A wooden boardwalk towards the sea surrounded by the beach
Camino de Santiago Portugal

The Portuguese Camino Coastal Route – a detailed guide & walking stages

Coastal Route (Caminho da Costa) of the Portuguese Camino is a beautiful alternative walk to the Central Route. Its total distance of the route is 280 km, it starts in Porto and follows the coast till Redondela where it joins with the main route. About 30% of pilgrims who complete the Portuguese Camino walk the Coastal Way. The Portuguese Way is getting more and more popular, many pilgrims choose this route as an alternative to the French Camino.

The Portuguese Camino was our first Camino de Santiago walk. We enjoyed it so much that two days after completing the route we took a bus from Santiago to Oviedo and started walking the Camino Primitivo.

The Coastal Portuguese Camino route overview

  • Total distance – 280 km
  • Number of days required – 11-13 days
  • Starting point – Porto, Portugal
  • Finishing point – Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Average cost – 25-30 Euro per person per day
  • Accommodation – albergues, hotels, guesthouses
  • Route marking – yellow shells and arrows

The Coastal Route vs the Central Route on the Camino Portuguese

The obvious one the Coastal goes along the sea but it doesn’t mean it literally sticks to the coast all the time, it meanders between the coast, towns, and fields.

There are fewer people here than on the Central Route.

It’s a bit longer280km  to Santiago compared to 260km on the Central Way.

There is a little bit less infrastructure for pilgrims on the Coastal Route. Honestly on the Portuguese side, we didn’t have any problem finding albergues but in Spain, in one or two places (Vigo is one of them) there were no albergues, only hotels. As the route becomes more popular new albergues open every year.

The Coastal Route has less up and downhill walking, it’s basically flat all the way.

A bit less walking on or along busy roads compared to the Central Way.

In hot summer months, the Coastal Way is a great option you have constant sea breeze. On rainy and windy this route can become a nightmare. We walked this route in May and didn’t have any rain.

We have a detailed post on the Camino Portuguese and the Camino de Fatima – Walking the Portuguese Camino from Lisbon. If you enjoy walking along the coast you might like the Northern Camino de Santiago, the route follows the Northern Coast of Spain and offers breathtaking scenery.

How to combine the Coastal Route with the Central Route?

Most pilgrims walk out of Porto following the same route the Senda Litoral that goes along the coast (there is a route map in the itinerary section), it’s the best way to start the Camino. The Coastal Route and the Central route are not that great for walking out of the city; both go next to busy roads, past some industrial areas, and the airport. From Vila do Conde (the second day) the Coastal Route and the Litoral Way are pretty much the same.

There are several places along the Coastal Route where pilgrims can switch to the Central Route.

  1. Vila do Conde – about 33 km from Porto (the second day for most pilgrims). There is a route from Vila do Conde to Arcos, that connects the Coastal Way with the Central Route. It’s the same route pilgrims who walk out of Porto following the Senda Litoral would take to get to the Central Route.
  2. Caminha – about 107 km from Porto (the fifth day for most pilgrims). The Coastal Route continues across the Minho River (a short ferry ride) to Spain when the connection route goes along the river to Tui where it joins with the Central Route.
  3. Redondela – about 180 km from Porto (the end of the first week on the Camino for most people), both routes merge there. From Redondela there is only one route of the Portuguese Camino to Santiago de Compostela.

There is another split on the Portuguese Camino after Redondela. From Pontevedra, there are two routes: the Spiritual Way and the Portuguese Camino. The split is just outside Pontevedra. The Spiritual Way goes to the coast towards Portonovo, the Portuguese Camino continues inland. Both routes merge again in Padrón. It takes 2 days to get to Padrón on the Portuguese Camino and 3 days if you follow the Spiritual Way. In the itinerary section on this post, you can find more details on the Spiritual Way.

Accommodation on the Coastal Camino

Like on any other Camino de Santiago route the Coastal Way has public and private albergues, hotels, guesthouses, and a couple of campsites along the route.

Albergues are hostels for pilgrims they usually have dormitory rooms with bunk beds and shared ablution facilities. Albergues can be public (run by a local municipality) and private.

Comparing public (municipal) and private albergues

FeaturesPublic alberguesPrivate albergues
Only for pilgrimsyesno
Need a credential to stayyesno
Can be booked aheadnoyes
Can stay as long as you wantno, only 1 nightyes
Price5-6 Euro10-12 Euro
Accept backpack deliverynoyes
Public vs private albergues on the Coastal Route

Public albergues is the cheapest accommodation option on the Camino. There are municipal albergues almost at the end of every stage on the Coastal Route of the Camino Portugues.

There are no public albergues in

  • Praia da Estela
  • Carreço
  • Ramallosa
  • Vigo

Campsites on the Coastal Route can be found in

  • Labuge
  • Praia da Estela
  • A Guarda
  • Ramallosa
  • Vigo
  • Vilanova de Arousa
Our YouTube video about public and private albergues on the Camino de Santiago

The cost of walking the Coastal Way of St.James

The Portuguese Camino can be done on a different budget from 20 Euro per person per day to 40+ Euro depending on how much you want or can spend and how much comfort you need. The average cost of walking the Coastal Route is 25-30 Euro per person per day. We have a detailed post on the cost of the Camino de Santiago where you can find a lot of information for planning your estimated Camino budget.

Walking the Camino Portugues with 20, 30 and 40+ Euro per person, per day

20 Euro30 Euro40+ Euro
Accommodation
Public albergues,
5-6 Euro
Private albergues,
10-12 Euro
Private room,
20-30 Euro
Food
Making your own food, 10 EuroEating Menu del Día,
10-12 Euro
Eating out twice a day,
20-25 Euro
Backpack delivery (optional)
5 Euro5 Euro5 Euro
Extra (entrance fees, coffee, etc.)
5 Euro5 Euro5 Euro
Comparing what you can get on the Camino with a different budgets

Tips for walking the Coastal Portuguese Camino

My main tip after walking 7 Camino de Santiago routes is walk the Camino the way it suits you the best. It doesn’t matter how long it takes you to finish it, how far you walk every day, where you stay (albergues, hotels, camping, etc.), if you carry your backpack or use a luggage transfer service. Remember, it’s your Camino and you can walk it any way you want.

If you decide to walk in the peak season (European summer months) and don’t want to stress out about finding available accommodation along the way, book your beds or rooms in advance.

Don’t start with walking long distances (unless you’re used to it) you might get terrible blisters and aches after the first couple of days. Rather take it easy in the beginning and increase your daily distances as you go.

You can start walking the Camino from any place along the route. If you don’t have enough time to walk from Porto you can start in Tui as many pilgrims do. Tui is just over 100 km from Santiago which is the required walking distance for getting the Compostela. The last 100 km on the Portuguese Camino from Tui is the second popular route after the last 100 km on the Camino Frances from Sarria.

For staying in public (municipal) albergues on the Coastal Route you’ll need a Credential, a pilgrim’s passport with your name where you collect stamps from albergues and hotels you stay along the route. You don’t need it to stay in private albergues and hotels on the Camino but you’ll need it if you want to get the Compostela. You can get the Credential at your local Camino Office (in your country), at Sé Cathedral in Porto, or at many albergues along the route.

After completing the Coastal Portuguese Camino you can get the Compostela. It’s a certificate that you get for free at the Pilgrim’s Reception Office in Santiago for completing at least the last 100 km (200 km if cycling) on any Camino route. Make sure to collect 2 stamps per day for the last 100 km, it’s a new requirement of the Pilgrim’s Office for issuing the Compostela. You get one stem at every place you stay, the second stamp you can get along the way at a bar or a restaurant, many places along the Camino have stamps.

What to pack for the Coastal Portuguese Camino

It’s important to remember not to overload your backpack, make sure to bring only the necessary stuff. We’ve seen many first-time pilgrims with heavily loaded backpacks leaving a lot of things in albergues after the first day on the Camino. If you’re planning on using a backpack delivery service (see the next paragraph) then you can bring pack as much as you wish.

The items we always pack for the Camino

For more details on what to pack for the Camino for men and women for different seasons read our post The packing list for the Camino de Santiago.

Books and guidebooks for the Coastal Route

Helpful apps for the Portuguese Camino Coastal Route

  • Portuguese Way Premium. Cost US$4, available for Android and Apple.
  • Camino Assist Pilgrim Santiago. Free download, available for Android and Apple.
  • Buen Camino de Santiago. Free download, available for Android and Apple.
  • Wisely + Camino Portugues; a Wise Pilgrim guide. Cost US$6, available for Android and Apple. We haven’t used it but I saw many unhappy users complaining about the app, I’d recommend reading the reviews before buying it.

Luggage transfer on the Coastal Way of the Camino Portugues

As an option, if you don’t want to walk for 2 weeks carrying your backpack you can use one of the luggage transfer services on the Camino. Tuitrans offers luggage delivery on the Coastal Route. Correos delivers backpacks from A Guarda (the first Spanish city on the Coastal Route) on.

It works very easy a car picks up your backpack at your hotel or albergue in the morning and drives it to your next accommodation place. The service costs 5-6 Euro per backpack per stage. If you decide to use the delivery service keep in mind that you’ll have to stay in private albergues or hotels. Public albergues don’t accept backpack delivery.

If you have some extra luggage that you won’t need on the Camino you can send it directly to Santiago de Compostela using one of the backpack shuttle companies.

