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For a quieter and more tranquil journey along the world-famous Camino de Santiago, the 380-mile Camino Portuguese would be the best choice but spending over a month on the trail is difficult for most people. This is why this week-long portion of the Portuguese Way is perfect for anyone wanting to experience this celebrated pilgrimage. It weaves its way along the enchanting Atlantic coastline and the pastoral setting of Spanish countryside, and is imbued with a rich sense of history—tracing the footsteps of countless pilgrims. Step by step and day by day, you will reach Santiago de Compostela, a unique town where supposed remains of St. James are kept and where you’ll get your pilgrim passport stamped.

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  • Walk the iconic pilgrimage

    Reach the sacred Santiago de Compostela via the Camino Portuguese

  • Avoid the crowds

    Far less people than on the most popular Camino de Santiago route

  • Don’t lose sleep over logistics

    Luggage transfer, accommodations, and most meals are organized and settled by your guide

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Coastal Portion of Camino Portuguese

This 8-day hiking adventure along the Camino Portuguese is a special one—the whole route follows Spain’s shoreline, leading you through quaint fishing villages and historic towns. As you trek along the rugged coastline, you can expect pristine beaches, rocky cliffs, and some of the best sunsets in Spain. Apart from the visual splendor that this route is, it’s also a historical journey taking you along the footsteps of pilgrims, traders, and conquerors who have traveled this path for centuries. Starting from Oia, relish the area’s mouth-drooling oysters, lobsters, and scallops along the way, and finish your pilgrimage in Santiago de Compostela.

  • Arrive in Oia and settle into your hotel. Relax on your first night in the beautiful coastal village, which is also home to the Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Oya.
    Meals: Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel A Raina

    Coastal Camino

  • Departing from Oia, walk along a coastal footpath with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Cies islands. Stay in Baiona for the night.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 17.5 km / 10.9 miles
    Accommodation: Hotel Bahia Bayona

    Baiona town

  • Today you’ll be walking alongside a sandy beach for most of the day, with plenty of opportunities to stop in local cafes. You’ll then enter a typical Galician entrance of Vigo and its maze of streets before entering the city and its long sandy beach.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 27.7 km / 17.2 miles
    Accommodation: Hotel Junquera

    Coastal hike along the Camino

  • You’ll be transferred from Vigo to the start of today’s walk in Redondela (10 km). Once there, you’ll join the traditional Camino Portuguese. You’ll start to see more pilgrims along the Camino, pass through typical Galician landscape with rural areas, and lush green eucalyptus forests. Before the halfway mark, you’ll cross Ponte Sampaio where Napoleon troops were defeated. Finally you’ll reach Pontevedra, with a lovely center, cider bars, and restaurants.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 20 km / 12.5 miles
    Accommodation: Hotel Alda Estacion Pontevedra

    Hiking through vineyards on the Camino

  • Passing chestnut groves, the Camino runs parallel to the railway for a while. After passing through the hamlet of Ponte Cabras, you’ll encounter the rectory of Santa Maria de Alba, tucked away among pine and eucalyptus trees. Emerging from the dense woods of Lombo de Maceira, you’ll see a statue of Saint James the pilgrim. After passing through the lovely village of Tibo and its fountain, reach Caldas De Reis.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 20.8 km / 12.9 miles
    Accommodation: Hotel O Cruceiro Center Caldas

    Bridge in Pontevedra along the Camino

  • Exiting the town, take a bridge over the river Umia that leads you to a fountain of hot springs water that has lent the town its name in Roman times. Camino continues gently uphill through the woods, to the hamlet of Santa Marina. Going downhill, cross the river Fonteno. Finally, following the Camino lined with pine trees, catch up again with the river as you arrive in Padron. Padron is famous for being the first land sighted by the ship bearing the body of St. James.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 18.5 km / 11.5 miles
    Accommodation: Pazo De Lestrove Hotel

    Hike through a Spanish town

  • The Camino passes through many small villages before arriving at the Baroque sanctuary of A Esclavitud. On a hilltop to the left, you’ll see abandoned ruins of Castro Lupario fort. Soon you’ll reach the oldest wayside crosses in Galicia. As you near Agro dos Monteiros, Santiago de Compostela spires come into view. Finally, the Camino goes by the ruins of the A Rocha Vella castle, before entering Santiago de Compostela.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 24.7 km / 15.3 miles
    Accommodation: Hotel Lux Santiago

