Portuguese Spiritual Way
Walk & Sail the Portuguese Coastal Route. Be among the first to discover the Portuguese Spiritual Way, also known as the Maritime Way, from stunning Baiona along the coast to Santiago de Compostela staying in luxury hotels.
This Camino was recently approved for the Certificate of Accomplishment by the Pilgrim Office and it allows you to enjoy some of the best of Galicia while you walk the Camino de Santiago: walk along the stunning beaches of the Rias Baixas ; eat the freshest seafood ; stay in two stunning Paradores, a spa hotel and in beautiful Galician Pazos (Palaces) with their own Albariño winery ; eat at a Michelin Star Restaurant ; cruise the same river as the legendary stone boat carrying Saint James' remains would have cruised before arriving into Santiago de Compostela ; walk the charming Route of Water and Miles ; pass impressive and historical Monasteries - plus obtain your Compostela!
Only €1.450 per person sharing!
CAMINO PORTUGUESE SPIRITUAL INCLUDES
• En-suite accommodation in charming luxurious manors, 3 & 5* historical hotels including the Paradores of Baiona & Pontevedra (subject to availability)
• All breakfasts and three-courses dinners (wine or beer included on request)
• Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
• Emergency support from our local team
• Dinner at a Michelin Star restaurant (if available)
• 1h catamaran cruise along the Ulla River
• All taxes and gratuities for the hotels
• Guided tour of the 18th century Pazo do Faramello with the Marquess
• A detailed guidebook per room
• A Pilgrim Kit per person including an official Pilgrim Passport (Credential)
• Walk between 11 km and 24 km per day
price & dates
Can be organized on request for any number of participants from April to October - except the week of the Festival of the Albariño in Cambados (first week of August) - subject to availability and price fluctuations.
€1450 per person
• No dinners discount: - €240 per person
• Support van for the week: + €2100 for the group
• Transfer in from Vigo Airport and out from Santiago Airport: + €120 per car up to 4 passengers
• Extra night in Santiago in the same hotel: + €200 per room (dinner not included)
• Extra night in the 5* Parador of Santiago: + €300 per room (dinner not included - upgrade + €100)
fact fileAccommodation Luxurious Manors & 3 to 5* HotelsTotal Walking Distance 123 kmDuration 9 days / 8 nightsStarts BaionaStops Vigo, Redondela, Soutoxuste, Pontevedra, O Busto, Pontearnelas, Cambados, Vilanova de Arousa, PadrónEnds Santiago de Compostela
highlightsSail the same river that transported Saint James' remains 2,000 years agoGet your Compostela and escape the crowdsStay only in the best accommodation along the Way including two ParadoresDiscover the region of world-renown Albariño wine
what to expect on this tour?
Expect to have a wonderful time and to experience the best the Galician part of the Portuguese Way has to offer! We designed this tour around personal experiences of the Camino, client feedback and recommendations so your group can have the best experience possible along the Way. Take your time to travel by the stunning Galician Atlantic Coast, the Rivieras Baixas, the River Ulla, timeless villages and rediscover the pleasure of being in direct contact with nature.
Note: The stops, activities and distances detailed in the tour itinerary are subject to accommodation availability. Ask us for a final itinerary based on your dates and requirements! We will happily customize this itinerary by adapting the number of days and the distances to your specific interests and needs! Learn more about our Services here.
self-guided Tour with local emergency support
This tour does not normally include a guide so you will be walking at your own pace and making as much or little stops as you wish. The days have been shorten to ensure you are walking an average of 17 km a day. As everyone will be walking in the same direction, take this opportunity to meet new people or introspect during your time alone.
Most people leave early in the morning to avoid the heat and to be able to indulge during the afternoon in a siesta, make the most of the hotels facilities, visit the local town and have a drink in a local terrace. But this is your Camino, you decide how you want to live it!
Sleep in luxurious manors & Paradores
We take particular pride in the quality of our accommodation. To ensure your group only stays in the best accommodation along the Way, we regularly visit and rate all our providers.
On this tour, you will sleep in charming luxurious manors near the Camino & historical 4 to 5* hotels in town centers. They all provide a welcoming, authentic and unique experience with all the comfort and service you would expect from a hotel of those standards.
Everyday, as you change accommodation, you will find your suitcase, left with your hotel receptionist in the morning, will travel with you to the next accommodation and you will have different facilities to enjoy including for example swimming pools and spas (during summer and in selected locations). Most nights, you will be in the heart of a town and others you will enjoy the peace of the countryside. However, you will never be far away from the Camino and always in a area full of history.
Eat fresh, delicious & traditional meals
You have chosen a Gourmet tours, so, each night, we will bring you to the best restaurants near your hotel. Galicia is proud to have a few Michelin star restaurants (you should be trying Yaya Daporta) and is known all over Spain for the quality of our products and our cooks' skills. So, expect mouth-watering dinners made out with fresh, local ingredients. Local wine can be included at dinner on request.
Lunch is usually not included to allow your group to stop whenever they feel they need a break and enjoy quality time with the new friends they made along the Way.
We cater for vegetarians, vegans and any special dietary requirements or allergies. Just let us know beforehand so we can advise the chefs.
