Camino Portuguese Coastal Deluxe: Baiona to Santiago

Stage 1 of 2

127.4km

8 days

4-Star

Popular time

september

Starting from

€1470

Overall

Distance:

18.8 min | 25.5km average | 35.2 max

Ascent:

0 min |406.7m average | 903.6 max

Cardio:

2   3.8   5

Follow the Camino Preview Map Trip 1061

This package, on the coastal alternative route of the Camino Portugues, takes you along the Atlantic coastline. You will stop in the coastal cities of Baiona and Vigo on the way before rejoining the traditional Camino Portugues from Redondela on to the city of Santiago de Compostela. This region is known for its seafood, in particular its oysters and scallops, so be sure to sample these delicacies before each night of comfortable sleep.

Baiona

Baiona

This picturesque coastal town sits on the estuary of Vigo where the Mino river enters the bay. A must do is to watch the sunset from Monterreal Fort which is now a Parador. Between the small beaches, seafront and the narrow streets of the old town you can easily stroll around and discover its many cafes and restaurants.

Carmen convent in Padron (Spain)

Padron

This is where the body of St James first returned to Spain from Jerusalem and in the Church or Santiago you can see the Pedron, a large ancient stone that it is claimed the boat carrying the body of St James was moored to. Padron is also known for its small green peppers that are fried in oil and seasoned with sea salt so be sure to sample this local dish when in town!

Local seafood

Fresh Local Seafood

Being a coastal route it is no surprise that when it comes to the culinary specialties of the region, seafood is top of the list. The seafood from this region is so good that it is known worldwide. So why not take the opportunity to sample some of the local delicacies such as the Vieira (known as the pilgrim’s shell), Pulpo, Oysters, Langostino’s or even crab to name a few. All of which can be nicely washed down with a glass of the local ‘Albarino’ wine.

Camino Portuguese Coastal Deluxe: Baiona to Santiago

Starting from € 1470

BAIONA

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

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Included in this package

Mix of deluxe stay in 4* hotels where possible or country guesthouses d

Superior rooms confirmed where possible

Bed & Breakfast

Dinners

Luggage Transfers from Hotel to Hotel

Airport Transfers from/to Santiago de Compostela

24/7 Customer Service

Our Holiday or Pilgrim Pack

Add-On

Additional Nights

Day Tours to Local Sites of Interest

Not included: Flights/trains, Insurance, Drinks/Lunch

Itinerary

Day

1

km

BAIONA

You will stay for two nights in the lovely seaside town of Baiona to enjoy the best accommodation available as part of our Deluxe package. So relax and get ready for your walk with a leisurely stroll along the town marina, watching the sun over the shimmering sea, or enjoying a long seafood lunch with glasses of local wine.

Day

3

27 km

BAIONA VIGO

The way out of the stunning town of Baiona will have you alongside a sandy beach for most of the day. You will have regular opportunities to stop in cafes along the beach. You will then enter the very active city of Vigo, which will reach after a 3km walk through the harbour.

Day

4

35.2 km

VIGO PONTEVEDRA

On this trip, we will transfer you from Vigo to the start of your walk today in Redondela (10km from Vigo). Once dropped in Redondela, you will join the traditional Portuguese Way. You will start seeing more pilgrims along the Camino. You will pass through typical Galician landscape with rural areas and lush green Eucaliptus forests. Before the halfway mark, you will cross Ponte Sanpaio where Napoleon troupes were defeated.

The arrival into Pontevedra offer a slightly shorter but along the road option or a slightly longer shaded option. Your final stop of the day has a lovely center with pedestrian streets and lovely cider bar/restaurant behind the church.

Day

5

21.4 km

PONTEVEDRA CALDAS DE REIS

Passing chestnut groves, the Camino leaves Pontevedra and runs parallel to the railway for a while. After passing through the hamlet of Ponte Cabras, we encounter the rectory of Santa Maria de Alba, tucked away among pine and eucalyptus trees. Emerging from the dense woods of Lombo da Maceira, you’ll see a statue of St James, his staff pointing the way to proceed. Passing the lovely village of Tibo, with its fountain, public washing place and stone cross, brings us to Caldas de Reis.

Day

6

18.8 km

CALDAS DE REIS PADRON

Exiting the town, we take a bridge over the River Umia that leads us to a fountain of hot spring water that has lent the town its name since Roman times. Entering the woods once more, the Camino makes its way gently uphill to the hamlet of Santa Marina. Going downhill, we cross the river Fontenlo. Finally, we catch up again with the river as we arrive in Padron. Padron is famous for being the first land sighted by the ship bearing the body of St James.

Day

7

25 km

PADRON SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

The Camino passes through many small hamlets before arriving at the Baroque sanctuary of A Esclavitude. On a hilltop to the left stands the mysterious ruins of the hillfort Castro Lupario. A few kilometres later, we come to the oldest wayside crossing in Galicia. As we near Agro dos Monteiros, it’s now possible to see the spires of the cathedral in Santiago. Finally, the Camino passes by the ruins of a castle known as A Rocha Vella, before entering the city of the Apostle.

Day

8

km

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

After breakfast, we bid you farewell.
If you wish to stay in the area, we recommend that you:
– Take your time and visit the magnificent historic centre of Santiago.
– Continue with us along the wild Camino Fisterra (Finisterre Way), and stay overnight at the hotel in the lighthouse!
– Or take a bus to Fisterra to visit the unspoilt sandy coves and beaches of the west coast. With very few tourists, you are guaranteed a very special experience. Buses depart from Santiago Bus Station at 9am and 10am. Buses return to Santiago at 4:45pm and 7pm. The journey takes 3 hours.

How to Get There

Getting to Oia, Spain

Fly into Santiago de Compostela

Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Iberia/BA fly direct to Santiago de Compostela from the UK and Ireland. Ryanair flies from Stansted, Iberia/BA operates from Gatwick and Aer Lingus operates from Dublin. Santiago de Compostela can also be reached by a number of locations around Spain and Portugal, as well as major European cities. Iberia/BA offers the best selection of flights and you can fly to and from Santiago De Compostela returning to Frankfurt, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Bilbao, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Palma, Seville, Tenerife and Valencia.

To get to Oia you will need to get 2 buses from Santiago Airport or we can organise a private airport transfer. The bus from Santiago Airport to Vigo takes 1 hour. Buses from Vigo Bus Station to Oia then depart regularly (every 30 minutes). Alternatively, we can arrange a private transfer to Baiona.

    Getting home from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

    Fly from Santiago de Compostela

    Shuttle buses from Santiago city centre to the airport take 20 minutes, or you can request an airport transfer that will pick you up from your hotel.

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