Camino Portugues

Camino Arrow119 km – 6 stages

Camino Portugues

The second most popular route to Santiago de Compostela and the one with the least climbing involved. A totally different experience than the last 100k of the Camino Francés: there are enough days where you can walk in all peace and quietness.

In the tab ‘Stages’ you will find the stages as shared on the Eroski site. We found them to be very accurate on the lengths. They also have very complete and nicely written narratives on each part, however, the narratives are in Spanish. If you want to read (also very nice) descriptions of each part in English you can use the interactive map above from elcaminosantiago.com. Just click on the symbol in the upper right corner: open map symbol. It will open up the interactive map in Google Maps and you’ll be able to zoom in and click on any way mark. This will open up a small window where you can read the narratives created by elcaminosantiago.com. Great resource!

If daily stages of more than 15/20 km are simply not your cup of tea, just look at the itinerary in each stage and choose your daily endpoints. You can use the name of those locations to search for a place to stay (see tab ‘Where to stay’). In addition, please remember: most people do not walk any of the caminos in one ‘holiday’. They simply take one or a couple of stages each time they have some time off. Take it easy – not everyone needs to walk 800 km to discover their true self…

In the tab ‘Where to start’ you will find information on the most common (and less common) places to start, including some information on how to get there.

Stage 1 Tui – O Porriño

18,7 km – 4 albergues

Km 0: Puente Internacional (from Valença to Tui crossing the river Miño)

Km 2,1: Tui (All services) Book your accommodation in Tui here.

Km 3,2: San Bartolomé de Rebordans

Km 5,3: Virxe do Camiño

Km 8: A Magdalena (Bar, Vending)

Km 10,9: Orbenlle (Bars)

To avoid the rather dull crossing of the industrial area an alternative itinerary has been created in 2013. It starts in the area of Orbenlle, 300 meters after kilometer marker 106.048 to Santiago. Entrance to the path is at the left. Follow the river and do not cross the river, even if you see some yellow arrows – they have just been put there to misguide you. If you see yellow arrows painted over with black paint, that’s an evil attempt to misguide you. A local bar (which is however an excellent stop if you need water or go the bathroom) has been vandalizing the official way marks. The only time I would chose to follow the wrong path straight on, is if you are in urgent need of water. If you are confused as to which arrows to follow it’s simple: the ones marked with the additional letters ‘AGACS’ in yellow. AGACS stands for Galician Association of the Friends of the Camino of Santiago.

The two critical points to pay attention to are:

  1. The starting point in Orbenlle. You turn left instead of carrying straight on, even if the arrows have been blacked-out. You enter a woodland of natural trees.
  2. The entry to the way of the River Louro, close to O Porriño. To access this magical pathway you must turn left immediately after passing the tunnel under the A-55 motorway. Again, the right arrows can be blacked-out by malignant business owners. You can recognize this spot easily: the wrong arrows will guide you to cross a small pedestrian bridge. Don’t cross it, turn left just before that small bridge!

The itinerary leads you directly to the albergue of O Porriño.

Km 18,7: O Porriño (All services) Book your accommodation in O Porriño here.

Camino Portugues Stage 1

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Stage 2 OPorriño – Redondela

15,2 km – 5 albergues

Km 0: O Porriño (All services)

Km 1,5: Ameiro Longo

Km 5,5: Mos (Albergue, Bar, Shop)

Km 8,5: Capilla de Santiaguiño de Antas (Bar)

Km 13,8: O Muro (Bar)

Km 15,2: Redondela (All services) Book your accommodation in Redondela here.

Camino Portugues Stage 2

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Stage 3 Redondela – Pontevedra

18,2 km – 3 albergues

Km 0: Redondela (All services)

Km 3,1: Cesantes. N-550 (Albergue, Bar)

Km 6,3: Arcade (Bars, Inns, Shops, Health center, Pharmacy, ATM, 2 albergues, both nice: Albergue O Lar de Pepa, more traditional and with a very friendly hospitalero who takes care of his mom, and the more modern albergue next to the hotel just as you enter Arcade). You can find O Lar de Pepa just 50 meters after this modern albergue which is closed until the afternoon.

Km 8: Ponte Sampaio (Bar and shop near the church)

Pay attention to the signs. A few kilometers before Pontevedra there is an alternative route that is a beautiful walk through a small forest, along the river. A great alternative for the traditional way into Pontevedra, which is along a busy road with no shadow. You will know when you are approaching the end of this alternative trail when you see traffic passing by over a bridge, just in front of you (look up). That’s the point where you need to turn right, instead of continuing straight on. Continuing straight on will take you also to the same spot, but you’ll pass a gipsy camp under the bridge, which can be a little unpleasant.

