Camino Groups

July 2022 – Valença to Santiago (arriving in Santiago on St James’ Day)

Update – 1 twin room now available!

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This is a unique Camino trip – in 1,000 years of pilgrimage it has never happened that St. James’ Day has fallen on a Monday! This is because of Covid – the Pope has decreed that the Holy Year of 2021 will continue to include 2022. 

If previous years are anything to go on, Santiago will be spectacular on the 25th – the extra emotion attached to coping with a Covid world will only add to that.

The final section of the Portugués is a bit misleading in that it is all in Spain! Starting from the Portuguese citadel town of Valenҫa, cross the River Minho into Spain via a bridge designed by Gustav Eiffel, finishing ups some 117km later in Santiago. 

The next Holy Year won’t happen until 2027 – are you happy to wait until then?!

  • July 20th – 27th. (Wednesday – Wednesday)
  • €635 pps (not including flight).
  • Single Supplement €175.

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

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in ensuite rooms on a B&B basis.
  • Airport transfers from Santiago airport to Valença and from Santiago to Santiago airport for the return flight to Dublin.
  • Bag transfer each day.
  • Pilgrim Passport (Issued by Camino Society Ireland – the only official Irish pilgrim passport).
  • Your Camino Groups host will accompany the group for the week.
  • A one-off Camino Groups walking top – to celebrate the Año Santo of 2022.
  • Detailed walking notes and accommodation maps.


  • Flights are not included in the prices, but as a licensed and bonded travel agency, we can book your flights separately for you if required. Tip – the earlier you book, the cheaper it will be.
  • We recommend that you have adequate travel insurance in place for your trip. We can provide this separately if required.
Wednesday, July 20th, Day 1
  • Fly from Dublin to Santiago. Upon arrival, you are provided with a private transfer to O Poriño for your overnight stay. 
Thursday, July 21st, Day 2
  • Walk 22 km from O Porriño to Arcade. Your day involves passing through the picturesque hamlet of Mos before reaching Redondela, a pretty place to stop for lunch.
  • 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.
Friday, July 22nd, Day 3
  • 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.
Saturday, July 23rd, Day 4
  • 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.
Sunday, July 24th, Day 5
  • 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!
Monday, July 25th, Day 6
  • Walk 24km to Santiago. Today is all about reaching your journey’s end – on St. James’ Day! You pass through Escravitude, Anguira de Suso, Faramello and Milladoiro before walking the final couple of kilometres to the cathedral in Santiago. 
  • Happy St. James’ Day – enjoy the celebrations!
Tuesday, July 26th, Day 7
  • You’ll be forgiven for having a lie-in!
  • A full day at your leisure 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!
Wednesday, July 27th, Day 8
  • Free time in the morning in Santiago for some last minute sightseeing, shopping or arujo!
  • Afternoon – transfer to Santiago airport for flight to Dublin.

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