Our Espiritual Last 100 Coastal Camino is a route that combines the beauty of the coast, and the river with the tradition and the legend of the Camino de Santiago. Incorporating the last 100km of the Portuguese Coastal Camino with the Variante Espiritual. A beautiful and scenic route that follows the Atlantic coast from Vigo to Santiago de Compostela.

Some of the amazing sites unique to this route.

Combarro, a picturesque fishing village with traditional stone houses and granaries. Armenteira, where there is a monastery that belongs to the Cistercian order. A Lanzada, a beach with a chapel dedicated to a fertility goddess. Reaching Vilanova de Arousa, the birthplace of the writer Ramón María del Valle-Inclán and the starting point of the Variant Espiritual boat trip.

Variant Espiritual

The highlight of this Camino is the boat trip that follows the journey of the remains of St. James. Legend tells how the disciples of St. James took his body to Galicia from the coast to his final resting place in Santiago de Compostela. Sailing along the Arousa Sea and the Ulla River. Considered by some as the origin of the Camino de Santiago, as it commemorates the arrival of Christianity to the Iberian Peninsula.

Sail along the Arousa Sea, where you will see mussel farms and the islands of Arousa and Cortegada. Then enter the Ulla River and admire the natural beauty and historical landmarks, such as the Torres del Oeste, a medieval fortress that defended the river from the Vikings. The Variant Espiritual is a unique and enriching experience that will make you feel closer to nature, history, and spirituality.

The boat trip ends in Pontecesures, where you will join the main route of the Portuguese Camino and walk to Padrón, the town where St. James preached for the first time in Spain. Here, you can visit the church of Santiago, and see the stone that moored the boat that carried his remains.

Gaining your Compostela Certificate.

Walking the Espiritual last 100k Portuguese Coastal Camino is the minimum distance required to achieve a Compostela. Commencing with your first accommodation stamp your Credencial Passport twice a day. Many bars, restaurants, and churches offer stamps throughout the day.

From Padrón, you will continue to Santiago de Compostela. 

As you reach Santiago de Compostela CELEBRATIONS will unfold! Congratulations! you have walked the last 108km of an iconic pilgrimage. Visit the cathedral and the tomb of St. James, and enjoy the cultural and gastronomic attractions of the city.

Enjoy a rest in Santiago de Compostela where, in 1985, the city’s old town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This alone is worth the effort you have made, a spectacular city with so much to offer.

Buen Camino!

 

Fisterra the “End of the world” 

Certainly, for some, the legends of the past will see you wanting to finish in Fisterra. Consider continuing on our Fisterra Camino.

  • Difficulty: Rest day
  • Length: km.
  • Hours: h.

Today Day 1: Vigo a lively seaside city with plenty to see and do, the start point of your Camino.

Vigo is the largest city in Galicia (300.000 inhabitants) a visit to the city centre in A Pedra district is a must.

Gastronomy

Definitely, the highlight of this region is the seafood. Fresh octopus, crabs, sea urchins, and vernacles just to begin with. However, a must-do is to head to Vigo’s harbour where you can buy oysters from a local in the street and enjoy them in one of the bars with an Albarinho wine.

Prepare for your walk

Make certain that you get plenty of rest tonight. Prepare your bag for tomorrow your first day walking Camino de Santiago.

Buen Camino!!

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Length: 16 km.
  • Hours: 4.5h.

Today Day 2: Vigo-Redondela your first day walking Espiritual last 100 Coastal Camino

Walking along the coastal Camino you will enjoy spectacular views of the Cies Islands.

Buen Camino

 

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Length: 19.5 km.
  • Hours: 6h.

On Day 3: Redondela to Pontevedra, when reaching Arcade you will see oyster beds. Here the oysters are considered the best in Galicia.

Soon crossing the beautiful Pontesampaio medieval bridge. This is where Napoleon’s army suffered a great defeat (19th century). Further on leads you to the Church of Santa Maria (12th century) with magnificent views over the Atlantic Ocean.

Finally arriving in Pontevedra. A monumental city boasting many historical delights. Some of these are Santa Maria la Mayor Basilica, Town Hall, Capella de la Verge Pelegrina, and Teucro Square, they all deserve a visit.

Enjoy some famous oysters of Arcade with an Albarinho wine.

Buen Camino! 

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 23 km.
  • Hours: 7.5h.

Today Day 4: Pontevedra to Armenteira, at around 2 km into your walk you will see signs to the left for the “Variante Espiritual” (Spiritual Variant).

