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Is it too late to change my plans? Part coast/inland

Camino(s) past & future
Santiago/Muxia/Finisterre-Sept 2016
Valenca-SDC-Sept 2018
#1
Hi,
I am leaving next month and my plan was to arrive in Valenca and then walk to SDC via Tui, O'Porrino, Redondela, Pontevedra, etc.

Now I am thinking that it may be nicer to walk from Baiona instead in order to get some of the coastline...and then Redondela onward. Is there a way to get from Valenca to Baiona via train or bus? Or is taxi the only way? Also, if I start in Baiona, I see that going to Vigo is something like 45 km. So where would be a better place to start? If I start in Vigo, is there enough coastal walking?
I would like to walk 2 days along the coast before connecting with Redondela on the third day.

I hope this makes sense and not too convoluted...Thanks!!
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015)
Camino Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (Planning)
#2
Hi Andrea!

Of course it is not too late :) As much as I love the CP from Tui, I understand the wish to see the coast.
Valença and Tui deserve a visit, and the easiest way to get to Baiona is by taxi. It should not cost you more than 50 euros, probably way less than that.
By bus you have to go all the way to Vigo and then back.

Starting in Vigo, you will only get a day of coastal walk, and there is the issue that you are less than 100km from Santiago, so you do not qualify for a Compostela. I'd suggest Baiona if you want to get both coastal views and the certificate in the end.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, Le Puy, Rota Vicentina, De Soulac, Norte, Madrid-Salv-Primitivo
#4
So where would be a better place to start?
Or get the bus or train from Valenca to Caminha.
Takes about 30mins and costs about 5 euros:
https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Valença-Portugal/Caminha

Then get the ferry across the river to A Guarda (runs every hour on the hour, except at low tide, and on Mondays), takes 10 minutes, and costs 1.50 euros.

Then you have the most wonderful coastal walk for three days from A Guarda to Vigo:
A Guarda to Mougas via the delightful coastal village of Oia, 19kms (on a cycle route to begin with, but all flat and some great views);
Mougas to Nigran via the lovely coastal town of Baiona, 22kms;
Nigran to Vigo, 19kms; either stay near the coast, or take the inland route;
Vigo to Redondela, 16kms; on the cycle trail, contouring around the hillside, with fabulous views.

Bom caminho!
Jill
 

Hawkeye

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Senda Litoral (Sept 2018)
#5
I'm walking from Baiona to Vigo in a few weeks, and have the distance at around 23km, not 45km. Hope I'm not off.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago/Muxia/Finisterre-Sept 2016
Valenca-SDC-Sept 2018
#6
I'm walking from Baiona to Vigo in a few weeks, and have the distance at around 23km, not 45km. Hope I'm not off.
Yes I google mapped it and realized I was looking at a longer route, for cars....When do you leave? I am leaving Sept 27th. Thanks
 
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago/Muxia/Finisterre-Sept 2016
Valenca-SDC-Sept 2018
#7
Hi Andrea!

Of course it is not too late :) As much as I love the CP from Tui, I understand the wish to see the coast.
Valença and Tui deserve a visit, and the easiest way to get to Baiona is by taxi. It should not cost you more than 50 euros, probably way less than that.
By bus you have to go all the way to Vigo and then back.

Starting in Vigo, you will only get a day of coastal walk, and there is the issue that you are less than 100km from Santiago, so you do not qualify for a Compostela. I'd suggest Baiona if you want to get both coastal views and the certificate in the end.
I will be arriving in Valenca and have an overnight there, so can visit both Valenca and Tui. Have you done both routes, from Tui and from the Coast? What and why is your preference? Just trying to get an understanding of both and what may work for me and my two kids who are coming with me.
Thanks
 
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago/Muxia/Finisterre-Sept 2016
Valenca-SDC-Sept 2018
#8
Or get the bus or train from Valenca to Caminha.
Takes about 30mins and costs about 5 euros:
https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Valença-Portugal/Caminha

Then get the ferry across the river to A Guarda (runs every hour on the hour, except at low tide, and on Mondays), takes 10 minutes, and costs 1.50 euros.

Then you have the most wonderful coastal walk for three days from A Guarda to Vigo:
A Guarda to Mougas via the delightful coastal village of Oia, 19kms (on a cycle route to begin with, but all flat and some great views);
Mougas to Nigran via the lovely coastal town of Baiona, 22kms;
Nigran to Vigo, 19kms; either stay near the coast, or take the inland route;
Vigo to Redondela, 16kms; on the cycle trail, contouring around the hillside, with fabulous views.

