Duration
9 days
Activities
  • Self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 8 nights hotels
Meals
  • 6 Dinners
  • 8 Breakfasts

Price

$1359USD

 
 

Overview

Trip Code: PBC

Trip highlights


  • Enjoying a quieter pilgrimage route, following in the footsteps of Celtic, Roman and Christian wayfarers
  • Experiencing the culinary delights of this coastal region
  • Relaxing at night in comfortable, family run hotels and B&Bs

The Portuguese Coastal Route is one of the quieter Camino paths and it offers a wealth of history. Starting in the wonderful city of Porto and a UNESCO World heritage Site, the journey travels north through small hamlets, past eucalyptus and pine woods, over ancient bridges and along stunning coastal scenery. Throughout the journey there are ample reminders of past pilgrims and the route offers many insights into the religious significance of the Camino.

Trip Grading

moderate

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Make your own way to Porto, on the banks of the Douro River. Its maritime legacies and importance as a New World trading port shaped it into a proud city, with an impressive cathedral and port wine lodges. After checking in to your hotel, take the time to explore the city with its many cultural sites. Overnight in Porto.

Meals:  Nil

Take the Metro train this morning (to avoid the congested outskirts of Porto) to Matosinhos, alighting at the ‘Mercado’ stop. Your walk today is along the Atlantic coast, passing fishing villages, forts and chapels, the prehistoric castro of San Paio and beautiful sandy beaches. Cross the Ave river to Vila do Conde, with its ancient medieval shipyard. Continue to Povoa do Varzim, where you stay overnight.

Meals:  B,D

Before continuing your Camino we suggest taking a stroll along the harbour and through Povoa's medieval district. Continue north along the coast crossing the Coastal Natural Park and the Cavado river to Esposende, an old fishing village on the estuary of the Cavado River. Overnight Esposende.

Meals:  B,D

As you leave Esposende enjoy the views as you head north passing the villages of Marinhas, Belinho, Neiva and Darque. Walk into historic Viana do Castelo by way of the Gustave Eiffel designed bridge over the River Lima. Viana do Castelo is a beautiful city located in the Minho region in North Portugal. With an appealing medieval centre, the 5th Century Cathedral and the Basilica of Santa Lucia, and beaches just outside the city there is plenty to see this afternoon.

Meals:  B

The walk today is a gentle one, and you'll be sure to enjoy the sea-air as you walk along the coast. Your destination for the day is the small but charming town of Praia de Ancora. This afternoon you can take the opportunity to swim in the Atlantic ocean. Overnight Praia de Ancora.

Meals:  B,D

As you leave Villa Praia de Ancora you'll continue onto the beach of Praia de Moledo. You then leave the coast slightly, walking through forest and back to a boardwalk before reaching Caminha, the last town before crossing into Spain by ferry. You will need to take the ferry to A Guarda, where you stay overnight (ferry tickets to be purchased locally).

Meals:  B,D

Leaving from A Guardia this morning, the trail takes you around the peninsula, with ample opportunities to stop for a coffee or lunch and enjoy the magnificent beach scenery before continuing your walk to the lovely small village of Oia. Overnight Viladesuso or Oia.

Meals:  B,D

The walk today is a real feast for all senses. For the first 10km the route takes you along a coastal footpath away from the main road. You then continue along picturesque coastline, walking along the boardwalk, all while enjoying stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. On a clear day you should be able to see the Cies islands. Overnight Baiona.

Meals:  B,D

Trip arrangements conclude after breakfast. We can assist with booking an extra night or two if you’d like to stay longer in Santiago - please ask for our rates.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 8 breakfasts and 6 dinners. Breakfasts are usually continental inclusive of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices. Dinner will consist of 3 courses, usually starting with a salad, followed by a chicken, red meat, fish or pasta dish & finishing with a dessert of fruit or cakes.
  • 8 nights in comfortable hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Luggage transfer (max 1 piece of 20kgs per person) - charges apply for excess luggage
  • Information pack including route notes and maps per room booked
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to Porto and from Baiona
  • Lunches, 2 dinners (Porto and Viana do Castelo) and drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided walking trip
  • Transfers unless advised
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Metro train Porto to Matosinhos on day 2, ferry to A Guarda on day 6
  • Excess baggage charges - price shown for excess is for 1 extra piece, max 20kg per person. Additional pieces/weight price is on request. Please do not tie smaller bags onto your main luggage as they will be charged as an extra bag. Charges will be higher if not paid when final balance for your trip is due.
  • Rest days - these must be added at time of booking

Accommodation


Grading

moderate  

Daily walks are between 12-33km on well marked trails over diverse terrain – from relatively flat to hilly. The trail takes you along quiet rural roads, occasionally on the verges of roads with traffic. Some of the route is on walking trails away from the road and there are often alternative routes available. Route finding is reasonably straight forward following the yellow arrows and granite pillars (showing distance to Santiago), however you still need to be vigilant as markers from other trails such as the GR11 can be confusing (refer below for further details on self guided adventures). However our notes include hints and pointers to help you navigate the route. The route will inevitably cross main roads close to cities and towns, although the majority is on side roads and walking trails. The main areas to concentrate on route finding are arriving and leaving towns and cities. The accent is on keeping a steady pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. You will need a good level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure


Departure dates

Daily

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Total Priceper person from

$1359USD

Options & Supplements*
  • excess luggage (per piece, max 20kg in weight)USD$200
  • Single SupplementUSD$490
  • Single Traveller SurchargeUSD$550
*Prices listed are per person

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We offer different levels of accommodation and comfort so that even the most budget conscious can treat themselves to active holidays on Europe's most celebrated tracks and trails. Our trips are great value for money because you only pay for what you want.  

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With close to 400 trips in almost 50 countries, including the largest range of bike & boat holidays in Europe, we're confident that we can organise an Alps walk, Camino de Santiago or Via Francigena experience, Food Lovers' trip or a tour in a lesser-known pocket of Europe that you will love. 

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