Vigo to Redondela – 15.7km (3h30)
Vigo can be crossed by following the Lagares River path or going through the Coia neighbourhood. The route leaves the city through the Teis neighbourhood and continues on Redondela, where this coastal variant meets up with the inland route.
From Paseo de Alfonso XII, continue down to San Francisco and the O Berbés neighbourhood. The nearby area of A Pedra is known for its restaurants and oysters from the ria.
On Rosalía de Castro Street, it is possible to travel back to Roman Vigo. The Salinae archaeological site displays the remains of a one-of-a-kind saltworks. Along with this underground museum, Vigo’s Roman archaeological remains can be found at Toralla Roman Villa, the Museo do Mar de Galicia (Galician Museum of the Sea) and the Castro Fortress.
We leave Vigo through the Teis neighbourhood.The route continues through Paradela, Parada and Trasmañó. It then passes Rande and Portela before reaching Redondela, where it meets up with the inland Portuguese Route.
Among Redondela’s most noteworthy sights are the railway viaducts built during the 1870s. There is also Santiago Church, consecrated by Archbishop Gelmírez in 1114. Every May, the town celebrates its Festa do Choco (Cuttlefish Festival).
Redondela to Pontevedra – 19km (5h00)
This is a rather short stage of the Camino Portugues and more urban in nature. There is no need to worry about the lack of facilities in this stage.
Although the stage is quite short, you will have facilities in Cesantes and in Arcade. Right after Arcade, you will pass a magnificent Romanesque bridge that will lead you to Pontesampaio (or Puente Sampayo). It is here where a decisive battle for Spain’s independence was held against Napoleon’s troops in 1809 which ended the five month French occupation.
Pontevedra is the final destination for today’s stage and this major Galician city is worth exploring. The Capela da Virxe Peregrina is a rounded church that is a must stop for pilgrims. It is located in Praza de Peregrina (Square of Pilgrims) on the camino. Although it looks circular, its ground plan is in the form of a scallop shell.
The Basílica de Santa María la Mayor is another church from the 16th century that is worth visiting.
Accommodation: Hotel Avenida in Pontevedra
From Pontevedra to Caldas De Rei – 21km (5h15)
This stage of the Camino Portugues is very manageable and not very long; it can be done in five hours.
There are less bars and facilities today than in the previous days, thus stocking up is important.
You should take a 700 meter detour between Portela and Briallos to visit the waterfalls in the Parque Natural Ría Barosa, settled among restored mills.
Today you will pass through the villages of Alba, A Portela and Briallos. In Alba the church of Santa Maria de Alba is beautiful, in A Portela you can find the church of San Mamede and in Briallos, a village of 400 people where there is an albergue.
Caldas de Reis is the most interesting place you will pass today. This town is well known for its hot springs and it sits at the confluence of Bermaña and Umia rivers. The O Muiño tavern opened since 1947 is well worth visiting here as well.
Some pilgrims who want to finish the Camino Portugues may decide to extend their journey today until San Miguel de Valga and from there the next day head directly to Santiago de Compostela, thus saving a day.
Accommodation: Hotel Sena in Caldas de Reis.
Caldas De Rei to Padron – 25km (6h15)
This is another short and easy stage that can be finished in less than five hours. Today, the camino still follows mostly the axis of the N-550 road. It is a very beautiful stage overall.
Pilgrims who want to take part in the mass held at the Cathedral in Santiago at noon have to extend their journey today until O Faramello.
There are plenty of facilities today, you will not walk more than 5 kilometers without encountering a bar at least. The first one can be found in O Cruceiro. At this stage you will leave the province of Pontevedra and enter the province of A Coruna when crossing the bridge over the Ulla River in Pontecesures.
The most interesting stop for today will be in Padrón. This town with over 8,000 inhabitants is the place where the famous Padrón peppers originate. Even today, these peppers are cultivated in this area in large numbers, yearly 15 tons are produced here.
The church of Santiago de Padron is also a very important stop for pilgrims. Inside the church, under the altar, we can find the Pedrón, a granite block that was tied to the boat that carried apostle St James. The Accommodation: Hotel Scala in Padrón
Padron to Santiago de Compostela – 20km (5h00)
This stage is a less spectacular one as plenty of times we will walk on asphalt and in urban areas. On the upside, there will be plenty of facilities and bars along the road.
The first interesting village of today is Iria Flavia. This was an important Celtic settlement and later the Romans gave it municipal rank as a Roman road passed through it. The Collegiate Church of Iria Flavia was built between the 12th and the 17th century over an old church that dates back to the 1st century. This was the first cathedral in Galicia.
Just past the Ponte Vella on the Sar River there are two options to enter Santiago; the first one is to go straight on the asphalt road, and the second one is to take a dirt road on the right. The latter option passesthe monastery of Santa Maria de Conxo (baroque seventeenth century with Romanesque
cloister), and is 1.4 km longer but is quieter and more interesting.
Accommodation: Hotel Bonaval Bonaval, 2
Once in front of the Cathedral and in case you want to walk to the Hotel, just follow the small road downhill between the Parador and Cathedral. Continue straight ahead until you arrive on a small square. Here turn to the left and then again to the right following “Rua das Casas Reais” until you arrive on another small square ( Puerta del camino). Here you will see almost in front of you a small park. Now please cross the Street and follow the Street on the left side of the Park. Right after the Park turn to the right and follow that Street for another 150 Meters. You will find your accommodation on the right.
Day at leisure to explore Santiago de Compostela.