Portugal :

Portugal Coastal Way to Santiago

Trip code: W14CP 5 (4 reviews)

Self-guided walking

14 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

15.0Kg CO2e

SUMMARY

  • A spectacular walk on the coastal path from Porto to Santiago
  • Stamp your pilgrims passport in the villages, chapels, churches and cathedrals.
  • Medieval treasures, Atlantic landscapes and scrumptious seafood

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Comprehensive route directions
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking Transfer
  • Pilgrim Passport and shell

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Recently officially certified by the Portuguese Government in February 2022, the Coastal Way is according to some historians, one of the most important routes to reach the Apostle's home in Santiago de Compostela. The Portuguese Coastal Way, connects Porto to the northern regions and became important in the 15th century. Before, it was mainly used by locals and those who disembarked in the ports.

The Camino along the coast is one of the most unique routes leading to the shrine. Along your way, you will be amazed by the kindness of the local people, the historical sites on route and the natural landscapes. Each step of the way is accompanied by a light sea breeze which invigorate the mind, challenging the body.

Each day there are moments to enjoy and appreciate, where the immensity of the ocean contrasts against the mountains that surround the Way, bringing emotions that will make you hold your breath. The kind-hearted local people, greet all walkers in a friendly way, trying to support each pilgrim in their mission to reach the next stage. The Coastal Way has a specific spirituality, experienced in a different manner by each pilgrim, which transforms each trip through nature into an emotional journey.

The mountains cross the valleys which reflect the brightness of the rivers and streams, reinvigorating each step of the way. Each day is a new idyllic scenery : admire the contrast between the tranquil beaches and the strong Atlantic waves. The sea breeze with a characteristic smell of seaweed that is drying on the sands, is the setting for a perfect painting.

You will feel The Santiago de Compostela devotion in each towns you will cross on the Coastal way. The unique landscapes attracts serenity. This trail is for those who are looking for new sensations, which go beyond the body and provide clarity to the mind. A journey that offers spiritual and cultural interests with breath-taking sceneries.

Terrain

The Portuguese Way gently winds its way northwards, along the coast, through woodlands, farmlands, villages, towns and historic cities following a mixture of ancient tracks, paths and roads.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrival in Porto

A UNESCO World Heritage City and best European City destination for 2013, 2014, and again for 2017, Porto is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The old centre boasts more than 1500 listed monuments, and the history of the traditional Port Wine can be explored by visiting many of the Port cellars which are open to the public.

You stay at Selected hotels.

hotel details

Hotels, Porto to Santiago


This tour offers a mix of accommodation ranging from 2* to 4* hotels including rural family run hotels and modern luxury hotels in big cities.

All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement for a single room for the tour duration. For a solo traveller there is an additional charge to cover transfer costs.

Day 2: Porto - Vila do Conde (19km/11.8mi)

Walking transfer in the morning to Matosinhos. Wooden boardwalks and pavements will lead you along the coastline via a series of wide sandy beaches, natural reserves and fishing villages to the historical coastal town of Vila do Conde.

Day 3: Vila do Conde - Esposende (25km/15.5mi)

Walk alongside the coast between flowers and sand dunes and across beaches. Then head north crossing the Coastal Natural Park in direction of Esposende, an old fishing village with a great setting on the estuary of the River Cavado.

Day 4: Esposende - Viana do Castelo (24km/14.9mi)

Pass through various villages and some delightful sections of woodland and rivers. Discover Viana do Castelo, an attractive town famous for its ancient and contemporary architecture, offers magnificent views over the Lima valley and estuary with views of distant mountain ranges.

Day 5: Viana do Castelo - Ancora (18km/11.2mi)

Today's journey is mostly inland, with occasional coastal views from hillside villages. Enjoy the shade of the eucalyptus forest as you make your way uphill before descending to the low-key beachside resort town of Vila Praia de Ancora.

Day 6: Ancora - A Guarda (14km/8.7mi)

Follow the coastal path to Moleda. Then continues to the charming town of Caminha. Option to walk through the pine forest beside the beach. Continue with a scenic ferry journey (payable locally) takes you across the Minho River to the fishing town of A Guarda in Spain.

