OVERVIEW

The Portuguese Coastal Camino Way to Santiago starts in Porto and is one of the most popular routes to Santiago de Compostela. This is a true Camino adventure with a huge variety of scenery from forests, fields, rivers, valleys, gorgeous villages and medieval towns.

Marvel at the history of this place, and the incredible achievements of a country so small. Revel in the excellent wines and the mouth-watering food of this part of the world, particularly the fresh seafood which is always on the menu.

Highlights

  • Soak up the magical ambience of Portugal as you walk 259km of the Camino
  • Beautiful countryside including dense forest, valleys and rivers
  • Weaving your way through stretches of unspoiled coastline towards the Atlantic
  • A Guarda, a peaceful fishing town renowned for its excellent seafood
  • Spectacular views as you cut across the undulating mountains
  • Picturesque hillside villages and ancient towns
  • Claim your coveted Pilgrim's passport
  • The thrill of walking into Santiago de Compostela and its stunning cathedral to end your walk

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
15 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Distances are longer up to 20 plus km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 2095

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 995

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of a room when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

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ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14
  • Day 15

DAY 1
PORTO

Arriving early is essential as it is worthwhile spending time to explore world heritage Porto including 12th century Porto Cathedral, the palace and the many other historical buildings.

Accommodation: Porto, 2 -3-star country hotel

DAY 2
PORTO MATOSINHOS TO VILA DO CONDE

You start the walk by being transferred to Matosinhos missing the busy and noisy urban parts of the Camino. Walk wooden boardwalks to the coast and then via a series of wide sandy beaches along the coastline, through nature reserves and fishing villages to the historical coastal town of Vila do Conde.

Walking: Moderate / 21 km or 12.9 miles / 6 to 7 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation:  Vila do Conde, 3-star country hotel

DAY 3
VILA DOCONDE TO ESPOSENDE

Continue on the Camino de Santiago from Vila do Conde via the seaside resort town of Povoa de Varzim. A significant portion of the day is spent walking alongside the coast that’s thick with flowers. The track moves inland towards Esposende via market gardens, dense forest and hamlets, crossing the wide bridge at Cavado estuary.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 25 km or 15.4 miles / 6.5 to 7.5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Esposende, 3-star country hotel

DAY 4
ESPOSENDE TO VIANA DO CASTELO

We start the day by leaving the coast behind, passing through village after village, negotiating delightful sections of woodland and along rivers. The days walk ends with the crossing of the exceedingly long Eiffel bridge into the picturesque town of Viana do Castelo famous for both its ancient and contemporary architecture. The magnificent views over the Lima valley, the estuary and views of distant mountain ranges are a marvellous bookend to this day’s walk.

Walking: Moderate / 23.5 km or 14.5 miles / 6 to 7 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Viana do Castelo,  3-star country hotel

DAY 5
VIANA DO CASTELO TO VILA PRAIA DE ANCORA

Today’s walk on the el Camino is mostly inland, with occasional coastal views from a string of hillside villages. You might think you are in Australia when you find yourself walking through eucalyptus forest. From the forest make your way uphill for more beautiful views before descending into the low key beachside resort town of Vila Praia de Âncora.

Walking: Moderate / 19.5 km or 12.2 miles / 5 to 6 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Vila Praia de Âncora, 2-3-star country hotel

DAY 6
VILA PRAIA DE ANCORA TO A GUARDA

Walking in and out of your accommodation each day makes for a real inn to inn experience. Today is even more special as you walk from country to country, from Portugal to Spain. From your accommodation, the level coastal path makes its way via Âncora to Moleda and then continues to the charming medieval town of Caminha. There’s time to take a detour through the pine forest beside the beach before catching the ferry across the River Minho to the peaceful fishing town of A Guarda in Spain. A real highlight awaits you tonight as A Guarda is well known for its’ excellent seafood.

