Introducing our Brand New Camino Route: Portuguese Coastal Way
While the French Way; from Sarria to Santiago is the most well known Camino route, the recently introduced Portuguese Coastal Way has quickly become the one of the most popular options due to its stunning coastal scenery. We’re extremely excited to kick off our walk along this route on 10th October 2020!
The Portuguese Coastal Way is a stunning route filled with breathtaking scenery. This is the perfect alternative to the traditional Portuguese Way. The total distance of the Coastal Route is 280km, starting off in Porto, following the coast until Redondela and then joins the traditional Portuguese route.
Our version of the Portuguese Coastal Way will see you beginning your walk in Vigo, located in Galicia. Whilst walking, you will have views over Vigo Bay; an ideal spot for sailing, water sports and fishing. Next on the route is Cabanas; mainly known as a tourist destination, and the quaint town of Redondela. Redondela has a statue of Jules Verne, which was created to thank him for dedicating a chapter of his book, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, to the Bay of Vigo. This is also the point where the Coastal Way meets the traditional Portuguese Way. A perfect spot to stop for a coffee whilst on your walk! Afterwards, you will continue along the coast towards a fishing village called Arcade. You will then walk from Bertola to the town of Pontevedra, which offers many Romanesque churches and granite squares. After this town the route begins to move away from the coast and walking trails are surrounded by pine trees. You will then reach the town of Alba where you will have time to get your pilgrim passport stamped in the church of Santa Maria de Alba. In the following town of Portela, you can do the same in the church of San Mamede. You will finish up the day in Caldas de Reis, famous for its hot springs! The next village visited on this route is Santa Marina, where you can visit the church and have your pilgrim passport stamped once again. Leaving Santa Maria, you will make your way along forest paths until reaching Padron; which is known for its peppers. Finally, you will make your way towards the final stop; Santiago de Compostela.
There are a number of facilities and bars along this section of the route, which makes the long walk all that more worth it! You will make your way to the square of the Cathedral to enjoy the celebrations of completing your Camino and to collect your certificates.
Walking the Camino de Santiago is an experience of a lifetime. Many often underestimate just what they can achieve once they put their minds to it! This is an extremely rewarding personal experience that many remember forever.
Intrigued?... Why not join us on one of our many Camino walks taking place in 2020? Better yet - grab your place on our Portuguese Coastal Walk!
If you’ve got any unanswered Camino questions, please don't hesitate to give our Camino experts a call, they’d be more than happy to run through any queries and put any hesitations at ease.