

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Included
  • Accommodation including historic hotels and country houses with en-suite bathrooms on a twin share basis
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in the luxurious Parador in Baiona (subject to availability)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luggage transfer each day from hotel to hotel (1 x <20kg bag per person)
  • RAW Travel navigation APP with maps of your hotel locations and emergency contact numbers
  • Local and Australian emergency contact numbers
  • Pre-trip Camino guidance and planning
  • Dedicated local support person in Spain for reassurance
Excluded
  • Single supplement $1550
  • International airfares
  • Travel insurance
Added Extras

For an extra indulgence, upgrade your hotel in Pontevedra to a Parador from $50 per person/per night twin share and $75 per person/per night single occupancy, when booked 6 months in advance (subject to availability).

For an extra indulgence, upgrade your hotel in Santiago to a Parador from $170 per person/per night twin share and $250 per person/per night single occupancy, when booked 6 months in advance (subject to availability).

For any part of your trip that falls between 31 October and 31 March there is an ‘out of season’ luggage transfer surcharge cost of $30 per person per day.

Tailor the itinerary with the addition of extra rest days or additional overnight stays to shorten longer walking distances.

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PORTO TO SANTIAGO

Why is the walk from Porto to Santiago a popular choice?

This walk begins in the vibrant UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Porto, a colourful city with plenty of culinary and architectural delights. World famous for its production of fine port wine, Porto is buzzing with live music, cafes, restaurants and street vendors. The route meanders through two countries – Portugal and Spain – and finishes at the magnificent Santiago de Compostela. Along the way, walkers are treated to diverse and amazing scenery from the wild Atlantic coast, fishing villages and small coastal towns to forests, vineyards and farmland. With fascinating historic towns to explore and the freshest seafood, it creates long-lasting memories for anyone who chooses this trail.

What is the total distance of the route from Porto to Santiago?

The distance from Porto to Santiago is 265km. It takes around 18 days to complete.

Can I cycle the Camino from Porto to Santiago?

Yes! Cycling the Camino is growing in popularity and is a great way to travel along the trails. On our Porto to Santiago Mountain Bike trip you’ll pedal through Portugal and into Spain, through beautiful landscapes. We supply top quality bikes and look after your luggage and accommodation, so you are free to enjoy the ride! Here’s everything you need to know about cycling the Camino

When is the best time to walk from Porto to Santiago?

The Portuguese Coastal Camino is best walked from April to October. Its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean ensures that it is perfect for walking during the European summer months (June to August).

How difficult is the walk from Porto to Santiago?

The route is less-signed than the more popular Camino Frances, meaning it is great for those who are seeking more of a challenge and adventure. For the most part it is relatively flat and there are no mountain ranges to cross, but you can expect some challenging hills and uneven terrain in some areas. There are sections of boardwalk and sometimes beach walks. It can be hard underfoot and therefore you need to prepare your feet properly for the walk. 

How do you support walkers who choose this route?

We have published our own guidebook on the Portuguese Coastal Camino, which when used in conjunction with our bespoke walking app means you have the best possible information and route guidance for your trip. We are the only walking company to produce our own guidebook to this complex route and with the backup of our locally based staff it means you’ll have full confidence in walking this route and enjoying your Camino (and be able to help others who are lost!)

How do I get to Porto and leave Santiago?

You can fly into Lisbon and take a train (2.5 hours ) direct to the city centre of Porto. You can also fly into Madrid and take another flight to Porto (approx. 1 hour). To get from the airport to the city centre a taxi is approximately 50 euros. There are also frequent metro trains. Getting away from Santiago for onward travel is very easy. There is an airport with a great network of airlines coming in and out. 

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