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A Guarda, Santiago de Compostela, Fisterra 4nts itinerary Qs

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A Guarda, Santiago de Compostela, Fisterra 4nts itinerary Qs

I would very much appreciate feedback and suggestions on our 4-night trip to Santiago de Compostela from Portugal (3rd wk of Sept):

Day 1 (Thurs 20) - Leaving Porto in a rental car at around 9am. We're planning on taking the A28 until Esposende, stopping for a quick visit of the Iron Age hillfort at Castro de São Lourenço. Back on the A28 to Viana do Castelo, where we plan on hugging the coast on the N13 to Caminha. We're going to take the car ferry from Caminha to A Guarda (probably the one at noon or at 1pm). We'll be spending the afternoon and evening on Monte Santa Trega and in A Guarda, staying at the Hotel Convento de San Benito. Any sights or archeological sites worth visiting along the way? A good seafood restaurant in A Guarda?

Day 2 (Fri 21) - Planning to start with the coastal route to Santiago de Compostela (via Vigo) from A Guarda, using the PO-552, then joining the AP-9. Any suggested stops along this route?

Day 3 (Sat 22) - Spending the day in Santiago de Compostela. Hoping to see the botafumeiro in the cathedral at 19:30.

Day 4 (Sun 23) - Morning service in the cathedral. Slow drive to Fisterra (Finisterre) with stops along the camino (like the bridge at Augapesada). 3 of our party may decide to walk a 10kms leg, if the weather permits. Which 10 kms would be a nice hike? The first 10 kms?

Day 5 (Mon 24) - Travel day: Fisterra to Muxia, via Santiago de Compostela, to Braga.

Thanks for your thoughts and suggestions!

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O Savinao, Galicia
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1. Re: A Guarda, Santiago de Compostela, Fisterra 4nts itinerary Qs

The Cathedral is planned to be closed for mass and public entrance for the next years. Some parts maybe be open to allow limited access but you could well be disappointed.

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2. Re: A Guarda, Santiago de Compostela, Fisterra 4nts itinerary Qs

For the best walks you should spend some time looking at the specific web and see what others have said

https://www.caminodesantiago.me

Surely the best part walk will depend on the weather. A more coastal path will be super if the weather is kind.

Muxia is a good area. Less built up and good finish to hang your boots up.

I am very surprised about the closure of the Cathedral. Surely this needs qualifying for your specific dates.

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3. Re: A Guarda, Santiago de Compostela, Fisterra 4nts itinerary Qs

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4. Re: A Guarda, Santiago de Compostela, Fisterra 4nts itinerary Qs

Cadiz_Lover: Thank you for your suggestion. I have been reading some journal/blog accounts for the possible stretches that my friends could hike. I just might boot them out of the car for the last stretch to Muxia indeed, if the weather is good.

Casa_Santo_Estevo: Thank you very much for taking the time to post all of these links! From one of them, it looks like the Cathedral will remain open until sometime in September. I also see that details, esp. regarding specific dates are vague...

I will be very sad if the entrance to the Cathedral will not be possible for our visit the week-end of Sept. 22nd. My travel companions have never been to Santiago de Compostela and a visit to the Cathedral is the main reason why we have allocated 5 days out of our Portugal itinerary to visit Galicia.

I was very lucky to stumble upon a very special mass in honour of firefighters when I visited Santiago before. Not only did I get to see the Botafumeiro swing, but I was seated right in front of where the buff firemen displayed their skill with the ropes :-)

O Savinao, Galicia
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5. Re: A Guarda, Santiago de Compostela, Fisterra 4nts itinerary Qs

I gave the warning exactly because the time schedule is vague.

Being the expert for the are means I am usually on top of things like this. I live in Spain so I do feel that I am "on top" of the news in Spanish.

All this is a lead up to the next saints year.

Just hope you get to show your companions the inside. Even if it is is the middle of renovation.

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