Variante Espiritual Salnés

VARIANTE ESPIRITUAL SALNÉS - Self-guided walk

The Salnés Spiritual Variant of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago connects the Portuguese Way with the Translatio Route, also known as the Arousa Sea and Ulla River Route, which is the origin of all the Santiago routes.

Organised into three stages, the variant begins in Pontevedra and ends in Pontecessures, where it joins the final leg of the Portuguese Camino. From Armenteira, the Camino leads pilgrims along the Stone and Water Route, considered to be one of the most beautiful in Galicia.

One of the peculiarities of this variant is the possibility of doing part of the last section between Vila Nova de Arousa and Pontecessures by boat, sailing in the waters of the Arousa estuary and arriving via the last navigable section of the Ulla River. It is the same route that the remains of the Apostle Saint James are believed to have travelled on their way to Santiago de Compostela. The route passes through a beautiful natural area, visiting the only Holy Way river crossing in the world, where you can see seventeen ancient crosses that identify this Camino de Santiago as Translatio, the origin of all Caminos.

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GENERAL CONDITION

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Total distance: 75 km
Availability: From March to November
Minimum of persons: 1
Price per person: On request

SERVICES INCLUDED

– 2 nights accommodation and breakfast
– Luggage transport between hotels
– Emergency telephone service

 

PROGRAM

1

PONTEVEDRA – A ARMENTEIRA (23 KM)

The first stage of the Salnés Spiritual Variant begins in the beautiful city of Pontevedra. About 2 km after Pontevedra, you will leave the Portuguese Camino and begin the variant. You will pass by the imposing Poio Monastery and continue from there to the coastal village of Combarro. Then you will start a long climb towards Armenteira Monastery, built in 1162, where this stage ends.

2

A ARMENTEIRA – VILANOVA DE AROUSA (23 KM)

The second stage of this variant is one of the most beautiful stages of the Camino. After leaving Armenteira you will follow the Stone and Water Route, a trail that runs parallel to the Armenteira River, surrounded by lush vegetation and charming nooks. It continues via Ribadumia and Pontearnelas to reach the coast at Vilanova de Arousa, where another stage ends.

3

VILANOVA DE AROUSA – PADRÓN (29 KM)

The third and final step offers two alternatives. You can continue walking from Vilanova de Arousa to Pontecessures along the banks of the Ria de Arousa and the Ulla River, passing a series of fishing villages. The alternative to hiking is the Translatio sea route. There are several local companies that make this sea crossing (availability is subject to tides). On this waterway route, you can see the only water-based Holy Way in the world, a collection of 17 crosses that mark the Apostle’s journey. The sea route meets the Portuguese Camino in Pontecessures, from where it’s a short walk to Padron.

 

NOTE: This alternate route can be arranged on any of our Camino de Santiago hiking programs. For more information or a quotation, please contact us.

SERVICES INCLUDED

– 2 nights accommodation and breakfast
– Luggage transport between hotels
– Emergency telephone service

WHY BOOK WITH US?

– We are a local company, so there are no intermediaries when booking with us. Our goal is get you the best price/quality and we give you all the necessary local support
– Full customization to your requirements. We adapt our programs according your preferences! We organise customized itineraries according the requirements of our customers. We know that this is a special event, so we pay special attention to every detail of the trip to transform this journey in a unique and memorable experience.
– We have a highly qualified team with several years of experience in the Portuguese Way to Santiago. We place at your disposal a highly qualified team with wide experience and knowledge of the Way to Santiago, able to help you to discover, interpret and feel the “Camino”.
– The hotels in our programs are regularly inspected by our team and have been carefully selected for their location and comfort. All our handpicked hotels have en suite accommodation

 

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