Camino Portugués Coastal Way

An interesting and quieter variation of the main Camino Portugues central route, the Portugues Coastal Way or Caminho da Costa runs from Porto to Santiago following the wild Atlantic coastline of northern Portugal and Galicia.

Starting in the vibrant UNESCO heritage city of Porto, head straight to the coast and walk through seaside towns and fishing villages, past river estuaries and sandy beaches. Visit one of the most beautiful and best preserved historical centres of Portugal in Viana do Castelo before reaching the natural border of Spain and Portugal and the River Miño.

Continue through historic medieval towns such as Baiona, Pontevedra and Padro. Cross beautiful Romanesque bridges and dine on some of Galicia’s gastronomic delights. Finally meet up with the main Camino Portugues rout
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Hiking trail · Portugal
Matosinhos to Povoa do Varzim
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 26 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 33 m
Descent 35 m

Take a metro to Matosinhos before beginning your walk along the coast to Povoa do Varzim.

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Hiking trail · Portugal
Povoa do Varzim to Esposende
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 19.7 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 26 m
Descent 32 m

Walk along the coast and via wetlands and river estuaries to Esposende.

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Hiking trail · Portugal
Esposende to Viana do Castelo
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 25.3 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 284 m
Descent 276 m

Walk along coastal plains, sandy beaches and dunes to the historic centre of Viana do Castelo.

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Hiking trail · Portugal
Viana do Castelo to Praia da Ancora
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 18.6 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 172 m
Descent 171 m

An easy day walking across dunes and sea promenades to Praia da Ancora.

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recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 18.3 km
Duration 4:45 h
Ascent 97 m
Descent 182 m

Walk to Caminha before taking a ferry over to Spain across the Mino river and walking to A Guarda.

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Hiking trail · A Guarda
A Guarda to Oia
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 13.3 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 157 m
Descent 189 m

Enjoy wide open views of the sea as you walk to Oia.

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Hiking trail · Oia
Oia to Baiona
Difficulty easy
Distance 18.4 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 249 m
Descent 244 m

Walk alongside cliffs to the lighthouse of of Cabo Silleiro before ascending to Baredo and Baiona.

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Hiking trail · Baiona
Baiona to Vigo
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 26.2 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 407 m
Descent 341 m

Walk alongside the Ria de Vigo and beautiful beaches to Vigo.

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Hiking trail · Vigo
Vigo to Arcade
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 23.2 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 257 m
Descent 309 m

A pleasant riverside walk to the Castle of San Sebastian before descending to Barrio de O Berbes and then Redondela where you meet the main Camino ...

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Hiking trail · Soutomaior
Arcade to Pontevedra
Difficulty easy
Distance 12.6 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 145 m
Descent 163 m

Begin the day with a climb to the  Church of Santa Marta with views over the Bay of Vigo before continuing to Pontevedra.

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Hiking trail · Pontevedra
Pontevedra to Caldas de Rei
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 20.5 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 127 m
Descent 104 m

Skirt the marshland area of A Xunquiera de Alba and walk through fields of crops to Caldas de Rei.

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Hiking trail · Caldas de Reis
Caldas de Rei to Padron
Difficulty easy
Distance 18.8 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 149 m
Descent 163 m

Cross the deep forests of Mount Castelo before crossing a bridge to the province of A Coruna and Padron.

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Hiking trail · Padrón
Padron to Santiago de Compostela
Difficulty easy
Distance 26 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 374 m
Descent 127 m

Your final day's walking to Santiago de Compostela.

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