Camino Portugués Coastal Way: Stage 210 Days & 9 Nights 5 Read 1 reviews
- Enjoy a quieter Camino experience away from the crowds
- Arriving in Santiago and gaining your Compostela certificate
- Explore the medieval towns of Baiona, Pontevedra and Padron
- Feast on delicious Galician seafood including the famous Pulpo (Octopus)
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.
Pilgrim Trail | You will follow a historic pilgrimage trail, in the footsteps of generations of travellers
Ideal if you have an interest in:
Spiritual Journeys, Personal Growth, Coastal & Island
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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 Portugal/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.
When To Go
You can start your walk anytime between the beginning of March and the end of October subject to availability. As the ferry between Caminha and A Guarda does not operate on a Monday it is not possible to start this tour on a Wednesday. Please also keep this in mind if you are adding any additional nights. July and August can get very hot so please bear this in mind if walking at this time of year.
Getting to the Start
By Air: The closest airport to A Guarda is Vigo which you can reach by flights via Madrid with Iberia. From here, you can then take the bus to A Guarda but it involves 2 changes and takes just under 3 hours. Instead, we recommend taking a taxi straight from the airport or we can pre-book this for you at an additional cost.
Alternatively, you can fly into Santiago de Compostela. From there, take the shuttle bus to the train station in Santiago and travel from there by bus via Vigo to A Guarda (approx 3hrs). We recommend checking timetables in advance at the useful travel planning website www.rome2rio.com
Getting from the End
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.
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.
The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes.
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.
ItineraryDay 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.
Situated in the centre of this village, this accommodation is 12 minutes´ walk from the beach. It has 21 spacious rooms with simple decoration and with floor tiles. Also equipped with flat screen TV and private bathroom. The hotel also offers TV lounge, pub, playroom, laundry and a terrace for smokers.
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.
Ascent: 157m/Descent: 189m
This traditional country house built in 1699 was restored in 2000 to become in a tourist accommodation with modern facilities but respecting the charm and simplicity of those typical houses. With eight rooms different equipped with heating, flat screen TV, a small desk and private bathroom with towels included and hairdryer (on request). There is also free Wi-Fi and staff offers a laundry service. On the ground floor are the common areas: the dining room for guests, a lounge with fireplace. It has also a cafeteria/teahouse that opens every afternoon. The house also has a spectacular garden with direct access to the sea.
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).
Ascent: 249m/Descent: 244m
This accommodation was a historic building in the harbour of Baiona. It is three minutes far from the beach. It has sea view and 28 cosy rooms with private balcony and equipped with telephone, TV, pipped music, a private bathroom with a hairdryer. This accommodation also features a café-bar, 24-hour reception, Free Wi-Fi and wake-up service.
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.
Ascent: 407m/Descent: 341m
This hotel located in a privileged area (between the old part of the city and opposite to the sea) has 91 rooms decorated with elegance and sobriety and equipped with whirlpool baths and free WIFI connection. It has also a restaurant.
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.
Ascent: 257m/Descent: 309m
This hotel offers a warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere. It has 20 rooms equipped with private bathrooms, TV, WIFI and telephone. In addition the accommodation has a café, private parking and a garden terrace.
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.
Ascent: 145m/Descent: 161m
This hotel is located in the financial and commercial centre of the city of Pontevedra, just 100 metres from the old town. Rooms have telephone, TV, minibar, WIFI, safety box, and private bathrooms. The hotel also has its own garage, café and restaurant.
Walk through the historic centre of Pontevedra this morning until you reach the Puente del Burgo bridge over the Lerez River. Skirt around 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.
Ascent: 127m/Descent: 104m
Hotel O Cruceiro is a family establishment situated in the town of Caldas de Reis. It has 30 double rooms, all with private bathroom, TV and WiFi access. It also has spacious lounges, terraces, parking, a café and restaurant.
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.
Ascent: 149m/Descent: 163m
Situated in the countryside, surrounded by mountains and and spectacular views.
Rooms with own bacony and private bathroom, air-conditioned, TVs, free internet conection wifi, mini-bar.
It also offers reading room, sauna, cardio-fitness room, swimming pool, marvelous gardens and a private garaje. It alsohas bar and restaurant.
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.
Ascent: 374m/Descent: 129m
The hotel is located in the heart of the city, just 800 meters from the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
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.
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