Travel insurance for the Camino

Walking like any other outdoor activity involves a risk of getting an injury or losing some of the gear. It’s always recommended to have travel insurance when you go away. The Portuguese Camino de Santiago is not a high altitude hike through remote areas but it’s still a physically challenging experience. Light traumas like blisters, knee pain, shin splint, etc. are quite common. Make sure you will be able to get medical assistance any time you need it. Note! If you have a European Health Insurance Card you don’t need any extra medical insurance for Portugal or Spain.

Another reason to have insurance is gear loss, trip cancellation, or flight delay. Having travel insurance makes the walk less stressful when you know you’re covered in case of any unpredictable emergencies. Let your insurance company worry about you and your belongings while you enjoy walking the Camino. 

Porto, the beginning of the Coastal Route

Porto is an amazing place to reserve a couple of days before or after the Camino to explore the city. Get lost in the maze of crazy narrow cobblestone streets of Porto, follow them climbing up and down, making unreal U-turns that lead to a quirky dead end. There are so many hidden gems in this city that you can spend weeks wandering around and every day finding new places.

Tours & activities in Porto

If you have extra time to stay in Porto before you start walking the Camino there are several tour options that will help you to explore and discover this amazing city;

Places to stay in Porto

There are many albergues in the city including one municipal albergue N.S. do Rosario de Vilar for 7,5 Euro and one private albergue Albergue de Peregrinos do Porto for donation (though the guidebook says 10 Euro). We stayed in the second one, it’s nice, clean and very social but quite far from the historical center and Sé Cathedral. To get to the trail you’ll have to take the metro first, the metro station is just around the corner. The municipal albergue is located about the same distance from the cathedral.

If you rather stay in the center there are several nice options from hostels to nice and even luxury hotels. It all depends on your budget.

Historical buildings in the center of Porto
The historical center of Porto, the beginning of the Coastal Route of the Portuguese Camino

The Portuguese Camino Coastal Route walking stages

Downloadable PDF file Portuguese Camino Coastal Route stages

Day 1. Porto – Labruge, 23,5km

Porto – Matosinhos – Lavra – Labruge.

We started at Sé Cathedral, in the morning walked down to Rio Douro and followed the river all the way out of the city following Senda Litoral. Basically all day you walk along the coastline passing small towns and villages. There are many restaurants and coffee shops on the way where you can stop for coffee or lunch.

Portuguese Camino de Santiago; Senda Litoral, Coastal Route and Central Route from Porto
Different routes of walking out of Porto; Senda Litoral, Coastal Route and Central Route of the Portuguese Camino

As an option you can walk to Vila da Cha, it’s 3 km further, there is a municipal albergue for donation as well.

Highlights

  • The historical center of Porto
  • Beach walk

Labruge

A small coastal town stretched more inland than along the coast

  • Municipal albergue – yes
  • Private albergue – no
  • Hotels – yes
  • Campsite – yes
  • ATM – yes
  • Shop – yes
  • Restaurant – yes
  • Pharmacy – yes

Albergue Santiago Labruge, municipal

It’s located inland, 900m from the beach, there is a sign pointing the direction. The place is very nice and neat. Our guide book says there are only 8 beds, in fact, there are 24, they recently opened two more rooms upstairs with 12 beds each. Price – donation.

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – no, we couldn’t get it hot, the hostess wasn’t there, maybe we just didn’t know where to switch the geyser.
  • Wi-fi – yes
  • Kitchen with stove, fridge, pots, plates, etc – yes
  • Washing machine – no, there is a basin for washing
  • Washing lines – yes
  • Towels – no
  • Blankets – yes
  • Location – 4 out of 5, 900m away from the Camino, close to a restaurant, shop, and ATM.
  • Comfort level – 4 out of 5, if there was a hot water shower it would be 5.

More places to stay in Labruge*

*Many people asked us about alternative (to albergues) accommodation options (private rooms with facilities) so we decided to add accommodations on the route that can be booked online.

One of the many beach walking wooden paths on the Coastal Route in Portugal
Beautiful beach scenery in the beginning of the Coastal Portuguese Camino

Day 2. Labruge – Praia da Estela (Orbitur), 25,6km

Labruge – Vila Chã – Vila do Conde – Póvoa de Varzim – Aguçadoura – Praia de Estela.

Most of the day you walk along the coast on wooden planks sometimes the route goes through small towns. There are plenty of places to stop for coffee or lunch along the way.

Highlights

  • Vila Cha, a small fisherman village.
  • The historical center of Vila do Conde, beautiful narrow cobblestone streets, churches, old houses.
  • Beach walk.

Praia da Estela

It’s basically just a big campsite with many cabins, a restaurant and a small shop at reception.

  • Municipal albergue – no
  • Private albergue – no
  • Hotels – yes, +/- 1 km from the campsite
  • Campsite – yes
  • ATM – no
  • Shop – yes
  • Restaurant – yes. They have a special pilgrim dinner menu for 10 euro; starter, main, drinks, dessert.
  • Pharmacy – no

Parque de Campismo Orbitur Rio Alto, private  

There is no albergue here, we stayed in a cabin with a shared bathroom. Cabins are nice but there is no kitchen here, you can buy basic stuff in a small shop or eat in a local restaurant where you can get hot water for tea or noodles. Price – cabin with shared bathroom – 20 Euro for two people; 16 Euro for one.

Note! This place can be booked online but it’s more expensive to book a double cabin. They offer only deluxe cabins with an attached bathroom and a kitchen. These cabins are more spacious and comfortable though. There are caravans for 5 and 6 peoples as well.

Facilities (a budget cabin without bathroom)

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Wi-fi – yes, only in the reception area
  • Kitchen – no
  • Washing machine – no
  • Washing lines – no
  • Towels – no
  • Blankets – yes
  • Extra – every cabin has a fridge and a small dining area
  • Location – 4 out of 5, not far from the way.
  • Comfort level – 4 out of 5

More places to stay near Playa da Estela*

*find your place before you start walking to make sure you won’t miss the turn or walk past it. The hotels are spread through the area.

The historical center of Vila do Conde, Portugal
The center of Vila do Conde, one of the stop on the second day of the Coastal Camino Portuguese

Day 3. Praia da Estela – Castelo do Neiva, 24,4km

Praia Estela – Apúlia – Fão – Esposende – Marinhas – Belinho – Ponte – Castelo do Neiva.

It was a nice mix of walking through the towns, along the coast, and a little on the forest path.

Highlights

  • Confeteria (pastry) Marbella in Esposende, great place with some delicious cakes and pastry.
  • Cafe/bar O Lampao in Belinho, an awesome place with hundreds scarfs, mugs and key chains hanging from the ceiling and walls.
  • A small waterfall at the river cross just before Castelo do Neiva

Castelo do Neiva

A small town a little bit away from the sea with a new albergue, a restaurant, and a shop.

  • Municipal albergue – yes
  • Private albergue – no
  • Hotels – yes
  • Campsite – no
  • ATM – yes
  • Shop – yes
  • Restaurant – yes
  • Pharmacy – no

Albergue Dom Nausti, municipal

A new albergue, right on the Camino, very nice, clean, and neat. The owners are very friendly and helpful, speak some English. A local restaurant just 200m away. Capacity – 20 people. Price 5 Euro per person including bedding.

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Wi-fi – no, might get it in the future.
  • Kitchen with stove, fridge, pots, plates etc – yes
  • Washing machine – no
  • Washing lines – yes
  • Towels – no
  • Blankets – yes
  • Extra – coffee and chocolate vending machine.
  • Location – 5 out of 5
  • Comfort level – 5 out of 5

More places to stay in Castelo do Neiva

Day 4. Castelo do Neiva – Carreço, 19km

Castelo do Neiva – Chafé – Viana do Castelo – Areosa – Carreço.

A nice and relaxed day of walking through endless towns and villages with plenty of restaurants and pastries to stop for breakfast, lunch or coffee. If you decide to walk up to Santuario Santa Luzia in Viana do Castelo add to the day distance 3km. 

Highlights

  • Old high stone walls covered in moss and ivy, we loved it.
  • Santuário de Santa Luzia de Viana do Castelo, it sits on the top of the mountain, quite a steep and long uphill, the view from the top is awesome. This walk is optional, the route doesn’t go up to the top.

Carreço

A typical small town with an albergue, a couple of pensions, a restaurant, and a small shop.

  • Municipal albergue – no
  • Private albergue – yes
  • Hotels – yes
  • Campsite – no
  • ATM – no
  • Shop – yes
  • Restaurant – yes
  • Pharmacy – yes

Albergue Casa do Sardao, private

For the whole day walking past old houses with thick fortress-like walls we were wondering how it’s to live inside one of these houses. At the end of the day, we got a chance to experience it ourselves.

The Albergue is a modernized house of the 16th century with thick stone walls, built forever. The place is just awesome, an old house with great modern facilities, super cozy. The owner can drive guests to a supermarket as it’s quite far to walk. The staff here speaks good English, everybody is very friendly and helpful. Beds are very comfortable with real bedding (not disposable one), soft mattresses, light, and warm blankets. In the season I’d suggest booking a bed in advance the place is very popular. Capacity – 22 people.

Facilities

It basically has everything you need and even more, we loved this place and stayed here for two nights.

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Wi-fi – yes
  • Kitchen with stove, fridge, pots, plates – yes
  • Washing machine – yes, 2 euro per load
  • Washing lines – yes
  • Towels – yes
  • Blankets – yes
  • Extra – fireplace, TV, lounge area, beer, wine, coffee for sale. You can order dinner here.
  • Location – 5 out of 5, right on the way
  • Comfort level – 5 out of 5, very comfortable beds, great facilities, very clean.

