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The Coastal Camino Portugués: Baiona to Santiago

Bookatrekking.com Trips - 8 days

    Regular days with
  • 15 - 20 km per day
  • 250 - 500m ascent per day
  • T1 Trails
Overview
Route
What's included
Accommodation
Packing List
FAQ
Safety
COVID-19
How to Book

Overview

> Walk from Baiona to Santiago
> Cover over 100 kilometers in 6 days, partly following the coast
> Spend your nights in cozy hotels and pensións

Santiago de Compostela is one of the most famous destinations for pilgrims in the world. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people visit the cathedral in this city, having often completed a journey of many kilometres on foot along a Camino. The Camino Portugués is one of the routes leading to Santiago and starts in, you might have guessed it, Portugal. The Camino Portugués starts in Lisbon and has a total length of 621 kilometres. Along the way, you walk along ancient Roman paths, pass pleasant towns and can enjoy culinary delights.

The Camino Portugués is one of the routes to Santiago de Compostela and the second most popular after the Camino Francés. The overall route takes you from Lisbon to Santiago, passing historical cities like Porto and Ponte de Lima on the way and allowing you to enjoy sweeping views. 

During this trek, you will walk from Baiona to Santiago in six days. The first few days you will walk along the coastal route of the Camino Portugués.  The total distance can be covered in five days, Bookatrekking.com recommends walking the distance in six days. This way the distances are better balanced, you are assured of nice accommodation and you can fully enjoy the entire trek. In total, you will cover more than 100 kilometres on the Camino Portugués, along the way you will meet many fellow pilgrims. You will spend the nights in cosy hotels and guesthouses, including breakfast.

Why book with us?

You can hike the Camino Portugués independently and self-guided. However, stringing an itinerary with all the accommodations together can be complicated. Bookatrekking.com has warm contacts with all accommodations on the Camino Portugués and we can take the load of booking every accommodation yourself off your shoulders. Let us help you to make your Camino Portugués memories stress-free and enjoy free hiking advice from our trekking experts while you're at it.

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1: Arrival in Baiona
You arrive in Baiona the day before you start the Camino Portugués, this contributes to a relaxed start of the trip.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2, Stage 1: Baiona - Vigo
The tour starts from Baiona, where you cross a beautiful old bridge after a few kilometres. The route continues past coastal towns and through hills, passing medieval bridges and forest paths along the way. The stage ends in beautiful Vigo, where you can look back on a great first day!

Distance: 27 kilometres
Duration: 6 hours
Ascent: 490 metres
Descent: 420 metres

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3, Stage 2: Vigo - Redondela
Today you will depart from Vigo and look out over the bays of the Atlantic Ocean. Furthermore, you can enjoy views over the surrounding hills and pastures. Today, the route ends in Redondela, a charming town with no doubt a nice terrace to close the day.

Distance: 16.3 kilometres
Duration: 3.5 hours
Ascent: 190 metres
Descent: 270 metres

Accommodation: Pension

Day 4, Stage 3: Redondela - Pontevedra
Today you pass pilgrim monuments, furthermore, you can enjoy views over the bay of San Simón, also walking through chestnut forests and through small towns. You will also walk past several beautiful chapels and churches, which you can visit if you wish. Today's stage ends in Pontevedra, an old town with a beautiful city centre, which is worth exploring.

Distance: 20.6 kilometres
Duration: 4.5 hours
Ascent: 340 metres
Descent: 330 metres

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 5, Stage 4: Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis
After leaving beautiful Pontevedra over the Ponte de Burgo, you walk along beautiful paths, roads and vineyards. Along the way, you'll pass the markers indicating that it's only 60 kilometres to Santiago. Again today you will encounter Roman remains in the architecture. Today's destination is Caldas de Reis, a spa town that was also known to the Romans.

Distance: 21.2 kilometres
Duration: 4.5 hours
Ascent: 210 metres
Descent: 200 metres

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 6, Stage 5: Caldas de Reis - Padrón
Today the route starts with wide views over vineyards and hills. The trail continues through forests, and after more than five kilometres you pass the beautiful church of Santa Mariña. You then walk through green forests and past fields, eventually ending up in Padrón. Padrón is named after the 'pedron', a Roman stone located under the altar in the cathedral in Santiago.

