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The Portuguese Camino Coastal Route – detailed information & itinerary

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Coastal Route (Caminho da Costa) of the Portuguese Camino is an exquisite different stroll to the Central Route. Its whole distance of the route is 280 km, it begins in Porto and follows the coast until Redondela the place it joins with the important route. About 30% of pilgrims who full the Portuguese Camino stroll the Coastal Means. The Portuguese Means is getting increasingly more widespread, many pilgrims select this route as an alternative choice to the French Camino.

The Portuguese Camino was our first Camino de Santiago route. We loved it a lot that two days after finishing the route we took a bus from Santiago to Oviedo and began strolling the Camino Primitivo.

The Coastal Portuguese Camino route overview

  • Complete distance – 280 km
  • Variety of days required – 11-13 days
  • Place to begin – Porto, Portugal
  • Ending level – Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Common price – 25-30 Euro per individual per day
  • Lodging – albergues, lodges, guesthouses
  • Route marking – yellow shells and arrows

Our enjoyable YouTube video about at some point of a pilgrim’s life on the Camino de Santiago

The Coastal Route vs the Central Route on the Camino Portuguese

The plain one the Coastal goes alongside the ocean nevertheless it doesn’t imply it actually sticks to the coast on a regular basis, it meanders between the coast, cities, and fields.

There are fewer folks right here than on the Central Route.

It’s a bit longer280km  to Santiago in comparison with 260km on the Central Means.

There’s much less infrastructure for pilgrims on the Coastal Route. Actually on the Portuguese facet, we didn’t have any downside discovering albergues however in Spain, in a single or two locations (Vigo is one among them) there have been no albergues, solely lodges. Because the route turns into extra widespread new albergues open yearly.

The Coastal Route has much less up and downhill strolling, it’s mainly flat all the way in which.

A bit much less strolling on or alongside busy roads in comparison with the Central Means.

In sizzling summer season months, the Coastal Means is a good choice you’ve fixed sea breeze. On wet and windy this route can change into a nightmare. We walked this route in Might and didn’t have any rain.

We’ve an in depth submit on the Camino Portuguese and the Camino de Fatima – Strolling the Portuguese Camino from Lisbon. In case you get pleasure from strolling alongside the coast you would possibly just like the Northern Camino de Santiago, the route follows the Northern Coast of Spain and presents breathtaking surroundings.

How one can mix the Coastal Route with the Central Route?

Most pilgrims stroll out of Porto following the identical route the Senda Litoral that goes alongside the coast (there’s a route map within the itinerary part), it’s one of the simplest ways to start out the Camino. The Coastal Route and the Central route aren’t that nice for strolling out of the town; each go subsequent to busy roads, previous some industrial areas, and the airport. From Vila do Conde (the second day) the Coastal Route and the Litoral Means are just about the identical.

There are a number of locations alongside the Coastal Route the place pilgrims can swap to the Central Route.

  1. Vila do Conde – about 33 km from Porto (the second day for many pilgrims). There’s a route from Vila do Conde to Arcos, that connects the Coastal Means with the Central Route. It’s the identical route pilgrims who stroll out of Porto following the Senda Litoral would take to get to the Central Route.
  2. Caminha – about 107 km from Porto (the fifth day for many pilgrims). The Coastal Route continues throughout the Minho River (a brief ferry trip) to Spain when the connection route goes alongside the river to Tui the place it joins with the Central Route.
  3. Redondela – about 180 km from Porto (the tip of the primary week on the Camino for most individuals), each routes merge there. From Redondela there is just one route of the Portuguese Camino to Santiago de Compostela.

There’s one other cut up on the Portuguese Camino after Redondela. From Pontevedra, there are two routes: the Non secular Means and the Portuguese Camino. The cut up is simply outdoors Pontevedra. The Non secular Means goes to the coast in direction of Portonovo, the Portuguese Camino continues inland. Each routes merge once more in Padrón. It takes 2 days to get to Padrón on the Portuguese Camino and Three days if you happen to comply with the Non secular Means. Within the itinerary part on this submit, you could find extra particulars on the Non secular Means.

Lodging on the Coastal Camino

Like on another Camino de Santiago route the Coastal Means has private and non-private albergues, lodges, guesthouses, and a few campsites alongside the route.

Albergues are hostels for pilgrims they often have dormitory rooms with bunk beds and shared ablution services. Albergues may be public (run by an area municipality) and personal.

Evaluating public (municipal) and personal albergues

Options Public albergues Non-public albergues
Just for pilgrims sure no
Want a credential to remain sure no
Could be booked forward no sure
Can keep so long as you need no, just one night time sure
Value 5-6 Euro 10-12 Euro
Settle for backpack supply no sure
Public vs personal albergues on the Coastal Route

Public albergues is the most cost effective lodging choice on the Camino. There are municipal albergues virtually on the finish of each stage on the Coastal Route of the Camino Portugues.

