PADRE SARMIENTO ROUTE (190 Kms)
The Padre Sarmiento way recreates the pilgrimage route that Fray Martín Sarmiento took to Santiago de Compostela, during the Xacobeo of 1745. It is a spectacular route of 190 kilometres, which starts in Poio, a town located just in front of Pontevedra, and runs along the coast until Pontecesuresures, offering impressive coastal landscapes. Without a doubt, a route full of magic, history, traditions and above all an excellent gastronomy based on seafood and wine.
Arrival in Pontevedra or Poio
The Padre Sarmiento way can be started from Pontevedra, or directly from Poio. Poio is right in front of the city of Pontevedra, from which it is only separated by the estuary.
In Poio you can visit the archaeological area of A Caeira, the monastery of San Xoan de Poio, or the House Museum of Christopher Columbus, among other things. From the A Seca park, you can enjoy beautiful views of the estuary and the island of Tambo.
Pontevedra is for many one of the most beautiful cities of Galicia, and it is not for less. A walk through its cobbled streets and squares is enough to realize the special charm that it hides. After Santiago de Compostela, Pontevedra is the place on this route with the most heritage elements. You will be able to visit, among other things, the Ruins of Santo Domingo in the Provincial Museum of Pontevedra, the Royal Basilica of Santa María la Mayor, and the symbol of the city: the church of La Peregrina.
Good Way pilgrims!
Poio – Sanxenxo
This first stage of the Padre Sarmiento way can be started from the city of Pontevedra, crossing the bridge of “O Burgo” towards Poio, or directly from Poio. From here, you will walk with the estuary as the protagonist until you reach Combarro, the village of the thousand hórreos and cruceiros. From Combarro, the route continues through coastal paths, inlets and beautiful beaches, until you reach Sanxenxo. In this last stretch of the stage, the viewpoint of “A Granxa”, offers beautiful views of the estuary of Pontevedra.
Sanxenxo is the capital par excellence of Galician tourism. This area of the Galician coast enjoys many hours of sunshine, which has earned it the nickname “Galifornia”. Sanxenxo is one of the most visited places in Galicia in summer. Its most popular beach is Silgar beach, located on the promenade. The centre of the town enjoys a lot of animation and leisure, making it a perfect place to get lost among its streets. The centre of Portonovo is also very visited and it is ideal to go to the fish market and taste good fresh fish.
Sanxenxo – O Grove
In this stage of contrasts, the route leaves from the urban environment of Sanxenxo, to go to the first natural enclaves of the route in Portonovo and Paxariñas. From Punta Faxilda, you will have an impressive view of the Ons Islands. A few kilometres further on, you will pass by the Chapel of Nosa Señora de A Lanzada, located on a coastal outcrop. The next point of passage is the sedimentary complex of A Lanzada, a great straight extension of fine golden sand, dunes and turquoise waters. Later, the stage comes to an end at O Grove.
If we mentioned before that Sanxenxo is the capital par excellence of Galician tourism, O Grove is undoubtedly the capital of seafood. In fact, this small coastal town hosts one of the most important gastronomic festivals in Galicia: the seafood festival, held in October. Its rich gastronomy together with its natural richness will make you fall in love.
O Grove – O Grove (round trip)
As O Grove is located on a small peninsula, which is joined to land by the isthmus of O Bao, you can make a circular stage to get to know every corner of it. During this route, you will discover every corner of its beautiful natural landscapes, enjoying beautiful views of Sálvora Island, discovering archaeological sites, coastal lagoons, endless beaches of fine sand, the island of La Toja and a host of other places.
O Grove – Cambados
In this stage, the road goes back to the beach of A Lanzada, to leave the peninsula of O Grove and start the route to Cambados. Leaving to the left the intertidal complex Umia-Grove, the way leads us by the coast of Meaño towards Cambados. The landscape will be dominated by the old tile factories of Meaño, “As telleiras”, and the white grape vineyards.
From capital to capital… this stage brings us to Cambados, capital of the Albariño. In this small town you can visit emblematic places such as the Tower of San Sadurniño, Fefiñanes square, the ruins of Santa Mariña, the Museum of Ramón Cabanillas or the Ethnographic Museum of Wine. Of course, you can’t miss to stroll around its monumental area and enjoy its exquisite cuisine accompanied by a good white albariño wine.