Day 7: A Guarda - Oia (13km/8.1mi)

Before leaving A Guarda, do not miss the Santa Tegra Celtic settlement - the views are spectacular. Follow the Camino on the coastal way, going through the forest before reaching the seaside village of Oia, dominated by its 12th century monastery.

Day 8: Oia - Baiona (18km/11.2mi)

Start your day along fields, coastal villages before a total change of scenery and terrain as you reach the mountains. Continue through countryside before arriving at the medieval center of via two ancient churches.

Day 9: Baiona - Vigo (25km/15.5mi)

From Santa Maria church, walk through the countryside offering peaceful paths and rivers. As your way climb, admire wonderful views before entering to Vigo via a park.

Day 10: Vigo - Arcade (22km/13.7mi)

Start your day with peaceful hillside villages with beautiful views over the estuary and port. Then, head down to Arcade, a riverside town famous for its oysters.

Day 11: Arcade - Pontevedra (13km/8.1mi)

Leave Arcade via its iconic bridge. Follow ancient stone paths up through the forest. Enjoy a scenic detour along the River Tomeza to approach Pontevedra surrounded by birdsong and greenery. Explore the historical city centre, its vibrant squares and enjoy some tapas at a local bar.

Day 12: Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis (21km/13.0mi)

Walk through the lovely countryside and peaceful forest to the riverside spa town of Caldas de Reis. This place is known for its thermal waters and for healing properties. Enjoy the thermal spring on the main square.

Day 13: Caldas de Reis - Padron (19km/11.8mi)

Cross a luxuriant landscape alongside the Valga River. Several impressive churches and stone crosses line the route to Padron, the riverside town where St. James's body is said to have been laid to rest by his faithful followers.

Day 14: Padron - Santiago (25km/15.5mi)

The final stage of the Camino is going through Galician villages. Once you enter the medieval narrow streets of Santiago, the atmosphere changes while reaching the cathedral square.

Day 15: Leave Santiago

Explore the old city of Compostela before departing.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £519.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £519.

TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air prices include our standard flights
Out: BA Heathrow to Porto then transfer, 20 minutes to hotel Return: Transfer to airport, 20 minutes then Iberia Santiago de Compostela to Heathrow via Madrid

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 10pm today) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

Generally happy with the arrangements made, the information supplied and the personal touches provided by the Headwater staff. Thank you

Graham Toms, 6 Apr 2024

 

From start to finish the experience was smooth and seamless. From the initial booking the service from your agent Toni was 5*.The itinerary was very well laid out, the guide book was extremely detailed and generally easy to follow. The hotel transfer of the main luggage was a godsend.The Camino itself was very well organised. Generally the hotels were above bar and the service was extremely good. At no point did I have any problems out there. The route gave a good variety of terrain along the coast, through small towns and woodland area. The weather ranged from amazingly hot and sunny in portugal to wet and colder in galicia but all part of the journey. It did not detract at all from the overall experience. Also the safest i've felt travelling ever on a holiday!

You meet a variety of people along the way from countries from all around the world all travelling for their own reasons being religious, spiritual, active holidays etc. I wouldn't say mine was spiritual as such but it was a brilliant way of zoning out from life back home and resetting the mind. You start your walks thinking, then you run out of things to think about and then you just keep walking to your next destination truly appreciating everything around you. The satisfaction when you reach your final destination cannot really be described properly. Receiving your certificate of distance travelled and your compostela tells you that your feet did not travel in vain. I would book with confidence😊.

Mitesh Amin, 7 Oct 2023

 

Our Portuguese Coastal Way to Santiago has been amazing and the trip has been made even more enjoyable with the excellent service from Headwater. The management of hotels, bag transfers, and availability of support has been excellent. Thank you.

Christopher Jilbert, 5 Aug 2023

 

An excellent holiday - well organised and very helpful staff -Andrew Palmer was great. The hotels were excellent - clean and mostly modern with really positive staff.Thank you

Andrew Quinlan, 10 Jul 2023

 


Self-guided walking

14 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

15.0Kg CO2e

14 nights from £1649

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Call: 01606 720199

 

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