There aren’t any public albergues in

  • Praia da Estela
  • Carreço
  • Ramallosa
  • Vigo

Campsites on the Coastal Route may be present in

  • Labuge
  • Praia da Estela
  • A Guarda
  • Ramallosa
  • Vigo
  • Vilanova de Arousa

Price of strolling the Coastal Means of St.James

The Portuguese Camino ca be finished on a distinct finances from 20 Euro per individual per day to 40+ Euro relying on how a lot you need or can spend and the way a lot consolation you want. A mean price of strolling the Coastal Route is 25-30 Euro per individual per day.

Strolling the Camino Portugues with 20, 30 and 40+ Euro per individual, per day

20 Euro 30 Euro 40+ Euro
Lodging
Public albergues,
5-6 Euro
Non-public albergues,
10-12 Euro
Non-public room,
20-30 Euro
Meals
Making your personal meals, 10 Euro Consuming Menu del Día,
10-12 Euro
Consuming out twice a day,
20-25 Euro
Backpack supply (optionally available)
5 Euro 5 Euro 5 Euro
Additional (entrance charges, espresso, and many others.)
5 Euro 5 Euro 5 Euro
Evaluating what you will get on the Camino with a distinct budgets

Ideas for strolling the Coastal Portuguese Camino

My important tip after strolling 7 Camino de Santiago routes is stroll the Camino the way in which it fits you the most effective. It doesn’t matter how lengthy it takes you to complete it, how far you stroll day by day, the place you keep (albergues, lodges, tenting, and many others.), if you happen to carry your backpack or use a baggage switch service. Bear in mind, it’s your Camino and you’ll stroll it any means you need.

In case you resolve to stroll within the peak season (European summer season months) and don’t need to stress out about discovering out there lodging alongside the way in which, guide your beds or rooms upfront.

Don’t begin with strolling lengthy distances (except you’re used to it) you would possibly get horrible blisters and aches after the primary couple of days. Fairly take it simple at first and improve your each day distances as you go.

You possibly can begin strolling the Camino from anywhere alongside the route. In case you don’t have sufficient time to stroll from Porto you can begin in Tui as many pilgrims do. Tui is simply over 100 km from Santiago which is the required strolling distance for getting the Compostela. The final 100 km on the Portuguese Camino from Tui is the second widespread route after the final 100 km on the Camino Frances from Sarria.

For staying in public (municipal) albergues on the Coastal Route you’ll want a Credential, a pilgrim’s passport together with your title the place you gather stamps from albergues and lodges you keep alongside the route. You don’t want it to remain in personal albergues and lodges on the Camino however you’ll want it if you wish to get the Compostela. You will get the Credential at your native Camino Workplace (in your nation), at Sé Cathedral in Porto, or at many albergues alongside the route.

After finishing the Coastal Portuguese Camino you may get a Compostela. It’s a certificates that you just get without spending a dime on the Pilgrim’s Reception Workplace in Santiago for finishing at the very least the final 100 km (200 km if biking) on any Camino route. Be certain to gather 2 stamps per day for the final 100 km, it’s a brand new requirement of the Pilgrim’s Workplace for issuing the Compostela. You get one stem at each place you keep, the second stamp you will get alongside the way in which at a bar or a restaurant, many locations alongside the Camino have stamps.

What to pack for the Coastal Portuguese Camino

It’s necessary to recollect to not overload your backpack, ensure to carry solely the mandatory stuff. We’ve seen many first-time pilgrims with closely loaded backpacks leaving a number of things in albergues after the primary day on the Camino. In case you’re planning on utilizing a backpack supply service (see the subsequent paragraph) then you may carry pack as a lot as you want.

The objects we all the time pack for the Camino

For extra particulars on what to pack for the Camino for women and men for various seasons learn our submit The packing listing for the Camino de Santiago.

Books and guidebooks for the Coastal Route

Useful apps for the Portuguese Camino Coastal Route

  • Portuguese Means Premium. Price US$4, out there for Android and Apple.
  • Camino Help Pilgrim Santiago. Free obtain, out there for Android and Apple.
  • Buen Camino de Santiago. Free obtain, out there for Android and Apple.
  • Properly + Camino Portugues; a Clever Pilgrim information. Price US$6, out there for Android and Apple. We haven’t used it however I noticed many sad customers complaining concerning the app, I’d advocate studying the opinions earlier than shopping for it.

Baggage switch on the Coastal Means of the Camino Portugues

As an choice, if you happen to don’t need to stroll for two weeks carrying your backpack you should use one of many baggage switch providers on the Camino. Tuitrans presents baggage supply on the Coastal Route. Correos delivers backpacks from A Guarda (the primary Spanish metropolis on the Coastal Route) on.

It really works very simple a automobile picks up your backpack at your resort or albergue within the morning and drives it to your subsequent lodging place. The service prices 5-6 Euro per backpack per stage. In case you resolve to make use of the supply service understand that you’ll have to remain in personal albergues or lodges. Public albergues don’t settle for backpack supply.

In case you have some additional baggage that you just gained’t want on the Camino you may ship it on to Santiago de Compostela utilizing one of many backpack shuttle firms.

Journey insurance coverage for the Camino

Strolling like another outside exercise entails a threat of getting an damage or shedding a few of the gear. It’s all the time advisable to have journey insurance coverage if you go away. The Portuguese Camino de Santiago is just not a excessive altitude hike via distant areas nevertheless it’s nonetheless a bodily difficult experience. Mild traumas like blisters, knee ache, shin splint, and many others. are fairly frequent. Be certain it is possible for you to to get medical help any time you want it. Be aware! In case you have a European Well being Insurance coverage Card you don’t want any additional medical insurance coverage for Portugal or Spain.

