Portuguese Coastal Camino – Self Guided

What’s included?

  • Accommodation in Hotels with breakfast
  • Road book with detailed route descriptions and elevation profiles
  • Pilgrim Kit: Credencial (passport) and Vieira (shell)
  • Luggage transfer – 1 bag per person – up to 15kg/bag
  • 24/7 emergency support

Cost for 8 Days or 15 days:

8 Day: Cost: €730pps, Single supplement: + €250
15 Day: Cost: €1160pps, Single supplement: + €560

10% deposit required when booking.
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Coastal Walk, Portugal

Portuguese Coastal Camino to Santiago – 8 Day

Duration:7 nights / 6 walking days
Tour Type: Self-guided
Nº of people: From 1
Difficulty: Moderate
Total walking distance: 100km
Region: Galicia
Available: From 1st March to 31st October

Baiona is one of the most attractive and important coastal towns in Galicia. Its protected bays offer beaches with character and safe harbour in its fishing port. There’s no shortage of fresh seafood in the town’s many tapas bars and restaurants so tuck in!

Before leaving Baiona to begin your Camino, take some time to explore its medieval streets and churches as well as the Monterreal fortress on the peninsular. Then follow the Camino da Costa through countryside, forest and villages to the city of Vigo, looking out for views of the Cies islands in the Ria de Vigo estuary.

Your route merges with the Central Camino de Santiago in Redondela, taking you through more delightful Galician countryside with stops in historical Pontevedra, the spa town of Caldas de Reis and Padrón, a town that’s strongly linked to the legend of St. James, before the ultimate destination of Santiago de Compostela and its magnificent cathedral.

Day 1: Arrival to Baiona (Portuguese Coastal Camino)

Meet with a member of our team for a briefing and to collect the documentation.

Accommodation: 3 stars hotel

Day 2: Walk from Baiona to Vigo (25.5km / 15.8 miles)

As you pass through the outskirts of Baiona, you’ll encounter a few historical monuments and have views of the coast before you head inland through the countryside. Walk through villages and forest and then a stretch of busy road in Coruche before re-entering rural territory on the approach to Vigo. Cut through Castrelos Park to avoid the urban jungle and reach your hotel.

Accommodation: 3 stars hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Walk from Vigo to Arcade (22km / 13.5 miles)

Walk along Vigo’s bustling shopping street and out of the city. You’ll follow the same road, at times tarmac, at others unpaved, through a row of peaceful villages spread across the hills with views of the Ria de Vigo. The next few kilometres are spent in a leafy forest before heading downhill to Redondela, famous for its two viaducts. The final stretch takes you out of Redondela and up through another forest before you reach Arcade, where you can sample their famous oysters.

Accommodation: 3 stars hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Walk from Arcade to Pontevedra (13km / 8 miles)

Today’s walk is short and one of the most attractive on the Camino. Cross the ancient Ponte Sampaio to leave Arcade and follow a well-worn stone path past small fields and uphill into a forest. Use our scenic detour to approach Pontevedra via a riverside path in the shade of trees rather than the main road. Once settled, take your pick from an array of atmospheric squares to relax in.

Accommodation: 3 stars hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Walk from Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis (22km / 13.6 miles)

Get a glimpse of Pontevedra’s Roman heritage as you leave the city to follow the railway line north through the valley and patches of forest. After the village of San Amaro, continue through the countryside, decorated with tall grape vines, to the tiny village of Tivo. From here, it’s a mere two kilometres before you get to enjoy the warm thermal springs in Caldas de Reis.

Accommodation: 2 stars hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Walk from Caldas de Reis to Padron (19km / 11.5 miles)

Shortly after leaving the medieval spa town behind, you’ll walk through the pretty Bermaña valley to reach Santa Mariña church. Once you reach Cortiñas, its downhill almost all the way, through the Valga woods and over the Ulla River to the intriguing town of Padrón where you’ll find many references to the legend of St. James.

Accommodation: 3 stars hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Walk from Padron to Santiago (25km / 15.5 miles)

There are inevitably several periods of road walking today but these are interspersed with stretches of peaceful woodland. Of note is the Romanesque church of Santa Mária de Iria and the Marian shrine at A Escravitude. Ancient oak trees and a remarkable stone cross add to the charm of Parada de Francos. Follow Rua Franco all the way to Praza do Obradoiro to reach the awe-inspiring cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Accommodation: 3 stars hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast – end of our services

Meals: Breakfast

Tailored Walk: Simply tell us what you’re looking for. We’ll happily adapt this itinerary to suit your personal interests, needs and schedule to create your ideal holidays.

What’s included?

  • Hotel Accommodation with breakfast
  • Road book with detailed route descriptions and elevation profiles
  • Pilgrim Kit: Credencial (passport) and Vieira (shell)
  • Luggage transfer – 1 bag per person – up to 15kg/bag
  • 24/7 emergency support

What’s not included?

  • Meals, except for breakfast as described above
  • Personal expenses or gratuities
  • Insurance
  • Arrival and departure transfers

About the walks and fitness levels:

The walks on this tour are generally of a moderate to a strenuous level.
A good reasonable level of fitness is required.
You can walk at your own pace as this is a self-guided route and is very well sign posted.

The Accommodation:

We choose the accommodation very carefully and use a mix of quality and comfortable hotels. The accommodation providers are well used to inviting guests that are tired after a days walk and know that they need somewhere comfortable to relax and freshen up.

Food: Portugal and this part of Spain offer wonderful fish dishes.

Breakfasts are included and can range from size depending on accommodation.
Lunches for the walks: There are plenty of place that you can purchase a snack along the way.
Evening Meals : Meals are available in all the towns you pass through and are very reasonably priced with a wide selection to choose from.

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Cancellation Policy:

(If for any reason this tour can not take place due to Covid restrictions then there is no charge on cancellation) Otherwise as Below.

  • More than 31 days before the expected arrival – No Charge.
  • From 30 to 22 days to the expected arrival – 50% of total cost
  • From 21 to 14 days to the expected arrival – 75% of total cost
  • Less than 14 days to the expected arrival – 100% of total cost

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