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The Portuguese Camino Coastal Route – a information & strolling levels

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Coastal Route (Caminho da Costa) of the Portuguese Camino is a fantastic 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 principal route. About 30% of pilgrims who full the Portuguese Camino stroll the Coastal Method. The Portuguese Method 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 stroll. 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.

To make your planning simpler we created downloadable PDF recordsdata for the Coastal Route of the Portuguese Camino. The primary file incorporates strolling levels from Porto to Santiago de Compostela. The second file incorporates lodging (municipal and personal albergues, resorts, and guesthouses) alongside the route.

*As of June 2021 many public albergues are closed. Should you’re going to stroll the Coastal Route this season it’s very seemingly more often than not you’ll have to remain in personal albergues, hostels, and resorts.

A wooden boardwalk towards the sea surrounded by the beach
The surroundings on the way in which out of Porto following the Coastal Route of the Portuguese Camino

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 particular person per day
  • Lodging – albergues, resorts, guesthouses
  • Route marking – yellow shells and arrows
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Our recap of someday of a pilgrim’s life on the Camino de Santiago

The Coastal Route vs the Central Route on the Camino Portuguese

The apparent one the Coastal goes alongside the ocean but it surely 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 Method.

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

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

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

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

We’ve an in depth publish on the Camino Portuguese and the Camino de Fatima – Strolling the Portuguese Camino from Lisbon. Should you take pleasure in strolling alongside the coast you may just like the Northern Camino de Santiago, the route follows the Northern Coast of Spain and affords breathtaking surroundings.

Learn how to 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 best ways to start out the Camino. The Coastal Route and the Central route aren’t that nice for strolling out of 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 Method 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 Method 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 break up on the Portuguese Camino after Redondela. From Pontevedra, there are two routes: the Non secular Method and the Portuguese Camino. The break up is simply exterior Pontevedra. The Non secular Method 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 Method. Within the itinerary part on this publish, yow will discover extra particulars on the Non secular Method.

Lodging on the Coastal Camino

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

Albergues are hostels for pilgrims they often have dormitory rooms with bunk beds and shared ablution amenities. Albergues may be public (run by a neighborhood 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
Might be booked forward no sure
Can keep so long as you need no, only 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 affordable lodging choice on the Camino. There are municipal albergues nearly 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

The price of strolling the Coastal Method of St.James

The Portuguese Camino may be executed on a distinct funds from 20 Euro per particular person per day to 40+ Euro relying on how a lot you need or can spend and the way a lot consolation you want. The common price of strolling the Coastal Route is 25-30 Euro per particular person per day. We’ve an in depth publish on the price of the Camino de Santiago the place yow will discover a variety of info for planning your estimated Camino funds.

Strolling the Camino Portugues with 20, 30 and 40+ Euro per particular person, 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 individual meals, 10 Euro Consuming Menu del Día,
10-12 Euro
Consuming out twice a day,
20-25 Euro
Backpack supply (non-obligatory)
5 Euro 5 Euro 5 Euro
Additional (entrance charges, espresso, and so on.)
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 principal tip after strolling the 7 Camino de Santiago routes is to 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, resorts, tenting, and so on.) if you happen to carry your backpack or use a baggage switch service. Keep in mind, it’s your Camino and you’ll stroll it any manner you need.

Should you determine to stroll within the peak season (European summer season months) and don’t wish to stress out about discovering accessible lodging alongside the way in which, e-book your beds or rooms upfront.

Don’t begin with strolling lengthy distances (until you’re used to it) you may get horrible blisters and aches after the primary couple of days. Relatively take it simple to start with and enhance your each day distances as you go.

You can begin strolling the Camino from anyplace alongside the route. Should 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 along with your identify the place you acquire stamps from albergues, and resorts you keep alongside the route. You don’t want it to remain in personal albergues and resorts on the Camino however you’ll want it if you wish to get the Compostela. You may 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 will get the Compostela. It’s a certificates that you simply get without spending a dime on the Pilgrim’s Reception Workplace in Santiago for finishing a minimum of the final 100 km (200 km if biking) on any Camino route. Be sure that 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, make certain to carry solely the required stuff. We’ve seen many first-time pilgrims with closely loaded backpacks leaving a variety of things in albergues after the primary day on the Camino. Should you’re planning on utilizing a backpack supply service (see the subsequent paragraph) then you’ll be able to carry pack as a lot as you would like.

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 publish The packing listing for the Camino de Santiago.

Books and guidebooks for the Coastal Route

Useful apps for the Portuguese Camino Coastal Route

  • Portuguese Method Premium. Value US$4, accessible for Android and Apple.
  • Camino Help Pilgrim Santiago. Free obtain, accessible for Android and Apple.
  • Buen Camino de Santiago. Free obtain, accessible for Android and Apple.
  • Correctly + Camino Portugues; a Clever Pilgrim information. Value US$6, accessible for Android and Apple. We haven’t used it however I noticed many sad customers complaining in regards to the app, I’d suggest studying the evaluations earlier than shopping for it.