One more reason to have insurance coverage is gear loss, journey cancellation, or flight delay. Having journey insurance coverage makes the stroll much less anxious when you’re coated in case of any unpredictable emergencies. Let your insurance coverage firm fear about you and your belongings whilst you get pleasure from strolling the Camino de Santiago. 

Porto, the start of the Coastal Route

Porto is a tremendous place to order a few days earlier than or after the Camino to discover the town. Get misplaced within the maze of loopy slim cobblestone streets of Porto, comply with them climbing up and down, making unreal U-turns that result in a unusual lifeless finish. There are such a lot of hidden gems on this metropolis you can spend weeks wandering round and day by day discovering new locations.

Excursions & actions in Porto

In case you have additional time to remain in Porto earlier than you begin strolling the Camino there are a number of tour choices that may enable you to to discover and uncover this superb metropolis;

Locations to remain in Porto

There are numerous albergues within the metropolis together with one municipal albergue N.S. do Rosario de Vilar for 7,5 Euro and one personal albergue Albergue de Peregrinos do Porto for donation (although the guidebook says 10 Euro). We stayed in the second, it’s good, clear and really social however fairly removed from the historic middle and Sé Cathedral. To get to the path you’ll should take the metro first, the metro station is simply across the nook. The municipal albergue is situated about the identical distance from the cathedral.

In case you relatively keep within the middle there are a number of good choices from hostels to good and even luxurious lodges. All of it depends upon your finances.

Historical buildings in the center of Porto
The historic middle of Porto, the start of the Coastal Route of the Portuguese Camino

The Portuguese Camino Coastal Route strolling levels

Downloadable PDF file Portuguese Camino Coastal Route levels

Day 1. Porto – Labruge, 23,5km

Porto – Matosinhos – Lavra – Labruge.

We began at Sé Cathedral, within the morning walked right down to Rio Douro and adopted the river all the way in which out of the town following Senda Litoral. Principally all day you stroll alongside the shoreline passing small cities and villages. There are numerous eating places and low outlets on the way in which the place you may cease for espresso or lunch.

Portuguese Camino de Santiago; Senda Litoral, Coastal Route and Central Route from Porto
Totally different routes of strolling out of Porto; Senda Litoral, Coastal Route and Central Route of the Portuguese Camino

As an choice you may stroll to Vila da Cha, it’s Three km additional, there’s a municipal albergue for donation as effectively.

Highlights

  • The historic middle of Porto
  • Seashore stroll

Labruge

A small coastal city stretched extra inland than alongside the coast

  • Municipal albergue – sure
  • Non-public albergue – no
  • Lodges – sure
  • Campsite – sure
  • ATM – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Restaurant – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure

Albergue Santiago Labruge, municipal

It’s situated inland, 900m from the seaside, there’s a signal pointing the path. The place could be very good and neat. Our information guide says there are solely Eight beds, the truth is, there are 24, they just lately opened two extra rooms upstairs with 12 beds every. Value – donation.

Services

  • Scorching water bathe – no, we couldn’t get it sizzling, the hostess wasn’t there, perhaps we simply didn’t know the place to modify the geyser.
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Kitchen with range, fridge, pots, plates, and many others – sure
  • Washer – no, there’s a basin for laundry
  • Washing strains – sure
  • Towels – no
  • Blankets – sure
  • Location – Four out of 5, 900m away from the Camino, near a restaurant, store, and ATM.
  • Consolation stage – Four out of 5, if there was a sizzling water bathe it might be 5.

Extra locations to remain in Labruge*

*Many individuals requested us about different (to albergues) lodging choices (personal rooms with services) so we determined so as to add lodging on the route that may be booked on-line.

One of the many beach walking wooden paths on the Coastal Route in Portugal
Stunning seaside surroundings at first of the Coastal Portuguese Camino

Day 2. Labruge – Praia da Estela (Orbitur), 25,6km

Labruge – Vila Chã – Vila do Conde – Póvoa de Varzim – Aguçadoura – Praia de Estela.

A lot of the day you stroll alongside the coast on wood planks generally the route goes via small cities. There are many locations to cease for espresso or lunch alongside the way in which.

Highlights

  • Vila Cha, a small fisherman village.
  • The historic middle of Vila do Conde, lovely slim cobblestone streets, church buildings, outdated homes.
  • Seashore stroll.

Praia da Estela

It’s mainly only a large campsite with many cabins, a restaurant and a small store at reception.

  • Municipal albergue – no
  • Non-public albergue – no
  • Lodges – sure, +/- 1 km from the campsite
  • Campsite – sure
  • ATM – no
  • Store – sure
  • Restaurant – sure. They’ve a particular pilgrim dinner menu for 10 euro; starter, important, drinks, dessert.
  • Pharmacy – no

Parque de Campismo Orbitur Rio Alto, personal  

There is no such thing as a albergue right here, we stayed in a cabin with a shared toilet. Cabins are good however there isn’t a kitchen right here, you should purchase fundamental stuff in a small store or eat in an area restaurant the place you will get sizzling water for tea or noodles. Value – cabin with shared toilet – 20 Euro for 2 folks; 16 Euro for one.