Bom caminho!
Jill
It sounds lovely and I am somewhat on a bit of a schedule, because of time constraints, and meeting a friend in Padron. However, always opened to re working the schedule and play....Thanks for your response. :)
 

Hawkeye

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Senda Litoral (Sept 2018)
#9
Yes I google mapped it and realized I was looking at a longer route, for cars....When do you leave? I am leaving Sept 27th. Thanks
I leave Porto on 9/7. Hugging the coast until having to move inward toward Redondela.
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015)
Camino Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (Planning)
#10
Have you done both routes, from Tui and from the Coast? What and why is your preference?
I have only done Central route. I lived most of my life on the coast, so I was more interested in the inland historical places. I loved it with all my heart - beautiful places, lovely people and amazing food. I'm a great enthusiast of the CP :)

It is not all roses though, there is a fair bit of road walking at some points. But not to the point of spoiling it.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago/Muxia/Finisterre-Sept 2016
Valenca-SDC-Sept 2018
#11
I leave Porto on 9/7. Hugging the coast until having to move inward toward Redondela.
Sounds lovely. Do you have any info you can pass on re the Senda Litoral? I am not finding much information on this stage...Thank you and Buen Camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - central from Porto (2018 - planned)
#13
It is never too late to change future plans, in my opinion. I'm a big fan of careful planning but understanding all plans are tentative and leaving actual decisions to the last minute.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago/Muxia/Finisterre-Sept 2016
Valenca-SDC-Sept 2018
#14
It is never too late to change future plans, in my opinion. I'm a big fan of careful planning but understanding all plans are tentative and leaving actual decisions to the last minute.
Yes, I kind of dislike planning to a certain extent...but ...because I am a terrible sleeper, AND I have shoulder pain after a busy massage practice season, I have had to play sleeping arrangements and backpack transfers...so that makes it a bit harder to be carefree and whimsical..
 

Jon Hebertson

2 feet and a heartbeat
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portuguese - Lisbon to SdC September 2017
Finisterre - September/October 2017
#16
Hi,
I am leaving next month and my plan was to arrive in Valenca and then walk to SDC via Tui, O'Porrino, Redondela, Pontevedra, etc.

Now I am thinking that it may be nicer to walk from Baiona instead in order to get some of the coastline...and then Redondela onward. Is there a way to get from Valenca to Baiona via train or bus? Or is taxi the only way? Also, if I start in Baiona, I see that going to Vigo is something like 45 km. So where would be a better place to start? If I start in Vigo, is there enough coastal walking?
I would like to walk 2 days along the coast before connecting with Redondela on the third day.

I hope this makes sense and not too convoluted...Thanks!!
Hi,

From valenca You can also do the espirtual variant which starts in pontevedra and spends some time by the coast. There is great swimming in Vilanova de arousa, It finishes in padron and rejoins the main route to Santiago.

Whatever you decide, have a great time
 

kayagee66

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2016)
Le Puy - Roncesvalles (2016)
Figeac - Cahors (2017)
Stevenson Trail (2018
#17
Or get the bus or train from Valenca to Caminha.
Takes about 30mins and costs about 5 euros:
https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Valença-Portugal/Caminha

Then get the ferry across the river to A Guarda (runs every hour on the hour, except at low tide, and on Mondays), takes 10 minutes, and costs 1.50 euros.

Then you have the most wonderful coastal walk for three days from A Guarda to Vigo:
A Guarda to Mougas via the delightful coastal village of Oia, 19kms (on a cycle route to begin with, but all flat and some great views);
Mougas to Nigran via the lovely coastal town of Baiona, 22kms;
Nigran to Vigo, 19kms; either stay near the coast, or take the inland route;
Vigo to Redondela, 16kms; on the cycle trail, contouring around the hillside, with fabulous views.

Bom caminho!
Jill
Sounds great. Is it easy enough to follow the route? Way marked?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Leon to Santiago Oct 2016
Porto to Santiago Oct 2017
#19
If it helps you ease your thoughts at all I didn't know if I was going to be walking costal, inland or a combination until the morning I started walking from Porto.
Sure I read the postings here and the guidebook and I am the planner type but nothing seemed right until that morning.
And I'm convinced that I made the best decision.
 
Camino(s) past & future
VDLP 9/2016
#20
Thank for all the input because I have similar questions, although no time constraint. We leave Sept 10 from Porto and plan to stay on the Senda but cross to the Coastal a bit and also walk the Spiritual Variant. Any suggestions if we want a day of rest for a great place to stay an extra day? Gracias mi camino amigos!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, Le Puy, Rota Vicentina, De Soulac, Norte, Madrid-Salv-Primitivo
#21
Any suggestions if we want a day of rest for a great place to stay an extra day?
No, don’t plan a rest day. You will know it when you get there. You just arrive at a place and think “I really really need a rest day” . . . for whatever reason: you like the place you are in, you’re tired, you have blisters, you fancy a relaxing day on the beach, a day to go shopping, a day for somebody to catch up, a fair in town, you’re ill, your companion is ill, it’s pouring with rain when you wake up . . . OH! You mean a particularly interesting place to spend a day? No, not really on the coastal route between Porto and Santiago, except maybe Vigo. If the weather is good you could take an excursion to the Cies Islands.
Jill
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 21 October 2014
Portugese Way October 2018
#22
Hi,

From valenca You can also do the espirtual variant which starts in pontevedra and spends some time by the coast. There is great swimming in Vilanova de arousa, It finishes in padron and rejoins the main route to Santiago.

Whatever you decide, have a great time
Hi Jon

Can you advise the distance of the Espirtual Variant from Pontevedra and where it comes back in for the traditional route?

Thanks for the thread - I'm doing Valenca to SdC in October (second Camino) and have my 70 year old sister join me - want to make sure she enjoys her first Camino and would like to avoid too much road walking if possible.

Many thanks
Lindy
 

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