Baggage switch on the Coastal Method of the Camino Portugues

As an choice, if you happen to don’t wish to stroll for two weeks carrying your backpack you should use one of many baggage switch providers on the Camino. Tuitrans affords 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 automotive 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. Should you determine to make use of the supply service needless to say you’ll have to remain in personal albergues or resorts. Public albergues don’t settle for backpack supply.

When you have some further baggage that you simply gained’t want on the Camino you’ll be able to ship it on to Santiago de Compostela utilizing one of many backpack shuttle firms.

Journey insurance coverage for the Camino

Strolling like another out of doors exercise entails a threat of getting an damage or dropping among the gear. It’s all the time really helpful to have journey insurance coverage once you go away. The Portuguese Camino de Santiago shouldn’t be a excessive altitude hike by distant areas but it surely’s nonetheless a bodily difficult experience. Mild traumas like blisters, knee ache, shin splint, and so on. are fairly frequent. Be sure that it is possible for you to to get medical help any time you want it. Word! When you have a European Well being Insurance coverage Card you don’t want any further medical insurance coverage for Portugal or Spain.

Another excuse to have insurance coverage is gear loss, journey cancellation, or flight delay. Having journey insurance coverage makes the stroll much less tense when you realize you’re lined in case of any unpredictable emergencies. Let your insurance coverage firm fear about you and your belongings whilst you take pleasure in strolling the Camino. 

Porto, the start of the Coastal Route

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

Excursions & actions in Porto

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

Locations to remain in Porto

There are a lot of 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.

Should you relatively keep within the middle there are a number of good choices from hostels to good and even luxurious resorts. All of it depends upon your funds.

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 all the way down to Rio Douro and adopted the river all the way in which out of town following Senda Litoral. Mainly all day you stroll alongside the shoreline passing small cities and villages. There are a lot of eating places and low retailers on the way in which the place you’ll be able to cease for espresso or lunch.

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

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

Highlights

  • The historic middle of Porto
  • Seaside 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 course. The place could be very good and neat. Our information e-book says there are solely Eight beds, the truth is, there are 24, they lately opened two extra rooms upstairs with 12 beds every. Value – donation.

  • Sizzling water bathe – no, we couldn’t get it scorching, the hostess wasn’t there, possibly we simply didn’t know the place to change the geyser.
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Kitchen with range, fridge, pots, plates, and so on – sure
  • Washer – no, there’s a basin for laundry
  • Washing traces – 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 scorching water bathe it will be 5.

Extra locations to remain in Labruge*

*Many individuals requested us about different (to albergues) lodging choices (personal rooms with amenities) 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 to start with 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.

Many of the day you stroll alongside the coast on wood planks typically the route goes by 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 slender cobblestone streets, church buildings, previous homes.
  • Seaside stroll.

Praia da Estela

It’s principally only a huge 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, principal, drinks, dessert.
  • Pharmacy – no

Parque de Campismo Orbitur Rio Alto, personal  

There isn’t a albergue right here, we stayed in a cabin with a shared rest room. Cabins are good however there isn’t any kitchen right here, you should buy primary stuff in a small store or eat in a neighborhood restaurant the place you will get scorching water for tea or noodles. Value – cabin with shared rest room – 20 Euro for 2 folks; 16 Euro for one.

Word! This place may be booked on-line but it surely’s costlier to e-book a double cabin. They provide solely deluxe cabins with an hooked up rest room and a kitchen. These cabins are extra spacious and comfy although. There are caravans for five and 6 peoples as properly.

  • Sizzling water bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure, solely within the reception space
  • Kitchen – no
  • Washer – no
  • Washing traces – 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 you gained’t miss the flip or stroll previous it. The resorts are unfold by the realm.

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 by the cities, alongside the coast, and slightly on the forest path.

Highlights

  • Confeteria (pastry) Marbella in Esposende, great spot with some scrumptious truffles and pastry.
  • Cafe/bar O Lampao in Belinho, an superior place with a whole bunch 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 slightly 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 house owners are very pleasant and useful, converse some English. An area restaurant simply 200m away. Capability – 20 folks. Value 5 Euro per particular person together with bedding.

  • Sizzling water bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – no, may get it sooner or later.
  • Kitchen with range, fridge, pots, plates and so on – sure
  • Washer – no
  • Washing traces – 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 by countless cities and villages with loads of eating places and pastries to cease for breakfast, lunch or espresso. Should you determine to stroll as much as Santuario Santa Luzia in Viana do Castelo add to the day distance 3km. 