The magnificent Poio Monastery is the first jewel on today’s Camino well worth a visit. The next is the village Combarro, with the old quarter declared “Property of Cultural Interest”. Home to three traditional elements of Galicia “Horreos” (raised granaries), “Casas Marineras” (sea houses), and “Cruces”(crosses). Combarro is considered one of the 10 most beautiful villages in Spain. Owing to its’ fisherman’s cottages with stone or wooden balconies unique in Galicia.

You’ll walk a steep incline up to Mirador de Loureiro (Loureiro viewpoint).

Following this about 6 km further, you arrive at Armenteira, your resting place for today. Visit the Cistercian Monastery of Santa Maria, founded in the 12th century and known in history as an absolute haven of Peace.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 6.5 km.
  • Hours: 23h.

Today Day 5: Armenteira to Vilanova de Arousa, will have you walking “Ruta da Pedra e Agua” (Stone and Water Path) along the Armenteira river. Shortly you will see plenty of old mills (some restored) in between amazing leafy vegetation and vineyards. This is the Rias Baixas wine region, where Albariño wine is made.

Eventually, reach the coastline again with Arousa Island in front of you. Walk with the beach on your left finally crossing the iron bridge to reach Vilanova de Arousa.

Mussels grown in Ria de Arousa are especially good.

Buen Camino 

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Length: 16.5 km.
  • Hours: 5h.

Day 6 Pontecesures to Rua De Francos-Milladoira is a progressive incline towards your destination. walking mainly along the freeway with quite a few asphalt paths. A point of interest along the way is the collegiate church of Iria Flavia which was the first cathedral in Galicia, it also has a cemetery worth a wander through.

Stopping today just 10km out of Santiago in either Rua De Francos or Milladoira two small neighbouring villages, it will depend on accommodation.

Buen Camino

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 10.5 km.
  • Hours: 3h.

DAY 7: Rua De Francos-Milladoira-Santiago is a progressive incline towards your destination. walking mainly along the freeway with quite a few asphalt paths. A point of interest along the way is the collegiate church of Iria Flavia which was the first cathedral in Galicia, it also has a cemetery worth a wander through.

Stopping today just 10km out of Santiago in either Rua De Francos or Milladoira two small neighbouring villages, it will depend on accommodation.

Buen Camino! 

  • Difficulty: Rest day
  • Length: km.
  • Hours: h.

Today PCE-Day 8: Santiago de Compostela, your last morning on Camino de Santiago. Enjoy your last breakfast as a Crossroads Travel Client before you head off to wherever in the world you may go!

That is of course unless you have decided to continue to Fisterra

Whatever you are doing go safe.

Thank you for allowing Crossroads Travel to support you on your Adventure!

Buen Camino!

Inclusions Espiritual Last 100 Coastal Camino 
  • 7 nights’ accommodation preferably charming/Iconic/boutique hotels and rural Casas
  • Private Bathroom in all rooms
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luggage transfer daily (1 x 18kg bag per person)
  • Maps of your accommodation locations
  • Pre-trip Camino guidance and planning
  • Australian and Spanish emergency phone numbers
  • local support person in Spain
Welcome Pack:
  • Pilgrim’s passport
  • Camino shell
  • Luggage tags
  • Full Camino walking guidebook with maps
  • Camino Journal with Pen
  • Other goodies for your Camino
Not Included 
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Additional bag transfer (will incur additional costs)
  • Single Supplement
  • Any meal not specified in the Inclusions list
  • Any other item not specified in the Inclusions list
  • Flights/Transfers/Extra Accommodations.
Optional Services: 
  • Airport transfers from the start point and end destination
  • Extra night accommodation at the start point and end destination
  • Extra luggage transfer or storage
  • Fisterra experience: Tour from Santiago to Fisterra return 2 days
  • If you wish to upgrade to the Iconic Parador Hotel in Santiago de Compostela the cost is from $180 per person/per night twin share and $250 per person/per night single occupancy when booked 6 months in advance.
  • Ask us about adding an extra night in Santiago, or extra rest days en route.
  • For any part of your trip that falls between 31 October and 01 April, there is an out-of-season luggage transfer surcharge of $25 per day. and $35 per day to Fisterra and Muxia.

Today Day 1: Vigo a lively seaside city with plenty to see and do, the start point of your Camino.

Vigo is the largest city in Galicia (300.000 inhabitants) a visit to the city centre in A Pedra district is a must.