More places to stay in Carreço

A beautiful white color church on the top of the hill in Viana do Castelo, Portuguese Coastal Route
Santuario de Santa Luzia, Viana do Casetlo on the Portuguese Camino Coastal route

Day 5. Carreço, Portugal – A Guarda, Spain, 22,7km

Carreço – Vila Praia de Âncora – Caminha – ferry to A Guarda.

Nice walk with slight up and down hills through the forest, towns, along the coast.

Ferry from Caminha to A Guarda (pier)

Timetable depends on tides, sometimes first ferry leaves at 8 am sometimes at 2 pm, there are 4 or six ferries daily. The ride takes 5 minutes, 1,5 Euro pp. If there are no ferries or you don’t want to wait you can take a small boat, 5 Euro pp. Boats don’t go if the wind is too strong. Once crossed to Spain don’t forget to change the time, +1 hour.

Alternative! From Caminha instead of continuing on the Coastal Route and taking a ferry, you can walk along the river towards Valença/Tui and from there continue on the Central Route.

  • Day 5. Carreço – Caminha, 20km
  • Day 6. Caminha, Portugal – Valença, Portugal/Tui, Spain, 30km.

Highlights

  • 6th-century convent Sao Joao de Cabanas, 30min. walk Carreço
  • The historical center of Caminho; the castle, narrow cobblestone streets.
  • Castillo (castle) de Santa Cruz in A Guarda

A Guarda

Quite a big town with a nice castle in the middle, from the castle you have a nice view of the area. No entrance fee.

  • Municipal albergue – yes
  • Private albergue – yes, a hostel
  • Hotels – yes
  • Campsite – yes, Santa Tecla, close to the ferry pier, before the town
  • ATM – yes
  • Supermarket – yes
  • Restaurant – yes
  • Pharmacy – yes

Albergue Peregrinos, municipal

A nice albergue with a great host, good facilities, clean and comfortable. It can accommodate 40 people. Price 5 Euro pp. including bedding. Close to the castle, supermarkets, restaurants.

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Wi-fi – yes.
  • Kitchen with stove, fridge, pots, plates – yes
  • Washing machine – no
  • Washing line – yes
  • Towels – no
  • Blankets – yes
  • Location – 5 out of 5, right on the way
  • Comfort level – 4 out of 5

More places to stay in A Guarda

A charming street of Caminha, a town on the Coastal Route of the Portuguese Camino
A charming town of Caminha, the last Portuguese town on the Coastal Camino

Day 6. A Guarda – A Ramallosa, 33km

A Guarda – Oia – Viladesuso – Mougas – Baiona – A Ramallosa.

A long walking day most of the time following the coastline past small towns, on the second half the trail goes uphill through the beautiful forest from where you have amazing views of the coast and a lighthouse.

Highlights

  • Old Town of Baiona; churches, cobblestone streets, many street cafés.

Baiona/Ramallosa

Two towns that are merged into one, it’s difficult to say when you walk from Bayona to Ramallosa. Both places are nice, with many cafes and restaurants, a couple of beaches and beautiful sea-views.

  • Municipal albergue – no
  • Private albergue – yes
  • Hotels – yes
  • Campsite – yes
  • ATM – yes
  • Supermarket – yes
  • Restaurant – yes
  • Pharmacy – yes

Albergue Pazo Pias, private

It’s more of a hotel than albergue the rooms for pilgrims are located in the old monastery, the rooms are ex cellars, don’t expect too much. It’s very basic though the rooms are private; double and single with shared bathrooms. Capacity 40 people. Price 15 Euro pp. They have deluxe double rooms that can be booked online. These rooms are more comfortable but more expensive.

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Wi-fi – yes
  • Kitchen – no, only a microwave, few cups, and plates
  • Washing machine – no
  • Washing lines – yes
  • Towels – yes
  • Blankets – yes
  • Location – 5 out of 5, right on the way
  • Comfort level – 4 out of 5, rooms are quite small and very basic

More places to stay in Baiona/Ramallosa

A coastal town on the Portuguese Coastal route in Spain
One of the beach towns on the Coastal Route in Spain

Day 7. A Ramallosa – Vigo, 21,5km

Short day, some up and down hills, a little bit of walking through the outskirts of Vigo.

There are no albergues in Vigo you have an option skipping Vigo completely and staying in an albergue in Freixo, 5 Euro or staying in a hotel/hostel in Vigo. Freixo is a little detour about 3km in total, there is nothing there only albergue. You can bring your own food or phone them beforehand and ask to make lunch or dinner for you.

Highlights

  • The Castle in Vigo
  • The Promenade and the Historical center of Vigo

Vigo

Vigo is a big city with a nice historical center, many seafood restaurants, and bars. If you have time you can stay for two nights here to explore the city, its beaches and maybe visit the Cies Islands, small islands not far from the shore with beautiful sandy beaches, and several forest trails.

  • Municipal albergue – no
  • Private albergue – yes, a couple of hostels
  • Hotels – yes
  • Campsite – yes, at Playa de Samil, 5 km from the city center
  • ATM – yes
  • Supermarket – yes
  • Restaurant – yes
  • Pharmacy – yes

Hotel Compostela

It’s a nice place close to the city center. Rooms are clean and neat with a private bathroom, AC, and TV. There is a bar and a restaurant downstairs. It was great for the change to stay in a private room with an attached bathroom and have a good rest. If we had more time we’d have stayed here for two nights. In the season I’d strongly recommend booking your room in advance, Vigo is a popular tourist destination.

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Wi-fi – yes.
  • Kitchen – no
  • Washing machine – no
  • Washing lines – no
  • Towels – yes
  • Blankets – yes
  • Location – 5 out of 5
  • Comfort level – 5 out of 5, not a very luxury place but quite comfortable and clean

More places to stay in Vigo

Day 8. Vigo – Redondela, 16,3km

The Camino Central and the Coastal route join in Redondela, don’t be surprised to see many people around. Though the distance is very short this day you can add to it a couple of extra km to get out of Vigo back to the trail. 

Highlights

  • Beautiful panoramic views on bridge Ponte de Rande, the sea and the Cíes islands. 
  • Small waterfall in the forest.

Redondela

A nice town with many coffee shops and many bars and restaurants with outside tables, a great place to chat with other pilgrims, chill and drink a beer. There are several albergues in the town, one municipal and a couple of private as well as hotels and pensions.

  • Municipal albergue – yes
  • Private albergue – yes
  • Hotels – yes
  • Campsite – no
  • ATM – yes
  • Supermarket – yes
  • Restaurant – yes
  • Pharmacy – yes

Albergue Casa da Torre, municipal

A big old tower with thick walls turned into an albergue, quite cozy, neat, clean and spacious. Thanks to these thick walls in summer it’s always nice and cool inside. Capacity 44 people. Price 6 Euro pp including disposable bedding.

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Wi-fi – no
  • Kitchen with cooking plates, microwave – yes, no pots, cups, plates, utensils.
  • Washing machine – yes, price between 1,5-3 Euro per load, depending on weight.
  • Washing lines – yes
  • Towels – no
  • Blankets – no
  • Extras – drying machine, 1,5 Euro per load.
  • Location – 5 out of 5
  • Comfort level – 4 out of 5, the kitchen was quite a disappointment, we couldn’t even make tea there was no kettle or even cup to boil water in.

More places to stay in Redondela

A view of Vigo, the bridge and the sea from the Camino route
The view of the Rande Bridge and the bay of Vigo from the Coastal Portuguese Camino

Day 9. Redondela – Pontevedra, 21km

Redondela – Cesantes – Arcade – Balteiro – Pontevedra.

Note! According to the new rules for the last 100 km to Santiago de Compostela you need two stamps per day (you can get a second stamp in bars and restaurants on the way) in order to get the Compostela. 

Easy walk with small uphills, through the forest, along the road, and through small towns. A couple of kilometers before Pontevedra take the river trail instead of following the road, it’s not longer but more picturesque.

Highlights

  • The historical center of Pontevedra

Pontevedra

It’s a nice city with many supermarkets, a beautiful cathedral, a nice Old Town, many restaurants and bars.  

  • Municipal albergue – yes
  • Private albergue – yes
  • Hotels – yes
  • Campsite – no
  • ATM – yes
  • Supermarket – yes
  • Restaurant – yes
  • Pharmacy – yes

Albergue La Virgen Peregrina, municipal

Great place, with all you need, spacious, clean and well organized, it has a nice garden great for chilling on the grass. Opens at 1 pm. Capacity 60 people. Price 6 Euro pp. including bedding.

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Wi-fi – yes
  • Kitchen with stove, microwave, cutlery, pots, cups etc. – yes, one of the best kitchens on this Camino.
  • Washing machine – yes, 3 Euro per load
  • Washing lines – yes
  • Towels – no
  • Blankets – no
  • Extras – big dining area with many tables and chairs, cool drink and snack vending machine.
  • Location – 4 out of 5, right on the trail but about 1km from the city center.
  • Comfort level – 5 out of 5

Places to stay in Pontevedra

Day 10. Pontevedra – Caldas de Reis, 23km

A nice and easy walking day through the forest, small town and villages. At 3,6km there is a sign where the route splits here starts an optional Variante Espiritual Route that joins the main Camino 3 day later in Padrón. Check below the Spiritual way stages.

