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This is a unique Camino trip – in 1,000 years of pilgrimage it has never happened that St. James’ Day has fallen on a Monday! This is because of Covid – the Pope has decreed that the Holy Year of 2021 will continue to include 2022.
If previous years are anything to go on, Santiago will be spectacular on the 25th – the extra emotion attached to coping with a Covid world will only add to that.
The final section of the Portugués is a bit misleading in that it is all in Spain! Starting from the Portuguese citadel town of Valenҫa, cross the River Minho into Spain via a bridge designed by Gustav Eiffel, finishing ups some 117km later in Santiago.
The next Holy Year won’t happen until 2027 – are you happy to wait until then?!
Dates and Cost:
- July 19th – 27th. (Saturday – Saturday)
- €680 pps (not including flight).
- Single Supplement €200.
All our escorted walks are with an Irish guide – the emphasis is on having fun while experiencing the Camino at your own pace!
- 8 nights’ accommodation in ensuite rooms on a B&B basis.
- Airport transfers from Porto or Santiago airport to Valença and from Santiago to Santiago airport for the return flight to Dublin.
- Bag transfer each day.
- Pilgrim Passport (Issued by Camino Society Ireland – the only official Irish pilgrim passport).
- Your Camino Groups host will accompany the group for the week.
- A one-off Camino Groups walking top – to celebrate the Año Santo of 2022.
- Detailed walking notes and accommodation maps.
- Flights are not included in the prices, but as a licensed and bonded travel agency, we can book your flights separately for you if required. Tip – the earlier you book, the cheaper it will be.
- We recommend that you have adequate travel insurance in place for your trip. We can provide this separately if required.
Tuesday, July 19th, Day 1
- Fly from Dublin to Santiago or Porto. Upon arrival, you are provided with a private transfer to Valenҫa for your overnight stay. Take the chance to explore the forteleza in Valenҫa – the old town contained within fortress walls that date from the 13th century.
Wednesday, July 20th, Day 2
- Walk 20km from Valenҫa to O Porriño. Your day starts by crossing over the River Minho into Spain via a bridge designed by Gustav Eiffel. Passing by the Parador of Tui, you will walk uphill through the narrow streets of Tui to collect your first stamp in Spain at Tui cathedral.
- Your day finishes in the small town of O Porriño, famous for its “Pink Porriño” granite stone.
Thursday, July 21st, Day 3
- Walk 22 km from O Porriño to Arcade. Your day involves passing through the picturesque hamlet of Mos before reaching Redondela, a pretty place to stop for lunch.
- Arcade is the self-styled Galician home of oysters and is also a chance for you to take a beach stroll to watch the sun go down over the Bay of Vigo.
Friday, July 22nd, Day 4
- Walk 13km from Arcade to Pontevedra. Your day starts by crossing the beautiful Roman bridge from Arcade to Pontesampaio.
- The short day allows you plenty of time to explore the old city centre of Pontevedra, centred around the Basilica de Santa Maria in Praza Ourense.
Saturday, July 23rd, Day 5
- Walk 21km from Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis. A quiet day spent mostly on minor country roads allows you the chance to relax in San Amaro on the way to Caldas.
- Caldas de Reis (“the thermal springs of the kings”) takes its name from the thermal springs that are still used today.
Sunday, July 24th, Day 6
- Walk 20km from Caldas to Padrón. Passing through possible resting points at Santa Mariña, O Pino and San Miguel, the day finishes up in Padrón, a town synonymous with Camino legend. It is here that the remains of St. James are said to have been taken ashore by his followers.
- Padrón is also home to the Pimientos de Padrón – peppers with a random hot surprise that are a local specialty worth sampling!
Monday, July 25th, Day 7
- Walk 24km to Santiago. Today is all about reaching your journey’s end – on St. James’ Day! You pass through Escravitude, Anguira de Suso, Faramello and Milladoiro before walking the final couple of kilometres to the cathedral in Santiago.
- Happy St. James’ Day – enjoy the celebrations!
Tuesday, July 26th, Day 8
- You’ll be forgiven for having a lie-in!
- A full day at your leisure to explore the incredible city of Santiago, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the perfect place to get lost in meandering streets or to sit at a bar and watch the pilgrim world go by!
Wednesday, July 27th, Day 9
- Free time in the morning in Santiago for some last minute sightseeing, shopping or arujo!
- Afternoon – transfer to Santiago airport for flight to Dublin.