Baiona is located on the Atlantic Coast of Galicia. Like any coastal town, its close connection with the sea has played a fundamental role in the development of its identity and economy. This small town has historically been an important seaport and a center of commercial exchange, until the 19th century. Such was the importance of this town that Felipe II came to consider it <<the key of my kingdoms>>.
In the Middle Ages, this seafaring town played a fundamental role in spreading the news about the discovery of America, as it was the first place in Europe to receive the news of Christopher Columbus voyage in 1493. Today a replica of La Pinta is docked in the port of Baiona. One of the caravels he captained on his expedition to the Indies.
Baiona or Bayona (in Spanish), is a place of great historical and cultural importance regarding the Camino de Santiago. It is the last stop of the Portuguese Coastal Way, before converging in a single path with the Portuguese Inland Way, to reach Santiago. This fact makes this fishing village a meeting point for many pilgrims who begin their journey to Santiago de Compostela and one of the most important starting points of the Portuguese Way.
The stone of its streets and buildings and the salty smell of the sea along with its green fields and mountains, make this small fishing village in southern Galicia a special place on the Camino de Santiago.
It also preserves various art and historical heritage elements that enhance its importance throughout history. For instance: the Monterreal Fortress, where the Parador de Baiona is located, an old castle that currently serves as tourist accommodation and also has panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean; the navigation house; the Church of Santa Maria; or the Statue of the Virgin of the Rock.
These hotels offer private rooms with private bathrooms as well as other additional services that may vary depending on the type of category: restaurant service, television, room service, dry cleaning, ironing service, etc. It is common to stay in this type of hotels in the cities along the Camino.
These accommodations have the necessary services to cover the basic needs of cleanliness and rest at a more moderate price than the hotels . Officially, hostels and guesthouses are 1-star accommodations. However, this rating should not be taken into account when evaluating the level of comfort and quality of their services.
Typical in the large cities along the El Camino. They can be family hotels or international hotel chains. They are perhaps the most expensive alternative, although you can find different price levels according to the category and services they offer.
These are small accommodations characterized by having few rooms and providing personalized attention. They are hotel concepts with a modern style and their own character. They can be between 1* and 5*.
This is a public hotel chain that manages a network of almost 100 charming hotels distributed throughout the Iberian Peninsula. The establishments are located in buildings of cultural interest and great historical value, and stand out for their scenic, artistic or natural interest (including ancient palaces, monasteries, fortresses, convents, fortresses…).
Rural houses, pazos, inns, rectories, castles, monasteries, farmhouses… These are historic buildings of great architectural and patrimonial value. So much so, that this characteristic sometimes gives them the status of “luxury lodging” despite the fact that they are
“luxury accommodation” despite the fact that they are often rustic constructions in which natural stone and wood predominate.
Yes, to obtain the Compostela you only need to walk the last 100 kilometers of the route by foot (not cycling). In the case of the Portuguese Coastal Way from Baiona you will walk 134km, so you will get your Compostela when you arrive to Santiago.
Yes, all our itineraries are flexible. You will be able to choose the dates you want to travel as long as we find availability in the accommodations.
If you hire this service you will not have to walk with your backpack in your back. Every morning at 08:00 am the transport company will pick up your luggage at your accommodation and transport it to your next accommodation.
Our recommendation is to make the journey Baiona-Santiago de Compostela on foot in 6 days. However, you can adapt it to your preferences. People in good shape can do the Portuguese Coastal Way from Baiona on foot in 6 days. While other pilgrims prefer to walk at a more relaxed pace and complete the route in 8-10 days.
To make a reservation the first thing you have to do is contact the Galiwonders team. A travel agent will help you solve all your doubts and help you choose the route and services (accommodation, transport, insurance, etc) that best suit your needs, preferences and budget. Once you have decided the itinerary of the Camino you want to do and confirm the reservation, we will reserve all the services for you.