    Camino group in Santiago

  • Your Camino Portuguese tour has come to an end. If you’d like to stay longer in the area, just ask your guides for some recommendations!
    Meals: Breakfast

    Santiago de Compostela city

Final 100 km of Camino Portuguese

Just like the legendary Queen Isabel of Portugal in the 13th century, follow this 100-kilometer trail along the spectacular Atlantic coast of Portugal and Spain. With the historical Santiago de Compostela as your end point, this 8-day hiking tour will lead you through picturesque woodlands, charming villages, ancient paths, and lush farmlands. The accommodation and dinners are figured out—every night, you’ll visit another fantastic restaurant and relish local dishes paired with delicious wines. With one step at a time along this pilgrimage route steeped in history, you’ll reach Santiago de Compostela sooner than you expect!

  • Settle into your hotel in the heart of Tui. Take a walk through the town’s picturesque streets. As you approach Plaza de San Fernando, the silhouette of the west-facing facade from the 12th-century cathedral will become etched into your memory. Get a good night’s sleep, tomorrow you start the Camino.
    Accommodation: Hotel Colon Tuy

    Tui, an old town on the Camino

  • Departing from the port of Tui, the Camino winds its way up to the old town, following the so-called Camino da Barca. Then, through the Tunel das Monxas, the Camino enters a very steep section and leads to the historic bridge of San Telmo. From there, you’ll soon reach the town of O Porrino.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 17 km / 10.6 miles
    Accommodation: Hotel Azul

    Hiking group along Camino de Santiago

  • The terrain gets a bit easier as you cross the Louro Valley. After a gentle climb, you’ll arrive at the chapel of Santiaguino de Antas—a pleasant place to take a rest. Pass through vast woodlands and up next are hamlets of Sete Fontes and Arcade, where you’ll stay the night.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 24.3 km / 15.1 miles
    Accommodation: Hotel Duarte

    Camino sign showing the way

  • From here, you will cross a Romanesque bridge, which is where Napoleon was defeated by the Spanish during the War of Independence. Arriving into Pontevedra, head through the narrow streets before reaching the 13th-century church of Santa Maria. Of interest to pilgrims is also the Capela da Peregrina—although it appears round, it’s actually in the shape of a scallop.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 11.6 km / 7.2 miles
    Accommodation: Hotel Avenida Pontevedra

    Pontevedra in Galicia

  • Passing chestnut groves, the Camino runs parallel to the railway for a while. After passing through the hamlet of Ponte Cabras, you’ll encounter the rectory of Santa Maria de Alba, tucked away among pine and eucalyptus trees. Emerging from the dense woods of Lombo de Maceira, you’ll see a statue of Saint James the pilgrim. After passing through the lovely village of Tibo and its fountain, reach Caldas De Reis.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 21.2 km / 13.8 miles
    Accommodation: Hotel O Cruceiro Center Caldas

    Bridge in Pontevedra along the Camino

  • Exiting the town, take a bridge over the river Umia that leads you to a fountain of hot springs water that has lent the town its name in Roman times. Camino continues gently uphill through the woods, to the hamlet of Santa Marina. Going downhill, cross the river Fonteno. Finally, following the Camino lined with pine trees, catch up again with the river as you arrive in Padron. Padron is famous for being the first land sighted by the ship bearing the body of St. James.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 18.5 km / 11.5 miles
    Accommodation: Pazo De Lestrove Hotel

    Hike through a Spanish town

  • The Camino passes through many small villages before arriving at the Baroque sanctuary of A Esclavitud. On a hilltop to the left, you’ll see abandoned ruins of Castro Lupario fort. Soon you’ll reach the oldest wayside crosses in Galicia. As you near Agro dos Monteiros, Santiago de Compostela spires come into view. Finally, the Camino goes by the ruins of the A Rocha Vella castle, before entering Santiago de Compostela.
    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 24.7 km / 15.3 miles
    Accommodation: Hotel Araguaney

    Camino group in Santiago

  • Your Camino Portuguese tour has come to an end. If you’d like to stay longer in the area, just ask your guides for some recommendations!
    Meals: Breakfast

