Portuguese Camino de Santiago Route

A fascinating route along the west Galician coastline to Santiago, surrounded by cliffs, mountains and rias with stops in Baiona and Pontevedra.

Day 1
Departure. Sunday.
Our pilgrimage towards the tomb of the apostle through the Camino de Santiago, World Heritage Site of the UNESCO and European Cultural Route of the Council of Europe, begins south of the Rías Baixas, in the historic village of Baiona, where the arrival of the La Pinta caravel on March 1st, 1493 brought the news of the Discovery of America. Protected from the sea by a beautiful bay, it is located in the Monterreal peninsula, where the Parador awaits you in the walled fortress. A paradise where you will savour fish and seafood dishes. From there, you will enjoy dreamy sunsets in which, in the distance, the Cíes Islands invite you to visit its cliffs, beaches and dunes, its seabed and its unspoilt roads. Within the walled enclosure you will find the Royal Yacht Club of Baiona, where you will have the chance to go sailing and enjoy nautical tourism. You can’t leave Baiona without going on a journey around the Monte do Boi and the Serra da Groba, from where the Rías Baixas look like a restrained and colourful watercolour painting, without watching the sunset in Cape Silleiro, without visiting the Virgen da Roca lookout or without strolling through its splendid old town and seafront promenade.
Day 2
Monday.
Crossing rias and estuaries -on your way you could pay a visit to Vigo to wander through the Casco Vello and have some oysters in the A Pedra market- you will arrive in Pontevedra, in whose elegant and carefully kept old town is the Renaissance palace that houses the Parador. The Santa María la Mayor Basilica, a gem of the Gothic architecture, and the Virgen Peregrina church, whose floor has the shape of a scallop, are worth a visit. The Pontevedra Museum divided in five noble seats should also be highlighted. A few kilometres away from the city, the Rías Baixas open up to the Atlantic Ocean. There you will enjoy some wonderful sunsets in places such as the La Toja island, urban beaches such as Silgar in Sanxenxo or huge golden sandbanks like A Lanzada. We would also recommend a visit to nearby villages such as El Crove and Combarro, with their picturesque centennial granaries. In the months of February and March, the Camelia Route crosses the various monasteries and pazos (Galician houses) of the area.
Day 3
Tuesday.
Santiago, your final destination, is a World Heritage City and offers the traveller one of the most luxurious and beautiful hotels of the Paradores network: the Parador de Santiago, known as the Hostal dos Reis Católicos. The city of the apostle will seduce you with its Obradoiro square and its stunning cathedral, the University square, its busy streets and markets, palaces and museum churches such as the one in the cathedral, the Pobo Galego or the Galician Centre for Contemporary Art. A must during your trip will be trying a piece of Santiago cake and Padrón peppers. And you can't miss the opportunity to taste the singular Galician wines.