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Camino Portugues (coastal)
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Portuguese coastal route from Porto to A Guarda

Distance
Difficulty
Stages
Duration
114 km
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5 steps
7 days
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470 €

São Miguel Lighthouse in Porto, Portugal
We present the Portuguese Way along the coast. Start walking in Oporto, bordering the mouth of the Douro River and heading north along the mighty Portuguese seafront. Pass through towns such as Labruge, Barcelos, Póvoa de Varzim or Viana do Castelo to Caminha and cross the Miño River by ferry to reach A Guarda, the southernmost point of the Galician coast. A route that is an ode to the sea and a monument to Atlantic culture.
Walk the first half of the Portuguese Way by the coast
Discover the long beaches of Portugal's serene coastline
Walk with the Atlantic Ocean always at your side
São Miguel Lighthouse in Porto, Portugal
Camino Portugues (coastal)
PC01

Portuguese coastal route from Porto to A Guarda

Distance
Difficulty
Stages
Duration
114 km
●●○○○
5 steps
7 days
Walk the first half of the Portuguese Way by the coast
Discover the long beaches of Portugal's serene coastline
Walk with the Atlantic Ocean always at your side
from 470 €
We present the Portuguese Way along the coast. Start walking in Oporto, bordering the mouth of the Douro River and heading north along the mighty Portuguese seafront. Pass through towns such as Labruge, Barcelos, Póvoa de Varzim or Viana do Castelo to Caminha and cross the Miño River by ferry to reach A Guarda, the southernmost point of the Galician coast. A route that is an ode to the sea and a monument to Atlantic culture.

The recipe for great journeys

Natural, historical and ethnographic heritage, spectacular gastronomy, good company, slow pace and time for time. These are the ingredients with which we design trips in Viando. Are you staying at home? 

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Type of trip: Half distance
Journeys to savour slowly, with the best of each space and that indescribable sensation of overcoming your own limits.
Type of services: Standard
Carefully selected tourist class accommodation based on our experience on this route, combined with services specifically designed for your trip.
Travel style: On your own
Programmes designed so that you can travel the route on your own, at the pace set by your steps. Full autonomy and the peace of mind of knowing that we are with you if you need us.
Physical demands: Hiking
Routes of small or medium physical demand, of medium distance (20-30 km / day) and surfaces that facilitate walking, and that can be covered autonomously.

Services included

Accommodation
monitored

Full documentation

Pilgrim's badge

24h travel assistance

Advanced travel insurance

VAT and taxes

And also...

Luggage transport
Private transfers
Breakfast
Half board (dinners)
Cancellation insurance

Free if you book through our website

Luggage transport
Private transfers
Reinforced breakfasts
Half board (dinners)
Cancellation insurance

Itinerary

Day 1. Welcome to Porto and the Portuguese Way by the coast

When we talk about tourist destinations in Portugal, the city of Porto comes to mind almost immediately.

Hanging over the mouth of the Douro River, its past, its architecture and its wine-making tradition, linked to the famous sweet wine produced a few kilometres upriver and shipped here to countries all over the world, are striking. It also has one of the most beautiful and beloved bookshops in the world, its Torre dos Clérigos and its bustling Cais da Ribeira.

One of the best places from which to start the Portuguese Way along the coast or inland, either to reach the goal in Compostela or to reach the Galician border towns of Tui or A Guarda (depending on the route we choose).

Standard accommodation: Hotel Poveira or similar

Day 2. Stage Porto - Labruge

Distance: 23.1 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Labruge

Start your Portuguese Way along the coast from Porto at one of the critical points of the route. Different possibilities open up here: the central Portuguese Way; the Braga variant, further inland; the Via VeterisThe Portuguese Way from Oporto along the coast, which takes a short detour following the last stretch of the Douro River to turn north along the Portuguese coast from its mouth.

If you opt for this route, which is the one we describe here, you can expect kilometres and kilometres of almost straight coastline, long open ocean beaches and the constant presence of the Atlantic. Undoubtedly, one of the most spectacular routes on the Way of St. James. It is no coincidence that in recent years it has gained in popularity.

Get ready to walk along the riverside path of the Douro River to its mouth and then turn northwards in a hand-in-hand with the Atlantic to Labruge.

Standard accommodation: Smiling Places or similar

Day 3. Stage Labruge - Póvoa de Varzim

Distance: 13.5 km
Difficulty: ●○○○○
AccommodationPóvoa de Varzim

Long beaches, moving dunes, wooden walkways and the ocean are the dominant feature of this short stage between Labruge and Póvoa de Varzim.

