Portuguese Way of Saint James along the Coast

The Portuguese Coastal Route from Baiona is one of the most picturesque and beautiful routes of the Camino de Santiago, combining the beauty of its forests, villages and towns with the immensity of the sea and its coastal landscapes.

We will start our adventure in the spectacular town of Baiona, a medieval village by the sea. From Viajeros Canallas we recommend you to go with time, so you can visit it without haste, get lost in its streets and enjoy its corners and beaches.

To join Camino de Santiago and Rías Baixas is to talk about historic towns such as Vigo, Pontevedra, Padrón and the aforementioned Baiona, it is to talk about Albariño and popular gastronomy.

The Portuguese Way of St. James along the coast in a group is a unique experience to meet new pilgrims and enjoy your fellow pilgrims.

In Viajeros Canallas we organise the Portuguese Way along the coast from Baiona, where you will cover 124kms in 6 stages, which will give you the right to obtain your Compostela and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of Santiago.

There is no better way to experience the Camino de Santiago from Baiona in a group. The fame of our groups, the good vibes, the friendships that are generated, that many call "family" and our motto "You'll never walk alone".

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    • 24 / 31 March
    • 8 / 15 July
    • 14 / 21 July
    • 22 / 29 July
    • 11 / 18 August
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    • 25 / 1 August
    • 8 / 15 September
    • Private hostels 8D / 7N in shared rooms
    • Half-board (6 dinners / 6 breakfasts + dinner in Santiago de Compostela)
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    Stages Portuguese Coastal Route Baiona - Santiago 124kms

    If you have any doubts about the route and the places we will visit during this organized route is the perfect time for you to take a look at our particular guide of the Portuguese Way of Saint James along the Coast. We will tell you everything that awaits you during the trip so you are ready to live this exciting adventure.

    One of the highlights of this Camino is its proximity to the Atlantic coast. Along it, you will enjoy breathtaking sea views, golden sandy beaches, cliffs and small fishing villages during the first stages and the beautiful landscapes of inland Galicia, where we will join the Portuguese Way inland.

    STAGE 1

    BAIONA - VIGO (along the coast)
    Length: 25.3 km
    Difficulty: Medium
    Time: 6 / 7 hours

    STAGE 2

    VIGO - REDONDELA
    Length: 16.3 km
    Difficulty: Low
    Time: 4 hours

    STAGE 3

    REDONDELA - PONTEVEDRA
    Length: 19 km
    Difficulty: Medium
    Time: 5 hours

    STAGE 4

    PONTEVEDRA - CALDAS DE REIS
    Length: 21 km
    Difficulty: Low
    Time: 6 hours

    STAGE 5

    CALDAS DE REIS - PADRÓN
    Length: 19 km
    Difficulty: Low
    Time: 5 hours

    STAGE 6

    PADRÓN - SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
    Length: 24 km
    Difficulty: Medium
    Time: 6 hours

    Frequently asked questions about the Portuguese Way along the coast

    What do I have to bring to the Portuguese Way along the coast?

    Take only the essentials. On the Portuguese Way, you will pass through many towns and cities with all the services, and you will have industrial washing machines to have your clothes ready for the next stage. So, just take good shoes and socks, a mackintosh or poncho, a sleeping bag, and 3 or 4 changes of each item of clothing. If you want to know what else to take to the Camino de Santiagoour expert tells you about it in this post.

    How many stages are there on the Portuguese Coastal Route?

    The number of stages of this trip depends on where you start the Portuguese Way along the coast. In our case, we will start in the city of Baiona and it will take us 8 days, 7 nights and 6 stages to reach the Cathedral of Santiago.

    Here is a summary of the stages of the Portuguese Way of St. James along the coast that you can do in group with Viajeros Canallas:

     

    Day 1: Meeting and accommodation in Baiona

    Before starting the Portuguese Way of Saint James along the coast you will find yourself in the beautiful city of Baiona. We recommend that you arrive in the morning (or even if you feel like it a day earlier on your own) to enjoy its beaches, its streets and corners and the castle. de Monterreal, an impressive 16th century fortress offering panoramic views of the ocean. and the surrounding route, before starting your Camino de Santiago.

    The meeting will be at 18:30h at the hostel where you will meet all the members of the group. Don't worry, we will provide you with the location of the hostel two days before the start of the trip through the WhatsApp group.

    The adventure begins!

    Day 2: Stage 1, Baiona - Vigo (along the coast)

    Distance to be covered: 25.3 kilometres. Estimated time: 6/7 hours. Difficulty: Medium

    This first stage of our Portuguese Way along the coast is the longest of the 6 that we will walk, but technically it is simple. We will leave Baiona behind, crossing the river Baiña over a small bridge, advance through the neighbourhood of Sabarís and cross the majestic bridge of A Ramallosa, where you can't miss the beautiful views of the river Miñor. 

    Just after, at km 4.5, you will have to choose between 2 paths: the original one, which goes inland, with more climbs and descents and a total of 27.5 km, or the alternative one, which runs along the coast, much flatter and 2 km shorter. We definitely recommend the latter, which is signposted with green arrows instead of the yellow ones typical of the Camino. VERY IMPORTANT if you choose the coastal route, follow the green arrows. 

    At the end of the bridge of A Ramallosa we will have to turn left, parallel to the river Miñor until we reach 3 beautiful beaches: first we will find the extensive América beach, then Panxón and, finally, the much smaller and quieter Patos beach. 

