Route through Vila Nova de Cerveira and Valença - 258 Km

The Coastal Way is characterised by the mixture of a sea and overland component. The use of this pilgrim way is essentially related to the fact that journeys by sea were quicker and less exposed to the perils of overland routes and, as a result, they were popular. These sea routes followed the commercial cabotage routes along the Portuguese Atlantic coast, which many pilgrims, a lot of which foreigners, used to travel from Lisbon to the ports of Aveiro, Porto and Viana do Castelo, from where they continued by land to Santiago de Compostela.


The form of the so-called Coastal Way, in similarity to most of the Jacobean routes, is structured around the point of departure of the pilgrim and the personal choice of route to follow. Of course, pilgrims set off for Compostela from Portugal’s Atlantic coast. On the North, the original route really ran inland through the current municipality of Póvoa, and the village of Amorim, where a parish dedicated to St. James still exists. From there, the route followed on to Barca do Lago (near Esposende) heading to Viana do Castelo.



Stages


Porto > Maia - 12 km

Maia > Póvoa do Varzim - 15 km

Póvoa do Varzim > Esposende - 20 km

Esposende > Viana do Castelo - 25km

Viana do Castelo > Caminha - 29 km

Caminha > Vila Nova de Cerveira - 20 km

Vila Nova de Cerveira > Valença/Tui - 15 km (more 4 Km to cross the Valença bridge to Tui)

Valença/Tui > Redondela - 34 km

Redondela > Pontevedra - 18km

Pontevedra > Caldas de Reis - 23Km

Caldas de Reis > Pádron - 19 km

Pádron > Santiago - 24 km


Map of the Coastal Portuguese Way – Route through Vila Nova de Cerveira and Valença

Alternative route through A Guarda - 253 km

This was a less used route travelled by some pilgrims who used the commercial sea routes into Portugal. Once on Portuguese soil, they followed the coastal routes to Santiago de Compostela. Along this coastal route can still be found some place names, pilgrim shelters and Jacobean iconography that confirm the use of a coastal trail to Santiago de Compostela. The route from Porto ran through Vila do Conde and Esposende. Pilgrims could also embark at Viana do Castelo and Caminha and travel to the Galician border by crossing the River Minho in the direction of A Guarda, from there continuing on to O Rosal, Oia, Baiona, Nigrán and Vigo. Then they headed towards Redondela, joining the Central or Main Portuguese Way.



Stages


Porto Matosinhos > Maia – 12 km

Maia > Póvoa do Varzim – 15 km

Póvoa do Varzim > Esposende – 20 km

Esposende > Viana do Castelo – 25km

Viana do Castelo > Caminha – 29 km

Caminha >A Guarda(Ferry) – 4km

A Guarda > Oia – 12 km

Oia> Baiona – 18 km

Baiona > Redondela – 34 km

Redondela >Pontevedra – 18km

Pontevedra > Caldas de Rei – 23 Km

Caldas de Rei >Padrón – 19 Km

Pádron> Santiago de Compostela – 24 Km


 Map of the Caminho Português da Costa (Coastal Portuguese Way) – Route through A Guarda

Porto

The Caminho Português da Costa begins in (13) Praça da Ribeira (pre-14th century), the point at which travellers crossing the Douro River would arrive.

From here, go up Rua dos Mercadores, Rua da Bainharia, Rua de Sant’Ana, and Rua de S. Sebastião to reach Morro da Sé. With the Cathedral behind you, go down the Cathedral steps, alongside the (15) Casa da Câmara (old City Hall - 14th-15th centuries, rebuilt in 2000 by the architect Fernando Távora) towards Rua Escura, where the Chapel of N.ª Sr.ª do Ferro used to stand (demolished in 1928).

From Rua do Souto, which starts where Rua da Bainharia and Rua dos Pelames meet, crossing Rua Mouzinho da Silveira and Rua das Flores and then going up Rua dos Caldeireiros, the route heads towards Porta and Campo do Olival and Cordoaria (now Campo dos Mártires da Pátria) before continuing along Rua de Cedofeita, Rua do Barão de Forrester, Largo da Ramada Alta and Rua de Nove de Julho.

