Camino Portugues Central Short-break Camino Portugues Central Pontevedra to Santiago

Walking or Easy Walking or Cycling or Easy Cycling
4 Nights
65 km
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Time To Go:
All Year Round
4 nights from €349

Short-break Camino Portugues Central in 3 days

This Short-break Camino Portugues Central of the Camino Portugues, or Portuguese Way will take you along the last 65km of the route historically followed by Portuguese pilgrims on their way to Santiago.

This 3 stage walk has charming Pontevedra as the starting point. Pontevedra is a wonderful and charming old town with a maritime feel and cobbled streets.

Walk from the picturesque streets in Pontevedra’s medieval old town and follow the yellow arrows across the Galician countryside and the towns of Caldas de Reis and Padrón, the hometown of Galicia’s most acclaimed poet, Rosalía de Castro, and reputedly the place where St James first landed in Galicia.

Take time to enjoy lots of delicious local foods and drinks along this part of the Camino. It is also the best place to try the world-famous Padron peppers, of course.

This short break is a perfect idea for pilgrims that are short on time but still want to experience the Camino. This is a more rural experience than the classic Camino Frances.

This is not a very challenging hike but a medium level of fitness is required.

It is also the best place to try the world-famous Padron peppers, of course. It’s not surprising that this route is one of the most popular Portuguese Camino routes.

Click below to create your Short-break Camino Portugues Central. You can walk or cycle.

Map of the Short-break Camino Portugues Central in 3 days

Itinerary of the Short-break Camino Portugues Central in 3 days

This is the most popular itinerary, you may be able to combine or split the distance for each day. Click on get a quote to customize your trip.

You arrive in Pontevedra.
22 km
Caldas de Reis
Caldas de Reis

Today, starting in the city of Pontevedra, the Camino will take you through chestnut groves and pine and eucalyptus woods. In the village of Ponte Cabras, take a minute to admire the rectory of Santa María de Alba. At Lombo da Maceira you will spot a statue of Saint James with his walking stick, showing pilgrims the way. On your way to Caldas de Reis you will pass the hamlet of Tivo with its lovely fountain and public washing area. You will be staying in the spa town of Caldas de Reis for the night.

18 km

From the spa town of Caldas de Reis, the Camino Portugués takes you across the river Umia and the hot springs that have given the town its name since Roman times. The Camino trail takes you once again to forests, gradually climbing to the village of Santa Mariña. After a descent you will cross the river Fontenlo before making your way through pine forests to today’s final destination: the town of Padrón, believed to be arrival point of the body of Saint James when it was brought to Santiago de Compostela by ship.

25 km
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela is a gem of a city: small enough to be explored and be discovered on foot but always vibrant and lively. Wander the cobbled streets of its UNESCO-listed old town, go for a stroll in the Alameda Park and discover regional flavours in the local market (Mercado de Abastos) and the many restaurants and bars.

Superior Collection includes complimentary spa in Santiago.


Standard Hotel & Guesthouse

We have hand-picked hotels and guesthouses along the Camino for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to your Camino trail. All rooms are en-suite with bathroom.

For our family packages, we have hand-picked establishments with outdoor space and swimming pools where possible. Where accommodation with private outdoor space is not available, we have selected comfortable hotels with spacious common areas as well as a convenient location close to recreational areas and sights. As your comfort is our priority, we try to book hotels located within walking distance of the Camino. Despite our effort, on rare occasions your accommodation can be located a few kilometers away from the trail, so we organise transportation to/from your accommodation.

Country Cottages

Country Cottages or  ‘Casas Rurales’ are beautifully restored country homes and farmhouses in the heart of peaceful rural communities. Our Country Cottages are renowned for their exceptional food, unique settings and personal touch. Rest assured when you select Country Cottage you will enjoy the full experience of our collection of beautiful Casa Rurales when and where this option is available, however, bear in mind, that sometimes due to location factors, only our choice of standard collection hotels and guesthouses may be available. All rooms are en-suite.

Superior Collection

Stay in very special hotels and unique properties along the Camino.  We have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered. Rest assured when you select Superior Collection, you will enjoy the full experience of our best hotels and top guesthouses when and where this option is available, however, bear in mind, that sometimes due to location factors, only our choice of standard collection hotels and guesthouses may be available. All rooms are en-suite.


