Santiago de Compostela and its Cathedral are one of the three great Christian Pilgrimage sites. The Camino de Santiago  or the Way of Saint James offer different itineraries which reach the Jacobean city.

The Coastal route of the Portuguese Way is one of the official routes of the Way of Saint James since 2016. Historical places and natural landscapes along the Atlantic Ocean are its main ingredients. Know all about this unique Camino and discover two countries in the same pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

Each step is accompanied by the Ocean’s breeze that strengthens the mind while you are reaching your destination: Santiago de Compostela.

The Coastal Route of the Portuguese Way offers different moments to experience and savour; the ocean and the mountain, the gastronomy, the people of two coutries… many unique characteristics will determine your

Way.

A WAY THAT COMBINES SEA AND LAND

Walking and sailing: Portuguese Camino Coastal Route

Step by Step

Your way along the Coastal Route of the Portuguese Camino starts in Viana do Castelo, Portugal. This beautiful village is located on the Lima river, northern Portugal. Here you can enjoy a large number of monuments such as the two cathedrals, the Castles of Miño and Santiago da Barra… as well as museums and archaeological sites.

Walking and sailing: Portuguese Camino Coastal Route - Beach Praia da Âncora

Walking and sailing: Portuguese Camino Coastal Route – Beach Praia da Âncora

Your walking experience starts at the beach of Praia da Âncora until reaching Caminha, a beautiful fishing village on the natural border between Portugal and Spain. You will cross the Miño River by from Caminha to A Guarda. Your hotel is situated in this fishing village so you have free time to visit during the afternoon the archaeological site of Castro de Santa Tegra, the jewel of the Iron Age.

Your Coastal Portuguese way, continues runs from A Guarda to Baiona. During this stay you will discover not only the Galician Coast but also the rural inland and different monuments. Once in Baiona, you will be enchanted by the unique essence of this fishing village and its fortress.

Walking and sailing: Portuguese Camino Coastal Route – A Guarda

In the next stage, you will take a boat to sail the waters of the Ría de Vigo to reach the Cíes Islands, National Park of the Atlantic Islands. Here you will enjoy incredible beaches and unique landscapes. After visiting the islands, you will sail the Ría de Arousa to go to Carril, where todays’s accommodation is.

Walking and sailing: Portuguese Camino Coastal Route - Ría de Arousa

Walking and sailing: Portuguese Camino Coastal Route – Ría de Arousa

In your fifth day of pilgrimage you will sail again the Ría de Arousa to visit the island Illa de Arousa, a beautiful island where beaches and landscapes seem to be the paradise. In the next stage, the last one, you will walk again; after visiting Padron, the birthplace famous Galician writers Camilo José Cela and Rosalía de Castro, you will be walking about 15 km until reaching Santiago de Compostela.

Gastronomy

Walking and sailing: Portuguese Camino Coastal Route -Gastronomy

Spain and Portugal are famous not only for the great heritage value, landscapes and the Way of Saint James but also for having a delicious gastronomy! You will enjoy the Galician cuisine (seafood, octopus, empanada, cheeses etc.) and Portuguese (codfish, cream mini-pies, etc.) all with good wines both Portuguese and Galician.

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