Coastal Camino de Santiago Itinerary from Porto
The city of Porto’s historic centre has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. You will love visiting Porto. Here we can enjoy the colourful shore of the Duero River with its vintage boats passing through the area, or the city’s exquisite cuisine.
From Porto to Póvoa de Varzim - 27 km
Once we leave the city of Porto, we will continue walking along the coast, passing by fishing villages, chapels and fortresses. We will also have the opportunity to explore the prehistoric fort of San Paio. If the weather is good, we recommend spending some time on the sandy beaches.
From Póvoa de Varzim to Esposende - 22 km
We recommend walking through the port of Póvoa de Varzim, in addition to exploring the city’s medieval architecture. We will continue to follow the Camino until we reach the convent of Santa Clara, from where we can take in beautiful views of the city and the surrounding coastal area.
From Esposende to Viana do Castelo - 24 km
We continue our journey crossing through the Northern Littoral Natural Park before reaching Viana do Castelo. Here you should take a walk through the city’s historic centre and also try the local cuisine. Another good idea is to take the funicular that goes up to the Basilica of Santa Luzia where you can enjoy some excellent views.
From Viana do Castelo to Ancora - 19 km
We will continue our Camino de Santiago along the Atlantic coast. One recommendation is to explore the small fishing villages that we will encounter during our walk along the Camino, before arriving at Ancora.
From Ancora to A Guarda - 13 km
We continue to walk, following the estuary of the Minho River. We will arrive at Caminha from where we will take a ferry to get to Galicia. Once we get to A Guarda, we should visit the fort.
From A Guarda to Baiona - 30 km
A Guarda is a beautiful fishing village. We will continue on the Camino de Santiago towards the north, enjoying magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. We will walk until reaching the city of Baiona.
Baiona has a wonderful marina. During your stay in Baiona, you should visit the Caravel Pinta Museum and the “Meeting of Two Worlds” monument.
About the Camino de Santiago from Porto to Baiona
We will talk to you about the Camino de Santiago from Porto to Baiona, one of the stretches of the Camino de Santiago Portugues coastal route. It is one of the most spectacular routes that we can carry out among all those possible of the Camino de Santiago in general.
Therefore, we want to offer you all the necessary information to complete it and, at the same time, everything that you should know to benefit from the service of Santiago Ways.
Why choose the Camino de Santiago Portugues coastal route from Porto to Baiona?
Although it is true that each person has their own different reasons from everyone else to make one or another route, one of the most special aspects of the Camino de Santiago is that it has so many possibilities that in all probability we can choose our own.
Therefore, we want to talk about the main reasons for carrying out the Camino Portugues coastal route from Porto to Baiona.
1.-Its heritage: one of the most important incentives to make the Camino de Santiago Portugues coastal route from Porto to Baiona is its heritage. In fact, we will not only pass through towns, towns and cities with great history but also through environments that have scattered authentic architectural jewels.
Later on, in places of interest that you cannot miss, we will talk about them more in detail.
2.- Infrastructure: Another reason why it is worthwhile to make the Camino Portugues coastal route from Porto to Baiona is its magnificent infrastructure. This not only has to do with the supply points and rest necessary for the pilgrim.
It also has to do with other important aspects such as the well-endowed communications and indications to carry out our route. Crucial aspects especially for those who make the pilgrimage for the first time.
3.- Low numbers: despite having an excellent infrastructure, the Camino de Santiago Portugues coastal route does not have as much overcrowding as the Camino de Santiago Frances. In fact, there are not so many pilgrims on their journey: this benefits us when it comes to gaining tranquillity and being able to opt for more and better services. All this, only can be bettered if you travel with Santiago Ways.
4.- The surroundings: one of the characteristics that all pilgrims that make the Camino de Santiago Portugues coastal route most emphasize is the beauty of its natural landscapes.