Km 18,2: Pontevedra (All services) Book your accommodation in Pontevedra here.

Camino Portugues Stage 3

Once arrived at Pontevedra, you have 2 options: continue on the traditional Portugues Way (read on) or take the Spiritual Variant (Variante Espiritual).

To check-out the Spiritual Variant, please take a look at the Variante Espiritual Tab.

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Stage 4 Pontevedra – Caldas de Reis

23 km – 5 albergues

Km 0: Pontevedra (All services)

Km 10,3: San Amaro (Bar, Albergue of Barro a bit further down the way)

Km 12,9: Valbón (Bar)

Km 16,6: La Seca (Bar-Shop, A couple of 100 meter down the way you’ll find a picnic area besides the river Barosa with a bar and swimming area)

Km 18: Briallos (Albergue, Shop)

Km 20,8: Tivo (Albergue, Bar-restaurant)

Km 23: Caldas de Reis (All services) Book your accommodation in Caldas de Reis here.

Camino Portugues Stage 4

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Stage 5 Caldas de Reis – Padrón

18,5 km – 6 albergues

Km 0: Caldas de Reis (All services)

Km 5,5: Santa Mariña de Carracedo (next to road N-550: Bars, Bakery, Pharmacy)

Km 9,3: O Pino (Albergue, Bar)

Km 11,7: San Miguel de Valga (Bar-Shop)

Km 15,3: Infesta-Pontecesures (Albergue, Bar)

Km 16: Albergue de Peregrinos de Herbón indicated

Km 16,3: Pontecesures (All services)

Km 18,5: Padrón (All services) Book your accommodation in Padrón here.

Camino Portugues Stage 5

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Stage 6 Padrón – Santiago de Compostela

25,2 km – 17 albergues

Km 0: Padrón (All services)

Km 1,2: Iria Flavia

Km 6: A Esclavitude (Bars, Shop)

Km 9,2: A Picaraña (Bars)

Km 10,1: Faramello (Private and municipal albergue, Bars)

Km 11,3: Rúa de Francos (Bar-restaurant)

Km 17,3: O Milladoiro (All services)

Km 25,2: Catedral-Santiago de Compostela (All services) Book your accommodation in Santiago de Compostela here.

Camino Portugues Stage 6

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Stage 1 Pontevedra - Armenteira

21 km – 3 albergues

Km 0: Pontevedra (All services)

Km 8: Poio (All services)

Km 11: Combarro (All services)

If it is a warm day, the advice is to split this stage in two, since the climb to Armenteira starts in Combarro and will coincide with the warm hours of the afternoon.

Staying the night in Combarro is a treat. This old town has a beach and some marvelous horreos along a fabulous beach walk. Hotel Xeito is well-situated and offers very economic rooms.

You can check-out Hotel Xeito and other accommodation in Combarro here.

In the cool morning hours you can start your climb to Armenteira. The first 3 km are the heaviest in terms of elevation. The rest takes you slowly but surely to the wonderful top where you can find the Municipal Albergue run by Carmen, the fabulous Monastery of Armenteira where the nuns will take care of you. For a true -soon coming up- pilgrim oasis, read on.

Km 21: Armenteira (Albergue, Monastery hostal, Private home).

Private home with big garden en pool with pick-up and drop-off service  – a true pilgrim oasis!

Pilgrim Oasis on the Variante Espiritual

Casa Román: Valboa 25, A Armenteira, 36192 MEIS – PONTEVEDRA
e-mail: [email protected] / Tel: +34 644 98 47 91  / +34 649 06 92 41
Reservation appreciated

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Stage 2 Armenteira - Vilanova de Arousa

24 km – 1 albergue

Km 0: Armenteira (Albergue, Monastery hostel, Private home)

From Armenteira to Ponte Arnelas you will enjoy walking the beautiful route called ‘La Ruta de la Piedra y del Agua’. It’s nice and shady and you will see some old mills along the river.

Here are 2 short videos that will make you decide to take the Variante Espiritual if you haven’t already ;-)

Km 12: Ribadumia (hotel)

Km 24: Vilanova de Arousa (All services and the best hospitalero in the Municipal Albergue you will ever find: Emilio – a true Pilgrim Angel!)

Best restaurant: Taberna do Cabo (but Emilio will tell you everything about that and …everything basically :-).

Looking for other accommodation types? Check them out here.

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Stage 3 Vilanova de Arousa - Pontecesures

28 km – for albergues at the end of this stage, continue the Camino to Padrón (~1,8 km). Continue ton Tab ‘Stages’ for the rest of the Camino Portugues.

Km 0: Vilanova de Arousa (All services, great Municipal Albergue). Best restaurant: Taberna do Cabo (but Emilio will tell you everything about that and …everything basically :-).

