Stage 4: Viana do Castelo – Caminha

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  • 7 hours
  • Quilómetros
    26.8 km
  • Coastal
  • 7
  • 375 m

This is one of the longest stages in the upcoming days, and until you reach Vila Praia de Âncora, it’s always uphill. During this ascent, you’ll encounter small Portuguese villages with a unique and irresistible charm for those in love with this seaside corner.

The arrival in Vila Praia de Âncora is on the descent and brings us closer to the sea once again. Here, after a few kilometers, we have one of the most beautiful moments of our whole course. After a meeting with the Chapel of Santo Isidoro, we are always leaning against the sea, close to the boulders of other times, observing the majestic mountains that we will cross in a few moments. Thus, Caminha is a little poorly kept secret for hikers, as it has everything you need for a restful night.

Starting Point:


Where to eat

Where to sleep

Viana do Castelo - Caminha: Photos
Viana do Castelo - Caminha: Itinerary

A: Black Well Falls

Just 5 kilometers from our exit of Viana do Castelo you will find a small space with a light and a calm lake. Here, you can put up your feet and enjoy the landscape. Only 1000 meters away, there are the waterfalls of the poço negro (black well). A piece of heaven for the more adventurous.

B: Rua da Boa Viagem: Pilgrims

It is not in plain sight for those who do not observe the path they pass by, but it is one of those paths for those who know the true soul of the Way to Santiago. Hidden away in a person’s backyard are effects and decorations that seem to hardly appropriate to the place you are in. A moment of strangeness and a glimpse to marvel at human creativity.

C: Vila Praia de Âncora 

Vila Praia de Âncora is the perfect place for those who want to rest a little, eat, or who knows, stay overnight. With a vibrant and colorful center, you’ll want to get to know better the people who live and work here, as well as the pilgrims who have decided to stay.

D: Caminha 

Caminha seems to be divided between a time gone by and today. With a modern and lively square, restaurants of all kinds (there is even one that has vegan menus), old buildings, and churches – as beautiful as their ideas. It is suitable for anyone who wants one last great night before making up their minds on whether to go to Valença or take the Ferry.

Viana do Castelo - Caminha: Map

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get lost from the Porto Cathedral?

In principle, no! The yellow arrows are clearly marked on the ground. If you’re in any doubt, just look around and see which direction the other walkers are heading. Another idea is to ask someone how to get to the Carvalhido church.

Is it safe to walk the Way without company?

Incidents tend to be minimal and many people make the journey alone. However, safety can be subjective. Many hikers do the route, so if you’re afraid you can always ask for help.

After this stretch, is there any more nature?

This is the most urban stage of the Portuguese route. At the entrance to Vairão, the difference in the natural landscape is remarkable.