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Vigo to Santiago

Camino(s) past & future
April 2017
Hi have been informed by pilgrims office that Vigo to Santiago will qualify for compostela 101km. Just wondering if anyone who has done this can confirm. Also where did you get sell or stamps Vigo. We have evening flight arriving 8pm and want to hit road early next day. Also is it easy to pick up route and any recommendations for accommodation. I believe there is a new albergue pepe. Thanks in advance
 
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, Le Puy, Rota Vicentina, Soulac, Norte, Madrid, Salvador, Primitivo
Also where did you get sell or stamps Vigo. We have evening flight arriving 8pm and want to hit road early next day. Also is it easy to pick up route and any recommendations for accommodation.
Hi, you can find the way-marked path quite easily from San Roque, about 300 metres from the main Bus Station (Estación de Autobuses) in Vigo Alta. I stayed at the Hotel Oca Ipanema, using booking.com (and can recommend it). They can stamp your credencial. It was easy to find my way there from San Roque (about 800 metres). Next morning I walked along Rua de Pizarro to join the path again on Rua Urzaiz.
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2015) Frances
(2018) Portuguese
(2019) VdP Seville to Salamanca
(2020) VdP Salamanca to Santiago
I had no problems getting a stamp at Vigo at the hotel I stayed at. I walked from Lisbon to Santiago last year. If it's not cast in concrete, you might want to get to Vigo a day or so early. It is a pleasant city and there is a very nice national park just off the coast (cheap ferry ride - but you have to apply for a permit in advance which isn't a problem) with some nice trails to day walk.
 

Elle Bieling

Elle Bieling, PilgrimageTraveler
Camino(s) past & future
Inglés, '14 '17 Finisterre, '14 '17 '18 Primitivo, '15 '18 Portuguese, '17, '18 San Salvador, '18
I also got stamps at cafes in Vigo.
 

mikebet

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Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to Pamplona (2016); Baiona to Santiago (2018); Sarria to Santiago (2018)
Yeah, stamps can be had at almost any hotel or bar/restaurant. If you have a little time in Vigo you may want to take a ferry ride across to some of the other towns around the bay. Pleasant boat ride, and (IIRC) only 3 euros.
 

martinigirl007

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Coastal route - Portuguese
Has anyone actually received a Compostela from Vigo? What was the starting point?
 

NorthernLight

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
martinigirl,

Santiago is the only place where you can receive a Compostela.
 

Delphinoula

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino PdC 2018 Finisterre Muxía 2018
C Franconia 2019
Camino desde Algeciras Sevillia (2019)
Walk by there in 2018: I think the 100 km marker lays a bit outside the town somehow obscured by the highway.
In town I got my stamp at the tourist info since the church was closed in the morning.
To my knowledge no pilgrim Hostal anymore ,but my hotel was with full bath room and breakfast for 25 Euros.
Very good and affordable lunch at the market hall, go where the market hall workers eat , it’s realy good and not touristy there.
In case you forgot something there is a small decathlon in the pedestrian zone. The walk out of Viigo a bit of a fuddle. At least for me - don’t follow the coastline along the harbor. Bon Camino
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Camino(s) past & future
Undecided (2019)
Hi have been informed by pilgrims office that Vigo to Santiago will qualify for compostela 101km. Just wondering if anyone who has done this can confirm. Also where did you get sell or stamps Vigo. We have evening flight arriving 8pm and want to hit road early next day. Also is it easy to pick up route and any recommendations for accommodation. I believe there is a new albergue pepe. Thanks in advance
Hi Catherine, I was just wondering how did you get on, any tips would be great! We are thinking of doing this route in September.
 

Kanga

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese.
I think that Vigo to SDC is just short of the 100km, unless you start at one of the suburbs to the south. But if the Pilgrims Office accept it, then fine. It's easy if you follow the Coastal route. I used the Wise Pilgrim app (""Wisely" in the app store) with the maps downloaded offline. Looking at the guide, it seems that Castrelos Park, on the south of Vigo, does put you at almost exactly 100km from SDC - so you might want to start there. Vigo airport is closer to SDC, and it is possible to walk directly from the airpot to Redondela (I did, after meeting up with a friend there) but that would definitely be less than the 100km. I'd get a stamp from the Cathedral in Vigo to make sure.
 
