The Portuguese Way along the Coast was recognized as an official Jacobean route relatively recently. In this modality we present you the itinerary of this route that runs through Galician lands. The Portuguese Way from A Guarda to Santiago de Compostela. In general, this section is accessible and easy to walk, as there are no major unevennesses. From a landscape point of view, this route is an option that is increasingly valued by pilgrims, due to the incredible coastal spaces of cliffs, beaches, mountains, forests and estuaries, of which it consists. In this experience you will be able to discover the wildest and most virgin side of the southern Galician coast.

Arrival in A Guarda

You will start your journey in the border town of A Guarda, where you will have a wide and varied cultural and gastronomic offer. A must see is the Castro de Santa Tegra, one of the best kept treasures of Galicia. Visiting it means taking a trip to the past to get to know the castrexa culture of the northwest of the peninsula. Its strategic location between the mouth of the Miño and the Atlantic Ocean will give you spectacular views of the Galician and Portuguese coast and the Miño estuary.

From the town of A Guarda will begin the Portuguese Way

A Guarda – Oia

Dificultad BajaTiempo estimado 4hDistancia15 Km

You will go to Oia following the coast line, with the Atlantic always open to your left. The stretch is flat and not very complicated, but still has some steep sections where you must be extremely careful. The effort of the walk will be rewarded along the whole route thanks to the pleasant sea breeze that will push your steps, and to the impressive views of this rocky coast.

Once you arrive to Oia, you will be able to rest and discover a medieval jewel of the 12th century, the Cistercian monastery of Santa Maria de Oia, which has a medieval church of baroque style.

Oia – Baiona

Dificultad BajaTiempo estimado 4hDistancia14 Km

Difficulty remains low, we will continue our journey along the Atlantic coast enjoying amazing cliffs until we reach the Lighthouse of Cabo Silleiro. From there we should turn right and continue through the mountains of Baredo. After a small climb we will arrive at the Castle of Monte Real, the last part of the stage before reaching Baiona.

Baiona – Vigo

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 5h 30’Distancia23 Km

Difficulty increases both for the irregularities and for the distance to be covered. We will continue along the coast from Baiona to Nigrán and then to the city of Vigo. The path begints in “Ría de Vigo”, we will have the chance to see Cíes Islands from the distance enjoying a wonderful landscape.  Other highligths of the stage are O Pombal fountain and the two bridges located over river Groba in Ramallosa. We will continue along the coast to Nigrán until reaching our destination, Vigo.

Vigo – Arcade

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 4h 30’Distancia18 Km

In this stage, the Way begins in the city of Vigo and continues parallel to the coast until it reaches Redondela, where it links up with the Portuguese Way inland. The most spectacular part of this route is the view of the Vigo estuary, where you can see the Cíes Islands, the Morrazo peninsula, the Rande Bridge, which was once the longest suspension bridge in the world, and finally, the San Simón cove, with its beaches, wetlands and islands.

At the end of your stage, Arcade, you will have all the services for pilgrims and you will be able to taste their well-known oysters in any of the restaurants of the village.

Cesantes – Pontevedra

Dificultad LowTiempo estimado 4hDistancia16 Km

We start from Cesantes, from there we will walk a few kilometers along an irregular path to arrive in Arcade. We will cross a medieval bridge located over the Verdugo river. The last kilometers will take us up to Vilaboa and through the typical galician forest we will finally reach Pontevedra.

Pontevedra – Caldas de Reis

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 4h 30′Distancia21 Km

From Pontevedra, we will cross the city center to start the stage. We will leave the city by crossing the bridge of Burgo. During the path we will enjoy landscapes fulls of vineyards,  typical of the area. The predominant landscape in the last kilometers will be the most rural area of Galicia. We must be very careful because, even if the road is perfectly marked, it is possible that we can deviate and disorient a little. Before getting to Caldas de Reis you will pass through the village of Tivo with its famous fountain and cruceiro (cross) of the seventeenth century.

Caldas de Reis – Padrón

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 4hDistancia17 Km

One of the shortest stages, a well deserved break before to reach the end of our journey. Starting from Caldas de Reis, we cross the river Umia and find the thermal waters that gave the town its name since Roman times. From there we will start a descent until the arrival at Padrón.

Padrón – Santiago de Compostela

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 5hDistancia24 Km

The last and the most exciting of the stages, after 6 hard days walking we will finally arrive to our goal, Santiago de Compostela.

The shortest stage but one of the most exciting. We highly recommend to start walking early in order to arrive to Santiago as soon as possible to enjoy the rest of the day in the city.

Monte Do Gozo its a strategic point, located just 4 km from the Cathedral. Once there we will observe in the distance the towers of the long-awaited Cathedral of Santiago and we will feel a great personal satisfaction. We must let ourselves be guided downhill, the end of our Camino is near. We will arrive at Obradoiro Square, where the Cathedral is located.

We’re here! Find out more about Santiago de Compostela in this post!

Santiago de Compostela

Dificultad MediumTiempo estimado 4hDistancia17 Km

Mission completed. After sealing our credential at every stage and collecting our Compostela, we deserve this great reward. A good opportunity to get to know the city, enjoy its culture, people and gastronomy, after all the effort invested you’ve earned it.

You did it! Congratulations pilgrims!


  • 7 days/6 nights in the chosen accommodation
  • Backpack transfer service (1 package – máx. 20 kg.)
  • Credencial (Pilgrim’s passport)
  • Telephone assistance service 24/7
  • Travel assistance insurance
  • Single room supplement: 180 €/pax
  • Extra night in Santiago: 70€ double room / 55€ single room
  • Breakfast: 65 €/pax
  • Half Board: 195 €/pax


  • 480 € pax in double room


For this itinerary we offer accommodation in double private rooms in hotels, hostels or rural accommodation.

Hostales y/o pensionesHostels, hotels and rural accommodation 480 €

* All accommodations are of the best quality, carefully selected after years of experience and approved by our customers.


Accommodation in double private rooms in hotels, hostels or rural accommodation

The perfect choice if you want to experience the Camino 100%. The hostels are the perfect accommodation to meet other pilgrims. They have mixed rooms organized in bunk beds, bathrooms separated by sexes, equipped kitchens, laundry and common areas where you can relax and rest. It is the most authentic option to enjoy the Portuguese Way from A Guarda.

* For individual bookings, it is necessary to pay a supplement. 

Accommodation in double private rooms in hotels, hostels or rural accommodation

We have selected for you the best accommodations available on this route. We combine the rest in small and cozy pensions with superior quality hotels to ensure you the best experience in your Camino de Santiago. A plus of comfort for the Portuguese Way from A Guarda.

* For individual bookings, it is necessary to pay a supplement.