How to Get There

Live information on Rome2Rio. We can also arrange private transfers if you prefer, just ask us.


Vigo Airport 25km: There are many daily train connections between Vigo and Pontevedra, with a travel time of approx. 30min. See There are also buses connecting Vigo and Pontevedra, see: From Vigo airport you can take a bus (C9A) to the airport to Vigo train station (Estación de Ferrocarril). See

Porto Airport 105km: The easiest way to go from Porto to Pontevedra is by bus from Porto bus station. Check here – The easiest way to get from Porto airport to Porto bus station is by metro (purple line line E, every 5-9 minutes and get off on Campo 24 de Agosto station). See:

Santiago de Compostela Airport 110km: 
There are buses every 20min from Santiago airport to Santiago train station. Check times here –
From Santiago train station to Pontevedra –

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela Airport 11km: There is shuttle bus from Santiago city centre to the airport, departing every 30min. Bus stops are: city centre (Plaza de Galicia),  train station (Estación de Ferrocarril) and bus station (Estación de Autobuses). See:

Vigo Airport 90km: From Santiago you can take a train to Vigo Guixar (see or a bus to Travesia de Vigo (every hour). You should then take a city bus from Travesia de Vigo to Vigo Airport (every 30 min).

A Coruna Airport 70km: From Santiago you can take a train to A Coruña (30 min approximately) and then take a bus from Alfonso Molina (line 4051) to the airport (every 30 min, takes 20 min approximately). Monbus has services from Santiago to A Coruña Airport (every 3 hours), see for details.

Porto Airport 210km: There is a direct bus connection between Santiago (Estación de Autobuses) and Porto airport once or twice a day (taking 4h or 6h resp.). See

Whats Included

  • Included: Selected accommodation with private bathrooms, Holiday Pack on your mobile phone (Route ebook and Google Maps) and a 24/7 support number providing assistance during your trip, for instance organising a support vehicle if needed. In 2021 we also offer a Free Postponement with every booking made
  • Not included: Flights, drinks, city tax, Travel Insurance (Recommended)
  • Optional: Luggage transfers (On by default. One bag up to 20kg per person), dinners (On by default, where available), bike rental (On by default) and airport transfers, etc…

Manage your trip online

Note on Accommodation: We aim to book you into each of the towns listed on the itinerary, however in case of low availability we may book you 2 nights in the same town with provided transfers. If you are booking Superior collection or Country cottages, please note it is subject to availability and therefore cannot be guaranteed. Superior/Country cottage accommodation may be away from the route with included transfers. More details.

Have questions? Read our FAQ pages.

Alma, United States - July
Camino, best trip of my life! "I travel a lot but hands down this was my most memorable trip. Santiago de Compostela has indescribable magic. My intention was to work out and see new frontiers. The Camino had something else in mind for me. I learned a great deal more about myself and came back home transformed and with a sense of peace, happiness and well being. My journey was super comfortable and Camino Ways was excellent in preparing my hotel stays. I had to make some minor adjustments during my Camino and the staff at Camino Ways was very helpful and prompt in addressing my needs. FYI my friend with whom I walked the Camino paid double and got pretty much the same thing I did! I was thrilled to have obtained a good price for a first-class trip. The top-rated Parador Hotels along the way were a treat for my tired body. I highly recommend doing the Camino and if you don't want to stay in hostels and prefer a little bit more comfort and great meals, Camino Ways is the way to go. Thank you Camino Ways for being part of the best trip of my life!" Alma walked the Camino Portugues.
Rob & Michelle, Canada - July
The Camino Portuguese, an extraordinary experience indeed. My wife and I had the pleasure of a 10 day Trek through some of the most unique Portuguese Countryside and upgraded to the 'Superior Collection' (Parador Hotels), well worth it and more. Camino ways were flawless in their organization and attention to detail from our very first contact. We have only good things to say, in fact, endless compliments in regards to CaminoWays Staff, Parador Hotels, meals (5 Star for sure), Trek route etc. We Canadians were very pleased. With great appreciation Rob & Michelle." Camino Portugues.
Adolfo, USA - June
"Camino Portugues from Tui. The entire trip went without flaws. The hotels were great, particularly the three Paradores and the Torre do Rio in Caldas de Reis. Our suitcases were always picked up on time and they were always at the next hotel. I have already recommend your company to others."
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