Be aware! This place may be booked on-line nevertheless it’s dearer to guide a double cabin. They provide solely deluxe cabins with an hooked up toilet and a kitchen. These cabins are extra spacious and comfy although. There are caravans for five and 6 peoples as effectively.

Services (a finances cabin with out toilet)

  • Scorching water bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure, solely within the reception space
  • Kitchen – no
  • Washer – no
  • Washing strains – no
  • Towels – no
  • Blankets – sure
  • Additional – each cabin has a fridge and a small eating space
  • Location – Four out of 5, not removed from the way in which.
  • Consolation stage – Four out of 5

Extra locations to remain close to Playa da Estela*

*discover your house earlier than you begin strolling to be sure to gained’t miss the flip or stroll previous it. The lodges are unfold via the world.

The historical center of Vila do Conde, Portugal
The middle of Vila do Conde, one of many cease on the second day of the Coastal Camino Portuguese

Day 3. Praia da Estela – Castelo do Neiva, 24,4km

Praia Estela – Apúlia – Fão – Esposende – Marinhas – Belinho – Ponte – Castelo do Neiva.

It was a pleasant mixture of strolling via the cities, alongside the coast, and a little bit on the forest path.

Highlights

  • Confeteria (pastry) Marbella in Esposende, excellent spot with some scrumptious truffles and pastry.
  • Cafe/bar O Lampao in Belinho, an superior place with tons of scarfs, mugs and key chains hanging from the ceiling and partitions.
  • A small waterfall on the river cross simply earlier than Castelo do Neiva

Castelo do Neiva

A small city a little bit bit away from the ocean with a brand new albergue, a restaurant, and a store.

  • Municipal albergue – sure
  • Non-public albergue – no
  • Lodges – sure
  • Campsite – no
  • ATM – sure
  • Store – sure
  • Restaurant – sure
  • Pharmacy – no

Albergue Dom Nausti, municipal

A brand new albergue, proper on the Camino, very good, clear, and neat. The homeowners are very pleasant and useful, communicate some English. An area restaurant simply 200m away. Capability – 20 folks. Value 5 Euro per individual together with bedding.

Services

  • Scorching water bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – no, would possibly get it sooner or later.
  • Kitchen with range, fridge, pots, plates and many others – sure
  • Washer – no
  • Washing strains – sure
  • Towels – no
  • Blankets – sure
  • Additional – espresso and chocolate merchandising machine.
  • Location – 5 out of 5
  • Consolation stage – 5 out of 5

Extra locations to remain in Castelo do Neiva

Day 4. Castelo do Neiva – Carreço, 19km

Castelo do Neiva – Chafé – Viana do Castelo – Areosa – Carreço.

A pleasant and relaxed day of strolling via infinite cities and villages with loads of eating places and pastries to cease for breakfast, lunch or espresso. In case you resolve to stroll as much as Santuario Santa Luzia in Viana do Castelo add to the day distance 3km. 

Highlights

  • Previous excessive stone partitions coated in moss and ivy, we beloved it.
  • Santuário de Santa Luzia de Viana do Castelo, it sits on the highest of the mountain, fairly a steep and lengthy uphill, the view from the highest is superior. This stroll is optionally available, the route doesn’t go as much as the highest.

Carreço

A typical small city with an albergue, a few pensions, a restaurant, and a small store.

  • Municipal albergue – no
  • Non-public albergue – sure
  • Lodges – sure
  • Campsite – no
  • ATM – no
  • Store – sure
  • Restaurant – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure

Albergue Casa do Sardao, personal

For the entire day strolling previous outdated homes with thick fortress-like partitions we have been questioning the way it’s to dwell inside one among these homes. On the finish of the day, we bought an opportunity to experience it ourselves.

The Albergue is a modernized home of the 16th century with thick stone partitions, constructed without end. The place is simply superior, an outdated home with nice trendy services, tremendous cozy. The proprietor can drive company to a grocery store because it’s fairly far to stroll. The workers right here speaks good English, everyone could be very pleasant and useful. Beds are very snug with actual bedding (not disposable one), mushy mattresses, mild, and heat blankets. Within the season I’d recommend reserving a mattress upfront the place could be very widespread. Capability – 22 folks.

Services

It mainly has all the things you want and much more, we beloved this place and stayed right here for 2 nights.

  • Scorching water bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Kitchen with range, fridge, pots, plates – sure
  • Washer – sure, 2 euro per load
  • Washing strains – sure
  • Towels – sure
  • Blankets – sure
  • Additional – hearth, TV, lounge space, beer, wine, espresso on the market. You possibly can order dinner right here.
  • Location – 5 out of 5, proper on the way in which
  • Consolation stage – 5 out of 5, very snug beds, nice services, very clear.

