Whether you’re setting out on the Camino Portugues da Costa to Santiago de Compostela, or just want a lovely walk around the coast from the city, this route from Porto central to Matasinhos in the city’s outer suburbs is a delight and highly recommended. The ‘official’ Camino route goes up through the streets and suburbs, but the coastal route is a much better experience, especially if the weather is good.
It’s around 13km in total so you can do it slowly and still make it to Matasinhos port for lunch. It’s an easy, flat walk — just keep the river and then the ocean on your left.
I stayed at House of Sandemans on the south bank of Porto Gaia which has a view over to Cais de Ribeira where you start the walk. As I walked along the waterfront with a pilgrim I met, a man called out from a window high up — “Bom Caminho!” — the first of many such greetings over the following weeks.