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Portuguese Coastal Way

Portuguese Coastal way or the Camino da Costa is another alternative to the Portuguese Camino.

The Camino da Costa will start in the beautiful city of Porto and will take you along the charming coastal towns of Portugal.
Once we get to Caminha we will turn inland to Valenca (the last city of Portugal), and into the first city of Spain- Tui.

We will then join the traditional Camino Portuguese at Redondela where we will encounter gentle undulating woodlands and agricultural regions with cobbled country roads and dirt tracks. The steeper slopes and rural villages of Galicia provide a verdant landscape as one approaches the city of Santiago.

Santiago de Compostela & The Way of St. James

Many of the legends relating to St. James are concerned with his travel to Spain and his activities there.   It is thus not surprising that he is the Patron Saint of Spain, and many Christians throughout the ages believed his body was buried in the town of Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia in northwest Spain.

The greatest of the legends states that in 813 AD a hermit was led by a vision to a spot where a body was found buried in a field. The body was quite fresh, remained so, caused miracles to take place, was presumed to be St. James, and this fact was soon authenticated by the local bishop. Of course how the saint’s body ended up in Spain is shrouded in mystery, but the story got around, more miracles were reported, the faithful began to flock to the site, and have done so ever since. A church was built, a town grew up around it and eventually a great cathedral was built to house the Saint’s relics.

The pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela became the most important Christian pilgrimage outside of those to the Holy Land. The traditional pilgrimage is known as El Camino de Santiago (in English: The Way of St. James), and it has always been a walking pilgrimage. In fact pilgrims have walked there from many sites all over Europe since the ninth century, so there are many different routes. The most travelled route is known as the Camino Frances; it starts at the border between France and Spain in the western Pyrenees, and winds its way for approximately five hundred miles across northern Spain.

The Camino Frances has been such a popular pilgrimage that it has been designated a World Heritage Site.

View Our Guided Options

Option 1
9 Days Running

Day 1 1st Stage – Porto (Matosinhos) – Vila do Conde 19km
Day 2 2nd Stage – Vila do Conde – Esposende 32km
Day 3 3rdStage – Esposende – Viana do Castelo 23km
Day 4 4th Stage – Viana do Castelo – Caminha 30km
Day 5 5th Stage – Caminha  – Vila Nova de Cerveira – Valença or Tui 36km
Day 6 6th Stage – Valenca/Tui – O Porrino – Redondela 33km
Day 7 7th Stage – Redondela – Arcade – Pontevedra 20km
Day 8 8th  Stage – Pontevedra – Caldas de Reis 22km
Day 09 9th Stage –Caldas de Reis – Padron – Santiago de Compostela 45km
Day 10 TRAIN/FLIGHT from  Santiago 260km

Option 2
12 Days Walking

Day 1 1st Stage – Porto (Matosinhos) – Vila do Conde 19km
Day 2 2nd Stage – Vila do Conde – Esposende 32km
Day 3 3rd Stage – Esposende – Viana do Castelo 23km
Day 4 4th Stage – Viana do Castelo – Caminha 30km
Day 5 5th Stage – Caminha  – Vila Nova de Cerveira 18km
Day 6 6th Stage –  Vila Nova de Cerveira – Valença or Tui 18km
Day 7 7th Stage – Valenca/Tui – O Porrino 17km
Day 8 8th Stage

O Porrino – Redondela

16km
Day 9 9th Stage – Redondela – Arcade – Pontevedra 20km
Day 10 10th  Stage – Pontevedra – Caldas de Reis 22km
Day 11 11th Stage –Caldas de Reis – Padron 19km
Day 12 12th Stage – Padron – Santiago de Compostela 26km
Day 13 TRAIN/FLIGHT from  Santiago 260km

