Family Walking on the Camino Portugues Coastal

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Price: Starting from 526€ per person
  • Activity Walking or Easy Walking
  • Distance 65 km
  • Duration 6 Nights
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Tour Type Family Caminos
  • Time To Go Year Round
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Family Walking on the Camino Portugues Coastal

Our Family Walking on the Camino Portugues Coastal Holiday will take you along the beautiful Galician coast across 6 days.

A popular itinerary, it is a great introduction to the Camino de Santiago. This stunning Portuguese route is perfect for a summer break, when the Atlantic weather is at its best, with blue skies and long sunny days. We would recommend doing this Camino route over the months of May to October when the weather is at its best for family cycling.

Your family will enjoy this stunning alternative to the Camino Frances which is a much quieter route with many wonderful cycling trails and adventures for the whole family.

You will start your Camino adventure in the majestic city of Pontevedra, well known for its elegant architecture.

This section of the Camino de Santiago offers a great variety of landscapes, from woodlands to vineyards, as well as rural villages and picturesque churches.

There is a world of opportunities for the entire family to have fun along the way: riverside picnics, rural recreational areas, or a visit to the natural history museum in Santiago will make this trip a memorable one.

This Camino section is known for being a perfect combination of nature and heritage, with the addition of gorgeous food and wine.

It is suitable for both walking or cycling. If you are looking for an authentic Camino experience with breathtaking scenery and beautiful beaches, our Coastal Camino for Families is made for you.

If you don’t know whether to walk or cycle, you can read our blog: Walking or Cycling with kids?


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 Camino Portugues Coastal from Baiona to Santiago

Map of the Family Walking on the Camino Portugues Coastal

Itinerary For Family Walking On The Camino Portugues Coastal

Pontevedra

Stage: Pontevedra

You arrive in Pontevedra.

22 km

Caldas de Reis

Stage: 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

Stage: 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.

12 km

Teo

Stage: Teo

Teo will be your last stage before entering Santiago! The penultimate section of the Camino will take you through quiet stone villages and picturesque churches. It is a nice rural section, although you will certainly meet a lot of pilgrims en route. You will have plenty of opportunities to stop for a coffee or a bite along the way.

There are numerous corners that can be enjoyed by the little ones in Teo. Only a few minutes from your accommodation, we strongly recommend to walk to the Tinto River and see the picturesque Paradela bridge.

Your accommodation will be the perfect place to rest before making your way to Santiago the next day. Located in a privileged natural environment, dating back a hundred years, the traditional farmhouse was turned into a warm rural hotel. With their own vegetable garden, the owners focus on delivering seasonal dishes featuring exceptional local produce. Octopus and locally produced meat are often served for dinner

13 km

Santiago the Compostela

Stage: Santiago the 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 Hotels

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.

Standard Hotel & Guesthouse

Access

How to Get There

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

 

Pontevedra

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

Porto Airport 105km: The easiest way to go from Porto to Pontevedra is by bus from Porto bus station. Check here – Rede Expressos 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: Metro do Porto.

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

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