Portuguese Coastal Camino (Caminho da Costa, 271 km)

Our Portuguese Coastal Camino starts in Porto. A UNESCO heritage-listed city, capital of the northern region of Portugal. Placed at the estuary of the Douro river, crossing Portugal and Spain. Known internationally for its famous Porto wines.

Once you leave Porto on the “official Coastal Camino” you will spend your days weaving in and out of the wild Atlantic coastline. With its beautiful beaches, quaint fishing villages, and sites of historical interest. Experience forts, churches, prehistoric remains, runes, and ruins of Castro de Sao Paio.

In the warmer months spend sunny afternoons and evenings on the beach. Certainly, amazing sunsets are guaranteed!

Crossing the border into Spain 

Eventually reaching Caminha, you cross the border (by ferry) to A Guarda. You are now in Spain in the heart of the Rías Baixas coastal region of Galicia. At this point, the path heads back inland taking you to join the Central Camino. Enjoy walking through chestnut and pine groves, and eucalyptus woods to Santiago de Compostela.

You can also choose the Variante Espiritual about 2km out of Pontevedra.

Many sections of the Coastal Camino are relatively flat. However, it can be quite demanding in some sections. Ascending up to around 180m then around 250m at the highest point in the last km’s before Santiago.


Varied and absolutely delicious food to be had on the Portuguese Coastal Camino. Such as the always present “bacalhau” (codfish) and its hundreds of different preparations in Portugal, to the sublime seafood of Galicia. You may enjoy meals created for pilgrims or dine in local cafes and restaurants along the way. Not to forget sweet delicacies like Portuguese tarts “Pasties de Nata” or Galician “Tarta de Santiago”.  Certainly, no good meal would be complete without a glass of Vinho Verde or Albarinho white wines, specialties of both regions.

Optional Path 

While the “official Coastal Camino” (that our itinerary is based on), you can also take the optional path that runs along the coastline (Senda or Orla litoral in Portugal). Essentially running parallel close together. Not terribly well marked yet the simplicity of hugging the coastline makes the optional path a very easy scenic option. The decision to take one path or the other can be dealt with on the day. Based on your mood, the weather, or what sites you prefer to see.

Bom Caminho!
Buen Camino!

  • Difficulty: Rest day
  • Length: 0 km.
  • Hours: 0h.

Day 1: Porto

On day 1 Porto if you have the time explore the narrow streets in the Ribeira district next to the river and its Cais da Ribeira (riverfront walk) is a must. As well as the Cathedral, Igreja y Torre dos Clerigos, Estacio de Sao Bento to name a few.

Admire the iconic D. Luiz I bridge between Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, where you can visit some of the most prestigious and historic Porto Wine Wineries (Calem, Sandeman, Ferreira, Ramos Pinto, Graham’s), make sure you enjoy a wine degustation.

A little bit further following the riverside, you will come to a small village Sao Pedro da Afurada with its colourful houses with tiled facades. Head there for a meal where you will find open grills on the street cooking up fresh seafood something not to miss.

Ensure to prepare for walking Camino on your last day, and have a good nights’ rest!!

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Length: 27 km.
  • Hours: 8.5h.

Day 2: Porto to Povoa de Varzim

On day 2: Porto – Povoa de Varzim, the first 11 km is through the suburbs and industrial areas of Porto, most pilgrims take the Metro (ticket not included in the pack) from Porto to Matosinhos, Mercado station, to reach the coastline and start walking from there.

Following the coastline, you’ll find some wooden walkways along the seaside path.

Cross the lift bridge over Leça river to Leça da Palmeira, where you’ll see the tide pool and Boa Nova lighthouse, the second-highest point in Portugal.

Pass through Vila do Conde where the highlights of today are Santa Clara Convent and the 18th century-long aqüeducte. In the town center, there are several buildings and monuments from the 16th century.

Just 3 km further  is your destination for today Povoa de Varzim (65,000 inhabitants)

Fish specialities are popular here. Taste the Arroz de Sardinhas (Sardine rice).

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 20 km.
  • Hours: 5.5h.

Day 3: Povoa de Varzim to Esposende

On day 3: Povoa de Varzim to Esposende, you’ll find plenty of wooden walkways along the coastline. Built to preserve the sand dunes, making for a relatively easy day.