As a result of that, it crosses areas of oceanic climate where the vegetation is abundant and, at the same time, it has the attraction of the coast. To be able to make our pilgrimage right next to it we will be able to enjoy a calm and an unparalleled environment.
5.- The climate: Another consequence of making our pilgrimage near the coast is that the climate will be very fresh. That's right: the influence of the Atlantic Ocean will make the temperatures mild throughout the year. Later we will detail which is the best season to make the Camino de Santiago Portugues coastal route from Porto to Baiona.
Information about the route of the Camino de Santiago Portugues from Porto to Baiona
The Camino de Santiago Portugues from Porto to Baiona has a length of 105 kilometres, one of the shortest routes that, however, can be extended following beyond Baiona. It is the first section of the so-called Camino Portugues coastal route and part of a city declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO: the emblematic and historical port.
It ends in a fishing village called Baiona. Along its route we will enjoy the best of the coastal and forest environment.
Route of the Camino Portugues coastal route from Porto
Maps of the Camino Portugues coastal route from Porto
We now offer you the maps of the Camino de Santiago Portugues coastal route from Porto to Baiona.They are fundamental to be able to plan the route and know its points of interest: something especially important for those who are completing the route for the first time. To do it with Santiago Ways is to win in tranquillity.
It is important to note that once you arrive in Caminha, on the stage between Ancora and A Guarda, you will need to take a ferry to A Pasaxe. The ferry times vary according to the tide, which is why each day there is a different schedule.
Porto - Povoa de Varzim
Map stage from Porto to Povoa de Varzim
Povoa de Varzim - Esposende
Map stage from Povoa de Varzim to Esposende
Esposende - Viana do Castelo
Map stage from Esposende to Viana do Castelo
Viana do Castelo - Ancora
Map stage from Viana do Castelo to Ancora
Ancora - A Guarda
Map stage from Ancora to A Guarda
A Guarda - Baiona
Map stage from A Guarda to Baiona
Profile of the Camino Portugues coastal route from Porto
We will now talk about the profiles of the Camino Portugues coastal route. In this part, we will talk about the difficulty of the whole route in terms of average altitude, length of the stages and, in general, everything included in these points may interest the pilgrim: especially relevant for those who will be completing the route for the first time.
Porto - Povoa de Varzim
Profile stage from Porto to Povoa de Varzim
Povoa de Varzim - Esposende
Profile stage from Povoa de Varzim to Esposende
Esposende - Viana do Castelo
Profile stage from Esposende to Viana do Castelo
Viana do Castelo - Ancora
Profile stage from Viana do Castelo to Ancora
Ancora - A Guarda
Profile stage from Ancora to Guarda
A Guarda - Baiona
Profile stage from Guarda to Baiona
Stages on foot of the Camino Portugues coastal route from Porto
We will talk about the stages that are taken with Santiago Ways along the Camino Portugues coastal route from Porto.
Stage from Porto to Povoa de Varzim
Stage from Povoa de Varzim to Esposende
Stage from Esposende to Viana do Castelo
Stage from Viana do Castelo to Ancora
Stage from Ancora to Guarda
Stage from Guarda to Baiona
How long does the Camino de Santiago Portugues coastal route from Porto to Baiona take?
As we have said, the total length of the Camino Portugues coastal route from Porto is 105 kilometres. This route is done in a total of 8 stages with 7 corresponding nights.
This duration is perfect, therefore, for any time of the year and is, in fact, one of the reasons why it is a very popular route among those people who are encouraged to do at Easter. We give you more information in this regard below.
Best time to do the Camino de Santiago Portugues coastal route from Porto
It is true that each person has his or her tastes when making any of the possible routes of the Camino de Santiago in general and the Camino Portugues coastal route in particular. However, there are certain characteristics in each of them that make one season better than another in each case.
On an indicative level, we want to offer you some of the advantages and disadvantages of each season to make this Camino de Santiago Portugues coastal route We hope it helps.
