Camino Portuguese Final Stage – Coastal Route

This is the last stage of the Portuguese Coastal Camino Way.The views out over the bay of Vigo are unforgettable with Illas Cíes and its Natural Park in the horizon. The Coastal Route joins the classic Portuguese Camino in the town of Redondela.You will walk through the towns and small villages such as Pontevedra, Caldas de Reis and Padrón, home of the famous peppers. This walk is considered “moderate” and suitable for anyone who is reasonably fit but, most importantly, stamina is required. Once in Santiago de Compostela you can get your ‘Compostela’ pilgrim certificate!

Highlights

  • The interesting and varied Galician countryside
  • The camaraderie of fellow walkers
  • Upgrades to a Parador in Pontevedra and in Santiago de Compostela
  • The first sight of the Cathedral when entering Plaza Obradoiro
  • Galician food and wine

What is Included

  • Return flights Dublin/Santiago

(This trip is based on a specific airfare. A surcharge may apply if the fare is unavailable when booking)

  • Airport taxes
  • One carry on bag per person max 10 kg
  • 7 nights B&B in basic en suite hotels/pensions while walking to include 2 nights in 4* hotel in Santiago
  • Transfers on arrival and departure
  • Luggage transfers throughout
  • Services of local English speaking agent (emergencies only!)

What is Not Included

  • Travel insurance €38.00 (+66 years double premium applies)
  • Checked in bag max 15 kg €70.00 currently
  • Pilgrim passport €12.00

Itinerary Details

Day 1: Vigo

Depart Dublin on direct flight to Santiago. On arrival transfer to your accommodation in the town of Vigo.

Overnight in Vigo.

Day 2: Vigo - Redondela (15 km)

Today’s walk includes a short climb where you will have good views of the sea, before heading downhill to Redondela. Overnight here.

Day 3: Redondela – Pontevedra (20 km)

Follow the coastal inlet of River Pontevedra and Ria de Vigo, before climbing up to Alto da Lomba, then down to Arcade to reach Alto da Canicouva. Continue through lanes and woodlands to Pontevedra for overnight here.

Day 4: Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis (22 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. Further on at Lombo da Maceira, see a 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 5: Caldas de Reis - Padrón (28 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 and along the pine tree lined road to Padron for overnight

Day 6: Padron - Santiago de Compostela (25 km)

Today you pass through many Galician villages and hamlets before arriving at the sanctuary of A Esclavitude. Further on see the oldest crosses in Galicia. Catch your first glimpse of 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 7: Santiago de Compostela

Breakfast and morning at leisure to explore Santiago. Overnight in Santiago de Compostela.

Day 8:

Morning at leisure before transferring to Santiago airport for return flight home.

Accommodation

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 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 stars 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!

Proposed Flights

Carrier

From / To

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Aer Lingus

Dublin / Santiago

13.05 hrs.

16.20 hrs.

Aer Lingus

Santiago / Dublin

17.00 hrs.

18.10 hrs.

Dates & Prices

Start Date

End Date

Price PPS

Thu 13 Jun

Thu 20 Jun

€725.00

Thu 15 Aug

Thu 22 Aug

€820.00

Thu 12 Sep

Thu 19 Sep

€824.00

Other departures available on request from May to October

Important Information

  • Walking grade: moderate
  • Walking each day: you are “independent” which means you have maximum flexibility – set off walking in the morning whenever you are ready, walk at your own pace, choose when and where to stop for lunch en route and plan the day around your own agenda. You simply leave your packed luggage at reception and it will be awaiting you on arrival in your next accommodation!
  • If you cannot continue walking? – have no worries, public transport and/or taxis are available. Simply call our local partner in Spain who will be happy to assist – he speaks fluent English!
  • We can tailor-make your Camino to suit your personal preferences – pick your own dates, decide how many days walking you would like and even add in rest days along the way. Available April to end of October.

How to reserve a place(s): a completed booking form with deposit of €250.00 per person (payment by cash/cheque/debit or credit card) should be sent directly to MAP Travel. The balance will be due 10 weeks prior to departure – payment by cash/cheque or debit card.