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ATOL No. 11029

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Camino de Santiago

The Portuguese Coastal Way

9 nights

24 October 2019

Now probably the most famous pilgrimage in the world, with upwards of 1400 people completing it daily in the high season, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela is something that everyone should try at least once in their lifetime. Over 300,000 walked some or all of it in 2017. Astounding! There are many different routes, the most popular being the “French Way”, which snakes across the Pyrenees and then along the northern part of Spain. There are also the “English Way”, the “Primitivo”, the “Spanish Way” and the two “Caminos Portugues”. We plan to follow the route of the Portuguese Coastal Way.

 

We do not have hang-ups about why anyone wants to make this expedition. Come for religious or personal reasons, come for the scenery or the exercise, or just join us for the craic. You will meet people from all over the world, many of whom had never even heard of the “Camino” a year ago and some of whom have been walking for eight or more weeks. They come from all walks of life; students to retirees, business people to those out of work, fit and healthy to frail and poorly. They all have in common, to gain from the fellowship and the challenges along the way.

It’s a lot of walking but it’s also a lot of fun!

 

As a result of a number of requests, we have amended the itinerary, with a bit less daily walking, but over 9 days.

 

This is the itinerary

Thur, 24 October 2019

Fly with Ryanair – Flight FR 7072

Depart Dublin 3.45pm    Arrive Porto 6.10pm

Transfer by Metro from Airport to Porto for 2 nights stay, 3* hotel city centre (B&B)

 

Sat, 26 October 2019

Travel by train to Povoa de Varzim in the early morning.

Today’s walk will be along the coastal boardwalk to the Esposende area where we overnight with evening meal and breakfast. This is a simple walkof around 20km along the beach and is, therefore, quite flat but very nice. We will pass through a number of small towns and villages along the way, where we can take a break. You could even take a swim in the Atlantic!

Duration: Approximately 12 miles (20km) – 4-5 hours total walk plus stops.

 

Sun, 27 October 2019

We continue along the coastal boardwalk today in a similar vein to yesterday, passing a number of towns along the way, reaching Viana do Castelo in the afternoon for our overnight stay, again with evening meal and breakfast.

Duration: Approximately 14 miles (23km) – 4-5 hours total walk plus stops.

 

Mon, 28 Oct October 2019

Today’s walk takes us up towards the border and an overnight in Caminha

Duration: Approximately 14 miles (23km) – 4-5 hours total walk plus stops.

 

Tue, 29 October 2019

We take the early morning ferry from Caminha across the Minho River. We set off from A Pasaxe overland as far as A Guarda, from where we follow the now more undulating coastal road and path towards Baiona. Some of today’s walk will be close to or beside the highway, again passing some nice villages en-route. We will stop for the night at the lovely Talaso Atlantico Hotel, with its wonderful spa where you can enjoy a well-earned massage or a dip in the Thalassa pool. Overnight with evening meal and breakfast.

Duration: Approximately 16 miles (25km) – 5–6 hours total walk plus stops.

 

 

Wed, 30 October 2019

Today’s is an easy walk, just about 8 or 9km to Baiona. We will stop here for the night. Baiona is a charming town with a wonderful history and superb location. 

 

Thur, 31 October 2019

From here it is much more built up as we follow the coast, with stunning views of the Ria de Vigo and the Islas Cies. Tonight is a city stop in Vigo, again with evening meal and breakfast.

Duration: Approximately 16 miles (25km) – 5–6 hours total walk plus stops.

Fri, 01 November 2019

Today, we can have a lie in before we take the train to Santiago de Compostela. The journey time is around one hour. We check in to our hotel for the overnight, before setting off for a wander through the city.

 

Sat, 02 November 2019

This morning, for those who wish, there will be time to attend the Mass at the Church of St. James, before transferring in the very early afternoon to the airport and home.

Fly with Aer Lingus – Flight EI 743

Depart Santiago  3.00pm.   Arrive Dublin 4.10pm

 

Fares:

9-Night itinerary

£836 based on two sharing

£928 in single rooms (limited availability)

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Suggested Clothing and Baggage Transportation.

Most “pilgrims” carry their own luggage and therefore, whatever they carry, tends to be light. We suggest you concentrate on a good pair of walking boots with three or four changes of socks. Carry a pair of sandals or light trainers for the evenings. Then, everything else should be light, thin layers, all of which could be easily washed out in the evening and dry for the next day. “Smart” clothes are totally unnecessary and quite pointless, as you would stick out like a sore thumb. You should bring a small medical kit with plasters for blisters, some sanitation gel and any medication you usually carry. Regardless of the weather forecast, you should also bring a waterproof jacket or poncho and a hat.

We will be offering a baggage transportation from point to point, if you so desire, at an extra cost of £50pp for the entire journey. Just let us know if you wish to avail of it.

 

Hotels

We will be using a selection of hotels, usually three-star with some four-star.

 

Porto - 3* Porto City Hotel

Esposende - 3* Suave Mare Hotel

Viana do Castelo - 4* Axis Viana Business Hotel & Spa

Caminha - 4* Design and Wine Hotel

Mougas - 4* Talaso Hotel

Baiona - 3* Casa de Marques

Vigo - 3* Coia de Vigo

Santiago - 4* Virxe de Cerca

 

Flights and luggage

 

Thur, 24 October 2019

Fly with Ryanair – Flight FR 7072

Depart Dublin 3.45pm    Arrive Porto 6.10pm

 

Sat, 02 November 2019

Fly with Aer Lingus – Flight EI 743

Depart Santiago  3.00pm.   Arrive Dublin 4.10pm

 

 

Luggage allowance:

10kgs per person in one piece - hand luggage.

If you want to check in luggage, it is £80 extra for 15kgs