    The stage continues with a steep climb that will take us to the Camino do Portiño and the neighbourhood of Saiáns, which now belongs to Vigo. Our route runs alongside the road until we reach Oia, a coastal town, and the beaches of Canido and Vao. 

    We'll continue along the coast until we reach the mouth of the Lagares River, which we'll cross over a small bridge and arrive at Samil beach. From this point on, you won't see many arrows, but don't worry, the Way is very intuitive and will always lead you to the same place: the centre of Vigo. 

    Day 3: Stage 2, Vigo - Redondela 

    Distance to be covered: 16.3 kilometres. Estimated time: 4 hours. Difficulty: Low

    In this second stage we will leave Vigo behind, following its main artery, Rúa Urzáiz, until we reach Calle Toledo, where we will once again come across the yellow arrows that mark the Way of St. James.

    Shortly after, we'll come across a pleasant surprise: the Senda da Traída das Augas. Leaving Vigo behind, we will walk along this beautiful path that will offer us impressive panoramic views of the Vigo Estuary and we will walk along narrow paths along water channels enjoying the tranquillity of the forest.

    Just past kilometre 10 of the route we reach the highest point of the route with a breathtaking view of the Rande Bridge and the bay of San Simón.

    We will finish the stage with a long and sometimes steep descent, crossing Rande and Portela until we reach Redondela, where our route meets the inland Portuguese Way.

    Day 4: Stage 3, Redondela - Pontevedra

    Distance to be covered: 19 kilometres. Estimated time: 5 hours. Difficulty: Medium

    This third stage is full of contrasts between beautiful natural landscapes and urban areas. We will also have to overcome interesting stretches with a couple of considerable ascents and descents.

    As for the landscapes of the Portuguese Way of St. James, in this stage we will enjoy beautiful views of the Rías Baixas. And if you like seafood, after walking about 7 kms, you can stop and taste the famous Arcade oysters.

    The final stretch of the stage is technically easy and we will reach a city full of charm: Pontevedra. From Viajeros Canallas we invite you to lose yourself in its cobbled streets and its spectacular old town.

    Day 5: Stage 4, Pontevedra - Caldas De Reis

    Distance to be covered: 23 kilometres. Estimated time: 6 hours. Difficulty: Low

    When we leave Pontevedra, we cross the river Lérez over the Puente do Burgo bridge. The route follows the national road in its entirety, it is an easy stage, with no gradients and constantly running along asphalt and dirt tracks. 

    One of the charms of this stage more beautiful and unknown by the pilgrims is the Natural Park of the Barosa River with its majestic waterfalls, where you can take a bath. From Viajeros Canallas we definitely recommend you to visit it. You just have to turn off about 400 meters from the Camino, after passing A Portela. Do not worry, it is well signposted and we will remind you so you do not miss it!

    And then we arrive at Caldas de Reis, a beautiful locality known for its hot springs.

    Day 6: Stage 5, Caldas De Reis - Padrón

    Distance to be covered: 19 kilometres. Estimated time: 5 hours. Difficulty: Low

    The section from Caldas de Reis to Padrón is perhaps the most scenically interesting stage. There will be frequent but moderate slopes. You will see extensive agricultural valleys and small villages that will make this stage of the Portuguese Way of St. James an unforgettable memory.

    When you arrive in Padrón, as well as thinking about where to eat some good peppers, remember to take advantage of the wide range of cultural activities on offer in the city.

    Day 7: Stage 6, Padrón - Santiago De Compostela

    Distance to be covered: 24 kilometres. Estimated time: 6 hours. Difficulty: Medium.

    This is the last day of our route along the Portuguese Way of St. James. As is logical, feelings are running high. On the one hand, the joy of achieving your challenge and on the other, the sadness of feeling that this is over.

    The stage runs almost entirely on asphalt, continuing along the national road N-550. It is not technically complicated and in terms of gradients, the moderate and somewhat long climb to Agro dos Monteiros, in O Milladoiro, stands out, which is undoubtedly compensated by the first views we will have of the city of Santiago de Compostela.

    We will also pass through Iria Flavia, which was the first cathedral in Galicia. As a curious fact, in the cemetery of this town, under an olive tree, is the tomb of Camilo José Cela.

    A few kilometres from Santiago we will have to choose between 2 routes: Conxo and Santa Marta. We always say that you can take the one you want, but on this occasion we recommend that you take the Santa Marta detour, as Conxo is almost 2 kilometres further. Remember to always keep in mind that you are not far from being able to enjoy the majesty of the Cathedral of Compostela. We have made it, congratulations pilgrim!

    Day 8: Farewell

    How does the backpack transport service work on the Portuguese Way?

    There are pilgrims who decide to carry their backpack all the stages, and others who prefer to hire the luggage transfer service. If this is your case, you will not have to worry about anything or notify in advance. On the first day of the meeting, at the meeting we will have in Baiona with our monitor and where we will meet the group, you will be able to hire it for a cost of 30€, which will include the transfer for the 5 stages. At that moment we will give you a label to put on your backpack or suitcase (which cannot exceed 8 kg in weight). You will leave your luggage every morning when you wake up and you will have it at your destination hostel.

    How do I reserve my place?

    Very easy: just send a WhatsApp to our booking centre, 603040475, with your name, surname, age, telephone number, location and chosen date, and you will have between 3 and 5 days to make the initial payment (as you can pay in 2 instalments) and that way you will have time to organise your trip.

    Our cancellation policy

    The cancellation policy will always appear in your WhatsApp payment before you make any kind of payment. This date will vary depending on when you make your booking and will be clearly explained.

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