Portuguese Way By the Coast

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.

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.

The peregrination to Santiago from Portugal has started in the high medieval period. For centuries, the Portuguese people participated in this collective experience, following the example of monarchs, members of the nobility and the high clergy.

Thanks to this movement between Portugal and Galicia, the cultural, economic and intellectual exchange flourished.

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.

If you like good walking and magnificent scenery, this holiday is a perfect choice! This is truly a rambler’s paradise not only for the amazing walking but also for the beauty that engulfs. Visits to: Porto, Barcelos, Ponte de Lima, Vitorino dos Piães, Cabanas, Valença, Porrino, Pontevedra, Caldas de Reis, Padron, Santiago de Compostela.

Comfortable en-suite accommodation.
Sociable evenings spent in local restaurants.
A fantastic itinerary of walks, developed and perfected by local resident Portuguese tour leaders, very knowledgeable of the region.
The hospitality and warmth from the local poulation, whilst enjoying dining out at local restaurants every evening.

The tour includes

Airport transfers.

En-suite accommodation in comfortable hotels, beautifully located.

Breakfasts taken at the hotel and dinners in local restaurants.

All transport costs in conjunction with the programme.

Services of a dedicated leader.

Please note:

The walking and sightseeing programs are integral with each other. However because we have dedicated transport with the group there will be considerable flexibility within the program for individual clients.

A wait at the airport may be necessary to enable all passengers to travel together to and from the hotel.

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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image.

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