Unique options for active tour groups visiting Portugal
If you and your group are considering making the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, there is a relatively new route you may want to explore. The Portuguese Camino coastal route takes you through national parks and provides outstanding views. There are plenty of reasons to walk the Portuguese Camino coastal route, and here we provide ten of them. If you’d like to know more about the Camino Portuguese Coastal route, click here for more information.
- It’s an Official Jacobean Route
It may be new but the Portuguese Camino coastal route has become an official route of the pilgrimage. This means that your effort will be recognized, and you’ll be able to take in everything the Portuguese coast has to offer.
- Sign Posted and Managed
Since it has become an official Camino route, you’ll find it signposted and like the other inland Portuguese route and the French Way, your path is administrated and managed. Making your pilgrimage that much nicer. The Spanish Historical Heritage Law has officially recognized it.
- Yes! Your Pilgrim Passport will be Stamped
If you’re wondering whether you can collect your Pilgrim Passport stamps, let us put your mind at ease. Now we’re official you will be able to find places where you can your stamps making your journey official. Getting a stamp makes you feel good as you get a sense of achievement with each stamp collected.
- More Pilgrims Equals More New Friends
The Portuguese Camino coastal route has seen a considerable increase in numbers. Although the French Way is still the most popular, the Camino Portuguese route that follows the coast, has seen numbers jump from 900 pilgrims in 2017 to over 12,000 in 2019.
- A Cultural Treat
The towns and villages you pass through on the Camino Portuguese route bring the countries alive. You’ll see real people going about their lives as the beautiful countryside rolls past.
- The Ever-Changing Views
The views offered by the Portuguese Camino coastal route are superb. From views of the Atlantic Ocean to sandy beaches to villages and towns, this is an enigmatic and beautiful way to make your pilgrimage.
- Finding Inner Peace
One aspect of the Portuguese Way that can be hard to find on the French Way is solitude. Arguably, we only find ourselves when we spend moments alone and this you can do when following the coastal Camino route.
- Visit Porto
Porto is a fantastic city, and by embarking on the coastal route, you begin your pilgrimage from here. This gives you time to explore the city and get to know it.
- Savor Pontesampaio and the Roman bridge of the Verdugo River
Pontesampaio is a small village with the legendary Bridge of Pontesampaio or the Roman Bridge of the Verdugo River. The legend states that in 977 it was crossed by Almanzor. It is also the site of the famous Battle of Pontesampaio where French Troops were driven from Galicia.
- Barosa River Natural Park
The Barosa River Natural Park is a beautiful part of your journey. Its cascading stream, mills, and natural beauty will bring you wonderous joy. This is just one of the many amazing things you will see when you undertake the Portuguese Camino coastal route.
If you are planning a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela consider the coastal route. It has easy terrain and offers something new and wonderous with every mile.