Camino Portugués Coastal Route | Wise Pilgrim Guide to the Camino de Santiago

Camino Portugues Map 13
Distance to Santiago: 
240.40
Altitude: 
95

Porto is half the size of Lisbon, and twice as wonderful. It sits perched on the hillside on the north bank of the Rio Douro and has a historic center that would take two days minimum for only a casual stroll. If you plan on having a rest day, this is the town to do it in. If you had not planned...

History: 

Porto has a nice nickname among Portugues historians, who call it The Unvanquished City for having resisted the unlawful siege by King Miguel I. He wasn’t too keen on implementing the liberal constitution that was drafted after a local rebellion but after 18 months of attacking the city he...

Notice: 

Before you set off be certain to pick up a pilgrim’s credencial if you have not already done so. It can be found at the Sé Cathedral. This accordion-fold booklet is your passport to the camino and will become your most cherished souvenir of the trip. It is a required document in most pilgrim-...

The Road: 

Between Porto and the border with Spain the camino splits into three distinct routes. They are known as the Central Way, The Coastal Way, and The Braga Way. Additionally, there are several paths that connect each of these options, creating a network of trails that can sometimes seem confusing...

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1

Downtown Hostel
Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes, 66

Private
37 15 Photo in Downtown Hostel on the Camino de Santiago

2

Spot Hostel
Gonçalo Cristovão, 12

Private
42 17 Photo in Spot Hostel on the Camino de Santiago

3

The Poets Inn
Caldeireiros, 261

Private
10 No dormitories Photo in The Poets Inn on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in The Poets Inn on the Camino de Santiago

4

Andarilho Hostel
Firmeza, 364

Closed
40 15 Photo in Andarilho Hostel on the Camino de Santiago

5

Antas Ville
Vigorosa, 736

Hostal
30 13 Photo in Antas Ville on the Camino de Santiago

6

Gallery Hostel
Miguel Bombarda, 222

Private
40 22* Photo in Gallery Hostel on the Camino de Santiago

7

Tattva Design Hostel
Cativo 26-28

Private
116 15* Photo in Tattva Design Hostel on the Camino de Santiago

8

AHBV Porto
Rodrigues Sampaio, 153

Bombeiro
2 Donativo

9

Albergue do Peregrino Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Vilar
Arcediago Vanzeller 50

Parochial
12 23

10

Refúgio de Peregrinos ViaPortuscale
Vasco Santana, 264

Association
20 Donativo

11

Residencial Belo Sonho
Passos Manuel, 186

Pension
Photo in Residencial Belo Sonho on the Camino de Santiago

12

Hotel Peninsular
Sá da Bandeira, 21

Hotel

13

Hotel Universal
dos Aliados, 38

Hotel
Photo in Hotel Universal on the Camino de Santiago

14

Hotel do Norte
Fernandes Tomas, 579

Hotel
Photo in Hotel do Norte on the Camino de Santiago

15

Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira
Infante Dom Henrique, 1

Hotel
Photo in Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira on the Camino de Santiago

16

Porto Lounge Hostel
Almada, 317

Private
17* Photo in Porto Lounge Hostel on the Camino de Santiago

17

Oporto Sport Hostel
Santa Catarina, 313

Private
Photo in Porto on the Camino de Santiago
Distance to Santiago: 
0.00
Altitude: 

The sprawl from the center of town runs all the way to Gião, where a revision to the camino takes you mercifully off of the road and to Vairão where a more tranquil walk resumes. That is a stretch of 25km, more than enough walking given the terrain. It is not uncommon for pilgrims to bypass much...

Distance to Santiago: 
265.60
Altitude: 
5
Name Beds Price

1

Pousada de Juventude Porto
Paulo da Gama, 551

Private
148 10/12*
Distance to Santiago: 
260.30
Altitude: 
10
Notice: 

The Metro of Porto Line A (Linha de Matosinhos) ends at Matasinhos and is a convenient way to bypass the least exciting scenery when leaving Porto. It is also possible to arrive here via the Porto Airport with only one transfer, if you do not plan to see Porto.

The Road: 

The camino enters town along the beachfront, and turns inland when it reaches the harbor, making a zig zag path to the bridge over the Río Leça. At the end of the bridge you will turn left at the large roundabout, to follow the Rua Hintze Ribeiro back towards the waterfront.

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1

Hostal del Rei
Brito Capelo, 843

Hostal

2

Pensão Central
Brito Capelo, 599

Pension

3

Hotel Porto Mar
Brito Capelo, 169

Hotel
Distance to Santiago: 
256.50
Altitude: 
5

There is a bar at the group of buildings near the lighthouse, as well as the Capela de Boa Nova.

The Road: 

Passing the lighthouse, keep your gaze to the left, where you can enjoy a sea view far superior to the oil refinery to your right. Between here and the Obelisk you will follow off and on a walkway, passing several food options.

Distance to Santiago: 
252.60
Altitude: 
5
The Road: 

From the Obelisk, keep on the beachside walkways straight ahead. You will pass several bar/restaurants along the way to the Angeiras Sea Houses.

