Camino Portugués along the Coast

MÁLAGA TOUR RUNNING is an Active Tourism Company that unites two great hobbies: RUN and TRAVEL.

That’s why we organize this trip! We will run with runners from Spain and the world part of the Camino de Santiago!

In 6 Stages of RUNNING, we will run the last 125 km of the Portuguese Coast Road from Baiona, to Santiago de Compostela!

LIVE IT!

The Camino de Santiago is an experience of pilgrimage, meditation, coexistence, adventure and a different way of doing tourism and each one will give it its personal meaning.

We also love Running! … And what better way to make our Way, than RUNNING through natural landscapes, paths, cliffs, lanes and forests to reach the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela!

We will share a lot of group and individual experiences immersed in “the atmosphere of the Camino”, because each one will run at his own pace, enjoying if you want moments of solitude and others of pleasant talk. No doubt there will be room for everything …

If you have someone who wants to accompany you, but does not run, you can do it because we will form a group of Hikers to make the Camino walk … and you can share the rest of the day together!

INCLUDED SERVICES

  • 8 days / 7 nights accommodation in Hotel with breakfast.
  • Transportation if you cannot complete the stage.
  • 24-hour accompanying Runner monitor.
  • Luggage transfer during the stages.
  • Full documentation.
  • Pilgrim’s credential.
  • Finisher Medal
  • Gift of a ticket printed on paper money of the Camino de Santiago.
  • FINAL ROAD Massage 30´in Physiotherapy Center in Sgo. of Compostela.
  • Travel insurance.

 

DATES

Group of 10 to 25 Runners

May 19-26, 2020
June 23-30, 2020

 

PRICE

€ 495 – Accommodation in Hotels double, triple or quadruple room with private bathroom. (€ 120 single room supplement)

 

Services NOT included

  • Transportation to Baiona
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Cancellation Insurance (residents in Spain € 20 – foreign residents € 40)

 

Why don’t we include meals?

We will finish the stages at different times, so we cannot have lunch arranged during a closed schedule.

Regarding dinner, as runners we know that there are those who prefer to dine lightly, or earlier or not eat certain foods, so we believe that it is better for everyone to dine when and how they prefer. This does not mean that it cannot be done in groups if many are the ones that match tastes and schedules.

Some accommodations have a restaurant or cafeteria and / or next to them there are numerous places to take a full menu for € 10, tapas, etc.

 

 

 


 

Travel Planning & Stages

Day 1 – Arrival in Baiona (Pontevedra)

We will meet all at 7:00 p.m. at the established meeting point and you will be given your location days before the start of the trip through the whatsapp group or by email.

We will introduce ourselves among the participants and give a talk to tell you what the Stages will be like, answer questions and distribute the Pilgrim’s Credentials (which you must seal during the tour to get the Compostela when you arrive in Santiago) and we will also give you the labels for the transport of luggage.

The Portuguese Way along the coast is the last Jacobean route to be officially recognized. Of all the roads this one is especially unique because it is the least known and because of its spectacular layout: beaches, cliffs, Celtic castros, and forests that will make you enjoy running to Santiago de Compostela.

Good Way Pilgrim Runners!

 

 

Day 2 – Baiona – Vigo

Medium difficulty – 23 km

This stage will present beautiful samples of popular architecture and historic pazos and cruziro, such as Mallón and Pereiro … a stage with incredible beaches of fine white sand, with good weather almost all year. We will run to Vigo through the one known as Camiño do Souto and Camiño da Rosiña until reaching Nigrán. The regional road will guide us throughout the route until we reach Vigo, the largest city in Galicia, a dynamic and industrial city, with a large fishing port surrounded by immense beaches and landscapes.

 

Day 3 – Vigo – Arcade

Medium difficulty – 20 km

We start from Vigo and run parallel to the coast until we reach Redondela, where we connect with the Portuguese Way inside. The most spectacular of this route are the views of the Vigo estuary, and we will see the Cíes Islands, the Morrazo peninsula, the Rande Bridge (which was once the longest suspension bridge in the world) and the San Simón cove , with its beaches, wetlands and islands. Already at our end of the stage, Arcade, we will arrive at our accommodation and we will be able to discover the place and taste its renowned oysters in any of the restaurants of the villa.

