This is the final stage of the Camino Way walking the Portugues pilgrim trail - lesser known than the French route, but equally impressive and attractive! Your approach is from the south. It takes 9 days walking to complete averaging approx. 12 km per day and qualifies you for the Compostela (certificate). The trail is a combination of small country roads, stone footpaths and well maintained compact dirt tracks with no really steep climbs or treacherous descents. This walk is considered “moderate” and suitable for anyone who is reasonably fit but, most importantly, stamina is required.
Day 1: Tui
Depart Dublin on direct flight to Santiago. On arrival, meet and greet and transfer to your accommodation in the port town of Tui, on the Spanish/Portuguese border.
Day 2:Porriño - Redondela (18 km)
09.00 hrs. transfer from Tui to Porriño to commence your walk to Redondela. Today’s walk includes a short climb where you will have good views of the sea, before heading downhill to Redondela.
Day 3: Redondela - Arcade (9 km)
Follow the coastal inlet of River Pontevedra and Ria de Vigo before climbing up to Alto da Lomba and then down to Arcade.
Day 4: Arcade - Pontevedra (11 km)
Depart Arcade to reach Alto da Canicouva. Continue through lanes and woodlands to Pontevedra.
Day 5: Pontevedra - San Mamede da Portela (11 km)
As you leave Pontevedra walk parallel to the railway and on to the hamlet of Ponte Cabras. Don’t miss the church of Santa Maria de Alba, tucked away among pine and eucalyptus trees. Transfer back to Pontevedra for overnight.
Day 6: San Mamede da Portela - Caldas de Reis (13 km)
Transfer back to Portela to recommence your walk. Walk through Lombo da Maceira, see the statue of Saint James with his cane pointing the way to Santiago. Walk through the village of Tibo, with its fountain, public washing place and stone cross, before entering the spa town of Caldas de Reis for overnight.
Day 7: Caldas de Reis - Pino (10 km)
Today you walk again through woods as you make your way gently uphill to the hamlet of Santa Marina and then downhill to the river Fontenlo. Transfer back to Caldas for overnight.
Day 8: Pino - Padrón (9 km)
Transfer back to Pino to recommence your walk. Continue along the pine tree lined road to Padrón for overnight.
Day 9: Padrón - Francos (11 km)
Today you pass through many Galician villages and hamlets before arriving in Francos. Transfer to Santiago for overnight.
Day 10: Francos - Santiago de Compostela (13 km)
Transfer back to Francos to recommence your walk to Santiago. Admire the towers of the cathedral from Agro dos Monteiros and finally pass the castle of A Rocha Vella before entering the city of Santiago. Overnight in Santiago.
Day 11 – Santiago de Compostela
Breakfast and morning at leisure to explore Santiago. Attend the Pilgrims Mass in the Cathedral. Overnight in Santiago.
Morning at leisure before transferring to Santiago airport for return flight home.
Your accommodation will be in 2/3* hotels/pensions while walking. Your en suite room will be simple, basic and clean. Facilities generally consist of a reception area and a breakfast room. Some have restaurant facilities. Breakfast is usually of the continental variety - coffee and croissants – anything else is bonus! As we use a wide range of accommodation in the various overnight locations you will be advised of names of all accommodation with your travel documents. The 2 final nights in Santiago will in a good centrally located 4* hotel.
Upgrade to the Parador de Tui 4*
Start off in style by spending your first night in the Parador de Tui. Set in the historical town of Tui on the border with Portugal, this Parador is a typical Galician country house beside the river. The garden surrounds a large pool (in season) and tennis court and stretches down to the river. It is a short walk to the historic town centre.
Upgrade to the Parador de Pontevedra 4*
The Parador is a tastefully restored 16th century Renaissance palace in the centre of the historic town. Originally the residence of Count Maceda, it retains many of its original features – stone carved staircase, rich fabrics and antique style décor. The restaurant serves local Galician cuisine, and in Summer guests can dine in the garden.
Upgrade to the Parador de Santiago de Compostela 5* Deluxe
Reward yourself at the end of your Camino by staying in the Parador de Santiago for the last night. This historical 5 star deluxe hotel - built in 1499 and reputedly the oldest in the world! – is in a wonderful location right beside the Cathedral.
Call us for our special pilgrim rates. The experiences are unique and a real treat!
From / To
Dublin / Santiago
Santiago / Dublin
Thur 16 May 2019
Mon 27 May 2019
Thur 13 Jun
Mon 24 Jun
Sun 08 Sep
Thur 19 Sep
Other departures can be organized on request from April to October