It is a season that is gaining in popularity in recent times. This is due, first of all, to the benign temperatures on the route of the Camino de Santiago Portugues coastal route at this time of year. The second has to do with the many pilgrims who take advantage of Easter to make the journey.
As for the first one, it must be said that the weather is very mild during this time, precisely because it is like this all the way close to the Atlantic coast.
It is true that, at the same time, the risk of precipitation increases, so we must be very careful and choose the right clothing and the precautions that we take. However, another advantage of this time of year is that the number of pilgrims is lower which has the repercussion of more and better number of services available.
Finally, there is an especially important reason for nature lovers and it is precisely the emergence of life and nature that is happening all along the route.
Summer continues to be the most chosen time for pilgrims. It must be said that this season can have serious drawbacks if you do not travel with Santiago Ways in the case of the more crowded routes, such as the Camino Frances. However, in the case of the Camino Portugues coastal route as we have said previously, the excessive influx of pilgrims is not a problem.
Despite this, it is best to leave everything in the hands of Santiago Ways to make sure that everything goes to plan. We must say that summer in this area is very fresh, so an added reason to make the Camino de Santiago Portuguese along the coast from Porto to Baiona is to "flee" from the torrid temperatures of the rest of the Iberian Peninsula.
Autumn is a time when the risk of precipitation increases again. The turnout of pilgrims declines considerably, and to plan against increased rains we must increase our planning.
However, one point in our favour is that the whole region, dotted with deciduous vegetation, offers an incredible spectacle. That is why it is another highly recommended time if we take advantage of the last breath of summer.
We want to remind you that with Santiago Ways it is possible to book at any date of the year. At the same time, we remind you that it is not necessary to do so in advance and that, in fact, we are open to possible changes you may want to introduce.
Winter has gained popularity in recent years as a result of the Christmas break. There are many pilgrims who live a different Christmas in the neighbouring country. The disadvantage for those who do not travel with Santiago Ways is that most of the lodgings are closed during this season. With us, however, you have guaranteed rest throughout the entire tour.
Although the risk of precipitation can increase at this time of year, the truth is that the temperatures are mild precisely because they are areas of oceanic climate. The influence of the ocean makes temperatures fall and remain stable throughout the year.
In the case of this route, winter is clearly a real option: quite the opposite of other routes such as those of the Camino Primitivo that runs through mountains.
Guide to the places you cannot miss on the Camino de Santiago Portugues coastal route from Porto to Baiona
We have previously said that this particular route has a lot of incentive to complete it. One of them was its heritage, however, there are others that have to do with the gastronomy of the surroundings and, at the same time, and in regards to doing it with Santiago Ways it has to do with the quality of its hotels.
Therefore, we have prepared a selection of places of interest and the best restaurants to eat along the way. At the same time, we present some of the hotels that will welcome you.
Places of interest
We will begin by talking about some places of special patrimonial, natural and historical interest
Póvoa de Varzim
This town is of medieval origin and the first mentions of the post-Roman era of its existence are made in the 10th century. It was an enclave of great importance already even before the arrival of the Romans and was, in fact, one of the points of a fiercer struggle between these and the Portuguese in command of Viriato.
The town is at least 3000 years old. It was within an area of strategic importance for owning gold and tin. It is a place that you cannot miss, not only because of its medieval historical centre but also because of the ruins of the Cividade de Terroso, which are very well-conserved.
National Coast Park
It is one of the places most named by the pilgrims who make the Camino de Santiago Portugues coastal route. In fact, it is an area full of vegetation where we will be able to cross forests of breath-taking beauty and serenity. It is an especially suitable stop for nature lovers.
This picturesque town has a great heritage despite its reduced dimensions. We recommend visiting El Castro and its magnificent cathedral: one of the most beautiful in the Iberian Peninsula.
Where to sleep – The best hotels
With Santiago Ways you will stay in the best hotels. We take care that you have the best rest with all the attention you deserve. Here are some examples to give you a clear idea of what we are talking about.
