Last 100km Portuguese Coastal Camino

Start your Last 100km Portuguese Coastal Camino in the elegant seaside town of Baiona

Located in the heart of the Rías Baixas coastal region of Galicia, Northern Spain. Walking the last 100k Portuguese Coastal Camino is the minimum distance required to achieve a Compostela.

Commencing with your first accommodation you are required to stamp your Credencial Passport twice a day. Each morning or on arrival have your accommodation stamp your passport. Then afterward many bars, restaurants, and churches offer this service throughout your day.

The wild Atlantic coast

Enjoy views of the magnificent Cíes Islands, every day offering you a new sunset. Certainly, you will delight in wonderful coastal coves, beaches, and historical sites. Once in Vigo, you will weave in and out of the coastline, eventually arriving in Redondela. Here your path meets with the Central Camino where you now stay inland through spectacular Galician countryside. Visit small villages, walk on ancient stone paths, along river valleys, through oak, pine, and eucalyptus woodlands. Explore fascinating and richly historical towns and cities with Medieval, Celtic,  Romanesque-Gothic, and modern-day sites. Cathedrals, historic town centers, tombs, castles, Fortresses, and more!

The terrain

While you will mostly be on flat land there are some quite demanding yet not difficult sections. Ascending gradually up to around 180m then on the last day you climb to around 250m, the highest point in the last km’s before Santiago.

Variante Espiritual

You can also choose the Variante Espiritual about 2km out of Pontevedra.

Gastronomy 

Varied and absolutely deliciously sublime seafood, particularly shellfish of Galicia. Known as some of the best seafood in the world. Enjoy meals created for pilgrims or dine in wonderful local cafes and restaurants along the way. No good meal would be complete without a glass of Vinho Verde or Albarinho white wines, specialties of the regions.

Congratulations

You have now earned your Compostela, you can go acquire it from the pilgrims’ office, or simply relish in your achievement!

Finishing 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!

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Day 1: Baiona

Day 1 in Baiona with its’ impressive fortress walls, Baiona is a wonderful busy seaside town to explore.  Once you have settled in there is a beautiful walk called El Paseo de Monte Boi.  This short looped walk is approximately 2km. You will find nice beaches and public chilling spaces all around the fortress.

Spend a little time perched on one of the medieval walls, dating from the eleventh century. soak up the best views in Baiona out to the crashing Atlantic waves. You will immediately feel as peaceful as your surroundings.

Once you reach the front of the castle there is a quiet beach nestled between the busy town and the castle walls. This leads to the possible next activity of the day, a dip in the Atlantic Ocean.

There is also a museum in honour of Caravel La Pinta (one of the 3 ships of the Colombus expedition to America) that arrived back in Spain in this town. worth a visit also.

Gastronomy

Definitely, the highlight of this region is the seafood. Consequently, fresh octopus, crabs, sea urchins, vernacles just to begin with.

Prepare for your walk

Make certain that you get plenty of rest tonight. Prepare your bag for tomorrow it is a long day.

Buen Camino!!

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Length: 27 km.
  • Hours: 8h.

Day 2: Baiona to Vigo

Day 2: Baiona to Vigo will be your longest walking day on the Portuguese Coastal Camino. Although the day is long it is not difficult.  Reaching Sabarís you will cross a beautiful Romanesque bridge across the Groba river through to A Ramallosa.

Alternative option 

Today you will find two options to arrive in Vigo. After crossing the bridge you will see the alternative route. Following green arrows to your left. This alternative route takes you along the coastline a far more scenic and enjoyable route to take. The original route will be spent on a lot of asphalt, the choice is always yours.

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

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

Gastronomy

Next to Vigo’s harbour you can buy oysters from a local in the street and enjoy them in one of the bars with an Albarinho wine.

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

Day 3: Vigo to Redondela

Today on day 3 Vigo to Redondela you will exit Vigo along a popular path where locals run, cycle, or walk.

From this point, you will Leave the coastline. Your Camino then runs inland up to Redondela. Before long taking you through forests with beautiful views over the high, flat, and easy plateau trail system, called the Camino da Traida das Augas. Crossing over with the impressive Rande Bridge.

In Redondela your Camino joins the other Portuguese Camino routes from Porto and Tui. From here your way to Santiago becomes an inland Camino.

Gastronomy 

Once in Redondela, you must try the Galician seafood. To finish your day off perfectly make a choice: centollas (spider crabs), mussels, zamburiñas (scallops), turbot, hake, decisions decisions!

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

Day 4: Redondela to Pontevedra

On day 4 Redondela to Pontevedra, when reaching Arcade you will see oyster beds where the oysters are considered the best in Galicia.

Soon you will cross the beautiful Pontesampaio medieval bridge 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 which 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.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 21 km.
  • Hours: 6h.

Day 5: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis

On day 5 Pontevedra to Caldas de Rei, you will be walking mostly through chestnut, gum, and pine groves. Quite pleasant surroundings with only short sections of road.

In Lombo da Maceira there is a statue of Santiago Apostol with his stick showing the way.

Between A Portela and Briallos, you will find a slight divert to beautiful Rio Barosa Waterfalls. Only 400m off Camino on your right, worth the extra short walk.

