4 or 8-Day Self-Guided Family PORTUGUESE COASTAL CAMINO: Porto to Vigo (Spain)


 

FAMILY PORTUGUESE COASTAL WAY: Porto to Vigo (SPAIN)
A 4 or 8-day, pilgrimage known as the Portuguese Coastal Way or Camino da Costa. Starting from Porto,

it is a stunning walk through seaside towns and villages of northern Portugal and the beautiful
countryside of Spain, en route to Vigo.

SELF-GUIDED FAMILY GROUP
TRIP LENGTH: 4 or 8 days BREAKFAST: Included daily, 2 Dinners

OTHER: Luggage Transfer – 1 x 20KG per person - TRIP GRADE: Easy/Moderate

DEPARTURE DATE: On a date to suit you

PRICES FROM:  4 Days (3 nights) Euro290 per person, twin/double share

PRICES FROM: 8 Days (7 nights) Euro750per person, twin/double share

TRIPLE ROOMS ON REQUEST: DEPOSIT: AUD400 PER PERSON
 

TRIP OVERVIEW

Portugal emerged as a country in 1143, and is steeped in history. From the mid-12th century, the way of Saint James and the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela has been a feature on the paths and roads across Portugal. This route was used by Queen Isabel of Portugal (1271 – 1336) to make at least one pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. The hospitality offered to pilgrims started in the middle-ages by monks and clergymen, still continues today along the less travelled Portuguese Way ('the friendly Camino') where all villages and towns participate with their generosity and warm welcome. The route heading north through rural areas, along the Atlantic coast has the sun on your back all the way to Baiona, with farmhouses, forests, rolling hills and cobbled stone paths a feature of the journey.

Walking the Camino is a time for reflection and recognition and a time to shake your worries for another time and place. It provides thinking time to crystalise the 'where to from here', or if you prefer, don't bother thinking at all.

Following the Atlantic Coast towards Oia and then Vigo, the Portuguese Coastal Way starts in the colourful UNESCO-listed city of Porto and follows a beautiful landscape of beaches and dunes. The route will take you through charming seaside towns and villages in Northern Portugal before crossing to Galicia, and the heart of the Rías Baixas. Discover the wild Atlantic beauty and sandy beaches of Northern Portugal and Southern Galicia, taste delicious seafood and wine, stay in fishing villages, go for a swim in one of the many sandy beaches and be refreshed by the maritime feel of our newest Coastal Camino.

 

SELF-GUIDED WALKING

Our self-guided itineraries are ideal for groups and independent travellers who prefer to navigate their own way in their own time. The Camino de Santiago is well suited for self-guided walking, as the paths and tracks are well-marked with yellow arrows showing the way.

You will be provided with a pack of easy to read maps and instructions, complete with directions to guide you. Your pack will be available at your joining hotel on the first day of your trip. And, you can be confident that 'you are not alone' as we monitor your arrival at your accommodation each day and provide you with contact details for your journey.

This itinerary is carefully designed for easy to manage walking days. There is a basic level of fitness required and some uphill stretches in part, however, given you only need carry a lightweight day bag and your water supply, which can be replenished in the various villages on route, and other essentials such as snacks, it makes this trip very manageable for any inexperienced walker. 

ACCOMMODATION & LUGGAGE TRANSFER

Your stay will be in an excellent combination of centrally located hotels and charming village accommodation dotted along the Camino.  The character, comfort and often the uniqueness of the accommodation all adds to the experience. In some villages you will stay in ‘Casa Rurals’, which are bed and breakfast style accommodation.

Your private accommodation is pre-booked in advance and is on a twin share basis with private en suite facilities. Single supplement is on request and where possible we will offer a gender share option as requested.

The local cuisine is also a highlight. On occasion, mama will be in the kitchen preparing a three course hearty meal known as the pilgrim’s staple, which comes complete with a bottle of wine, (which can be returned to the kitchen if you wish, or if you are under age!). The cook, or regular chef will not disappoint, and all dietary requirements are taken care of in advance. The language is Portuguese and Spanish. English is difficult to find, which adds an exciting dimension and a great reminder that you are travelling in a foreign land.