Distance: 18.2 kilometres
Duration: 4 hours
Ascent: 190 metres
Descent: 210 metres

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 7, Stage 6: Padrón - Santiago de Compostela
The last stage has arrived, Santiago is almost in sight! Today you walk the first kilometres past some churches, then the route enters the forest and you hike up on stony paths. After passing the ten-kilometre mark to Santiago, the cathedral in the distance soon comes into view. The route has several forks, all of which eventually end up in Santiago. You walk through the historic city centre to the square with the famous cathedral, your Camino Portugués has come to an end!

Distance: 26 kilometres
Duration: 5.5 hours
Ascent: 450 metres
Descent: 190 metres

Accommodation: Pension

Day 8: Departure from Santiago
Your Camino Portugués has come to an end, today you leave Santiago heading home or another destination.

What's included

Included:

√ Booking accommodation
We will take care of arranging accommodation for you. We will also provide you with a detailed itinerary for every stage and instructions on how to get to the trailhead. 

√ Accommodation
We will arrange your accommodation on the Camino Portugués in hotels, guesthouses, or pensións, always with a private bathroom. There are several options to choose from along the trail. We have selected the accommodations on our trek based on the length of each stage and recommendations from trekkers who have done the Camino Portugués before us.

 Accommodation before and after the trek
Before the trek, you will stay in a hotel in Baiona and after the tour, you will stay in a hotel in Santiago, which contributes to a relaxing start and finish of the trip.

√ Breakfast
Breakfast is included every morning during your trip.

√ Baggage Transfer
This trek includes the transfer of your luggage throughout the entire trek. Your bags will be picked up every morning from the hotel lobby and will be driven to your next stop. Baggage transfers allow you to travel lighter during the day and enjoy the walk in a more relaxed manner.

√ Credencial and Compostela
We will provide you with a Credencial before your departure. After arriving in Santiago, you can collect your Compostela by presenting your stamped Credencial.

Excluded:

Transport to Spain
You have to find your own way to Baiona and from Santiago. The price does not include transport to and from Spain. Bus tickets and other transport costs are not included. 

× Transfers
Once in Spain, you will have to make your way to the starting place in Baiona. We will provide the instructions and assist you with how to get there. Transport to Baiona and from Santiago is not included.

× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

× Lunch and dinner during the day
Breakfast is included if applicable in the price of this trek. Lunch and dinner, however, are not included. During the day, you can get something to eat along the way. In the evenings, you can get dinner in the villages you are staying.

× Personal expenses
Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks, and other similar expenses are for your own account.

Accommodation

Accommodation

During your Camino Portugués trek, you will spend your nights in cozy hotels, pensións or guesthouses on or close to the trail. The booked accommodations may differ from the below program here and there. A beautiful location and great food are at all times guaranteed.

Hotel Arce
This cosy hotel has spacious rooms, you really feel welcome here. The beach and the centre of Baiona are nearby, a good place to start the Camino Portugués. After breakfast, you'll be ready to go!


Hotel Compostela Vigo
This centrally located hotel in Vigo has everything you need after a day of walking; a good bed and a nice shower. Nearby are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat, then it's time for a good night's sleep.


Alfonso XII
This small-scale guest house is centrally located in Redondela, perfect for exploring the area after your walk. Grab a terrace nearby and toast to another beautiful day.


Hotel Virgen del Camino Pontevedra
Located on the Camino Portugués, this hotel is perfect for exploring the city after your walk. Have a bite to eat nearby and get a good night's sleep.


Hotel Roquiño
Located right in the city centre, this modern and cosy hotel has modern rooms, perfect for relaxing after a day of walking. After breakfast the next morning, you'll be ready for the new day.


Hotel Scala
This nice hotel with a pool is located on the Camino Portugués. After a day of hiking, you can unwind here and get ready for the next day.



PR Campanas de San Juan
This cosy pensión is located in the middle of Santiago, close to the cathedral. A perfect place to end your trip and get to know beautiful Santiago. Enjoy the nice rooms and a good breakfast the next morning.