Option 3
12 Days Walking

Day 1 1stStage – Porto (Matosinhos) – Vila do Conde 19km
Day 2 2nd Stage – Vila do Conde – Esposende 32km
Day 3 3rd Stage – Esposende – Viana do Castelo 23km
Day 4 4th Stage – Viana do Castelo – Caminha 30km
Day 5 5th Stage – Caminha  – Vila Nova de Cerveira 18km
Day 6 6th Stage –  Vila Nova de Cerveira – Valença or Tui 18km
Day 7 7th Stage – Valenca/Tui – O Porrino 18km
Day 8 8th Stage – O Porrino – Redondela 15km
Day 9 9th Stage – Redondela – Arcade – Pontevedra  Poio 20km
Day 10 10th Stage –  Pontevedra  Poio – Armenteira 20km
Day 11 11th Stage –  Armenteira – Vilanova da Arousa 24km
Day 12 12th Stage –  Vilanova da Arousa – boat – Padron – Santiago 26km
Day 13 TRAIN/FLIGHT from  Santiago 263km

Option 4
10 Days Vilanova

Day 1 1st Stage – Porto (Matosinhos) – Vila do Conde 19km
Day 2 2nd Stage – Vila do Conde – Esposende 32km
Day 3 3rd Stage – Esposende – Viana do Castelo 23km
Day 4 4th Stage – Viana do Castelo – Caminha 30km
Day 5 5th Stage – Caminha  – Vila Nova de Cerveira – Valença or Tui 36km
Day 6 6th Stage – Valenca/Tui – O Porrino – Redondela 33km
Day 7 7th Stage – Redondela – Arcade – Pontevedra 20km
Day 8 8th Stage –  Pontevedra  Poio – Armenteira 20km
Day 9 9th Stage –  Armenteira – Vilanova da Arousa 24km
Day 10 10th Stage –  Vilanova da Arousa – boat – Padron – Santiago 26km
Day 11 TRAIN/FLIGHT from  Santiago 263km

Option 5
6 Days Cycling

Day 1 1st Stage – Porto (Matosinhos) – Esposende 51km
Day 2 2nd Stage–  Esposende – Caminha 53km
Day 3 3rdStage – Camninha – Baiona 35km
Day 4 4th Stage – Baiona – Pontevedre 57km
Day 5 5th Stage – Pontevedre – Padron 41km
Day 6 6th Stage – Padron – Santiago de Compostela 26km
Day 7 TRAIN/FLIGHT from  Santiago 260km

FAQ’s

How many kilograms should I carry in my backpack?
We will comfortably say 11% of your body weight. That includes your water and food for the day.

Do I need to be fit?
You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness. We will include a 12 week training programme once you have decided on which option.

How big are the groups?
We limit each group to 7 pegrinos, unless the group has been arranged by yourself.

Is this Camino only for walkers?
The answer is no, it’s your camino… you can walk, run or cycle it.

Do I have an option of upgrading the accommodation?
Yes, but this will be on your own account, and your accommodation that has been reserved will be forfeited and non-refundable.

What happens if I don’t want to walk / run / ride on any given day?
Alternative arrangements will be made and we will meet you at the next meeting point.

What if I can’t keep up with the group?
The group will have an average level of fitness, so training beforehand is important to be able to keep up. You have the option to continue at your own pace without the group and meet at the next town.

Do I need to carry my own baggage?
The objective is to carry your baggage the entire route, however you do have the option of transporting your baggage to the next albergue at a small fee. This can be decided and done on route.

Do you provide food, snacks or drinks on route?
No. There are sufficient stops along the way and is on your own account.

What shoes do I need?
Comfortable walking shoes, preferably trail running shoes.

Is it safe for woman to do the Camino?
It is regarded safe travel. We would advise taking the general safety measures but there is no immediate threat to women. We offer assisted / guided tours which can take the stress and worry from your trip.

How much will it cost and what does it include?
We have different packages on offer which mentions what is included and excluded.

Are the beds really horrible and flea infested?
There are no guarantees that the albergues / hostels and hotels are flea free, although we have experienced fairly clean and happy stopovers.

Do I need to have a silk cover and a sleeping bag?
We prefer a silk cover and warm PJ’s. There are always blankets at the albergues we stop at.

Will I have an incredibly unforgettable trip?
ABSOLUTELY YES YOU WILL!!!

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For more information or to book your Camino, please full in the below contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Dina: +27 83 297 9382
Email: dina@caminodesantiago.today
Skype: dinac

Nikki: +27 83 659 3096
Email: nikki@caminodesantiago.today
Skype: bulawayo28

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