Extra locations to remain in Carreço

A beautiful white color church on the top of the hill in Viana do Castelo, Portuguese Coastal Route
Santuario de Santa Luzia, Viana do Casetlo on the Portuguese Camino Coastal route

Day 5. Carreço, Portugal – A Guarda, Spain, 22,7km

Carreço – Vila Praia de Âncora – Caminha – ferry to A Guarda.

Good stroll with slight up and down hills via the forest, cities, alongside the coast.

Ferry from Caminha to A Guarda (pier)

Timetable depends upon tides, generally first ferry leaves at Eight am generally at 2 pm, there are Four or six ferries each day. The trip takes 5 minutes, 1,5 Euro pp. If there aren’t any ferries otherwise you don’t need to wait you may take a small boat, 5 Euro pp. Boats don’t go if the wind is simply too sturdy. As soon as crossed to Spain don’t neglect to alter the time, +1 hour.

Different! From Caminha as a substitute of continuous on the Coastal Route and taking a ferry, you may stroll alongside the river in direction of Valença/Tui and from there proceed on the Central Route.

  • Day 5. Carreço – Caminha, 20km
  • Day 6. Caminha, Portugal – Valença, Portugal/Tui, Spain, 30km.

Highlights

  • Sixth-century convent Sao Joao de Cabanas, 30min. stroll Carreço
  • The historic middle of Caminho; the citadel, slim cobblestone streets.
  • Castillo (citadel) de Santa Cruz in A Guarda

A Guarda

Fairly a giant city with a pleasant citadel within the center, from the citadel you’ve a pleasant view of the world. No entrance price.

  • Municipal albergue – sure
  • Non-public albergue – sure, a hostel
  • Lodges – sure
  • Campsite – sure, Santa Tecla, near the ferry pier, earlier than the city
  • ATM – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Restaurant – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure

Albergue Peregrinos, municipal

A pleasant albergue with an incredible host, good services, clear and comfy. It may possibly accommodate 40 folks. Value 5 Euro pp. together with bedding. Near the citadel, supermarkets, eating places.

Services

  • Scorching water bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure.
  • Kitchen with range, fridge, pots, plates – sure
  • Washer – no
  • Washing line – sure
  • Towels – no
  • Blankets – sure
  • Location – 5 out of 5, proper on the way in which
  • Consolation stage – Four out of 5

Extra locations to remain in A Guarda

A charming street of Caminha, a town on the Coastal Route of the Portuguese Camino
An enthralling city of Caminha, the final Portuguese city on the Coastal Camino

Day 6. A Guarda – A Ramallosa, 33km

A Guarda – Oia – Viladesuso – Mougas – Baiona – A Ramallosa.

An extended strolling day more often than not following the shoreline previous small cities, on the second half the path goes uphill via the attractive forest from the place you’ve superb views of the coast and a lighthouse.

Highlights

  • Previous City of Baiona; church buildings, cobblestone streets, many avenue cafés.

Baiona/Ramallosa

Two cities which are merged into one, it’s tough to say if you stroll from Bayona to Ramallosa. Each locations are good, with many cafes and eating places, a few seashores and delightful sea-views.

  • Municipal albergue – no
  • Non-public albergue – sure
  • Lodges – sure
  • Campsite – sure
  • ATM – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Restaurant – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure

Albergue Pazo Pias, personal

It’s extra of a resort than albergue the rooms for pilgrims are situated within the outdated monastery, the rooms are ex cellars, don’t anticipate an excessive amount of. It’s very fundamental although the rooms are personal; double and single with shared loos. Capability 40 folks. Value 15 Euro pp. They’ve deluxe double rooms that may be booked on-line. These rooms are extra snug however dearer.

Services

  • Scorching water bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Kitchen – no, solely a microwave, few cups, and plates
  • Washer – no
  • Washing lines – sure
  • Towels – sure
  • Blankets – sure
  • Location – 5 out of 5, proper on the way in which
  • Consolation stage – Four out of 5, rooms are fairly small and really fundamental

Extra locations to remain in Baiona/Ramallosa

A coastal town on the Portuguese Coastal route in Spain
One of many seaside cities on the Coastal Route in Spain

Day 7. A Ramallosa – Vigo, 21,5km

Brief day, some up and down hills, a little bit little bit of strolling via the outskirts of Vigo.

There aren’t any albergues in Vigo you’ve an choice skipping Vigo utterly and staying in an albergue in Freixo, 5 Euro or staying in a resort/hostel in Vigo. Freixo is a little bit detour about 3km in whole, there may be nothing there solely albergue. You possibly can carry your personal meals or telephone them beforehand and ask to make lunch or dinner for you.

Highlights

  • The Fortress in Vigo
  • The Promenade and the Historic middle of Vigo

Vigo

Vigo is a giant metropolis with a pleasant historic middle, many seafood eating places, and bars. In case you have time you may keep for 2 nights right here to discover the town, its seashores and perhaps go to the Cies Islands, small islands not removed from the shore with lovely sandy seashores, and several other forest trails.