Add extra days or activities for an unforgettable adventure
Why not take advantage of the fact you are in the Iberian Peninsula to do some tourism and visit Lisbon, Oporto, Madrid, Barcelona or any Spanish city on your bucket list? The closest International airport to your Camino is Santiago de Compostela but we recommend flying into Vigo Airport (direct flights from Madrid) and you might want to fly into Porto to spend a few nights in Portugal and add extra nights during your Camino in Baiona to discover the region as well as in Vigo to visit the beautiful Cies Islands.
We can help you choose and book those extra nights before, during or after your tour and organize day tours around Galicia (The Cathedral Beach, Finisterre, La Riviera Sacra...), extra activities during the tour (wine-tasting, guided tours of the Cathedral de Santiago, daytour to the Cies Islands...). Check out our selection of Day Tours in Galicia and European Stop-Overs or let your imagination run wild and let us know let us know how you would like to make this tour unique.
portuguese spiritual waY DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
This 8 nights route brings you along the last 123 kilometers of the Camino Portugues - Portuguese Way Maritime / Spiritual Way into Santiago de Compostela.
DAY 1 - MAKING yOUR WAY TO Baiona
Make your way to the stunning Baiona by taking a private taxi, bus or train from Vigo (about 30 min drive) or a taxi from Porto (1h30 drive). You will be staying in one of our favourite Parador in Spain: a Medieval Fortress Parador on Monterreal peninsula in Baiona's Bay which was renovated into a stunning 4* hotel with impressive views onto the ocean,
On March 1, 1493, the Pinta, one of the ships from Columbus' voyage to discover the New World returned to Europe and arrived in Baiona, making the town's port the first to receive news of the discovery of America. A replica of the ship can be visited, and the event is celebrated every year. So, if time allows during the afternoon, go for a tour of the old town, visit the Pinta and relax by the ocean before watching the sunset onto the bay of Baiona and enjoying a gourmet dinner in your hotel.
DAY 2 - 21 km - WALK FROM Baiona TO Vigo
Today, you finally begin your journey on the Portuguese Way Coastal Way or Caminho da Costa in Portuguese. Leave behind Baiona, to follow the coast across the Rías Baixas through the beach-town of Nigrán and towards the city of Vigo. The region you will be walking until Cambados is world-famous for its Albariño white wine and delicious shellfish but the views are also breathtaking. You will walk along long white prestine beaches and admire, in the distance, the magnificent Illas Cíes, named the most beautiful beaches in the world, and the Bay of Vigo with its Natural Park.
After walking 21 km along the coast, you will be arrive and stay in an incredible 5* hotel right on the Camino (if available) about 5 km before the city center of Vigo (so you don't have to walk so much today). This luxurious Galician Manor offers gardens with sea views and direct access to Carril Beach but also one of the best spa in the region. We will treat you to a relaxing 90 min circuit before dinner in the hotel.
DAY 3 - 21 km - WALK FROM VIGO TO Redondela
In the morning, you will be walking the last 5 km into the old town of Vigo before joining the interior Portuguese Route for the next couple days. Vigo is Galicia's most important harbour and busiest city with over 300, 000 inhabitants. Vigo's old district covers an interesting area on the slopes above the marina including a number of beautiful plazas, a multitude of high quality restaurants serving the freshest of seafood (head in particular to the famous Oyster Street), and even the remains of an old Celtic fort town.
The entrance into and out of the old town, however, is less interesting and quite difficult as the city is built on a slope, so we would recommend taking a taxi from your hotel to the Old Town for a short visit and back up to where the Coastal Camino joins the interior route.
Once out of the city, you will pass what is considered one of the benches with the best views in the world (a 5 min detour uphill from the Camino but the views are similar during the walk) with stunning views onto Vigo, the Atlantic Islands, the peninsula of Morrazo and the Rande Bridge, once the longest suspension bridge in the world.
After a pleasant walk on a dirt path through woodlands, you will finally reach Redondela at the end of one of the famous Rías Baixas. If available, you will be staying in a unique Castle-like hotel, just after Redondela (transfers from the city center have been planned), built in 1750 and used as a military hospital during WWI with a wonderful garden (used for wedding photos) and impressive views onto the bay of Redondela.
day 4 - 18 km - Walk from Redondela to Pontevedra
Today, expect two sceneries: half the day will be walking uphill by the coast with stunning views over the bay and the second part will be downhill through peaceful oak forests. You will pass the infamous bridge of Ponte Sampaio, where during the War of Independence, Napoleon’s army suffered one of its greatest defeats and cross several quaint medieval villages.
You are heading for the Parador of Pontevedra, if available, in the old town of the Roman built city dedicated to the Virgen Peregrina (the Pilgrim Virgin). Once the residence of the counts of Maceda, this large palace in the heart of the historical center was completely renovated but keeps a noble charm.
In the afternoon, and before dinner in your hotel, take a walk through the well-preserved old quarter of Pontevedra, most of which has been pedestrianized, and visit Santa María la Mayor Basilica, a jewel of Gothic-Renaissance architecture, and La Virgen Peregrina Church, a chapel with a scallop-shaped floor plan and beautiful night lighting.