Cambados – Vilanova de Arousa
Today, you will leave Cambados behind on roads that run parallel to the coast. The coastal paths will be the protagonists until you reach Vilanova de Arousa, a town that you will enter through the Pasarela de O Terrón. The distance to Vilanova de Arousa is really very short, you will add kilometres to the stage to cross the bridge to the Illa de Arousa and visit it.
During this stage, you can visit the Natural Park of Carreirón, a perfect place for bird watching. In Vilanova de Arousa, the birthplace of Valle-Inclán, you will be able to enjoy its seafaring atmosphere, and its many beaches, wines and rich gastronomy. The most important monuments are the manor house of Valle-Inclán, the church of Santa María de Caleiro, the pazo of Rúa Nova and the towers of Cálogo.
At this point, Father Sarmiento’s path joins with the Spiritual Way of the Portuguese Way, in its section of the Traslatio.
Vilanova de Arousa – Padrón
Medium 7h28 Km
The first obligatory stop of this last stage is Vilagarcía de Arousa, where you will be able to enjoy walking along its beaches and its port, as well as its beautiful historical centre. You cannot leave without visiting the small fishing village of Carril.
This stage is the beginning of the famous and mythical route of the Traslatio. The route runs alongside the river Ulla, upstream. Without a doubt, the most impressive point along the route will be Catoira with its imposing towers. Once we arrive in Pontecesures, after crossing the bridge towards Padrón, the spiritual variant of the Way will be over. From here, you will follow the route of Father Sarmiento and the Portuguese Way, to continue to Santiago de Compostela.
Padrón is famous, among other things, for its peppers and for being the place where the boat of the Apostle Santiago made landfall. For this last reason, it will be compulsory to visit the famous Pedrón in the church of Santiago, which according to legend was used to moor the boat of the Apostle, in order to complete the spiritual variant. We also recommend visiting the Rosalía de Castro Museum and the Iria Flavia collegiate church, on the way out of the village towards Santiago de Compostela.
In Padrón you can obtain the “La Pedronía” certificate, which certifies that you have reached the end of the spiritual path.
Padrón – Santiago de Compostela
Low 6h24,5 Km
In this last stage we recommend you to leave early to take advantage of the day in Compostela. Today you will find a great density of urbanized areas, which confirm that you are reaching the finish line. The highlight of this stage, besides the Cathedral of Santiago, is the beautiful collegiate church of Iria Flavia, which was the first cathedral of Galicia and in whose cemetery, under an olive tree, you will find the humble tomb of Camilo José Cela. The route continues through the municipalities of Teo and Ames until it reaches the longed-for Plaza del Obradoiro.
You are in Santiago de Compostela, the city where rain is art. After having sealed your credentials in each stage and having collected your Compostela, after all the effort you have to enjoy the city, you will have earned it.
We hope you enjoy walking around the historical center, enjoying a fresh beer accompanied by a delicious tapa, dancing and singing in a foliada, or trying some of their traditional liquors, among other thousand and one things that this small but great city offers.
Santiago de Compostela
This is a day of farewells for many, the end of a journey, and why not, the beginning of many. The last day will dawn with one more road in your lives, but not a road of miles, but of experiences, emotions and new friendships; a journey that will be projected in your lives and will help you keep walking free towards your own goals. The Padre Sarmiento Way is one of the least known and traveled, but here you are. In Santiago de Compostela. And after this unforgettable adventure, you are coming back home.
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THIS TRIP INCLUDES
- 9 days / 8 nights of accommodation
- Backpack transfer service (1 package – máx. 20 kg.)
- Credencial (Pilgrim’s passport)
- Telephone assistance service 24/7
- Travel assistance insurance
- Free Cancellation insurance due to COVID
- Single room supplement: 245 €/pax
- Breakfast: 55 €/pax
- Half Board: 195 €/pax
- 545 € pax in double room
Hotels, Hostels and Rural Houses
We have selected for you the best accommodations so that you don’t have to worry about anything else but walking this path. The Padre Sarmiento Way presents a series of small hotels, hostels and rural houses with a lot of charm. They are simple, comfortable and without great luxuries, but very cozy, ideal to sleep and rest.