The Portuguese Way along the Coast covers the 194 kms that, on the map, separate Oporto de Santiago, proposing a different alternative to the traditional route through the interior. This is an interesting proposal as it is a more relaxed route, with less slope, and where you can enjoy a magnificent coastline while enjoying its excellent cuisine. A 100% Atlantic route that will leave you speechless and with a good taste in your mouth!
How can I interpret this map of the Portuguese Way along the coast?
In this map you can see the 13 stages of the Portuguese Way along the coast.. From Oporto to Redondela (place where this variant converges with the main one) you will visit 2 countries, 3 districts, 1 Autonomous Community and 1 Province: in Portugal you will visit the districts of Porto, Braga and Viana do Castelo. Already in Galicia get to know the province of Pontevedra
As in the traditional Portuguese Way, the variant along the coast passes through beach areas that are great holiday destinations, so you’ll find many towns with services and infrastructure infrastructure, making this Camino a super safe option.
Sections where there is a shortage of services o Please note!
As explained in the previous point, there is nothing to worry about, because this this Camino has many infrastructures. But you should keep in mind that precisely for this reason, without good planning you can encounter many problems of availability in the summer season.
The best thing to do in these cases is to count on the help of a specialized agency on the Camino that can help you find accommodation. For the rest, it is one of the Caminos you will enjoy the most: hardly any slopes, good road surface, plenty of infrastructure, mild temperatures and no overcrowding, making it a great alternative without having to point out any excessively conflictive points on the map.
But… From where do I start the Camino?
Usually the Portuguese Way along the Coast starts in Porto a wonderful city that deserves a star place on your map. If you don’t have a lot of time, there are two alternatives: start fromOporto but making the journey by bike (remember that it is super affordable to not have large slopes), or start already in Galicia touring the fantastic Rías Baixas, starting your Road in A Guarda point that you can find on your map right on the border with Portugal (they are 148 kms to Santiagoto be covered in 8 stages).
Remember that this Way is a variant of the Portuguese Waya path that has experienced great growth in recent years. If what you are looking for is to relax enjoying the scenery and alternating the stages with the beachDo not miss the opportunity to enjoy the best sandy beaches in the North of Portugal and the Rias Baixas in Galicia.