Portuguese Way: spiritual variant

3 Stages | 81 km

Recreates the route of the Traslatio, the origin of the Camino de Santiago

This variant of the Portuguese Way is also known as the route of the Sea of Arousa and the River Ulla. It starts in the city of Pontevedra and runs for two stages through the beautiful region of O Salnés. Pilgrims on this route will be able to recreate by sea the journey of the remains of the Apostle St. James sailing through the waters of the Arousa estuary.

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the portuguese way: spiritual variant

The Spiritual Variant is the ideal route to live a first experience on the Camino de Santiago away from the crowds and bustle of other routes. A trip in which you will have the opportunity to know wonderful fishing villages of the Rías Baixas, beautiful coastal landscapes and an exquisite gastronomy based on fish and seafood. You can also enjoy a pleasant sea-river crossing that seeks to recreate the arrival in Galicia of the body of the Apostle St. James, after his martyrdom in Jerusalem.

But in addition to the experience by sea, pilgrims who venture to do this variant will discover beautiful monuments and landscapes, such as the Monastery of A Armenteira or the route of A Pedra de da Auga, a beautiful route of 8 km characterized by the presence of dozens of water mills surrounded by dense vegetation.

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Spiritual variant from Pontevedra

This curious variant of the Portuguese Way from Pontevedra is the perfect route for all those people who want to do a route of the Camino de Santiago and do not have many days. You will be able to complete its 73 kilometers in only 4 stages; a trip for which you won’t need more than five days.

This route starts in the city of Pontevedra and heads towards the region of O Salnés, reaching the coast again in Vilanova de Arousa; from here it crosses the river Ulla upstream until it arrives to disembark in Pontecesures, very close to Padrón. From this point, you continue walking following the same route as the original route of the Portuguese Way to Santiago de Compostela.

You can also integrate the Spiritual Variant in any route of the Portuguese Way, you will only need to add a few more days to your trip.

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