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Stage 1: Pontevedra-Sanxenxo

Stage 1 of the route of Father Sarmiento offers pilgrims a varied experience, combining rural sections with coastal landscapes. This section connects the towns of Pontevedra and Sanxenxo, providing walkers with a unique mix of natural and cultural environments. The day begins in historic Pontevedra and takes place along trails that allow pilgrims to enjoy the beauty of the Galician coast before reaching Sanxenxo.

Towns through which the stage takes place

  • Pontevedra: Starting point of this stage, Pontevedra is a city with a rich historical and artistic heritage. Pilgrims can explore its old town, with cobbled streets, charming squares and monuments such as the Basilica of Santa María Maggiore.
  • Combarro: Although not directly on the route, some pilgrims may choose to detour to Combarro, a picturesque fishing village with granaries on the seashore.
  • Sanxenxo: Final destination of this stage, Sanxenxo is a well-known coastal town. With its beaches, promenades and lively nightlife, Sanxenxo offers a well-deserved rest for pilgrims.

Monuments to see along the route

  • Church of the Pilgrim Virgin (Pontevedra): This temple is one of the symbols of Pontevedra and houses the image of the Pilgrim Virgin, patron saint of the city.
  • Hórreos de Combarro: Although not directly on the route, some pilgrims can make a detour to admire the picturesque hórreos de Combarro, declared a Site of Cultural Interest.
  • Beaches of Sanxenxo: In Sanxenxo, pilgrims can relax on the beautiful beaches, such as Silgar Beach, and enjoy the coastal atmosphere of this tourist town.

Stage 6 is a journey that offers a unique combination of history, culture and coastal views, culminating in the lively town of Sanxenxo, where pilgrims can enjoy a well-deserved rest by the sea.

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StagesPadre Sarmiento Way

Etapa 1

Pontevedra - Sanxenxo

25 km
1/5
6h 20m
Etapa 2

Sanxenxo-O Grove

20 km
1/5
4h45m
Etapa 3

Circular stage in O Grove

29 km
1/5
7h20m
Etapa 4

O Grove-Cambados

23 km
1/5
5h30m
Etapa 5

Cambados-A Illa de Arousa

18 km
1/5
4h30m
Etapa 6

A Illa de Arousa-Vilanova de Arousa

17 km
1/5
4h15m
Etapa 8

Vilagarcía de Arousa-Padrón

26 km
1/5
5h30m
Etapa 9

Padrón-Santiago de Compostela

23 km
2/5
5h45m

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