6 days walking (with the option of 5), usually booked as a 7 night package.
The final section of the Portugués is a bit misleading in that it is nearly all in Spain! You start from Valenҫa which is on the Portuguese side of the border between Spain and Portugal, crossing over to Tui.
The level of difficulty is moderate – this is one of the easier Camino sections.
Option – If you wish to free up an extra day in Santiago, it’s possible to combine days 2 and 3 into a single day. If the distance seems too great, it’s also possible to arrange taxi transfers to break up the stages.
Option: Start from Baiona instead (coastal route): A slightly different route sees you start in Baiona, walk to Vigo on day 1, and walk from Vigo to Arcade on day; thus merging with the route described here in Redondela (7 km before Arcade).
This involves walking for 6 days with 1 night in Santiago; allow €55 per person extra to the Valença itinerary for this option.
Option: Start from Vigo instead (coastal route): Another option is to start in Vigo, a day later than Baiona; this still qualifies you for the 100 km into Santiago.
This involves walking for 5 days with 2 nights in Santiago; allow €35 per person extra to the Valença itinerary for this option.
Note: While starting in Vigo or Baiona is along what is known as the coastal route, you really have left the coast behind you at this stage. For a section that involves walking by the sea, you need to consider starting from Porto.
Remember that every trip is unique and we can tailor yours to suit you.
Upon arrival, you are provided with a private transfer to Valenҫa for your overnight stay. Take the chance to explore the forteleza in Valenҫa – the old town contained within fortress walls that date from the 13th century.
Your day starts by crossing over the River Minho into Spain via a bridge designed by Gustav Eiffel. Passing by the Parador of Tui, you will walk uphill through the narrow streets of Tui to collect your first stamp in Spain at Tui cathedral. Your day finishes in the small town of O Porriño, famous for its “Pink Porriño” granite stone.
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.
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.
Camino fact – Pontevedra was once a key trading port and is where the Santa Maria, Columbus’ flagship, was built.
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.
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!
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!
Return to Santiago airport for your return flight to Dublin.