Portuguese Coastal Monastic Way

Porto to Santiago 161 miles 258 kms Apx

3rd – 17th September 2019

Optional 2 parts see agenda

Part 1 Porto to Vigo £549  4th – 11th*

Part 2 Vigo to Santiago £499 11th – 17th*

Interested in a Club/Organisation Tour? For a quote email: dianecarter@theatlas-discovery.com

     

 

 

 

                                                         

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Include Camino Arrow Photo Competition & The Challenge of the 1000 steps!*Optional

The Camino Way and St. James's Way is the name of any of the pilgrimages to the shrine of the Apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in north-western Spain. 

Having just returned from this tour I was thrilled as everyone managed to finish. Some of the guests had only walked 9 miles a day in training but they built up their stamina with daily increased mileage and I was so proud of how determined they were to walk all the way.  The Camino is a true challenge but the joy and satisfaction it gives when you succeed is truly worth every step.

The Camino is a great way to build friendships, have fun, enjoy local culture including; food and delicious wine and of course take in breathtaking scenery.                                                          

Agenda

               Following the Yellow Arrow of the Camino Way

Part 1 Porto to Vigo 98.2 miles (157 kms)        

Day 1 Arrival Day Enjoy the vibrant city of Porto with it’s beautiful river, bars and restaurants.

Day 2 Porto (Matosinhos) – Vila do Conde  Start at Matosinhos walking along the Atlantic coastline, with miles of golden sandy beaches until we reach Vila do Conde with an ancient medieval shipyard full of historical and architectural interest. (Approx 23.8 kms)


Day 3 Vila do Conde – Esposende Crossing the town by way of its historic centre we reach Povoa de Varzim, a popular town with strong maritime links. Heading north  along the coast we hit the Coastal Natural Park and the Cavado river in the direction of Esposende, an old fishing village. (Approx 25.4 kms)


Day 4 Esposende – Viana do Castelo  Walking along coastline travelling north we reach the historic town of Viana do Castelo by way of Eifell’s old iron bridge over the River Lima.  Our lunch stop includes the challenge of a ‘thousand steps’ or more? (Approx 23 kms)


Day 5 Viana do Castelo – Caminha  We enter into a world of “old farms”,  passing through old narrow roads that pass between several 19th Century farmhouses.  Back to the coastline through Moledo and Camarido until centuries old Caminha. (Approx 28.45 kms)


Day 6  Caminha – Baiona You will be fit by now ha)  We catch the ferry across the river to Spain,  then head along the river to  the beach at “Camposancos” to the Port of “A Guarda”.  Finally reaching Oia, with its Santa Maria de Oia monastery, which gives its name to the route “Camino Monacal” (Monastic Way).  This exciting but tiring day for the feet finishes at “Baiona” . Cold beer.  (Approx 32 kms)

Day 7  Rest day in the delightful port town of Baiona with it's medieval historial centre situated by the outlet of the Vigo Bay. 

*An option is to return by bus or taxi (not included) to complete the previous day's route on the rest day if you feel the 32 kms is too much for you.  I am happy to guide you.                                                                                                                       

Day 8 Baiona – Vigo Walking towards the river Miñor, into “A Ramallosa” and Nigran.  Then a  gentle climb up “Mount San Roman” and a little higher to “Castro Alto da Medoña” . We then reach Vigo following the river “Lagares” until reaching the “Avenida de Madrid” . Here we meet up with our fellow walkers to begin Part 2 of our journey. Enjoy a meeting dinner. (Approx 24.9 kms)

Part 2 Vigo to Santiago 63.2 miles (101 kms) 11th – 17th September

Day 1 Vigo – Redondela Walking into the square of “Santa Rita, we start the descent through “Cedeira” and “Cruzeiro” arriving at  Outeiro de Penas, with astounding views over Ria de Vigo.  Here we meet many fellow pilgrims as many of the different routes cross through Redondela. A very relaxed atmosphere at the end of a peaceful day’s walking. (Approx 14.5 kms)

Day 2  Redondela –  Pontevedra A beautiful day passing over the medieval bridge over the Verdugo River reaching the very old by-ways which climb up the slope of Canicouva reaching  Cacheiro and strolling through orchards coming into Pontevedra.  (Approx 20 kms)      

Day 3 Pontevedra – Caldas de Reis Walking through woodland along gentle river valleys we reach caldas de Reis with its natural thermal spa waters . Dip your tired feet. (Approx 22 kms)                                                      

Day 4 Caldas de Reis – Padron Leaving Caldas de Reis we head towards the village of Cruceiro, on an unforgettable stretch through forests and meadows. Crossing the Ulla River we arrive at Padron.   (Approx 19 kms)                   

Day 5 Padron to Santiago de Compostela Heading north until the church of Santa Maria de Iria Flávia. From here you we reach Rua de Francos and can then view Santiago de Compostela.  After crossing the Sar River, we reach the Faxeira gate, the entrance of the Portuguese Way into this old city. Through a labyrinth of streets you continue to Obradoiro square and finally to the Cathedral itself.(Approx 25 kms)

Day 6 Wednesday FREE Day Optional Tour to Finisterre (known to Pilgrims as the end of the world).                                                    

Day 7 Thursday Departure Day 

This is an amazing tour of beauty, history, cultural experience and your Camino! Di

What is included within the Tour:-

1. Pre-departure information, Camino Shell and Camino Passport

2. Accommodation with Breakfast. 

3. Luggage Transfers along the Way maximum weight, 10 kg (check airlines for their weight limits though)

4. Airport transfer abroad

 Weather in September We enjoyed lots of sunshine but setting off early in the morning meant we got a good few miles covered before the temperatures reached about 22 degrees. We did have an occasional sprinkling of light rain.

Suggested Kit   A suggested Kit list is provided at time of booking

Level of Accommodation Mainly 2 star plus but all are high quality and good food.

Cost Part 1 Porto to Vigo £549 (8 nights) 4 – 12 September. 

Cost Part 2 Vigo to Santiago £499 (7 nights) 11 – 18 September

5% Discount if you choose to do  Part 1 and 2.

*Additional £160 for single supplement per week as price is based on twin room

NOTE: 10% Tour Discount for members of Outdoor Duo, Atlas Tours & LDWA. Evidence must be provided thanks

A non-refundable deposit of 20% is requested at the time of booking and payment in full 6 weeks prior to departure. PLEASE NOTE: Full travel insurance suited for the trip and a booking form must be provided at time of booking. Any health issues must be declared

 

 

                                                           

 

 

 

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The Atlas Discovery Holiday Company Ltd (Company Number 8897008) 
 Sterling House, 32 St John Street, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG18 1QJ     

T: 07477566167
dianecarter@theatlas-discovery.com