There are three “Portuguese Caminos”. Firstly the main Caminho Português goes north from Porto through central Portugal and the two “coastal routes”. The Caminho Português da Costa winds inland at times. We chose to walk south to Porto on the less popular Senda Litoral which generally sticks to the coast. Click here for our Senda Litoral map.
A Guarda – Vila Praia de Âncora
01 June 2019 via SENDA LITORAL
From A Guarda in Spain we took the TAXI-MAR speed boat across the Minho back to Caminha in Portugal and then walked along the Atlantic coast to Vila Praia de Âncora. From A Guarda to the port, 3.6 km 50 minutes and from A Guarda to Vila Praia de Âncora, 10.4 km 3 hours.
TAXI-MAR provides a great service across the Minho when the ferry isn’t operating.
Takes 4 minutes and costs €5 per person
Vila Praia de Âncora – Viana do Castelo
02&03 June 2019 via SENDA LITORAL
20.8 km, 5 hours 20 minutes staying close the coast without walking on the beach although there are a few patches where the sand dunes have covered the boardwalk.
Viana do Castelo was founded in the 13th century. It is one of the beautiful cities in the north of Portugal and a good place to have a rest day.
Viana do Castelo – Esposende
04 June 2019 via CAMINO PORTUGESE DA COSTA
The Senda Litoral is at about 4 km longer than the Caminho da Costa (25.5 km, 6½ hours) so we headed inland along the Camino. It was raining for the first two hours but a good days walking, along narrow cobbled village streets and soft paths through eucalyptus forrest. To pass the time we played “count the pilgrims” – final score: 207 but spread out, not in tight clusters.
Esposende – Póvoa de Varzim
05 June 2019 via SENDA LITORAL
Today we headed for the coast again to follow the Senda Litoral, crossing paths with the Camino about halfway: 21.8 km, 5 hours 20 minutes.
Póvoa de Varzim – Cabo do Mundo
06 June 2019 via SENDA LITORAL
It was hard going today. Only 19.2 km, 4 hours 20 minutes but into a strong headwind – a strength sapping 35 kph gusting to 50 kph with intermittent rain. Where possible we walked a block inland from the exposed coastline convincing ourselves it was a little easier.
Cabo do Mundo – Porto
07 June 2019 via SENDA LITORAL
After yesterday’s wind and rain we were pleased to awake to fine, sunny and calm weather. It’s an easy, attractive walk along the coast to the mouth of the Douro and then along the riverside to Porto. 17.2 km 4 hours.