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  • Walk the Camino Portuguese Coastal Route, The Camino Surf & Turf

    Walk the Camino Portuguese Coastal Route, The Camino Surf & Turf map

    Day 1 on the Camino Portuguese Coastal Route Viana do Castelo

    Viana do Castelo is your starting point for this amazing Surf &Turf Camino, Portuguese coastal way.

    Viana is one of the most beautiful Portuguese cities, located in the Minho region in North Portugal. Classified as the Mecca of Architecture, the city is famous for its monuments in and around the city, and the surrounding natural beauty of its beaches and seafront. Take time to visit the historical city, the 15th Century Cathedral and the Basilica of Santa Lucia (a Montmartre look alike!).

    Day 2 on the Camino Portuguese Coastal Route Viana do Castela to Villa Praia de Ancora - 15km (4h00)

    Gentle walk along the coast to this small village is a perfect stop over on your way north. The village itself is a small place but it's very charming. You have the occasion here to dive into the Atlantic Ocean. There is no difficulty during the walk as you follow the coastline alternating dirt track and footpath.

    Day 3 on the Camino Portuguese Coastal Route Villa Praia de Ancora to Caminha - 13km (3h30)

    Walking through Villa Prais de Ancora continue onto the beach Praia de Moledo, then pass this you walk through forest and back to a boardwalk before coming into Caminha, the last town before crossing into Spain.

    Day 4 on the Camino Portuguese Coastal Route Caminha to Oia - 16km (4h30)

    The walk today will quickly pass by Caminha where you will get a ferry to A Guardia. On your arrival you can walk around the peninsula and then stop for a coffee or lunch with magnificent beach scenary before heading to the lovely small village of Oia. The walk is easy along the coast line.

    Day 5 on the Camino Portuguese Coastal Route Oia to Baiona - 19km (5h00)

    From Oia, you will walk along a coastal footpath away from the main road. After 10km you will then continue along gorgeous coast line on boardwalk with stunning views on the Atlantic Ocean and the Cies islands.

    Day 6 on the Camino Portuguese Coastal Route Baiona to Vigo - 23km (6h30)

    The way out of the gorgeous town of Baiona will keep you along sandy beach for most
    of the day. You will have regular opportunity to stop in a local cafe along the beach.
    You will then enter a typical galician entrance of Vigo and maze of streets before entering Vigo via its wide sandy beach. Vigo is a very active city that you will reach after 3km walk through the harbour.

    Day 7 on the Camino Portuguese Coastal Route  Vigo to Redondela - 13km (3h30)

    This walking day out of Vigo is a relatively short day and is mostly uphill going out of Vigo, but you are rewarded with wonderful views of the city and harbour.  As this is not a very long day walking you may want to spend some time in Vigo and explore the bay area which is one of the settings for Jules Verne?s novel ?Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea?.  It is from this Bay that Captain Nemo pilfered his wealth to fund his submarine Nautilus from the galleons sunk by the British during the Battle of Vigo Bay in 1702.

    Day 8 on the Camino Portuguese Coastal Route  Redondela to Pontevedra - 19km (5h00)

    Leaving Redondela, which is known as the Village of Viaducts due to the two 19th Century railroad viaducts in the town, you will proceed to the village of Arcade.  From here you will cross a Romanesque bridge which is where Napoleon was defeated by the Spanish during the War of Independence.  Arriving into Pontevedra you will head through the narrow streets before reaching the 13th Century church of Santa Maria.  Of interest to pilgrims is also the Capela da Peregrina which although it appears round is actually in the shape of a scallop. 

    Day 9 on the Camino Portuguese Coastal Route From Pontevedra to Caldas De Rei - 21km (5h15)

    From Pontevedra the Camino runs parallel to the railway whilst passing chestnut groves.  Continuing through the hamlet of Ponte Cabras you will come upon the rectory of Santa Maria de Alba which is nestled among eucalyptus and pine trees.  Leaving the thick woods of Lombo da Maceira you will be greeted by a statue of Saint James the pilgrim with his staff pointing the way ahead.  Before reaching Caldas de Rei, your stop for the night, you will pass a power station before going through the lovely village of Tivo.

    Day 10 on the Camino Portuguese Coastal Route Caldas De Rei to Padron - 25km (6h15)

    Leaving the roman influenced town of Caldas De Rei behind you will cross the river Umia via a bridge that will lead you to a fountain of hot spring water for which the town is famous for.  The Camino then enters a wood to ascend gently to the hamlet of Santa Marina, before then going downhill to cross the river Fontenlo.  Following the pine tree lined Camino you will then return to the river as you arrive into Padron which is famous for being the first land sighted by the ship bearing the body of Saint James.  Whilst in Padron be sure to also try the peppers from this region and see if you get a hot one or not!

    Day 11 on the Camino Portuguese Coastal Route Padron to Santiago de Compostela - 20km (5h00)

    Today the Camino goes through many small villages and hamlets to arrive at the Baroque sanctuary of A Esclavitude.  Passing by the ruins of Castro Lupario, home to legendary Queen Lupa who is said to have provided the oxen to pull the cart carrying the remains of Saint James to Santiago, you will continue on to Agro dos Monteiros.  It is now that you will get your first glimpse at the towers of the Cathedral in Santiago.   Finally the Camino goes by the ruins of a castle known as A Rocha Vella, before arriving into the city of the Apostle.

    Day 12 on the Camino Portuguese Coastal Route  Santiago de Compostela (End of your Camino)

    You made it! Congratulations! Get your Compostela at the Pilgrim Office and enjoy this amazing inspirational city! Visit the Cathedral!

    Farewell!

     

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    Walk the Camino Portuguese Coastal Route along the sea, in style! Starting from Porto, Viano Do Castelo or Oia to Santiago de Compostela

    Walking the Camino can be an incredibly rewarding and fun time while also providing great exercise. But imagine walking along the most beautiful scenic coasts of Northern Spain.

     

    We invite you to follow the Portuguese Way with a twist: the coastal route, alongside the amazing sea shores of North Portugal and Galicia, from Viana do Castelo to Santiago. Walk it between Sea and Earth with our Camino, Surf and Turf, Portuguese Coastal Route!

    Walk the West coast of Portugal and Spain, and enjoy the sea!

    You will start from Viana in Portugal, reaching Santiago while walking next to the most amazing sandy beaches of South Galicia, like the ones near A Guarda, Baiona and the famous Cies Islands, the Praya America. Go for a dip in the clear waters of the Vigo estuary and cross one of the most cultural and historic areas of Spain with medieval towns such as the beautiful Pontevedra and Baiona, the first ever city which heard about the discovery of America.  Oh, and this is an amazing route for gastronomy too with the best seafood Spain can offer: amazing percebes (barnacles), lobsters, oysters and of course, scallops!

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    • Levels:Camino Walking Package difficulty
    • Distance:171 km
    • Duration:7 to 10 days
    • Starting From:Viano do Castelo
    • Finishing At:Santiago de Compostela
    • Highlights:Hot springs in Caldas de Rei
    • Trip style:walking along the Sea
    • Price from:699 EUR
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