  • Municipal albergue – no
  • Non-public albergue – sure, a few hostels
  • Lodges – sure
  • Campsite – sure, at Playa de Samil, 5 km from the town middle
  • ATM – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Restaurant – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure

Resort Compostela

It’s a pleasant place near the town middle. Rooms are clear and neat with a non-public toilet, AC, and TV. There’s a bar and a restaurant downstairs. It was nice for the change to remain in a non-public room with an hooked up toilet and have relaxation. If we had extra time we’d have stayed right here for 2 nights. Within the season I’d strongly advocate reserving your room upfront, Vigo is a well-liked vacationer vacation spot.

Services

  • Scorching water bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure.
  • Kitchen – no
  • Washer – no
  • Washing strains – no
  • Towels – sure
  • Blankets – sure
  • Location – 5 out of 5
  • Consolation stage – 5 out of 5, not a really luxurious place however fairly snug and clear

Extra locations to remain in Vigo

Day 8. Vigo – Redondela, 16,3km

The Camino Central and the Coastal route take part Redondela, don’t be stunned to see many individuals round. Although the space could be very brief today you may add to it a few additional km to get out of Vigo again to the path. 

Highlights

  • Stunning panoramic views on bridge Ponte de Rande, the ocean and the Cíes islands. 
  • Small waterfall within the forest.

Redondela

A pleasant city with many espresso outlets and lots of bars and eating places with outdoors tables, an incredible place to speak with different pilgrims, chill and drink a beer. There are a number of albergues within the city, one municipal and a few personal in addition to lodges and pensions.

  • Municipal albergue – sure
  • Non-public albergue – sure
  • Lodges – sure
  • Campsite – no
  • ATM – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Restaurant – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure

Albergue Casa da Torre, municipal

A giant outdated tower with thick partitions changed into an albergue, fairly cozy, neat, clear and spacious. Thanks to those thick partitions in summer season it’s all the time good and funky inside. Capability 44 folks. Value 6 Euro pp together with disposable bedding.

Services

  • Scorching water bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – no
  • Kitchen with cooking plates, microwave – sure, no pots, cups, plates, utensils.
  • Washer – sure, worth between 1,5-Three Euro per load, relying on weight.
  • Washing strains – sure
  • Towels – no
  • Blankets – no
  • Extras – drying machine, 1,5 Euro per load.
  • Location – 5 out of 5
  • Consolation stage – Four out of 5, the kitchen was fairly a disappointment, we couldn’t even make tea there was no kettle and even cup to boil water in.

Extra locations to remain in Redondela

A view of Vigo, the bridge and the sea from the Camino route
The view of the Rande Bridge and the bay of Vigo from the Coastal Portuguese Camino

Day 9. Redondela – Pontevedra, 21km

Redondela – Cesantes – Arcade – Balteiro – Pontevedra.

Be aware! In accordance with the brand new guidelines for the final 100 km to Santiago de Compostela you want two stamps per day (you will get a second stamp in bars and eating places on the way in which) to be able to get the Compostela. 

Simple stroll with small uphills, via the forest, alongside the highway, and thru small cities. A few kilometers earlier than Pontevedra take the river path as a substitute of following the highway, it’s not longer however extra picturesque.

Highlights

  • The historic middle of Pontevedra

Pontevedra

It’s a pleasant metropolis with many supermarkets, an exquisite cathedral, a pleasant Previous City, many eating places and bars.  

  • Municipal albergue – sure
  • Non-public albergue – sure
  • Lodges – sure
  • Campsite – no
  • ATM – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Restaurant – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure

Albergue La Virgen Peregrina, municipal

Good spot, with all you want, spacious, clear and effectively organized, it has a pleasant backyard nice for chilling on the grass. Opens at 1 pm. Capability 60 folks. Value 6 Euro pp. together with bedding.

Services

  • Scorching water bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Kitchen with range, microwave, cutlery, pots, cups and many others. – sure, among the finest kitchens on this Camino.
  • Washer – sure, Three Euro per load
  • Washing strains – sure
  • Towels – no
  • Blankets – no
  • Extras – large eating space with many tables and chairs, cool drink and snack merchandising machine.
  • Location – Four out of 5, proper on the path however about 1km from the town middle.
  • Consolation stage – 5 out of 5

Locations to remain in Pontevedra

Day 10. Pontevedra – Caldas de Reis, 23km

A pleasant and simple strolling day via the forest, small city and villages. At 3,6km there’s a signal the place the route splits right here begins an optionally available Variante Espiritual Route that joins the primary Camino Three day later in Padrón. Verify under the Non secular means levels.

Highlights

  • A stupendous waterfall in Parque Pure Ría Barosa, between Portela and Briallos, it’s a small detour however the waterfall is value of go to.
  • Scorching springs of Caldas de Reis.

Caldas de Reis

A pleasant city with sizzling springs, outdated church buildings, and a few Roman ruins. In case you have time you may loosen up in sizzling springs in one of many balnearios (spas). There are a number of albergues in Caldas de Reis from all that we’ve learn we will advocate to not keep at Posada Doña Urraca, folks say it’s fairly soiled. We didn’t cease right here as we took the Non secular Route from Pontevedra.