Walking: Moderate / 14 km or 8.7 miles / 4.5 to 5.5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: A Guarda, 2 – 3-star country hotel

DAY 7
A GUARDA TO OIA

In the morning it is worth a visit to the ancient Celtic settlement of Santa Tegra before leaving A Guarda, even if it is just for the spectacular views. Walk out of your accommodation following the el Camino through the middle of town out towards the rugged coastline. The landscape and the coastal track is quite varied today. Our final resting place for the day is the small beachfront village of Oia, famous for its’ 12th-century monastery.

Walking: Moderate / 14 km or 8.7 miles / 4.5 to 5.5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Oia , 2-3-star country hotel

DAY 8
OIA TO BAIONA

The path from Oia begins with quaint little fields, with a scattering of houses and a few villages typical of this region. The coastal scenery and terrain constantly change as you cut across the mountains. The last part of the Camino today descends through the Spanish countryside and outlying villages into the medieval town of Baiona.

Walking: Moderate / 17.5 km or 10.9 miles / 5.5 to 6.5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Baiona, 2-3-star country hotel

DAY 9
BAIONA TO VIGO

As you walk out of Baiona the terrain slowly morphs back into semi-rural and then rural countryside with picturesque Spanish villages and patches of woodland all the way to Vigo. Thankfully the Camino takes you through Castrelos Park to avoid the busy streets of the city. Vigo is quite large and tonight as with all major centres there’s lots to do. Explore the Porta do Sol the cultural centre or just wander around Casco Vello the old city.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 25.5 km or 15.8 miles / 7 to 8 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Vigo, 2-3-star country hotel

DAY 10
VIGO TO ARCADE

As you walk along Vigo’s main shopping street and out of the city one gets the real sense of the contrast between first world Spanish culture with the beauty of the Spanish countryside. As you leave Vigo the Camino connects a string of peaceful hillside villages from which you can get superb views back across the city, estuary and port. Around halfway into today’s walk the terrain changes from houses to trees before making a steep descent into Redondela. From here it’s a stroll through the woods before arriving at Arcade which is like stepping back in time. Arcade is a riverside town and out of the way and thus has not been ruined by tourism.

Walking: Moderate / 22 km or 13.5 miles / 6 to 7 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Arcade, 2-3-star country hotel

DAY 11
ARCADE TO PONTEVEDRA

Leave Arcade via the iconic bridge and walk what is one of the most beautiful sections of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago and one of the shortest. Follow the ancient stone paths through forest, and if you have time take the scenic option along the River Tomeza, approaching Pontevedra surrounded by trees and birdsong instead of traffic. Pontevedra is a city in northwest Spain and is known for its well-preserved old town. Explore the historical city centre, its atmospheric squares and good quality tapas bars.

Walking: Easy to Moderate/ 13 km or 8 miles / 3 to 4 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Pontevedra, 2- 3-star country hotel

DAY 12
PONTEVEDRA TO CALDAS DE REIS

Explore a bit more of Pontevedra as you walk on the Coastal Camino out of town into the attractive countryside. The stage to Caldas de Reis is long but reasonably flat. Bathing your weary feet in Caldas de Reis’ thermal springs is an excellent reward after a big day on the track.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 22 km or 13.6 miles / 6 to 7 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Caldas de Reis, 2-star country hotel

DAY 13
CALDAS DE REIS TO PADRON

Begin the day with an easy ascent through a series of small villages and the delightful Valga forest. This section exits Caldas de Reis and takes you on an easy climb to the charming woodlands of Valga. Impressive churches and stone crosses line the Camino’s path to Padrón, the riverside town where St. James’ body is said to have been laid to rest by his faithful brethren. The town merges with the ancient and famous town of Iria Flavia a centre for religion, trade and Roman and Vikings invasions of all things.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 19 km or 11.2 miles / 5.5 to 6.5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Padrón, 2-star country hotel

