Camino Portugués (The Portuguese Way)

Pontevedra - Caldas de Reis

23 km Difficulty

The initial 4 kilometres of this section depart from Pontevedra through the bridge of O Burgo, crossing the River Lérez until you reach Alba, where you find the Romanesque church of Santa María. 

Then the Camino goes through A Portela and Briallos, going back and forth to and from the railway tracks and the main road. After you cross the river Agra, Caldas de Reis is just around the corner.

Caldas is a spa town where pilgrims may find all services and also enjoy the thermal spring waters with their curative powers, used since Roman times. When you enter the square leading to the Calle Real, the main street in this town, you will find the Roman bridge over the River Bermaño. Close by, the 18th-century spa of Dávila offers a thermal spring accessible for visitors just by the façade.  

Here you may also visit several churches such as Santa María's and Saint Thomas Becket's, the only Galician church devoted to the Bishop of Canterbury, a famous pilgrim who spent the night here while doing the Camino. Besides, the River Umia is flanked by a beautiful botanic garden open to the public built at the end of the 19th century to offer some solace to the spa-goers who were being treated at the spa. 
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Tips from our postmen and women

  Jesús Ferro, Correos de Caldas de Reis. 
 
“Caldas de Reis is the place where Alfonso VII, the first Emperor of Castile, was born. He was the son of Doña Urraca, whose home was in Campo de la Torre. The Tower itself was demolished at the end of the 19th century to build the church of Santo Tomás, but you can still see some of the old windows on the outer part of the ambulatory”.  Jesús Ferro, Correos de Caldas de Reis. 

 Jorge Abal, Correos of Cambados
“In the municipalities of Meis and Ribadumia, many pilgrims decide to go to the Ruta da Pedra e da Auga, a walk that runs through streams and almost 50 restored water mills upstream all the way to the Cistercian monastery of Armenteira, where there is a hostel. There are signs along the route to return to the Camino”. Jorge Abal, Correos of Cambados. 

 

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.