From Porto to Santiago by the Atlantic Ocean
El Portuguese way along the coast , it is a version of the Portuguese Way but instead of going inside it goes along the beautiful Portuguese coast.
Today we will have to make our first decision on this Portuguese Way along the coast. We have an option that is to go through the interior of Porto and go through the airport ... not highly recommended. And the other option is leaving from the Take the path that is always hitting the river to finally meet the sea. There we will continue and walk along the coast until we reach Labruge. The pools close to the sea in Matosinhos are very interesting.
We will continue along the coast of the Atlantic Sea walking along soft wooden walkways over the Portuguese beaches. After this short stage that will allow us to enjoy the beauty of its landscapes and the villages we will go through, we will arrive in Povoa de Varzim. Here we can enjoy a city that opens its doors to discover its monuments, its culture, its cuisine ... totally recommended.
On this day the Camino forces us to leave the coast for a while to get into a more urban Portugal. Today in addition to stretches of beach and walks we also have to "suffer" at times the road.
Today we will leave aside the coast to enjoy an interior that this time will give us beautiful landscapes. We will enjoy small towns which we can enjoy. But we recommend you get to Viana do Castelo soon to visit the San Luzia Sanctuary. A beautiful church to which we can climb walking or by funicular. The city also has a special charm that will invite us to walk through it.
Today we will arrive at the border of Spain with Portugal and we will have another decision to make. If we decide to join the Portuguese Way through the interior or continue along the Coast Road. In the case of continuing along the coast, it is advisable to find out very well the schedules of the ship that will pass us to the other side of the Miño river. Since in seasons it is not active and on weekends the schedules change.
Today we will cross the Miño river to get to Spain. We will walk along a route that will follow the local road hand in hand but on dirt roads. We can enjoy the beauty of the Monastery of Oia or the beautiful coastal town of A Guarda.
Today we will enjoy a quiet and short day. That will run along parts of the road but we will also enter dirt roads through the mountain to reach Baiona. There we will continue to A Ramallosa which will be the end of today's stage.
In today's stage we can decide whether to follow the Official Path that runs through the interior with enough asphalt or be more faithful to our coastal spirit and opt for the unofficial and follow the coast until reaching Vigo. The day for the unofficial consists of many fewer shelters so it is important to prepare the day well if we do not want to reach Vigo. Apart from the Camino we have the hostel of O Freixo a beautiful place to rest that offers us the possibility of getting off by bus to Vigo.
Today we will have a day marked by asphalt and ups and downs. But the views and the landscape will make the road a very pleasant day. We will follow the Traida das Aguas Path and finally in Redondela we will meet our fellow pilgrims who come from the Inner Path.
Today will be a quiet day although we will begin to feel that presence of pilgrims to which we are not accustomed. In summer times the hostel of Pontevedra, which is at the entrance of the town, is filled soon. So it is convenient to be at a good time.
Today those who want to return to the loneliness of the Way can decide whether to follow the Official Way or leave for the Spiritual Variant. A Path that recalls the possible passage of the Apostle's remains until his arrival in Santiago. Highly recommended for those seeking tranquility. The rest will continue hand in hand with the national road until we reach Caldas de Reis. A city famous for its hot springs spas.
The Camino gives us what is perhaps the most beautiful stage in terms of landscapes. We will have the option of sleeping in Padrón, famous for its peppers. Or get out of the way to enjoy the hospitality of the Herbón Convent.
Finally we have to walk through more urban areas and largely asphalted. We will pass through numerous villages, neighborhoods to finally enter Santiago. The entrance of the Portuguese Way may not be as glorious as the French, but we will undoubtedly feel the nearness of the Apostle as we reach the Plaza del Obradoiro.