Father Sarmiento Route

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Discover the Father Sarmiento Route

Although technically it cannot be considered ‘specifically’ as part of any Portuguese Way, due to its special uniqueness, beauty, and the fact that it covers some of the stages and regions that coincide with this route, we include it in this. Classification The route runs through the municipalities of Poio, Sanxenxo, O Grove, Meaño, Cambados, Vilanova de Arousa, A Illa de Arousa, and Vilagarcía. But this wonderful route offers much more than history and landscapes. Over 190 kilometers, you breathe not only the sea air but also all the history and traditions of the region, reflected in its civil and religious architecture, manors like those of Cambados, Rubianes, Ulloa, Torrado, and Vista Real, archaeological sites, or picturesque coastal towns and beaches for every taste. And it doesn’t matter in which season you decide to embark on this wonderful and unique route; the region’s oceanic climate is mild and humid, with winters having minimum temperatures of 10 degrees and summers where the maximums do not exceed 30 degrees in July and August.

Safety and Peace of Mind

Our rates include travel insurance and vehicle assistance in case of emergency, for your safety and peace of mind.

Customized Way

If you want to cover fewer kilometers per day, we can design this route with more days of duration (suitable for older people or families with children).

Special Discounts

Discounts available for groups starting from 4 people. Inquire. (Not combinable with other discounts)

More details

Origin

Pontevedra
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Destination

Santiago de Compostela
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Duration

8 Days / 7 Nights / 6 Stages
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Total Kms

158,3
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Services

Full and customizable services for a worry-free experience on the Wey of Santiago.

Services Included

Rooms with private bathroom

Accommodations in Hotels, Country Houses, Hostels

Special breakfast

Travel Assistance Insurance in Spain

Emergency roadside assistance vehicle

Digital Information Dossier of the Way

On-Route Telephone Assistance

Luggage transfer on the stages

✓ 1 suitcase per person, maximum 20 kg

Gifts

✓ Pilgrim Credential
✓ Pilgrim's Scallop Shell
✓ Typical Galician Product

No cancellation fees

✓ Up to 10 days before starting the Camino

IVA

Optional Services

Extra night in Santiago

✓ Consult Rate.

bus

One-day Excursions (Bus)

✓ Finisterre (Costa da morte) and/or Rias Baixas.

Transfer from Santiago Airport

Single Room Supplement

✓ Check

Additional baggage

✓ Consult rate if you bring more than 1 suitcase per person

Cancellation Insurance (Spanish)

Remember that the cost of the optional services chosen will be added to the base price of your route. We are committed to making your pilgrimage an unforgettable and carefree experience. Welcome to the Wey!

Stages

Discover the Wey of Santiago towards the majestic Santiago de Compostela.

Welcome to the beginning of your journey. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure!

  • Duration: 6h 15m
  • Difficulty: Low

Breakfast and start of the stage
“Our route immerses us in a coastline characterized by secluded coves, inlets, and majestic corners that open up to the world at the ‘A Granxa’ viewpoint. From there, we can enjoy wonderful views of the Ría de Pontevedra as we walk towards Sanxenxo, the quintessential capital of Galician tourism.
The route begins at Peregrina Square in Pontevedra. We cross the city, exit through the O Burgo bridge, and about 2 km away, we deviate from the Central Portuguese Way, heading to the O Salnes region.

In this first stage, you can visit and admire the Monastery of San Juan de Poio, whose original structure dates back to the 7th century, with its baroque facade church, two cloisters, and a modern Mercedarian convent. You can also see a mosaic representing the Way of Saint James in Santiago of Compostela. Next to the monastery, you can see the largest granary in all of Galicia.

Following the route, we reach the beautiful fishing village of Combarro, declared a cultural heritage site. In addition to its beautiful 18th-century old town, it is distinguished by its stone houses and granaries (more than 60, with about 30 aligned along the promenade).

On the way to Sanxenxo, we pass through the towns of Samieira and Raxó.
Often called the Marbella of the North, Sanxenxo is one of the best destinations in all of Galicia, where the Silgar Beach stands out, with its famous sculpture ‘Dama de Silgar.'”
Arrival in Sanxenxo. Lodging

  • Duration: 5h
  • Difficulty: Low

Breakfast and start of the stage

Walking along the coast, you can see and visit the beaches of Canteira, Polvorín, Ouriceira, or A Lanzada. Enjoy the charm of the streets of O Grove, a genuine fishing village with unexpected corners and excellent gastronomy. Climb to the top of Siradella for the most panoramic and wonderful view of the O Salnés region.