Distance to Santiago: 
248.90
Altitude: 
5

At the start of town are the Angeiras Sea Houses. If niche museums are your thing, these fisherman cottages are for you. Angeiras has a long history as a fishing village.

The Road: 

At the end of town, leave the road and rejoin the familiar wooden boardwalk, it will soon cross the Río Onda to rejoin the road into Labruge.

Name

1

Camping Orbitur Angeiras

Camping
Distance to Santiago: 
247.70
Altitude: 
0
Distance to Santiago: 
247.50
Altitude: 
10

Labruge is a small seaside town, and most services (including the albergue) are located off the camino.

The Road: 

At the end of town is the Avenida Da Libertade, turn right here to get to the albergue or continue straight along the beach walk. Arrows are sparse, but a few point the way to the Castro of Sampaio.

Name Beds

1

Albergue de S. Tiago
Labruge, 1720

Municipal
8
Distance to Santiago: 
246.30
Altitude: 
15
The Road: 

The camino leaves the familiar beach setting but follows close to the shore while it climbs to reach the chapel and castro of San Paio. From here follow the walkway along the dunes to reach Facho - Vila Chã.

Distance to Santiago: 
245.10
Altitude: 
5
The Road: 

At the start of town the camino turns away from the shore and passes through the village, gone is the wooden boardwalk. It will stay some distance from the shore until Povoa de Varzim. The map on the opposite page shows the various options.

Name Beds

1

Albergue de S. Mamede
Sol, 4485-743

Municipal
10
Distance to Santiago: 
242.60
The Road: 

There are three ways from Gafa to Ávore, one along the waterfront and two which are set more inland.

Distance to Santiago: 
240.10
Altitude: 
15
The Road: 

From Ávore the walking is entirely along paved roads.

Distance to Santiago: 
238.30
Altitude: 
30
Notice: 

The Metro of Porto Line B (Linha da Póvoa) passes through Azurara. To stop here, disembark at the Azurara station, but note that one more stop takes you to Vila do Conde’s Santa Clara station.

The Road: 

Between Azurara and Vila do Conde flows the Rio Axe. Once over the bridge, turn left and walk along the park and Plaza de la Republica. At the end of the park follow straight (along the waterfront) until the next side street (the Rua do Lidador) where you turn right and uphill. At the top of...

Distance to Santiago: 
237.50
Altitude: 
10

Vila do Conde is the first town along the coastal route which merits an extended visit. It is a popular destination for the Portugese, though it is somewhat outsized by the larger Póvoa de Varzim to the north.

Its Bronze Age discoveries aside, the more contemporary sights to see are the...

History: 

Vila do Conde is among the oldest known settlements in Portugal, with discoveries in and near the city which date to more than 100,000 years ago. More recently it was a sea port that played a critical role in Portugal’s 16th century Age of Discovery. King Manuel I passed through on his...

The Road: 

From the Igreja Matriz you have two options, the one indicated by the signs takes you through the center of this large town and carries on straight past the church. It is well marked.

The other option is to follow along the Litoral route which is unmarked but easy enough to get to....

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1

Albergue Santa Clara
5 de Octubre, 221

Municipal
25

2

Pensão Patarata 3
Cais das Lavandeiras, 18

Pension

3

Erva Doce Guest House
Cais das Lavandeiras, 39

Casa Rural

4

Hotel Brazao
Dr. Joao Canavarro

Hotel
Camino Portugues Map 15
Distance to Santiago: 
233.70
Altitude: 
5

Povoa is one of Portugal’s most popular seaside resorts, with plenty of hotels, shopping and even casinos to show for it. All were built to support tourists who flock to the nearly 12km of beachs. A rich collection of artifacts relating to Povoa’s rich seafaring history are on display at the...

Notice: 

The Metro of Porto Line B (Linha da Póvoa) terminates here.

The Road: 

The entirety of the walk between Póvoa and A Ver-o-Mar can be done along the coast, following the shoreline. Shortly before arriving in A Ver-o-Mar the signs are unclear. If you get to a large soccer field (no grass) you want it to be on your right, but it will likely be on your left. If it is...

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1

Albergue São José de Ribamar
Mouzinho de Albequerque, 11

Municipal
Donativo

2

Hostal Sardines and Friends
da Ponte, 4

Hostal

3

Hotel Luso Brasileiro
dos Cafés, 16

Hotel

4

Grande Hotel
Alegre, 20

Hotel
Distance to Santiago: 
229.90
Altitude: 
5
The Road: 

At the far end of town, the camino turns right, and then left again to follow the road. A short distance ahead it turns right once more, on the very last street in town. DO NOT GO STRAIGHT HERE. Rather turn right and then left again on the first street. This street will curve sharply left at the...

Distance to Santiago: 
228.10
Altitude: 
10

Santo André is the chapel located up the first street on your right-hand side. There is a bar at the hotel and another on the way to the chapel.

History: 

The camino splits once more at the start of Santo André. You can either follow the coast or turn right towards the chapel, and then left at the first roundabout onto the Rua Santo Andre de Cima. The latter course will take you through quiet residential areas interspersed with vegetable...

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1

Estalagem Santo Andre
Avenida de Santo André

Hotel