If you are researching the Camino de Santiago, I’m sure you’re already aware that there are many different routes to Santiago de Compostela and each route offers a different type of experience.
I have extensive experience of walking along both the French and Portuguese Way, so I decided to research and walk the Portuguese Coastal Camino de Santiago from A Guarda to Santiago.
I was not disappointed by the glorious landscape of the Galician coastline of northwestern Spain!
I began my Camino in the coastal town of A Guarda on the Spanish side of the Camino de Santiago.
Over the next eight days, I walked along natural paths of the rugged coastline of Spain, enjoying the vistas of mountains and pine forests with evenings spent in the fishing villages of Oia and Baiona until I reached the coastal town of Vigo with stunning views to the Isle of Cies.
From Vigo, I picked up the traditional Portuguese inland route, walked through magical forests and woodlands and stayed at the towns of Redondela, Pontevedra, Caldas de Reis and Padron.
After Padron, I began my final day’s journey into Santiago de Compostela, reaching the promised land at the Cathedral of Santiago.
How would I describe this route! The most tranquil route by far! The terrain is relatively flat and easy to walk along and the route is well-signposted (apart from the odd stretch without signs). The weather was pleasant with cool breezes along the coast (perfect in the summer months) and I experienced balmy days on the inland stretch of the road.
Every town along the way had a plentiful supply of restaurants and cafes and I was always able to pick up a Camino stamp along the way.
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If you plan to walk the Camino de Santiago, check out my book, A Wild Woman’s Guide To The Camino de Santiago. I share everything you need to know before you begin your Camino. Read at A Wild Woman’s Guide To The Camino De Santiago or click the link below.
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