Highlights

  • A beautiful waterfall in Parque Natural Ría Barosa, between Portela and Briallos, it’s a small detour but the waterfall is worth of visit.
  • Hot springs of Caldas de Reis.

Caldas de Reis

A nice town with hot springs, old churches, and some Roman ruins. If you have time you can relax in hot springs in one of the balnearios (spas). There are several albergues in Caldas de Reis from all that we’ve read we can recommend not to stay at Posada Doña Urraca, people say it’s quite dirty. We didn’t stop here as we took the Spiritual Route from Pontevedra.

  • Municipal albergue – yes
  • Private albergue – yes
  • Hotels – yes
  • Campsite – no
  • ATM – yes
  • Supermarket – yes
  • Restaurant – yes
  • Pharmacy – yes

Places to stay in Caldas de Reis

Day 11. Caldas de Reis – Padrón, 20km

A pleasant short day of walking with a slight hill that starts 3km after Caldas. There are many bars and restaurants on the way. If you want you can walk a bit further this day to make the last day shorter, there are many albergues and hostels all the way to Santiago. For more information on Padrón go to Day 12 of Spiritual Route.

Highlights

  • The Historical Center of Padrón.
  • Pimientos de Padrón, a typical local dish a nice snack to have with beer or wine.

Pardón

Beautiful town with a stunning pedestrian street, cathedral, and churches. There are several restaurants and cafes nearby, some open very early in the morning for pilgrims. 

  • Municipal albergue – yes
  • Private albergue – yes
  • Hotels – yes
  • Campsite – no
  • ATM – yes
  • Supermarket – yes
  • Restaurant – yes
  • Pharmacy – yes

Albergue de Peregrinos de Padrón, municipal 

Big, clean, well-organized albergue with a lot of space, one big dormitory with many bunk beds. Opens at 1 pm. Capacity 46 people. Price 6 Euro pp. including bedding. Located right at the cathedral, close to the restaurants and shops.

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Wi-fi – yes
  • Kitchen with, microwave, stove, cutlery, pots, cups – yes
  • Washing machine – no, washing basin only
  • Washing lines – yes
  • Towels – no
  • Blankets – no
  • Extras – dining area.
  • Location – 5 out of 5
  • Comfort level – 5 out of 5

More places to stay in Padrón

The Spiritual Way (the alternative route). Days 10-12

The Spiritual Way goes back to the coast, the name ‘spiritual’ refers to the origin of the route that is believed to follow the way the rest of the apostle St. James was transferred to Santiago in 44AD. The route starts in Pontevedra and finished in Padron. The total distance of the route (from Pontevedra to Padrón) is 73 km. It consists of 3 stages; 2 walking stages (Pontevedra to Armenteira and Armenteira to Vilanova de Arousa) and 1 boat ride (Vilanova de Arousa to Iria Flavia, close to Padron). This marine route is considered to be the origin of all the Caminos de Santiago. 

Spiritual Way and Central Route, the Portuguese Camino de Santiago
Two route options on the Camino Portugues from Pontevedra to Padron; the Central Route and the Spiritual Way.

Day 10. Pontevedra – Armenteira, 22km

Pontevedra – Campañó – Combarro – Armenteira.

We decided to walk the alternative route Variante Espiritual it takes you through vineyards, small towns, and villages and back to the coast. And it was another chance to go away from busy Central Route. The trail splits at 3,7km from Pontevedra, there will be a big sign “Variante Espiritual” pointing left toward Combarro, you won’t miss it. From Combarro the route climbs all the way to the top of the mountains to Armenteira, 400m up.

Our guidebook predicted a long steep uphill for the day, in fact, it wasn’t very steep on the gravel road to the top of the mountain and then a little bit down to the village. Make sure you carry enough water before starting the uphill walk, you can ask to fill your bottles in one of the cafés in Combarro.

Highlights

  • Centre of Combarro, a cozy little town with nice coffee shops and bakeries by the sea.
  • Beautiful view on the area on the way up
  • Monastery of Armenteira

Armenteira

Armenteira is a small village built around the monastery, it’s the main attraction and the reason people from nearby towns come here on weekends. There are two restaurants but no shops, not even a small one. If you don’t want to eat in a restaurant buy food in Pontevedra, just remember there are no cooking plates in the hostel.

  • Municipal albergue – yes
  • Private albergue – no
  • Hotels – yes
  • Campsite – no
  • ATM – no
  • Shop – no
  • Restaurant – yes
  • Pharmacy – no

Albergue de Armenteira, municipal

A brand new albergue with good facilities, clean and comfortable. Opens at 1 pm. Capacity 33 people. Price 6 Euro pp.

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Wi-fi – yes
  • Kitchen with microwave, cutlery, pots, cups, etc. – yes, no cooking stove
  • Washing machine – yes, 3 euro for washing
  • Washing lines – yes
  • Towels – no
  • Blankets – yes
  • Extras – dining area, each bed has a personal light, snack vending machine.
  • Location – 5 out of 5
  • Comfort level – 5 out of 5

More places to stay in Armenteira

Day 11. Armenteira – Vilanova de Arousa, 23km

Armenteira – Barrantes – Ribadumia – Pontearnelas – Villanueva de Arousa.

In the beginning, you follow La Ruta de la Piedra y del Agua (The Route of Stone and Water), there are not many traditional marks (yellow arrows) for the Camino de Santiago but they go the same way for about 2 hours. In the beginning, the trail goes through the forest, along the small river,  with some randomly placed rock sculptures this part was very beautiful. Then it turns into the fields and vineyards, a little bit through villages and towns.

Highlights

  • Ruta de la Piedra y del Agua; beautiful forest walk
  • Countryside scenery, vineyards

Vilanova de Arousa

Quite a big sea town with a couple of interesting churches.

  • Municipal albergue – yes
  • Private albergue – yes
  • Hotels – yes
  • Campsite – yes
  • ATM – yes
  • Supermarket – yes
  • Restaurant – yes
  • Pharmacy – yes

Albergue de Arousa, municipal 

It’s located in a sports complex which wasn’t too great as people played basketball till after 11 pm and we could hear everything. Opens at 1 pm. Price 6 Euro pp including bedding. Capacity – it has about 20 beds if there is not enough space for pilgrims they put mattresses on the floor in the spare room. It looks like even if there are many people there will be space for everybody. You can buy a boat ticket here, it costs the same as at the pier.

Facilities

  • Hot water shower – yes
  • Wi-fi – yes
  • Kitchen with microwave, stove, cutlery, pots, cups etc. – yes
  • Washing machine – yes, 3 euro per load
  • Washing lines – yes
  • Towels – no
  • Blankets – yes
  • Extras – dining area, snacks vending machine.
  • Location – 5 out of 5
  • Comfort level – 4 out of 5.

More places to stay in Villanueva de Arousa

Beautiful sunrise from the beach on the Spiritual Way
The sunrise from the beach on the Spiritual Way of the Portuguese Camino

Day 12. Vilanova de Arousa – Padrón by boat, 28km

From here most people if not everybody take a boat, the boat follows the original way the body of St. James was transported to Santiago. Boat coasts 19 Euro pp., the ride takes 1 hour. It usually leaves in the morning from the pier, 5min. walk from the albergue, depending on tides sometimes it departs at 7 am, sometimes at 10 am. Depending on the number of pilgrims there might be one or two boats. The boat goes past 17 crosses that are placed on small rocky islands along the river the boat route is called Traslatio Xacobeo. Apparently, the boat ride is very beautiful. From where the boat arrives it’s about 2km more to Padrón. 

We decided to walk to Padrón to check out the route and we sincerely recommend you to take a boat, most of the time we walked along the road, only at the end, we had some nice forest walk. We did see some of the crosses on the way but not from close-by. If you follow the arrows the walking distance is about 36km, if you want to cut it you must walk along the highway all the way to Padrón. Conclusion – don’t walk.

Some people are worried that it’s cheating to take a boat instead of walking but it’s not.  You walk the same two days as people on the Central route just instead of adding a long walking day you have a pleasant boat ride. Plus it gives you the possibility to progress a little bit further towards Santiago on that day. Getting off the boat you can walk 10 km or so there are many albergues on the way. On the last day, you have only 15 km to walk to Santiago.

Highlights

  • Via de los Cruzes – 17 rock crosses along the river
  • The historical center of Padrón
A stone cross on the big rock in the middle of the river on the Spiritual route of the Camino Portuguese
One of the 17 crosses on the Spiritual Route of the Camino Portuguese. You’ll see all of them if you take a boat to Padron

Day 12/Day 13. Padrón – Santiago de Compostela, 25km

Padrón – Iria Flavia – A Esclavitude – Picaraña – Milladoiro – Santiago de Compostela.

A very exciting day some people from our albergue started very early. There were quite a few food places in the town opened by 6.30am you can have breakfast on the way. The trail most of the time goes through the forest and small towns. There are many albergues and hotels for pilgrims on the way between Padrón and Santiago as well as cafés and restaurants. The last couple of kilometers to the cathedral through the city I  don’t remember well we were very excited.

Santiago de Compostela, the end of the Coastal Portuguese Camino

Arriving in Santiago de Compostela is an absolutely thrilling experience, you see pilgrims from different Caminos coming here; walking or cycling, taking off their backpacks and sitting around Plaza del Obradoiro  (the Obradoiro square) in front of the cathedral, everybody is very excited, hugging, shaking hands, crying, smiling. You see here people you met somewhere on the way, it’s an amazing feeling to be part of this pilgrims’ crowd! You made it, now it’s time to chill, relax and celebrate of course, luckily there are hundreds of bars and restaurants around! And don’t forget to get your Compostela at the Pilgrim’s Office in Santiago. 

