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Santiagos's Way in the Atlantic Coast (1900G)

Santiago de Compostela city
Guided Tour Santiagos's Way In The Atlantic Coast (1900G) - Santiago's Way in the Atlantic Coast
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Walking & Sightseeing

There are a number of routes to Santiago de Compostela that pilgrims have followed for centuries. Some are less famous than others and the Portuguese Atlantic Way, while not the best known, is renowned for its beauty and tranquillity and becoming increasingly popular.

The Portuguese Coastal Way or Caminho da Costa is a stunning, easy to moderate, alternative route to Santiago de Compostela.

Walking the Camino can be an incredibly rewarding and fun time while also providing great exercise. Doing the pilgrimage on foot also allows us to be much more intimately connected with the land and its people.

The ancient paths of The Way of St. James we will follow are centuries old and Queen Isabel of Portugal herself is said to have travelled the same route in the 13th century. Some of the towns and villages are home to magnificent Baroque and Romanesque churches and these, together with the monuments and crosses along the way, help to tell the story of this less-trodden route, all the while preparing us for our final destination of Santiago de Compostela – where, on arrival, we will appreciate why so many have followed these routes over the many centuries before us.

Legend has it that St. James travelled to Spain to spread the Good News and then returned to Jerusalem where he was martyred. His followers then carried his body to the coast, where a ship was miraculously waiting to carry the remains to northwestern Spain. The exact location of the tomb was lost in history. Through a vision, hundreds of years later, a Spanish hermit was able to point the way to the Roman era tomb and a church was built on the spot. The town itself grew up around the church.

Our walking tour starts in the colourful city of Porto in Portugal and will take us to charming seaside towns and villages in Northern Portugal and Galicia. The route passes through Viana do Castelo, Caminha, Baiona, Pontevedra, Caldas Dos Reis and Padron, to end in the Square of Obradoiro and the colossal baroque cathedral where the remains of the apostle Santiago lie.

The Portuguese Atlantic Way is approximately 241km. We will be cherry-picking the best sections for your enjoyment.

Some people use this week as an introduction to the Caminho. If you are inspired by your holiday and wish to come back at a later date to make the entire pilgrimage these walks will be a joy to repeat.

Most walks will have an opt-out available for those not wishing to do the full distance or prefer to spend more time sightseeing.
Each day breakfast will be taken in the Hotel before leaving for the day’s program.
We will usually leave the Hotel between 9.00 am and 9.30am.
On our return to the Hotel each day we will have time to relax and change before dinner which is usually taken at 7.30pm.
Each evening the guide will give a preview of the next day’s program.
Day’s program is subject to alteration due to weather and local conditions.

Arrival in Porto
Arrival in Sá Carneiro Airport (Porto). Meet at the airport and transfer to Porto (+/-30mn) Short introductory walk around Porto, including the Cathedral where the north Portuguese way begins, depending on arrival time.
Before starting this walking journey towards Santiago de Compostela, it is almost obligatory to present and know Porto.
Porto is superbly sited along the Douro River Valley in Northern Portugal with wonderful views all around. It’s a lively city, and the old town and its granitic houses and narrow streets are ideal for a stroll. It is one of the most ancient cities in Europe with a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant nightlife. It is also famous throughout the world for its Port wines.
Overnight in Porto.

Porto to Matosinhos
Today we will visit more of Porto, then, from the Cathedral of the “Invicta” (never defeated) city of Porto, we walk the Caminho to the sea along the margins of the River Douro turning north to walk along the Atlantic coast towards the fishing port of Matosinhos. About 13km.
Overnight in Porto.

Estrada to Viana do Castelo
Transfer to Viana do Castelo, walking from the village of Estrada to Viana do Castelo about 10km.
Giving ourselves some variety today we walk slightly inland for the sheer pleasure and satisfaction of enjoying all the nature around us. We walk along some lovely wooded tracks, through traditional farmland and quaint villages and the beautiful crossing of the river Neiva.
We cross into Viana do Castelo on the dramatic Eiffel bridge spanning the lovely estuary of the Rio Lima.
Viana do Castelo, located on the north bank of the Lima estuary, is famous for its handicrafts and traditional costumes.
The old town is charming, lined with little shops, cafés, grand manor houses and more modest traditional ones.
The Sanctuary of Santa Luzia is particularly worth visiting by taking the funicular giving commanding views of the town, the river and the Atlantic Ocean.
Viana is an old port and shipbuilding city that was very strategic during the era of the Discoveries.
During the XIV-XVth Centuries, it was here that the ships were built to sail to Brasil, India, Africa and other Portuguese colonies.
Overnight Viana do Castelo.

Carreço to Moledo
Walk from Carreço to Moledo. About 14km.
From Viana do Castelo we go north to start our walk in Carreço and stroll along one of the most attractive parts of the Caminho. The route winds its way through pretty villages set along the edge of the narrow strip of coastal fields below the slopes of the Serra de Santa Luzia. We then meet the coast again at Vila Praia de Ancora after which we hug the rocky shoreline all the way into Moledo. Overnight Viana do Castelo.

