Camino

Portuguese Coastal Camino: Vigo to Santiago

From €653pp excluding flights
Depart From
Vigo, Spain
Departure Date
Multiple departures throughout the year
Duration
6 nights
Destination
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Price
From €653pp excluding flights
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The last 100km from Vigo to Santiago is the final stretch of the Camino Portugues Coastal. This Portuguese Coastal Route or Portuguese Way starts in the dynamic seaside town of Vigo, in the heart of the Rías Baixas, famous for its Albariño white wine and delicious shellfish. Pilgrims can walk for 6 days from Vigo and arrive in Santiago de Compostela.

This is a superb Camino route, ideal for the summer months. The weather along the Camino Portugues Coastal last 100km can be mildly rainy during the year, but it tends to clear up in the summer months and the climate is comparable to the Pacific North West region of North America.

There are many things to see on this route that will appeal to those interested in the simple joys of life such as history, great food, wine, and beaches.

In Vigo, stroll along the seafront enjoying views of the magnificent Cíes Islands. This fishing city boasts many fine Romanesque buildings and a host of museums that will keep any history buff entertained. In addition, a visit to the historic town square (Casco Vello) is advised as is taking some time to relax on one of the city’s many beaches.

The Camino Portugues Coastal last 100km joins the classic Camino Portugues in the town of Redondela where you will start meeting fellow pilgrims. You will continue your journey through many small villages and towns such as Pontesampaio, wonderful Pontevedra, the spa town of Caldas de Reis and Padrón, home of the famous peppers of the same name.

Once in Santiago de Compostela, you can get your Compostela Pilgrim Certificate! This trip is also available as a guided tour, see details here: Portugues Coastal Camino Guided.

Good to know: You can also start your Camino Portugues Coastal one day earlier in the elegant coastal town of Baiona. The Camino section between Baoina and Vigo, which is 26km, is particularly pleasant as you will be walking along the Atlantic coast. Why don’t you add this extra day and make the most of the Galician sea views? Our team would be happy to help you tailor your itinerary and book you in one of our charming hotels in Baiona.

Day 1: Vigo

Arrive in Vigo.

Day 2: Vigo to Arcade (23km)

Easy walking option. Today is your last day along the coast and quite a short walking day so you can make the most of the seaside. Stop to try the famous oysters in the fishing village of Arcade. Easy walking option.

Day 3: Arcadeto Pontevedra (12km)

Today, you will cross the Verdugo River over Ponte Sampaio. It is in this bridge is where Napoleon’s army suffered one of its greatest defeats in Galicia. From Ponte Sampaio the Camino continues along a cobbled road taking pilgrims to the 13th century Church of Santa María, where you can enjoy magnificent views over the Bay of Vigo while walking towards Pontevedra.

Day 4: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis (22km)

Today, starting in the city of Pontevedra, the Camino will take you through chestnut groves and pine and eucalyptus woods. In the village of Ponte Cabras, take a minute to admire the rectory of Santa María de Alba. At Lombo da Maceira you will spot a statue of Saint James with his walking stick, showing pilgrims the way. On your way to Caldas de Reis you will pass the hamlet of Tivo with its lovely fountain and public washing area. You will be staying in the spa town of Caldas de Reis for the night.

Day 5: Caldas de Reis to Padron (18km)

From the spa town of Caldas de Reis, the Camino Portugués takes you across the river Umia and the hot springs that have given the town its name since Roman times. The Camino trail takes you once again to forests, gradually climbing to the village of Santa Mariña. After a descent you will cross the river Fontenlo before making your way through pine forests to today’s final destination: the town of Padrón, believed to be arrival point of the body of Saint James when it was brought to Santiago de Compostela by ship.

Day 5: Padron to Santiago de Compostela (25km)

Santiago de Compostela is a gem of a city: small enough to be explored and be discovered on foot but always vibrant and lively. Wander the cobbled streets of its UNESCO-listed old town, go for a stroll in the Alameda Park and discover regional flavours in the local market (Mercado de Abastos) and the many restaurants and bars.

Standard Hotels

We have hand-picked hotels and guesthouses along the Camino for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to your Camino trail. All rooms are en-suite with bathroom. For our family packages, we have hand-picked establishments with outdoor space and swimming pools where possible. Where accommodation with private outdoor space is not available, we have selected comfortable hotels with spacious common areas as well as a convenient location close to recreational areas and sights. As your comfort is our priority, we try to book hotels located within walking distance of the Camino. Despite our effort, on rare occasions your accommodation can be located a few kilometers away from the trail, so we organise transportation to/from your accommodation.

Country Cottages

Country Cottages or  'Casas Rurales' are beautifully restored country homes and farmhouses in the heart of peaceful rural communities. Our Country Cottages are renowned for their exceptional food, unique settings and personal touch. Rest assured when you select Country Cottage you will enjoy the full experience of our collection of beautiful Casa Rurales when and where this option is available, however, bear in mind, that sometimes due to location factors, only our choice of standard collection hotels and guesthouses may be available. All rooms are en-suite.

Superior Collection

Stay in very special hotels and unique properties along the Camino.  We have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered. Rest assured when you select Superior Collection, you will enjoy the full experience of our best hotels and top guesthouses when and where this option is available, however, bear in mind, that sometimes due to location factors, only our choice of standard collection hotels and guesthouses may be available. All rooms are en-suite.

Note on Accommodation: We aim to book you into each town listed on the itinerary. However, in case of low availability, we may book you two nights in the same town with provided transfers.

If you are booking a Superior collection or Country cottages, please note it is subject to availability and, therefore, cannot be guaranteed. Superior/Country cottage accommodation may be away from the route with included transfers.

  • Standard accommodation from €653pp
  • Country cottages accommodation from €750pp
  • Superior accommodatio: from €957pp

Price per person is based on 2 adults sharing and includes:

  • 6 nights accommodation in a double room
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Luggage transfers (one bag per person, up to 20kg)
  • Holiday Pack on your mobile phone (Route ebook and Google Maps) 
  • 24/7 support number assisting with your trip, for instance, organising a support vehicle if needed.

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Flights from Ireland
  • Bike rental
  • Choose a superior package for a complimentary spa in Santiago
  • Travel insurance
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. 

For more information please call us on 021 427 7094 or 01 696 5135, email info@shandontravel.ie, request a call back using the red button, or submit an enquiry through the form below.

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