Portuguese Way | Spiritual Variant

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    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.

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    Day 1: Arrival in Pontevedra

    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.

    Day 2: 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.

    Day 3: 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.

    Day 4: Vilanova de Arousa - Padrón

    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.

    Day 5: 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!

    Day 6: Check out Santiago

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