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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 7 nights in comfortable hotels
Meals
  • 6 Dinners
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$1150USD

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Overview

Trip Code: PC5

Trip highlights


  • Enjoying a quieter pilgrimage route through Galicia in Spain
  • Experiencing culinary delights
  • Enjoying the mix of scenery from the coast to the greenery of Galicia
  • Walking to the fabled church of Santiago de Compostela

The Portuguese Coastal Route is one of the quieter Camino paths and it offers a wealth of history. On the final stage of the Coastal Route from Baiona in Spain, the journey travels north through small hamlets, past eucalyptus and pine woods, over ancient bridges and along stunning coastal scenery. Throughout the journey there are ample reminders of past pilgrims and the route offers many insights into the religious significance of the Camino. Walking the last 100kms to the holy city of Santiago ensures you qualify for the Compostela certificate upon your arrival at the cathedral.

Trip Grading

moderate

More info about grading system

Make your own way to Baiona and check in to the first hotel. If you have time take a walk around the town with its medieval centre, situated on the Vigo Bay. On a clear day you should be able to see the Cies islands.

Meals:  D

As you leave Baiona you will walk alongside sandy beaches for most of the day. There are also plenty of opportunities to take a break in a lovely seaside cafe along the way. This afternoon you will arrive in Vigo, a typical Galician town with a wide sandy beach. Walking along the harbour you'll arrive at your hotel for the night. Overnight Vigo.

Meals:  B,D

The route as you leave Vigo is mainly uphill. The uphill walking will reward you with specatacular views of the city and harbour. Continue walking though to Redondela where you will join the main Portuguese Camino route and then on to Arcade. Overnight Arcade.

Meals:  B,D

On today's walk you will cross a Romanesque bridge which is where Napoleon was defeated by the Spanish during the War of Independence. As you arrive into Pontevedra you will head through the narrow streets before reaching the 13th Century church of Santa Maria. Overnight Pontevedra.

Meals:  B,D

Most of this stage is through woodland and countryside along gentle river valleys with virtually no climbing. Closer to Caldas de Reis the route crosses the N550 and follows this road for short sections. Located between the Umia and Bermana rivers, the town of Caldas developed as a result of its thermal waters and continues to be a major health spa. The botanical gardens next to the river are lovely for some respite from the walk. Overnight Caldas de Reis. As of mid July 2019 the O Burgo bridge in Pontevedra is closed to pedestrian traffic, there is a temporary diversion of the Camino via the As Correntes bridge before returning to the usual route in A Santiña. The diversion is signed and local businesses and accommodation are aware, if you need to ask for directions. The bridge is expected to reopen in Octoboer 2019.

Meals:  B,D

This is a beautiful walk through the Bermana river valley before dropping down into the Valga valley, one short climb. Two short stages of main road, leaving Caldas and entering Padron. The town is lovely, set on the banks of the Sar and Ulla rivers, with some St James relics to be seen at the Igrexa de Santiago (church). Overnight Padron.

Meals:  B,D

The final day takes you through pine, oak and eucalyptus wood, then approaching Santiago the route follows some sections of main road. Arrival in the historic city of Santiago. Overnight Santiago.

Meals:  B

Trip arrangements conclude after breakfast.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners. Breakfasts are usually continental inclusive of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices. Dinner will consist of 3 courses, usually starting with a salad, followed by a chicken, red meat, fish or pasta dish & finishing with a dessert of fruit or cakes.
  • 7 nights in comfortable hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Luggage transfer (max 1 piece of 20kgs per person)
  • Information pack including route notes, maps and guidebook per room booked
  • Emergency hotline
  • Pilgrim's Passport

  • Travel to Baiona and from Santiago de Compostela
  • Lunch and drinks throughout, dinner in Santiago
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Transfers not advised as included
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided walking trip
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Excess luggage fees for additional bags to be transferred

Grading

moderate  

Daily walks are between 13-26km (8-16.2mi) on well marked trails over diverse terrain –from relatively flat to hilly. The trail takes you along quiet rural roads, occassionally on the verges of roads with traffic. Some of the route is on walking trails away from the road and there are often alternative routes available. Route finding is reasonably straight forward following the yellow arrows and granite pillars (showing distance to Santiago), however you still need to be vigilant as markers from other trails can be confusing (refer below for further details on self guided adventures). However our notes include hints and pointers to help you navigate the route. The route will inevitably cross main roads close to cities and towns, although the majority is on side roads and walking trails. The main areas to concentrate on route finding are arriving and leaving towns and cities. The accent is on keeping a steady pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. You will need a good level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure.


Departure dates

Daily from 3 Jan to 12 Dec

Notes

DN1
Subject to availability over the Xmas and New Year period.
DN2
Departures from November to February are likely to experience wetter and colder conditions than at other times. Winter can be a magical time to experience the Camino with fewer people and more local encounters, but the walking day is shorter. In addition, hotel closures are possible which may require a change in overnight towns.

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Total Priceper person from

$1150USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Upgrade supplement - Caldas de Rei - twinshare pp HBUSD$41
  • Upgrade supplement - Caldas de Rei - single HBUSD$60
  • excess luggage (per piece, max 20kg in weight)USD$120
  • Single SupplementUSD$370
  • Single Traveller SurchargeUSD$410
*Prices listed are per person

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