Atlantic Coast of Portugal walking & Hiking tour
Visit the North of Portugal walking in the coast seeing the beautiful beaches and historical city´s
The coast of the Atlantic Ocean is one the best areas to walk on and, at the same time, enjoy the beautiful beaches and the history that the northern towns have to offer. Start this tour in one of the most important cities in Europe, the city of Porto. This town is classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site (1996) and it is also been given the title of European Capital of Culture (2001). Along this journey you will find several picturesque villages and monuments, still preserved to this day, mixing it up with long beaches and forests. Enjoy your meals and try the famous Codfish or Seabass, accompanied by the famous Port Wine.
- The first 3 days are flat on walking paths and paved streets
- The forth day is flat with some hills
- The last 2 days are completely flat
- The path consists of paved streets and boardwalks for most of the time
Day 1:Porto arrival
Day 2: Porto transfer to Póvoa de Varzim - Apúlia: 15 km
Day 3: Apúlia – Esposende: 16 km
Day 4: Esposende – Castelo de Neiva: 14 km
Day 5: Castelo de Neiva – Viana do Castelo: 14 km
Day 6: Viana do Castelo – Vila Praia de Âncora: 19 km
Day 7: Vila Praia de Âncora - Caminha: 8 km
Day 8: departure
Hotel 4*: Trindade Hotel
The first day starts in the city of Póvoa de Varzim and goes near the coast following the Caminho de Santiago Português da Costa. This day is flat, mixing coastal boardwalks with dirt terrains. Prepare to see beautiful beaches and also farming fields. Upon reaching the village of Apúlia, enjoy some of the delicious food that this town has to offer, like fresh sardines or octopus rice.
Hotel 4*: Apúlia Praia Hotel
The second day of this walk tour, continues on flat terrain with paved roads. Take the opportunity to visit the Parish Church of Fão, a place of devotion for most pilgrims. Upon reaching Esposende and before going to the hotel, there is another place to take a look at, the Castro de São Lourenço. By climbing the mountain of Castro Lourenço you can see a fortified settlement, in which were found traces that go back to the century IV BC.
Hotel 3*: Suave Mar
On this route of 14 km the walking tour starts near the coast line, with paved roads and enjoying the beautiful beaches that the north of Portugal has to offer. The final destination is Castelo de Neiva. This is a city that dates back to the Iron Age, being later on, in the I and II centuries BC, Romanized. It is a must to visit the local Church that is very important to all the pilgrims that go to Santiago.
Farm: Quinta do Monteverde
Leaving Castelo de Neiva in order to get to Viana do Castelo, you will find a route with several ups and downs until your final destination. Prepare to admire the surroundings with a lot of natural landscape. Halfway you might notice the chapel of Senhora do Castro. In the same area there is a sightseeing viewpoint that captures the beautiful mountainous landscape. While in Viana do Castelo you can visit the Cathedral and the Santa Lúzia Sanctuary.
Hotel 4*: Melo Alvim
Nearly nineteen kilometers separate Viana and Vila Praia de Âncora. The walk itself is flat, done mainly on dirt paths and cobblestone roads. It conveys a naturalistic feeling, being most of the walk done in a not so urbanized coast, like in the previous one. Some of the areas that might spark your interest during the day are the several forts and windmills you will find along the way, the lighthouse of Montedor and the Dolmen of Barrosa in Vila Praia de Âncora.
Hotel 4*: Hotel Meira
Continuing along the coast and keeping the same type of low land terrain, the walk today gets to the heart of the river that divides Portugal and Spain in their northernmost frontier. This is an easy walk, short in distance and elevation. Spain can already be seen in the previous walk, however today, it is clearly visible in a mountain which looks most like a volcano. Once in Caminha, try the Portuguese fishes, with sardines or roasted codfish.
Hotel 4*: Portas do Sol
- LS - Low season: Nov 01 to Mar 25
- RS - Regular season: Mar 26 to 25 Jun and Set 26 to 31 Oct
- HS - High Season: Set 01 to 25 Set
- SS - Summer Season: Jun 26 to August 30
- Prices are based for 2 people sharing the same room;
- Prices can suffer updates due high season, holidays or weekends
- Beverages are not included at lunch and dinner when included in the package
- If in a triple room with parents Children up to 10 years old - 35% discount. Children from 11 to 14 years old - 20% discount. Children from 15 to 17 years old - 15% discount.
- Solo traveler: 200 €
- Single supplement: LS: 300€, RS: 329€, HS: 360€, SS.390€
- Extra nights: on request