Note: One private group transfer will be arranged from Vigo International airport (VGO) to the hotel (exact timings will be announced closer to date). Alternatively, you can make your own arrangements, using a bus or a taxi from the airport to the hotel.
Vigo is a Spanish town on the Atlantic Ocean. Its medieval origins were quite turbulent, as the settlement was frequently attacked and conquered by many forces. Today, it represents a populous municipality and the starting point of your hiking adventure.
Upon your arrival, you will first head to your hotel (either by bus, private transfer, or other arrangements), and, then you may explore the old center of the city at your own pace, getting acquainted with the historical and spiritual value of El Camino.
Accommodation: Hotel Axis Vigo 2* or similar.
The first day of your adventure will be comparatively short, as you get used to the terrain, the path, and the process. On the way, you will enjoy spectacular views of the Vigo estuary, including the Cíes Islands, the Morrazo peninsula, the Rande Bridge (upon its construction, the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world), and the cove of San Simón, with its beaches, wetlands and islands. You may choose to remain silent or interact with the other hikers who, either on their own or in groups, attempt to traverse a part of El Camino in search of answers to questions hidden within. In any case, remember that the trail has more to offer than merely the hiking process.
Estimated distance: 16 km.
Estimated hiking time: 4 hrs.
Accommodation: Casa Rural As Chivas 2* or similar.
This part of the trail is well signed, allowing you to enjoy the unfolding of the surrounding landscape. By mid-day, you should expect to arrive at Arcade: a charming town, ideal for a lunch break (don’t forget to try to famous local oysters). Late in the afternoon, you will arrive at Pontevedra where, after settling in the hotel, you can explore the well-preserved old town with its medieval buildings, a Gothic church, palace, and picturesque alleys.
Estimated distance: 20 km.
Estimated hiking time: 5 hrs.
Accommodation: Hotel Room 2* or similar.
Today is one of the longest but, also, one of the most beautiful days on the trail. A string of lights will guide you through the historic center of Pontevedra, keeping you on the pilgrimage route, leading to the Sanctuary of the Pilgrim Virgin and the evocative ruins of the Convent of Santo Domingo: great examples of the old, monumental splendor of Galicia.
After Pontevedra town, you will keep crossing small villages, surrounded by forest land, until you reach Caldas de Rei for a well-deserved evening at leisure.
Estimated distance: 23 km.
Estimated hiking time: 5.5 hrs.
Accommodation: Hotel Roquiño 2* or similar.
The landscape keeps unfolding peacefully around you, as the various rural settlements of Galicia, surrounded by cornfields and green slopes, form the famous carballedas (autonomous communities), leading you gradually outside the province of Pontevedra and into Coruña. As you finish the day in Padrón, you begin to feel the energy of the path, traversed by thousands of pilgrims over the centuries, towards the burial site of Apostle Santiago (St James).
Estimated distance: 18.6 km.
Estimated hiking time: 4.5 hrs.
Accommodation: Hotel Os Lambrans 2*or similar.
This is the last stage of the Camino de Santiago Portugués and the conclusion of the pilgrimage. You will cross the valley of the poetic River Sar and the sanctuary of A Escravitude, before reaching the top of O Milladoiro - the "humilladoiro", that is, where the pilgrims "humbled themselves", kneeling with respect upon setting eyes on the cathedral.
In Santiago, you will visit the Cathedral and hear the chiming of the famous bells, before check-in to your hotel for relaxing overnight.
Estimated distance: 23.7 km.
Estimated hiking time: 5.5 hrs.
Accommodation: Hotel Carris Casa Troya 2* or similar.
After breakfast, checkout from your hotel and depart towards airport for your flight back to home.
Note: One private group transfer will be arranged from the city to the Santiago de Compostela Airport (exact timings will be announced closer to date). Alternatively, you can make your own arrangement, using a bus or a taxi to the Santiago airport or back to Vigo airport.