About this holiday
There are a number of routes to Santiago de Compostela that pilgrims have
followed for centuries. Some are less famous than others and the Portuguese
Atlantic Way, while not the best known, is renowned for its beauty and tranquility.
Its approximately 241km in total, and we will be cherry picking the best sections
on this holiday. There’s a walk planned every day, but its up to you, if you fancy a
day off to relax, that’s fine too - most of the walks will have an opt-out available
for those not wishing to do the full distance or you can take a day off if you prefer
to spend more time sightseeing.
Day 1 - Porto
Porto, our starting point, is a one of the most ancient cities in Europe with a rich cultural heritage and a vibrant night life. (overnight Porto).
Day 2 – Porto to Matosinhos
We will start with a look around Porto, then, from the Cathedral of the “Invicta” we’ll commence our journey along the Caminho from the Cathedral of the Invicta towards to the sea, along the banks of the stunning River Douro and heading north towards the fishing port of Matosinhos. (overnight Porto)
Day 3 – Belinho to Viana do Castelo
Our walk gives us a change of scenery today as we head inland through traditional farmland and quaint villages crossing into Viana do Castelo over the dramatic Eiffel bridge spanning the lovely estuary of the Rio Lima. (overnight Viana do Castelo).
Day 4 – Carreco to Moledo
Starting in Carreço, we walk along one of the most attractive parts of the Caminho; the route winds its way through pretty villages before we reach the coast at Vila Praia de Ancora after which we hug the rocky shore line all the way into Moledo. (overnight Viana do Castelo)
Day 5 – Moledo to Caminho and A Guarda
Today we walk from Moledo into Caminha and then we cross the estuary of the river Minho and walk into Spain continuing along the coastline into A Guarda. (overnight Pontevedra).
Day 6 - Caldas de Reis to Padron
One of the highlights of the Way, today’s walk takes us through two beautiful river valleys, following paths through forests and meadows, to arrive at Padron, the place where the boat carrying the body of the Apostle Santiago arrived from Jerusalem. (overnight Pontevedra).
Day 7 – Santiago di Compostella
We will spend our final day visiting this wonderful city at the end of our walking pilgrimage, with time to admire its stunning architecture with its Baroque Cathedral forming a spectacular centrepiece (overnight Pontevedra).
Portuguese Atlantic Way
We stay in Comfortable hotels throughout as detailed below (or similar).
Hotel Moov, Porto**
Hotel Do Parque, Viana do Castelo***
Hotel Virgem del Caminho***