    Santiago de Compostela city

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Meet your guides

Francisco Álvarez
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Francisco Álvarez
Originally from Barcelona, Francisco moved to Ponferrada—a town right on Camino Frances—at a very young age. He made his first pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in his twenties, which is when he started traveling around the world. Francisco has lived in California, India, Philippines, Thailand, Laos, etc., where he discovered his love and passion for being a guide. Once he came back to Spain, he knew he wanted to work as a guide, showing other people the beauty of Camino de Santiago.
Silvia Santos
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Silvia Santos
Born and raised in Bilbao, before starting to work on the Camino as a tour guide, Silvia was a mountain guide in places like the Himalayas, Aconcagua, and many other places. It was not until she had the opportunity to walk the Camino for the first time that she understood the reason why so many people are attracted to it. Having walked the full Camino Frances, Silvia became enamored with the legends and stories of Camino. She currently lives in Galicia, working as a Camino guide and sharing her passion for it with people coming from all around the globe.
Follow the Camino
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Follow the Camino
Follow the Camino has been leading the way since 2007 and was the first-ever tour operator to lead along Camino de Santiago. They’ve been making the Camino more accessible, enjoyable, and achievable for thousands of pilgrims and travelers from all around the world. Their focus is on respecting this ancestral pilgrimage, its spirit, and its values.

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Jeff Boyce (source: Google Reviews)

Follow The Camino helped us with the trip of a lifetime. We had started planning our Portuguese Coastal Camino way back in early 2020. The pandemic put a hold on our trip until September 2022. I have to say that from a logistical, financial, and overall level, everything was perfect. The hotels were nice. The luggage arrived every day on-time. The included meals were all fine. And the overall value was outstanding. I would highly recommend anyone wanting to do the Portugal to Spain Camino to consider using Follow the Camino as their agent. Buen Camino!

darragh o’neill (source: Google Reviews)

My first time doing the Camino and the professional way FOLLOW THE CAMINO handled our trip from start to finish was second to none. The communication made it so easy to understand what we needed to do to prepare and gave us plenty of hints and tips to make the walks more enjoyable and make the most of the stunning scenery along the way. They also supplied a luggage transfer to our next hotel and the hotels were very clean, great food and excellent prices. We were given a kit with Camino Passport, Camino shell and a bandana which came in handy protecting from the sun. Over all FOLLOW THE CAMINO made this an experience we will never forget and would highly recommend them to groups or solo for a life time of memories.

Bryan white (source: Google Reviews)

Follow the Camino is simply the best option for planning any trip along the Camino de Santiago. Our trip along the Portuguese Coastal route was flawless. The airport transfers were on-time and friendly. The hotels were perfect accommodations for us, clean and easy to find. All included a good breakfast and many also provided a delicious dinner. The luggage transfer service was excellent, we never had to wait for our bags. The preparatory instructions for packing, planning and training were very detailed and informative. Finally, the customer service provided by Jade and the rest of the staff was first rate. We will walk another Camino, hopefully many more, and Follow the Camino will be my first step!!

Tony Dunne (source: Google Reviews)

I am just back from a truly memorable and incredible 7 day experience which was made so good by the attention to detail and going beyond my needs in relation to a holiday package from the people in “Follow the Camino “ from the pick up drivers to hotel staff to the quality of service I cannot fault one bit. My bag was taking daily and dropped off at the next destination. Breakfast was had daily.
The quality of the hotels was comfortable and clean & tidy. I individual reviewed them all .
This is not my first trip with “follow the Camino” and certainly won’t be my last.. well done – Gold star.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 8-day hiking tour along Camino Portuguese
      • Most breakfasts and dinners (as listed in the itinerary)
      • Accommodation during the tour in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
      • Luggage transfers
      • Holiday or Pilgrim Pack by your guides
        • Pilgrim passport, luggage tag, route notes or guidebook
      • 24/7 Customer service

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to and from the starting/end point
      • Lunch and drinks
      • Premium accommodation — available upon request
      • Airport pick-up — available upon request
      • Additional nights — available upon request
      • Day tours — available upon request
      • Guide gratuities — optional
      • Insurance
  • The most important thing about this all-women Camino Frances guided walking trip is that you can enjoy the journey at your own pace. Whether you’re a very fast or a slow walker, we encourage you to enjoy the trail. Having said that, being in good walking shape is still required. The trails have plenty of opportunities to rest and recover, and there is public transport or taxis/Ubers available along the route if you’d like to shorten a day.

