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Last 100km on Camino Portugese

AnnieMac2411

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portugese Coastal Camino 2019
Hi everyone

We have finally booked the flights for our first Camino and are in the process of booking accommodation etc as we are walking at the beginning of August and want to take the hassle out of it by using one of the many companies available online. We are flying into Vigo and as we only have 5 days available to walk it made sense (to us anyway!!😏)to start from there and onwards to SDC....I understood that route equated to 100km which would allow us to achieve a Compostela ..... I have been informed by one of the companies that it is only 87km and we need to start in Baiona.....🤔😢
I have tried looking for information to verify this but to no avail so I turn to you - oh learned ones - and hope ye will put an end to my misery 😊
TIA 💜
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015)
Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (2019)
Hi Annie. You indeed have to walk at least 100km is you want to receive a Compostela (religious certificate). If you want the Distance Certificate, you can walk from anywhere.

A common starting place for the last 100km is Valenca, on the border with Portugal. There are direct trains/buses from Vigo and the trip is less than 2 hours. From there, it is approximately 110km to Santiago and the cities along the way are very lovely :)

You can go to Baiona, which is exactly 100km from santiago, but access is a bit trickier - no direct buses, so you will need a taxi.

I walked the Portuguese route in 2017 and loved it. You will have a great time!
 

Albertinho

ninguém disse que era fácil !
Camino(s) past & future
2013 Lisboa - Sant.
2014 Ferrol -Sant.
2015 Porto -Sant.
2018 Porto -Valença
2019 Valença -Sant.
😄 Do not fear AnnieMac...for we are here...to help you!
Yes, starting in Vigo will see you fall short of the magic 100km...not by much but still enough to not qualify.
Vigo is off the 'official' route but the 100km marker on the main route is a few kms south of O Porrino. If you check it out on a map, you should be able to figure an ideal starting point for you, even if you have to 'bus it' to get there.
I'm assuming (from the Vigo direction) you intend joining the main route at Redondela? If so, according to the Brierley guidebook (I walked the CP 2015 so don't have a current edition), Redondela is 83km from Santiago...you could calculate based on that figure.
Might pay to contact CStJ or the like to ascertain a recognised start point for your route...one that will be accepted when you front up for your Compostela in SdC.
Good luck...but don't tear your hair out, you'll get it sorted & its a lovely walk!
Bom Caminho 👣🌏
Vigo is on the official route, o caminho Português pela Costa or in English, the Portuguese coastal route. Yellow waymarkers are to be found in the town of Vigo.
Indeed to achieve a Compostela certificate you have to walk at least one hundred kms and you have to obtain 2 stamps (sellos in Spanish) per day on your credential.
So start after landing in Vigo in Baiona and you will cover about 108 kms
If you should walk the"official" route-there is no official route btw-but maybe here is meant the "central route " do not go back to O Porriño but to Tui to be sure to cover the 100 kms .
In my opinion after arriving go to Vigo and take the bus to Baiona and start and obtain your first stamp there. Baiona is a beautiful town and worthwhile to start your camino

Buen camino
 

MyDestinationGalicia

Mark Auchincloss
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de Invierno, June 2017,Portuguese Coastal Way x6
French Way Sarria x 5 ,Silver Way Ourense
There is an 100km mojón on the outskirts of Vigo but it's in the middle of woodland. You can get a bus out of Vigo and start at Ramallosa or before at Nigrán. Pick up the yellow arrows at the Roman bridge in Ramallosa or nearer next to Pazo de Cee. Although at over 37km to Redondela from Ramallosa it's a long stage. From Baiona it's 130 km so you need an extra day if you start there.
 

AnnieMac2411

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portugese Coastal Camino 2019
There is an 100km mojón on the outskirts of Vigo but it's in the middle of woodland. You can get a bus out of Vigo and start at Ramallosa or before at Nigrán. Pick up the yellow arrows at the Roman bridge in Ramallosa or nearer next to Pazo de Cee. Although at over 37km to Redondela from Ramallosa it's a long stage. From Baiona it's 130 km so you need an extra day if you start there.
Hi Mark
Thank you so much for taking the time to give us this information and we like the idea of staying in Vigo (as originally planned) and taking the bus to Ramallosa. Do you by any chance have a link or any further information on the bus service/how regular it runs from Vigo
Much appreciated
Annemarie
 

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