Camino Portugues Family Cycling on the Camino Portugues Coastal

Activity:
Cycling or Walking
Duration:
6 Nights
Distance:
100 km
Difficulty:
Medium
Time To Go:
Year Round
Price:
from 753€ per person
Rating:

Family Cycling on the Camino Portugues Coastal

The Family Cycling on the Camino Portugues Coastal is a great family cycling itinerary across 6 days. The warm weather makes it a perfect route for your summer or autumn family holiday.

Your Camino adventure will start in Vigo, Galicia’s major city. This vibrant and dynamic coastal city has plenty to offer, from a historic old town to spectacular sea views from the promenade, as well as delicious seafood served in family-run restaurants.

The route will take you through a beautiful variety of landscapes. In a single day, you will be able to cycle along the coast with seaside villages, vineyards, and streams.

This Coastal Camino is perfect for your family if you are looking to experience the Camino, with a great combination of countryside and sightseeing. It is less busy than the Camino Frances so might be a quieter cycling route for you and your family.

Your adventure will finish in the Holy city of Santiago, which will surprise you with its beauty and rich history. The UNESCO World Heritage city deserves a couple of days to be fully enjoyed, so we recommend you extend your stay for another night to make the most of it.

This package is great for family cycling, but If you are looking to challenge yourself, you can also decide to do family walking on the Portuguese Coastal. 

If you are not sure whether to walk or cycle with your family, read our blog on whether to choose walking or cycling?

And get our helpful tips on cycling with kids filled with great advice tailored for cycling the Camino.


This itinerary is made for people traveling with kids (16 yo and under). If your party is made of adults only, have a look at the Cycling Camino Portugues Coastal from Porto to Santiago

Map of the Family Cycling on the Camino Portugues Coastal

Itinerary of the Family Cycling on the Camino Portugues Coastal

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.

Vigo
Vigo
You arrive in Vigo.
23 km
Arcade
Arcade

Your day on the trail will take you to Arcade, 23km from Vigo. This section will offer spectacular views of Vigo and will take you into forested land. It is where the two Portuguese Camino meet, therefore you should be able to make pilgrim friends from the first day.

After arriving at your accommodation, if time and energy permit, the whole family can make its way to the Salinas de Ullo, which is only a 10-minute walk. This protected natural park is unique for its beauty as well as flora and fauna diversity.

For your second night, you will be able to enjoy the wonderful sea views from the rooftop terrace of your accommodation. The recent refurbishment guarantees a comfortable stay. The hotel restaurant is known for its local dishes as well as a good selection of options for the young ones.

12 km
Pontevedra
Pontevedra

Today, you will cross the Verdugo River over Ponte Sampaio. It is in this bridge is where Napoleon’s army suffered one of its greatest defeats in Galicia. From Ponte Sampaio the Camino continues along a cobbled road taking pilgrims to the 13th century Church of Santa María, where you can enjoy magnificent views over the Bay of Vigo while walking towards Pontevedra.

22 km
Caldas de Reis
Caldas de Reis

Today you will head to the Spa town of Caldas de Reis. Today’s stage is not long and very manageable. Along the way, you will spot numerous ‘Cruceiros’, or stone crosses, which are a distinguishing feature of the Galician landscape. Besides, the trail will take you through Albariño vineyards, another expression of the local culture. After crossing the Umia river, you will reach the picturesque town of Caldas de Reis.
In Caldas de Reis, the whole family can enjoy the famous hot springs. Taking a bath in the warm thermal waters in an open-air swimming pool is an experience not to be missed. If the family fancies some sightseeing, the pedestrian town center is worth visiting. With charming squares and rich heritage, it is also scattered with playgrounds for the young ones left with energy.

With a thermal water pool and a landscaped garden, your accommodation will provide you with maximum comfort. The modern amenities and tasteful decor will make the whole family feel at home. For dinner, you may choose to sit outside the beautiful terrace or in the cozy hotel restaurant. The menu will be based on the seasonal produce for an authentic experience. The little ones will be spoilt with tasty choices.

18 km
Padron
Padron

Today you will be walking to Padron, a town internationally renowned for its’ exquisite peppers. After crossing the Ulla river, you will be entering the A Coruna province, leaving Pontevedra behind you. It is a short and moderate stage, with beautiful views of the numerous streams and rivers of that part of Galicia. On your arrival in Padron, you will quickly feel a strong connection with the Camino. The town is believed to have been the arrival point of the body of Saint James when it was brought to Santiago de Compostela by ship.

As a major spot on the Camino, Padron offers young pilgrims plenty of opportunities to have fun. After visiting the famous Santiago Church, we recommend taking the whole family to the Artistic-Botanic Gardens. Centrally located, the park offers an enjoyable environment, with numerous fountains, landscaped gardens, and sculptures.

In Padron, your accommodation will be a perfect example of Galician country houses. Full of character and tradition, your rural hotel will guarantee an authentic experience. The gardens and swimming pool will be the perfect spot to relax at the end of your day. For dinner, you and your family will enjoy tasty dishes that reflect the region’s long culinary traditions.

25 km
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela

Today is your final stage. After visiting Santiago Cathedral and recovering from your walk, take time to explore this gem of a city, small and vibrant. Its old town will enchant you. In Santiago the Compostela you will find not only pilgrims but also locals and students, enjoying a few bites and socialising over a glass of wine in the many bars, restaurants, and cozy cafes.

The city also has numerous options for children to have fun. If after five days on the Camino they fancy a little bit of time off, we recommend the little train. It is a great way for the whole family to discover the city while resting their legs! The natural history museum is very popular among families. Even the youngest ones are eager to learn about animals and their natural habitat. Of course, if it is some playtime they are after, you will find a good number of playgrounds scattered around the city.

In order for you to be at the heart of it all, we have selected a centrally located hotel, offering comfort and quietness. On top of its rustic charms and views of the old town, it offers a peaceful garden. To fully make the most of the city, we recommend staying an extra in Santiago.

Accommodation

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.

Access

How to Get There

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

 

Vigo

Vigo Airport 12km: The city of Vigo can easily be accessed via public transport. On weekdays the regular services take you from the airport to Plaza Eugenio Fadrique, and on Weekends and Bank Holidays to García Barbón. The bus ticket is approx. 2€, with a travel time of around 45min.
See Aena.es. Taxis are also available.

Porto Airport 130km: There is a direct bus from Porto Airport to the city of Vigo with 3 services a day with a travel time of approx. 3h. Check here Autna.com

Santiago de Compostela Airport 100km:
From Santiago, you can take the shuttle bus to the bus station or the train station. From there you can catch a bust to Vigo Bus Station (about 2 hours, see Monbus.es) or a train (1 hour and 30 min approximately, see: Renfe.es)

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: www.empresafreire.com.

Vigo Airport 90km: From Santiago you can take a train to Vigo Guixar (see www.renfe.com) 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 monbus.es/en 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 www.alsa.es.

Whats Included

  • Included: Conveniently located family-friendly accommodation, with either family or connecting rooms and indoor and/or outdoor space for everyone to play or relax. 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.
  • 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 and accessories (On by default) and airport transfers, etc…

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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.

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