  • Municipal albergue – sure
  • Non-public albergue – sure
  • Lodges – sure
  • Campsite – no
  • ATM – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Restaurant – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure

Locations to remain in Caldas de Reis

Day 11. Caldas de Reis – Padrón, 20km

A nice brief day of strolling with a slight hill that begins 3km after Caldas. There are numerous bars and eating places on the way in which. If you need you may stroll a bit additional today to make the final day shorter, there are lots of albergues and hostels all the way in which to Santiago. For extra data on Padrón go to Day 12 of Non secular Route.

Highlights

  • The Historic Middle of Padrón.
  • Pimientos de Padrón, a typical native dish a pleasant snack to have with beer or wine.

Pardón

Stunning city with a shocking pedestrian avenue, cathedral, and church buildings. There are a number of eating places and cafes close by, some open very early within the morning for pilgrims. 

  • Municipal albergue – sure
  • Non-public albergue – sure
  • Lodges – sure
  • Campsite – no
  • ATM – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Restaurant – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure

Albergue de Peregrinos de Padrón, municipal 

Massive, clear, well-organized albergue with a number of house, one large dormitory with many bunk beds. Opens at 1 pm. Capability 46 folks. Value 6 Euro pp. together with bedding. Positioned proper on the cathedral, near the eating places and outlets.

Services

  • Scorching water bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Kitchen with, microwave, range, cutlery, pots, cups – sure
  • Washer – no, washing basin solely
  • Washing strains – sure
  • Towels – no
  • Blankets – no
  • Extras – eating space.
  • Location – 5 out of 5
  • Consolation stage – 5 out of 5

Extra locations to remain in Padrón

The Non secular Means (the choice route). Days 10-12

The Spiritual Means goes again to the coast, the title ‘non secular’ refers back to the origin of the route that’s believed to comply with the way in which the remainder of apostle St. James was transferred to Santiago in 44AD. The route begins in Pontevedra and completed in Padron. The whole distance of the route (from Pontevedra to Padrón) is 73km. It consists of Three levels; 2 strolling levels (Pontevedra to Armenteira and Armenteira to Vilanova de Arousa) and 1 boat trip (Vilanova de Arousa to Iria Flavia, near Padron). This marine route is taken into account to be the origin of all of the Caminos de Santiago. 

Spiritual Way and Central Route, the Portuguese Camino de Santiago
Two route choices on the Camino Portugues from Pontevedra to Padron; the Central Route and the Non secular Means.

Day 10. Pontevedra – Armenteira, 22km

Pontevedra – Campañó – Combarro – Armenteira.

We determined to stroll the choice route Variante Espiritual it takes you thru vineyards, small cities, and villages and again to the coast. And it was one other probability to go away from busy Central Route. The path splits at 3,7km from Pontevedra, there will probably be a giant signal “Variante Espiritual” pointing left towards Combarro, you gained’t miss it. From Combarro the route climbs all the way in which to the highest of the mountains to Armenteira, 400m up.

Our guidebook predicted a protracted steep uphill for the day, the truth is, it wasn’t very steep on the gravel highway to the highest of the mountain after which a little bit bit right down to the village. Be sure you carry sufficient water earlier than beginning the uphill stroll, you may ask to fill your bottles in one of many cafés in Combarro.

Highlights

  • Centre of Combarro, a comfy little city with good espresso outlets and bakeries by the ocean.
  • Stunning view on the world on the way in which up
  • Monastery of Armenteira

Armenteira

Armenteira is a small village constructed across the monastery, it’s the primary attraction and the explanation folks from close by cities come right here on weekends. There are two eating places however no outlets, not even a small one. In case you don’t need to eat in a restaurant purchase meals in Pontevedra, simply keep in mind there aren’t any cooking plates within the hostel.

  • Municipal albergue – sure
  • Non-public albergue – no
  • Lodges – sure
  • Campsite – no
  • ATM – no
  • Store – no
  • Restaurant – sure
  • Pharmacy – no

Albergue de Armenteira, municipal

A model new albergue with good services, clear and comfy. Opens at 1 pm. Capability 33 folks. Value 6 Euro pp.

Services

  • Scorching water bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Kitchen with microwave, cutlery, pots, cups, and many others. – sure, no cooking range
  • Washer – sure, Three euro for laundry
  • Washing strains – sure
  • Towels – no
  • Blankets – sure
  • Extras – eating space, every mattress has a private mild, snack merchandising machine.
  • Location – 5 out of 5
  • Consolation stage – 5 out of 5

Extra locations to remain in Armenteira

Day 11. Armenteira – Vilanova de Arousa, 23km

Armenteira – Barrantes – Ribadumia – Pontearnelas – Villanueva de Arousa.

To start with, you comply with La Ruta de la Piedra y del Agua (The Route of Stone and Water), there aren’t many conventional marks (yellow arrows) for the Camino de Santiago however they go the identical means for about 2 hours. To start with, the path goes via the forest, alongside the small river,  with some randomly positioned rock sculptures this half was very lovely. Then it turns into the fields and vineyards, a little bit bit via villages and cities.

Highlights

  • Ruta de la Piedra y del Agua; lovely forest stroll
  • Countryside surroundings, vineyards

Vilanova de Arousa

Fairly a giant sea city with a few attention-grabbing church buildings.

