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Location

Portuguese Camino

Difficulty

4-5

Moderate to Challenging

Length

16

Trip Cost

$2550 pp
twin share

Overview

This trip starts in the charming seaside village of Baiona (Spain) and covers 130km to Santiago and a further 80km to Finisterre. You will be walking along the most beautiful tracks of northern Spain, exploring places where time has stood still.

  • Solitude, mindfulness and reflection on the ‘Camino less travelled’
  • Fishing villages, beach walks, excellent seafood and wine
  • Exceptional walking along the wild Atlantic coast
  • 3 nights in magnificent Parador hotels (Baiona and Pontevedra)

This itinerary follows the Galician coastline using the Portuguese Camino da Costa (Coastal Way) to Redondela, and from there the Coastal route converges with the Portuguese Camino Central (Central Way) and continues through to Santiago de Compostela and on to Finisterre – considered the “End of the World” during the Middle Ages and a place of sun worship by the Romans.

This route is suited to those who love coastal scenery but also the more intrepid walker as you will find slightly less signage and fellow pilgrims than on the Spanish Camino. It takes in the beautiful towns and villages of Baiona, Pontevedra, Redondela (famous for the best oysters in Galicia) and Caldas de Rei (a spa town with thermal hot springs).

Finisterre (Fisterra in Galician) is literally the ‘end of the world’. It is the most westerly point in Europe and a fitting end to the epic Camino walk. Four days of walking from Santiago will bring you to the sea and the rugged coastal landscapes of Galicia.

Walking this route will allow you to receive the Compostela – the official certificate of completion for this epic journey.

Read more: Cape Finisterre – Pilgrimage to the end of the world

Please note this particular itinerary does not go through Portugal, even though it is called the Portuguese Coastal Way. If you would like to start your walk in Portugal, please contact us to arrange this. There is an option to walk from Porto (Portugal) to Baiona before you join this trip or the full-length Portuguese Coastal Way Camino from Lisbon.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Day into Baiona

Make your own way to the medium-sized coastal resort village of Baiona, which lies on the southern end of Galicia. Spend some time exploring this unique fishing village wandering through the narrow cobblestone streets of the old town. You will be staying at the Parador de Baiona for 2 nights. It has the most amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean. Relax while enjoying the views and first-class facilities.

Day 2: Free Day in Baiona

Baiona is a charming seaside village with an authentic Spanish presence. We highly recommend trying the local tapas and meandering through the enchanting cafe-lined streets. The well-preserved old town has numerous important monuments. It was here in 1493 that the Caravel La Pinta returned with news of the discovery of America by Columbus. A replica is moored in the harbour. There are also a number of small beaches to explore; dip your toes in and test the water.

Meals: B

Day 3: Baiona to Vigo (24km)

Begin the day with a delicious breakfast at the Parador de Baiona then set off for the day’s walk. You will pass through villages with an almost Mediterranean like ambience and enjoy views that are incredible across the bay of Vigo with the Cíes Islands in the background.

The best option out of Baiona is to follow the Senda Litoral Seashore Path and cross the medieval Ponte Ramallosa bridge over the Rio Minor. At this point you can decide to either continue along the coast on the Seashore Path or follow the inland route through the hills on the Coastal Way. The Seashore Path follows coastal roads, promenades, wooden walkways and beaches to the Rio Lagares where it enters the Bay. Here, either continue along the coast into Vigo Baja past the port and docks or take the path alongside the river joining up with the inland Coastal Way and continuing to Vigo Alto.

From Ponte Ramallosa the Coastal Way goes over the hills with the PO-552 to the left, on back roads and some forest, the path becoming more urbanised closer to the large busy and cosmopolitan city of Vigo. Follow the yellow arrows, and as there are several Camino routes into Vigo, you may also encounter green arrows. Make your way to your accommodation in Vigo Baja down the busy and straight Rua de Urzaiz. Vigo is a huge industrial city, so when walking in here expect industrial areas, highways and busy roads, navigating your way may become difficult.

Meals: B

Day 4: Vigo to Redondela (16km)

There are two ways to depart Vigo. The Seashore Path leaves the old town along the coast past the Vigo Guixar railway station along Rua do Areal and Rua de Garcia Barbon and Sanjurio Badia (the PO-323), before turning right (4km from the railway station), on to Camina Trapa where it joins the Coastal Way.