DAY 14
PADRON TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

The final stage of the Camino is through gorgeous countryside with pockets of woodland to break up the day. Only on the last few kilometres of the way will you travel on busy urban streets. However, once you enter the ancient narrow streets of the medieval centre of Santiago de Compostela the excitement begins to build, and you can feel the atmosphere change as you approach the cathedral square.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 23 km or 14.3 miles / 6 to 7 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Santiago de Compostela, 3-star country hotel

DAY 15
LEAVE SANTIAGO

After breakfast, prepare for your onward journey. It is really worth taking the time to explore Santiago de Compostela, relax and soak up the joyous atmosphere along with all the other pilgrims in this amazing place. If you would like to add a day please let us know.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Walk the Portuguese Coastal Camino de Santiago (Way of St James) from Porto all the way to Santiago de Compostela via the coast
  • 14 night’s accommodation in 2 to 3-star (or 4- star or better on the luxury trip) character-filled hotels and breakfast on every day of the walk.
    An upgrade to 4-star and better accommodation is available.
  • Our comprehensive set of notes, detailed walking itineraries, integrated maps and insider tips (where to get the best tapas plus a lot more)
  • Pilgrim kit: passport (credentials) and shell (Viera) and walk 259kms on the Portuguese Camino the Way of St James pack free
  • All luggage transfers and transport on the track
  • Take advantage of nearly 30 years experience in organising self-guided walking holidays
  • On the ground support from local representatives
  • You can shorten the walk if you wish and start from closer to Santiago de Compostela

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

Comfort is always a priority, at the end of each day’s walk we have ensured that there is a hot shower, a cosy bed, an en suite and plenty of quiet. A good night’s sleep is mandatory and ensures that you wake rested and primed, ready for the next day’s adventure on the Camino, of course only after a satisfying breakfast.  The accommodations we have chosen reflect the character and history of the region.

On the upgraded, luxury version of this walk, the accommodations are all 4-star or better. Even though the accommodations are much more luxurious they still reflect the culture of the region. In addition, you can still expect a warm country welcome each day and all the hospitality typical of being in a country like Portugal.

It’s not by chance that when walkers visit Portugal, they almost immediately fall in love with the food and wine here. In Portugal, all the dishes, recipes and ingredients have a story to tell. This is a world you’ll get to experience both on foot but also with your knife and fork. The Camino travels through many towns that are renowned for excellent authentic traditional food. In the North, it is worth frequenting Spanish Tapas bars to experience the wide range of local delicacies available.

Both Portugal and Spain have very old wine industries. Many of the wines on this walk you won’t find anywhere else. However, alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

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DISTANCE - ABOVE AVERAGE

Distance training is a major consideration in your overall training program. As you progress, incorporate longer walks into your training plan.

Schedule one or two long walks each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably cover 17-25 km in a single day. Also include walks on consecutive days to help your body adapt to the demands of walking for multiple days in a row. Take every opportunity you can to walk. If you have a fitness watch or phone, you should try to reach >15,000 steps every day.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average distance per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

ELEVATION - ABOVE AVERAGE

Elevation training is a major consideration in your overall training program. You must include walks with serious hill climbs.

If you do not have access to hills, it is essential to replicate the elevation level you will be undertaking in any way possible such as on a treadmill or stair climber. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand, or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Also, prioritising resistance weight training will help you develop overall muscle strength.  Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

If high altitude is a factor, incorporate sessions at a higher altitude to acclimatise your body to reduced oxygen levels if you are able to. Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

MOUNTAINOUS / UNDULATING TERRAIN

As terrain associated with mountain climbs is often somewhat uneven and rocky, balancing and core exercises are vital.

Try to also include some form of elevation in more than 50% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up mountains or hills, up and down stairs at work, or up and down at a local oval with a grandstand is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking. Concentrate on doing lots of squats and lunges to build your glute muscles.

