Baiona - Santiago

Baiona, both a tourist destination and an active fishing port, is located in the south of the Rias Baixas region, and is protected from the open sea by a breathtakingly beautiful bay.

If you start your Camino in Baiona you will have the opportunity to walk the Coastal Camino for the first couple of days, before you reach the main route and continue to Santiago.

Baiona is a coastal town that was the focus for trade in the region until the spectacular development of Vigo that took place at the end of the 19th century. Movement on the Vigo estuary is marked by commercial and fishing vessels, all under the watchful eye of Baiona, located alongside Cape Silleiro. The town’s most attractive streets are set around the bay, which open up next to the mouth of Miñor River. It was here that the La Pinta moored in 1493, the first caravel to reach port after the voyage of discovery to the New World. Don’t miss the sunset from Monterreal Fort and its famous Príncipe Tower. It has three kilometres of defensive walls and is now a Parador Hotel. Spot the Cies islands and floating mussel farms in the Ria de Vigo lagoon before joining pilgrims from the Central Way in Redondela to follow the same path to Santiago de Compostela.

Among the highlights between Redondela and Santiago are the historical city of Pontevedra, the riverside spa town of Caldas de Reis and Padrón, another pretty town which is where the boat carrying St. James’ body is said to have landed.

  • Baiona - Santiago

GENERAL CONDITION

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Total distance: 125 km
Availability: March to November
Minimum of persons: 1
Price per person (in double): From 580€
Extra for single accommodation: From 230€

SERVICES INCLUDED

– 7 nights accommodation and breakfast
– Luggage transport between hotels
– Emergency telephone service
– Pilgrim’s Credential
– Roadbook of the Portuguese Way of Santiago
– Travel documentation

 

PROGRAM

1
ARRIVAL TO BAIONA
Meeting with a member of our team for a briefing and to collect the documentation.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
2
BAIONA – VIGO – 25.5 km | 15.8 miles
Private Transfer: Porto – Matosinhos *
The residential outskirts of Baiona gradually lead to more rural terrain and scattered villages interspersed with patches of woodland. A stint on a busy road ends with another series of villages before you reach Vigo where you’ll cut through Castrelos Park to skirt around the edge of the city.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
3
VIGO – ARCADE – 25 km / 13,5 Miles
Leave Vigo via its main shopping street and follow one long road through a string of quiet hillside villages. After several kilometres you’ll swap houses for trees and views of floating mussel farms and the Cíes islands before the descent into the town of Redondela. Walk uphill through a forest then down to the riverside town of Arcade, renowned for its oysters.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
4
ARCADE – PONTEVEDRA – 13 km / 8 Miles
Ancient stone paths lead up through the woods and a scenic detour takes you along the River Tomeza. Pontevedra’s historical city centre is a maze of atmospheric squares filled with tapas bars.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
5
PONTEVEDRA – CALDAS DE REIS – 22 km / 13,6 Miles
Although fairly long, the journey to Caldas to Reis is not difficult and is mostly through pleasant countryside including an attractive section of woodland. Soothe your feet in one of Caldas de Reis’ thermal springs when you arrive.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
6
CALDAS DE REIS – PADRON – 19 km | 11,5 Miles
The day begins with gentle climb through a series of hamlets and the charming woodlands of Valga. You’ll see several attractive churches and stone crosses on the way to Padrón, where St. James is originally said to have been buried.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
7
PADRON – SANTIAGO – 25 km | 15,5 Miles
The final leg of your Camino is mostly through rural settings with a reasonable amount of shade. The last few kilometres are tiring but as the sign near the River Sar says, “Don’t Stop Now!” Enter the medieval centre of Santiago to make your way to the magnificent cathedral and end your journey.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
14
DEPARTURE
End of our services.
Notes: For a less strenuous walk we can split the long walking days in two – contact us!

SERVICES INCLUDED

– 7 nights accommodation and breakfast
– Luggage transport between hotels
– Emergency telephone service
– Pilgrim’s Credential
– Roadbook of the Portuguese Way of Santiago
– Travel documentation

WHY BOOK WITH US?

– We are a local company, so there are no intermediaries when booking with us. Our aim is to give you the best price/quality and we provide you with all the necessary local support.
– Full customization to meet your requirements. We adapt our programs according your preferences! We organise customized itineraries according the requirements of our customers. We appreciate that this is a special occasion, so we pay special attention to every detail of the trip to transform this journey in a unique and memorable experience.
– We have a highly qualified team with several year’s experience working on the Portuguese Way to Santiago. We place at your disposal a highly qualified team with wide experience and knowledge of the Way to Santiago, able to help you to discover, interpret and feel the “Camino”.
– The hotels in our programs are regularly inspected by our team and have been carefully selected for their location and comfort. All our handpicked hotels have en-suite accommodation.

 

COASTAL WAY

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