Camino Groups

July 2023 – Valença to Santiago (Barbara Byrne group)

Rooms available!

The final section of the Camino Portugués is a bit misleading in that it is nearly 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. 

While Sarria to Santiago is the most popular way of walking the final 100km of the Camino, this route is the fastest-growing of all Camino routes.

It is a lovely blend of having enough people around you to experience the Camino “buzz” though yet not so busy that there isn’t plenty of opportunity for some peaceful walking.

Walking this section over 6 days means that the average distance per day is a little lower than usual, thus making it a very accessible week for first-time Camino experience.

This group is being led and organised By Barbara Byrne; Barbara will be bringing her own brand of mindfulness and yoga to the week! 

  • July 3rd – 10th. (Monday – Monday)
  • €795 pps (not including flight).
  • Single Supplement €220 for 1st 3 places, €300 thereafter.

This group is being led and organised By Barbara Byrne; Barbara will be bringing her own brand of mindfulness and yoga to the week! 

  • 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).
  • Guide group, led by Barbara Byrne.
  • Detailed walking notes and accommodation maps.

Note:

  • Flights are not included in the prices. Tip – the earlier you book, the cheaper it will be.
  • We recommend that you have adequate travel insurance in place for your trip. .
Monday, July 3rd, Day 1
  • Fly from Dublin to Santiago. Upon arrival, you are provided with a private transfer to Valença for your overnight stay. 
  • Take the chance to stroll around the Fortaleza - the old town within a town, looking down over the River Minho.
Tuesday, July 4th, Day 2
  • Walk 20 km from Valença to O Porriño.
  • The first steps of your day will involve crossing over the Eiffel-designed iron bridge into Spain. From here, walk uphill to the church and old quarter of Tui.
Wednesday, July 5th, Day 3
  • 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.
Thursday, July 6th, 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.
Friday, July 7th, 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.
  • Return transfer to Pontevedra for overnight.
Saturday, July 8th, Day 6
  • Return to Caldas to qalk 20km 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!
Sunday, July 9th, Day 7
  • 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. 
  • Collect your Camino cert, the "compostela", in Santiago before enjoying all of the delights of this stunning UNESCO-listed old city.
Monday, July 10th, Day 8 
  • Enjoy a few hours of free time in the morning before your afternoon transfer to Santiago airport for the return flight to Dublin.

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