So many fantastic places, so many interesting people, such a
difficult language!

Camino Portuguese da Costa

Once back in Porto, I was ready to start the Camino.

Days 1 and 2 – Porto to Vila do Conde

Days 3 and 4 – Vila do Conde to Viana do Castelo

Days 5 and 6 Viana do Castelo to La Guarda

Days 7 and 8 La Guarda to Mos

Days 9 and 10 Mos to Pontevedra

Days 11 and 12 Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis

Day 13 Caldas de Reis to Herbon Monastery

Day 14 Herbon to Teo

Day 15 (final) Teo to Santiago de Compostella

Links to individual blogs about walking in a Portugal: the Algarve and Alentejo regions, plus ones on Coimbra, Fatima and more, are below.


I flew to Porto with my eldest daghter and met the youngest at the airport before taking the metro into the city (using an Andante card: 1.20 euros per jurney, 80 cents for the card which you can then top up at newsagents around the city and at the larger stations or interchanges – good for buses and metros but each zone needs a different andante card!)



I had a lovely week with the girls – a mix of culture (you must see Seralves contemporary art museum), lounging by two of the outdoor, slightly out-of-town pools, eating some good food, sampling the port wine and of course wandering and wandering the streets to simply admire the architecture.

You will find these brightly coloured fish all over Porto

Seralves, Porto

Seralves, Porto

Seralves, Porto

Having a laugh by the Pedro Cabría Reís, Cabinet d’amateur 1999, Saralves, Porto

Carmelite Church, Porto, Portugal. Covered with the famous blue and white tiles – an amazing sight

The Virgin’s big heart, Corrigos Tower museum, Porto, Portugal


I took a bus from Porto to Lisbon to stay with a Filipa and meet Sonia, both Shiatsu women who kindly answered my message on the Shiatsu in Portugal facebook page.

Thank you, Filipa

Portugal has delicious figs

Peaceful retreat

Interior of Portugal – River Zâzere and Fátima

On the spur of the moment, I went on a weekend retreat near the Zazere River for wild swimming and peace. I visited the papal shrine and walked the (very short via sacra) in Fatima.

Fatima Shrine


From there I travelled to Coimbra, university town.


Citrus grove at the Botanic Gardens, Coimbra

Camino Portuguese da Costa

Once back in Porto, I was ready to start the Camino. See above for the links to the stages

The shell of St James, patron Saint of the Camino walks to Santiago de Compostella in northern Spain

Follow the yellow arrows from cities and towns all over Portugal, Spain and the rest of the world

Walking Routes in Portugal 1 The Rota Vicentina (Porto Covo to Cabo Sao Vicente)

Walking the Algarve Coast includes Albufeira and Portimao

Walking Routes in Portugal 2 The Via Algarviana (Alcoutim to Cabo Sao Vicente)

Lagoa, Algarve

My Feathered Friends, birds of Portugal

Vila Nova de Milfontes 1

To come: Portimao


Visit Portugal website

Have you walked in Portugal? Tell us what route you took in a comment below!