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Camino de Santiago 2023
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Trek Camino 2023

Join Peter McVerry Trust to walk the last 100 km of the Camino Portugués from Tui to Santiago de Compostela in six walking days. This final section of the walk takes you through the region of Galicia in Northern Spain to Santiago for a unique experience you’ll treasure forever.

The central Camino Portugués route is relatively flat and easy to navigate, and it is a great alternative to the French Camino. Spend one unforgettable week walking through stunning Galician countryside and villages and exploring fascinating historic towns and cities.

The 2023 edition will take place from August 25th – September 1st (Friday to Friday).

If you would like to learn more about our events, please visit the Events section of our website, or get in touch with our Fundraising Team by emailing fundraising@pmvtrust.ie or calling +353 (0)1 823 0776.

Whats Included

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in ensuite rooms on a B&B basis (typically 3* standard). We choose our accommodations to give you the best value while still maintaining high standards.
  • Private airport transfer from Santiago airport to Valença.
  • Bag transfer each day.
  • Pilgrim Passport – we use those issued by Camino Society Ireland – the only officially-recognised Irish pilgrim passport.
  • Detailed walking notes for each stage, as well as ongoing advice and 24/7 emergency phone service.
  • The security provided from booking with a licensed and bonded travel agency.
  • Flights not included. As a licensed travel agency, we can book your flights for you (€20pp fee applies, no fee for group bookings).
  • Travel insurance not included – we recommend that all customers take out adequate travel insurance.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 – Fly from Dublin to Santiago

Upon arrival, you are provided with a private transfer to Valenҫa for your overnight stay. Take the chance to explore the forteleza in Valenҫa – the old town contained within fortress walls that date from the 13th century.

Day 2 – Walk 20km from Valenҫa to O Porriño

Your day starts by crossing over the River Minho into Spain via a bridge designed by Gustav Eiffel. Passing by the Parador of Tui, you will walk uphill through the narrow streets of Tui to collect your first stamp in Spain at Tui cathedral. Your day finishes in the small town of O Porriño, famous for its “Pink Porriño” granite stone.

Day 3 – Walk 22 km from O Porriño to Arcade

Your day involves passing through the picturesque hamlet of Mos before reaching Redondela, a pretty place to stop for lunch. Arcade is the self-styled Galician home of oysters and is also a chance for you to take a beach stroll to watch the sun go down over the Bay of Vigo.

Day 4 – Walk 13km from Arcade to Pontevedra

Your day starts by crossing the beautiful Roman bridge from Arcade to Pontesampaio. The short day allows you plenty of time to explore the old city centre of Pontevedra, centred around the Basilica de Santa Maria in Praza Ourense.

Day 5 – Walk 21km from Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis

A quiet day spent mostly on minor country roads allows you the chance to relax in San Amaro on the way to Caldas. Caldas de Reis (“the thermal springs of the kings”) takes its name from the thermal springs that are still used today.

Day 6 – Walk 20km from Caldas to Padrón

Passing through possible resting points at Santa Mariña, O Pino and San Miguel, the day finishes up in Padrón, a town synonymous with Camino legend. It is here that the remains of St. James are said to have been taken ashore by his followers. Padrón is also home to the Pimientos de Padrón – peppers with a random hot surprise that are a local specialty worth sampling!

Day 7 – Walk 24km to Santiago

Today is all about reaching your journey’s end. You pass through Escravitude, Anguira de Suso, Faramello and Milladoiro before walking the final couple of kilometres to the cathedral in Santiago. Set off early to give yourself plenty of time to explore the incredible city of Santiago, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the perfect place to get lost in meandering streets or to sit at a bar and watch the pilgrim world go by!

Day 8 – Fly back

Return to Santiago airport for your return flight to Dublin.

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Walkers started day one by trekking from Sarria to Portomarin - 22km through the beautiful Galacian countryside.
With a 6am start on day two, our Camino group walked 25km from Portomarin to Palas De Rei passing through many hamlets and villages.
On day three, our Camino group walked 29km from Palas De Rei to Arzua in 32 degrees heat.
On the penultimate day of the trip, our volunteers walked 19km from Arzua to Pedrouza.
The group approaching Santiago de Compostela and concluding their 114km trek along the Camino Frances.