Caldas de Reis - Padrón

The stage of the Portuguese Coastal Way from Caldas de Reis to Padrón is a picturesque journey of approximately 18.6 km that traverses a typically Galician rural environment, known for its natural beauty and accessibility.

Caldas de Reis: The start in Caldas de Reis allows pilgrims to briefly enjoy the comforting thermal waters before beginning the day’s journey. This town is known for its relaxing atmosphere and heritage linked to the healing waters.

Route: Along the way, hikers traverse rural areas where forests alternate with small villages and cultivated fields, providing a tranquil and revitalizing experience. Notable points include Valga and Pontecesures, the latter known for its historic bridge over the Ulla River, marking the entrance to the province of La Coruña.

Padrón: The stage concludes in Padrón, a place of great historical significance on the Camino de Santiago. Padrón is famous not only for being the supposed landing site of the Apostle James’ body but also for its iconic peppers. Pilgrims can visit the Church of Santiago de Padrón, where beneath the altar lies the legendary stone linked to the arrival of the saint.

This stage effectively combines culture, history, and nature, offering pilgrims a complete experience on their way to Santiago de Compostela. It is ideal for those seeking to enjoy the tranquility of the Galician countryside and immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage of the region.