Walk the Camino Portuguese Coastal 2/2 - Oia to Santiago de Compostela
This second section from Oia to Santiago de Compostela takes you along the coast around to the Vigo estuary. 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. This region is known for its seafood, in particular, its oysters and scallops. Wash it down with the local Albarino wine a true gastronomic delight.
This trip createstonne(s) of CO2, we offset it for free
This picturesque coastal town sits on the estuary of Vigo where the Mino river enters the bay. A must do is to watch the sun set 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.
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!
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.
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Relax on your first night in this beautiful coastal village which is also home to the Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Oya.
Day 2 17.6km
From Oia, you will walk along a coastal footpath away from the main road. After 10km you will then continue along gorgeous coast line on boardwalk with stunning views on the Atlantic Ocean and the Cies islands.
Day 3 27.9km
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.
Day 4 34.1km
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 21km
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 Saint James the pilgrim, his staff pointing the way to proceed. The lovely village of Tibo, with its fountain, public washing place and stone cross, brings us to Caldas do Rei.
Day 6 18.7km
Caldas De Reis
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 make its way gently uphill to the hamlet of Santa Marina. Going downhill, we cross the river Fontenlo. Finally, following a Camino lined with pine trees, 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 24.9km
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
The Camino passes through many small villages and hamlets before arriving at the Baroque sanctuary of A Esclavitude. On a hilltop to the left stands the mysterious, abandoned ruins of the hillfort Castro Lupario.A few kilometres later, we come to the oldest wayside crosses 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.
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
– Continue with us along the wild “Camino Fisterra” (Finisterre Way), and stay overnight at the 2* hotel in the light house!
– or take a bus to Fisterra. (Bus to fisterra: 9am, 10am, bus back in Santiago 16:45 & 19:00. takes 3hours)
– Visit the unspoilt sandy coves and beaches of the west coast. With very few tourists, you are guaranteed a very special experience.
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