The Portuguese Coastal Camino is a truly unforgettable and unique experience!
The route starts in the vibrant UNESCO-listed Porto, the 2nd largest city in Portugal, and finishes in the historical and spiritual Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. The 270km trail will take us to fascinating seaside towns and fishing villages, magnificent sandy beaches of Northern Portugal and Galicia, along the superb Atlantic Coast. Along the way, we will enjoy delicious locally caught seafood (grilled sardines, octopus and salted cod bacalhau to name a few) and try some local specialities (pastel de nata, francesinha, caldo verde, the list can go on and on 😊) Having walked solo the Portuguese Camino in August 2018 starting from Lisbon, walking to Porto and from there to Santiago de Compostela (that’s 700km in total, much longer than what we’re going to walk on this trip!), I fell in love with it! To achieve the highest flexibility and make the trip more enjoyable and fun, we’re going to have no more than 5 participants – a truly personal touch and fantastic small group experience!
Camino – the story:
St James the Great (Sant Iago in Spanish) was a fisherman and one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. He is believed to have left Jerusalem to preach in the Iberian Peninsula but after returning to the Holy Land was murdered by King Herod Agrippa in AD44. His disciples brought his body back to Spain by boat, and his remains are now buried in the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral (a curious fact: the world-famous Santiago de Compostela cathedral is depicted on the Spanish 1, 2 and 5 euro cent coins).
Pilgrims from all over the world have walked Camino de Santiago trails for centuries, all of which converge in the holy city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain. Nowadays, Camino is so much more than simply a pilgrimage to the shrine of St James! Some people choose to walk the Camino to escape from the routine, others – to reflect on their life, for me – it was simply a sports challenge and a cultural adventure. Whatever your motivation, Camino is for everyone! One of the best parts of the Camino lies in the people that you will meet along the way and the tremendous camaraderie than you will experience from the very first steps. During my Camino, I met some amazing people from Argentina, South Africa, Australia, Japan, United States, Italy, Spain and Germany to name a few! It’s always been fantastic to hear so many friendly locals wishing you Bom Caminho in Portugal or Buen Camino in Spain, meaning have a good journey!
The popularity of the Camino has grown dramatically over the last 15 years, with a total of 327,378 pilgrims completing the Camino in 2018, up from 93,929 in 2005! Historically, the French Way or the Camino Frances has been the most popular Camino route, however, the Portuguese Camino, the second most popular route, is quickly catching up. In 2005 the French Way accounted for 85% of all pilgrims vs 6% choosing to walk the Portuguese Camino, now it’s 57% vs 25%! Compared to the French Way, the Portuguese Coastal Camino offers stunning Atlantic coastal views, delicious seafood and wine and the best sandy beaches of Northern Portugal and Galicia – all the more reason to go for it!
Each of us before starting the Camino will receive a pilgrim passport credencial, which we will need in order to stay at official pilgrim hostels albergues. To receive a Compostela (a certificate of completion of the Camino and a proof that you have walked at least the last 100km), this credencial must be presented at the Pilgrim Office in Santiago with at least two stamps per day. Stamps can be collected at hostels, churches, town halls, museums, cafés, etc. along the way.
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