Camino de Santiago 2024 trek

Join us on the transformative journey of the Camino de Santiago to support the vital work of Fighting Blindness! Explore diverse terrains, from tranquil walking paths to challenging mountain trails and breathtaking coastal ways.

No prior experience is needed—just bring your adventurous spirit! Step by step, your support will bring us closer to finding cures for sight loss conditions.

This fully guided trek will bring the group along a 103km stretch of the Camino Portugues, starting in Vigo and finishing in Santiago De Compostela from 26th August -2nd September 2024.

The seven-night trip will include six walking days of varying distances and elevations. You will be walking approximately five to seven hours each day, but don’t worry, there are plenty of stops along the way for you to enjoy a break!

The trail types consist of walking paths, mountain trails, and coastal ways. Previous experience is not necessary, however, participants must have an average level of fitness and be over the age of 16.

A person walking on the Camino trail.

To take part in our Camino please pay your €250 deposit through our website donations page here.

For more information please email aoibheann.bourke@fightingblindness.ie.

Day 1: Flight into Santiago Airport 1.30 pm, Monday 26th of Aug 2024.

Bus transfer organized from the airport to Vigo. 

Today you will arrive in Vigo, where you can enjoy the incredible views of the Bay of Vigo and the Cies Islands, a beautiful archipelago located in the province of Pontevedra, in the northwest of Spain. 

You can walk through its charming streets and get to know the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria, a construction dating from the early 19th century, or the house of Estanislao Duran, an architectural jewel of the late 19th and early 20th centuries 

Overnight in Vigo.

27/08/24 (Tuesday):

Stage 1 Day 2: Vigo (22km) 

Vigo – Arcade 

Stage: Arcade 

Easy walking option. Today is your last day along the coast and quite a short walking day so you can make the most of the seaside. Stop to try the famous oysters in the fishing village of Arcade. Easy walking option. 

Overnight in Arcade. 

Group with Backpacks Walking on the Way of St James Towards Galicia, Spain
Group with Backpacks Walking on the Way of St James Towards Galicia, Spain

28/08/24 (Wednesday): 

Stage 2: Arcade: Day 3 (12km) 

Arcade – Pontevedra 

Stage: Pontevedra 

Today, you will cross the Verdugo River over Ponte Sampaio. It is in this bridge is where Napoleon’s army suffered one of its greatest defeats in Galicia. From Ponte Sampaio the Camino continues along a cobbled road taking pilgrims to the 13th century Church of Santa María, where you can enjoy magnificent views over the Bay of Vigo while walking towards Pontevedra. 

Overnight in Pontevedra. 

 29/08/24 (Thursday): 

Stage 3: Pontevedra: Day 4 (24km)

Pontevedra – Caldas de Reis 

Stage: Caldas de Reis 

Today, starting in the city of Pontevedra, the Camino will take you through chestnut groves and pine and eucalyptus woods. In the village of Ponte Cabras, take a minute to admire the rectory of Santa María de Alba. At Lombo da Maceira you will spot a statue of Saint James with his walking stick, showing pilgrims the way. On your way to Caldas de Reis you will pass the hamlet of Tivo with its lovely fountain and public washing area. 

You will be staying in the spa town of Caldas de Reis for the night. 

30/08/24 (Friday): 

Stage 4: Caldas de Reis: Day 5 (18km) 

Padron 

Stage: Padron 

From the spa town of Caldas de Reis, the Camino Portugués takes you across the river Umia and the hot springs that have given the town its name since Roman times. The Camino trail takes you once again to forests, gradually climbing to the village of Santa Mariña. After a descent you will cross the river Fontenlo before making your way through pine forests to today’s final destination: the town of Padrón, believed to be arrival point of the body of Saint James when it was brought to Santiago de Compostela by ship. 

31/08/24 (Saturday): 

Stage 5: Padron: Day 6 (25km) 

Santiago de Compostela 

Stage: Santiago de Compostela 

Santiago de Compostela is a gem of a city: small enough to be explored and be discovered on foot but always vibrant and lively. Wander the cobbled streets of its UNESCO-listed old town, go for a stroll in the Alameda Park and discover regional flavours in the local market (Mercado de Abastos) and the many restaurants and bars. 

Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela
Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela

1/09/24 (Sunday): 

 Day 7: Last Day – Discovery day.

Tour around Santiago – Cathedral, museums, etc. Option to go home that evening, however, some participants may want to stay in Spain for the Bank Holiday weekend.

2/09/24 (Monday): 

Go Home – 5.30 pm flight to Dublin.

The total cost of this trip, including the required fundraising, is €1,950. This includes a non-refundable deposit of €250 to secure your place.

The costs to participants are €950 with a further fundraising target of €1,000.

There are limited single rooms available at a supplement of €250.

What’s included:

  • Return flights from Dublin & Santiago De Compostela
  • Transfers from & to Santiago Airport
  • 20kg rucksack / suitcase on flight
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in hotels with breakfast included.
  • Orbis Ways guide walking with us for the walking days and a Fighting Blindness representative
  • Luggage transfers each day.
  • Travel Insurance

Not Included:

  • Health insurance
  • An additional €250 payment is required if you would like a single room to yourself.

Whether you know someone who is living with degenerative eye disease, or you simply just want to help, gather your friends and family and rise to the challenge, we would love to have you join us. Contact Aoibheann today by emailing aoibheann.bourke@fightingblindness.ie.