Camino(s) past & future
April 2017
Hi Lou We are actually only travelling end of Sept this year 3oth Sept to 8th Oct into and out of SDC with AL. Have walked last year from Tui to Pontevedra three days and spent three days in Vigo (lovely city) and went back in Oct and walked three days from Pontevedra to SDC with friends. Its a lovely route, so wanted to go back this year and walk from Vigo. Flights no longer avail from Dublin to Vigo, so will get a train from SDC to Vigo. Have contacted the pilgrims office and they confirmed that it is ok for last 100km, although the certificate is not really the main reason I walk. It is to meet people and enjoy the experience. Have just realised there is an EXPO in Vigo on those dates, so may start outside Vigo and just walk through. Have you done a Camino before. Catherine (Wexford)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Undecided (2019)
Hi Lou We are actually only travelling end of Sept this year 3oth Sept to 8th Oct into and out of SDC with AL. Have walked last year from Tui to Pontevedra three days and spent three days in Vigo (lovely city) and went back in Oct and walked three days from Pontevedra to SDC with friends. Its a lovely route, so wanted to go back this year and walk from Vigo. Flights no longer avail from Dublin to Vigo, so will get a train from SDC to Vigo. Have contacted the pilgrims office and they confirmed that it is ok for last 100km, although the certificate is not really the main reason I walk. It is to meet people and enjoy the experience. Have just realised there is an EXPO in Vigo on those dates, so may start outside Vigo and just walk through. Have you done a Camino before. Catherine (Wexford)
Thanks for replying Catherine! We are planning our last 100KM for early Septemeber. We were going to get the train to Vigo Day 0 and start Day 1 by getting the bus out to Baiono and walk back to Vigo, but based on what you were saying I think we'll just start in Vigo! We aren't regular walkers and are expecting to struggle somewhat so if we can cut out a day we will 🙃
I hope you have a great walk!
Louise (Dublin)
 

martinigirl007

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Camino(s) past & future
Coastal route - Portuguese
martinigirl,

Santiago is the only place where you can receive a Compostela.
I may have mis-phrased my question. I know you can only get the Compostela at Santiago. I meant qualify via the coastal route starting in Vigo to Santiago.
 

martinigirl007

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Coastal route - Portuguese
Thanks for replying Catherine! We are planning our last 100KM for early Septemeber. We were going to get the train to Vigo Day 0 and start Day 1 by getting the bus out to Baiono and walk back to Vigo, but based on what you were saying I think we'll just start in Vigo! We aren't regular walkers and are expecting to struggle somewhat so if we can cut out a day we will 🙃
I hope you have a great walk!
Louise (Dublin)
Just an FYI, I reached out to the Pilgrim's office to ask about starting in Vigo and qualifying for the Compostela and where to start from & they told me to start at the church: "Puede comenzar en la Iglesia de Santiago de Vigo."
 
Camino(s) past & future
April 2017
Thanks for that. I could not figure out which church. Hope to also get a stamp at the tourist office and then head out walking
 

Lindie Namibia

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances -2016-
Via de la Plata -2017-
So interesting to read all about your trips!
We are leaving for Vigo in 3 weeks time - Would like to find out where we should get passports? Tourist info or rather at the cathedral?
Had to wait HOURS at cathedral in Ponferada in 2016 for the priest to have time to help us....
Any ideas?
Buen Camino
 
Camino(s) past & future
April 2017
Tourist office open 10am.they also suggested Maria Auxiliadoro Church as it had an office open 1030 to 1330 and 1730 to 2030. Its at ronda Don bosco 6 Vigo. Where r u staying in Vigo.
 
Camino(s) past & future
April 2017
Tourist office open 10am.they also suggested Maria Auxiliadoro Church as it had an office open 1030 to 1330 and 1730 to 2030.
 

