Camino de Santiago Route II
Route of 3 nights
A fascinating route along the west Galician coastline to Santiago, surrounded by cliffs, mountains and rias with stops in Baiona and Pontevedra.
Route available until December 2022 (included).
This route starts on Sunday
Parador de Baiona
Avenida Arquitecto Jesús Valverde, 3, 36300, Baiona (Pontevedra)
+34 986355000[email protected]
Our pilgrimage to the tomb of the apostle on the Way of St. James, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a European Cultural Itinerary by the Council of Europe, starts in the south of the Rías Baixas, in the historic town of Baiona, where the arrival of the caravel La Pinta on 1 March 1493 announced the news of the Discovery of America. Protected from the open sea by a beautiful bay is the Monterreal peninsula, where the Parador awaits you in the walled fortress. A paradise for tasting fish and seafood. From there you will enjoy dreamy sunsets where, in the distance, the Cíes Islands invite you to visit their cliffs, their beaches and dunes, their seabed and their unspoilt paths. Within the walled enclosure is the Baiona Royal Yacht Club, where you can go sailing and enjoy nautical tourism. You cannot leave Baiona without taking a tour of Monte do Boi and the Serra da Groba, from which the Rías Baixas look like a sober and colourful watercolour, without seeing the sunset at Cabo Silleiro, without visiting the Virgen da Roca viewpoint or without strolling through its splendid old town and its promenade.
Crossing estuaries and estuaries - on the way, it is worth a visit to Vigo to stroll through the Old Town and have some oysters in the A Pedra market - we reach Pontevedra, in whose elegant and well-kept old quarter stands the Renaissance palace that houses the Parador. Of interest are the Basilica of Santa María la Mayor, a jewel of Gothic architecture, and the Church of the Pilgrim Virgin, a chapel with a scallop-shaped floor plan. The Museum of Pontevedra is also worth a visit, with its collection spread over five noble buildings. A few kilometres from the city, the Rías Baixas open up to the Atlantic, where you can enjoy fantastic sunsets in places such as the island of La Toja, urban beaches such as Silgar in Sanxenxo, or huge golden sands such as A Lanzada. It is also advisable to visit nearby towns such as El Crove and Combarro, with their picturesque century-old granaries. In February and March, the Camellia Route is organised through the different monasteries and manor houses in the area.
Parador de Santiago de Compostela
Praza do Obradoiro, 1, 15705, Santiago de Compostela (A Coruña)
+34 981582200[email protected]
Santiago, the end of the route, is a World Heritage City and offers travellers one of the most luxurious and beautiful hotels in the Parador network: the Parador de Santiago, known as Hostal dos Reis Católicos. The city of the apostle seduces with its Plaza del Obradoiro, where the beautiful Cathedral stands, the Plaza de la Universidad, its pulsating streets and markets, palaces and churches, museums such as the Cathedral, the Pobo Galego or the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporáneo (Galician Centre of Contemporary Art). You must try the Santiago cake and the Padrón peppers, and you can't miss the opportunity to taste the peculiar Galician wines.