Portuguese Coastal route to Santiago de Compostela: Stage 1
Follow the Atlantic breeze towards Santiago
Walk towards Santiago using the Portuguese coastal path. Cross sunny and seaside areas such as Póvoa, Esposende, Vila Praia de Âncora, Caminha and Baiona.
Be in mind this is the original route to Santiago de Compostela “near” the Coast. It is possible to adapt the hiking route for a easier terrain. A big part of the pilgrims already walk near the sea, avowing some mountains and forest.
You may also consider our Easy route North of Atlantic Coast.
This hike is divided in two different stages. Stage 1 which goes through Portuguese territory and stage 2 which takes you through Spain to Santiago de Compostela. For a complete experience you might think to book the 2 stages,
- All days are mostly flat with very few and minor hills
- The main roads are avoided for the majority of the time and as such every kind of terrain is used during this walk
Itinerary 6 Nights / 7 days:
Day 1: Porto
Day 2: Transfer to Praia da memória – Póvoa: 20 km
Day 3: Póvoa – Esposende: 25 km
Day 4: Esposende – Viana do Castelo: 26 km
Day 5: Viana do Castelo – Vila Praia de Âncora: 19 km
Day 6: Vila Praia de Âncora – Caminha: 9 km
Day 7: Departure
Extra 2 days route, 140 Km:
Day 7:Caminha – Oia: 23 km
Day 8: Oia – Baiona: 18 km
Day 9: Departure
Hotel 4*: Trindade Hotel
Starting at the monument in Praia da memória, which represents the landing place of the troops that defended the city of Porto, during its long siege in the first half of the XIX century, a 20km walk awaits. This day’s walk is integrally flat with minor and imperceptible short climbs, to which contributes the low coast level of this area. It ends in Póvoa de Varzim, a city known to be historically connected to the sea.
Some of the areas that might spark your interest during the day are: the fish market at Angeiras, the almost imperceptible triangulation station of São Paio, the small and protected landscape of Vila do Conde Coast and Mindelo Ornithological reserve which you will pass through during your walk, Santa Clara’s Monastery in Vila do Conde, a replica of a Portuguese vessel called Nau in Vila do Conde and the fortress of Nossa Senhora da Conceição in Póvoa de Varzim, right at the end of this day’s walk.
Hotel 4*: Grande Hotel da Póvoa
Another flat day. It goes from Póvoa de Varzim to Esposende. Today, half of the day will be nearby the North Coast Natural Park, which goes from south of Apúlia to the river mouth of the river Neiva. This walk portraits an urbanized coastal area, with a decent amount of cobblestone roads in the company of farmed land and path walks near the beach. Some of the areas that might spark your interest during the day are: Masseira agriculture fields, which is a unique form of agriculture practiced in the dunes around this area and the fort of São João Baptista in Esposende.
Hotel 3*: Suave Mar
Leaving Esposende 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**
Departing from Viana do Castelo this is the shortest walk so far. Almost 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. Some of the areas that might spark your interest during the day are: The chapel of Santo Isidoro, the wayside cross of Santo Isidoro, Camarido woods by which you will pass near the end of this walk, the chapel of N. S. das Areias and the village of Caminha one and a half kilometers away from the hotel.
Hotel 4*: Portas do Sol
The beginning of this walk leads to a fisherman boat, which will take it to leave Portugal and enter Spain. While being slightly less flat, the path follows the same tendency as the previous one, being majorly plane, with its highest point at 60m and lowest at 0m. This walk follows part of the road that connects Tui and Vigo through the coast, however touching it only occasionally when no alternative path exists. This road has a big shoulder in the form of a path for bicycles and pedestrians, which makes it safe. Some of the areas that might spark your interest during the day are: Sea Museum in Guarda, the several sightseeing points along the way and the monastery and town of Oia.
Walking between Oia and Baiona feels like the previous walk. The same road is followed and in the same terms, although a big portion of the walk is done on the main road. The same protective shoulder exists every time the path stays on this road. A considerable portion of the path is asphalted road. Some of the areas that might spark your interest during the day are: The several sightseeing points along the way, the lighthouse of Cabo Silleiro, the old lighthouse of Cabo Sileiro, the coastal artillery of Cabo Silleiro, the statue of virxe da rocha, the castle of Monterreal, which is the location of the hotel and the museum of the Carabela La Pinta.
Hotel 4*: Parador de Baiona
- 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.
- In the option 8 nights/ 9 days, 8 lunches are included in all packages, and 8 dinners are included only in the Guided Hiking tour Plus package
- Solo traveler: 200 €
- Single supplement 6 Nights / 7 days: LS: 300€, RS: 329€, HS: 360€, SS.390€
- Single supplement 8 Nights / 9 days : LS: 340€, RS: 369€, HS: 400€, SS.430€
- Extra nights: on request