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ATOL No. 11029

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Camino de Santiago

The Portuguese Coastal Way

7 or 9 nights

24 or 26 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 walk 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, though, the desire to reach the destination and 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!

 

We are offering two options – a 7-night and a 9-night itinerary. We’ll start with the 9-night walk.

Our journey starts with a flight from Dublin to Porto, from where we take the metro to Povoa de Varzim, our overnight stop on the coast. (Note: If you want a few days in beautiful Porto, just ask). From Povoa, a lovely coastal town approximately 30-40 miles north of Porto, we join the Camino.

 

The 7-night walk means you fly out two days later, before catching us up in Caminha, where you overnight and commence your walk the next day..

 

Accommodation along the way is mostly in 3* hotels. It is based on two persons sharing but single rooms are available, of course, for those who require them. Each night will include a three-course, set menu evening meal – sometimes referred to as a Pilgrims Supper. This is usually high on content, high on carbs and generally of an excellent standard.

 

Full details of both trips will be updated regularly, as we fill in details of accommodation along the way, sights to look out for, etc. We did the “French Way” a couple of years ago and it was a super experience. I hope you will join us for the “Portuguese Way”.

9-Night Itinerary

Thur, 24 October 2019

Fly with Ryanair – Flight FR 7072

Depart Dublin 3.45pm    Arrive Porto 6.10pm

Transfer by minibus from Airport to Povoa de Varzim and overnight with evening meal.

 

Fri, 25 October 2019

Today’s walk will be along the coastal boardwalk to the Amorosa area where we overnight with evening meal and breakfast. Although this is quite a distance, it is a simple walk along the beach and is, therefore, quite flat but very nice. We will p[ass 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 20 miles (32km) – 6-7 hours total walk plus stops.

 

Sat, 26 October 2019

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

Duration: Approximately 20 miles (32km) – 6-7 hours total walk plus stops.

 

Sun, 27 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.

 

Mon, 28 October 2019

We set off early and, after about 7km make a stop for coffee and cake at the beautiful Parador in Baiona. (There is an option to overnight here instead of at the Talaso Atlantico on Sun, 27th October, if you wish – details below). 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.

 

Tues, 29 October 2019

It begins to get a bit hillier from here on but there’s nothing too serious. This is where we pick up the ancient inland camino, as we head towards tonight’s destination in the very old city of Pontevedra. If we leave early enough from Vigo, we should have the afternoon to relax and explore this lovely old town. Overnight with evening meal and breakfast.

Duration: Approximately 18 miles (28km) – 5–6 hours total walk plus stops.

 

Wed, 30 October 2019

Today we wander along ancient tracks and paths, through countryside not dissimilar to the west of Ireland, with stone walls and ploughed fields. Time seems to have stood still in some of the villages, some of which are crumbling from age and neglect. This is not the Spain of the Costas but a much more authentic and friendlier Spain, where Galician is spoken before Castillian. Sign language is very useful! We reach the small town of Caldas de Reis, where we overnight with evening meal and breakfast.

Duration: Approximately 19 miles (30km) – 5–6 hours total walk plus stops.

 

Thur, 31 October 2019

We can have a short lie-in this morning before we depart for Padron, famous for its fiery peppers, traversing similar terrain to yesterday. We will always be close to the main road, where there are plenty of cafes and bars to be found for lunch and snacks. We should reach Padron in the mid afternoon.

Duration: Approximately 12 miles (20km) – 3-4 hours total walk plus stops.

 

Friday, 01 November 2019

The end is in sight as we head towards our goal of Santiago. Today’s walk is again through undulating farmland and forestry, along ancient byways. Around lunchtime, or just afterwards, we should espy Santiago in the distance, about 6km away. Like most old ecclesiastical sites, it is on a hill and the walk up to the city seems to drag a bit. Don’t worry, though; you’re almost there and there are a few great ice-cream shops as you make your way up the hill and into the ancient city. We would hope to arrive in the city early afternoon, giving a bit of time to explore. We suggest you leave it until tomorrow morning early, avoiding the queues, to collect your “Compostela” for completing this part of the Camino. For those who wish, for whatever reason religious or otherwise, you may wish to attend the Pilgrim’s Mass in the cathedral. It is a very moving experience and the cathedral is packed to the rafters for every Mass. Overnight with evening meal and breakfast in Santiago.

Duration: Approximately 14 miles (24km) – 4-5 hours total walk plus stops.

 

Saturday, 02nd November 2019

This morning is free to relax, explore, visit the superb market, have a drink with new-found friends. We depart for the airport around 2.00pm for our flight home.

Fly with Aer Lingus – Flight EI 743

Depart Santiago  5.00pm.   Arrive Dublin 6.10pm

 

 

7 – Night Itinerary

Sat, 26 October 2019

Fly with Ryanair – Flight FR 7072

Depart Dublin 09.55am    Arrive Porto 12.20pm

Transfer by minibus from Airport to Porto and by train from there to Caminha. Meet with group who travelled out on Thursday and overnight with evening meal.

The remainder of the itinerary is exactly as per the 9-Night camino.

Fares:

9-Night itinerary

£740 based on two sharing

£870 in single rooms (limited availability)

 

7-Night itinerary

£665 based on two sharing

£780 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. One night may be in a two-star accommodation, as that is the best available. (Don’t forget, for most people this is a pilgrimage and accommodation is not a material factor in their plans). We also plan at least one, probably two nights in superior or four-star hotels, so you can enjoy a bit of “luxury”. Everyone should enjoy the Talaso Atlantico, with its lovely setting and its excellent spa.

We will give more exact details of the hotels, when we see how many people are planning to join us.

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