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Portuguese Coastal Camino & Douro Valley

  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Fares

A journey overview

  • Lisbon
  • Coimbra
  • Porto
  • Vila Do Conde
  • Guimarães
  • Baiona
  • Vigo
  • Pontevedra
  • Caldas de Reis
  • Padrón
  • Santiago de Compostela

19 Days Walking Journey
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  • 1 Jun 2024 Sold Out

This scenically inspired journey meanders along sun-drenched shores, through villages graced with terracotta tiles, and onward to terraced vineyards. Heading north from Lisbon, our walking days are punctuated by Douro River detours and delightful drives through the countryside. After walking 261km and reaching Spain’s Galicia region, we set our sights on Santiago de Compostela, as we seek to earn our Compostela certificates. This journey is reserved for a small group of just 12 guests.

Coastal Scenery
Seaside Trails

Sights Set on Seaside Trails

Our June departure takes place as spring leads into summer. Navigating paths less trodden, we treasure sandy shores and coastal communities along a shifting North Atlantic setting. We set out to obtain our Compostela certificates, while walking along the Camino’s most scenic sections.

The Good Life Made Easy

The Good Life Made Easy

As we follow this fabled pilgrimage, our private courtesy vehicle accompanies us at every stage. Stocked with food and drink, it also stands ready to chauffeur you directly to our hotel at any time, no questions asked.

Douro River
Douro River & Vinyards

From Porto to Port Country

Spend a full day absorbing the sights of the Douro Valley, where rabelo boats line the waterfront and vineyards serve as signposts. A train delivers us from Pinhão to Ferrão, where lunch awaits in a delightfully bucolic setting. Suitably satiated, we then cruise to charming Pinhão, for a discovery of its celebrated Port.

Portugese Culture
Portugese Food

Tastes, Textures & Traditions

Serenaded by fado musicians, we toast our adventure during a Welcome Dinner of traditional Portuguese tapas. At the estate of Quinta da Aveleda, savour tastings of vinho verde and creamy cheeses. As we near the end of our journey, Filigrana Relais & Chateaux entices us with Galician seafood and fine local wines.


Tour Manager & Tour Doctor - Chet Pager


We will alternate between walking and driving legs throughout the journey. While we will spend a large portion of the journey walking the most scenic and culturally significant sections of the Camino, our courtesy vehicle will ensure that utmost convenience is always at hand, should you desire. While not overly strenuous, the hiking sections do require you to have a moderate level of fitness. The days with hikes are denoted by the hike icon at the beginning of the day.

As Your Tour Manager & Doctor, Chet Pager Welcomes You On This Journey

In Lisbon, we contemplate our journey to Santiago de Compostela. As modern-day travellers, our quest may or may not be a spiritual one. Regardless of our motivations, though, we prepare to tread the inspiring path of pilgrims past. Our journey begins at the Tivoli Avenida Liberdade, our residence for the next two nights. 

We meet our fellow travellers for pre-dinner drinks, before adjourning for our Welcome Dinner. Here, we toast the beginning of our adventure with servings of petiscos, Portuguese tapas, accompanied by the stirring strings of fado musicians.

During today’s tour of Lisbon, we learn of the city’s leading role in world exploration during the Age of Discoveries. Along the way, we find testaments to occupations by Romans, Visigoths, Moors, and Napoleon. Lisbon’s oldest district, Alfama, reveals a haphazard array of laneways and landmarks that charmingly coexist. Later, we walk sweeping stretches of nearby Adraga Beach. Tonight, we board a private sailboat for a cruise from the coastal town of Cascais to Lisbon. Back on dry land, we launch into a lavish evening of tapas at a local restaurant.



We break in our walking boots gently on the first leg of our pilgrimage from Lagoa do Furadouro to Tomar. This route ventures inland via the engineering ingenuity of Pegoes Aqueduct and through the rural idyll surrounding Tomar. Once the Templar stronghold for knights defending Crusaders’ states in the Holy Land, today, Tomar’s castle and Convento de Cristo still watch over this alluring town. 

As evening falls, our courtesy vehicle delivers us from Tomar to the medieval university town of Coimbra, home to the first queen of Portugal. During a twilight tour, we learn how Isabel of Aragon made her pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela back in the 14th century. Tonight, we dine and rest at Quinta das Lágrimas.