If you want to know more about the cathedral and its history you can join Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour.

If after completing the Portuguese Camino you feel strong after completing the Coastal Route you can continue walking from Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre/Muxía. It’s a beautiful 3-4-day Camino to “the end of the world”. As an option, you can do a day tour from Santiago and visit both capes Finisterre and Muxía.

Tours and activities in Santiago de Compostela

A narrow street with red-roof houses in the center of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
A narrow cobbled street in the historical center of Santiago de Compostela, the end of the Coastal Camino route

Places to stay in Santiago de Compostela

We’d suggest booking accommodation in Santiago in advance especially in summer as the best places might be fully booked. We didn’t book anything and couldn’t find a budget place to stay for two nights, the next day we had to move to a different albergue. 

I believe by the time you are finished with the Camino you might not feel like staying in albergues anymore, which is understandable, we all need some privacy. There are hundreds of hotels and pensions in Santiago for different budgets.

Portuguese Coastal Camino planning resources

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110 Comments

  1. He,

    What a great blog! I was just wondering what would be the best time to do the Camino Portugues? Is that in spring or another period of the year? I am planning to do mine at the end of March, beginning of April and was wondering is you would recommend that.

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hi, Sophie! Thank you for the comment! We walked the Coastal Route in May (second half) and had really nice weather. It was warm and sunny but not too hot like it gets in July or August. There were not too many people, May is still early in the season for the Camino. Spring is our favorite time for walking the Camino. End of March-beginning of April you might get some rain especially in Galicia. We walked the Via de la Plata about the same time and it was great but the route is more south from Seville. I’m sure it’ll be fine walking in April just be prepared for the rain and pack a rain poncho and a rain cover for your backpack.
      Buen Camino!

  2. Hi, Thank you for this really extensive post. I do have a question…You say in the beginning that the path is busy, how busy is that? On a scale of crowded like the Louvre or Christmas markets in Vienna in December being 10 and really peaceful and calm with a couple of hikers being 0, where would the Portuguese coastal path fit?

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hi! Thank you for the comment! I’m not sure where I say the Portuguese Coastal Route is busy I do say it’s getting more and more popular with about 30% of pilgrims walking the Portuguese Camino choosing the Coastal Route. I wouldn’t compare it with a market or a museum. I can compare it with the most popular Camino route the last 100km on the Camin Frances that is walked by hundreds if not thousands of people a day in the peak season. I’d say the Coastal Route is 4 out of 10 compared to the Camino Frances.
      Buen Camino!

  3. Thank you for sharing this! Precious information and very well organized.
    Just a quick question, is it worth buying a guide book? To me, your explanations are more than enough. Is there any other info on the books that it’s important to learn about?
    Many thanks, guys!!!

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Paola! Thank you very much for the comment! We used Briely’s guidebook for the Portuguese Camino quite a lot on the walk from Lisbon to Porto, for the second part from Porto to Santiago we didn’t use it that much, the route is very clear, there are many accommodations on the way, it’s not difficult to walk without a guidebook. Some people like having it to make notes on the places they really like etc.
      Buen Camino!

  4. Thanks for all the great information. Can you please tell me if biking the Porto to Santiago is possible? I’d like to bike the coastal route, (or the central route if the coastal route is not good for biking.) Provided this will work, are you able to recommend a bike rental shop or two in Porto?

    Many thanks, Sarah

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Sarah! Thank you for the comment! Both routes can be cycled we did see people doing it. We’ve never rented a bike in Porto. I’d recommend checking waytosantiago.com site, they do bicycle rental (fully equipped) for the Portuguese Camino you can pick it up in Porto and drop it off in Santiago. I think it’s the easiest option. Not sure about the price but you can contact them via their site.
      Buen Camino!

  5. Hello 😉 I am very happy to find this blog. I am planning my trip on June. I have read before about Camino Portuguese. I have found it is road without nature, nice landscape. But yours blog changed my opinion. Could you send PDF file to my email. I would be very happy!

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Adalee! Thank you for the comment! The Coastal Route is quite picturesque we enjoyed walking it and going to walk it again this year. Currently, we don’t have PDF for our Camino posts I think they’ll be available on our site soon.
      Buen Camino!

  6. Thank you for this information. I have never done this before, but am hoping to go with my son this summer (late June). A question – when staying in the alberques, is it easy to get a bed or is there anyway to reserve beds ahead of time?

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Robin! Thank you for the comment! You can book a bed in private albergues online or over the phone, public albergues can’t be booked in advance they work on first come first serve principle. Late June is a quite busy time for the Portuguese Camino there might be not enough beds in public albergues you can walk shorter days to make sure you arrive early enough to get a bed or book beds in private albergues and not worry about accommodation at all.
      Buen Camino!

  7. In one of your videos about budget you mentioned a hotel in Santiago That was right beside the cathedral and had pilgrim rooms . I cannot remember the name of it . Could you tell me what it was please

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Debbie! I guess you mean Hospedaria Seminario Mayor the hotel that has special rooms for pilgrims.
      Regards

  8. Thank you so much for your brilliant blog on the Portuguese Camino! I’m using it as a tool to work out our itinerary. I’m wondering if you could offer some thoughts about transfer of luggage? My husband and I are travelling from Australia and will be in UK for several months, so we will have a suitcase each as well as our back packs. We fly into Lisbon, stay in Porto for a few days and fly out of Santiago d C to London. How do we manage our luggage? Should we leave it somewhere in Lisbon, or Porto or should we pay for it to be delivered daily to the next albergue/hotel? I would greatly appreciate your advice. Many thanks in advance.

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Jennifer! Thank you for the comment! I’d suggest leaving your suitcases somewhere in London, don’t bring them with you at all, take only the necessary things that you’ll definitely need for the Camino. If your backpacks are still too big and heavy to carry with every day you can use backpack transfer service every day, they deliver your backpacks from albergue/hotel to albergue/hotel every day when you arrive your backpack is already there. There are several companies that do it but not all operate on the Coastal Route, I can recommend contacting waytosantiago(dot)com or Pilbeo for more details. We had a lot of luggage too and left it in Lisbon in the hostel we stayed but it was a real pain afterword because our flight was from Madrid but we had to go first back to Lisbon to fetch our luggage (by bus it takes the whole day) and from there go to Madrid to catch our flight.
      Buen Camino!

  9. Meredith Brown

    Thank you for the information! I will be traveling with my fourteen y.o. son. I am wondering whether the albergues are a good idea if we won’t be sleeping in the same room. He is a big and confident kid who seems older than he is, and he is friendly and has nice manners, so I’m not worried about his safety or the annoyance of other travelers, but I’m just trying to gauge the atmosphere. I was thinking we might alternate hotel stays with albergues to save a little money and have that part of the experience but not rely on the albergues entirely. I appreciate your advice!

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Meredith! Thank you for the comment! Why don’t you think you won’t be sleeping in the same room? I’ve walked 6 Caminos with my husband out of hundreds of albergues we’ve stayed only once there were different dormitories for men and women, it was in Fatima. When you check-in in an albergue they always try to put you in the same room and give you two beds next to each other. Staying sometimes in private might be a good idea if you want to rest, sleep late or just have some privacy but I’m sure you’ll be able to stay in the same room with your son on the entire Camino.
      Buen Camino!

  10. Hi Stingy’s,

    I know a few people have asked, but I can’t seem to find the PDF for the Coastal Route. Is it currently available? Cheers, Chris

  11. Hi STINGY!
    I am so happy thatvi found your website in June. Reading your articles and posts helped me a lot to slowly slowly collect and organise my backpack for Portuguese Coastal Camio. It will be my first trekking walk for so long abroad. I am starting in middle of September from Sofia, Bulgaria. I am willing to walk from Porto to Santiago and then to do the day trip to Fisterra. I wanted to ask you if you would recommend to have more warm clothes with me , than really summer once for September by the sea. My whole luggage is 9 kg and I am doubting if will be OK to carry it on 22 days . I am thinking how to make it lighter. One more question to you -is it safe to leave my backpack not locked in hostels for a night?
    Thanks for your reply

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Dessislava! Thank you for the comment! I’m walking the French Camino right now and I must say in the morning it’s very chilly, I wear a T-shirt and a fleece I’d recommend taking a fleece or a long sleeve hiking shirt and a rain jacket. 9km is pretty heavy, I’d say 6kg is enough don’t bring any unnecessary stuff with; two sets of hiking clothes, fleece, rain jacket, something for sleeping and a pair of flip flops pretty much all you need. The backpack is fine but always try to keep your valuable stuff (money, phone etc.) with you or close by, never leave it unattended when going to the shower or toilet. I haven’t heard of anybody’s backpack getting stolen by I did hear stores or stolen money and phones. Many albergues have lockers if it’s the case just lock your valuables there.
      Buen Camino!

  12. Hi there Nomads,
    I am planning on my Coastal Camino I mid September. Have you guys mailed any items back to the USA? If so do have any tips for mailing items back? Thanks.

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Robin! We didn’t mail anything back we stored our extra luggage at the hostel in Lisbon where we stayed for a couple of days (we walked from Lisbon to Porto first) and fetched it after 3 weeks or so, they didn’t even charge us anything for storage.
      Cheers!

  13. I would like the pdf that you refer to; however; the pop-up does not appear to access it. Is it possible to receive it via email?

