Camino Portugues Coastal Route - The Camino Surf & Turf
Experience the Sea, Surf and Turf on the Camino Portugues Coastal Route!
The Camino Portugues Coastal Route though not a traditional route is growingly popular for modern pilgrims. Many pilgrims in medieval times arrived from their country by boat to then walk to Santiago de Compostela and the resting place of St James. Hence many of the various Caminos include coastal sections before moving inland to reach Santiago de Compostela.
For nature enthusiasts and pilgrims who want to experience the Camino in a different way, we have now an official but little-known route following the coast, the Camino Surf and Turf. This Camino will appeal to those searching more solitude and with a pioneering spirit and is available as both a walking trip and cycling trip.
The Camino Portugues Coastal walking route starts in the Portuguese fishing port of Viana do Castelo in the Minho province. Viana do Castelo is renowned for its captivating architecture and just south of the town across the Limia is the vast and sandy Cabedelo beach and dunes. Heading north on this walk you will follow boardwalks and coastal footpaths with plenty of opportunities to stop and swim on some of the most beautiful beaches of Europe! Check out the Cias Islands, Playa Americanos and charming Baiona. From Pontevedra onwards you will then turn inland trekking intermittently through forests whilst progressing gently uphill to reach your final destination of Santiago de Compostela.
The Camino Portugues Surf & Turf can also be cycled from Porto to Santiago de Compostela. This route is easily navigated by cyclists as on a number of days you are cycling on dedicated cycle paths along the coast in Portugal. In Spain the route doesn?t have any dedicated cycling paths so you will follow the way marked path where possible or public roads.
Follow the Camino has been creating manageable sections along the Camino routes since 2006. The Surf and Turf Coastal walking route can be completed over 7 to 10 days or you can cycle from Porto to Santiago de Compostela over 7 days. Each night you will stay in carefully selected and regularly assessed (family owned hotels, genuine casa rurales, great pensiones), having the freshest local food and drinks while enjoying the social and cultural scene!
So why not come and enjoy the Camino, Surf and Turf!