Where to eat – The best restaurants
We will now tell you about some recommended places to eat along the Camino de Santiago Portugues coastal route You can't miss them.
It is an establishment located in Póvoa de Varzim with a cosy family atmosphere and great customer service. We will be able to taste some of the specialities from the Porto region, one of the zones of greater gastronomic richness in the world.
This restaurant has a terrace with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean located on top of the wonderful town of A Guarda. It is one of the biggest attractions in the municipality and a spectacular point to stop to recover energy.
Restaurante Paco Durán
Located in the city of Baiona (our point of arrival) This restaurant offers a warm atmosphere with the best specialities of a fishing village that stands out for the great quality of its seafood. Ideal for a well-deserved homage at the end of the route.
Origin of the Camino Portugues coastal route from Porto to Baiona
We can say that the Camino de Santiago Portugues in general and the Camino Portugues coastal route, in particular, have great importance not only from the point of view of the pilgrimage but also from the economic point of view.
Indeed, it is a route that since the Middle Ages has been transited by thousands of merchants and pilgrims. It does so by connecting and revitalizing an area that has a profound historical significance. After the gradual progress of the reconquest was made through the Roman roads that still remained.
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Other users’ opinions about the Camino Portugues coastal route from Porto
So that you know the opinion of other users, we wanted to leave you some of them below. They are people who have already completed the journey with us and can add their experience when you make your own decision.
After comparing several agencies, our group of 7 decided to go with Santiago Ways for our first Camino experience as they offered an all round better price for our customised package that included insurance, meals, accommodation, luggage transfers and any required transportation to accommodation. The booking process was straightforward, they responded quickly to various enquiries and changes that we requested and they provided guidance on preparation and the Camino route which we referred to throughout our trip.We had a couple of issues including one of our group injuring her ankle but Santiago Ways were available 24 x 7 and they resolved everything efficiently including all communications required with local accommodation providers, taxis etc. which was very reassuring. Pilgrims we met who organised their accommodation en route had to deal with lack of accommodation in some locations and then they had to organise transport to and from the nearest hostels. We didn’t have any stress like this at all which left us free to enjoy the stunning scenery and great camaraderie on this wonderful trip. We will use Santiago Ways again and we can highly recommend them.
I booked my Camino de Santiago for Sept 2019 through Santiago Ways and the company made the experience absolutely wonderful. Vanessa Veiga was a pleasure to deal with, very professional and informative and made it very easy to arrange the entire trip. The accommodations and board booked through Santiago ways were amazing, we were very pleased with the diversity (B&B, hotel, hostel) of the accommodations along with the service and cleanliness of the accommodations. The luggage transfer worked flawlessly. I would rate Santiago Ways 10 out of 10 and recommend them to anyone looking to book their Camino.
I was so pleased with the trip Santiago Ways set up for me to Walk The Camino Francés. My first experience was when I requested a quote in October 2018 for a August 2019 walk. Ylenia went above and beyond to answer all our questions and to provide numerous options for me before I made my final decision on the trip. She was patient and thorough as I gathered information. Her follow up was amazing and her attention to detail was very assuring! Once I booked the trip she continued sending updates until we departed for Spain. Once we arrived in Spain Ylenia and the Operations team stayed in touch via email to answer any questions. The hotel accommodations for 39 days were all wonderful and the baggage transfer was perfect. Every day our bags were at the hotel by the time we arrived. One day my friend left her hat in the hotel room and Santiago Ways Operation team sent an email saying the hat would be waiting at our next hotel. That’s going “above and beyond”. I highly recommend using Santiago Ways for your Camino!!!!! We walked with numerous people who had used other companies and they all thought Santiago Ways had the best hotels. I’ve already referred a friend to them and definitely will use them for my next Camino. Thank you Santiago Ways!!!!!!!!
