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Camino Portuguese Coastal

Portuguese Way | Spiritual Variant

Organized pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela
| Autoguided Tour

Tour Description

Discover the Spiritual Variant of the Portuguese Way

The Portuguese Spiritual Variant is an alternative route to the Portuguese Camino. The route follows the same way as the Apostle’s body when it was brought to the peninsula. And it has a very special feature: the Traslatio, a route by boat from Vilanova de Arousa to Padrón, the land where the Apostle’s remains first arrived almost 2000 years ago.

This Camino follows the same route as any of the usual Portuguese Caminos (the Portuguese Way Inland or the Portuguese Coastal Way) up to Pontevedra.

In Pontevedra, the Spiritual Variant takes a detour towards the Salnés area. Pontevedra marks the start of this variant, that combines walking with sailing along the Ría de Arousa and river Ulla. From Padrón to Santiago, pilgrims will rejoin the traditional Portuguese Way.

The route’s most remarkable characteristic is the Traslatio: A boat ride from Vilanova de Arousa to Pontecesures and Padrón, following the way taken by the Apostle’s remains before arriving in Padrón. On this ride you will be able to see the traditional mussel farms and the routes characteristic crosses, which form the world’s only fluvial Way of the Cross.

Experience details

Included Services

Accommodation in a private room with private bathroom
Luggage transfer between stages
Half board: breakfast and dinner
Travel insurance
Route notes
Pilgrim's credential
24/7 phone support

Check in

It doesn’t matter if you were walking the Portuguese Way Inland or the Portuguese Coastal Way. Both routes pass through Pontevedra, a city known for its historical quarter, will mark the start of the Spiritual Variant.

Pontevedra – Armenteira (23 km)

Finally, the start of the Spiritual Way! We will leave from A Peregrina church in Pontevedra and head towards O Salnés area. In Armenteira we will stop at its monastery, which dates from 1162 and is object of many legends.

Armenteira - Vilanova de Arousa (22 km)

Today we will follow the Ruta da Pedra e da Auga, or Stone and Water route. We will walk through a beautiful riverside full of greenery, leaving behind bridged and old water mills.

Vilanova de Arousa - Padrón (27 km, Traslatio)

The Traslatio, the route’s most remarkable feature, will take us from Vilanova de Arousa, a charming fishing village, to Padrón. Traveling by boat through the Ría de Arousa and river Ulla, we will be following the steps of the Apostle’s body. On our way we will be able to see up to 17 cruceiros, that make this maritime-fluvial route an unique Way of the Cross.

Padrón – Santiago (24,5 km)

From Padrón, we will be back on the tratitional Portuguese Way, so many more pilgrims will accompany us on our last walk! Once in Santiago, don’t forget to get your Compostela at the Pilgrim’s Office. And give the Apostle the traditional hug!

Check out Santiago

Your last day with us.

Standard category

1* and 2* hotels

These hotels offer private rooms with private bathrooms as well as other additional services that may vary depending on the type of category: restaurant service, television, room service, dry cleaning, ironing service, etc. It is common to stay in this type of hotels in the cities along the Camino.

Hostels and pensions

These accommodations have the necessary services to cover the basic needs of cleanliness and rest at a more moderate price than the hotels . Officially, hostels and guesthouses are 1-star accommodations. However, this rating should not be taken into account when evaluating the level of comfort and quality of their services.

Superior category

3*, 4* and 5* Hotels

Typical in the large cities along the El Camino. They can be family hotels or international hotel chains. They are perhaps the most expensive alternative, although you can find different price levels according to the category and services they offer.

Hoteles Boutique

These are small accommodations characterized by having few rooms and providing personalized attention. They are hotel concepts with a modern style and their own character. They can be between 1* and 5*.

National Paradores of Spain

This is a public hotel chain that manages a network of almost 100 charming hotels distributed throughout the Iberian Peninsula. The establishments are located in buildings of cultural interest and great historical value, and stand out for their scenic, artistic or natural interest (including ancient palaces, monasteries, fortresses, convents, fortresses…).

Rural tourism lodgings

Rural houses, pazos, inns, rectories, castles, monasteries, farmhouses… These are historic buildings of great architectural and patrimonial value. So much so, that this characteristic sometimes gives them the status of “luxury lodging” despite the fact that they are
“luxury accommodation” despite the fact that they are often rustic constructions in which natural stone and wood predominate.

Trip cancellation insurance
Upgrade to superior room
Extra night at the beginning of the tour
Extra night at the end of the tour
Private transfer airport-starting location
Private transfer Santiago-Airport
Other private transfers
Organized visits and excursions
Pilgrim massage

Route map

Frequent questions

From Vigo Airport

  • Car or cab: It is 30km with a duration of approximately 25 minutes.
  • bus/train: Take the bus (LINE A) from Vigo Airport to the Urzaiz stop (Estación / Cotomondongo wall). 30′ journey and frequency every 30′. Another option is to take a cab to the station, with an estimated duration of 10′. Once there, we can take a bus or train to Pontevedra (journey time between 13 to 30 minutes). For schedules and more information visit:, and 

From Santiago de Compostela Airport

  • Car: It is 75km with a duration of approximately 50 minutes.
  • Bus/train: Take the bus (LINE 6A) from Santiago de Compostela airport to the bus station. Frequency every 15′ and with an approximate duration of 45′. Another option is to take a cab to the station, with an estimated duration of 15′. Then, we must take a bus (monbus) or train (renfe) to Pontevedra (journey time between 40 minutes to 1 hour). For timetables and more information visit:,  and

From Porto Airport

  • Car or cab: It is 170km with a duration of approximately 1h 45 minutes.
  • Bus: Take a bus from Porto to Pontevedra (Alsa or Flixbus) (2h 40 minutes). For timetables and more information visit: and

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STAGES: 4 Stages
DURATION: 5 Nights
START: Pontevedra
PRICE: desde 595€

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