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Full Camino Portugues Coastal Route

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Full Camino Portugues Coastal Route Map



Make sure to dedicate some time to discovering this UNESCO-listed City of Heritage. From the impressive bridges stretching across the Douro river to the port cellars and numerous cafes along the riverbanks, it’s easy for time to slip away in this captivating destination. Don’t miss the Cathedral and take a leisurely walk through the charming streets adorned with tiled facades, blooming balconies, and monuments honoring historical figures, including the city’s native son, Henry the Navigator!


While the northern region of Portugal might not be renowned for its beaches, there are indeed hidden treasures along its coastline. Extensive stretches of sandy shores, caressed by the refreshing waters of the Atlantic Ocean, provide an ideal resting point during a stroll along this coastal route. Among the prime beach destinations are Vila do Conde, Esposende, Viana do Castelo, and Caminha.


This is where the body of St James first returned to Spain from Jerusalem and in the Church or Santiago you can see the Pedron, a large ancient stone that it is claimed the boat carrying the body of St James was moored to. Padron is also known for its small green peppers that are fried in oil and seasoned with sea salt so be sure to sample this local dish when in town!

Porto to Santiago De Compostela
Camino Portugues Coastal
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  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Specially hand-picked accommodation
  • Our Holiday or Pilgrim Pack
  • 24/7 Customer Service
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  • Premium Accommodation
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Additional Night
  • Dinners
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Day Tours Available
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  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch


Day 1


The entire old city of Porto became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 and there’s plenty going on here. Set on the bank of the Douro River near the Atlantic Ocean, the city is perhaps best known internationally for its famous Port wine.

Day 2

Porto to Povoa de Varzim

From the city centre of Porto you will head out along the Douro River to the Atlantic coastline which you will follow north. The end of today will have you in the linked coastal villages of Vila do Conde and Povoa de Varzim.

Day 3

Povoa de Varzim to Esposende

Continuing to follow the coastline today, you will pass by beaches and through coastal towns. Crossing the Cavado River you will arrive in the city of Esposende.

Day 4

Esposende to Viana do Castelo

Passing by some lighthouses whilst leaving Esposende you will continue along an inland route today that has some gentle climbs. Crossing on the main bridge over the river you will arrive in Viana do Castelo and your stop for the night.

Day 5

Viana do Castelo to Vila Praia de Ancora

A gentle walk along the coast today will take you to Villa Praia de Ancora. Here you can relax and if you haven’t already been tempted today dip your toes in the cool Atlantic Ocean and sample some fresh seafood.

Day 6

Vila Praia de Ancora to Oia

Continuing onto the beach Praia de Moledo, then walking through a forest you will come back to a boardwalk before arriving in Caminha. This is the last town before crossing the border to Spain via a ferry to A Guardia. On your arrival, you can walk around the peninsula heading to the lovely small village of Oia.

Day 7

Oia to Baiona

From Oia, you will walk along a coastal footpath away from the main road. After 10km you will then continue along the gorgeous coastline on a boardwalk with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Cies islands.

Day 8

Baiona to Vigo

The way out of the gorgeous town of Baiona will have you alongside a sandy beach for most of the day. You will then enter a typical Galician entrance and a maze of streets before entering Vigo via its wide sandy beach.

Day 9

Vigo to Pontevedra

On this stage, we will transfer you from Vigo to the start of your walk today in Redondela (10km from Vigo). Once dropped in Redondela, you will join the traditional Portuguese Way. Your final stop of the day has a lovely center with pedestrian streets and lovely cider bars/restaurants behind the church.

Day 10

Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis

The Camino leaves Pontevedra and runs parallel to the railway for a while. After the dense forests and the statue of Santiago the Pilgrim, we will reach the charming village of Tivo. Our final destination today will be Caldas do Rei.

Day 11

Caldas de Reis to Padron

Exiting the town, we take a bridge over the River Umia. After going up and downhill, we cross the river Fontenlo. Finally, we arrive in Padron. Padron is famous for being the first land sighted by the ship bearing the body of St James.

Day 12

Padron to Santiago de Compostela

The Camino today passes through many small villages and hamlets. As we near Agro dos Monteiros, it’s now possible to see the spires of the cathedral in Santiago. Finally, the Camino passes by the ruins of a castle known as A Rocha Vella, before entering the city of the Apostle.

Day 13

Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast, we bid you farewell. If you wish to stay in the area, we recommend that you: – Take your time and visit the magnificent historic centre – Continue with us along the wild “Camino Fisterra” (Finisterre Way).

Full Camino Portugues Coastal Route Elevation

How to Get There

Getting to Porto, Portugal

Fly into Porto

We recommend flying directly into Porto, as it has many flights each day directly from the UK, Ireland, and main cities in Europe.

Ryanair flies direct to Porto from several cities in the UK and Dublin. Several other companies fly to Porto Airport.

From Porto Airport to Porto city centre, take either the Subway, linea violet, or an urban bus.

Getting home from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Fly from Santiago de Compostela

Shuttle buses from Santiago city centre to the airport (20mins), or you can request an airport transfer that will pick you up from your hotel.

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