Day 1: Arrive A Guarda
Arriving in A Guarda, explore its port, bustling town square with its impressive clock tower and the Church of Santa Maria. It is possible to reach A Guarda by flying into Vigo Airport and then it is a 30min bus journey to A Guarda.
Walk: 19km, 4-5 Hours.
Overnight: A Guarda
Day 2: Walk to Oia
With the Atlantic Ocean as your constant companion, just take the time to enjoy the tranquillity of walking along the coast on this stage with wide open views of the sea. Arrive at the fishing village of Oia with its historic Monastery of Santa Marta de Oia. Enjoy an evening meal of grilled fish and sip on a glass of Vinho Verde as you take in the sea views.
Walk: 13km, 3-4 hours
Day 3: Walk to Baiona
Leaving Oia behind, walk at the foot of impressive cliffs until reaching the Lighthouse of Cabo Silleiro, the main point of navigation for ships sailing along the Ria de Vigo. Ascend to Baredo and a few kilometres later arrive at the 12th century Castle of Monte Real, now the luxurious Parador de Baiona hotel - speak to us about upgrading your overnight stay to here! Continue to Baiona, the first port in Europe to receive the news of the discovery of America.
In the evening take a wander through the narrow streets of the old town and enjoy an evening meal in one of the atmospheric restaurants — perhaps the delicious Pulpo (octopus) or Merluza a la Gallega (hake).
Walk: 19km, 3-4 hours
Day 4: Walk to Vigo
Walk alongside the Ria de Vigo which is protected by the beautiful Cies Islands archipelago, home to some of the most beautiful beaches. If you want to visit the Cies Islands add an extra night in Baiona from where you can take one of the regular boat services to the islands (only available in summer). This does need to be booked in advance however as visitor numbers to the islands are limited to protect the fragile environment. Pass the historic fountain of O Pombal, before crossing two Romanesque Bridges and continuing into the marshland area of Foz del Rio Minor. Visit the Votivo do Mar Temple in Nigran before reaching the city of Vigo.
Walk: 23km, 5-6 hours
Day 5: Walk to Arcade
Leaving Vigo by a pleasant river walk takes you to the Castle of San Sebastian. Descend to the Barrio de O Berbes, an area well known for its wonderful restaurants and where you can sample Ostras de la Ria (oysters of the river). Continue to Redondela, where the route meets the main Camino Portuguese way and cross the historic centre of Cesantes before descending to the seaside village of Arcade.
Walk: 22km, 5-6 hours
Day 6: Walk to Pontevedra
Begin the day by climbing the ancient stone road of the Verea Vella da Canicouva past small fields and into a forest area. Explore the 13th century Church of Santa Marta with its panoramic views over the Bay of Vigo before arriving in Pontevedra. This bustling city has a wonderful atmosphere and some great restaurants offering fine Galician cuisine.
Walk: 14km, 3-4 Hours.
Day 7: Walk to Caldas de Reis
Walk through the historic centre of Pontevedra this morning until you reach the Puente del Burgo bridge over the Lerez River. Skirt round the marshland area of A Xunquiera de Alba before entering the beautiful landscapes of Bosques de Reiris and Lombo da Maceira. Walking through fields of crops you eventually reach the pretty spa town of Caldas de Reis.
Walk: 21km, 4-5 hours.
Overnight: Caldas de Reis
Day 8: Walk to Padron
Leaving Caldas de Reis, cross the area of Mount Castelo where deep forests are dotted with the waters of the Valga River and ancient mills. Cross a bridge separating the provinces of Pontevedra and A Coruna to find Padron, home to illustrious Galician writers such as Camino Jose Cela and Rosalia de Castro.
Walk: 17km, 4-5 Hours.
Day 9: Walk to Santiago de Compostela
Your final day’s walking and a definite highlight brings you to the famous Santiago de Compostela. First of all visit the Sanctuary of Escravitude, and the Alto de O Milladoiro, where pilgrims used to kneel when they first saw the Cathedral of Santiago. Shortly after arrive at the historic centre of Santiago by A Porta Faxeira and continue to the famous Plaza del Obradoiro, where the beautiful Cathedral sits and where all pilgrims converge.