DAY 5 - 18 km - Walk from Pontevedra to O Busto - the spiritual detour
Today, you will follow the inland Portuguese Camino for an hour before reaching the separation point with the Spiritual Variant / the Maritime Way. This detour is relatively new, it has only been accepted by the Pilgrim Office in 2013, but has the oldest origins of all Caminos. During the next three days, you will be following the detour towards Vilanova de Arousa, where you will board a Catamaran and follow the final journey of the Apostle.
It is said that in the year 44, after his Martyrdom, the body of James the Apostle was transported on a stone vessel along the Arousa Estuary to get to the land of Galicia where he was meant to be burried. The boat is said to have gone from Jaffa to Galicia and upstream via Ulla river until reaching Iria Flavia (Padron) and later on Santiago de Compostela. This is the Initial Route of all the Caminos de Santiago.
On your journey today, you will pass the Monastery of San Juan de Poio and the beautiful town of Cambarro, famous for its Horreos (a typical granary on pillars). There will be one big climb and little signs of civilization on the last 5 km.
After arriving in O Busto (or earlier if you wish), a taxi will bring you to a tastefully renovated Galician Manor in Meaño, where you will stay for the night. This picturesque rural house offers a Albariño Bodega tour on demand (before 5pm), access to a swimming pool, a unique walk-in horreo, typical Galician granary and has owns of the best restaurants in the region.
DAY 6 - 15 km - Walk from O Busto to Pontearnelas - night Cambados
After a short drive back to O Busto, you will continue your journey inland towards the Rio Ulla. Start the morning with a visit of the Monastery of Armenteira, which belongs to the Cistercian order and was founded by the knight Ero de Armenteira in 1168 (they open at 10 am). Then, walk the relaxing "Ruta da Pedra e da Auga" (the route of rocks and water) along the Armenteira river. This section is probably one of our favourite of all the Camino as you follow a small river in woodlands during 6 km passing by over 30 medieval water mills built to grain flour.
At the famous bridge of Pontearnelas, a XVI century stone bridge linked to strange rituals of prenatal baptism, you will be picked up by the owner of a 15th century house and estate is located 200 meters from the historic centre of Cambados (if available otherwise you will stay at the Parador of Cambados). Cambados is considered to be the capital of Albariño, one of the best white wines of the world so again tonight we will experience an Albariño wine-tasting and visit the Pazo's private winery before dinner.
DAY 7 - 11 km - Walk from Pontearnelas to Vallagarcia de Arousa & 1h cruise
After breakfast, our host will drive you back to Pontearnelas and you will have 11 km left to walk before reaching the harbor of Vilanova de Arousa, where you will embark a catamaran for 15 nautical miles cruise.
Following the journey of the stone boat carrying the remains of the Apostle Saint James, you will be sailing a catamaran or water taxi (depending on the tide) towards Iria Flavia or Padron. Many miracles are said to have taken place during the crossing, so your guide to tell you about the many myths & legends of the region (including dragons, witches and terrifying soul-seeking processions).
We will be spending the night in the emblematic town of Padrón. Your hotel tonight (if available), an emblematic 16th-century building, was a former place of leisure of the bishops of Santiago de Compostela. It is in extensive forest and gardens in the center of the village of Dodro minutes from Padron's church and has an outdoor pool.
DAY 8 - 21 km - WALK FROM PADRÓN TO SANTIAGO!
This is it! Only 21 km separates you from your goal: the resting place of the Apostle Saint James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The Camino will bring you through charming villages and hamlets as well as the Baroque sanctuary of A Esclavitude. You will get to walk by the mysterious, abandoned ruins on the hill-fort of Castro Lupario, of the castle A Rocha Vella and the Chapel of San Martiño were one of the most ancient Cruceiros of Galicia stands.
About half-way to Santiago, stop in Pazo do Faramello, probably the most important and beautiful manor house in Galicia, for a guided tour of the gardens and a highly useful short-cut back onto the official way saving us a few kilometers. Then, finally, from the hills of Agro dos Monteiros, you will get our first glimpse of Santiago de Compostela and start walking into the city of the Apostle.
As you enter the town a couple routes are offered to you, we recommend following the River Sarela instead of entering through the new town. Soon enough after entering the Old Town, the Cathedral will present herself to you, beautiful and powerful. Enter the Cathedral now, if you wish, we recommend continuing to the Plaza del Obradoiro, the main Square of the Cathedral, where you will find the Portico de la Gloria and the most impressive view of the Cathedral. Simply stop here. Breath in and truly live this moment, do whatever feels right. We still have a few things to do today, after you check-in at your beautiful hotel with a stunning garden 200m away from the square - get your pilgrim certificate, attend Pilgrim Mass & marvel at the architecture of our beloved City.
day 9 - Start of your next adventure
A wise pilgrim once told us “the real Camino starts where the Camino de Santiago finishes but I will not be afraid because the Camino will always be there for me.”
Today, as we bring you to your departure airport, we hope it has brought you whatever you were looking for and wish to see you again soon on the Camino!
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