    You’ll be doing between 11 and 28 km a day (7 to 17 miles), carrying a daypack of things you might need on the trail. Don’t worry about the baggage, though, as the support vehicle will carry everything for you!

    Hiking consecutive full days can be quite strenuous. In preparation for your hike, your guides recommend doing some 5-10 mile (8-16 km) walks – including some uphills and downhills with a loaded backpack.

  • Here’s a list of clothing we recommend bringing:

      • Clothes made from quick-drying fabrics (avoid cotton)
      • Leisure clothing and footwear for the evenings
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Waterproof rain jacket
      • Fleece pullover or jacket
      • Quick-dry short-sleeved and long-sleeved tops
      • Quick–dry walking pants (consider the ones that zip off to make shorts)
      • Waterproof pants — optional (unless it’s very cold, it’s usually best to hike in shorts, but feel free to bring these pants if you’d feel more comfortable)
      • Hiking boots or shoes
      • Hiking socks
      • Sunhat
      • Gloves

    Here’s a list of other equipment we suggest you bring:

      • Daypack large enough to carry everything you might need throughout the day
      • Hydration bladder or a water bottle
      • Sunglasses
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Earplugs — optional
      • Basic first aid essentials, such as blister protection
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, etc.)
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Your guides will take care of all luggage handling and transportation for the duration of your tour. This means that you’ll leave your bags with your guide in the morning, and they’ll handle the details of getting them into the next hotel room. Luggage is transferred on the days that you are walking to a different hotel. We ask you to have it ready at reception at 8.00 so as to make sure we can deliver your luggage and others as early as possible in the afternoon. The luggage transfer is limited to 1 bag per person with a maximum weight of 15 kg per bag. Additional bags can be transferred for an extra €10 per bag per transfer.

  • Accommodation for the duration of your tour is based on a number of criteria, including location, comfort, services, price, and character. Though accommodation on the Camino is limited, your guides will always try to book something that is near the Camino as well as the historical center of the city. Expect hotels of a 3* standard in larger cities, while for the smaller villages and towns, your guide choose hotels or guesthouses of a 2* standard. Exceptions may be made.

  • Your guides are determined to provide you with the best available food on the Camino. Each night, you can expect traditional meals or tapas prepared with fresh and local products. A table will always be reserved for your group at the end of the day in one of your guides’ favorite restaurants along the trail.

    Any special dietary requirements or allergies can be accommodated, just let us know in time so they can be taken into consideration.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For these Camino Portuguese hiking tours, the usual client to guide ratio is 16:1. That’s also the maximum group size.
      • It takes a minimum of 7 people for this tour to operate.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    Walking the Camino Portuguese can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • Depending on the tour you choose, your starting point is either in Oia or Tui. To get there, it’s best to fly into Santiago–Rosalía de Castro Airport (SCQ). From there, your guides can either arrange airport transfers to the meeting point for an additional fee or you can reach them by yourselves. You can rent a car, take a bus or a train and it could take you anywhere between 1 and 2.5 hours.

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Spain and Portugal, please refer to requirements for travel to Spain.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • Secure your spot for 2025 with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you’ll be the first one to know. Pick the month that suits you best and we’ll let you know once the dates are live—don’t risk missing out on your bucket list adventure!

      • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure in case the dates don’t suit you by the end of the year.
      • Once the set dates for the following season are live, you can confirm your booking by the end of this year by paying another 20% of the total amount.
      • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

    For set dates, a non-refundable 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 2 months (60 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to sixty (60) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund minus the deposit.
      • For cancellations fifteen (15) to fifty-nine (59) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.

    Client can transfer their booking to a person who satisfies all the requirements, having first given the Guide reasonable notice in writing to do so before the departure date (such notice must be given more than 21 days prior to the date of departure). Client who transfers the Booking shall be jointly and severally liable with the transferee to the Guide for the payment of any balance due in respect of the holiday and for a substitution fee of €30.00 per person substituted, subject to a maximum of €120.00 per booking (or such other greater sum as may be authorized).

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