Washie

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (2019)
Hello, my daughter and I are arriving around 8pm into Vigo airport in April. We want to stay in Vigo that night and start the Camino in the morning. We hope to get our first stamp in Vigo at the church or tourist office which we hope will cover us for the last 100km. Thanks to those that informed that tip here. Can anyone advise us, should we get a bus or a taxi into Vigo from the airport and how much would a taxi be? Also, any recommendations for a hotel/b&b that is near to the tourist office or church and easily found at night? Although on a budget, I don't mind spending a bit the first night to get my bearings.
 

martinigirl007

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Coastal route - Portuguese
Hi have been informed by pilgrims office that Vigo to Santiago will qualify for compostela 101km. Just wondering if anyone who has done this can confirm. Also where did you get sell or stamps Vigo. We have evening flight arriving 8pm and want to hit road early next day. Also is it easy to pick up route and any recommendations for accommodation. I believe there is a new albergue pepe. Thanks in advance
Apparently you can get sellos at most post offices too: https://www.elcaminoconcorreos.com/en/services (see the video at the bottom)
 
Camino(s) past & future
April 2017
The airport bus will cost 1 euro 35 cents and takes about half an hour. Check the vigo airport website for times. Sercotel Hotel Bahia Vigo or Hotel America are fine or Hotel Compostela.
 

Washie

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (2019)
Thanks for that Catherine and Lindie. The airport bus is very cheap! The pilgrims office emailed me back and said we need to start the walk from Iglesia de Santiago. I read on Tripadvisor that we then walk from there to Rua Cantabria to get on the coastal route.
 

walker_wisdom

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués - Senda Litoral (2017)

Next Camino - tbc, open to suggestions.
We got our stamps at a large hotel in Vigo and then again at the Iglesia de Santiago in the old town. Just a warning - the Camino can be poorly signed on that next coastal section but once you get to Redondela it improves significantly!
 

Washie

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (2019)
Walker_Wisdom. I've booked a hotel beside Iglesia de Santiago so will copy you and get a stamp there and at the church. How did you find the Camino path from the Iglesia de Santiago? I'm looking at maps but it is not clear - as you said. Did you depend on the yellow markers? Another question - We've decided to bring small backpacks with no sleeping bags or sheets and pay more for accommodation rather than pay for check in baggage and then have to carry it. (It is €80 return for check in baggage - so having none and upgrading accommodation is cheaper over 6 nights). Is it easy enough to find relatively cheap accommodation with bed linen between Redondela and Santiago? Don't want to book in advance as I'd like to let my feet decide when to stop walking each day if possible. Going next week.
 
Camino(s) past & future
April 2017
Plenty of accomodation available with bed linen. You should be fine to not prebook. My sister is on the Camino Frances at present and it is very quiet. Redondela is a nice town, but it you want to go the extra 5K to O Recuncho de Peregrino, he has private rooms for ten euros. Albergue Aloxa in Pontevedra 12 euros, nice kitchen. Dont miss the hot springs in caldas de reis. I am just researching this route again, mainly trying to work out how to get out of Vigo too. Vigo is a lovely city but hilly. I will be interested to hear how you get on for my trip in September. What hotel have you booked in Vigo. Buen Camino
 

Washie

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (2019)
Thanks Catherine for that advice on accommodation. I will plan on using those accommodations in Redondela and Pontevedra but as I say, the feet will dictate. I've splashed out the first night on the posh NH Hotel as they are doing a Spring deal at the moment including breakfast. It is the first time my daughter and I are away together so I thought I'd spoil us - she thinks we're staying in a hostel. We will be well set up to get a stamp there or at the Iglesia across the road and hopefully either will advise us on the right route onto the Camino. I'll post here on how we get on.
 
Camino(s) past & future
April 2017
Thanks Washie, I will look forward to hearing how you get on. I have walked twice with my daughter, once on the Frances and last year from Tui lo Redondela. It is lovely family time. Enjoy.
 

walker_wisdom

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Camino(s) past & future
Portugués - Senda Litoral (2017)

Next Camino - tbc, open to suggestions.
I think you’ll be fine booking cheap accommodation with linen, that’s a great way to cut down your bag weight. We had sleeping bags but we stayed in a hotel in Caldas anyway - it was a cheap pilgrim room we booked on arrival so didn’t provide towels so perhaps just ask if you want full amenities. Walking from the church to redondela was confusing, we followed arrows and shells for a bit then they disappeared for a while then reappeared... you can always ask local store owners, sometimes we knew we were in the right area as the stores has stickers with shells on them
 

martinigirl007

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Coastal route - Portuguese
Also, this guy made a video of his trek from Vigo to Santiago starting at Santuario de María Auxiliadora and says that gave him 101Km and he obtained the compostela with that route (see comments):
 
