Oia to Santiago De Compostela

Stage 2 of 2

145.9km

8 days

Comfort

Popular time

september

Starting from

€660

Overall

Distance:

18.5 min | 24.3km average | 35.2 max

Ascent:

0 min |381.3m average | 903.6 max

Cardio:

2   3.7   5

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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 rejoining 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 for a true gastronomic delight.

Cultural Heritage

Cultural Heritage

One of the most significant highlights along this variant of the Camino is the Monastery of Oia, a centuries-old spiritual sanctuary. Nestled on the rugged coastline, this historic monastery exudes an aura of timelessness and offers a place of quiet retreat for pilgrims seeking a deeper connection to their spirituality. Many pilgrims find solace in the monastery’s peaceful ambiance, spending time in meditation and contemplation before continuing their journey.

Pontevedra

Pontevedra

As the Variante Espiritual progresses, it eventually rejoins the traditional Camino Portuguese in the city of Pontevedra. Here, the pilgrims are once again met with the vibrant energy of a well-trodden path, but the transformation they have undergone on the spiritual variant has left an indelible mark on their pilgrimage. From Pontevedra, the journey continues along the familiar Camino Portuguese, leading to the ultimate destination – the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

City of Vigo in Spain

Vigo

The bay city of Vigo is well worth exploring as it one of the settings for Jules Verne’s novel ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea’. It is from here 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. Vigo is also well-know for its maritime history, with the The European Fisheries Control Agency based here, so explore the age-old relationship between this city and the sea.

Oia to Santiago De Compostela

Starting from € 660

OIA

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

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Premium Accommodation

Airport Pick-Up

Additional Nights

Dinners

Luggage Transfers from Hotel to Hotel

Day Tours to Local Sites of Interest

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

Itinerary

Day

1

km

OIA

Relax on your first night in this beautiful coastal village, which is also home to the Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Oia and typical Galician restaurants and cafes.

Day

2

18.5 km

OIA BAIONA

From Oia, you will walk along a coastal footpath away from the main road. After 10km, you will continue along gorgeous coastline on boardwalk with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Cies Islands.

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 operate 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).

    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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      Following the coastline for the first few days you then move inland to follow the traditional route to Santiago from Redondela.
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