As with all of the other routes, strictly speaking it is impossible to only mention one route when we are talking about the Portuguese Way. The Portuguese Coastal Way, which connects Porto to other coastal regions and cities, and allows the pilgrim to cross over into Galicia, via the Minho river to La Guardia (opposite Caminha), Goian (opposite Vila Nova de Cerveira) or even Tui (via Valença do Minho) was, according to some historians, one of the most important routes to reach the Apostle’s home in Santiago de Compostela. This coastal route which starts in Porto and passes through Matosinhos, Maia, Vila do Conde, Póvoa de Varzim, Esponsende, Viana do Castelo, Caminha, Vila Nova de Cerveira and Valença was only given due importance in the 15th century. Until then it was mainly used by locals and those who disembarked in the seaports.
The “Appreciation of the of Saint. James trails the Portuguese Coastal Way” project is the result of a joint-application made by 10 municipalities to Norte 2020, with the aim of of cially recognizing and making this Way known as a pilgrimage route to Santiago. This inter-city network presents a unique brand image and integrated marketing communication to enhance the inherent value of the Portuguese Coastal Way.