There are two options here: either you walk to Pontecesures, which is 28 km of low difficulty, or you opt to experience The Translatio…WOW!

Between Vilanova de Arousa and Pontecesures a boat will carry you. This boat takes the original route that was used by Theodoro and Athanasio, the disciples of Saint James, when they transported his remains to Galicia.

The boat crosses the Arousa estuary and the river Ulla up-streams, remembering the journey made by the remains of Saint James, called the Translatio.

The boat trip takes approximately 1 hour and costs 19 Euros. Tickets can be reserved at the Albergue Municipal of Vilanova (Emilio). The Albergue is located in the local Sports/Athletics Complex, but you won’t miss it: just follow the Camino ;-).

During the ride a guide (Spanish and English) will enjoy you with the history of the mussel farming in the waters of the estuary.
One of the special things about this boat trip is that you will be traveling along the only maritime Via Crucis in the world where 17 centennial cruceros can be admired – These cruceros give testimony of this path being the origin of all Caminos.

In Pontecesures, a small town just before Padrón, the Variante Espiritual merges once again with the Camino Portugues.

You can continue reading at the last stage of the Camino de Santiago on the tab ‘Stages’.

Buen Camino and Buen Translatio!

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Booking.com

OUR PRIMARY SOURCE: BOOKING.COM

We always use booking.com. There are good things and less good things to say about this site, but the downsides are related to their very broad customer population (you get a lot of hostels in the results that are no way within walking distance. You can apply some filtering based on amount of km from the city center however.

There is one big advantage for us: the map on their site. Once you entered the name of the village (or nearest bigger city) and hit search you’ll get an overview of (lots of!) places to stay. If you scroll a bit down, you’ll see a little map. Click on it, and it will open up a bigger and interactive map with all the locations. Just look near where you are (don’t forget to zoom in to see more locations!), review the info, chose a place to stay and the best part: book it online and you’ll be sure to have a place to stay that night.

We didn’t book ahead (only when we were nearing Santiago as it was getting very busy in all albergues so we knew the hostels would get full soon too). However, it was nice to pull up the app of booking.com during breakfast and estimating where we would end up that day and to have some alternative plan B in case our first choice were to be fully booked.

They also have a filter you can apply to search for e.g. only inns, or… rural houses.We like to get comfortable once in a while…

Here’s an impression of their map for a search on ‘Arzúa’.Booking.com results for Arzúa on the French Way

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Google Maps

Occasionally, booking.com will not have many hostels near you because there are of course lots of small hostels that are not yet on booking.com. This seems to be the case with the example location we chose: Arzúa.

In this situation, we visit googlemaps.com, type a search for ‘hostels in [name of location]’ – Google will suggest immediately a ‘hostels near xxx’. Hit search and you’ll get the results.

Here’s an impression of their map for a search on ‘Arzúa’:

GoogleMaps results for Arzúa on the French Way

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Turgalicia

Once you are in Galicia, the best way to find places to stay is turgalicia.es (English version).

They are the official tourist information site by the local government (Junta de Galicia, in Gallego ‘Xunta de Galicia’). Obviously, it’s their duty to provide this information and being listed on that site is important and free for hostel owners.

This is how their site looks. In the right menu bar you should click ‘Municipalities’ and check the ones you need to search: for the Camino Francés that might be Lugo or La Coruña, where that route runs through. Once checked off the boxes, hit ‘accept’ in the municipality window and search in the same right menu.

use of turgalicia english site

Once you get the results page, hit the button ‘Map’ in the left upper corner menu.

Here’s an impression on their map search for places to stay in Arzúa – it not only gives an additional 10+ places to stay (you will need to zoom in) but it also indicates very well what type of lodging it is (rural houses are the nice green ones) and in the menu above the map you will find many more interesting things (things to see, things to do, etc). Needless to say you can click on each hit and get more information about the hostel.

Turgalicia results for Arzúa on the French Way

This is as far as we want to go with lists of albergues. If you really want a list to print-out, we can recommend you to visit the site of Eroski consumer, they also have pdf’s available, although like I said, the complete narratives are in Spanish. Here’s the direct link to the albergues.

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To get to Tui, the most popular Galician starting point on the Camino Portugues you can consult these pages on the Eroski site.

Instead of starting in Tui, there is the Coastal alternative, for even more peace until Redondela, and… a nice touch of ‘beach’ on Your Way. You can read about this alternative in our blog (it was Camino Comfort’s first trip!). On the map above, just follow the fish. Vigo has a lot of churches where you can get additional stamps.

The easiest way to travel by public transport to the coastal route is to get to Vigo and then take a bus to wherever you want to start along the coast (Baiona is a great start that will earn you the Compostela)

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