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY

This trip is available From 1st March to the 1st November

WALKING

This track is well-graded and without a great deal of incline or decline. Walks on average about 20 km a day. There’s always time to walk and explore further if you’re up to it or to relax and simply enjoy the towns/villages each evening.

GETTING THERE AND AWAY

Travelling to the Start of the walk

You will need to get yourself to and from the start and end of your walk. i.e. you will need to organise your travel to the start of the walk in Porto. To make it easy we have collated some useful information that will assist you in making arrangements for your travel.

Porto Airport, (Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro), Maia (+351) 229 432 400 is about 11 km from the city centre. There are regular flights from and to almost all major European cities. There is an airport bus available from outside the terminal which takes you to the city centre. The Metro line connects the Airport to the city centre, offering a fast and comfortable ride into the heart of the city.

To book flights we have found this site helpful

www.google.com/flights

BUSES: This is information for those who may be catching a bus and/or starting their walk further along the track:

PORTO – PONTE DE LIMA:  Rede Expressos (www.rede-expressos.pt) coaches from Porto transit station (Campo 24 de Agosto, 125, 4300-096 Porto, Tel: +351 707 223 344) depart daily to Ponte de Lima.

PORTO – VALENÇA:  Rede Expressos (www.rede-expressos.pt) coaches from Porto transit station (Campo 24 de Agosto, 125, 4300-096 Porto, Tel: +351 707 223 344) depart daily to Valença.  Tickets can be purchased from the train station or on-line on the English language pages of the railway company’s website http://www.rede-expressos.pt/default.aspx no more than 14 days before the travel date. Tickets cannot be bought on the coach.

PORTO – VALENÇA:  AUTNA (www.autna.com) coaches from Porto Airport transit station (Bus stop of Galicia Bus on the Airport arrivals) depart daily to Valença (Single fare is between €9.00 and €12.00)

TRAINS: There are several trains to and from Porto (Train station of São Bento or Train station of Campanhã). Trains also transit daily to Valença. The metro lines link the airport to both train stations: Tickets can be purchased from the train station or on-line on the English language pages of the railway’s company’s website https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en  no more than 28 days before the travel date. Tickets cannot be bought on the train.

Our transport partners on the ground can also provide private transfer on all routes. Do not hesitate to contact us.

Travelling from the End of the walk

The walk finishes in Santiago de Compostella

By rail: The train from Santiago de Compostela back to Lisbon takes about 7 hours. However, you might be better served to head to an alternate destination.  San Sebastian, Salamanca or Seville, there are so many great options it’s difficult to decide.

By plane: There are flights from Santiago de Compostela to other parts of Europe. Below are possible websites that provide a number of different carriers to choose from.

https://www.kayak.com/flights
www.google.com/flights

WEATHER

March through to October is usually warmer, with long sunny days, perfect for walking. See  Porto weather for average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks prior to your departure which will outline all the fine details for you and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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DEPARTURE DATES

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    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    PER PERSON
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Mar 2024 - 31 Oct 2024
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2095

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $995

    Excludes High Season

  • 1 Jul 2024 - 31 Aug 2024
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2395

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $1195

    High Season

  • 1 Mar 2024 - 31 Oct 2024
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $3795

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $1845

    4 Star Hotels or better - Approx price please speak to office

  • 1 Mar 2025 - 31 Oct 2025
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2180

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $1035

    Excludes High Season

  • 1 Jul 2025 - 31 Aug 2025
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $2490

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $1245

    High Season

  • 1 Mar 2025 - 31 Oct 2025
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $3945

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $1920

    4 Star Hotels or better - Approx price please speak to office

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Overview

OVERVIEW

The Portuguese Coastal Camino Way to Santiago starts in Porto and is one of the most popular routes to Santiago de Compostela. This is a true Camino adventure with a huge variety of scenery from forests, fields, rivers, valleys, gorgeous villages and medieval towns.

