Varient de Spirtual
Walking / Bicycle
Varient de Spirtual
This route of the Camino Spiritual is considered the origin of all the Camino de Santiago routes. The journey passes through breathtaking landscapes and a region rich in vegetation called O Salnés. We will have the opportunity to discover historical sites, monasteries, and churches, alongside modern and vibrant cities, and enjoy the famous gastronomy of the area.
The travel itinerary includes a boat journey across the Ulla River, where we'll see seventeen ancient stone crosses associated with the Camino routes.
This experience provides a unique blend of history, spirituality, and natural beauty, making it a memorable pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago.
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Day 1: Arrival in Vigo
Welcome to Vigo, the largest city in the Galicia region. Before we embark on our journey, let's explore the vibrant streets and lively atmosphere of the city, including its abundance of restaurants and bars. We will visit the Santa Maria Cathedral in the old quarter, stroll along the promenade near the harbor, and enjoy the breathtaking views of Vigo Bay.
Day 2: From Vigo to Arcade
We begin our journey with an enchanting walk through the picturesque rural area, scattered with small communities amidst the natural beauty of Galicia. The route offers a spectacular view of Vigo Bay and the Rande Bridge. We will reach Redondela, where the coastal path and the inland route of the Portuguese Camino converge. Later on our way, we climb to Arcade, the capital of shellfish and seafood in Galicia, and enjoy the stunning scenery of the Island of San Simón.
Walking distance: 23 km
Day 3: From Arcade to Pontevedra
Today, we have a short and enjoyable walking day. After leaving Arcade, we cross the Verdugo River on one of the oldest bridges in Galicia, Ponte Sampaio. Continuing through picturesque towns, we will arrive in Pontevedra, one of the most beautiful cities in Galicia and the second oldest after Santiago de Compostela. The city is renowned for its magnificent historic center and the variety of excellent tapas bars.
Walking distance: 15 km
Day 4: "O Salnés Spiritual Variant" from Pontevedra to Armenteira
We start the day by crossing the Lerez River bridge after leaving Pontevedra. About 2 km later, we begin the "Spiritual Variant" route. The path takes us through the scenic landscapes of the region, passing through the charming town of Paio, where we visit the impressive 12th-century monastery still active today. Later on, we refresh ourselves in the coastal town of Combarro before embarking on a long and demanding climb to the village of Armenteira.
Walking distance: 24 km
Day 5: "O Salnés Spiritual Variant" from Armenteira to Vilanova de Arousa
Today, we will follow the "A Ruta da Pedra e da Auga" path, considered one of the most beautiful and pleasant routes on the Camino. Leaving Armenteira, we'll walk under the shade of trees along the riverbanks, enjoying unique landscapes – ancient water mills, small waterfalls, and bridges. The coastline of Vilanova de Arousa will reveal itself after an almost 22 km walk.
Walking distance: 24 km
Day 6: "O Salnés Spiritual Variant" Walk from Pontecessures to Rua de Francos
This is the last day of the Spiritual Variant before joining the traditional Portuguese Camino. We'll enjoy a boat journey along the Ulla River to Pontecessures, honoring the maritime route taken by the messengers of Saint James when bringing his relics to Galicia.
Walking distance: 16 km
Day 7: From Rua de Francos to Santiago de Compostela
This is the final stage of our beautiful journey on the Portuguese Camino! Most of the walk will take place through forests and green landscapes along quiet and shaded asphalt paths. The last Miles will lead us through urban streets until we reach the historic quarter of Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage site. At Plaza de Orbadoiro, we find the Royal Cathedral, where we celebrate our arrival at the finish line!
Walking distance: 14 km
Day 8: Santiago de Compostela
Our amazing journey has come to an end. You can depart after breakfast, taking with you unforgettable memories of an incredible journey. Alternatively, you may choose to stay with us for a few more days and enjoy everything Santiago de Compostela has to offer.