In Agucadoura head slightly off the coast to Fao, where you’ll cross the iron bridge over Cadavo river.

On the other side, a short walk to your destination, Esposende is an old fishing village.

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Length: 25 km.
  • Hours: 7.5h.

Day 4: Esposende to Viana do Castelo

On day 4 Esposende to Viana do Castelo you’ll walk inland.

Passing Antas you’ll cross the Neiva river on centuries-old stone slab platforms, we recommend you take it slowly and use walking poles.

From there you have a short steep ascent to Castelo de Neiva then on to Darque. Here you’ll cross the Lima river across the iron Eiffel bridge. Built by the famous French engineer who later built the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

On the other side, your destination for today Viana do Castelo a beautiful and historically rich town. Make sure you visit the old historic centre with extravagant buildings, cafe-lined plazas, and narrow streets.

Take the funicular railway to Santa Luzia Basilica where spectacular panoramic views of the town and the Atlantic coast will make the walk all the more worthwhile.

Bacalhau (codfish) and Polvo (octopus) are very popular.

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Length: 18.5 km.
  • Hours: 6h.

Day 5: Viana do Castelo to Vila Praia de Ancora

On day 5  leaving Viana do Castelo to Vila Praia de Ancora you will have a choice between the official inland path or coastal path Senda Litoral hugging the coastline. The views are equally beautiful on either path. While it is your choice on the day possibly the weather may determine your choice.

Both paths are quite easy passing several seaside villages.

Well known for its beach Vila Praia is a particularly beautiful village.

Sea snails are one of the local specialties if you are adventurous.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 12 km.
  • Hours: 5h.

Day 6: Vila Praia de Ancora to A Guarda your last day in Portugal

On day 6 Vila Praia de Ancora to A Guarda you again have the choice of two routes. From Moledo to Caminha the official Camino runs along a road. The optional path, a more gentle option, runs along the coast through pine bush.

Caminha is a medieval town situated on the Portuguese Minho riverside. Take some time out to admire Torre do Relogio, medieval gate and Igreja Matriz before you board the ferry to Spain!

Depending on the tides the ferry departs hourly(none on Mondays). Ticket price is about 1.50 to 2 Euro (not included in the pack). If the ferry is not sailing due to the tides there is always a fisherman with a small fishing boat ready to transport pilgrims. Generally charging around 5 Euro.

As you cross the border into Spain (Central Europe Time), make sure you change the time on your devices.

Heading to A Guarda along the ocean shore, you’ll walk around Santa Tegra a hill fort with ruins of an ancient Castro-Celtic settlement. Looking to the horizon is Galicia and behind you the Portuguese coastline. Here you can see how far you have come with spectacular views.

In A Guarda a visit to Praza do Relo and Santa Maria churches are especially nice.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 13 km.
  • Hours: 4h.

Day 7: A Guarda to Oia

On day 7 A Guarda to Oia for the first km’s the route runs next to coastal rocks. Years ago owing to the tides and natural occurring Viveiro (tidal pools) developed. Local fishermen used them to preserve daily catches.

Spectacularly picturesque and a fairly easy stage today.

Finally arriving in Oia you will admire the icònic Monastery of Santa Maria. Founded in 1137 and Situated on the beach.

A wonderful way to finish your day, enjoy the delicious local lobster or crab.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 18 km.
  • Hours: 5h.

Day 8: Oia to Baiona

Today on day 8 Oia to Baiona you will enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean.

Between O Serralo and Porto Mougas follow the arrows to avoid a dangerous section along the road.

There is a short difficult ascent between As Mariñas and Baiona, where you will walk inland. The view of Cabo Sileiro lighthouse and the first views of the Cies Islands in Ria de Vigo are a welcome distraction.

Baiona is a busy seaside town popular stop for tourists. Boasting a medieval historical center situated by the outlet of the Vigo Bay with impressive fortress walls.

Caravel La Pinta (one of the 3 ships of the Colombus expedition to America) arrived back in Spain in this town. Therefore there is a museum in its honour you might find worth a visit.

Also, plenty of special seafood to be enjoyed octopus, crabs, sea urchins, vernacles…

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Length: 27 km.
  • Hours: 8h.