Marvel at the history of this place, and the incredible achievements of a country so small. Revel in the excellent wines and the mouth-watering food of this part of the world, particularly the fresh seafood which is always on the menu.

Highlights

  • Soak up the magical ambience of Portugal as you walk 259km of the Camino
  • Beautiful countryside including dense forest, valleys and rivers
  • Weaving your way through stretches of unspoiled coastline towards the Atlantic
  • A Guarda, a peaceful fishing town renowned for its excellent seafood
  • Spectacular views as you cut across the undulating mountains
  • Picturesque hillside villages and ancient towns
  • Claim your coveted Pilgrim's passport
  • The thrill of walking into Santiago de Compostela and its stunning cathedral to end your walk

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
15 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Moderate to Challenging

Grade 4 - Moderate to Challenging

Distances are longer up to 20 plus km. Steep hill sections and rough surfaces. Walking experience and active lifestyle necessary.

PRICE FROM
$ 2095

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 995

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14
  • Day 15

DAY 1
PORTO

Arriving early is essential as it is worthwhile spending time to explore world heritage Porto including 12th century Porto Cathedral, the palace and the many other historical buildings.

Accommodation: Porto, 2 -3-star country hotel

DAY 2
PORTO MATOSINHOS TO VILA DO CONDE

You start the walk by being transferred to Matosinhos missing the busy and noisy urban parts of the Camino. Walk wooden boardwalks to the coast and then via a series of wide sandy beaches along the coastline, through nature reserves and fishing villages to the historical coastal town of Vila do Conde.

Walking: Moderate / 21 km or 12.9 miles / 6 to 7 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation:  Vila do Conde, 3-star country hotel

DAY 3
VILA DOCONDE TO ESPOSENDE

Continue on the Camino de Santiago from Vila do Conde via the seaside resort town of Povoa de Varzim. A significant portion of the day is spent walking alongside the coast that’s thick with flowers. The track moves inland towards Esposende via market gardens, dense forest and hamlets, crossing the wide bridge at Cavado estuary.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 25 km or 15.4 miles / 6.5 to 7.5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Esposende, 3-star country hotel

DAY 4
ESPOSENDE TO VIANA DO CASTELO

We start the day by leaving the coast behind, passing through village after village, negotiating delightful sections of woodland and along rivers. The days walk ends with the crossing of the exceedingly long Eiffel bridge into the picturesque town of Viana do Castelo famous for both its ancient and contemporary architecture. The magnificent views over the Lima valley, the estuary and views of distant mountain ranges are a marvellous bookend to this day’s walk.

Walking: Moderate / 23.5 km or 14.5 miles / 6 to 7 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Viana do Castelo,  3-star country hotel

DAY 5
VIANA DO CASTELO TO VILA PRAIA DE ANCORA

Today’s walk on the el Camino is mostly inland, with occasional coastal views from a string of hillside villages. You might think you are in Australia when you find yourself walking through eucalyptus forest. From the forest make your way uphill for more beautiful views before descending into the low key beachside resort town of Vila Praia de Âncora.

Walking: Moderate / 19.5 km or 12.2 miles / 5 to 6 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Vila Praia de Âncora, 2-3-star country hotel

DAY 6
VILA PRAIA DE ANCORA TO A GUARDA

Walking in and out of your accommodation each day makes for a real inn to inn experience. Today is even more special as you walk from country to country, from Portugal to Spain. From your accommodation, the level coastal path makes its way via Âncora to Moleda and then continues to the charming medieval town of Caminha. There’s time to take a detour through the pine forest beside the beach before catching the ferry across the River Minho to the peaceful fishing town of A Guarda in Spain. A real highlight awaits you tonight as A Guarda is well known for its’ excellent seafood.

