Viana do Castelo - Santiago

VIANA DO CASTELO - SANTIAGO - Self-guided walk

Viana do Castelo is one of the most beautiful cities in the north of Portugal. Its involvement in the Portuguese Discoveries and, later on, cod fishing demonstrate its traditional connection to the sea. The special geographical situation of the city, next to the sea and to the mouth of the river Lima, can be seen from the Santa Luzia hill. Viana is rich in palaces emblazoned with coats of arms, churches and monasteries, monumental fountains and riverside features that constitute a wealth of heritage worth visiting. Whichever streets you stroll through in the historic centre, you will always come back to the Praça da República, the heart of the city.

Since the Middle Ages, Viana do Castelo has welcomed Pilgrims travelling to Santiago as evidenced by the “Old Hospital” which was built in the 15th Century to help and receive Pilgrims on their way to Santiago.

  • Caminho Português da Costa / Coastal Way
    Porto

GENERAL CONDITION

Duration: 12 days / 11 nights
Total distance:: 185 km
Availability: All year
Minimum of persons: 1
Price per person (in double): From 730€
Extra for single accommodation: From 245€

SERVICES INCLUDED

– 11 nights accommodation and breakfast
– Luggage transport between hotels
– Emergency telephone service 24/7
– Pilgrim’s Credential
– Roadbook of the Portuguese Way of Santiago
– Travel documentation

 

PROGRAM

1
ARRIVAL TO VIANA DO CASTELO
Meeting with a member of our team for a briefing and to collect the documentation.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
2
VIANA DO CASTELO – V.P. ANCORA – 19 km / 11.8 Miles
On this stage you will leave Viana do Castelo and enter into a world of “old farms”. You will pass through the villages of Areosa, Afife and Carreço walking through old narrow roads that pass between several 19th Century farmhouses, until the old fishing village of Ancora.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
3
V.P. ANCORA – A GUARDA – 15 km / 9,3 Miles
From Vila Praia de Ancora the route follows the coastline through Moledo and Camarido until centuries old Caminha, where you catch the ferry across the river to Spain. After crossing the river you head left along the river as it reaches the sea, passing another beautiful beach at “Camposancos” after which you arrive in the Port of “A Guarda”.
Accommodation: Hotel 2*
4
A GUARDA – OIA – 14 km / 8,7 Miles
You start the day crossing through the town and leave it in the direction of the beaches. At the northern end of these you follow a trail that leads between the sea and the C-550 road, reaching “Portecelo”. Pass alongside several beaches and from “Val da Aguieira”, next to the chapel of San Sebastian and a stone cross, you start approaching Oia, with its Santa Maria de Oia monastery, which gives its name to the route “Camino Monacal” (Monastic Way). The stage ends just after the Monastery.
Accommodation: Hotel 2*
5
OIA – BAIONA – 17 km / 9,3 Miles
Leave the village of Oia and continue alongside beaches and cliffs, between cultivated fields, enjoying the sea beating on the rocks. Before reaching “As Mariñas”, you reach the top of “Cape Silleiro”, the path then crosses the road again and rising up circles around the top of Silleiro, where there is the chapel of “Virgen de Cela”, and then entering in “As Cadeiras” before continue along a track towards “O Ponte”. After leaving here, follow the route of the road PO-2203 to finally cross under the highway and enter “Baiona” where you finish this stage.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
6
BAIONA – VIGO – 25 km / 10,6 Miles
Start this stage from the church of “Santa Maria”, and continue parallel to the beautiful town harbour. The route approaches the river Miñor, which you cross over a beautiful stone bridge that brings you into “A Ramallosa” and Nigran. After crossing “As Nogueiras” begin a gentle climb up “Mount San Roman” and continue to admire the wonderful view of “Islas Cies” as you climb to “Castro Alto da Medoña” and enjoy the path as it follows between trees. You are then entering the city of Vigo, crossing the city Park (Park Castrelos) and following the river “Lagares” until reaching the “Avenida de Madrid” where this stage ends.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
7
VIGO – ARCADE – 22 km / 13,6 Miles
Leave Vigo straight ahead until you reach the square of “Santa Rita”. Continue on until you reach “O Troncal”, almost on the outskirts of the city. Continue to “A Paradela” at the foot of “Mount Madroa” until passing just below it, in the neighbourhood of “Teis”. Continue near a stream that runs parallel to your route as a reference mark to reach “Cidadelle”. Continue by skirting around “Alto da Encarnacion”, where you can admire the river and “Rande Bridge”. After the “Rio das Cabras” and “Coto da Fenteira”, start the descent through “Cedeira” and “Cruzeiro” from where you reach Redondela. You leave Redondela along by-ways until you reach Outeiro de Penas, a place with an excellent view over the Ria de Vigo. Then eventually you reach Arcade, a place renowned for having the best oysters in Galicia.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
8
ARCADE – PONTEVEDRA – 13 km / 8 Miles
From Arcade, continue to Pontesampayo where you will cross a long medieval bridge over the Verdugo River and then enter a cluster of narrow streets that will guide you to one of the most beautiful stretches of the Caminho: the very old by-ways which climb up the slope of Canicouva until Cacheiro. After crossing these hills the track widens again, now dominated by fields, vineyards and orchards until you reach Pontevedra, for a well-deserved rest.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
9
PONTEVEDRA – CALDAS DE REIS – 22 km / 13,6 Miles
You start this stage at the historical centre of Pontevedra walking from the old city to the millennial bridge, O Burgo, over the Lérez River. You continue along the beautiful Valley of the Gandra River until San Mauro. From there, the path widens and as you walk further you will experience a peaceful and serene atmosphere. From here you start seeing the first crosses, some of them magnificently carved. You enter Caldas de Reis alongside the church of Santa Maria, close to the bridge over the Umia River, where this stage ends.
Accommodation: Hotel 2*
10
CALDAS DE REIS – PADRON – 19 km / 11,7 Miles
You leave Caldas de Reis along some enchanting stretches of the Way, across the medieval bridge over the Bermaña River and follow a path that leads us to the village of Cruceiro, on an unforgettable stretch through forests and meadows. You pass near the church of Santa Maria de Carracedo and then you will cross a particularly luxuriant landscape alongside the Valga River, continuing to S. Miguel de Valga, where you head to Pontecesures. After crossing the Ulla River you arrive at Padron.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
11
PADRON – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – 22 km / 13,5 Miles
You start this last stage through Galician villages until the magnificent sanctuary of Nossa Señora da Escravitute. From here you will reach Rua de Francos following broad streets and narrower shortcuts. You finally start to see Santiago de Compostela and a little further on, at Agro dos Monteiros, you can see the towers of the Cathedral for the first time. After crossing the Sar River, you continue through the suburbs of the city that lead us to the Faxeira gate, the entrance of the Portuguese Way into this old city. Through a labyrinth of streets you continue to Obradoiro square and to the Cathedral itself were the Apostle waits for us.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
12
Departure
End of our services.
Notes: For an easy walk we can split the long walking days in two – contact us!

SERVICES INCLUDED

– 11 nights accommodation and breakfast
– Luggage transport between hotels
– Emergency telephone service 24/7
– 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 goal is get you the best price/quality and we give you all the necessary local support.
– Full customization to your requirements. We adapt our programs according your preferences! We organise customized itineraries according the requirements of our customers. We know that this is a special event, 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 years of experience in 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.

 

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