Crossing Rua de Egas Moniz and Rua da Constituição brings you to the square Praça do Exército Libertador, with its (10) Cross of Senhor do Padrão. Follow Rua do Carvalhido and Rua do Monte dos Burgos as far as the ring road- Estrada da Circunvalação. The route carries on along the old Porto/Vila do Conde road, Rua do Seixo, before arriving at the Cross of Padrão da Légua.


Porto map showing the route in the city corresponding to the Coastal Portuguese Way



Accommodation


  • Albergue de Peregrinos S. Tiago de Labruge (Vila do Conde) - The Hostel is closed, in order to prevent the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Rua de Labruge 1720
  • +351 229 284 686 / 961 180 256
  • 24 beds
  • 14h - 22h
  • Donativo


  • Albergue de Peregrinos de S. José de Ribamar (Póvoa Varzim) - The Hostel is closed, in order to prevent the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Av. Mouzinho Albuquerque, 32
  • +351 252 622 314 / 911 527 698
  • 36 beds
  • 14h - 20h
  • Donativo


  • Albergue Santa Clara (Vila do Conde) - The Hostel is closed, in order to prevent the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Rua 5 de Outubro, 221
  • +351 252 104 717
  • 25 beds
  • 15h - 22h
  • 7,50€


  • Albergue de S. Mamede (Vila Chã, Vila do Conde) - The Hostel is closed until March 25th, in order to prevent the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Travessa do Sol
  • +351 969 545 833 / +351 229 370 818
  • 20 beds
  • 14h - 21h
  • 5€/7€


  • Albergue S. Miguel (Marinhas/Esposende) - The Hostel is closed until April 3rd, in order to prevent the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Avenida S. Sebastião
  • +351 967 611 204
  • 34 beds
  • 14h - 22h
  • 5€/7€

See HERE alternatives for overnight stay in the municipality.


  • Pousada de Juventude Foz do Cávado (Fão/Esposende)
  • Alameda do Bom Jesus
  • +351 253 982 045
  • 91 beds
  • 8h – 24h
  • 12€/80€


  • Albergue de São João da Cruz dos Caminhos (Viana do Castelo) - The Hostel is closed, in order to prevent the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Rua do Carmo, 1
  • +351 258 822 264
  • 100 beds
  • 8:15 - 19:00
  • 6€/12,50€


  • Pousada de Juventude de Viana do Castelo
  • Rua de Limia
  • +351 258 838 458
  • 70 beds
  • 00h–24h
  • 12€/62€


  • Albergue de Caminha
  • Av. Padre Pinheiro
  • +351 914 290 431
  • 32 beds
  • 14h – 22h
  • 6€


  • Pousada da Juventude de Vila Nova de Cerveira - Estrada Nacional 13
  • E.N. 13 - Rua Alto das Veigas
  • +351 251 709 933
  • 60 beds
  • 8h – 24h
  • 12€/47€


  • Albergue S. Teotónio (Valença) - The Hostel is closed, in order to prevent the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Av. Bombeiros Voluntários
  • +351 918 234 938
  • 50 beds
  • 15h - 20h
  • 5€



Local tourist information


Maia - +351 229 444 732

Vila Conde - +351 252 248 473

Póvoa de Varzim - +351 252 298 120

Esposende - +351 253 961 354

Viana do Castelo - +351 258 098 415

Caminha - +351 258 921 952

Vila Nova de Cerveira - +351 251 708 023

Valença - +351 251 823 329



NOTES:

(*) SAMPAIO, Francisco, 2004 – Santiago Rota do Alto-Minho. Viana do Castelo: Região de Turismo do Alto-Minho, p. 13-14
(**) A Guarda. Camino Portugués de la Costa, s/d. A Guarda: Ayuntamento de A Guarda/Oficina de Turismo.
Refer also to A Vila de A Guarda.

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