Camino Portugués (The Portuguese Way)

Caldas de Reis - Padrón

19 km Difficulty
You leave Caldas de Reis through the viaduct, and across a mountainous stretch that leads to O Cruceiro. After 4 kilometres, you will reach the Church of Santa Mariña. The Camino runs parallel to the AP9 to O Pino and to the River Valga, of the same name as the municipality.   

Valga is very close to Pontecesures, thus named because in Roman times a bridge was built here to cross the River Ulla. Mestre Mateo, the author of the Portico of Glory in Santiago’s Cathedral, rebuilt it in the 12th century.

After Pontecesures, you reach Padrón, already in the province of A Coruña, famous for its peppers (“os pementos de Padrón, uns pican e outros non” is a common idiom describing these small but tasty peppers of capricious spiciness). Tradition has it that it was here that the boat coming from the Holy Land carrying the body of the Apostle was moored on the “pedrón”, a granite block still preserved under the altar of the church of Santiago. In Padrón, you can visit the Casa Museo de Rosalía de Castro (closed on Mondays), where the most important Galician writer lived. The house preserves its original structure and pictures and memorabilia belonging to this wonderful poet. 

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Tips from our postmen and women

 Pilar Martín, Correos of Padrón. 

"“Every Sunday, Padrón hosts the largest street market in Galicia. Thousands of people come to see, buy and taste the best products in this district. On the other side of the River Sar, across the bridge of Santiago, lies the 16th-century fountain of o Carme. Behind it, you can see the Carmelite monastery, the Convento do Carme, built on the bedrock. You have a nice view from here. For all botany lovers, you have the Jardín Botánico-Artístico by the N550, a national monument with over 300 species from all over the world". Pilar Martín, Correos of Padrón. 

 

We transfer your rucksack

So that you can travel light along the Camino de Santiago

 

We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from your accommodation at one stage to the next!! This way, your walk is more comfortable, your bag is lighter and you can enjoy every step of the Camino. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.

 

Bicycle transportation services 

We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point

 

Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any branch of Correos. Once you finish the Camino de Santiago you can go to the nearest post office and send it back home again. Your bicycle will be insured and we package your bike without disassembling it.

 

Luggage transfer

For everything you want in or out of your rucksack 

 

With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point along the Camino (hostels, hotels, branches of Correos, etc) so that you have your personal belongings when you arrive. You can therefore have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you carry along the Way. You can also send back whatever you have in your daily rucksack that you no longer need.

 

Prepaid Card

So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino 

 

Correos offers a prepaid card that is not linked to a bank account. In this way, you can defort walk the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You only have to put the money on the card that you are going to need and then top up again if your balance is low. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.

 

 

Stamping Your Credential

So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport 

Branches of Correos along the Camino de Santiago stamp your Credential or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of these stamps represent important tourist attractions from that particular place to help you remember your jorney.

 

 

Sending parcels along the Camino de Santiago 
 

Send your parcels without having to go along to a branch of Correos!

 

You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred branches of CORREOS located along the Camino de Santiago and additionally from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodation from where you can send parcels any time of the day. This service will help you to get rid of things from your luggage that you no longer need. You can also buy souvenirs or some typical products without having to worry about carrying them with you. 
 

 

 

Lockers in Santiago

So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city

Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike or trekking pole before you go into the Cathedral or you can wander around Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.

 

Correos Branches

To help you with anything you may need 

 

We have over 150 branches of Correos along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.