Your luggage is transferred daily which means you are carefree to enjoy the walking, with no need to worry about your bed for that night, nor straining your body from carrying too many kilos on your back.

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY


ARRIVE PORTO - Day 1/Night 1

Start your Camino in colourful Porto.  Porto, overlooking the River Douro, is one of the most ancient cities in Europe.  It is the second largest city in Portugal after Lisbon, and has a population of 1.4 million.  It was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996.  One of Portugal’s internationally famous exports, port wine, is named for Porto.  The Porto region is also a major producer of cork.

PORTO – POVOA DE VARZIM 14km. Estimated walking time approx. 3-4 hours –Day 2/Night 2

TRANSFER from Porto to Labruge (at 17km from the city centre, this will shorten the walk and avoid the industrial outskirts of town). Commence walking to Povoa de Varzim.  The first stage hugs the Atlantic coastline and passes fishing villages, forests and the prehistoric site and archaeological remains of Castro S. Paio from the Iron Age. 

On your camino today, you make your way to the town of Povoa de Varzim which is a pretty medieval district.

POVOA DE VARZIM – ESPOSENDE 20km. Estimated walking time  approx. 5-6 hours – Day 3/Night 3 

On your way to the old fishing village of Esposende you will cross the Coastal Natural Park and Parque Natural do Litoral Norte.  Esposende village is located on the estuary of the River Cavado.


ESPOSENDE – VIANA DO CASTELO 23km. Estimated walking time approx. 5-6 hours – Day 4/Night 4. 

Continuing North admiring the views and the peace of the Coastal Natural Park on route to Viana do Castelo.  You will cross the Eifell's old iron bridge over the River Lima.  Legend has it that the Romans were so impressed by Viana’s beauty when they reached the town in the first century BC they thought they had reached paradise.

Viana Do Castelo is famous for its handcrafts and local costumes. 

End of 4 day itinerary: Train to Porto or Vigo - own arrangements,  Or stay the night in Viana do Castelo.

VIANA DO CASTELO – ANCORA 18km. Estimated walking time approx. 4-5 hours – Day 5/Night 5

Continuing North along the Atlantic coastline, today is an easy walking day giving you time to enjoy a relaxed pace and time to enjoy the seaside villages and towns along the Camino. You follow the coastline all the way to the ancient fishing village of Ancora, which is located at the end of the Ancora River.  Ancora is nestled in a valley protected from the winds by the ‘Serra d’Arga’ hills at the north, and ‘Monte de Santa Luzia’ at the south.

ANCORA – A GUARDA 15km. Estimated walking time approx. 5 hours - Day 6/Night 6

Today you continue towards Caminha where you will take a ferry boat across the river Minho to Galicia.  There are about 10 crossings a day (check timetable for times and days of operation at this link). 

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From the ferry continue to A Guarda  where it is recommended that you visit the famous hilltop archaeological Santa Tecla Celtic Village settlement with its breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.
  
A Guardia is the most southerly resort in Galicia next to the Portuguese border.  It's a fisherman’s port, famous for its shellfish including lobsters.

  

A GUARDA – OIA 15km. Estimated walking time approx. 4 hours - Day 7/Night 7

Oia is famous for its impressive monastery right on the Atlantic Ocean. Although not open to the public you can visit the exterior and you may be lucky to join a guided visit organised by the tourist office.

OIA – VIGO - Day 8

Today we take a transfer from Oia to Vigo.  Estimated driving time approx. 1 hour driving / 60km

 
Vigo is tucked away in the south-west of Galicia. The drive, as you follow the coast, offers fantastic views of the Bay of Vigo and the Natural Park on the horizon.

Vigo is the largest city in Galicia with a proud heritage, it was where the Roman Empire met the ocean and, in the 19th century, it became the main transatlantic departure point.  You can enjoy fantastic views of the Vigo estuary from almost any point in the city. 

The trip finishes late morning in Vigo, the memories of the Camino will live on. 

Wandering the World hope you have had a journey of a lifetime and welcome your  choice to wander with us again.

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EMAIL: Glenyce Johnson at glenycej@wanderingtheworld.com.au
 

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