  • Municipal albergue – sure
  • Non-public albergue – sure
  • Lodges – sure
  • Campsite – sure
  • ATM – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Restaurant – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure

Albergue de Arousa, municipal 

It’s situated in a sports activities complicated which wasn’t too nice as folks performed basketball until after 11 pm and we may hear all the things. Opens at 1 pm. Value 6 Euro pp together with bedding. Capability – it has about 20 beds if there may be not sufficient house for pilgrims they put mattresses on the ground within the spare room. It appears to be like like even when there are lots of folks there will probably be house for everyone. You should purchase a ship ticket right here, it prices the identical as on the pier.

Services

  • Scorching water bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Kitchen with microwave, range, cutlery, pots, cups and many others. – sure
  • Washer – sure, Three euro per load
  • Washing strains – sure
  • Towels – no
  • Blankets – sure
  • Extras – eating space, snacks merchandising machine.
  • Location – 5 out of 5
  • Consolation stage – Four out of 5.

Extra locations to remain in Villanueva de Arousa

Beautiful sunrise from the beach on the Spiritual Way
The dawn from the seaside on the Non secular Means of the Portuguese Camino

Day 12. Vilanova de Arousa – Padrón by boat, 28km

From right here most individuals if not everyone take a ship, the boat follows the unique means the physique of St. James was transported to Santiago. Boat coasts 19 Euro pp., the trip takes 1 hour. It often leaves within the morning from the pier, 5min. stroll from the albergue, relying on tides generally it departs at 7 am, generally at 10 am. Relying on the variety of pilgrims there could be one or two boats. The boat goes previous 17 crosses which are positioned on small rocky islands alongside the river the boat route is known as Traslatio Xacobeo. Apparently, the boat trip could be very lovely. From the place the boat arrives it’s about 2km extra to Padrón. 

We determined to stroll to Padrón to take a look at the route and we sincerely advocate you to take a ship, more often than not we walked alongside the highway, solely on the finish, we had some good forest stroll. We did see a few of the crosses on the way in which however not from close-by. In case you comply with the arrows the strolling distance is about 36km, if you wish to lower it it’s essential to stroll alongside the freeway all the way in which to Padrón. Conclusion – don’t stroll.

Some persons are nervous that it’s dishonest to take a ship as a substitute of strolling nevertheless it’s not.  You stroll the identical two days as folks on the Central route simply as a substitute of including a protracted strolling day you’ve a nice boat trip. Plus it offers you the chance to progress a little bit bit additional in direction of Santiago on that day. Getting off the boat you may stroll 10 km or so there are lots of albergues on the way in which. On the final day, you’ve solely 15 km to stroll to Santiago.

Highlights

  • Through de los Cruzes – 17 rock crosses alongside the river
  • The historic middle of Padrón
A stone cross on the big rock in the middle of the river on the Spiritual route of the Camino Portuguese
One of many 17 crosses on the Non secular Route of the Camino Portuguese. You’ll see all of them if you happen to take a ship to Padron

Day 12/Day 13. Padrón – Santiago de Compostela, 25km

Padrón – Iria Flavia – A Esclavitude – Picaraña – Milladoiro – Santiago de Compostela.

A really thrilling day some folks from our albergue began very early. There have been fairly a couple of meals locations within the city opened by 6.30am you may have breakfast on the way in which. The path more often than not goes via the forest and small cities. There are numerous albergues and lodges for pilgrims on the way in which between Padrón and Santiago in addition to cafés and eating places. The final couple of kilometers to the cathedral via the town I  don’t keep in mind effectively we have been very excited.

Santiago de Compostela, the tip of the Coastal Portuguese Camino

Arriving in Santiago de Compostela is a fully thrilling experience, you see pilgrims from completely different Caminos coming right here; strolling or biking, taking off their backpacks and sitting round Plaza del Obradoiro  (the Obradoiro sq.) in entrance of the cathedral, everyone could be very excited, hugging, shaking arms, crying, smiling. You see right here folks you met someplace on the way in which, it’s a tremendous feeling to be a part of this pilgrims’ crowd! You made it, now it’s time to sit back, loosen up and have fun in fact, fortunately there are tons of of bars and eating places round! And don’t neglect to get your Compostela on the Pilgrim’s Workplace in Santiago. 

If you wish to know extra concerning the cathedral and its historical past you may be a part of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour.

If after finishing the Portuguese Camino you’re feeling sturdy after finishing the Coastal Route you may proceed strolling from Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre/Muxía. It’s an exquisite 3-4-day Camino to “the tip of the world”. As an choice, you are able to do a day tour from Santiago and go to each capes Finisterre and Muxía.

Excursions and actions in Santiago de Compostela

A narrow street with red-roof houses in the center of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
A slim cobbled avenue within the historic middle of Santiago de Compostela, the tip of the Coastal Camino route

Locations to remain in Santiago de Compostela

We’d recommend reserving lodging in Santiago upfront particularly in summer season as the most effective locations could be absolutely booked. We didn’t guide something and couldn’t discover a finances place to remain for 2 nights, the subsequent day we needed to transfer to a distinct albergue. 

I consider by the point you might be completed with the Camino you may not really feel like staying in albergues anymore, which is comprehensible, all of us want some privateness. There are tons of of lodges and pensions in Santiago for various budgets.

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