Easter 2020 – Baiona to Santiago

Description

The final section of the Camino Portugués is a bit misleading in that it is all in Spain! You start from the marina town of Baiona and follow the coast inland to link up with the Central route.

The level of difficulty is moderate – relatively speaking, this is one of the easier Camino sections.

Departure Date and Cost

  • April 9th – 16th (Thursday – Thursday)
  • €590 pps (not including flight – flight booked at cost).
  • Single Supplement €180 for first 3 places, €230 thereafter.
  • €50 discount for previous Camino Groups walkers.

All our escorted walks are with an Irish guide – the emphasis is on having fun while experiencing the Camino at your own pace!

What’s included:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in ensuite rooms on a B&B basis.
  • Transfer from Santiago to Sarria to begin the walk and from Santiago to the airport the for the return flight to Dublin.
  • Bag transfer each day.
  • Pilgrim Passport (Issued by Camino Society Ireland – the only official Irish pilgrim passport).
  • An Irish tour guide to accompany, walking with the group each day.
  • A Camino Groups walking top – the must-have fashion accessory of 2020!
  • Detailed walking notes and accommodation maps.

Also:

  • Flights are not included in the prices, but as a licensed and bonded travel agency, we will book your flights at cost for you. Tip – the earlier you book, the cheaper it will be!
  • We recommend that you have travel insurance in place for your trip. We can provide this as an extra if required. T&Cs apply, but the standard cost (for those <70) is €25 pp, providing you with Premier Plus cover from Blue Insurance, the highest level of cover they offer.

Itinerary

Thursday 9th, Day 1

  • Fly from Dublin to Santiago. Upon arrival, you are provided with a private transfer to Baiona for your overnight stay. Take the chance to explore the forteleza, marina and medieval old town in Baiona.

Friday 10th, Day 2

  • Walk 27 km from Baiona to Vigo. Your day’s walk sees you flank the coast of the Bay of Vigo until you reach your accommodation in Vigo, Galicia’s largest city.
  • Vigo has had a chequered history from its early village days to the rapidly-growing city it became, having been invaded and taken over at various points by forces including Viking, British and French.

Saturday 11th, Day 3

  • Walk 21 km from Vigo to Arcade. Your day involves passing through the pretty town of Redondela, where the Coastal and Central Portuguese Camino routes meet.
  • Arcade is the self-styled Galician home of oysters and is also a chance for you to take a beach stroll to watch the sun go down over the Bay of Vigo.

Easter Sunday 12th, Day 4

  • Walk 13km from Arcade to Pontevedra. Your day starts by crossing the beautiful Roman bridge from Arcade to Pontesampaio.
  • The short day allows you plenty of time to explore the old city centre of Pontevedra, centred around the Basilica de Santa Maria in Praza Ourense.

Monday 13th, Day 5

  • Walk 21km from Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis. A quiet day spent mostly on minor country roads allows you the chance to relax in San Amaro on the way to Caldas.
  • Caldas de Reis (“the thermal springs of the kings”) takes its name from the thermal springs that are still used today. Your bonus is that your accommodation has its own thermal swimming pool!

Tuesday 14th, Day 6

  • Walk 20km from Caldas to Padrón. Passing through possible resting points at Santa Mariña, O Pino and San Miguel, the day finishes up in Padrón, a town synonymous with Camino legend. It is here that the remains of St. James are said to have been taken ashore by his followers.
  • Padrón is also home to the Pimientos de Padrón – peppers with a random hot surprise that are a local specialty worth sampling!

Wednesday 15th, Day 7

  • Walk 24km to Santiago. Today is all about reaching your journey’s end. You pass through Escravitude, Anguira de Suso, Faramello and Milladoiro before walking the final couple of kilometres to the cathedral in Santiago.
  • Set off early to give yourself plenty of time to explore the incredible city of Santiago, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the perfect place to get lost in meandering streets or to sit at a bar and watch the pilgrim world go by!

Thursday 16th, Day 8

  • Free morning in Santiago before returning to Santiago airport for the return flight to Dublin.