Guided Tour Portuguese Coastal Camino – The Renaissance Path
Guided Tour Portuguese Coastal Camino – The Renaissance Path
walking distance: 181 kilometers (112 mi)
value: 3.250 € per person in double occupancy rooms
single supplement: 550 €
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Also known as the Atlantic Way, the Portuguese Coastal Camino dates from the early Renaissance. It parallels the coastline of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and it grew in importance as the population of the coastal cities increased due to the burgeoning economic trade with the Americas, Africa and the Far East.
We must highlight the Salnés Spiritual Variant and the Traslatio. Known as the Origin of all the Paths it recreates, according to legend, the course of the boat carrying the remains of the Apostle St. James, when it arrived in Galicia. The route runs along the beautiful estuary of a Natural Reserve and along the unique maritime Via Cruxis in the world. In a word: Unforgettable!
Embark with us on a journey of a lifetime life!!
24 hours per day English-speaking guide assistance
12 nights in stellar accommodations
12 dinners and all breakfasts
3 Guided visits – Porto, Santiago de Compostela and Finisterra
Support vehicle provided during the entire tour
Luggage Transfer between accommodations during the walking tour
Mobile phones with Portuguese/Spanish line
Photos of the entire Tour
The Renaissance Path is walked during a 12 day period. We have divided the journey into days of similar length, and deliberately tried to leave the last day a bit shorter than the others so that we arrive in Santiago de Compostela with enough time and energy to get to stroll around town before our celebration dinner. Below is the city to city itinerary, but please note that specific hotels vary between dates and are therefore not published here. They are provided at the time of booking, along with a more detailed schedule that you can share with your friends and families.
DAY 1 – Lisbon – Porto – Esposende
We gather in our hotel lobby at 8am in Lisbon for the drive to the romantic city of Porto. After a typical Portuguese lunch and a informative guided tour, we will head to the beautiful municipality of Vila do Conde for our overnight stay. Accommodations in Vila do Conde
DAY 2 – Vila do Conde to Aguçadoura – Walk of 12 km (7.5 miles) Our Way will start in the magnificent plaza, Praça da República, which is bordered by the Rio Ave and dominated by the impressive 15th century Convent of Santa Clara. Flanked by a Roman aqueduct of 999 arches, the path will take us along the Royal Road, a Roman and medieval path to the ocean. From here, our walk will follow the coastline until we reach the splendid beach at Aguçadoura where we complete our first walking day. Accommodations in Vila do Conde
DAY 3 – Esposende to Chafé – Walk of 16 km (10 miles) From the unique 18th century church of Igreja Matriz de Esposende, we will continue along the sea to Marinhas, and then to the bucolic scene at the bridge over the Rio Neiva, an iconic point considered one of the most beautiful sights of the Portuguese Way of the Coast. From Castelo do Neiva, we follow a majestic forest path to the quiet village of Chafé, from which we first see the impressive Sanctuary of Santa Luzia. Accommodations in Viana do Castelo
DAY 4 – Carreço to Caminha – Walk of 18 km (11 miles) The already familiar yellow arrows lead us to the small paradise of the Convento de Cabanas. It is a pastoral and romantic place with luxuriant vegetation, sparkling streams and old watermills. The surroundings are further embellished by scattered tiles inscribed with lovely poems. Following the river through a verdant forest we will head to Vila Praia de Âncora. With the blue of the sea on our left, we will amble along to the majestic city of Caminha. Accommodations in Viana do Castelo
DAY 5 – Caminha to Oia – Distance of 19 km (12 miles) with 1,6 km by boat This is one of the most beautiful stages of our way! As in ancient times, we will cross the border between Portugal and Spain by boat across the Minho River. Once on Galician soil, we can enjoy one of the most impressive views of the day: a panorama of the Atlantic Ocean with the shorelines of both Portugal and Spain. Next, walking along the sea on dirt paths, we will arrive at our destination: the magnificent 12th century Monastery of Santa Maria de Oia. Accommodations in Vigo
DAY 6 – Vigo to Redondela – Walk of 19 km (12 miles) Leaving Vigo for its old town, the Auga Traída trail will take us through leafy woods on dirt and asphalt roads. We will be rewarded by a flat path and superb views over the Vigo River and, to the North, the famous and beautiful Cíes Islands. After we leave the Baroque Chapel of St. Andres, we will reach Redondela and join with the Portuguese Central Way. Accommodations at the Pontevedra Parador
DAY 7 – Redondela to Pontevedra – Walk of 20 km (12.5 miles) Fabulous panoramic views of the Vigo River, the ancient Roman Pontesampaio Bridge, and the skyline of Pontevedra, the city of the Pilgrim Virgin, will comprise our day. It’s an amazing and historical town full of diverse architecture, ancient connections to the Camino, and welcoming warmth of the locals. This day will remain in our memory! Accommodations at the Pontevedra Parador
DAY 8 – Pontevedra to Armenteira – Walk of 23.5 km (14.5 miles) After crossing the Pontevedra bridge, we will join the agrarian path of the Salnés Spiritual Variant. In just seven km, we will reach the impressive 7th century Monastery of the Poio of Cistercian origin. Nearby, the idyllic and emblematic fishing village of Combarro will welcome us with its peculiar Hórreos and magnificent views of the Ría de Arousa. We will end this great day in the unforgettable 11th century Monastery of Armenteira. Accommodations in Armenteira
DAY 9 – Armenteira to Vilanova de Arousa – 24 km (15 miles) This is a day that we will be happy is a long one. We will have the time to savor the beauty of the indescribable Water and Stone Route. Here we will find magical forests of chestnut, oak and pine trees. The air is filled with freshness and the sounds of a peaceful brook enhanced by the splashing of small waterfalls. At this point, we will enter the region of the vineyards of the Rías Baixas, famous for its white wines which we will be sure to taste! Accommodations in Armenteira
DAY 10 – Vilanova de Arousa to Pontecesures to Milladoiro – 28 km by boat and 21km on foot Known as the Origin of the Paths, this path retraces the route of the return of the remains of St. James to his beloved Galicia. Heightening the meaning of this special day, we will sail the only maritime Via Cruxis of the world along the estuary of the Ria de Arousa and the Ulla River. This experience will indelibly mark this stage of our Way. Accommodations in Milladoiro
DAY 11 – Milladoiro to Santiago de Compostela – Walk 7.5km (4.7 miles) Today, we walk into Santiago de Compostela over the historical stones of this magical old town. In the plaza fronting the Cathedral de Santiago, we will be surrounded by the sounds of bagpipes mingling with the excited voices of hundreds of other pilgrims awaiting the Botafumeiro Ceremony at the Pilgrim Mass. In the evening, we will meet again to enjoy a special celebration! Accommodations in Santiago
DAY 12 – Santiago, Finisterre and Muxia This morning, we will drive to Muxia and Finisterre to have a personalized guided visit of these two mythical places. After a delicious lunch, we will return to Santiago to enjoy a free afternoon. Accommodations in Santiago
DAY 13 – Homeward Bound After this Camino, some people relish their accomplishment in completing the walk, while others are grateful for the cultural/historical aspects of the walk, and still others feel it is only the beginning of a new journey.
Allow us to thank you for your trust in us. And we wish you to know how sincerely we hope we may one day meet again!