Highlights

  • Outdated excessive stone partitions lined in moss and ivy, we cherished 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 non-obligatory, 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 previous homes with thick fortress-like partitions we had been questioning the way it’s to dwell inside certainly one of 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 ceaselessly. The place is simply superior, an previous home with nice trendy amenities, tremendous cozy. The proprietor can drive friends to a grocery store because it’s fairly far to stroll. The employees right here speaks good English, all people could be very pleasant and useful. Beds are very comfy with actual bedding (not disposable one), gentle mattresses, gentle, and heat blankets. Within the season I’d recommend reserving a mattress upfront the place could be very widespread. Capability – 22 folks.

It principally has all the pieces you want and much more, we cherished this place and stayed right here for 2 nights.

  • Sizzling water bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Kitchen with range, fridge, pots, plates – sure
  • Washer – sure, 2 euro per load
  • Washing traces – sure
  • Towels – sure
  • Blankets – sure
  • Additional – hearth, TV, lounge space, beer, wine, espresso on the market. You’ll be able to order dinner right here.
  • Location – 5 out of 5, proper on the way in which
  • Consolation stage – 5 out of 5, very comfy beds, nice amenities, 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 by the forest, cities, alongside the coast.

Ferry from Caminha to A Guarda (pier)

Timetable depends upon tides, typically the primary ferry leaves at Eight am typically 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 wish to wait you’ll be able to 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 an alternative of constant on the Coastal Route and taking a ferry, you’ll be able to 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 fortress, slender cobblestone streets.
  • Castillo (fortress) de Santa Cruz in A Guarda

A Guarda

Fairly an enormous city with a pleasant fortress within the center, from the fortress you have got a pleasant view of the realm. 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 excellent host, good amenities, clear and comfy. It may well accommodate 40 folks. Value 5 Euro pp. together with bedding. Near the fortress, supermarkets, eating places.

  • Sizzling 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
A captivating 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 by the attractive forest from the place you have got superb views of the coast and a lighthouse.

Highlights

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

Baiona/Ramallosa

Two cities which might be merged into one, it’s troublesome to say once 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 previous monastery, the rooms are ex cellars, don’t count on an excessive amount of. It’s very primary 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 comfy however costlier.

  • Sizzling 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 primary

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

Quick day, some up and down hills, slightly little bit of strolling by the outskirts of Vigo.

There aren’t any albergues in Vigo you have got an choice skipping Vigo utterly and staying in an albergue in Freixo, 5 Euro or staying in a resort/hostel in Vigo. Freixo is slightly detour about 3km in whole, there may be nothing there solely albergue. You’ll be able to carry your individual meals or cellphone them beforehand and ask to make lunch or dinner for you.

Highlights

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

Vigo

Vigo is an enormous metropolis with a pleasant historic middle, many seafood eating places, and bars. When you have time you’ll be able to keep for 2 nights right here to discover town, its seashores and possibly 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 town middle
  • ATM – sure
  • Grocery store – sure
  • Restaurant – sure
  • Pharmacy – sure

Lodge Compostela

It’s a pleasant place near town middle. Rooms are clear and neat with a non-public rest room, 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 rest room and have a great relaxation. If we had extra time we’d have stayed right here for 2 nights. Within the season I’d strongly suggest reserving your room upfront, Vigo is a well-liked vacationer vacation spot.

  • Sizzling water bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure.
  • Kitchen – no
  • Washer – no
  • Washing traces – no
  • Towels – sure
  • Blankets – sure
  • Location – 5 out of 5
  • Consolation stage – 5 out of 5, not a really luxurious place however fairly comfy 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 quick this present day you’ll be able to add to it a few further 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 retailers and plenty of bars and eating places with exterior tables, an excellent 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 resorts 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 previous tower with thick partitions became 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.

  • Sizzling 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 traces – 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.

Word! In response to 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) with the intention to get the Compostela. 

Straightforward stroll with small uphills, by the forest, alongside the street, and thru small cities. A few kilometers earlier than Pontevedra take the river path as an alternative of following the street, it’s not longer however extra picturesque.

Highlights

  • The historic middle of Pontevedra

Pontevedra

It’s a pleasant metropolis with many supermarkets, a fantastic cathedral, a pleasant Outdated 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

Excellent place, with all you want, spacious, clear and properly 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.

  • Sizzling water bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Kitchen with range, microwave, cutlery, pots, cups and so on. – sure, among the finest kitchens on this Camino.
  • Washer – sure, Three Euro per load
  • Washing traces – sure
  • Towels – no
  • Blankets – no
  • Extras – huge 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 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 by the forest, small city and villages. At 3,6km there’s a signal the place the route splits right here begins an non-obligatory Variante Espiritual Route that joins the principle Camino Three day later in Padrón. Verify under the Non secular manner levels.