  14. Excellent blog – thank you forall the info I need. Can’t imagine I need a guide book!

  15. Well one thing you are certainly not stingy with is helpful information! Thanks so much! I have back problems and when I travel I usually put my backpack on a little camping trolley for easier carrying. Are the paths on this route suitable for this, ie flat (ish) surface as opposed to gravelly/stony paths? I know you say there’s boardwalk so apart from this I mean. Thanks a million, Louise.

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Louise! Thank you very much for the comment! I think out of all the Caminos the Coastal Route is the best for walking with a trolley. You walk on sidewalk or boardwalk or cobblestones (in some towns) basically all the time, except some parts on the last day from Padron to Santiago where you do get a little bit of walking through the forest but besides that, it’s a solid surface all the way. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the Camino!

      • Great, thanks so much!

        • Memry lê Roux

          Good day
          Can you please recommend a guesthouse to sleep about 3km before Padron?Thanks
          Memry

          • Stingy Nomads

            Hello! Dear, Memry, please, check the post again, there are suggested accommodation options at the end of every day. Go to Day 11. Caldas de Reis to Padron, there is a paragraph Accommodation on the route, there you’ll find a place named Puentecesuras which is about 3km before Padron if you click on the hotel name (A Casa do Rio) it’ll open a booking window where you can book that place. To see more options in the area click “show on map” (under the name of the hotel) and it’ll open a map with all the available accommodations.
            Regards

  16. Hello Stingy Nomads

    Thanks a ton for this super useful post! We are looking into walking the Coastal Route with our two toddlers and will happily let you know how that went upon completion 🙂

    We really appreciate all the time and effort you put into your blog!

    Sunny regards from the Swiss Alps! The Raasta Family

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Sabine! Thank you for the feedback! What a great idea to walk the Camino with kids! I’m sure you’ll have an amazing time! We love the Swiss Alps, the scenery in Switzerland is breathtaking! Planning to do some hikes there next year! Looking forward to hearing about your Camino experience!
      Buen Camino!

  17. Hi, your info was really helpful and made the route seem very accessible to a novice Camino-er, possibly doing it solo! I am planning to stay in a mixture of hotels and albergues on the Portuguese track. Do you know if it is possible to meet up and eat evening meal with other pilgrims at the albergue they’re staying at I’m not staying there?

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Amanda! Thank you for the comment! It depends on the albergue, you can probably ask the hospitalero (a person in charge) if it’s possible or not. Not all public albergues have good kitchen facilities and a dining room, for this reason, people often go out for dinner I’m sure you can join them then.
      Buen Camino!

  18. Thanks for the great info! Would you be able to send me the pdf too? Hoping to walk next May!

  19. Sandra Barkhuizen

    Hello fellow South African’s. I’m doing the trail in July and just wanted to say thank you for your posts. It’s helped me build my itinerary. You guys are awesome.

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Sandra! Thank you very much for the feedback! We hope you’ll enjoy the Coastal Route!
      Buen Camino!

  20. Hi guys, I really enjoyed reading your blog. I can’t find the downloadable PDF file, can you tell me it is.
    Thanks
    Pete

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Pete! Thank you for the comment! You can download the PDF file from the pop-up subscription form that appears after you spend about 2 minutes on the page.
      Buen Camino!

      • ondrej elterlein

        Hello, thank you for the web and all the information here. I also can’t find the downloadable files. No subscription pop-up. I tried to enter my e-mail address and subscribe from the main page, but nothing. Can you help or send it to me?
        Thank you!

  21. Emily Rae Taylor

    Hey Guys,

    I hope you’re well. My husband and I are planning to hike the coastal route starting around the 24th of June. Do you know if we can get the credentials at the church in Porto? I think I have read somewhere that you can but i wanted to double check. Also, do you think we will be fine to just walk and show up at albergues at this time of year? I have read that you said its first in first served, just wanted to see if it was still the case at this time of year. I am a bit nervous about it haha!

    Thanks,

    Emily

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Emily! We’re great continuing our Camino adventure, just finished the Camino Ingles. As I remember you can get credentials at the cathedral in Porto or at one of the albergue. If you walk out of Porto following the Litoral Way (along the coast) there will be an information office on the way where you can get a stamp, I think they sell credentials as well so you have a couple of places in Porto I’m sure at least one of them will have it.
      Public albergues can’t be booked beforehand regardless the season but you can book private albergues they’re more expensive and usually have better facilities. You can always try public albergues first and if there is no space go to one of the private places, there are usually a couple of them around.
      Buen Camino!

  22. Thanks for such a great post! Two questions:

    I did part of the Frances in September/October 2017 and we spent about 35E pp/pd, not being careful but not being crazy; do you think that seems about right for the Portugese as well?

    On the Coastal route, is there a lot of walking on sand/on the beach, or is it paths/roads near the water?

    Thanks!

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Dani! Thank you for the comment! We definitely spent less than 35 Euro on the Portuguese Camino but we stayed in public albergues most of the time and cooked our own food though we stopped quite a lot for coffee. I think 35 Euro will be enough for the Camino. We just finished the English Way our budget was about 25 Euro per person per day. As for sand there was no walking on sand at all unless you decide to go down to the beach, most of the time you walk on boardwalks or sidewalk along the beach.
      Buen Camino!

  23. Thanks so much for the information on this route guys! Specially the coastal and spiritual variants.
    I’ve done 2 Caminos before: Frances and Primitivo, and I was sceptical about doing the Portugues because I could only find information on the ‘central’ way and it seems like too much asphalt and city walking, but now you’ve convinced me and we’ll be walking from Porto to Santiago at the end of August and adding a couple of days to the Cies Islands at the end for a well-deserved rest! (I went after my first 5-week Camino and it was amazing). Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks so much and buen camino! 🙂

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Sol! Thank you very much for the comment! We enjoyed walking the Coastal route from Porto it’s always nice to walk by the sea. We did the Primitivo and the Coastal route last year May-June, both routes are beautiful and very different. I’ve heard a lot about Cies islands but we never got around to visit them. I hope you’ll like the Coastal route!
      Buen Camino!

  24. Maria dos Santos

    Hello fellow South Africans!!
    I am EXTREMELY interested in doing the coastal trip. Did you do the on your own or through a walking tour?

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Maria! We like the majority of pilgrims on the Camino routes did it on our own without any company or tour involved. The route is well-marked, there is enough infrastructure (accommodation, restaurants, shops, ATMs etc.), it’s safe to walk alone etc. Some people do it in a group but most pilgrims do it independently.
      Cheers!

  25. Thank you so much for such an informative post. We are walking the coastal route in Early september and plan to have our luggage transported. I gather from your previous replies we will need to stay at private albergues. From your experience, would we be wise to pack sleeping bags? Also, would you recommend wearing high visibility vests? we are reading some information which says this is mandatory in Spain if walking in the dark.

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Kathy! Yes, usually the luggage delivery can be arranged between private albergues and hotels, public albergue don’t want to be responsible for the luggage and they can’t be booked so even if your luggage is there but there are no beds when you arrive in person you won’t get a bed and will have to walk with your luggage and try to find a place to stay.
      We stayed most of the times in public albergues and some of them didn’t have blankets, private albergues always have blankets or duvets if you’re going to stay in private albergues I think it’s not necessary to carry a sleeping bag.
      We have never had high visibility vests on the Camino and didn’t really see people wearing them. As I know it’s compulsory to have in your car (for drivers) but we didn’t see any signs saying it’s compulsory for pilgrims it might be recommended. If you’re planning to walk in the dark it’s better to have a piece of clothing or a backpack cover with a reflection part on it for safety reasons. We did walk in the dark not much but we never had any problem. Hope it helps!
      Buen Camino!

  26. Annie Yang

    Hi Stingy…Love your blog..so detail and nice pic. I am planning to walk Cmino Portugues. for 8 or 7 days in December. I saw you did the coastal and central route. Which route you will recommend> Thank you. Annie

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Annie! Thank you for the comment! We prefer walking by the sea and liked the Coastal route more but if you’re going to walk in December I’d suggest to decide which route to walk based on the weather conditions if it’s cold, windy or rainy the Coastal Route won’t be that nice. I would recommend to start walking along the coast (it’s the best way to walk out of Porto) and see how it goes there are a couple of connections between the Coastal and the Central routes you can always switch.
      Buen Camino!

  27. Kirsty Willis

    Thank you so much for all the information you have provided. It’s a gold mine!
    Cheers!
    from Wellington, NZ

  28. This is great information. Thank you for such a well set out, accessible blog

  29. Hi I plan on doing the costal route from porto to santagio from July 7 to 18th .There will be five of us 2 parents 3children. Aged 25yrs female16y fale 14 yrs boy .y .Is it possible for all of us to stay together . Also. My son is coeliac .
    Any advice to ensure he has plenty food along the way .
    Angela

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Angela! July is busy time for the Coastal Route sometimes it might be difficult to find 5 spots in public albergues unless you arrive early enough before the majority of pilgrims. Most stops on the route have one public and at least one private albergue those are usually more expensive between 10 and 12 Euro pp. but you’ll have better chances to get 5 spots there. I’d suggest to walk first to a public albergue and check if there is space for all of you if not go to a private one. Some of the private albergues can be booked over the phone you always can phone a day before your arrival and book 5 beds. A Pilgrim’s guide to the Camino Portugues by Brierley (check for the recommended book at the end of this post) has all the albergues and hotels on the route with the phone numbers. In the albergues they usually know what kind of accommodation options you can get on the next day, how big are the albergues etc.
      Buen Camino!