The alternative is to make your way from the old town along the Rua do Principe mall continuing along the Rua de Urzaiz where it intersects with Avenida do Alcalde Gregorio Espino. This is where we pick up the Camino Coastal Way and the yellow arrows. Follow the pedestrian mall then turn to the left just before the ends on Rua Toledo, then along quiet back streets with the Bay of Vigo on the left where the British sunk many galleons in the 1702 battle of Vigo Bay.

The Camino to Redondela is a pleasant walk with great views of the Vigo estuary as the walk continues through a string of hillside villages and patches of woodland. Your stop for the night is the town of Redondela, known as the ‘Village of Viaducts’, where the Coastal and Senda Litoral Camino’s join with the inland Central Portuguese Camino to Santiago de Compostela.

Your stop for the night is the town of Redondela, known as the ‘Village of Viaducts’, where the Coastal and Senda Litoral Camino’s join with the inland Central Portuguese Camino to Santiago de Compostela.

Meals: B

Day 5: Redondela to Pontevedra (20km)

Today is a beautiful day of walking. Several kilometres out of Redondela the path leads up to the Alto de Lomba through the forest after which there is a short section on the busy N-550 to the village of Arcade famous for the best oysters in Galicia. Cross the long medieval bridge of Ponte Sampaio over the River Verdugo where Napoleon’s army was defeated by the Spanish in 1809 during the War of Independence. Then walk up through the forest and enjoy one of the most beautiful stretches of the Camino following the ancient narrow stone paths as they climb up the slope.

The path widens among fields and vineyards, arriving at Pontevedra with its pretty historic centre, the 13th-century church of Santa Maria and the famous Pilgrim Virgin’s church (Santuario da Peregrina), which although appears round, is actually in the shape of a scallop shell.

An alternative scenic and peaceful way to enter the town is via the Rio Gafos, turn left shortly after the chapel da Santa Marta and before a play area, not waymarked.

Pontevedra has a wonderful atmosphere to soak up and enjoy with its pedestrianised streets and plazas.

Meals: B

Day 6: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis (22km)

Today the Camino Portuguese will take you over the Rio Lerez via the pretty stone Ponte do Burgo bridge decorated with scallop shells and through chestnut groves and pine and eucalyptus trees to the village of San Amaro. Emerging from the woods near Valbon, at the Cruceiro de Amonisa, a statue of Saint James with his walking stick points the way to Santiago. You will pass the pretty village of Tivo with its lovely fountain and public washing area. Continue on through rural fields and vineyards to the Roman-influenced town of Caldas de Reis, known otherwise as ‘the hot waters of the Kings’, where you will find the thermal springs after crossing the river Umia around to the left outside the Hotel Davila. You may wish to soak your feet in the hot thermal water upon your arrival into the town.

Meals: B

Day 7: Caldas de Reis to Padrón (19km)

Today’s walk is one of the most beautiful of the whole route. The path once again takes you through pine forests and rural areas through the Bermana and Verga valleys to today’s destination across the Ulla River, the town of Padrón.

Padrón, the starting point for Saint James ministry in the Iberian peninsular, was also said to be where his body first reached land when it returned by boat after being martyred in Jerusalem.

The parish church has the legendary Pedron, the stone where St James’ boat was moored. You can find the Pedron under the altar in the Igrexia de Santiago with a replica Pedron over the bridge on the west bank of the Rio Sar.

Meals: B

Day 8: Padrón to Milladoiro (19km)

Today’s walking will provide some variety through woodlands and on increasingly busy roads. You will pass through a number of small villages and the suburbs of Santiago de Compostela. After making your way to the historic sanctuary of A Escravitude, continue to Faramello and the Chapel of San Martino where you can see one of the oldest wayside crosses (cruceiro) in Galicia

Meals: B

Day 9: Milladoiro to Santiago de Compostela (7km)

From Milladoiro pass through Agro dos Monteiros and you will now have the first views of the spires of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

After crossing the Sar River, take the left way marked option and continue through the streets of the city via Rua de Porto Faxeira, the old entrance of the Portuguese Way into Santiago de Compostela. Make your way via Rua Franco to Praza do Obradoiro and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Meals: B

Day 10: Free day in Santiago de Compostela

Spend the whole day exploring the historical city of Santiago de Compostela. Dine at one of the many cafes or restaurants and reflect on your Portuguese Coastal Camino experience. Attend the pilgrim’s midday mass and spend some time exploring the famous Cathedral or sit and watch the steady flow of pilgrims arriving into the square finishing their epic journey.