Day 9: Baiona to Vigo

Today on Day 9 Baiona to Vigo you have the option of two routes. On the original route, you will spend quite some time walking on asphalt. The alternative route hugging the spectacular coastline.

After walking through A Ramallosa cross the Miñor river on a wonderful Romanic bridge. After the bridge, you follow the green arrows to your left for the alternative route.

Your companion today, spectacular views of the Cies Islands.

Vigo is the largest city in Galicia (300,000). A visit to the city center in A Pedra district is a must. Next to Vigo’s harbour you can buy oysters from a local in the street and enjoy them in one of the bars with an Albarinho wine.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 16 km.
  • Hours: 4.5h.

Day 10: Vigo to Redondela

On day 10 Vigo to Redondela you head out along a popular path with locals running, cycling or walking.

Today you will walk inland up to Redondela. Indeed beautiful views greet you over the high, flat and easy plateau trail system, called the Camino da Traida das Augas. Additionally, the impressive Rande Bridge that crosses over it.

In Redondela the Portuguese Coastal Camino joins the Central Camino. Thereafter your way to Santiago becomes an inland Camino.

In Redondela Galician seafood is on the menu. Centollas (spider crabs), mussels, zamburiñas (scallops), turbot, hake, decisions decisions!

Vigo to Redondela

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Length: 19.5 km.
  • Hours: 6h.

Day 11: Redondela to Pontevedra

On day 11 Redondela to Pontevedra when reaching Arcade, you will see the oyster beds of what are considered the best oysters in Galicia.

Today you will cross the beautiful Pontesampaio medieval bridge. Imagine how it was when the great defeat (19th century) of Napoleon’s army took place.

Further on enjoy magnificent views over the Atlantic Ocean from the Church of Santa Maria (12th century).

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 21 km.
  • Hours: 6h.

Day 12: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis

On day 12 Pontevedra to Caldas de Rei, you will be walking mostly through chestnut, gum, and pine groves. Quite pleasant surroundings with only short sections of road.

In Lombo da Maceira there is a statue of Santiago Apostol with his stick showing the way.

Between A Portela and Briallos, you will find a slight divert to beautiful Rio Barosa Waterfalls. Only 400m off Camino on your right, worth the extra short walk.

Caldas de Reis known for its thermal healing waters has developed as quite a popular tourist location since Roman times. Here you will see there are many wonderful old spa hotels with a relaxed atmosphere.

Umia river provides trout and lamprea.  Another specialty is zamburiña empanadas (pies) all appreciated when washed down with a good Albarinho wine.

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Length: 18.5 km.
  • Hours: 6h.

Day 13: Caldas de Reis to Padron

On day 13 Caldas de Reis to Padron is a beautiful stage with plenty of bush sections. Heading upward to Santa Marina de Carracedo and then down to Padron.

In Pontecesures you cross paths with the Variante Espiritual arriving by boat from Vilanova de Arousa on the Ulla river.

In Padron visit the Santiago church. Then 1 km further on from Padron on Camino is Iria Flavia, an icònic village where legend says the remains of the apòstol Santiago arrived on a stone ship 2000 years ago. Also, La Real Colegiata is remarkable, the tomb of Camilo Jose Cela, Nobel Prize winner of Literature, and the museum-house of Rosalia de Castro, the main Galician poet all worth a visit today if you have the energy to save time tomorrow for your final destination.

A must-try specialty of the region while in Padron “pimientos de Padron” (little green peppers). Fried and sprinkled with sea salt, now appreciated all over Spain. Other popular foods are Octopus, cheeses, bread, chorizos, or empanadas.

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Length: 24.5 km.
  • Hours: 7h.

Day 14: Padron to Santiago

Day 14 Padron to Santiago is your last day walking!

If you didn’t visit Iria Flavia yesterday perhaps you can make a little time to do that in the first stage of your walk today. Following on from there is mainly urban landscape.  Heading up to O Milladoiro and then down again into Santiago de Compostela.

Follow the arrows to your final destination, Praza do Obradoiro. Here you will admire the Cathedral de Santiago and its romànic Portico de la Gloria (Glory’s Gate) built-in 12th century.

A moment that is bittersweet for most. You have achieved your goal yet also you have finished your adventure.