Rising early, we take the road to Airas, where we begin our day’s walk. In the early morning, Porto’s deep rose and magenta hues cast an ethereal glow. Sprawled along Portugal’s Douro River, this classic port city holds its own on the edge of the Atlantic. As Porto’s streets crowd down the sloping banks of the Douro, there’s no shortage of balmy terrazzas from which to drink in city views. Later, we are guided through narrow laneways to the Sao Bento railway station, a symphony of ceramic azulejo panelled artwork. While the Gothic and Baroque grandeur of Igreja de Sao Francisco church is some of Porto’s finest. Tonight, within the sumptuous interiors of the Yeatman Hotel, we enjoy exquisite local gastronomy, paired with fine port wines and Douro vistas.

We discover Porto’s sights today and immerse ourselves in one of the world’s oldest wine regions. Walk across Luis I Bridge, Porto’s emblematic pedestrian bridge, before tracing the contours of the Douro River and its local vineyards. Setting a relaxed pace, we enjoy lunch in a local winery. Enticed onward by the ever-present terraced vineyards rising from the valley, we ease into our afternoon. A river cruise takes us from Ferrão, past small villages and hillside estates, allowing us to further absorb this stunning setting. This evening, the Yeatman Hotel welcomes our return.



Bound for the coast, we thread our way along the Douro River to where its estuary empties into the Atlantic. Today is our introduction to the Camino da Costa. We traverse this section of the Camino via boardwalks which snake along the shore. Here, the coast weathers the Atlantic with grace. Sandy dunes sweep down to the sea and houses huddle together to face the ocean. 

Stopping tonight in the port city of Vila do Conde, we are greeted with an aperitif in a local tavern before our dining venue nets the Atlantic’s finest catch. The conveniently located Villa C Boutique Hotel is a study in contrasts; its modern façade just a stone’s throw from the historic waterfront.



We begin today in the parish of Vilarinho. For the discerning Camino traveller, this route diverts us from exposed coastal stretches, along the inland Camino’s lovely cobbled trails. Like breadcrumbs, we search for the scallop shell markers that denote our path, symbols of pilgrimage for centuries. More often we find yellow arrows on trees, walls and fences, to keep us on track. The day decelerates to a pleasant pace, finishing in Pedra Furada. 

From Pedra Furada, we’re transported further inland to the city of Guimarães. The Pousada Mosteiro de Guimarães is our base for two nights, a spectacular hideaway in 12th-century monastic surrounds.

Already, we find ourselves in Portugal’s northern Braga region. The city of Guimarães is regarded as Portugal’s birthplace, where the nation’s first king, Afonso Henriques, was born in 1106. We will explore further this afternoon, though, for now, we cannot resist an invitation to the estate and gardens of Quinta da Aveleda for a cheese and wine tasting before an indulgent lunch. Afterwards, we will also stroll through Guimarães on a private tour.



To embark on this section of the Camino, we first take a scenic drive back towards the coast, before setting out on foot from Marinhas for the city of Viana do Castelo. We relish walking what we soon discover is a path less trodden, with fewer pilgrims, until the indisputably lovely skyline of Viana do Castelo shifts into view. 

An unexpected gift on Portugal’s Costa Verde, fabled for its hilltop temple, we behold this ancient city’s blend of architectural styles from Manueline to art deco, and modern-day. Our residence tonight is the Pousada de Viana do Castelo, with lofty views across the Lima River below and the Temple de Santa Luzia nearby.



Our final day in Portugal takes us across the Minho River to the town of Caminha, on the edge of Spain. Caminha sits lapped by sandy beaches, concealing an understated medieval appeal with Gothic, Renaissance and baroque flourishes, along with the town’s centrepiece, its 17th-century clock tower. 

Our journey continues north, by road, to the far reaches of the Monterreal Peninsula in Baiona, on which the Parador de Baiona proudly stands. This fortress offers us a luxurious safe haven for the night, looking out onto the ocean’s horizon.