Walk: 22km, 4-5 hours.
Day 10: Onward Travel
We strongly recommend adding an additional night in Santiago to allow you to attend the Pilgrims Mass at the Cathedral which takes place at noon each day. Otherwise, enjoy breakfast before checking out and making your way back to the airport.
9 nights accommodation is included in small rural hotels and hostels. You will always have a private room and en-suite bathroom. In the larger towns you will stay in 3* hotels.
You can add extra nights at any point during your stay, and we particularly recommend extending your stay in Santiago.
Solo Walkers & Single Rooms
This trip is available to solo walkers for a supplement. Single rooms are also available for a supplement.
You can start your walk anytime between the beginning of March and the end of October subject to availability. July and August can get very hot so please bear this in mind if walking at this time of year.
Grade & Terrain
This walk is graded as moderate overall and includes daily walks of between 13 and 26km on mostly flat terrain. You will follow a mixture of coastal paths, wooden walkways, dirt tracks and some roads closer to the bigger cities and towns.
Navigation, Route Notes & Maps
The Camino Portuguese coastal route is not as well way-marked as the main Camino Portuguese but we provide detailed route notes and maps as well as a guidebook. You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App so you can follow the route using your phones GPS so you will have no problems finding the way.
Baggage transfers are included (max 20kg per person). Your main bag will be transferred each day between your overnight accommodation so that you only need to walk with a day pack.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sun screen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.
A local breakfast is included each morning which usually consists of a coffee and bread with jams. Lunch and dinner are not included as standard so you are free to choose from the available options.
Getting to A Guarda
By Air: The closest airport to A Guarda is Vigo which you can reach by flights via Madrid with Iberia. From there it is just a 30 minute bus journey to A Guarda
Getting back from Santiago de Compostela
By Air: If flying to the UK, low cost airlines such as EasyJet and Ryanair offer direct flights to London Stansted and London Gatwick.
For travelling to the rest of Europe or the US, you can fly from Santiago via Madrid with Iberia, via Frankfurt with Lufthansa or via Paris or Barcelona with Vueling. Other options are available and you can check Santiago Airports website for more information.
By Rail: It is also possible to take the train from Santiago to Madrid (approx 7hrs). Train timetables and fares can be viewed at RENFE.
- 9 nights in small rural hotels and hostels in twin/double rooms with en-suite W/C
- 9 Breakfasts
- Daily Baggage Transfers
- A detailed information pack including route notes, maps and local information
- Access to our smartphone app & GPS tracks
- 24-7 emergency support from our local and UK offices in the event of a problem
- Return travel to Spain
- Lunches, snacks or drinks
- Travel Insurance
- Personal Equipment
- Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
- Additional nights accommodation along the way.
- Single supplements.
- Solo walker supplement
How fit do I need to be?
The average daily distance of the walk is between 13 and 26 kilometers and you can expect to walk for between four and six hours each day. You should do as much walking as possible prior to your walk as this will simply add to your enjoyment. That said if you are not at peak fitness you will find you will soon walk yourself fit.
How do the baggage transfers work?
Baggage transfers are included. Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. The maximum weight for a piece of luggage is 20kgs.
Can I walk with my bags?
Yes, some people prefer to walk carrying their own bags as a true pilgrim would have. You can select the option for removing the baggage transfers in Step 2 of the Booking Engine.
When is the best time of year?
April/May when the spring flowers are at there best is a lovely time to walk and September/October when the autumn colours are just lovely. June, July and August can be very hot if you are not used to walking in the heat.
What happens if I can’t walk a stage?
Public transport and taxis are available, if you are need of support our local partner in Portugal/Spain will be more that happy to help.
Can I change my itinerary once I start walking?
Unfortunately we are unable to change your accommodation bookings and itinerary once you start walking as alternative accommodation is generally not available at such short notice.
Clothing & Equipment
Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, lightweight clothes, waterproofs and a day pack.