Packing List

Packing list

It doesn't matter where you are going trekking or for how long: Carrying the right equipment with you is paramount. Hiking the Camino Portugués, you will need, first and foremost, a good backpack. The size of your backpack will depend on how many days you will be spending on the trails, the season, and the clothes you will be taking with you. We have prepared a packing list with some essential clothing that you should include and some extras that you may find useful:

Essentials
- Walking boots (worn in)
- Walking socks
- Base layer tops – ideally thermal
- Mid-layer tops (eg. fleece)
- Trekking Trousers
- Hat for warmth or shade
- Gloves
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers
- Warm layer
- Casual clothes & footwear for evenings
- Nightwear and underwear
- Water bottle
- Sunglasses & sun cream
- Toiletries
- Cash

Extras
- Small first aid kit
- Blister Plasters
- Insect repellent
- Electrical socket adapter
- Camera and charger
- Map and compass
- Whistle
- Reading book(s)
- Energy snacks
- Walking poles
- Buff

FAQ

FAQ

Where is the Camino Portugués?
The Camino Portugués is located in northwestern Portugal and Spain and runs through Lisbon in the south, to Santiago de Compostela in the north. The full route of the central Camino Portugués is 621 kilometres long and runs from Lisbon in Portugal, to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

How do I get to and from the Camino Portugués?
The Camino Portugués has several places to start, all of which can be reached by plane, bus or train. Lisbon, Porto and Tui are the most well-known places to start, Bookatrekking.com starts this coastal package in Baiona.

Starting in Baiona
Plane
Vigo-Peinador airport is located in the area near Baiona. From the airport you travel on to Baiona by bus.

Train
Vigo's train station is nearby, from several major towns like Porto a train stops here. By bus, you can travel further to the start in Baiona.

Bus
Baiona can be easily reached by bus. Several international parties offer bus tickets to the town.

Departure from Santiago
From Santiago, you can go in different directions. By plane, train or bus, you can travel home or to another destination. The airport is easily accessible from Santiago city centre and flies to many European destinations.

Safety

Safety

The Camino Portugués is a safe route, though it is important to pay close attention to your important belongings. Should you become distressed despite your preparations, the most important thing to do in an emergency situation is to stay calm and get an overview of the situation. Do not panic or take useless risks if the people in need are difficult to reach. In an emergency situation, first and foremost, call for assistance. When calling for help, provide your location and the number of victims and the nature of injuries. Then, protect the victim from cold and other environmental hazards and administer first aid, if you can.


Useful emergency phone numbers:

General Portugese Emergency number: 112
General Spanish Emergency number: 112
Police Spain (national): 091

COVID-19

COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has had its grip on us, and accommodations around the world have had to take several preventive measures over the past two years. In the meantime, most of the measurements are not taken into consideration anymore, yet it is definitely still a factor to take into account. Some restrictions that are worth mentioning:

- Don't go on your hiking trip if you have symptoms.
- Not all the accommodations are allowed to operate at full capacity yet, so make sure you book your stay in advance.
- Keep your distance and hygiene.
- Use disinfectants and hand sanitizers.

Stay informed about the current rules per country. Make sure you know before you leave which measures you need to take during your stay. The best thing to do is to check the websites of the government.

How to Book

How to Book?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking your match? In that case, you can proceed with your booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 30% of the total amount. In the case of this trek, we will check the availability at the respective accommodations for you. There are two possible outcomes:

 There is availability 
We go ahead and make all necessary arrangements for your trip. Once confirmed, we will send you a confirmation and your personal hiking guide. The remaining 70% must be paid at least two (2) weeks before the start of the trekking.

X There is no availability 
If there is no availability, we will look for other starting dates or another trekking in agreement with you. Are there no other options for you? Then your deposit of 30% will be refunded.

Cancellation Policy
If all the accommodations of this trekking are booked and confirmed, you will lose your deposit of 30% at all times. If you cancel within 14 days of your start date, you will lose your full booking amount.

Is it not quite clear yet or do you have questions? Please contact us via support@bookatrekking.com. We are happy to help you.

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