Coastal Camino Portugues | Last 100km Guided Tour

  • 23 April 2022
  • 7 Nights
  • 895 Per Person
  • Dublin
  • Spain

Pilgrims have travelled to Santiago de Compostela for centuries walking the different Camino de Santiago routes across Europe. Our Coastal Camino Portugues Guided Tour takes pilgrims to Vigo, in Galicia, to walk the last 100kms of the wonderful route known as the Coastal Camino Portugues as part of a friendly guided group.

This Camino de Santiago route starts in Porto (260kms away) but for this week-long Camino guided tour the group will be walking the last 100kms of the trail from the city of Vigo, in Galicia’s Rias Baixas. This is the distance required in order to receive the ‘Compostela’ pilgrim certificate in Santiago. While the Camino Frances to Santiago is the most popular Camino route, the Camino Portugues along the coast is quickly becoming a new favourite for pilgrims for its stunning coastal scenery.

From the port city of Vigo, pilgrims can take the Ruta da Auga path above the city, a wonderful track with fantastic views of the Ria de Vigo, Vigo Bay, that inspired medieval troubadours for its beauty. There are many great towns and villages along the route, such as Arcade famous for its oysters; the market town of Redondela, the picturesque Old Town in Pontevedra; Caldas de Reis, named after its natural hot springs and Padron, home of the world-famous green peppers as well as Galicia’s most illustrious poet Rosalia de Castro.

Rather than spending a night in each town along the way, our Coastal Camino Portugues guided tour includes four nights in Vigo, and three nights in Santiago de Compostela. We will transfer the group to and from the trail each morning and afternoon which means you don’t need to pack your bags and check-out each morning before walking, adding a little more comfort to your Camino.

As with all our Camino de Santiago guided tours, we will send you your Camino pilgrim passport so you can stamp it at churches, hotels and cafes along the route to obtain your Compostela certificate at the Pilgrims Office in Santiago.

If you have always dreamt of walking the Camino de Santiago and you wanted to join a guided group to share this experience with, the Coastal Camino Portugues guided tour is perfect for you.

Coastal Camino Portugues | Last 100km Guided Tour

Pilgrims have travelled to Santiago de Compostela for centuries walking the different Camino de Santiago routes across Europe. Our Coastal Camino Portugues Guided Tour takes pilgrims to Vigo, in Galicia, to walk the last 100kms of the wonderful route known as the Coastal Camino Portugues as part of a friendly guided group.

This Camino de Santiago route starts in Porto (260kms away) but for this week-long Camino guided tour the group will be walking the last 100kms of the trail from the city of Vigo, in Galicia’s Rias Baixas. This is the distance required in order to receive the ‘Compostela’ pilgrim certificate in Santiago. While the Camino Frances to Santiago is the most popular Camino route, the Camino Portugues along the coast is quickly becoming a new favourite for pilgrims for its stunning coastal scenery.

From the port city of Vigo, pilgrims can take the Ruta da Auga path above the city, a wonderful track with fantastic views of the Ria de Vigo, Vigo Bay, that inspired medieval troubadours for its beauty. There are many great towns and villages along the route, such as Arcade famous for its oysters; the market town of Redondela, the picturesque Old Town in Pontevedra; Caldas de Reis, named after its natural hot springs and Padron, home of the world-famous green peppers as well as Galicia’s most illustrious poet Rosalia de Castro.

Rather than spending a night in each town along the way, our Coastal Camino Portugues guided tour includes four nights in Vigo, and three nights in Santiago de Compostela. We will transfer the group to and from the trail each morning and afternoon which means you don’t need to pack your bags and check-out each morning before walking, adding a little more comfort to your Camino.

As with all our Camino de Santiago guided tours, we will send you your Camino pilgrim passport so you can stamp it at churches, hotels and cafes along the route to obtain your Compostela certificate at the Pilgrims Office in Santiago.

If you have always dreamt of walking the Camino de Santiago and you wanted to join a guided group to share this experience with, the Coastal Camino Portugues guided tour is perfect for you.

Itinerary

Direct return flights from Dublin to Santiago de Compostela (Flights from other airports can also be arranged. Please enquire for details)
Hand luggage & checked luggage (subject to airline’s terms and conditions)
Meet & greet on arrival
Private coach transfer to your hotel with English speaking guide assistance
4 nights hotel accommodation in Vigo
3 nights hotel accommodation in Santiago de Compostela
Meals: daily breakfast and dinner at your accommodation
24/7 assistance by our team of local representatives and Camino specialist guides
5 walking days accompanied by Camino specialist guides
1 full day in Santiago de Compostela including guided walking tour of the city
Private coach transfers between your hotel and the walking route
Camino information pack including route notes, practical information and the official pilgrim passport

OPTIONAL
Travel Insurance (please refer to our travel insurance page for details)

DAY 1: Starting your Camino journey
Today you will travel to the airport and take a flight to Santiago de Compostela (flights are available from Dublin or London; but can also be organised from a different airport, talk to our team for advice).

The group will be collected at Santiago Airport and travel to the hotel in Vigo, where you will have time to explore the city’s port and Old Town.

DAY 2: Walking from Oia (Vigo) to Cabanas (21km/6hr approx)

After breakfast, the group will travel by bus from the hotel in Vigo to the 100km marker near Oia (Vigo), where you will get your first Camino stamp before starting your Camino walk.

