We welcome you to the Galician section of the Portuguese Way along the coast. Start walking in A Guarda, at the mouth of the Miño river that separates Galicia from Portugal, and continue through historic villages such as Baiona, Cesantes, Pontevedra, Caldas de Reis or Padrón. A route of beautiful landscapes, with the sea always at your side and crossing one of the most special areas of Galicia: the famous Rías Baixas, a gastronomic and oenological, scenic and monumental paradise. You will enjoy it.
▌Day 1. Arrival at A Guarda
Your adventure on the Portuguese Camino along the coast begins after arriving in A Guarda, on your own or with our transfers. A small coastal town famous for its lobster and the spectacular 1st century castro of Santa Tegra, which stands at the mouth of the river Minho and offers majestic views from 340m above sea level that you should not miss.
In front of you, Portugal. And next to you, the immensity of the Atlantic Ocean, the Tenebrous Sea in which sailors feared to get lost when sailing too far from the coast. These will be the views with which you start your Portuguese Coastal Route. 160 km separate you from your goal in Compostela.
▌Day 2. Stage A Guarda - Oia
Distance: 12.7 km. Duration: 3:30 hours. Accommodation: Oia
This is the start of your Portuguese Way along the coast. Leaving A Guarda behind and, with almost no gradients and the ocean at your side, you will follow the coastline towards the monastery of Santa Maria de Oia, an abbey that once overlooked the sea and was home to the famous "cannoneer monks".
A good place to rest and spend the night and discover the history of these particular friars.
▌Day 3. Stage Oia - Baiona
Distance: 23.2 km. Duration: 5:30 hours Accommodation: Baiona
Once you leave Oia, a route along impressive cliffs awaits you until you reach the beautiful lighthouse of Cape Silleiro, the true landmark of this rectilinear coastal area.
From there, you will ascend towards Baredo and immediately begin your descent towards Baiona, the port where Columbus' ships arrived to communicate the "discovery" of America. You will be able to see a reconstruction of the caravel La Pinta, and also visit the castle of Monterreal, today converted into a Parador of Tourism.
What we are sure of is that this small town, today one of the most important for tourism in Galicia, will not disappoint you.
▌Day 4. Stage Baiona - Vigo
Distance: 26.2 km. Duration: 6 hours. Accommodation: Vigo
On the fourth day of the Portuguese Way along the coast you will leave Baiona behind and begin to enter the Vigo estuary, where Spanish galleons loaded with gold from the Americas rest on the seabed, and where, according to Jules Verne, the Nautilus made one of its landfalls.
In the background, the Cíes Islands, a natural park of incalculable ornithological value. You will pass the beautiful O Pombal fountain, cross the Romanesque bridges of A Groba and A Ramallosa, and visit the impressive architecture of the Votive Temple of the Sea at Nigrán.
At the end of the stage, you'll arrive at the gates of Vigo, Galicia's largest city and its economic and industrial engine. Be sure to visit the area of O Areal and Plaza de Compostela, where you can see some interesting modernist buildings, the Old Town and the Mercado da Pedra, with its famous oysters.
▌Day 5. Stage Vigo - Redondela
Distance: 16.8 km. Duration: 4:30 hours. Accommodation: Redondela or Cesantes
You'll spend the fifth day crossing Vigo. After leaving the city through the working-class neighbourhood of Teis, with the lighthouse looking down on you from the top of A Guía hill, you'll reach Redondela, the so-called city of viaducts.
This route joins this route with the interior variant of the Portuguese Way, so you will have many experiences to hear and tell other pilgrims.
▌Day 6. Stage Redondela - Pontevedra
Distance: 19.1 km. Duration: 4:45 hours. Accommodation: Pontevedra
After leaving Redondela, a new effort will take you to the top of O Viso, which will offer you one of the best views over the famous Vigo estuary - the one Jules Verne portrayed in his Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas and on whose seabed lie Spanish galleons laden with gold from America.
After a gentle descent, you will reach Arcade, a town famous for the oysters produced on its banks. Further on, you will cross the historic Roman bridge over the river Verdugo and start your descent towards Pontevedra, a town with an impressive historic quarter that is well worth a visit, taking advantage of the shorter-than-usual stage design.
In addition, you can't miss the church of the Pilgrim Virgin and discover its history. Take a look at the ground plan of the building and you will see that it stands on an unusual but very appropriate scallop shape.
▌Day 7. Stage Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis
Distance: 21.1 km. Duration: 5 hours. Accommodation: Caldas de Reis
The Way leaves Pontevedra over the historic Burgo Bridge, where the River Lérez becomes an estuary. Here the Portuguese Way along the coast finally leaves the coastal area to head inland, in search of Santiago de Compostela.
From there, and after leaving behind the marshes of A Xunqueira de Alba, you will have before you country roads between vineyards that go into a much more rural area, such as the Reirís forest or the Lombo da Maceira spot, until you reach the unique Barosa river.
