Camino Portugués – Porto to Baiona (Coastal Walk) – April 2019

 

Guided Walk

Description

Starting off in the beautiful city of Porto (worth a trip in its own right!), you walk 143km to Baiona, either directly along the coastline or slightly inland from it, keeping the Atlantic coast and some beautiful beaches to your left at all times.

Other than the distances covered each day, this is as easy as any Camino walk you will find – the terrain is flat in most places and there isn’t any significant ascending involved.

 

Departure Date and Cost (Saturday to Saturday):

  • Saturday April 20th (Easter Saturday) – Sunday April 28th.
  • €590 pps (not including flight – flight booked at cost).
  • Single Supplement €200 for first 6 places, €250 thereafter.
  • If a single traveller is willing to share and a partner can’t be found, SS of €100 applies.
  • €30 discount for previous Camino Groups walkers!

All our escorted walks are with an Irish guide – the emphasis is on having fun while experiencing the Camino at your own pace!

 

What’s included:

  • 8 nights’ accommodation in ensuite rooms on a B&B basis.
  • Transfers from Porto airport to Porto city centre and from Baiona to Porto for return flight to Dublin.
  • Bag transfer each day.
  • Pilgrim Passport (Issued by Camino Society Ireland – the only official Irish pilgrim passport).
  • Premier Plus travel insurance – the highest level of cover available from Blue Insurance, Ireland’s largest travel insurance provider.
  • An Irish tour guide to accompany you every step of the way.
  • A Camino Groups walking top – the must-have fashion accessory of 2019!
  • Detailed walking notes and accommodation maps.

Note:

  • Flights are not included in the prices, but as a licensed and bonded travel agency, we will book your flights at cost for you. The earlier you book, the cheaper it will be!

 

Itinerary

Saturday 20th, Day 1

  • Fly from Dublin to Porto. Metro transfer to city centre for overnight here.

Sunday 21st, Day 2

  • Walk 11km along the River Duoro to the Atlantic coast and on to Matasinhos. Return by metro to Porto for free afternoon in the city.
  • Explore Portugal’s second city, located on the banks of the Douro. There is so much to see and do in O Porto, home of port wine and the city after which the country itself is named. Wander the medieval streets of the historic centre, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, having earlier started your Camino walk from the magnificent cathedral.

Monday 22nd, Day 3

  • Return by Metro to Matasinhos to walk 22km to Vila do Conde, famous for its incredible aqueduct, spanning 4 km and 999 arches to reach the monastery of Santa Clara, looking down on the town centre.
  • Take a stroll along the banks of the Rio Ave (lending its name to the local football club) from the town centre out to the small falls from where you can walk up to the Santa Clara Monastery. Camino trivia – Vila do Conde is twinned with Ferrol, starting point of the Camino Inglés!

Tuesday 23rd, Day 4

  • Walk 24km to Esposende. Esposende is a is a small seaside town where the Camino runs along its pedestrianised main street to the Matriz church.
  • Your day brings you past plenty of beaches, including the seaside resort of Povoa de Varzim and the picturesque village of Apúlia

Wednesday 24th, Day 5

  • Walk 26km to Viana do Castelo. A city of 35,000 people, Viana has a rich commercial history as a port and still has a functioning shipyard today. The centre of town is overlooked by the imposing Santa Luzia church on the hillside above – either a steep walk or a funicular trip away!
  • Today’s walk sees you veering inland and walking along cobbled roads – pretty to see but tough on your feet!

Thursday 25th, Day 6

  • Walk 18km to Vila Praia de Áncora. If you want to stay by a beautiful beach on this section, this is the spot!
  • Though the town itself is quite small, the beach extends for a number of kilometres along the bay, perfect for an evening stroll followed by dinner in one of the small restaurants fronting on to the beach.

Friday 26th, Day 7

  • Walk 24km to Oia. Oia is a little hamlet, dominated by the large monastery overlooking the small horseshoe beach. With a choice of 3-4 restaurants, Oia is the perfect antidote to the many large towns you visit, a pretty spot to rest before your final day’s walking.
  • Today is the day that you pass from Portugal into Spain via a ferry from Caminha, that takes you across the mouth of the River Minho.

Saturday 27th, Day 8

  • Walk 18km to Baiona. Baiona is a tourist town where all its main sights are within a cluster – the medieval old town streets, the marina and especially the Fortaleza (fort) which houses a Parador (there’s a 3km walk around the bottom of the fort walls).

Sunday 28th, Day 9

  • Transfer to Porto for return flight home.