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What is it?
The final section of the Portuguese Coastal Camino follows a beautiful trail from the seaside town of Baiona to wonderful Santiago de Compostela.
Bayona is a very important town in the history of maritime exploration as it was the place where the legendary Pinzón brothers, who played a key role in Christopher Columbus’ voyage westward, first brought the news of the discovery of the New World to Europe.
From Bayona, hug the coastline towards the city of Vigo, enjoying breathtaking views of the Atlantic shoreline, distant Islas Cies and sheltered waters of the Vigo Estuary as you walk along. The Portuguese Coastal Camino converges with the original Portuguese Camino in the town of Redondela and continues through sloping forested valleys and clustered Galician farmsteads.
The fishing village of Arcade awaits, as does the magnificent historic city of Pontevedra, the spa town of Caldas de Reis,the symbolic settlement of Padron and, finally, wonderful Santiago de Compostela where you can get your Pilgrim’s Certificate, or Compostela.
- 8 nights’ accommodation
- Breakfast and evening dinner
- All bus transfers
- Experienced Irish Guide Dog representative
- Daily luggage transfers
- Comprehensive information on all aspects of your itinerary
- Shell and Credential (Pilgrim Passport)
- Two experienced guides
- Flights are included
How Do I Sign Up?
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What’s The Itinerary?
Saturday 18th August
Arrival at Santiago de Compostela Airport. Transfer to Vigo.
Vigo, Spain’s westernmost city and the largest city in Galicia is vibrant, cultured and a fascinating blend of styles. The spectacular Vigo Estuary, the southernmost and deepest of the Rias Baixas, is the city’s lifeblood, and visitors can enjoy the splendid views it offers from almost any point in the city. An evening stroll along the boardwalk in Samil Beach, followed by dinner will set you up nicely for the walk ahead.
Sunday 19th August
WALK. Baiona – Vigo (24 km)
Early transfer after breakfast to Bayona. Today’s opening stage starts off flat, then undulates through a coastal landscape with spectacular views of sand dunes, cliffs and beaches. The trail passes some fine examples of vernacular architecture and stone crosses before reaching Vigo. Relax after the day with a wander through the beautiful medieval quarter or the wharves on the shoreline. Lovely Samil Beach will again be the setting for evening dinner. Overnight: Vigo
Monday 20th August
WALK. Vigo – Arcade (24 km)
A chance to enjoy panoramic views of the Vigo Estuary, Rande Bridge and islands of San Simón and San Antón. At Redondela, the coastal Portuguese Camino joins the original inland route. You finally arrive at Arcade, where you can taste the oysters for which the town is famous or relax by the historic Sampaio Bridge over the River Verdugo. Overnight: Arcade
Tuesday 21st August
WALK. Arcade – Pontevedra (12 km)
Set off through old narrow alleyways before entering lush forest and sloping crop fields.
This is a short stage that ends in the city of Pontevedra, which boasts a beautiful old quarter characterised by charming streets, secluded plazas and such historic buildings as the symbolic Church of La Peregrina (Pilgrim Virgin).
Wednesday 22nd August
WALK. Pontevedra – Caldas de Reis (23 km)
Walk along paved roads and trails through forests, small farmsteads and vineyards. Encounter bridges over streams and stone crosses until you get to the town of Caldas de Rei, where the Umia and Bermaña rivers meet, also known for its hot springs.
Overnight: Caldas de Reis
Thursday 23rd August
WALK. Caldas de Reis – Padrón (19 km)
Today’s trail meanders northward through a typical landscape of villages, cultivated fields and wooded valleys. You finish in Padrón where, according to tradition, the disciples of Saint James landed ashore with the Apostle’s remains. Don’t leave without trying the tasty peppers for which the town is famous.
Friday 24th August
WALK. Padrón – Santiago de Compostela (25 km)
Today you trace the original journey of Saint James’ followers as they transported the Apostle’s body from their landing site in Padrón to the site of his burial at Campus Stellae (Compostela). Hike through clustered villages and farms until you get to the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela. Enjoy the thrill of arriving in bustling Obradoiro Square where the famous Cathedral is located.
Overnight: Santiago de Compostela
Saturday 25th August
Free Day in Santiago de Compostela
Time to relax and enjoy all the things this wonderful city has to offer.
Some like to reflect on their journey in the magnificent Cathedral, where they can also visit the shrine containing the relics of the Apostle Saint James.
Others may choose to explore the narrow cobbled streets of the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or kick back in a terraza with fellow pilgrims. The vibrancy and beauty of Santiago is a fitting reward for all that walking. Compostela ceremony and dinner in the old town.
Overnight: Santiago de Compostela
Sunday 26th August
Transfer to Vigo or Santiago Airport – Flight back Home!
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