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Caminha – Santiago

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Duration

10 Days - 9 Nights

Tour Type

Self-guided

Group Size

from 1 person

Availability

March to November

Overview

A seaside route to enjoy the History and nature!

Caminha is a fortified border town situated at the mouth of the River Minho, where several battles were fought between Portugal and Spain, Caminha now enjoys much more friendly relations with its neighbour and there is a daily ferry-boat linking the two banks of the river.
Standing on a tiny island in the middle of the estuary are the ruins of the fort of Ínsua, built to defend the entrance to the river in the fifteenth century. Caminha is a natural and good place to start walking to Santiago de Compostela. This route was followed by pilgrims from the western lands, to get Compostela following this coastal road.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Walk through a thousand years of history on the worlds’ grandest historical and religious trail, retracing the steps of countless pilgrims.
  • Explore the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture of Santiago de Compostela, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage.
  • Cross the border between Portugal and Spain following an age-old pilgrimage route by
  • Discover Pontevedra, an antique city founded by the Romans and considered by many the capital of the Portuguese Camino to Santiago.
  • Explore the small city of Padrón, site where the stone barge that transported the remains of Saint James reached Spain and made Port.

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Arrival to Caminha
Day 1 - Arrival to Caminha

Meeting with a member of our team for a briefing and to collect the documentation.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 - Caminha – Oia
Day 2 - Caminha – Oia

(17 km / 10,6 Miles – 4/5 hours)

Start the day by catching the ferry to cross the river to Spain. After crossing the river you cross the town of La Guardia in direction to the beaches.
Follow a trail that leads between the sea and the C-550 road, reaching “Portecelo”. Pass several beaches and from “Val da Aguieira”, next to the chapel of San Sebastian and a stone cross, you start the approach Oia, with its monastery.

Accommodation: Hotel 2*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Oia - Baiona
Day 3 - Oia - Baiona

(17 km / 10,6 Miles – 3/4 hours)

Leave Oia and continue alongside beaches and cliffs, between cultivated fields, enjoying the waves beating on the rocks.
Before reaching “As Mariñas”, you get to the top of “Cape Silleiro”, this path crosses the road again and rising up circles around the top of Silleiro, where there is the chapel of “Virgen de Cela”, entering in “As Cadeiras” before continue along a track towards “O Ponte”.
Follow the road PO-2203 to finally cross under the highway and enter “Baiona” where you finish this stage.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Baiona - Vigo
Day 4 - Baiona - Vigo

(25 km / 15,5 Miles – 5/6 hours)

Start this stage from the church of “Santa Maria”, continue parallel to the beautiful town harbour.
The route approaches the river Miñor, which you cross over a beautiful stone bridge that brings you to “A Ramallosa” and Nigran.
After crossing “As Nogueiras” begin a gentle climb up “Mount San Roman” and continue to admire the wonderful view of “Islas Cies” as you climb to “Castro Alto da Medoña”. Enter the city of Vigo by crossing the city Park (Park Castrelos) and following the “Lagares” river until reaching the “Avenida de Madrid” where this stage ends.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Vigo - Arcade
Day 5 - Vigo - Arcade

(22 km / 13,6 Miles – 5/6 hours)

Leave Vigo straight ahead until you get to the square of “Santa Rita”. Continue on until you reach “O Troncal”, almost on the outskirts of the city. Continue to “A Paradela” at the foot of “Mount Madroa”, in the neighborhood of “Teis”.
Follow a stream that runs parallel to your route as a reference mark to reach “Cidadelle”. Surround the “Alto da Encarnacion”, where you can admire the river and “Rande Bridge”.
After “Rio das Cabras” and “Coto da Fenteira”, start the descent through “Cedeira” and “Cruzeiro” from where you arrive Redondela.Leave Redondela along by-ways until you reach Outeiro de Penas, a place with an excellent view over the Ria de Vigo.
Finally you will arrive to Arcade, a place renowned for having the best oysters in Galicia.

Accommodation: Hotel 2*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Arcade - Pontevedra
Day 6 - Arcade - Pontevedra

(13 km / 8 Miles – 3/4 hours)

From Arcade, continue to Pontesampayo where you will cross a long medieval bridge over the Verdugo River and then enter a cluster of narrow streets that will guide you to one of the most beautiful stretches of the Caminho: the very old by-ways which climb up the slope of Canicouva until Cacheiro.
After crossing the mountains, the track widens again, now dominated by fields, vineyards and orchards until you reach Pontevedra.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis
Day 7 - Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis

(22 km / 13,6 Miles – 4/5 hours)

Start this stage at the historical centre of Pontevedra walking from the old city to the millennial bridge, O Burgo, over the Lérez River.
Continue along the beautiful Valley of the Gandra River until San Mauro and from there enter Caldas de Reis.

Accommodation: Hotel 2*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Caldas de Reis - Padron
Day 8 - Caldas de Reis - Padron

(19 km / 11,7 Miles – 4/5 hours)

Leave Caldas de Reis along some enchanting stretches of the Way, following a path that leads you to the church of Santa Maria de Carracedo and then you will cross a particularly luxuriant landscape alongside the of the Valga River. When you arrive Padron the stage ends.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Padron - Santiago
Day 9 - Padron - Santiago

(25 km / 15,5 Miles – 6/7 hours)

Start this last stage leaving Padron through Galician villages until the magnificent sanctuary of Nossa Señora da Escravitute.
Continue for Teo and following broad streets and narrower shortcuts you finally arrive to the suburbs of Santiago that lead us through a labyrinth of streets to the Cathedral of Santiago.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - Departure

After breakfast: end of our services

* Addicional Information

* For an easy walk we can split some of the long walking days in two - contact us.

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Prices

Prices per person
Low season: March, April, May and October
-In double room occupancy: 730euros
-Single room supplement: 310 euros

Mid season: June and September
-In double room occupancy: 760 euros
-Single room supplement: 330 euros

High season:July and August
-In double room occupancy:820 euros
-Single room supplement: 360 euros

Included/Excluded

  • 9 Nights of accommodation with breakfast;
  • Luggage transfer between hotels (1 bag per person – Max.15kg/bag);
  • 24 hour emergency support;
  • Pilgrim Kit: Passport (Credencial) and shell (Vieira);
  • Road book of the way with tips and information (in English).
  • International flights;
  • Arrival & departure transfers;
  • Meals (where not listed as included in the itinerary);
  • Optional additional tours or activities during free time;
  • Tips and items of a personal nature.

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