Walking: Moderate / 14 km or 8.7 miles / 4.5 to 5.5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: A Guarda, 2 – 3-star country hotel

DAY 7
A GUARDA TO OIA

In the morning it is worth a visit to the ancient Celtic settlement of Santa Tegra before leaving A Guarda, even if it is just for the spectacular views. Walk out of your accommodation following the el Camino through the middle of town out towards the rugged coastline. The landscape and the coastal track is quite varied today. Our final resting place for the day is the small beachfront village of Oia, famous for its’ 12th-century monastery.

Walking: Moderate / 14 km or 8.7 miles / 4.5 to 5.5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Oia , 2-3-star country hotel

DAY 8
OIA TO BAIONA

The path from Oia begins with quaint little fields, with a scattering of houses and a few villages typical of this region. The coastal scenery and terrain constantly change as you cut across the mountains. The last part of the Camino today descends through the Spanish countryside and outlying villages into the medieval town of Baiona.

Walking: Moderate / 17.5 km or 10.9 miles / 5.5 to 6.5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Baiona, 2-3-star country hotel

DAY 9
BAIONA TO VIGO

As you walk out of Baiona the terrain slowly morphs back into semi-rural and then rural countryside with picturesque Spanish villages and patches of woodland all the way to Vigo. Thankfully the Camino takes you through Castrelos Park to avoid the busy streets of the city. Vigo is quite large and tonight as with all major centres there’s lots to do. Explore the Porta do Sol the cultural centre or just wander around Casco Vello the old city.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 25.5 km or 15.8 miles / 7 to 8 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Vigo, 2-3-star country hotel

DAY 10
VIGO TO ARCADE

As you walk along Vigo’s main shopping street and out of the city one gets the real sense of the contrast between first world Spanish culture with the beauty of the Spanish countryside. As you leave Vigo the Camino connects a string of peaceful hillside villages from which you can get superb views back across the city, estuary and port. Around halfway into today’s walk the terrain changes from houses to trees before making a steep descent into Redondela. From here it’s a stroll through the woods before arriving at Arcade which is like stepping back in time. Arcade is a riverside town and out of the way and thus has not been ruined by tourism.

Walking: Moderate / 22 km or 13.5 miles / 6 to 7 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Arcade, 2-3-star country hotel

DAY 11
ARCADE TO PONTEVEDRA

Leave Arcade via the iconic bridge and walk what is one of the most beautiful sections of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago and one of the shortest. Follow the ancient stone paths through forest, and if you have time take the scenic option along the River Tomeza, approaching Pontevedra surrounded by trees and birdsong instead of traffic. Pontevedra is a city in northwest Spain and is known for its well-preserved old town. Explore the historical city centre, its atmospheric squares and good quality tapas bars.

Walking: Easy to Moderate/ 13 km or 8 miles / 3 to 4 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Pontevedra, 2- 3-star country hotel

DAY 12
PONTEVEDRA TO CALDAS DE REIS

Explore a bit more of Pontevedra as you walk on the Coastal Camino out of town into the attractive countryside. The stage to Caldas de Reis is long but reasonably flat. Bathing your weary feet in Caldas de Reis’ thermal springs is an excellent reward after a big day on the track.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 22 km or 13.6 miles / 6 to 7 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Caldas de Reis, 2-star country hotel

DAY 13
CALDAS DE REIS TO PADRON

Begin the day with an easy ascent through a series of small villages and the delightful Valga forest. This section exits Caldas de Reis and takes you on an easy climb to the charming woodlands of Valga. Impressive churches and stone crosses line the Camino’s path to Padrón, the riverside town where St. James’ body is said to have been laid to rest by his faithful brethren. The town merges with the ancient and famous town of Iria Flavia a centre for religion, trade and Roman and Vikings invasions of all things.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 19 km or 11.2 miles / 5.5 to 6.5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Padrón, 2-star country hotel

DAY 14
PADRON TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

The final stage of the Camino is through gorgeous countryside with pockets of woodland to break up the day. Only on the last few kilometres of the way will you travel on busy urban streets. However, once you enter the ancient narrow streets of the medieval centre of Santiago de Compostela the excitement begins to build, and you can feel the atmosphere change as you approach the cathedral square.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 23 km or 14.3 miles / 6 to 7 hrs
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Santiago de Compostela, 3-star country hotel

DAY 15
LEAVE SANTIAGO

After breakfast, prepare for your onward journey. It is really worth taking the time to explore Santiago de Compostela, relax and soak up the joyous atmosphere along with all the other pilgrims in this amazing place. If you would like to add a day please let us know.

