This path from the sea, starting from Porto and passing through the present municipalities of Matosinhos, Maia, Vila do Conde, Póvoa de Varzim, Esposende, Barcelos, Guimarães, Braga, Viana do Castelo, Caminha, Vila Nova de Cerveira e Valença, gained relevance during the Modern Age, especially since the eighteenth century, being used by coastal populations and by those who landed at seaports. During this period it was one of the most important routes to reach Santiago de Compostela. "
When one approaches the Portuguese Way of Santiago it is not possible to speak, with rigor, of a single route. While pilgrims were using the available road network, pilgrimage choices multiplied over time, accommodating the gradual increase in options that were being made available. In this context, the Portuguese Way of the Coast assumes as a derivation of the Central Portuguese Way, as an alternative of connection to Galicia. Using this route and from the Portuguese territory it was possible to reach Galicia through the crossing of the Rio Minho, whether it was made connecting Caminha to A Guarda, Vila Nova de Cerveira to Goián, or Valença to Tui.