Below you can see the map that crosses the Portuguese Way along its Spiritual variant. A small detour from 81 Kms that joins Pontevedra with Padrón in which you will follow the route described in the Traslatio, the path that crossed the lifeless body of the Apostle on his arrival in Galicia, along with his two disciples together with his two disciples Theodore and Athanasius.

How can I interpret this map of the Portuguese Way, spiritual variant?

In the map you will see a breakdown of the 3 stages of the spiritual variant of the Portuguese Way. Departing from Pontevedra, you will enter the region of Salnés along the Ría de Arousa up to its source. You will visit 1 Autonomous Community and 2 Provinces: Galicia with the provinces of Pontevedra and A Coruña.

You should bear in mind that approximately 70% of the Galician population lives around the Atlantic axis that connects A Coruña and Vigo, mainly on the coast. This route is inscribed precisely in the center of this axis, between the capital of Pontevedra and the capital of the Community, and also in an area of great economic activity linked to the sea and tourism among others. That’s why you’ll have no problem finding towns and villages with services that make that on the map the Portuguese Way and all its variants are of the itineraries more endowed with infrastructure.

Ría de Arousa's beach

Sections where there is a shortage of services o Please note!

As we told you as a rule this Camino has all kinds of infrastructure. It also has its own “Compostela”, the “Compostela”. Pedronía. To do this you must complete the stage Vilanova – Padrón, 36 kms not very complicated but for which you will need time, so we recommend you to get up early. This accreditation proves that you have reached the end of the spiritual variant, Padrón, the place where the remains of the Apostle arrived and from where you will connect again with the Traditional Portuguese Way and you can continue to Santiago to get your Compostela.

Padron's bridge

Another peculiarity of the Portuguese Way is the large number of variants that we can find: Portuguese Way along the Coast, Portuguese Way spiritual variant or the Route of Father Sarmiento.

But… From where do I start the Camino?

The original starting point of the Portuguese Way, spiritual variant, is Pontevedra.therefore you must take it into account in your map. But our recommendation is that you take this Way as a detour from the original Portuguese Way, starting with from Tui and adding these stages if you have enough days.

The spiritual variant of the Portuguese Way has been recovered recently and therefore you will not find many pilgrims on your way, but you will certainly visit a remarkable natural environment on the map of Galicia. Undoubtedly along with the variant of the Portuguese Way along the coast, this is one of the best itineraries if you want to combine sea and Camino, as well as excellent cuisine. An irresistible experience!