Coastal Portuguese Way from Oporto to A Guarda

Coastal Portuguese Way from Oporto to A Guarda

We present the Portuguese Way along the coast. Start walking in Oporto, bordering the mouth of the Douro River and heading north along the mighty Portuguese seafront. Pass through towns such as Labruge, Barcelos, Póvoa de Varzim or Viana do Castelo to Caminha and cross the Miño River by ferry to reach A Guarda, the southernmost point of the Galician coast. A route that is an ode to the sea and a monument to Atlantic culture.

Itinerary

Portuguese Way along the coast from Porto

Day 1. Welcome to Porto and the Portuguese Way along the coastline

When we talk about tourist destinations in Portugal, the city of Porto comes to mind almost immediately.

Hanging over the mouth of the Douro River, its past, its architecture and its wine-making tradition, linked to the famous sweet wine that is produced a few kilometres upriver and which is shipped here to countries all over the world, are striking. It also has one of the most beautiful and beloved bookshops in the world, its Torre dos Clérigos and its bustling Cais da Ribeira.

One of the best places from which to start the Portuguese Way along the coast or inland, either to reach the goal in Compostela or to reach the Galician border towns of Tui or A Guarda (depending on the way we choose).

Day 2. Stage Porto - Labruge

Distance: 23.1 km.
Duration: 5:30 hours
Accommodation: Labruge

Start your Portuguese Way along the coast from Porto at one of the critical points of the route. Different possibilities open up here: the Central Portuguese Way; the Braga variant, further inland; the Via Veteris, which progresses slowly to the coastline; or the called Portuguese Way from Oporto along the coast, which takes a short detour following the last stretch of the Douro River to turn north along the Portuguese coast from its mouth.

If you opt for this route, which is the one we describe here, you can expect kilometres and kilometres of almost straight coastline, long open ocean beaches and the constant presence of the Atlantic. It is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular routes on the Way of St. James. It is no coincidence that in recent years it has gained in popularity.

Get ready to walk along the riverside path of the Douro River to its mouth and then turn northwards in a hand-in-hand with the Atlantic to Labruge.

Day 3. Stage Labruge - Póvoa de Varzim

Distance: 13.5 km.
Duration: 3:30 hours.
Accommodation: Póvoa de Varzim

Long beaches, moving dunes, wooden walkways and the ocean are the dominant feature of this short stage between Labruge and Póvoa de Varzim.

Along the way, Vila do Conde, a town founded before the 10th century at the mouth of the river Ave and one of the jewels of this coastal route of the Portuguese Way, is a surprise.

Undoubtedly, a peaceful stretch along this rectilinear Atlantic coastline between sailors' houses and summer residential areas, always in search of introspection, saltpetre, gastronomy and the enigmatic poveiras marks.

Portuguese Way along the coast from Porto

Day 4. Stage Póvoa de Varzim - Esposende

Distance: 20.4 km.
Duration: 5 hours.
Accommodation: Esposende

Another day's journey along the long, straight Portuguese coast, without leaving the sand until almost the end, when the Way takes a brief detour to return to the ocean.

Between Póvoa de Varzim and Esposende, beaches, gulfweed, traditional boats and old windmills reconditioned to welcome visitors in the summer seasons.

Day 5. Stage Esposende - Viana do Castelo

Distance: 25 km.
Duration: 6 hours.
Accommodation: Viana do Castelo

Sometimes a coastal path turns away from the breakers to find places that are worthwhile. This is the case of this stage, whose route gradually leaves the sea to meet the River Neiva and, further on, the River Lima. On its riverside rises the town of Viana do Castelo, which has one of the most beautiful and best preserved historic centres in Portugal.

Day 6. Stage Viana do Castelo - A Guarda

Distance: 31.6 km (with ferry transfer across the Minho estuary)
Duration: 7 hours.
Accommodation: A Guarda

The last Portuguese stage of the Portuguese Way along the coast from Oporto. With the sea always on our left, along coastal paths, asphalted tracks and dirt roads, the pilgrim crosses here from river to river, from the Lima to the Minho.

From Caminha, the last Portuguese town, you take the ferry to cross one of the oldest borders in the world - and probably one of the most meaningless - to finally enter Galicia.

Day 7. Discover A Guarda

After a well-deserved rest, it is the perfect time to visit A Guarda, the southernmost of the Galician municipalities and a beautiful fishing village that has kept its essence alive.

It is also the perfect starting point to complete your Camino with a route that starts from here. If you like wine culture, we recommend you to visit the vineyards and wines of the sub-area of O Rosal, of the Rías Baixas designation of origin.

And if you prefer a different type of visit, we recommend a short trip to Oia, where the Cistercian monastery of the cannoneer monks awaits you. There are a multitude of options. The choice is yours.

Portuguese Way along the coast from Porto
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