Caldas de Reis known for its thermal healing waters has developed as quite a popular tourist location since Roman times. Here you will see there are many wonderful old spa hotels with a relaxed atmosphere.

Umia river provides trout and lamprea.  Another specialty is zamburiña empanadas (pies) all appreciated when washed down with a good Albarinho wine.

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Length: 18.5 km.
  • Hours: 5.5h.

Day 6: Caldas de Reis to Padron

On day 6 Caldas de Reis to Padron is a beautiful stage with plenty of bush sections. Heading upward to Santa Marina de Carracedo and then down to Padron.

In Pontecesures you cross paths with the Variante Espiritual arriving by boat from Vilanova de Arousa on the Ulla river.

In Padron visit the Santiago church and 1 km further on from Padron on Camino is Iria Flavia, an icònic village where legend says the remains of the apòstol Santiago arrived on a stone ship 2000 years ago also La Real Colegiata is remarkable, the tomb of Camilo Jose Cela, Nobel Prize winner of Literature and the museum-house of Rosalia de Castro, the main Galician poet all worth a visit today if you have the energy to save time tomorrow for your final destination.

A must-try specialty of the region while in Padron “pimientos de Padron” (little green peppers) fried and sprinkled with sea salt, now appreciated all over Spain. Other popular foods are octopus, cheeses, bread, chorizos, or empanadas.

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Length: 24.5 km.
  • Hours: 7h.

Day 7 Padron to Santiago

Day 7 Padron to Santiago, your last day walking!

If you didn’t visit Iria Flavia yesterday perhaps you can make a little time to do that in the first stage of your walk today. Following on from there is mainly urban landscape.  Heading up to O Milladoiro and then down again into Santiago de Compostela.

Follow the arrows to your final destination, Praza do Obradoiro. Here you will admire the Cathedral de Santiago and its Romànic Portico de la Gloria (Glory’s Gate) built in the 12th century.

A moment that is bittersweet for most. You have achieved your goal yet also you have finished your adventure.

Many pilgrims celebrate the end of their Camino with a good “mariscada” (seafood plate). However, you might prefer to head to Rua do Franco for some “tapas” finishing with “Tarta de Santiago” the popular Galician tart.

CONGRATULATIONS!!
The Botafumeiro

A Pilgrim’s Mass is held at 12.00 and 19.00 daily. If you are lucky (or someone pays the fee, around 300€) you will see the Botafumeiro (weighing 60 kg) incense burning ceremony.

  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • Hours: h.

Day 8: Santiago

Today you will enjoy a breakfast of Kings, your last morning with Crossroads Travel
Many of you will venture off to other parts of the world, some of you will continue your adventure to Fisterra!
Whatever it is you do from here please go safely, thank you for choosing our Crossroads Travel Camino!
We hope to see you again sometime soon.

Buen Camino!!

Dates: Flexible, set your own agenda

Inclusions Portuguese Coastal Camino 
  • 7 nights’ Superior accommodation, preferably rural and boutique hotels.
  • Private Bathroom in all rooms
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luggage transfer daily (1 x 20kg 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
Not Included 
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Additional bags 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 in the start point and end destination
  • Extra luggage transfer or storage
  • Fisterra experience: Tour from Santiago to Fisterra return 2 days

At Crossroads Travel our focus is to ensure your comfort at the end of a long walking day. Hence we have carefully and extensively researched our accommodation options on Camino. Keeping a close eye on changes and new places for you to stay.

Our choice of accommodation is based first and foremost on location

We personally book your rooms and know exactly where they are located. Walking extra kilometers off Camino at the end of a long day is not the preferred option. Being in the vibe of Camino is an essential element, housing you amongst the other pilgrims’, restaurants, bars, and cafes.

Note: There are a few extraordinary options that we will discuss with you when booking that are worth the walk if that is what you might prefer.

Next we want you to be welcomed and taken care of.

We meet regularly with the owners/management to discuss our client needs. Your hosts have direct personal contact with us. If any needs arise we can manage it immediately. We are on the ground in Spain = no time difference offering you a stress-free travel adventure.

Finally, we choose accommodation preferably in charming, iconic hotels and rural Casas.

The number of stars is not our criteria. A comfortable room and a private bathroom come first. Although, yes, we do throw in a few nights with lots of stars for a bit of indulgence. After all, you deserve to have a soak in a spa. Likewise, an indoor pool doesn’t hurt.

Book 60 days in advance

Camino de Santiago is a very unique destination with limited quality accommodation ON Camino. Consequently, we advise you to book a minimum of 60 days in advance. Less time than this we will do our best to keep your accommodation on Camino.

Examples of our chosen accommodation.

The images below are examples of what you can expect from your booking. Tailor-made packages are available if you wish to stay 5-star all the way. Let’s start a conversation so you can get exactly what YOU want!

Flight to Vigo – Taxi or Bus to Baiona (21.5 km)

Train – Barcelona to Vigo – 12 Hours

Madrid to Vigo – 6 Hours

 Info
  • From - To: Baiona to Santiago de Compostela
  • Length: 127 km
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Cost: $1,223
  • Dates:

    Dates: Flexible, set your own agenda