Gastronomy

Definitely, the highlight of this region is the seafood. Fresh octopus, crabs, sea urchins, and vernacles just to begin with. However, a must-do is to head to Vigo’s harbour where you can buy oysters from a local in the street and enjoy them in one of the bars with an Albarinho wine.

Prepare for your walk

Make certain that you get plenty of rest tonight. Prepare your bag for tomorrow your first day walking Camino de Santiago.

Buen Camino!!

Today Day 2: Vigo-Redondela your first day walking Espiritual last 100 Coastal Camino

Walking along the coastal Camino you will enjoy spectacular views of the Cies Islands.

Buen Camino

 

On Day 3: Redondela to Pontevedra, when reaching Arcade you will see oyster beds. Here the oysters are considered the best in Galicia.

Soon crossing the beautiful Pontesampaio medieval bridge. This is where Napoleon’s army suffered a great defeat (19th century). Further on leads you to the Church of Santa Maria (12th century) with magnificent views over the Atlantic Ocean.

Finally arriving in Pontevedra. A monumental city boasting many historical delights. Some of these are Santa Maria la Mayor Basilica, Town Hall, Capella de la Verge Pelegrina, and Teucro Square, they all deserve a visit.

Enjoy some famous oysters of Arcade with an Albarinho wine.

Buen Camino! 

Today Day 4: Pontevedra to Armenteira, at around 2 km into your walk you will see signs to the left for the “Variante Espiritual” (Spiritual Variant).

The magnificent Poio Monastery is the first jewel on today’s Camino well worth a visit. The next is the village Combarro, with the old quarter declared “Property of Cultural Interest”. Home to three traditional elements of Galicia “Horreos” (raised granaries), “Casas Marineras” (sea houses), and “Cruces”(crosses). Combarro is considered one of the 10 most beautiful villages in Spain. Owing to its’ fisherman’s cottages with stone or wooden balconies unique in Galicia.

You’ll walk a steep incline up to Mirador de Loureiro (Loureiro viewpoint).

Following this about 6 km further, you arrive at Armenteira, your resting place for today. Visit the Cistercian Monastery of Santa Maria, founded in the 12th century and known in history as an absolute haven of Peace.

Today Day 5: Armenteira to Vilanova de Arousa, will have you walking “Ruta da Pedra e Agua” (Stone and Water Path) along the Armenteira river. Shortly you will see plenty of old mills (some restored) in between amazing leafy vegetation and vineyards. This is the Rias Baixas wine region, where Albariño wine is made.

Eventually, reach the coastline again with Arousa Island in front of you. Walk with the beach on your left finally crossing the iron bridge to reach Vilanova de Arousa.

Mussels grown in Ria de Arousa are especially good.

Buen Camino 

Day 6 Pontecesures to Rua De Francos-Milladoira is a progressive incline towards your destination. walking mainly along the freeway with quite a few asphalt paths. A point of interest along the way is the collegiate church of Iria Flavia which was the first cathedral in Galicia, it also has a cemetery worth a wander through.

Stopping today just 10km out of Santiago in either Rua De Francos or Milladoira two small neighbouring villages, it will depend on accommodation.

Buen Camino

DAY 7: Rua De Francos-Milladoira-Santiago is a progressive incline towards your destination. walking mainly along the freeway with quite a few asphalt paths. A point of interest along the way is the collegiate church of Iria Flavia which was the first cathedral in Galicia, it also has a cemetery worth a wander through.

Stopping today just 10km out of Santiago in either Rua De Francos or Milladoira two small neighbouring villages, it will depend on accommodation.

Buen Camino! 

Today PCE-Day 8: Santiago de Compostela, your last morning on Camino de Santiago. Enjoy your last breakfast as a Crossroads Travel Client before you head off to wherever in the world you may go!

That is of course unless you have decided to continue to Fisterra

Whatever you are doing go safe.

Thank you for allowing Crossroads Travel to support you on your Adventure!

Buen Camino!

The three closest airports to Vigo are PortoVigo and Santiago.

Depending on where you fly in from the best options are as follows once you land in Spain or Portugal:

Fly to Vigo then catch a bus or Taxi to the city centre

From Santiago de Compostela catch a bus, train or fly to Vigo

From Porto catch a bus, train or fly to Vigo

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 Info
  • From - To: Vigo to Santiago de Compostela + Espirital Variante
  • Length: 108.5
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Cost: $1,475
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