Along the way, Vila do Conde, a town founded before the 10th century at the mouth of the River Ave and one of the jewels of this coastal route of the Portuguese Way, is a surprise.

Undoubtedly, a peaceful stretch along this rectilinear Atlantic coastline between sailors' houses and summer residential areas, always in search of introspection, saltpetre, gastronomy and the enigmatic poveiras brands.

Standard accommodation: Hotel Costa Verde or similar

Day 4. Stage Póvoa de Varzim - Esposende

Distance: 20.4 km
Difficulty: ●○○○○
Accommodation: Esposende

Another day's journey along the long, straight Portuguese coast, without leaving the sand until almost the end, when the route takes a brief detour to return to the ocean.

Between Póvoa de Varzim and Esposende, beaches, sea bream, traditional boats and old windmills reconditioned to welcome visitors in the summer seasons.

Standard accommodation: Hotel SuaveMar or similar

Day 5. Stage Esposende - Viana do Castelo

Distance: 25 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
AccommodationViana do Castelo

Sometimes a coastal path turns away from the breakers to find places that are worthwhile. This is the case of this stage, whose route gradually leaves the sea to meet the River Neiva and, further on, the River Lima, at the foot of which rises the town of Viana do Castelo, which has one of the most beautiful and best preserved historic centres in Portugal.

Standard accommodation: Hotel Margarida da Praça or similar

Day 6. Stage Viana do Castelo - A Guarda

Distance31.6 km (with ferry transfer at the mouth of the Minho river)
Difficulty: ●●○○○
AccommodationA Guarda / Caminha

Last Portuguese stage of the Portuguese Way along the coast from Oporto. With the sea always on our left, along coastal paths, asphalted tracks and dirt roads, the pilgrim crosses here from river to river, from the Lima to the Minho.

From Caminha, the last Portuguese town, you take the ferry to cross one of the oldest borders in the world - and probably one of the most meaningless - to finally enter Galicia.

Standard accommodation: Hotel Brussels or similar

Day 7. Discover A Guarda

After a well-deserved rest, it is the perfect time to visit A Guarda, the southernmost of the Galician municipalities and a beautiful fishing village that has kept its essence alive.

It is also the perfect starting point to complete your Camino with a route that starts from here. If you like wine culture, we recommend you to visit the vineyards and wines of the sub-area of O Rosal, of the Rías Baixas designation of origin.

And if you prefer a different type of visit, we recommend a short trip to Oia, where the Cistercian monastery of the canon monks awaits you. There are a multitude of options. The choice is yours.

Gain free cancellation
when booking on the website

Frequently asked questions

What to expect from this tour?
This section of the Portuguese Way along the coast is one of the most technically accessible of the routes that make up the Way of Saint James. Its profile is practically flat, as it runs parallel to the coastline, with few slopes. It is therefore ideal for people of all fitness levels. It is the ideal route if you want to explore the beaches of northern Portugal and its fishing villages.
The Portuguese Way along the coast is open all year round. Although it can be done in the middle of winter, taking into account a series of technical conditions (more information here), the most advisable time is usually the first half of autumn, when the weather is milder. It can also be done in summer, because temperatures are usually mild, but in this case you should expect more people on the Camino and there may be a certain saturation in the last stages.
All the stages of this route can be completed on foot, so there is no need for additional transfers. If you need transport to get to Porto from the city's airport, or if you want to hire a transfer from Santiago to the airport for your return home, we can include them as an optional service.
On this route, accommodation is available in the standard category, which corresponds to hostels, guesthouses and simple hotels, without luxuries, but clean and in good condition, used to dealing with walkers and oriented to meet their needs. You can see more information about the categories of accommodation we use in Viando. in this link.

By default and compulsory, all our programmes include travel insurance with specific coverage for the Camino de Santiago. You can see the details in the section Insurance of our website. 

All our programmes include a 24-hour telephone support service, should you need help at any time during your experience. This means that you can also contact us outside office hours (when you are on pilgrimage). 

If you want to book this programme, you have the following options available a form where you can indicate the starting date, the type of accommodation and a series of optional services. The price will be updated according to the options you choose, so you have full control. Once you have configured your trip, click on "Book" to make the payment.

Once we receive your request, you will automatically receive a proof of purchase and within 48 working hours we will contact you to confirm the details of your booking and provide you with the documentation. 

In Viando we also work with tailor-made programmes (short stages, intermediate rest days, itineraries different from those proposed, etc.). If you are looking for a Camino that meets your needs/preferences, you can ask us for a quote. here.