Portuguese magical northern Coast

Walk along the ocean on parts of the Portuguese Camino to Santiago. Discover coastal villages, small seaports, traditional working techniques and local life while we transfer your luggage for you!

Duration: 
5 days/4 nights
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Type: 
  • Self guided along the most beautiful parts of the St. James' Way
  • Local accommodation and luggage transfers
  • Coastal villages and local life
  • Small seaports and beaches
  • Viana do Castelo town
  • Fresh fish and seafood
  • Atlantic Coastal landscapes with ancient buildings

Walk the most beautiful parts of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago on this self-guided walking trip. A short getaway for everyone who likes to experience local life and admire a fantastic coastline!

DAY 1 Arrival day & transfer to Castelo de Neiva

After a meet & great we will head to a small fishing village, called Castelo de Neiva which is just a 30 minutes' transfer away from Porto. A member of our team will join you for a guided walk between sand dunes and pine tree forests. Take your time to enjoy the diversity of the local flora. Cross the beautiful centenary Eiffel iron bridge over the Lima River to the harbour town of Viana do Castelo. Overnight at the old town center of Viana do Castelo. In the area, you can find nice restaurants to enjoy grilled fresh fish.

Walk approx. 12km | Local Accommodation Viana do Castelo 

DAY 2 Viana do Castelo

In the morning, enjoy a guided tour in the old town center and the fishing port area. Lunchtime at one of the local restaurants. Free afternoon to explore a little bit more of the city or take a surf lesson.

Local Accommodation in Viana do Castelo

DAY 3 Viana do Castelo to Vila Praia de Âncora

Today you will walk further north, always along the ocean. The centenary lighthouse, on the top of the promontory is one of the day highlights. Pre-historical rock engravings, old boat shelters and the coastal landscapes make this one of the most diverse walks of the tour. Overnight at Vila Praia de Âncora, a small charming coastal village.

Approx. 19 km | Accommodation in Âncora

DAY 4 Villa praia de Âncora to Caminha

Start walking along the rocky coastline following the Camino de Santiago footpath. With Ínsua fortress in sight, Spain is getting closer. Continue through the centenary coastal pine tree forest and Minho’s riverside until you reach Caminha, the port town for boat transfers to Spain. Arriving at the Minho river, it is time to enjoy a scenic boat tour. Depending on the tide and the weather conditions, you can go up river or to the oceanfront.

Morning walk approx. 10 km | Accommodation in Caminha

DAY 5 Departure day

After breakfast, we will transfer you back to Porto or Viana do Castelo. Let us know your personal travel plans. We will be happy to customize the itinerary.

Pricing and options

This price is always subject to availability. It can also vary according to personal wishes, extra services, changes in the itinerary, amount of participants, type of accommodation and so on. Only the confirmed price on your definite order form is valid. Please contact YŪGEN tours to request a personalized itinerary and quote according to your personal wishes. 

You can always contact us by email at hello@yugentours.com. However, it is recommended to fill out the YŪGEN compass in case you like a personal travel plan. The compass helps you to show us what your holiday should be like and at the same time provides you several images, inspiration and possibilities. There is also space to write down any question you may have or additional information you would like to give us. 

The YŪGEN compass

Use our compass to let us know what kind of holiday you would like and let us guide you in the right direction. Together we will create your custom-made itinerary which fits your style and wishes.

 

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Rental car

You are free to book with any supplier of your choice. Several companies are present at both Porto and Lisbon airports. Or you can book directly with our preferred supplier through the link below. Please contact us first to check availability for your travel itinerary with the desired accommodations and other service providers before booking a car.

Important information

Best time to travel

Best time to travel is spring and September as the weather is normally excellent. During summer months it may get hot and crowdy, especially in August. 

Travel insurance

  • It is always recommend to take out a travel insurance, covering for cancellation and curtailment, medical situations, baggage, emergency evacuation. Always check the specific conditions and coverage of your insurance policy, especially when participating in more adventurous activities.
  • YŪGEN tours does not provide travel insurance.

Medical Precautions

  • Check with your local immunization authority, travel clinic, public health facility or personal physician.
  • Visit the WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION website for up to date information www.who.int

Travel documentation

If you do not have the Belgian nationality, you should inquire at the embassy in your country. The following is valid for people with Belgian nationality:

  • A valid Belgian identity card or an international passport. 
  • A visa is not required.
  • Children need their own identity card. Within the Schengen Zone it is recommended to bring a copy of the passport of the parent which does not accompany the other parent and the minor during the trip, as well as a document of consent of the non-traveling parent. This can prevent delays.
  • Belgian citizens should consult the website of the Federal government for all travel related advise: diplomatie.belgium.be/nl/Diensten/Op_reis_in_het_buitenland/reisadviezen/portugal

Flights

  • Flights are not included in the price of the tour. You are free to choose your flight dates, route, price and airline company if you wish to fly to Portugal.
  • If you opt for flights with a stopover or transfer in the United States of America, please note that you must complete a VISA WAIVER. You can do this up to a minimum of 72 hours before arrival, and this on the website of ESTA (link is external). The permission is valid for 2 years and costs approximately 14 USD per person.
  • Before booking your flights, please contact YŪGEN tours first to check if our local partners are not fully booked on the desired dates.
  • The closest international airport to our suggested trips is Porto's Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport.

Feel free to contact YŪGEN tours for more information and assistance. We will be more than happy to assist.