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Washie

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (2019)
Thank you Martinigirl. The map route is different out of Vigo than another one I got on this forum. It seems I just have to head north, inland a bit from the coast through Vigo to get to Redondela. I'll be arriving in Santiago de Compostela on Easter Sunday, assuming I walk the right way.
 

martinigirl007

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Coastal route - Portuguese
Thank you Martinigirl. The map route is different out of Vigo than another one I got on this forum. It seems I just have to head north, inland a bit from the coast through Vigo to get to Redondela. I'll be arriving in Santiago de Compostela on Easter Sunday, assuming I walk the right way.
Would love to get an update from you once you complete your journey. Buen camino!
 

Pilger99

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Camino(s) past & future
addicted since 1999 (Aragones, CF), lots of caminos in Spain and Portugal since then
The Santiago Church of Vigo is on Facebook.
https://es-la.facebook.com/santiagodevigo/posts/nuestros-horarioshorario-de-apertura-del-templo-de-lunes-a-sábado-de-9-a-13-y-de/449869128418504/
Can somebody confirm that he got the stamp here during normal opening times (not the limited office time)?

Maybe the Refugio of O Freixo (on the hills of Vigo) is a valid starting point too. Vibasa L17 is passing the albergue regularly.
Someone I met on the way recommended the Albergue of Saiáns (next to L10) as a good location to stop in the outskirts of Vigo.
 

Washie

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (2019)
Hello Pillger99, We were in Iglesia de Santiago in Vigo this morning hoping to get a stamp. Mass was on so we couldn't walk around looking for the office. We went back to the hotel across the road and they stamped our passports and said there wasn't anyone at the church doing stamps. We popped back in on our way and no sign of anyone so just moved on. We are in Redondela now and got our second stamp of the day in the first cafe we came across called Villa Bella.
 

Washie

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (2019)
Hello Martini girl and Catherine.
Here is my update on Vigo. You have to walk up the side road to the right if Iglesia de Santiago for about 300m until you come to Rua Uzaiz. Turn left onto it and walk the length of it for 2km until it becomes pedestrianised. At the end of that section, turn left onto Via Toledo. This is marked with a yellow arrow. Walk on Via Toledo going through the crossroads until you come to Rua Cantabria on the right, also marked by a yellow arrow. There are proper way markers from here. To this point took about 30 mins to walk. You then walk through suburbia for about 15 minutes until you come to lovely woodland walkways all marked. Beware! There is not one bench or coffee shop until you get to Redondela 3 hours later. It was raining so we could not really sit on the ground. Still enjoyed it. Staying in Casa de Herbs tonight. 12 euro each with linen. Be mindful when you are emailing the accommodation that the replies may be in your spam folder.
 

walker_wisdom

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Camino(s) past & future
Portugués - Senda Litoral (2017)

Next Camino - tbc, open to suggestions.
Hello Martini girl and Catherine.
Here is my update on Vigo. You have to walk up the side road to the right if Iglesia de Santiago for about 300m until you come to Rua Uzaiz. Turn left onto it and walk the length of it for 2km until it becomes pedestrianised. At the end of that section, turn left onto Via Toledo. This is marked with a yellow arrow. Walk on Via Toledo going through the crossroads until you come to Rua Cantabria on the right, also marked by a yellow arrow. There are proper way markers from here. To this point took about 30 mins to walk. You then walk through suburbia for about 15 minutes until you come to lovely woodland walkways all marked. Beware! There is not one bench or coffee shop until you get to Redondela 3 hours later. It was raining so we could not really sit on the ground. Still enjoyed it. Staying in Casa de Herbs tonight. 12 euro each with linen. Be mindful when you are emailing the accommodation that the replies may be in your spam folder.

Thanks for the update! We were there at the exact same time 2 years ago so it's really nice to hear about your journey!
 

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