Ylenia Conesa from Santiago Ways was very helpful answering all my question prior to my Camino trip. A truly memorable experience beautifully organised by Santiago Ways
This was a great experience from start to finish. From the on-line booking team that answered my numerous questions and comminucated with me in an efficient and friendly manner to the amazing guide we had and the quality of the hotels we stayed in. It all exceeded my expectations
Excellent company with excellent staff, couldn't fault their organisation and execution of my Camino walk. My special thanks to Ylenia who looked after my bookings and organised things for me.
Fantastic service and Ylenia Conesa who handled the booking was a delight and very efficient
Santiago Ways, and our advisor Ylenia Conesa , provided an outstanding travel experience! Ylenia answered every question that I had during my trip planning process! The accommodations were absolutely charming, and the food was perfect! Thank you for the experience of a lifetime!
Celebrating 60th birthday, we walked 100 kilos for 10 days. No pain and no blisters. Santiago ways transported our luggage on time every day even we changed one of the hotel to Paradores. Taxis were always on time waiting for us. All hotels were clean, friendly and conveniently located. The food and buildings and history of each accommodations were all unique and wonderful! I will use Santiago ways for my next Camino. Andriana was very helpful. Thank you! Muchas Gracias!
We booked our "Camino" trip via this agency. Our agent was Vanessa and we are ecstatic with the service! The booking went very smoothly. All our questions were answered and all our wished addressed in a very quick manner. Actually, the agency had to ping us a few times via email and WhatsApp, as we were the ones too slow to answer them. They even made arrangements for us to take our dog on the trip and book the appropriate hotels. The luggage transfer was wonderful. We had a pickup from Santiago to our starting point on "Camino" that also worked perfectly. We can highly recommend the services of this agency. I have to admit that I have not compared prices and if there is something cheaper on the market, but the service we received here was impeccable. We had a wonderful trip and are planing to come back next year and walk another "Camino" again. Buen Camino everyone!
Walking the Camino was the best experience of my life! Partially because I had such a great support crew of Santiago Ways! I worked with Vanessa Veiga who organized my trip to suit my needs. When some details needed to be changed, she kindly worked with me to make it happen. My accommodations were all very different- from Casa Rurals to hostels to Pensions, but they were all excellent. The luggage transfer worked perfectly, too. I highly recommend this company to anyone planning to walk the Camino!
excellent experience with Santiago way team, all that was promised accomplished to the last detail , the transportation, the hotels choices , the path segment choice, the information provided ,the luggage transfer just a perfect vacation
Santiago Ways is the perfect agency to help you plan you Camino de Santiago.Since the first day that i wrote my email the response was very fast, gladly i began speaking to the agent Vanessa Viega and she made sure i had all the information and helped me plan everything, she was really great .i really enjoyed my Camino, i was looking forward for it and it did satisfied my expectations.This experience for me was the most special in my life, i am really thinking about doing it again starting in Portugal
I used Santiago Ways on my first Camino in March this year. The trail that I did was from Vigo to Santiago de Compostela. The experience was truly fantastic ….. mainly because of Santiago Ways.My contact person at Santiago Ways was Vanessa Veiga. Right from the onset Vanessa was extremely helpful , sensitive and very attentive to all my requests. She responded swiftly to all my mails. She selected the right hotels which were excellent and the luggage always arrived on time.I am planning my second Camino next April and I would continue to use Santiago Ways and in particular Vanessa. Thanks a million Vanessa and continue the good work to all the pilgrims who want to experience a true Camino.Winston FernandezKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Santiago Ways made it possible for me to do the pilgrimage. At 69 I did not like the idea of staying in a hostal, I like a bit of privacy and comfort! And I could not have done the walking while carrying my luggage. Adriana at Santiago Ways helped me work out my route and booked hotels and luggage transfers. Also, having them there in case I had any problems, was very reassuring. Adriana was only a phone call away. I recommend using Santiago Ways for anyone having doubts about doing the pilgrimage - they make it so much easier!
