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
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Play with your kids on the beautiful beaches, making the tallest sandcastle ever! Dive into the sea and spot all the interesting fish and sea creatures. Find rock pools full of interesting crabs and seaweeds.
Activities along the camino
During your trip, your kids can climb trees and look for animal footprint like Tarzan, king of the Jungle. Make a stop in Naturnova! This museum is well-known for its approach to the environment.
Sweets after a day trip
Once you arrive in Santiago, you need to try the tarta de Santiago – an almond cake whose origins date back to the Middle Ages. The dessert is well-known for the imprint of the Cross of Saint James that is sugared on the top. You can also taste the leche frita, a typical sweet from the North of Spain. And, of course, there is always plenty of ice cream.
Oia to Santiago De Compostela
Camino Portugues Coastal
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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 17.37km
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 25.83km
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 34.26km
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 21.08km
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 18.85km
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 25.05km
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.