Moledo to Caminha and A Guarda
Today we walk from Moledo into Caminha and then to A Guarda about 10km.
Then we cross the estuary of the river Minho into Galicia on a ferry and walk into A Guarda before transferring to Pontevedra.
Caminha is a lovely little frontier town bathed by the tranquil waters of the Rio Minho on the border with Galicia, known for its green rural landscape and pine forests clinging to the slopes of the granite mountains. The river estuary is good for boating and the beaches are popular in the summer. It also has an attractive historical core which we will have time to visit.
From here we can start to appreciate Monte Santa Tecla and the Galician hills towards which today’s route takes us.
Looking out over the Atlantic and flanked by the Miño river and the mountain of Santa Tecla, you will find A Guarda, one of the most traditional fishing towns in Galicia, Spain. Situated close to the border with Portugal, A Guarda is known as the "Capital of lobster" because of its quality seafood, and beautiful coastal beaches, estuary and landscapes.
Pontevedra was Galicia's biggest city and an important port in the 16th century. Here Columbus' flagship, the Santa Maria, was built. Today it is an inviting, small, riverside city that combines history, culture and style. 
Pontevedra is a charming city with a well preserved and extensive Old Town and a great place to relax and enjoy the local cuisine. The interlocking lanes and plazas of the compact Old Town are abuzz with shops, markets, cafés and tapas bars.
Overnight at Pontevedra.

Caldas de Reis to Padron
Walk Caldas de Reis to Padron. About 12km.
Caldas de Reis is famous for its hot springs. According to historical archives, the first inhabitants of Caldas Dos Reis were a pre-Roman community that lived from the hot springs of this territory and since the Middle Ages, has been part of the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela. Apart from its rich cultural heritage, Caldas de Reis is also known for its “empanadas” of lamprey and the traditional Spanish bread.
We leave Caldas de Reis along some captivating stretches of the Camino, along two beautiful river valleys through which the Bermaña and the Valga rivers flow, following paths through forests and meadows. After crossing the Ulla River we arrive at Padron. According to legend, this is the place where the boat carrying the body of the Apostle Santiago arrived from Jerusalem.
In Padron, the Cathedral hosts the original stone where it is believed the boat that was transporting St James’ body was moored to. The stone is also believed to be a Roman altar dedicated to Neptune.
There will be time to sightsee in Padron. Overnight in Pontevedra.

Bus to Santiago. Visit the town and go back to Pontevedra.
The day will be devoted to visiting Santiago de Compostela, and the end of our walking pilgrimage. It does not matter whether or not we believe in the legend of St. James and the value of the "pilgrimage", Santiago is one of Spain's finest cities. The cathedral of Santiago dominates the golden granite square with its Baroque towers, covered everywhere with ornamentation. The city is surrounded by the hilly, lush terrain of Galicia.
The city is known for its delicious seafood, fine local wines, and its easy-going ambience.
Overnight in Pontevedra.

After breakfast transfer to Porto airport.
The Hotels
  • Hotel Moov ** (or similar)
Situated in a refurbished Art Deco cinema, Moov Hotel Porto Centro offers modern rooms with free WiFi, air-conditioned, and are decorated in soft colours featuring black and white photographs. Each has a desk and a private bathroom.
A freshly prepared buffet-style breakfast is served daily. There is an inner courtyard terrace with tables and chairs for relaxing with a coffee.
  • Hotel Do Parque *** (or similar)
Hotel do Parque offers a panoramic breakfast restaurant with views of Lima River. The hotel has 2 swimming pools. The guest rooms include satellite TVs and air conditioning. Some rooms feature balconies offering wide views of the river and Viana do Castelo.
Guests can visit the solarium on the 7th floor, and the private bar which offers magnificent views. There is also a winter garden and a reading room to relax.
  • Rias Bajas *** (or similar)
Rias Bajas Hotel is located in the commercial and financial centre and is only 100 m away from the historic centre of Pontevedra. Enjoy the superb services and facilities as well as internet services in the entire hotel, making sure all customers enjoy all the comforts needed to be fully satisfied during their stay. The cuisine is a must and combines the best of the local produce.
What's Included
  • 7 nights in a twin room (two and three stars hotels)
  • Single supplement applied in single rooms
  • All guided tours
  • 7 Dinners taken in local restaurants with drinks included. We are always able to cater for vegetarian or other special diets (Lunches can be bought from local shops)
  • 7 buffet breakfasts at the Hotel.
  • Transfers from Porto airport at 12 a.m on the first day
  • Transfers from the Hotel to Porto airport at 12 a.m on last day
  • All land travel (as outlined)
  • Dedicated driver and guide
Not Included
  • Any services not listed as included
  • Flights to and from Portugal 
  • Meals, tips/gratuities, baggage or personal insurance (except as outlined)
  • Admission fees to castles & attractions or events (except as outlined)
  • Personal expenses
  • Supplements
  • Guide services inside monuments
More Info
The land only option allows you to book your own transport to and from the holiday. You will normally meet the group at the arrival airport at 12 a.m as long as you arrive there no later than the group. Similarly, on the way home, you can return to the airport with the group as long as your departure time is no earlier than that of the group.

This guided tour already includes a transfer departing from Porto airport at 12 a.m on arrival day and returning to Porto hotel at 12 a.m on the last day.

If none of this option suits you, please add to your booking a transfer that does. You can also rent a car.

To this tour, we only accept transfers departing from Porto Airport or Porto.

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