Vanessa was awesome and we loved Santiago Ways! We had a group of 8 college friends that were all around 50-years old. The deciding factor in choosing Santiago Ways was the group discount offered for groups of 6 or more. All other companies threshold for a discount was 10 people. Vanessa and the staff were awesome to work with throughout the process. We did the five day hike from Sarria to Santiago. We requested superior accommodations in places that were on the trail. The accommodations were top notch and 4 of the 5 places were directly on the trail. The exception was our night in Lavacolla in which we were .4 miles off the trail. It was our choice to stay in that location in order to have a shorter walk to Santiago on our final day so we could make the noon mass. We were pleasantly surprised at how clean each place was and they all had great bar and restaurant choices in close proximity - with the exception of Lavacolla so we recommend eating on-site - it was very good.
We had an excellent experience on the Camino with Santiago Ways. We had 14 women and everything was wonderful. We enjoyed the hotels, loved the daily luggage transport and the food was terrific. Santiago Ways communicated throughout our trip. We felt well-supported when we needed to make changes. Thank you!!
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My family and I used Santiago Ways to organize our recent pilgrimage from Lisbon to Porto. They did an excellent job booking us (as much as possible) into wonderful, small, family-run hotels and coping with the many changes dictated by "group" travel. In addition, one of us was traveling by bicycle whilst the rest were walking, necessitating even more planning which Santiago Ways did with patience and grace. We recommend using Santiago Ways for Camino support and planning!!! Jan Schubert
My family and I (6 of us) just finished walking the Lisbon to Porto section of the Camino Portuguese. It was a wonderful experience for us. The hotels we were booked into were well chosen and the food was great. We also found the path to be well marked making way finding fairly easy. A great relief as we had heard it was not well marked. Our luggage was efficiently transferred each day and everything ran very smoothly. Thank you Santiago Ways! We would definitely recommend your services to our friends. Jill
Santiago Ways made my memorable hike trouble-free. I had excellent hotels, tasty breakfasts, dependable baggage forwarding, informative advance information, and a dependable drive to deliver me to Sarria. I really appreciate their attention to detail!
We booked our El Camino with Santiago Ways and we were very lucky to have Silvia as our agent. She did a fantastic job organizing our trip, always promptly responding to our inquiries, impeccable English, all accommodations that she arranged for us were great, and our luggage was always delivered to the next location timely, before our arrivals to sites. I would definitely recommend Santiago Ways and ask for Silvia to be your representative.
This trip changed my life in ways I could not describe! I knew the hiking was going to be a challenge, but Santiago Ways made it so easy to plan and execute. They are truly the best and I am already planning my next trip with Santiago Ways and would not think of going anywhere else. Silvia Rivera was particularly helpful in the planning, as she answered all my questions patiently, and help me through the process. Great job, Guys, and I will see you next year!
Have just finished El Camino de Santiago from Sarria with the help of Santiago Ways. They have been extremely accesible from day one. The transfer of the luggage throught the five days was impecable, always finding the luggage in the room on every stage of the way. The food and lodging was very acceptable. If I were to do it again I would not hesitate to contact them once more for their assistance! "Buen camino".
Our experience with Santiago Ways was flawless. We highly recommend this outfit for your Santiago way experience. A perfect 10!
Very nice experience. Good and professional organization.Nice and friendly environment during the event. Recommended 100 %. Saludos para Jose 😉
Simply put - an incredible experience! This agency looks after every last detail. I walked the last 100 km of the Camino with their help and I definitely want to go back soon and do a longer part of the route. When that happens (which I hope is soon) I'll definitely be using Santiago Ways again! Thanks for everything.
Photos and videos of the Camino Portugues coastal route from Porto
We leave you some pictures and videos here of the Camino Portugues coastal route from Porto to Baiona so you can see everything that awaits you.
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