Leaving Baiona behind, we set out on foot, crossing the Rio Minor along the Roman bridge of Romallosa. From here, we are bound for the Bay of Samil. Beaches furnish the coastline, luring summer tourists from Spain’s scorched interior. Today’s destination is the world’s largest fishing port, Vigo, sheltered on the Vigo estuary by the Cíes Islands. We ensconce ourselves within Pazo Los Escudos Hotel & Spa Resort, which opens onto the soft white sands of Carril Beach, for a two-night stay.



With just 100kms remaining until we reach Santiago de Compostela, dedicated travellers must walk each remaining leg of the journey in order to qualify for their Compostela certificate. Just north of Vigo, we turn our attention to Redondela, a pretty Galician town, nestled in the recesses of the Ria de Vigo, where the coastal and inland Caminos converge. Our trusty courtesy vehicle returns us to the Pazo Los Escudos Hotel & Spa Resort, where we ready ourselves for the final leg of our Camino journey.



With passports in pockets, we board our courtesy vehicle and return to Redondela. From here, we join the inland Camino for our onward journey north to Pontevedra. Historic towns and villages line our route, strung together by country lanes and forest trails. Notably, we cross the Puente Sampaio Bridge at the village of Arcade. Its roots set down in Roman times, the bridge was once the backdrop to a Napoleonic battle. We tread ancient pathways into the provincial capital of Pontevedra, in the heart of the Rias Baixas region. Pontevedra’s maritime history dates back beyond its shipbuilding days for explorers like Christopher Columbus. Our accommodation for tonight was once home to the Counts of Maceda – The Parador de Pontevedra, perfectly placed near the city’s Old Town.



Today’s walk heralds a return to nature, through pine and Eucalyptus-scented forests. Along the way, we stop at churches to collect our pilgrim’s stamps, impressed by the warmth with which we are always received. This kindness may date back to a time when pilgrims survived upon alms offered by clergy and villagers throughout their journey of faith. The evening brings us to the historic spa town of Caldas de Reis, and our abode for two nights, the Hotel Torre do Rio.

Pacing ourselves today, we take a break from our route to explore the town of Cambados, within the Galician wine-growing region of Rias Baixas. The people here are known to celebrate the area’s wine heritage as much as its seafaring history. It’s believed that 12th-century monks introduced the Albariño grape to the area, a white wine varietal known as ‘the wine of the sea’. During lunch, we discover for ourselves how Albariño complements the local fruits of the sea. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before we reconvene for dinner.



A gentle climb from Caldas de Reis to Padrón leads us across the river Umia towards the monastic complex Santa Maria de Carracedo. Dense forest and lush farmland flank our path through a string of hamlets and villages, including Cedelo and Condide. Many of these villages hint at their Camino heritage in churches, shrines and along old stone walls. Our journey culminates in Padrón, a focal point for Camino pilgrims, where Jacobean tradition began. This evening, we reside at the elegant Hotel A Quinta da Auga, in A Barcia, while dinner is served at the Filigrana Relais & Chateaux restaurant within sight of Santiago de Compostela.



Our final day of walking the Camino is here. We return to Padrón once more to begin our final leg. Grey stone walls edge our cobbled way into the city of Santiago de Compostela. Excitement is palpable with each fellow pilgrim we encounter. Reaching the end of our journey, elation can no longer be contained. Like the dozens of other weary travellers we see before us, our experience has been well earned. Take the remainder of the day to explore the city at leisure, then enjoy a deserved rest at the Parador de Santiago de Compostela, just moments from the city’s cathedral. This hallmark property is considered one of the world’s oldest hotels, having been built in 1499 as the Royal Hospital to arriving pilgrims. Settling into the hotel’s cloistered elegance, we’ve certainly arrived.

At long last, we stand before the soaring façade of the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela. Stepping inside, we witness the age-old spectacle of the Botafumeiro, a giant thurible, swing from the cathedral’s heights to dispense a swirl of incense, signalling the successful conclusion to our Camino journey. We are all bound by a sense of fulfilment and shared experience. To take full advantage of our last day, we have arranged a tour of Santiago de Compostela. We take a closer look at the convents, monasteries, monuments, and museums assembled throughout the city, so rich in culture. Enjoy a final evening at the Parador de Santiago de Compostela.

Today, we transfer to the airport, where our journey concludes. Now the proud owners of another passport, one reserved only for Camino pilgrims, we farewell our fellow travellers.

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