 

Day 4 – Arcade – Pontevedra

Low difficulty – 16 km

We begin the stage crossing one of the most important bridges in Galicia at the historical level, Ponte Sampaio. It is a colossal stone bridge that saves the Verdugo river and in which, during the War of Independence, a battle that led to the withdrawal of French troops in Galicia was fought. After crossing the bridge we run between villages, pazos, granaries and cruises until we reach the Brea Vella da Canicouva, an evocative path of large slabs through which the Roman route XIX passed.

Pontevedra is for many one of the most beautiful cities in Galicia, and it is not for less, a walk through its cobbled streets and its squares will be enough to realize the special charm it hides.

 

Day 5 – Pontevedra – Caldas de Reis

Medium difficulty – 21 km

After crossing the Lérez River, the Camino leaves Pontevedra along the Rúa da Santiña, from which we will arrive at the Marismas de Alba observatory, a large 80-hectare wetland that houses hundreds of plant species and 123 bird species. The route runs on roads where many crossroads and level crossings converge, so we must exercise caution. Arriving in Briallos, we recommend diverting half a kilometer to visit the Cascadas del Barosa, a beautiful natural site with a waterfall of sixty meters and fourteen mills arranged along the waterfalls. In Caldas de Reis, water is still the protagonist as it is one of the hottest thermal villas in Galicia.

 

 

Day 6 – Caldas de Reis – Padrón

Low difficulty – 17 km

After leaving the thermal town of Caldas, you will enter the valley of Bermaña following the route through its forests of centuries-old trees, carballedas, cornfields and cruises. After a gentle ascent you will reach Santa Mariña de Carracedo, a town composed of a church, a rectory house and a granary. You will continue your way to Padrón through deep forests with water mills and leaving small villages behind until you reach Pontecesures, after saving the bridge of Roman origin a few kilometers away you will find the end of the stage, Padrón, where the ship that led the body of the Apostle Santiago and town famous throughout Spain for its delicious peppers.

 

Day 7 – Padrón – Santiago de Compostela

Medium difficulty – 24 km

Last stage!

Our Portuguese Coast Road comes to an end, so we recommend leaving early to take advantage of the day in Compostela. Today we will run through urbanized areas, which confirm that we are close to our goal. The highlight of this stage, in addition to the Cathedral of Santiago, is the beautiful collegiate church of Iria Flavia, which was the first cathedral in Galicia and whose cemetery, under an olive tree is the tomb of Camilo José Cela, Nobel Prize writer for Literature Spanish. The road continues through the municipality of Teo and Ames until reaching the desired Plaza del Obradoiro.

WE ARRIVE TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, RUNNING FROM BAIONA!

Soon we will enjoy a relaxing massage END OF ROAD OF 30´ in a Physiotherapy Center and we will decide if they treat us the back or legs and feet. We still have to discover the beauty of the city, its streets, enter the Cathedral, visit the Saint and go in search of our Compostela at the Pilgrim Reception Center.

 

 

 

Day 8 – Breakfast in Santiago de Compostela and farewell …

A special day full of emotions …

Some have came accompanied, others have done it alone, but when you are part of a group, we all integrate from day one, and more if we share this wonderful hobby of running.

Because Running unites people, and with a pair of sports shoes, we are all the same!

This experience can mark the END of a Path and the PRINCIPLE OF ANOTHER …

And really along the way many new friendships will have been forged that will accompany us or not, in the various paths of our life.

Our wish is that you enjoyed this sport, the life, travel experience and do not forget it, because for many people, this has been the 1st. Camino de Santiago.

After leaving our Hotel, we will have concluded the provision of our services.

See you soon!

 

Reservations

The way to RESERVE your place is very simple.

Send us a whatsapp at +34 665 944476 indicating your full name and surname, age, city, country (if you do not live in Spain), telephone (prefix of the country in which you reside) and email.

If you travel alone you will share a double, triple or quadruple room depending on the group. If you want a room just for you, you will pay € 120 extra.

If you want to take out the Cancellation Insurance, you will pay € 20 if you are resident in Spain or € 40 if you reside in other country. This amount will be paid at the time of paying your booking.

As soon as we receive your information we will send you the number bank account in which you will enter the total payment or payment of 50% of the value of the trip, paying the remaining 50% about 35 days before the start of the Camino (we will remind you)

 

Cancellations

You will notify by email any problem that prevents you from traveling to: [email protected]

Residents in Spain can take out Cancellation Insurance for € 20 and those residing abroad, you will pay  € 40. Said amount will be paid at the time of paying the Reserve.

The Insurance will be valid until 1 day before the trip, so the insurer will pay you what you have paid if the reason you cancel is within the conditions of the Policy that you will receive after your contract.

