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Padre Sarmiento Way

The Route of Father Sarmiento

Organized pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela
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Tour Description

The Route of Father Sarmiento

The Route of Father Sarmiento (Ruta del Padre Sarmiento in Spanish) will take you into the heart of the region of O Salnés. This trail will allow you to emulate the journey made by Fray Martín Sarmiento in the Holy Year 1745, in his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. In that year, he decided to return from Madrid to his native Galicia, and make a very personal pilgrimage from Pontevedra to Santiago de Compostela, following the coast line.

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Experience details
Lodging in private room with private bathroom
Luggage transfer between stages
Half board: breakfast and dinner
Travel insurance
Walking notes
Pilgrim passport
24/7 telephone assistance

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Arrival in Pontevedra, starting point of the Route of Father Sarmiento. It is a city characterized by its squares, its historic cobbled streets, and the strong connexion with the Way of Saint James.

Pontevedra –Sanxenxo (25 km)

Once we leave Pontevedra behind, we will move on to the next town, Poio. We will be able to contemplate its magnificent 7th century monastery, the Monastery of San Juan de Poio. In addition, the path will take us to one of the most picturesque villages of the Rías Baixas: Combarro. This stands out for its hórreos (raised granaries) and its small houses by the sea. We will finish the stage in Sanxenxo, a very popular tourist spot in the Galician summers.

Sanxenxo – O Grove (20 km)

This stage will allow us to discover some beach areas, and enjoy some of the most attractive tourist spots in Galicia. Silgar Beach in Sanxenxo, Portonovo, A Lanzada on our arrival in O Grove… This is the favourite stage for lovers of the sea and the impressive sandy areas. We will finish the day in O Grove, a town that stands out for its seafood. The views from Mount Siradella are highly recommended.

Circular Stage in O Grove (29 km)

For those who wish, it is possible to stop one more day in the O Grove peninsula, and take the circular route. This is an area with a lot to see, and it is worth adding an extra day to visit all its attractions. From La Toja Island, San Vicente and its beaches, the Adro Vello, the port of Meloxo, Mount Siradella… A must for those who want to enjoy the charms of the region.

O Grove - Cambados (22 km)

This stage will take us into the interior of the region of O Salnés. We will cross green areas of vineyards and wineries, to conclude the day in the capital of Albariño wine, Cambados. We highly recommend a walk through its cobbled streets and squares. Among the points of interest, it is worth mentioning the Pazo de Fefiñanes, and the Tower of San Sadurniño.

Cambados – A Illa de Arousa (18 km) 

We will walk a shorter stage than the previous ones, and it will take us to the Island of Arosa (or Illa de Arousa). Among the points of interest of this paradisiacal island, we can find the port of “O Xufre” (from where boats leave for tourist routes in the area), the Lighthouse “Punta Cabalo”, or the Mirador de Con do Forno.

Illa de Arousa - Vilanova de Arousa (16 km)

The day begins with the spectacular Carreirón Natural Park in the background. In this way, we will leave behind A Illa de Arousa, to enter the peninsular territory. Our destination will be Vilanova de Arousa, a place of interest because it was the birthplace of the great writer Ramón María del Valle Inclán.

Vilanova de Arousa - Vilagarcía de Arousa (12 km)

The shortest and lightest stage of the Route of Father Sarmiento begins, from Vilanova de Arousa to Vilagarcía de Arousa. It is a walk that will allow us to contemplate the spectacular views offered by the estuary, from Las Sinas Beach, to more urban sections as once in Villagarcía, with its Pazo de Vistalegre and its Botanical Garden.

Vilagarcía de Arousa - Padrón (21 km)

This is the last stage along the sea. Little by little we are entering the interior of Galicia, through the Ulla River. The path will allow us to contemplate the well-known Torres del Oeste, in Catoira, and emulate the journey made by the remains of the Apostle Saint James through the Traslatio. Finally we arrive at Padrón, cradle of great writers of the Galician literature, like Rosalía de Castro and Camilo José Cela.

Padrón - Santiago de Compostela (24 km).

Finally we arrived to the last stage of the Route of Father Sarmiento, which also coincides with the last stage of the Portuguese Way. For this reason, more pilgrims will accompany us in the last kilometers to Santiago de Compostela. For those who find walking 24 km is too much in one day, there is the possibility of dividing this last stage in two, and spending the night in A Escravitude or Teo.

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 accommodation” despite of 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 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 20′. 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: https://tussa.org/, www.monbus.es  and www.renfe.com

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). 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: www.vitrasa.es, www.monbus.es and www.renfe.com 

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: www.alsa.es and www.flixbus.es

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STAGES: 9 Stages
DURATION: 10 Nights
START: Pontevedra
PRICE: desde 695€

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