Many pilgrims celebrate the end of their Camino with a good “mariscada” (seafood plate). However, you might prefer to head to Rua do Franco for some “tapas” finishing with “Tarta de Santiago” the popular Galician tart.

The Botafumeiro

A Pilgrim’s Mass is held at 12.00 and 19.00 daily. If you are lucky (or someone pays the fee, around 300€) you will see the Botafumeiro (weighing 60 kg) incense burning ceremony.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: km.
  • Hours: h.

PC-Day 15: Santiago

On day 15 Santiago, Today you will enjoy a breakfast of Kings, your last morning with Crossroads Travel
Many of you will venture off to other parts of the world, some of you will continue your adventure to Fisterra!
Whatever it is you do from here please go safely, thank you for choosing our Crossroads Travel Camino!
We hope to see you again sometime soon.

Buen Camino!!

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Inclusions Portuguese Coastal Camino 
  • 14 nights’ Superior accommodation, preferably rural and boutique hotels.
  • Private Bathroom in all rooms
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luggage transfer daily (1 x 20kg bag per person)
  • Maps of your accommodation locations
  • Pre-trip Camino guidance and planning
  • Australian and Spanish emergency phone numbers
  • local support person in Spain
Welcome Pack:
  • Pilgrim’s passport
  • Camino shell
  • Luggage tags
  • Full Camino walking guidebook with maps
  • Camino Journal with Pen
  • Other goodies for your Camino
Not Included 
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Additional bags transfer (will incur additional costs)
  • Single Supplement
  • Any meal not specified in the Inclusions list
  • Any other item not specified in the Inclusions list
  • Flights/Transfers/Extra Accommodations.
Optional Services: 
  • Airport transfers from the start point and end destination
  • Extra night accommodation in the start point and end destination
  • Extra luggage transfer or storage
  • Fisterra experience: Tour from Santiago to Fisterra return 2 days

Day 9: Baiona to Vigo

Today on Day 9 Baiona to Vigo you have the option of two routes. On the original route, you will spend quite some time walking on asphalt. The alternative route hugging the spectacular coastline.

After walking through A Ramallosa cross the Miñor river on a wonderful Romanic bridge. After the bridge, you follow the green arrows to your left for the alternative route.

Your companion today, spectacular views of the Cies Islands.

Vigo is the largest city in Galicia (300,000). A visit to the city center in A Pedra district is a must. Next to Vigo’s harbour you can buy oysters from a local in the street and enjoy them in one of the bars with an Albarinho wine.

At Crossroads Travel our focus is to ensure your comfort at the end of a long walking day. Hence we have carefully and extensively researched our accommodation options on Camino. Keeping a close eye on changes and new places for you to stay.

Our choice of accommodation is based first and foremost on location

We personally book your rooms and know exactly where they are located. Walking extra kilometers off Camino at the end of a long day is not the preferred option. Being in the vibe of Camino is an essential element, housing you amongst the other pilgrims’, restaurants, bars, and cafes.

Note: There are a few extraordinary options that we will discuss with you when booking that are worth the walk if that is what you might prefer.

Next we want you to be welcomed and taken care of.

We meet regularly with the owners/management to discuss our client needs. Your hosts have direct personal contact with us. If any needs arise we can manage it immediately. We are on the ground in Spain = no time difference offering you a stress-free travel adventure.

Finally, we choose accommodation preferably in charming, iconic hotels and rural Casas.

The number of stars is not our criteria. A comfortable room and a private bathroom come first. Although, yes, we do throw in a few nights with lots of stars for a bit of indulgence. After all, you deserve to have a soak in a spa. Likewise, an indoor pool doesn’t hurt.

Book 60 days in advance

Camino de Santiago is a very unique destination with limited quality accommodation ON Camino. Consequently, we advise you to book a minimum of 60 days in advance. Less time than this we will do our best to keep your accommodation on Camino.

Examples of our chosen accommodation.

The images below are examples of what you can expect from your booking. Tailor-made packages are available if you wish to stay 5-star all the way. Let’s start a conversation so you can get exactly what YOU want!

Fly to Porto – Taxi to centre

Metro to centre (40 minutes)

  • From - To: Porto - Camino de Santiago
  • Length: 271 km
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Cost: $2,669
  • Dates:

    Flexible. Set your own agenda