If you do not hire the Insurance, here is our Cancellation Policy:

  • If you cancel between 1 and 30 calendar days after the payment of the Reserve: we refund 100% of the payment made.
  • If you cancel up to 35 calendar days before the start El Camino de Santiago: we refund 80% of the reservation payment.
  • If you cancel with less than 35 calendar days before the start El Camino de Santiago: we refund 50% of the payment made.
  • If you cancel with less than 15 calendar days before the start El Camino de Santiago: We DO NOT refund any amount. (keep in mind that by that time your accommodation has already been paid by the Company)

 

FREQUENT QUESTIONS

Do I need special physical preparation to make this trip?

You need to be a RUNNER with some experience having done at least a Half Marathon, Marathon and / or mountain races. We will run almost a Half Marathon a day for 6 days. If you are a beginner you will not be able to recover and you can injure yourself. But surely if you train correctly, you can do it in the near future!

At what speed do we run?

The idea is to enjoy the Camino by taking photos, videos, etc., and each one will go at the pace you want. If someone wants to run very fast, they can do it, but we recommend dosing the effort because we will not have rest days. Throughout the stages, it is normal for the Group to run more together or separately. The Runner guide will run at a medium pace and enjoy. Remember that when we finish this fantastic experience, we will have the FINISHER MEDAL!

What should I take to run?

We recommend that you carry:

Trail backpack, hydration, gels, bars, nuts or whatever you usually take during your workouts, strips, what you normally take for muscle and / or joint aches and pains, trail shoes (not necessary that are very technical because the terrain to run not will be technical), clothes for running, sleeves (in the morning it may be cooler), jacket windproof and mobile with the battery charged.

What happens if I can’t finish a stage?

You should get in touch with the Monitora Runner and send your location. She will contact the car service to pick you up at a set point to take you to your hotel.

What happens if I get injured and can’t continue the Way?

This trip includes travel insurance with extensive medical and health coverage. In case of serious injury or illness that prevents you from continuing the Camino de Santiago, you will have covered all medical expenses and trips to the hospital.

Is it safe to travel alone?

Doing the Camino de Santiago alone is a very enriching experience on a personal level. If you do not have companions to make this trip do not worry! Come with us because you will meet people who, like you, share the hobby of running and will soon form bonds of fellowship and camaraderie in the Group. And daily living will make new friendships forged at the end of our adventure!

At what time will we start the stages?

After breakfast, between 08.00 / 08.30 hs. If someone wants to start earlier or later they can do so because throughout the morning they will receive the location of their hotel in the destination town.

How are the signs in El Camino de Santiago? Can I get lost?

The Portuguese Way of the Coast, like almost all roads is very well signposted and it is almost impossible to get lost. But if you get disoriented, call the Monitora, send your location and she will take care of you looking for you or sending a car to pick you up. The most usual signs of the Camino are the yellow arrows and the stone cairns that indicate the kilometers remaining to reach Santiago.

How are the hotels where will I sleep?

All Hotels are quality accommodation where you will have everything you need to have a good rest. Depending on the group, you can rest in a double, triple or quadruple room with private bathroom and if you go as a couple, and there is availability, you can request a double bed. If you prefer a single room, you will pay a supplement. The Company that manages the accommodation has a long history working with these establishments.

When will I know where I am going to sleep?

Weeks before the start of the trip you will receive by email the information and details of them. This is because the choice of your accommodations will depend on the availability of them according to the date.

What is the transfer of luggage?

Before starting the stage, we will leave the luggage at the reception of the hotel labeled according to the instructions we will provide about this service. While you run the stage the company in charge will move your suitcase or bag to the reception of the new hotel, where it will be stored until your arrival. Only 1 package is transferred per person up to 15 kg.

Allergies and special health circumstances

You must communicate by email to [email protected] any allergies or special circumstances that we should know about your state of health or physical and each person will be fully responsible for it.

Cancellation insurance

If you think that due to your personal situation you may have a problem that prevents you from making the trip, we recommend that you take out Cancellation Insurance that will be paid at the time of making the reservation payment.

Residents in Spain: € 20

Residents abroad: € 40

Its validity will be in operation until the day before the trip, and if you cannot travel for reasons that are included in the policy (illness, death of a family member, hospitalization, official exemptions….) It will be the Insurance who will be responsible for paying the travel costs receiving the refund of the same. If you decide to hire it, you will pay it at the time of making the payment of your Trip Reservation.

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