  30. Nancy Harlan

    I have seen people ride horses on the Camino. In fact, I rode a horse on the Camino Frances a few years ago.

  31. Hi,
    I am very new for such pilgrimage and as a beginner i would do it for short like 3-4 days over eastern holidays. I will reach in Porto on 19th April morning. I will take my flight back on 22nd April around 9 am also from Porto.
    I am curious if i do average 20-25 km a day, which destination might be best for me to take a bus or train early morning back to Porto on 22nd April.
    Thanks.
    Sunil

    • Tanya Bothma

      Hi there. We will be walking the Camino from Porto during June. I have been following your blogs the last year and can’t wait!!! We are very unsure which trail to do. Which will you recommend as your personal favourite? Or what will be a great combination?
      Thanks so much!
      Tanya
      P.s. Do you still speak Afrikaans now and then??

      • Stingy Nomads

        Hello, Tanya! Thank you for the comment! I’d recommend following the Senda Litoral to walk out of Porto and then continue on the Coastal Route till Caminha. From Caminha go to Valença and follow the Central Route till Pontevedra there you can choose between continuing on the Central Route to Santiago or following the Spiritual Way that joins with the Central Route in Padron. Just keep in mind the first day of the Spiritual Way has a very steep ascent. You’ll need about 2 weeks to complete the route following the suggested itinerary.
        Buen Camino!

  32. Nadine Neukirch

    Hello, thank you for sharing all this information this blog was very helpful! I plan to walk the coastal Portuguese camino route in May 2019 solo. I am wanting to do about 7 days walking and wondering if you recommend any particular part of the camino route for these 7 days? Thank you!

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Nadine! Thank you for the comment! I liked the Portuguese part of the route the most, you can start in Porto and finish in Vigo, it’ll take about 7 days. If you want to finish in Santiago then it’s better to start in Caminha you’ll need about 7 days to walk to Santiago.
      Buen Camino!

  33. Hii :))
    Love this post!! I’m curious to know whether you guys booked any hostels, albergues, hotel etc. stays before planning your trip. Or what other things you anticipated/planned/booked before going. I’ll be walking my first Camino this year and I am nervous as to not finding a place to sleep upon arrival to my different destionations haha (hope this is a common fear:)
    My boyfriend and I will be starting in Baiona and will follow the same track as this post.

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Mathilde! Thank you for the comment! We didn’t book anything in advance but I’m sure many people who walk the Camino for the first time have the same fear about not finding a place to sleep. We’ve never had this problem on any Camino route. Public albergues can’t be booked in advance at all, they work on principal first come first serve, private albergues and hostels can be booked beforehand. As I remember from Baiona on there are quite a lot of places to stay; public and private albergues, hotels etc. I’m sure you’ll be able to find a place. Most pilgrims go to public or municipal albergues because they are the cheapest accommodation on the route (5-6 Euro per bed), private albergues charge between 10-12 Euro, a private room in a hotel will be more expensive. People on the Camino that work in albergues are very helpful I don’t think they’ll let someone just stay on the street.
      Buen Camino!

  34. what do you think of this route:
    24 June – Arrival in Porto(Not included)
    Accommodation in a 3*Hotel – Accommodation and breakfast

    25 June – Free day in Porto
    Meeting with a member of our team for a briefing and to collect the documentation.
    Accommodation in a 3*Hotel – Accommodation and breakfast

    26 June – Transfer: Porto – Matosinhos – 1st Stage – Porto (Matosinhos) – Vila do Conde – 20 km
    Accommodation in a 3*Hotel – Accommodation and breakfast

    27 June – 2nd Stage – Vila do Conde – Esposende – 24,5 km
    Accommodation in a 3*Hotel – Accommodation and breakfast

    28 June – 3rd Stage – Esposende – Viana do Castelo – 23,5 km
    Accommodation in a 3*Hotel – Accommodation and breakfast

    29 June – 4th Stage – Viana do Castelo – Ancora – 19 km
    Accommodation in a 4*Hotel – Accommodation and breakfast

    30 July – 5th Stage – Ancora – A Guarda – 14 km
    Accommodation in a 2*Hotel – Accommodation and breakfast

    1 July – 6th Stage – A Guarda – Oia – 14 km
    Accommodation in a 2*Hotel – Accommodation and breakfast

    2 July – 7th Stage – Oia – Baiona – 17 km
    Accommodation in a 3*Hotel – Accommodation and breakfast

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Jeff! Your itinerary looks fine to me, the stages are not too long, your accommodation will be booked no need to worry about availability plus you are going to stay in hotels which means it’ll be more comfortable than staying in abergues. I assume you don’t walk all the way to Santiago.
      Buen Camino!

  35. Hi, Thanks for this great blog. I started thinking about walking the Portuguese Coastal route just recently. The idea of carrying all my things used to stop me before, but it seems to be possible to arrange luggage transport now.
    Do you have information about luggage transfers? Do you have to arrange that before you start or can you arrange it on the way? Can you arrange this at every albergue? And at other accommodation along the route? Is it possible to use it every day on this route? Or is there a risk you have to carry your luggage yourself at some parts eventually?
    Regards, Karin

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Karin! Thank you for the comment! We’ve never used any luggage transfer service on the Camino but we did see many people using it. I’d suggest to contact a company beforehand and find out how exactly it works. It’s possible to arrange that you luggage is transferred every day from albergue to albergue the only thing is that public (municipal) albergues usually don’t allow luggage without a pilgrim because they don’t accept booking in advance, private albergues and hostels don’t have any problem with it (I’d suggest to find out it with a company). There are several luggage transfer services you can try Pilbeo they say on the site that the do transfer luggage on the Coastal route from Porto to Santiago. Depending on the length of the stage it costs between 5-7 Euro per backpack, they pick it up at one albergue and transfer to the next one so when you arrive your backpack is already there.
      Buen Camino!

  36. Hi
    I’ve just looked at some of your costings, and for June they seem to be significantly higher. For example you quote 14 Euros for one person at Parque de Campismo Orbitur Angieras – the cheapest I could book there was for £47 (June 20). I had expected prices to be higher in the Summer months, but not by this much. This has me a little concerned.

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Steve! We didn’t stay at Parque de Campismo Orbitur Angeiras there are several Orbitur campsites, we stayed at Parque de Campismo Orbitur Rio Alto. As it says in the post for online booking there are only more expensive accommodation options (with attached bathroom and kitchen), plus I believe they have special prices for pilgrims that you can’t get if book online. Public albergues always charge the same between 5-6 Euro pp., private albergues and hostels might be more expensive in high season but not crazy expensive between 12 and 15 Euro. We walked another Camino route in June and didn’t notice that accommodation prices were higher than in May on the Portuguese Camino.
      Buen Camino!

  37. Holly Hanes Compton

    Hello
    I will be hiking April 1-11, 2019. I am wondering which route you think would be best? Mainly conserned with weather and availability of housing. Also, do you think there will be many others this time of year?
    Thanks
    Holly

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Holly! It depends on the weather conditions; if it’s rainy or windy I’d suggest to stick to the Central Route if it’s nice and sunny follow the Coastal Route. I don’t think accommodation will be a problem, most albergues are opened in April and there won’t be many people walking the Camino yet. You always can start along the coast and if it’s too cold or windy there switch to the Central route e.g. at Vila do Conde or Caminha. I don’t think there will be many people walking but there will be definitely some pilgrims you won’t be lonely.
      Buen Camino!

  38. Doreen Mc Kenna

    Hi
    Planning on doing my Camino end June from Porto and have found this blog very insightful and helpful. Thank You. My main concern as a woman walking alone is safety? My husband and son will join me in Vigo for the remainder… is the accommadations you mentioned child friendly ( my son is 12). We hope to stay on for a couple of days at the end to relax is there anywhere you could recommend ? Flying home from vigo. Thank you. Doreen

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Doreen! Thank you for your comment! I saw many women of different ages walking alone on the Portuguese Camino and nobody complained about safety or had any issues on the route besides in June there will be many people walking the Camino you always can join someone and walk together. Vigo is quite a touristy place I’m sure you’ll be able to find accommodation for your family, I think you can stay with your son at the hotel we stayed. Vigo is a nice city, the most famous thing here is Cies Islands where you can get by boat, it’s very close to the city, there are nice beaches and short hiking trails. There are several small cozy coastal towns nearby you can do a day trip by bus or join a tour. The Old Town (Casco Viejo) in a nice area to go out. The area around Vigo is famous as Riax Baixas wine region you can visit wine estates and do some tasting as well. If you have time you can do a day trip to Santiago de Compostela, about 1 hour by train, 1h30min. by bus. I think your total distance will be over 100km which means you can get your Compostela there.
      Buen Camino!

    • Hi Doreen,
      I walked from Porto to Santiago on the coastline in 2017 and there wasn’t a minute of my trip I felt unsafe. I actually felt safer than in my homeland, in Hungary. You also always have the opportunity to join other pilgrims on the way when you feel alone. Buen Camino!

  39. Hi
    We are a reasonably fit couple being 67/62 years old. we plan to do the coastal walk in June 2019. Some of the daily distances look daunting (eg 22km ++) even with luggage transfer. Also we prefer private accommodation like a hotel room with private bathroom.
    Any advice/thoughts/suggestions?

