8-Day Escorted PORTUGUESE COASTAL CAMINO: Starts in Baiona (Spain)

 

Portuguese Coastal Way: Baiona (Spain) to Santiago de Compostela

A 8-day, 110 kilometre pilgrimage known as the Portuguese Coastal Way or Camino da Costa. 

Starting from Baiona in Spain it is a stunning walk through seaside towns and villages and the beautiful countryside of

Spain, en route to Santiago de Compostela.

 

ESCORTED/HOSTED GROUP

TRIP LENGTH: 8 days / 7 nights - GROUP SIZE: Maximum 14 - MEALS: 8 Breakfasts, 7 Dinners (with wine included)

OTHER: Luggage Transfer – 20KG - TRIP GRADE: Moderate

DEPARTURE DATES:

 2019: June 20 & September 30

2020: June 2 & 8,  September 24 & 30, October 17

PRICES FROM:  Euro1,240 per person, twin share 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Euro395 will apply is not gender share option available DEPOSIT: AUD800

TRIP OVERVIEW

Following the Atlantic Coast towards Santiago de Compostela, the Portuguese Coastal Way, although officially starts Porto, this walk will commence in the picturesque seaside town of Baiona in Spain and follows a beautiful landscape of beaches. The route will take you through charming seaside towns and villages in Galicia, and the heart of the Rías Baixas. Discover the wild Atlantic beauty and sandy beaches, taste delicious seafood and wine, stay in fishing villages, go for a swim in one of the many sandy beaches and be refreshed by the maritime feel of our newest Coastal Camino.

Walking the Camino is a time for reflection and recognition and a time to shake your worries for another time and place. It provides thinking time to crystalise the 'where to from here', or if you prefer, don't bother thinking at all.

           
ESCORTED/HOSTED

This trip is escorted/hosted to welcome Wandering the World travellers at the joining hotel on the arrival day. It is designed so you can share the journey with like-minded people and enjoy each other’s company.

Your escort/host provides assistance, support and guidance to ensure you have an exceptional experience, with camaraderie and fun for all to enjoy.


THE WALKING

Although this trip is escorted/hosted, you are free to walk at your own pace in your own time.

You will be provided with a pack of easy to read maps and instructions, complete with directions to guide you on the well-marked paths and tracks, following the yellow arrows. Your pack will be available at your joining hotel on the first day of your trip.

The itinerary is carefully designed for easy to manage walking days. There is a basic level of fitness required and some uphill stretches in part, however, given you only need carry a lightweight day bag and your water supply, which can be replenished in the various villages on route and other essentials such as snacks, it makes this trip very manageable for any inexperienced walker.


ACCOMMODATION & LUGGAGE TRANSFER

Your stay will be in an excellent combination of centrally located hotels and charming village accommodation dotted along the Camino.

The character, comfort and often the uniqueness of the accommodation all adds to the experience. In some villages you will stay in ‘Casa Rurals’, which are bed and breakfast style accommodation.

Your private accommodation is pre-booked in advance and is on a twin share basis with private en suite facilities. Single supplement is on request and where possible we will offer a gender share option as requested.

The local cuisine is also a highlight. On occasion, mama will be in the kitchen preparing a three course hearty meal known as the pilgrim’s staple, which comes complete with a bottle of wine, (which can be returned to the kitchen if you wish, or if you are under age!). The cook, or regular chef will not disappoint, and all dietary requirements are taken care of in advance. The language is Spanish.  English is difficult to find, which adds an exciting dimension and a great reminder that you are travelling in a foreign land.

Your luggage is transferred daily which means you are carefree to enjoy the walking, with no need to worry about your bed for that night, nor straining your body from carrying too many kilos on your back.

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY


ARRIVE BAIONA - Day 1/Night 1

Start your Camino in colourful Baiona, with its medieval historical centre situated by the outlet of Vigo Bay.

In 1493 the ship Carabeta La Pinta arrived in the Port of Baiona with news of the discovery of America and you can visit a replica of the ship moored in the harbour museum.

