The Portuguese Coastal Way

The Portuguese Coastal Way enters Galicia through the seafaring town of A Guarda, after crossing the mouth of the River Miño.

The Portugues Coastal Way:

  • Length 162.8 Km
  • Difficulty Medium-Low
River Miño Estuary

This coastal route first goes west along the River Miño until it reaches its wide estuary. Mount Santa Tegra, the grand viewpoint of the Atlantic and Portugal, dominates the landscape and is famous for its magnificent partially excavated fortress settlement, a large village which reached its high point during the period of Romanisation. On the slope of the mount lies the port of A Guarda which provides a fine haven for its fishing fleet.

The route continues along the sheer, wild coast northwards. It passes through Oia, a port town famous for its Cistercian monastery. The medieval church is still in a good state and its entrance has a noble baroque façade. The way goes round Cape Silleiro and enters more sheltered territory, the beautiful Vigo estuary. The first town reached is Baiona, a historical town with charming streets and squares, a XIII century church, a baroque chapel dedicated to Santa Liberata and the spectacular fortress of Monterreal, now a Parador. It was the first town to know of the success of the first journey of Columbus to America as the caravel La Pinta arrived there on February 28, 1493.

The Portugues Coastal Way

After crossing the medieval bridge of A Ramallosa, the route goes towards Panxón (Nigrán), a town known for its Votive Church of the Sea, with its original eclectic architecture built by Antonio Palacios between 1932-37, the remains of a VII century Visigoth church and the of the VII and the sands of Playa América. A short distance to the north the way reaches the beauty of the Bay of Samil and a little farther on it reaches the populous city of Vigo, with a church dedicated to the Apostle Saint James in its urban area.

After Vigo the route joins the Portuguese Way at Redondela.