Are you one of those who can’t imagine a holiday without the sea? So don’t think twice and start preparing your luggage to do the Portuguese Way along the coast from A Guarda.

You will start your pilgrimage in A Guarda, a small village overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by the mouth of the Miño river and the Monte Santa Tegra. Here you will find the most important archaeological site in the northwest of the peninsula, a must for all walkers.

The sea will be the real protagonist of your adventure. You will walk parallel to a rugged and rugged coastline; finding beautiful fishing villages that, in addition to its scenic beauty, have an important historical and monumental value for its monasteries and fortresses.

In spite of its undeniable beauty, this is an uncrowded Jacobean route, perfect for a few days of disconnection and tranquillity. And unlike other equally lonely paths, you will find a wide variety of services, bars and restaurants where pilgrims and locals join together toasting with exquisite wines and delicious fish and seafood dishes.


Travel Itinerary

If there is something even better than doing the Portuguese Way, it is doing the Portuguese Way along the coast! If you are a sea lover, we have no doubt, you have chosen the perfect way. If you start your journey in A Guarda and you have time, we recommend that you take a ferry ride to neighbouring Caminha, as well as visiting A Guarda. It is a luxury to be able to sail along the majestic mouth of the Miño river. There are three things you can’t miss in the fishing village of Guardesa: climbing the Santa Tecla hill and visiting the spectacular castro, strolling around the port appreciating its typical seafaring architecture, and tasting a good fish or seafood dish.

Today is your first day as a pilgrim with an exciting journey. You will head towards Oia following the coastline, with the Atlantic always open to your left. The route is flat and not very complicated, but even so there are some steep sections where you will have to be extremely careful. The effort of the hike will be rewarded along the way thanks to the pleasant sea breeze that will push your steps, and the breathtaking views of this rocky coastline.

Oia is the classic small town with a deep-rooted and lively seafaring tradition. It preserves a beautiful historic centre, with typical buildings and emblazoned houses, in a perfect state of preservation. If you are lucky and there is low tide, you will be able to see the gamboa, an ancient construction that the monks of the imposing monastery of Santa Maria used for fishing.

You will say goodbye to the fishing village of Oia walking at the foot of the cliffs that border the lighthouse of Cabo Silleiro, the main point of orientation of the ships that sail the waters in this area. After stopping to contemplate the landscape and the immensity of the ocean, you will ascend along the royal path to Baiona; a town that maintains all the splendour of its historical past and which was the first port in Europe to receive the news of the discovery of America, with the arrival of the caravel La Pinta in its waters.

Baiona is a magical and perfect place to make a stop on the way, as well as being one of the most beautiful coastal towns of Galicia, has emblematic monuments such as the Fortress of Monterreal, the replica of the Caravela Pinta or the Virgin of the Rock, not to mention its beaches, located just steps from the route of the road make a dip is irresistible for pilgrims.

This stage will show you beautiful examples of popular architecture and historic pazos and cruceiros, such as Mallón and Pereiro. You will also enjoy incredible beaches of fine white sand, with good weather almost all year round. The route continues towards Vigo along the well-known “Camiño do Souto” and “Camiño da Rosiña” until it reaches Nigrán. Then, the regional road will guide you all along the route until you reach Vigo, the largest city in Galicia, a dynamic and industrial city with a large fishing port surrounded by huge beaches and beautiful landscapes.

Vigo is a very dynamic city, where you can’t miss a stroll through the old town and its main streets such as Príncipe. We recommend you to go to the oyster street to enjoy the biggest gastronomic attraction of the city accompanied by a glass of Albariño from the Rías Baixas. If you have enough strength left over, you can also take a walk along Samil beach and climb O Castro mountain, the birthplace of the city.

If you are travelling leisurely, Vigo is the perfect city to add an extra night to your Portuguese Way along the coast and make a day trip to the fantastic Cíes Islands, an unspoilt paradise of white sand that is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in Galicia.

You will leave Vigo parallel to the coast until you reach Redondela, where it joins the inland Portuguese Way. The most spectacular part of this route are the views of the Vigo estuary, where you can contemplate the Cíes Islands, the Morrazo peninsula, the Rande Bridge, which was once the longest suspension bridge in the world, and finally, the San Simón inlet, 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 its renowned oysters in any of the restaurants of the village.