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Ian! You can walk a day as far as you want there are several private hotels and albergues on the way. You can download our PDF file (pop-up form that appears if you stay on the page for longer than 90 seconds. It contains distances between the towns as well as infrastructure in every town/village on the way. You can use it to plan your itinerary. On the stretch between A Ramallosa and Vigo there were not many options you’ll probably have to walk 21km all the way to Vigo otherwise I’m sure you’ll be able to find hotels at every 10-15km.
      Buen Camino!

      • I tried from different browsers – no any popup appeared. So I am withouf PDF 🙁 🙂

        • Stingy Nomads

          Hello, Vita! We currently disabled the pop-up form due to some technical issues. Please, check your e-mails, I sent it to you just now.
          Sorry for the inconvenience.
          Buen Camino!

          • Cheryl McCann

            Hello, could you please email me the PDF as well? I can’t seem to find it anywhere on your site.

  40. Charles Murphy

    I didn’t see much on the blog about cost. How much money should I plan on the trip costing me for breakfast and dinner, and hostels for 13 nights…incidentals. Will I be able to charge my cellphone so I can take pictures or should I plan for a camera with batteries? ANy trouble finding placed to get the passport stamped each day?

    • Stingy Nomads

      Dear, Charles! If you read the post carefully you’ll find right in the beginning (after the very first paragraph in bold) words “for more information on the cost, planning, packing etc. go to the complete Portuguese Camino guide. If you click on the link in that post you’ll find answers to all your questions. We’re very sorry for the confusion!
      Buen Camino!

    • Hi there, thanks for a great blog, so much valuable information. I have a friend who is looking into doing the Camino in a wheelchair. Do you think the Portuguese Coastal route would be a good option for someone in a wheelchair? From what I have read most people who have done it in a wheelchair do the French route. I am not sure whether that is just because it is the most well know or if it is because it is the most wheelchair friendly. Would appreciate your opinion since you have done so many of the routes. Thanks

      • Stingy Nomads

        Hello, Tori! We’ve walked both routes and from what I’ve seen the Portuguese Camino is more suitable for a wheelchair than the French route. The French Camino is the most popular walked by most people maybe it’s the reason people in wheelchair prefer this route as well. On the Portuguese Camino, both Coastal and Central routes 90% of the ground is asphalt, boardwalks or cobblestones all these grounds are more suitable to manage in a wheelchair. There are very few ascents and descents which facilitates the route as well. I’d definitely recommend having at least one person in a support group. I remember on the last day from Padron to Santiago there was a part through the forest on a footpath with many roots impossible to go in a wheelchair but there is a quiet road parallel to the trail that leads to Santiago. We saw once a man in a wheelchair doing the French route but he had a big support group, sometimes they had to carry him, 4-5 guys, because the route wasn’t good for a wheelchair.
        I hope it helps!
        Buen Camino!

  41. I am so glad I found your amazing blog, thank you so much. I will be doing a solo walk on Coastal way possibly from Baiona (or do you recommend another and my 1st long walk (ever). Can you share your thoughts about safety/is there anything I should watch out for enroute (I should have a roaming phone with me). I will stay in a hotel, not hostels. Is it difficult to arrange luggage transfer on my own?

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Denise! Thank you very much for the comment! We’re glad you liked our blog! As for the walk from Baiona, it felt safe, the main tip is don’t leave your valuables (phone, money etc.) unattended in a restaurant, bar, street etc. The route is well-marked, there will be other pilgrims on the way. The only “difficult” part was through Vigo, you go into the city, most hotels are quite far from the route, it took us about 1 hour to get from the historical center back to the route but we stopped on the way to take photos and to do sightseeing (the day we arrived we were too tired for that). In general the walk is not difficult just don’t start with walking long distances, take it easy in the beginning.
      In Spain it’s not difficult to arrange luggage transfer, I’d suggest to contact one of the companies beforehand to find out how it works, prices etc. on the Coastal Route (they definitely do the delivery on the Central Route from Tui) and if they pick up the luggage from any hotel or only specific places. We’ve never used it but from our understanding it’s pretty easy, you leave your backpack at your hotel/albergue with the name of the town and hotel you’re going to stay next, they pick it up and drive it to the next point. We saw many people using Correos, it’s a Spanish post office but they do a lot of luggage transfer on the Camino. There are several companies that arrange backpack delivery in case Correos don’t operate on the Coastal Route.
      Buen Camino!
      PS. If you enjoy the walk and have more time after completing the Portuguese Camino you can continue to Finisterre from Santiago, it’s another 3-4 days.

  42. Hello there

    My partner and I are planning on walking from a cousin’s home in Viana de Castelo for around 5-6 days at the end of January. We are hardened walkers so we appreciate the weather will be tough but can you comment on the ease of finding accommodation at this time of year?

    Thanks

    Victoria

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Victoria! Thank you for the question! Many municipal and private albergues on the stretch between Viana do Castelo and Santiago claim to be opened all year; Carreco (private), Caminha, A Guarda, Oia (private), Porto Mougas (private), Baiona (private albergue, hostel), A Ramallosa (private), there are no albergues in Vigo you have to stay in a hotel or hostel. From Redondela on (where the Coastal Route joins the Central Route) there will be more albergues that are opened in January. You’ll be able to find private rooms for good price in most towns on the way it’s off season and many hotels are opened.
      Buen Camino!

  43. Jurek from Poland.
    Rewelacyjny blog! Bardzo pomocny. Ruszam w październiku 2019. Dziękuję za inspiracje.
    English translation. A great blog! Very helpful. I’m starting in October 2019. Thank you for inspiration.

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Jerzy! Thank you for the comment! We added English translation to it because the majority of our audience is English. Unfortunately we don’t speak Polish so we used Google translate I hope it did a good job and translated your words correctly.
      Buen Camino!

  44. through all of my research to date, you have the best info about walking from porto. i will be leaving porto july 29 2019 and i expect alot of heat and sun along the coastal route. i am looking for a sizable map of the camino portuguese to place on my kitchen wall as i anticipate my journey. is there one you would recommend? i am grateful to you for sharing so much with future sojourners.

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Dona! Thank you very much for your comment! We’re glad you found our post helpful! You’re right it’ll be hot and sunny in July luckily on the Coastal Route you’ll get some fresh sea breeze that will make it more pleasant for walking.
      In our other post (Portuguese Camino complete guide) I used a road map of Spain and Portugal that I scanned and added a route in Photoshop because I couldn’t find a good and detailed map with a route. You can do the same, buy a map of Portugal, mark the route and put it on your fridge.
      Buen Camino!

  45. Wendy Hooker

    Hello Stingy Nomads
    Thank you for all this information on the Caminho. It is fantastic. I arrive in Lisbon 9 April 2019 and will walk the coastal path from Porto . Your post has been extremely helpful. I plan to stay in municipal albergues and I plan to take a small sleeping bag. Is this necessary??
    Thank you once again.
    Regards Wendy

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Wendy! Thank you for the comment! We’re glad you found our post useful! We’v walked 4 Camino routes and always had our light sleeping bags with. As I remember not all albergues on the Coastal Route had blankets, in April at night it will be still chilly, better to take a sleeping bag with.
      Buen Camino!

  46. Thank you for a wonderful, informative blog. Gets all the adventure juices flowing! Friends and I would really like to savour as much of the walk as possible by taking in many of the towns, villages, churches etc. As a result, might not get to walk more than 15km a day. Is this feasible? Are there many albergues in between the areas you have mentioned? Thanks once again and well done!

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Beryl! Thank you for the comment! We’re glad you’ve found our post helpful! Regarding your question, it’s a good idea to walk shorter days in order to have more time for sightseeing. There are albergues and hostels almost at every town on the way. At the end of this post there is a downloadable PDF file Coastal Route stages it has all the towns on the way with distances, albergues, ATMs, supermarkets etc. You can use it for planning your route.
      Buen Camino!

  47. Hi thank you for a wonderful blog. Some of the distances will probably be too far for me and I’m wondering if you could please tell me if there’s anywhere to stay in between. I’m not sure if I can walk much further than 20km a day. Thank you again for such a great blog.

    • Hello, Judy! Thank you for the comment! We’re glad you’ve found our post helpful. At the end of the post you can find a downloadable PDF file with the itinerary where you can find places (towns, villages) with albergues, restaurants, supermarkets etc. on the way.
      Buen Camino!

  48. Where can I purchase the above guide book? Amazon does not show this one.

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Gary! Amazon in what country doesn’t show this guide book? We had purchases of the book through Amazon from US and UK. If you can’t buy it online for some reasons you can check for it at a shop in the cathedral of Porto or Lisbon, depending where you start the Camino. We bought ours at Se Cathedral in Lisbon. Buen Camino!

  49. Thank you very much this information will be very useful when I go in May 2019. Very well written.
    Regards Judy

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Judy! Thank you very much for your comment! I’m sure you’ll enjoy the walk, May is a good time for the Camino Portugues!
      Buen Camino!

    • Hello Judy,
      I am also planning this trip in May 2019..it would be cool to meet you there.?

  50. Cindy Armati

    Hi,

    Have just been reading your blog. We are planning doing the Camino Portugues May 2018 and wish to do the spiritual route with the boat trip. Do you know if you are still eligible for the compostela if you do the boat trip?

    Kind regards

    Cindy

    • Stingy Nomads

      Hello, Cindy! Thank you for your comment! Taking a boat on the Spiritual Way is an official part of this route, you’ll definitely get your Compostela. In fact anybody who walked 100km+ can get Compostela in Santiago.
      Buen Camino!

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