The Camino trail starts through tree lined paths, and as the route climbs, you will enjoy stunning views of Vigo Bay and the Cies Islands out in the Atlantic. You will finish today’s stage at the hamlet of Cabanas where you will be picked up at around 5pm to travel back to the hotel in Vigo city.

DAY 3: Walking from Cabanas to Capela de Santa Marta-Bertola – (23km/6.5hr approx)

This morning the group will return to Cabanas to continue the Camino walk towards Redondela.

You will start the day’s walk again with beautiful views over Vigo Bay before heading into the lovely market town of Redondela. Here you will spot a statue dedicated to writer Jules Verne who devoted a chapter of his book 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to Vigo Bay. Redondela is also the point where the Coastal Camino Portugues route joins the traditional Camino Portugues trail, and a great spot to stop for a morning coffee. You will then continue to Arcade, a lovely fishing village famous for its oysters, and a good place for lunch before tackling the last few kilometres of the day. Today’s finishing point is the small chapel of Santa Marta, in the hamlet of Bertola, where you will be picked up around 5pm.

DAY 4: Walking from Santa Marta-Bertola to Caldas de Reis (26kms/7hr approx)

After breakfast, the group will travel back to Santa Marta Bertola to continue the Camino walk.

After 5km you’ll reach the beautiful Old Town in Pontevedra city, perfect to have a rest and admire its cobbled streets, squares, Romanesque churches and the Pilgrim Virgin church, Virxe da Peregrina, looking after pilgrims on their way to Santiago. After Pontevedra, you’ll notice a change in the scenery as the route moves away from the coast and begins to take pilgrims inland and through pine forests. You can stamp your passport in the pretty chapels and churches along the way such as Santa Maria de Alba and San Mamede Church in Portela.. After Portela, depending on time, it might be possible to take a detour to visit the waterfalls at the Ría Barosa Natural Park.

Your finish line for today is the town of Caldas de Reis, famous for its hot springs, where you will be collected around 5pm to travel back to the hotel in Vigo.

DAY 5: Walking from Caldas de Reis to Padron (18km/5hr approx)

This morning the group will check out from the hotel in Vigo before continuing the Camino walk from Caldas de Reis to Padron.

Today is a shorter walking stage than previous days and you will be passing various hamlets and villages where you will be able to take a coffee break and get your pilgrim passport stamped.

From the village of Santa Marina the Camino trail takes pilgrims along lovely forest paths into Padron, home of the famous small green peppers and Galicia’s most illustrious poet: Rosalia de Castro. In the town’s Alameda Park you will find a statue dedicated to 19th century poet Rosalia de Castro as well as Camilo Jose Cela, Nobel Prize of Literature and also a native of Padron.

After your day’s walk, you will be picked up from Padron and travel to your hotel in Santiago de Compostela where the group will be staying for the next three nights.

DAY 6: Walking from Padron to Santiago de Compostela (25km/7hr approx)

This morning the bus will pick up the group in Santiago and take you back to Padron for your last waking day.

While the day starts along similar forest paths to previous walking days, as you get closer to the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela the stage becomes gradually more urban, with asphalt replacing the forest tracks and countryside we’ve become accustomed to. It is an exciting day as we tackle the last into Santiago.

As the group nears Santiago’s Old Town and approaches Obradoiro Square and the Cathedral, the excitement and joy of all pilgrims is palpable. Walking into Obradoiro Square, you will finally reach Santiago Cathedral where the atmosphere of exhilaration and jubilation is something special, a memory that you will treasure forever. Enjoy and savour this moment, you have arrived!

Your guide will bring the group’s pilgrim passports to the Pilgrim Office to collect your Compostela certificates.

DAY 7: Exploring Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela, destination of pilgrims for centuries and capital of Galicia is a city full of wonders, with beautiful cobbled squares, arched streets and cosy nooks and crannies. Around 9.30am, the guide will take the group on a 2-hour walk of the city, the best way to discover its magnificent UNESCO-listed Old Town.

Originally built in the 9th century on the spot where the remains of Saint James were found, the Cathedral is the city’s most important landmark and monument but there are many other wonderful places not be missed in Santiago’s Old Town such as the Abastos Market, the Alameda Park, the University Buildings and its many museums.

In the lively streets of the Old Town such as Rua do Vilar, Rua Nova and Rua do Franco you will find a vibrant mix of pilgrims, locals and students enjoying the many cafes, bars and restaurants. Galicia’s traditional cuisine can be found everywhere; the famous Galician octopus, empanadas (savory pastries), Padrón peppers, caldo galego and Tarta de Santiago almond cake are just some of the region’s many unmissable delicacies you should sample.

Santiago city is split in two areas: the Old Town (Zona Vella), and the New Town (Zona Nova). You can also venture into the New Town, wrapped around the historic quarter and a short walk away where you will find many stores. You will have the afternoon free to explore at your own pace.

Find out more on our blog post: Things to do and see in Santiago de Compostela.

DAY 8: Santiago de Compostela to Santiago Airport
On your last day you will have the morning to continue exploring the city before being collected at your hotel at 2pm to travel by private bus to Santiago Airport for your flight home.

Price per person based on two adults sharing rooms with private facilities
Single occupancy is available on request at a supplement (enquire for details)
Airport taxes, charges and airline related fees included
Travel insurance is available as optional extra
Deposit of €200 is required at the time of booking
Meals where not stated, in-flight catering and expenses of personal nature are not included
Itinerary may be subject to change
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