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • Walk the Portuguese Coastal Camino de Santiago (Way of St James) from Porto all the way to Santiago de Compostela via the coast
  • 14 night’s accommodation in 2 to 3-star (or 4- star or better on the luxury trip) character-filled hotels and breakfast on every day of the walk.
    An upgrade to 4-star and better accommodation is available.
  • Our comprehensive set of notes, detailed walking itineraries, integrated maps and insider tips (where to get the best tapas plus a lot more)
  • Pilgrim kit: passport (credentials) and shell (Viera) and walk 259kms on the Portuguese Camino the Way of St James pack free
  • All luggage transfers and transport on the track
  • Take advantage of nearly 30 years experience in organising self-guided walking holidays
  • On the ground support from local representatives
  • You can shorten the walk if you wish and start from closer to Santiago de Compostela
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

Comfort is always a priority, at the end of each day’s walk we have ensured that there is a hot shower, a cosy bed, an en suite and plenty of quiet. A good night’s sleep is mandatory and ensures that you wake rested and primed, ready for the next day’s adventure on the Camino, of course only after a satisfying breakfast.  The accommodations we have chosen reflect the character and history of the region.

On the upgraded, luxury version of this walk, the accommodations are all 4-star or better. Even though the accommodations are much more luxurious they still reflect the culture of the region. In addition, you can still expect a warm country welcome each day and all the hospitality typical of being in a country like Portugal.

It’s not by chance that when walkers visit Portugal, they almost immediately fall in love with the food and wine here. In Portugal, all the dishes, recipes and ingredients have a story to tell. This is a world you’ll get to experience both on foot but also with your knife and fork. The Camino travels through many towns that are renowned for excellent authentic traditional food. In the North, it is worth frequenting Spanish Tapas bars to experience the wide range of local delicacies available.

Both Portugal and Spain have very old wine industries. Many of the wines on this walk you won’t find anywhere else. However, alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

Fitness Guide

FITNESS GUIDE

It’s well worth investing some time and effort preparing for your walking holiday. The graph shows the average daily distance, elevation and terrain difficulty for your hike. The dotted line indicates the average across all our walks, which will give you a feel for how challenging your walk is compared to all – and the recommended type, and amount, of preparation needed.  Of course, you can adapt this according to your existing fitness levels and lifestyle.

The graph and the information below can be used in conjunction with the fitness guide to help you prepare for your walking adventure. Across all walks, average daily distance is 16.8km, average daily elevation is 448m, average terrain difficulty is 5/10.

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DISTANCE - ABOVE AVERAGE

Distance training is a major consideration in your overall training program. As you progress, incorporate longer walks into your training plan.

Schedule one or two long walks each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably cover 17-25 km in a single day. Also include walks on consecutive days to help your body adapt to the demands of walking for multiple days in a row. Take every opportunity you can to walk. If you have a fitness watch or phone, you should try to reach >15,000 steps every day.

Ensure you can comfortably walk the average distance per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

ELEVATION - ABOVE AVERAGE

Elevation training is a major consideration in your overall training program. You must include walks with serious hill climbs.

If you do not have access to hills, it is essential to replicate the elevation level you will be undertaking in any way possible such as on a treadmill or stair climber. Walking up and down stairs at work, at a local oval with a grandstand, or up and down small hills is incredibly useful. Also, prioritising resistance weight training will help you develop overall muscle strength.  Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems, opposed to distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking.