BAIONA – VIGO 23km. Estimated walking time approx. 5 hours - Day 2/Night 2

Vigo is tucked away in the south-west of Galicia. It is more of a convenience stop as it is on the trail, however the walk itself is far from disappointing as you follow the coast enjoying fantastic views of the Bay of Vigo and the Natural Park on the horizon. Why not stop for a swim and enjoy the beach. 

VIGO - ARCADE 22km. Estimated walking time approx. 5 hours - Day 3/Night 3

An interesting stage along the coastal inlet of the Ria de Pontevedra. Walking amongst the enchanted forest around the Alto de Lomba before returning to the sea at Arcade.

Arcade is a fishing village famous for oysters – definitely worth a taste.


ARCADE - PONTEVEDRA 13km. Estimated walking time approx. 4 hours - Day 4/Night 4

Today is the last day along the coast and a short walking day so you can make the most of the seaside before following ancient stone paths to arrive at the provincial capital at Pontevedra with its many Romanesque churches and granite squares.

PONTEVEDRA – CALDAS DE REIS 21km. Estimated walking time approx. 5 hours - Day 5/Night 5

Passing chestnut groves and eucalyptus woods then continuing through the hamlet of Ponte Cabras, to encounter the rectory of Santa Maria de Alba, tucked away among the trees.

Emerging from the dense woods of Lombo da Maceira, there lies a statue of Saint James the pilgrim, his cane pointing the way to proceed. The lovely village of Tibo, with its fountain, public washing place and stone cross, are just shy of Caldas de Reis.

CALDAS DE REIS – PADRON 18km. Estimated walking time approx. 4-5 hours - Day 6/Night 6

Exiting the town over the river Umia that leads to a fountain of hot spring water that has lent the town its name since Roman times. Entering the woods once more, the Camino gradually climbs its way to the hamlet of Santa Marina before finally catching up again with the river to arrive in Padron. Padron is famous for being the first land sighted by the ship bearing the body of Saint James.  It is also home to Galicia’s most famous poet Rosalia de Castro.

PADRON – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA 22km. Estimated walking time approx. 5 hours -  Day 7/Night 7

Today the Camino passes through many small villages and hamlets before arriving at Agro dos Monteiros, where it is now possible to see the spires of the Santiago Cathedral.  

Your walk passes by the ruins of a castle known as A Rocha Vella, before entering the city of the Apostle. Wander the streets and enjoy the character of this amazing city, enjoyed by pilgrims and the like from all around the world. 

Time to enjoy this gem of a city, sample some Tapas and reflect on the journey that has lead you to Santiago de Compostela.


SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - Day 8

Santiago de Compostela is a special, rare city with a particular magic that can only be enjoyed by walking around its streets.  Its historical centre has been designated a World Heritage Site and offers dozens of churches and religious buildings, including the impressive cathedral, which is both Baroque and Romanesque at the same time and contains the sepulchre of the Apostle St James (known in Spanish as Santiago).  The plazas of A Quintana, Praterias, Acibecheria and O Obradoiro escort the Cathedral and each one stands as an open-air museum.  Plaza de O Obradoiro marks the location of the Hostel dos Reis Catόlicos, which is today a parador hotel, the office of the vice-chancellor of the city’s university and the Pazo de Raxoi, which is home to the regional government and the City Hall.  The cathedral marks the beginning of Rúa da Raiña and Rúa Franco, which are laden with bars and restaurants where you can enjoy all the specialities of Galicia and, at the end of the street, the beautiful Paseo da Ferradura offers impressive views of the city on one side and the university campus on the other.  Another part of the historical centre contains the beautiful marketplace, which is of neo-Romanesque style.  It is impossible to summarise the beauty of this great city in only a few lines. 

Although the trip finishes after breakfast today, the memories of the Camino will live on.


Wandering the World hope you have had a journey of a lifetime and welcome your  choice to wander with us again.


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