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10 Days

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Moderate

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10 Days

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difficulty

Moderate

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trip cost

from $1690 pp

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Overview

Baiona to Santiago

Our 10 day itinerary follows the Galician coastline using the Portuguese Camino da Costa (Coastal Way) to Redondela, and from here the route converges with the Portuguese Camino Central (Central Way) and continues through to Santiago de Compostela. This walk takes in the beautiful Galician 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). Although you will encounter fewer other walkers and less signage than on the Camino Frances the friendly locals, fabulous scenery, fine accommodation and delicious Galician cuisine will make this journey a truly memorable experience.

Please note this particular itinerary is in Spain and 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.

Walking the Coastal path

Highlights

get ready for

  • Beautiful Galician scenery; seascapes, vineyards and shady forests
  • Walk approx. 130kms enabling you to receive a Compostela
  • Indulge in local delicacies especially amazing seafood including oysters and pulpo (octopus)
  • Magnificent accommodation with complimentary upgrade to the Parador in Baiona or Pontevedra*

Itinerary

Baiona to Santiago

Week 1
Day 1
ARRIVAL DAY INTO BAIONA

Make your own way to Baiona, which lies on the coast at the southern end of Galicia. Baiona is the most popular seaside tourist town in southern Galicia and has a well preserved old town and numerous important monuments. This lovely little coastal town is also home to a medieval fortress, Monte Real, originally intended to deter pirates from this stretch of coast; in 1585 it repelled an English raid led by Sir Francis Drake. 

Spend some time exploring this unique fishing village wandering through the narrow cobblestone streets of the old town. The tourist office is located inside the Baiona Parador, which also has the most amazing views over the Atlantic Ocean and Vigo Bay. Baiona itself has many great cafes and restaurants and a wonderful atmosphere to relax and enjoy.

Day 2
FREE DAY IN BAIONA

Baiona is a charming seaside town with an authentic Spanish presence. 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. We highly recommend trying the local tapas and meandering through the enchanting cafe-lined streets. 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.

Meals: B

Day 5
REDONDELA TO PONTEVEDRA (20KM)

Today is a beautiful day of walking. Several kilometers 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, 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

Week 2
Day 8
PADRÓN TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA (26KM)

Your final walking day on the Camino Portuguese 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. After passing through Milladoiro and the tiny town of Agro dos Monteiros, but before passing under the motorway, pilgrims now for the first time will have a view 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 9
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 10
DEPART SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

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.

Meals: B

Inclusions

What you get

Included
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 nights at the Parador De Baiona
  • 1 night at the Parador in Pontevedra
  • 6 nights excellent accommodation in Casa Rurales and Hotels
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Camino walking guidebook with maps (per 2 people)
  • Pilgrim’s passport (per person)
  • Spanish phrasebook
  • Document case
  • Daily luggage tags
  • Maps of your hotel locations
  • Emergency contact numbers
  • Dedicated local support person in Santiago for help and reassurance
  • Magnificent accommodation with complimentary upgrade to the Parador in Baiona or Pontevedra* (subject to availability)
Excluded
  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplement $810
Added Extras

For an extra indulgence, upgrade your hotel in Santiago to a Parador for only $135 per person/per night twin share, when booked 6 months in advance (subject to availability).

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