Camino Portuguese Coastal Walk with Kids
Following the coast around to the Vigo estuary on this section you will get the opportunity to stay in the beautiful coastal cities of Baiona and Vigo before re-joining the traditional Camino Portuguese from Redondela to Santiago de Compostela. With a mixture of beaches, forests and towns there will be much to distract your kids from the walking! If you would like to spend a few extra days in Santiago after this trip ask us about our Apartment option.
Relax on your first night in this beautiful coastal village which is also home to the Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Oya.
Oia to Baiona – 19km
From Oia, you will walk along a coastal footpath away from the main road. After 10km you will then continue along gorgeous coastline on the boardwalk with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Cies islands. Reaching Baiona, if the kids have the energy they can play on one of the beaches making sandcastles.
Baiona to Vigo – 26km
The way out of the gorgeous town of Baiona will have you alongside a sandy beach for most of the day. You will have regular opportunity to stop in a local cafe along the beach.
You will then enter a typical Galician entrance of Vigo and maze of streets before entering Vigo via its wide sandy beach. Vigo is a very active city that you will reach after 3km walk through the harbour and is the very bay area that is the setting for Jules Verne’s novel ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea’. It is from this Bay that Captain Nemo pilfered his wealth to fund his submarine Nautilus from the galleons sunk by the British during the Battle of Vigo Bay in 1702.
Transfer from Vigo to Redondela walk to Pontevedra – 19km
Transfer from Vigo to Redondella so that you can walk to Pontevedra. Leaving Redondela, which is known as the Village of Viaducts due to the two 19th Century railroad viaducts in the town, you will proceed to the village of Arcade. From here you will cross a Romanesque bridge which is where Napoleon was defeated by the Spanish during the War of Independence. Arriving into Pontevedra you will head through the narrow streets before reaching the 13th Century church of Santa Maria. Of interest to pilgrims is also the Capela da Peregrina which although it appears round is actually in the shape of a scallop. So a day of history for the kids awaits!
Pontevedra to Caldas De Rei – 24km
From Pontevedra the Camino runs parallel to the railway whilst passing chestnut groves. Continuing through the hamlet of Ponte Cabras you will come upon the rectory of Santa Maria de Alba which is nestled among eucalyptus and pine trees. Leaving the thick woods of Lombo da Maceira you will be greeted by a statue of Saint James the pilgrim with his staff pointing the way ahead, why not take a picture of the kids also pointing the way? Before reaching Caldas de Rei, your stop for the night, you will pass a power station before going through the lovely village of Tivo.
Caldas De Rei to Padron – 18km
Leaving the Roman influenced town of Caldas De Rei behind you will cross the river Umia via a bridge that will lead you to a fountain of hot spring water for which the town is famous for. The Camino then enters a wood to ascend gently to the hamlet of Santa Marina, before then going downhill to cross the river Fontenlo. Following the pine tree-lined Camino you will then return to the river as you arrive into Padron which is famous for being the first land sighted by the ship bearing the body of Saint James. Whilst in Padron be sure to also try the peppers from this region and see if you get a hot one or not!
Padron to Santiago de Compostela – 28km
Today the Camino goes through many small villages and hamlets to arrive at the Baroque sanctuary of A Esclavitude. Passing by the ruins of Castro Lupario, home to legendary Queen Lupa who is said to have provided the oxen to pull the cart carrying the remains of Saint James to Santiago, you will continue on to Agro dos Monteiros. It is now that you will get your first glimpse at the towers of the Cathedral in Santiago. Finally, the Camino goes by the ruins of a castle known as A Rocha Vella, before arriving into the city of the Apostle. Savour this moment with your kids and be sure to let them know how proud you are of them making it all the way here.
Santiago de Compostela (End of your Camino)
You made it! Congratulations! Get your Compostela at the Pilgrim Office and enjoy this amazing inspirational city! Visit the Cathedral or one of the many museums!
Farewell, we leave you with family memories that will last a lifetime!
- Great mix of comfortable accommodation in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
- Bed & Breakfast
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
- Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack
- Walking notes & maps
- 24/7 Customer Service
- Great dinners with local food
- Extra nights
- Upgrade to authentic & luxury accommodation or an apartment in Santiago
- Airport transfers
Closest airport is Vigo. Ryanair fly direct to Vigo from the UK and Ireland.
From Vigo to Oia, you can get a public bus or taxi. We can also assist with arranging a private transfer.
Santiago de Compostela
Regular shuttle bus from Santiago city centre to Santiago Airport, takes 45mins.
Aer Lingus and Ryanair have direct flights to Ireland and the UK.