You will leave Arcade behind and start the stage crossing one of the most important bridges in Galicia in terms of history, Ponte Sampaio. It is a colossal stone bridge that spans the river Verdugo and where, during the War of Independence, a battle was fought that led to the withdrawal of French troops in Galicia. After crossing the bridge you will wander among villages, pazos, hórreos and cruceiros until you reach the Brea Vella da Canicouva, an evocative path of large slabs along which the Roman road XIX used to pass.

Pontevedra is for many people one of the most beautiful cities in Galicia, and no wonder. A stroll through its cobbled streets and squares will be enough to realize the special charm it hides. After Santiago de Compostela, Pontevedra is the place of the Portuguese Way along the coast with more heritage elements. You can visit, among other things, the Ruins of Santo Domingo in the Provincial Museum of Pontevedra, the Royal Basilica of Santa María la Mayor, and the symbol of the city: the church of La Peregrina.

After crossing the river Lérez the Camino leaves Pontevedra and will take you to the Marismas de Alba observatory, a large wetland of 80 hectares that is home to hundreds of plant species and 123 species of birds. The route runs along roads where there are many crossroads and level crossings, so you should take extreme caution. Once you get to Briallos, we recommend you take a detour of half a kilometre to visit the Cascadas del Barosa, a natural site of extraordinary beauty, with a beautiful sixty-metre waterfall and fourteen mills arranged along the waterfalls.

At the end of your stage, Caldas de Reis, the water is still the protagonist as it is one of the most important thermal villages in Galicia, and we present the perfect plan to enjoy a pleasant afternoon: After a short walk through the botanical garden, sit on one of its terraces and enjoy the tranquility listening to the murmur of the river.

After saying goodbye to the thermal village of Caldas, you will enter the valley of Bermaña following the route through its forests of centenary trees, oak groves, cornfields and cruceiros. After a gentle ascent you will reach Santa Mariña de Carracedo, a village with a church, a rectory and a granary. The road continues towards Padrón passing through deep forests with water mills and leaving behind small villages until Pontecesures. After crossing the bridge of Roman origin a few kilometres away you will find the end of the stage, Padrón,

Today’s plan is about literature. On this day we introduce you to Rosalía de Castro, one of the most illustrious Galician women in history. In his House-Museum in Padrón, you will be able to know everything about his life and work.

Besides, Padrón is a famous town for more reasons. Related to pilgrimages, it is a mythical place because legend has it that it was there that the boat carrying the remains of the apostle St. James landed. You can visit the famous Pedrón that was used to moor the boat in the church of Santiago in the village. And how could it be otherwise, no one can leave without tasting its famous peppers.

Last day of the pilgrim experience! As we always say the ideal is to get up early to make the most of the day in Santiago de Compostela. Today’s stage will pass super fast between nerves and excitement of the imminent arrival. The jewel of this stage is the beautiful collegiate church of Iria Flavia, which was the first cathedral in Galicia and in whose cemetery, under an olive tree, you will find the humble tomb of the famous writer Camilo José Cela. The route continues through the towns of Teo and Ames until you reach the Plaza del Obradoiro. Undoubtedly the most emotional moment of your entire Portuguese Way along the coast.

You are in Santiago! Feel happy and proud to have completed your Portuguese Way along the coast from A Guarda. Now we just need to pick up the Compostela certificate and enjoy an incredible day getting to know the Galician capital.

Congratulations! You have completed your Portuguese Way along the coast from A Guarda. This last day you are in charge, you can go back home or enjoy one more day in Santiago. And how beautiful is Compostela.

Did you know that all roads end in Finisterre? If you have been left with the desire to walk and you have 5 days more, we encourage you to complete the 5 stages from Santiago to Finisterre. The most magical and spiritual route that hides real treasures such as Ponte Maceira, one of the most beautiful villages in Spain or the sunset of the Finisterre lighthouse, one of the most beautiful in the world.