Finally, the town of Caldas de Reis, perched over the Umia river, is the perfect place to rest and perhaps recharge your batteries in one of its various spas and thermal accommodation.
▌Day 8. Stage Caldas de Reis - Padrón
Distance: 18.7 km. Duration: 4:30 hours. Accommodation: Padrón
After leaving Caldas, the Portuguese Way continues through rural areas, with small towns and villages. Almost reaching the end of the stage, you will cross the Ulla River, one of the most important rivers in Galicia and one of the main waterways of the largest and most productive estuary in Galicia: the Ría de Arousa.
On the other side of the bridge, you will find Padrón, the point where, according to tradition, the boat carrying the body of the apostle St. James docked when his disciples Theodore and Athanasius brought him back to Gallaecia.
In Padrón you can also discover that the "national poet" of Galician literature is a woman: Rosalía de Castro.
▌Day 9. Stage Padrón - Santiago de Compostela
Distance: 22 km. Duration: 5:30 hours Accommodation: Santiago
You are approaching the finish line of this Portuguese Way along the coast. Passing through small villages, always climbing moderately, you will reach Santiago passing through Iria Flavia, where the bishopric of Teodomiro was located at the time of the discovery of the tomb of the apostle, in the 10th century.
You will also pass through O Milladoiro, which today functions as a dormitory town for the capital of Galicia, but whose name probably comes from the Latin humiliatorium - a clear reference to the pilgrimage and to the fact that from its top it was possible to see, at last, the towers of Santiago Cathedral. Keep walking and you will enter the city from the south, through the Porta Faxeira of the old wall and the rúa do Franco, a name related to the pilgrims, who were called francos indistinctly, whether they came from Portugal or from the south of Galicia.
Congratulations, pilgrim! You have reached your goal.
The journey continues.
▌Day 10. Santiago de Compostela (and more)
After a well-deserved rest, you finally have time to visit the city you have walked more than a hundred kilometres to reach. Its historic centre, its university, its surroundings...
This is the end of our services, but if you have time, the Edge of the World awaits you. We bring it to you on a full day trip to Muxía, Fisterra and the Coast of Death.
Overnight stay in the type of accommodation of your choice
During the Camino, good night's sleep and rest are essential. Here are images of the types of accommodation we use to book on this route.
Cesantes / Redondela
Caldas de Reis
Santiago de Compostela
Frequent Asked Questions
Can I choose the dates I want?
Yes, in our programmes you choose the starting date. The Camino de Santiago can be done all year round, although in January and February many accommodations are closed for rest, so if you want to do it in those dates, we recommend you that you consult us first.
Where are the accommodations?
Most of the accommodation is located next to the Camino, at the place where you will finish your stage. When you make your booking we will generate for you the documentation with the exact address and other location data.
If the available accommodation is more than 1.5 km from the Camino, we will provide a transfer at no extra cost to you.
How does the transport of luggage between accommodations work?
In our programmes we include the option of hiring a luggage transfer service, with a limit of 1 piece of luggage of up to 15 kg per person. There is the option to increase the number of items, but this is not usually necessary. In addition, we will give you luggage identifiers (similar to those at airports) so that you can leave your backpack with the accommodation staff, properly identified, and the shuttle will pick it up there. It is important to do this before 9:00 am, so that our team can take it to the next accommodation before your arrival. In addition, if you plan to travel with more luggage than the Camino, we can also transport the luggage you are not going to use to your last accommodation, so that you can then continue your journey.
What do private transfers consist of?
Although the Camino is done on foot or by bicycle, you may need a vehicle from the airport to the starting point of your pilgrimage or to make a trip to a place of interest near the end of your stage. In these cases, we provide you with private transport vehicles whose price varies depending on the distance. You can see it among the options by clicking on "Book now".
What is travel insurance?
By default and compulsory, all our programmes include travel insurance with specific coverage for the Camino de Santiago. You can see the details in the section Insurance of our website.
What does 24-hour assistance mean?
All our programmes include a 24-hour telephone support service, should you need help at any time during your experience. This means that you can also contact us outside office hours (when you are on pilgrimage).
How do I make a reservation?
If you want to make a reservation for this programme, click the button I want to book my Camino. When you do so, you will be taken to a form where you can indicate the starting date, the type of accommodation and a series of optional services. The final price of the booking is shown in the top right-hand corner, according to the options you indicate. Once you have configured your trip, click on "Add to cart". Once you have done this, we will ask you for your personal details and to select the method of payment. You can pay by bank card or by Bizum (both are secure payments and we will not have access to your bank details).
Once we receive your request, you will automatically receive a proof of purchase and within 48 working hours we will contact you to confirm the details of your booking and provide you with the documentation.
What if I can't find the programme I need?
In Proguías we also work with tailor-made programmes (short stages, intermediate rest days, itineraries different from those proposed, etc.). If you are looking for a Camino that meets your needs/preferences, you can ask us for a quote here.
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