Camino de Santiago, Portuguese Coastal Way, Baiona to Santiago Grade: Moderate
There are many routes leading to the cathedral of St James in Santiago de Compostela and the Portuguese Coastal Way is probably the prettiest and certainly one of the quieter itineraries. Our route covers the last 79 miles /126km of the route from Baiona to Santiago. We can expect a wonderful mixture of coastline, quaint villages, and woodland walking plus sites of historic interest, wonderful food and local Galician wine.
Our journey starts in medieval Baiona, an elegant town on the Atlantic Coast and follows a beautiful stretch of the Atlantic to Vigo with its many beaches and interesting architecture. From here we head to Redondela and inland, merging with the classic Portuguese Way. We continue our journey passing many small villages and towns such as Pontesampaio, wonderful Pontevedra, the spa town of Caldas de Reis and Padrón, home of the famous peppers.
Please note that although this route is called the Portuguese Way, this section is entirely within Spain. As it covers over 100km, it qualifies for the Compostela certificate.
Day 1: Arrive at Santiago de Compostela airport and transfer to Baiona
Day 2: Walk Baiona to Vigo along the coast 16.5 miles / 26km
Day 3: Vigo to Arcade coastal walk 14.5 miles / 23km
Day 4: Arcade to Pontevedra heading north away from the coast 7.5 miles / 12km
Day 5: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis woodland and rural walking to a spa town 13.5 miles / 22km
Day 6: Caldas de Reis to Padron forests and rural walking 11.5 miles / 18km
Day 7: Padron to Santiago de Compostela our final approach through rural Galicia 15.5 miles/ 25km
Day 8: Departure to Santiago de Compostela airport or optional extra night (+£95)
If you would like to attend the Pilgrims’ Mass at midday then you will need to book an extra night (or catch a late flight).