Meals: B

Day 11: Santiago de Compostela to Negreira (22km)

The path leaves Santiago from the Praza do Obradoira taking you out past the stately homes of San Lourenz. You soon enter the country lanes and oak woodland areas. After 6km in the small hamlet of Sarela de Abaxio you have an amazing view back over Santiago with the cathedral silhouetted against the skyline. The route continues through small villages, on quiet roads and on country paths. From Mar de Ovellas you will be rewarded with magnificent views over the valleys below. Cross the magnificent 14th-century bridge Ponte Maceira over the River Tambre and enjoy this beautiful hamlet in Galicia. From here the Camino takes you to Negreira, home to the medieval fortress of Pazo de Coton.

Meals: B

Day 12: Negreira to Abeleiroas (25km)

From Negreira the path leads through small picturesque villages, dairy and corn farms while gently rising to the highest point of the Camino de Finisterre at Monte Aro where you can enjoy a panoramic view over the region. The local architecture of the region’s numerous granaries are on display as the route winds its way through this rich agricultural area.

Meals: B

Day 13: Abeleiroas to Cee (25km)

Today the trail continues along the high plateau of Terre de Xallas passing through Hospital before finally descending to the Ponte Olveiroa where you cross the Xallas River. A 10 km gravel path through open fields and plantations is both scenic and quiet where solitude can truly be enjoyed before tackling the steep descent down to Cee while enjoying the first view of Finisterre and the bay in the distance.

Meals: B

Day 14: Cee to Finisterre (17km)

A short journey today takes you from Cee to Corcubion and on to Finisterre. Take time to enjoy the old heritage listed area in Corcubion. Along the way enjoy views over the bay and Cape Finisterre with the town nestled below. As you come to the shore, leave the road and take to the sand with your approach to the “End of the World” along the beach of A Langosteira. Another 4km along the path beside the road leads to the lighthouse and the end of your journey before you return to Finisterre and your overnight accommodation.

Meals: B

Day 15: Bus to Santiago

Local buses depart throughout the day. The trip to Santiago takes around 2½ hours (or 1½ hours on the fast bus). If you prefer, you could book a private transfer.

Meals: B

Day 16: Bus to Santiago

You are free to check-out of your hotel any time before 10am. If you would like to explore Santiago further you are able to leave your bags with reception.

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Inclusions

  • 12 nights excellent accommodation including historic hotels and character country houses
  • 1 night Pontevedra Parador
  • 2 nights Baiona Parador
  • Private en suite rooms on a twin share basis
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer each day from hotel to hotel (1 x 15kg bag per person)
  • Finisterre guidebook with maps (one book per two people in twin/double share)
  • Camino walking guidebook with maps (per 2 people)
  • Pilgrim’s passport per person
  • Spanish phrasebook (one book per two people in twin/double share)
  • Document case
  • Daily luggage tags
  • Maps of your hotel locations
  • Local and Australian emergency contact numbers
  • Pre-trip Camino guidance and planning
  • Dedicated local support person in Spain for reassurance

Not Included

  • Local bus from Finisterre to Santiago
  • Single supplement AUD$1040
  • Travel insurance
  • Flight to/from Spain

Options/Add Ons

  • For an extra indulgence, upgrade your hotel in Santiago to a Parador for only $120 per person/per night twin share, when booked 6 months in advance (subject to availability).

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Reviews

Michelle Joiner, Pakenham (VIC) – June 2019
Second trip organised by RAW Travel and again was another fantastic experience. Everything went perfectly. Well planned and the best accommodation at every location we visited. Would not hesitate to recommend RAW Travel to anybody. Loved it all. Will definitely be doing more in the future.

Maria Weber, Clunes (NSW) – October 2018
We loved getting off the tourist trail (we did meet a few others doing the Camino, but not that many), wandering through little villages, through woods and along the wild coast. We just wanted to do the walk without the whole pilgrim thing, and we really enjoyed it. The accommodation places were very well located and comfortable.

What our Clients Say

Well planned and the best accommodation at every location we visited. Would not hesitate to recommend RAW Travel to anybody.

Michelle Joiner, Pakenham (VIC) – June 2019

We loved getting off the tourist trail (we did meet a few others doing the Camino, but not that many), wandering through little villages, through woods and along the wild coast.

Maria Weber, Clunes (NSW) – October 2018

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Trip Grading

This trip has a difficulty rating of 4-5 out of 10.