Highlights

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

Caldas de Reis

A pleasant city with scorching springs, previous church buildings, and a few Roman ruins. When you have time you’ll be able to calm down in scorching 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 suggest 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 quick day of strolling with a slight hill that begins 3km after Caldas. There are a lot of bars and eating places on the way in which. In order for you you’ll be able to stroll a bit additional this present day to make the final day shorter, there are numerous albergues and hostels all the way in which to Santiago. For extra info on Padrón go to Day 12 of Non secular Route.

Highlights

  • The Historic Heart 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 variety of area, one huge 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 retailers.

  • Sizzling water bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Kitchen with, microwave, range, cutlery, pots, cups – sure
  • Washer – no, washing basin solely
  • Washing traces – 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 Method (the choice route). Days 10-12

The Non secular Method goes again to the coast, the identify ‘religious’ refers back to the origin of the route that’s believed to comply with the way in which the remainder of the 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 73 km. 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 Method.

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 shall be an enormous 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 an extended steep uphill for the day, the truth is, it wasn’t very steep on the gravel street to the highest of the mountain after which slightly bit all the way down to the village. Be sure to carry sufficient water earlier than beginning the uphill stroll, you’ll be able to ask to fill your bottles in one of many cafés in Combarro.

Highlights

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

Armenteira

Armenteira is a small village constructed across the monastery, it’s the principle attraction and the explanation folks from close by cities come right here on weekends. There are two eating places however no retailers, not even a small one. Should you don’t wish 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 amenities, clear and comfy. Opens at 1 pm. Capability 33 folks. Value 6 Euro pp.

  • Sizzling water bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Kitchen with microwave, cutlery, pots, cups, and so on. – sure, no cooking range
  • Washer – sure, Three euro for laundry
  • Washing traces – sure
  • Towels – no
  • Blankets – sure
  • Extras – eating space, every mattress has a private gentle, 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.

At first, 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 manner for about 2 hours. At first, the path goes by 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, slightly bit by villages and cities.

Highlights

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

Vilanova de Arousa

Fairly an enormous 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 pieces. Opens at 1 pm. Value 6 Euro pp together with bedding. Capability – it has about 20 beds if there may be not sufficient area for pilgrims they put mattresses on the ground within the spare room. It appears to be like like even when there are numerous folks there shall be area for everyone. You should purchase a ship ticket right here, it prices the identical as on the pier.

  • Sizzling water bathe – sure
  • Wi-fi – sure
  • Kitchen with microwave, range, cutlery, pots, cups and so on. – sure
  • Washer – sure, Three euro per load
  • Washing traces – 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 Method of the Portuguese Camino

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

From right here most individuals if not all people take a ship, the boat follows the unique manner 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 typically it departs at 7 am, typically at 10 am.

Relying on the variety of pilgrims there is perhaps one or two boats. The boat goes previous 17 crosses which might be 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 suggest you to take a ship, more often than not we walked alongside the street, solely on the finish, we had some good forest stroll. We did see among the crosses on the way in which however not from close-by. Should you comply with the arrows the strolling distance is about 36km, if you wish to reduce it you should stroll alongside the freeway all the way in which to Padrón. Conclusion – don’t stroll.

Some individuals are frightened that it’s dishonest to take a ship as an alternative of strolling but it surely’s not.  You stroll the identical two days as folks on the Central route simply as an alternative of including an extended strolling day you have got a pleasing boat trip. Plus it provides you the likelihood to progress slightly bit additional in direction of Santiago on that day. Getting off the boat you’ll be able to stroll 10 km or so there are numerous albergues on the way in which. On the final day, you have got solely 15 km to stroll to Santiago.

Highlights

  • By way of 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 just a few meals locations within the city opened by 6.30am you’ll be able to have breakfast on the way in which. The path more often than not goes by the forest and small cities. There are a lot of albergues and resorts 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 by town I  don’t keep in mind properly we had 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, all people could be very excited, hugging, shaking fingers, crying, smiling.

You see right here folks you met someplace on the way in which, it’s an incredible feeling to be a part of this pilgrims’ crowd! You made it, now it’s time to relax, calm down and have fun after all, fortunately there are a whole bunch of bars and eating places round! And don’t neglect to get your Compostela on the Pilgrim’s Workplace in Santiago. 

There are a lot of nice things to do in Santiago de Compostela. If you wish to know extra in regards to the cathedral and its historical past you’ll be able to be part of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and Museum Guided Tour.

If after finishing the Portuguese Camino you are feeling sturdy after finishing the Coastal Route you’ll be able to proceed strolling from Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre/Muxía. It’s a fantastic 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 slender 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 is perhaps absolutely booked. We didn’t e-book something and couldn’t discover a funds 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 won’t really feel like staying in albergues anymore, which is comprehensible, all of us want some privateness. There are a whole bunch of resorts and pensions in Santiago for various budgets.

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