Join CRY for what is a memorable week walking the Camino while raising money for a good cause. We have chosen a new route this year which is along the coast of Portugal with amazing views and scenery. See details below for a day by day account of what is involved.
Money to be raised per person: €1,995
Deposit needed to secure place: €250
• 7 nights / 8 days / 6 walking days
• All Breakfast and Dinner (including a gala dinner on the final night)
• Water for the hike. People will be asked to purchase water in advance, or at a local shop, or refill at the hotel.
• Alcoholic drinks
• Travel Insurance
Airport transfers: Transfers will be included to and from the airport on arrival into a local airport
Luggage will be transported to and from the accommodation. Participants will be asked to carry day bags and packed lunches.
All dinners and breakfast, included!
Breakfasts will be at our accommodation
Picnic Lunches - Only available on request – extra charge - €12 per person per day
Dinners will be in the hotel. There will be a gala dinner outside of the hotel on the last night.
SUPPORT AND EMERGENCY
Your guide will be assisting you 24/7, and will be in constant contact with our head office by mobile phone. He will also have a full challenge first aid kit with him during the whole time of the challenge. There will also be a representative from CRY on the trip.
DAY TO DAY
Portuguese Coastal Way – Section 2: The second section of our Portuguese Coastal Way or Caminho da Costa starts in the elegant seaside town of Baiona, in the heart of the Rías Baixas, famous for its Albariño white wine and delicious shellfish. Visit the Monte Real castle, stroll along the port and go for a swim in the bay before you start your journey to Santiago. From Baiona, you will follow the coast towards Vigo, enjoying the views of the magnificent Illas Cíes and the bay along the way. The Portuguese Coastal Way joins the Portuguese Way in the town of Redondela so you will continue your Camino de Santiago walk through the lovely city of Pontevedra, the spa town of Caldas de Reis, Padrón and finally Santiago de Compostela where you can claim your ‘Compostela’ certificate!
Start your Camino de Santiago in the elegant seaside town of Baiona: stroll along the port, visit the impressive Monte Real fortress and taste the best of the Rías Baixas seafood and white wine before you start your journey to Santiago de Compostela.
2 Baiona to Vigo - 23km
6h | +320m / -318m
Today you will follow the coast from Baiona to Nigrán and finally to the city of Vigo. You will enjoy fantastic views of the Bay of Vigo, with the magnificent Illas Cíes and its Natural Park in the horizon. On a hot day, stop at the blue flag beach Praia América in Nigrán for a quick swim.
3 Vigo to Redondela - 14km
4h | +353m / -347m
From the city of Vigo, you will continue on your coastal Camino with the Bay of Vigo to your left. Today is quite a short day so you can enjoy a more relaxed pace. Your stop for the night is the town of Redondela where you will join the original Portuguese Camino.
4 Redondela to Pontevedra - 16km
4h | +353m / -347m
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. Your final point is the city of Pontevedra, with its pretty historic centre. At today is quite a short day so you will have time to explore the old town, with its many Romanesque churches and quaint granite squares.
5 Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis - 24km
6h | +244m / -241m
Leaving Pontevedra, today, the Camino will take you through chestnut groves and pine and eucalyptus woods. In the village of Ponte Cabras you will see the rectory of Santa María de Alba. At Lombo da Maceira, a statue of Saint James with his walking stick will show you the way. On your way to Caldas de Reis you will pass the hamlet of Tivo with its lovely fountain and public washing bath.
6 Caldas de Reis to Padrón - 18km
4h30 | +268m / -285m
From Caldas de Reis you will cross the river Umia and find the hot springs that have given the town its name since Roman times. The trail once again takes you to forests and gradually climbs to the village of Santa Mariña. You will continue on the Camino through pine
forests to today’s destination: the town of Padrón. When the body of Saint James was being brought to Compostela by boat, Padrón was said to be the first land it reached.
7 Padrón to Santiago de Compostela - 25km
6h | +448m / -202m
Your final day of walking will take you through a number of small villages on your way to the historical sanctuary of A Esclavitude. Nearby on a hilltop sit the ruins of a fort known as Castro Lupario. Shortly after this you will see some of the oldest wayside crosses in Galicia. As you make your way towards Agro dos Monteiros you will be able to see the spires of the cathedral in Compostela. You will pass the ruins of the castle of A Rocha Vella, as you approach Santiago de Compostela
8 Santiago de Compostela
Take time to explore this gem of a city, small and vibrant. Its UNESCO listed old town will enchant you. In Santiago de Compostela you will find not only pilgrims but also locals and students, socialising and enjoying a few bites and glasses of wine in the many bars, restaurants and cosy cafes.
We’d be delighted if you could join us for this year’s VHI Women’s Mini Marathon.
Every step you take for us makes a difference to helping us to continue our work and to support the screening service at the CRYP Centre in Tallaght Hospital and to help us support families affected by sudden cardiac death. Our services are FREE TO PATIENTS and we receive no additional funding so your support is vital to help us continue our work.
The Vhi Women's Mini Marathon will take place on Monday 1st June 2015. On-Line entries for the 2015 Race opened on Wednesday 11th Feburary 2015. All participants must enter either on the official Entry Form which will appear in The Herald every Wednesday and Saturday from 11th February 2015 or online at www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie.
Date/Time: Bank Holiday Monday, 1st June 2015 at 2.00pm
Start Line: Baggot, Dublin 2.
Finish Line: Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2
Entry fee: €18.00 *online entries wil incur an extra €1 bank processing charge.
We are looking forward to seeing some familiar faces, and plenty of new ones at this year's event!
The number of entries is strictly limited. Enter early to avoid disappointment. Once you have registered with VHI Women's Mini Marathon make sure let us know that you are joining the team – email
or call 01 4525482.
So all you need to do is :-
Step 1. Register for the race itself with www.vhiwomensminimarahton.ie – remember you cannot take part in the race without a race number.
We will get you out your sponsorship pack containing:-
• Sponsorship Card, CRY TShirt, Cry Bootbag (for your valuables), Cry WristBand
Follow us on FaceBook at Cry Ireland for our weekly tips on training or on Twitter @CRYIre.
We’ll have our pre & post race celebrations at The Conrad Hotel, Earlsfort Terrace - a short walk from the start & finish lines. Full details on this once you’ve joined #teamCry.
Saturday 16th February saw Phil Cawley on Today FM in association with BetFair choose Cry for their Charity Bet. Barry Orr of Betfair chose the Everton –v- Oldham Premiership game and predicted a draw - €500 on at 5-1. With five minutes to go the match went to 2 – 1 and it was a nervewracking last couple of minutes. At full time however the score was 2 all – great result for Cry! Huge thanks to Barry and Phil for choosing Cry!