Map of the Way

Type of accommodation


Services included

10 days / 9 nights accommodation10 days / 9 nights accommodation
Luggage transfer during the stagesLuggage transfer during the stages
Complete documentationComplete documentation
Pilgrim’s CredentialPilgrim’s Credential
24 hour emergency telephone assistance24 hour emergency telephone assistance
Travel insuranceTravel insurance

Optional Services

ServiceIn hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from A Guarda to Santiago
BreakfastBreakfast65€ per person
MP (Breakfast and dinner)MP (Breakfast and dinner)195€ per person
Supplement for single roomSupplement for single room180€ per single room
Extra night in Santiago de CompostelaExtra night in Santiago de Compostela55€ (sing. room) / 70€ (doub. room)
Breakfast Breakfast
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from A Guarda to Santiago 65€ per person
MP (Breakfast and dinner) MP (Breakfast and dinner)
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from A Guarda to Santiago 195€ per person
Supplement for single room Supplement for single room
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from A Guarda to Santiago 180€ per single room
Extra night in Santiago de Compostela Extra night in Santiago de Compostela
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from A Guarda to Santiago 55€ (sing. room) / 70€ (doub. room)


Frequently Asked Questions

In this modality you will do the Camino de Santiago at your own pace and you will only have to worry about choosing the route you like the most, the type of accommodation and your departure date. If you choose this option you will travel alone or with the people that appear in your reservation, and you will have all the services included so that you only have to worry about walking and enjoying the experience.
The Way of Saint James on your own includes the following services
  • Accommodation
  • Luggage transport
  • Dossier with information about the stages
  • Pilgrim's credential
  • 24-hour helpline
  • Travel insurance
In addition, you can customize your trip by adding the following optional services
  • Breakfast or half board
  • Private transfers to the start of the stage from Santiago de Compostela or from the airport.
  • Extra night at the beginning or end of the stage
Unlike the group trips, no bus service, guide or support vehicle is included between stages. But you will have a 24-hour hotline where you can contact us in case of any problem or unforeseen event, which we will solve quickly.
Yes, you will have total freedom to choose your departure date. However, if you want to do your Camino de Santiago in the months of December, January and February, we recommend that you check availability before making your reservation. At this time of year most accommodation is closed and many services may not be available.
In your travel documents, you will find the names of the accommodations assigned to you, as well as their contact telephone number and location.   As a general rule, all accommodation is located in the centre of the different towns along the Pilgrims' Route to Santiago de Compostela, without the need to deviate too far from the route. But sometimes, due to lack of availability, it is possible that some accommodation may be a little far from the village or even in neighbouring towns.   For all the accommodations that are at a considerable distance from the route of the Camino, we will provide you with a free taxi service that you can use to get to your accommodation and return to the Camino the next morning.   In any case, these are exceptions that we will inform you at the time of booking.
Luggage transport service by default is included in all our trips and it is not necessary to request it. You will be able to do the Camino de Santiago without your luggage on your back with the peace of mind that your suitcase will be at your next accommodation on your arrival.   Along with your credential you will also receive stickers, which you must cover with the requested information and stick it in a visible place on your suitcase.   Once you have arrived at your accommodation, we recommend that you ask at reception where you can leave your luggage. You will have to leave your luggage at the indicated place first thing in the morning for our carrier to pick it up. This way, when you arrive at your next accommodation your luggage will already be there.
We have a taxi service that you can hire whenever you need it. You can hire it, for example, to go from the airport to the start of your Camino, or to go from Santiago to your starting point to pick up your car once you finish the stage.   The price of the transfers will depend on the distance from your point of origin to the destination. If you have any questions about this service do not hesitate to contact us.
We include a compulsory insurance with each trip that will cover you for any inconveniences that may arise during the Camino de Santiago. We will send you the insurance policy together with your travel documents.
The basic travel insurance included in our packages has a wide coverage against unforeseen events, with which you will also have guaranteed medical assistance and numerous benefits that you can consult in the General Conditions of Travel Insurance.
In your travel documents you will find an emergency telephone number where we are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This way you will travel with peace of mind knowing that one of our companions will help you to quickly solve any problem, incident or doubt that you may have along your Camino de Santiago.
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