If high altitude is a factor, incorporate sessions at a higher altitude to acclimatise your body to reduced oxygen levels if you are able to. Ensure you can comfortably walk the average elevation per day displayed in the graph, at least one month before you undertake your hike.

MOUNTAINOUS / UNDULATING TERRAIN

As terrain associated with mountain climbs is often somewhat uneven and rocky, balancing and core exercises are vital.

Try to also include some form of elevation in more than 50% of your walking and prioritise resistance training, whilst incorporating stairs anytime you can. Walking up mountains or hills, up and down stairs at work, or up and down at a local oval with a grandstand is incredibly useful. Elevation is often where walkers encounter problems not distance, as it uses an entirely different set of muscles to everyday flat walking. Concentrate on doing lots of squats and lunges to build your glute muscles.

General Info

GENERAL INFO

AVAILABILITY

This trip is available From 1st March to the 1st November

WALKING

This track is well-graded and without a great deal of incline or decline. Walks on average about 20 km a day. There’s always time to walk and explore further if you’re up to it or to relax and simply enjoy the towns/villages each evening.

GETTING THERE AND AWAY

Travelling to the Start of the walk

You will need to get yourself to and from the start and end of your walk. i.e. you will need to organise your travel to the start of the walk in Porto. To make it easy we have collated some useful information that will assist you in making arrangements for your travel.

Porto Airport, (Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro), Maia (+351) 229 432 400 is about 11 km from the city centre. There are regular flights from and to almost all major European cities. There is an airport bus available from outside the terminal which takes you to the city centre. The Metro line connects the Airport to the city centre, offering a fast and comfortable ride into the heart of the city.

To book flights we have found this site helpful

www.google.com/flights

BUSES: This is information for those who may be catching a bus and/or starting their walk further along the track:

PORTO – PONTE DE LIMA:  Rede Expressos (www.rede-expressos.pt) coaches from Porto transit station (Campo 24 de Agosto, 125, 4300-096 Porto, Tel: +351 707 223 344) depart daily to Ponte de Lima.

PORTO – VALENÇA:  Rede Expressos (www.rede-expressos.pt) coaches from Porto transit station (Campo 24 de Agosto, 125, 4300-096 Porto, Tel: +351 707 223 344) depart daily to Valença.  Tickets can be purchased from the train station or on-line on the English language pages of the railway company’s website http://www.rede-expressos.pt/default.aspx no more than 14 days before the travel date. Tickets cannot be bought on the coach.

PORTO – VALENÇA:  AUTNA (www.autna.com) coaches from Porto Airport transit station (Bus stop of Galicia Bus on the Airport arrivals) depart daily to Valença (Single fare is between €9.00 and €12.00)

TRAINS: There are several trains to and from Porto (Train station of São Bento or Train station of Campanhã). Trains also transit daily to Valença. The metro lines link the airport to both train stations: Tickets can be purchased from the train station or on-line on the English language pages of the railway’s company’s website https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en  no more than 28 days before the travel date. Tickets cannot be bought on the train.

Our transport partners on the ground can also provide private transfer on all routes. Do not hesitate to contact us.

Travelling from the End of the walk

The walk finishes in Santiago de Compostella

By rail: The train from Santiago de Compostela back to Lisbon takes about 7 hours. However, you might be better served to head to an alternate destination.  San Sebastian, Salamanca or Seville, there are so many great options it’s difficult to decide.

By plane: There are flights from Santiago de Compostela to other parts of Europe. Below are possible websites that provide a number of different carriers to choose from.

https://www.kayak.com/flights
www.google.com/flights

WEATHER

March through to October is usually warmer, with long sunny days, perfect for walking. See  Porto weather for average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

INSURANCE

We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.

For all trips that require international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance that also includes medical evacuation coverage.

We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office.  See the FAQ section for more information.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks prior to your departure which will outline all the fine details for you and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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