We leave Sanxenxo, heading towards Portonovo, leaving behind a landscape of urban beaches and moving towards a more natural environment.

From Punta Faxilda, the stunning views of the Island of Ons reveal why sunsets in Salnés are unique. At the hermitage of A Lanzada, legends and rituals surrounding the ancient fortress enhance the maritime spectacle of the area. The Atlantic Ocean splashes its waters on the remains of the tower built
by the Meiriños to defend Compostela. Here, between Sanxenxo and O Grove, lies one of the most beautiful beaches in Galicia, A Lanzada, surrounded by a unique dune ecosystem.
O Grove includes A Toxa Island and its unique chapel covered with scallop shells, as well as thermal baths in various establishments dedicated to relaxation and health.
Arrival in O Grove. Lodging

  • Duration: 5h 30m
  • Difficulty: Low

Breakfast and start of the stage

In this stage, we head to the heart of Salnés, the lands of Meaño. Ancient tile factories (As Telleiras) add historical value to the surroundings with the everyday activities of the area.

The route continues towards Cambados, located at the entrance of the Arousa estuary, an ideal town to explore on foot, rich in nobility and exquisite heritage. Enjoy a moment of peace at the foot of Mount Pastora, explore the ruins of Santa Mariña de Dozo, and admire the magnificent Pazo de Fefiñáns from the 16th century.

The fishing district of “Santo Tomé” maintains its charming atmosphere from the past. Houses adorned with shells and monuments like the Montesacro Palace or the Tower of San Sadurniño revive the greatness of a town that fought against Normans and Vikings.

The capital of Albariño invites you to a leisurely stroll through its stone streets, stately manors, and squares. This Royal Villa is one of the most admired historical-artistic ensembles.
Arrival in Cambados. Lodging

  • Duration: 5h
  • Difficulty: Low

Breakfast and start of the stage

Now, on the way to Vilanova de Arousa, you’ll find many attractions, such as the magnificent Pazo Baión or the 16th-century Arnelas Bridge, the origin of an ancient medieval legend. There is still much to discover, starting with the delicious seafood prepared in incredible ways, always accompanied by a refreshing glass of Albariño.

On this route of Father Sarmiento, starting among vineyards, you’ll soon encounter a tidal mill, one of the few that uses seawater, impressing with its unique architecture. Soon, you’ll reach Vilanova de Arousa, the hometown of writer Ramón del Valle-Inclán. If you’re a literature lover, relive his story by visiting his house-museum. In Vilanova de Arousa, the Route of Father Sarmiento converges with the Spiritual Variant.

Continue towards Vilagarcía de Arousa and its impressive botanical park of Enrique Valdés Bermejo, Pazo de Vista Alegre, and the convent. From here, a more urban stretch will take you to the fishing village of Carril, from where you can contemplate Cortegada Island, home to the largest laurel forest in Spain.
Arrival in Vilagarcía de Arousa. Lodging.

  • Duration: 5h 30m
  • Difficulty: Low

Breakfast and start of the stage

We leave Vilagarcía de Arousa, with the Arousa estuary by our side. On the way to Catoira, a landscape of forests and marshes accompanies us. The Arousa estuary meets the Ulla River, creating a natural border between the provinces of Pontevedra and A Coruña. The Towers of the West remind us of their glorious past in defense of the Santiago village and evoke the last journey of the Apostle’s remains upstream the waters of the Ulla to Pontecesures. After 2.5 km, we reach Padrón, where, in the Church of Santiago, you’ll find the stone where the boat that brought the remains of the Apostle Santiago from Palestine was moored.
Arrival in Padrón. Lodging.

  • Duration: 6h
  • Difficulty: Low

Breakfast and start of the stage.
After our stay in Padrón and Iria Flavia, places of great Jacobean evocation according to legend, where the boat carrying the Apostle’s remains from Palestine ran aground on a “Pedrón,” which is preserved in the cathedral of said city, we head towards the end of our Way.
This stage is not as spectacular as the previous ones, as there are many asphalted tracks, and the villages are no longer as bucolic.
Despite this, we are in an area where a large part of the legend of the Apostle’s “translatio” to Santiago de Compostela took place.
Arrival in Santiago de Compostela marks the end of our Way of St. James journey starting from Tui. Lodging.

We’re coming to the last day of your trip! Enjoy breakfast and conclude this unforgettable experience with us. Thank you for being part of this adventure!

This itinerary will take you through the most popular stages, allowing you to experience the beauty and culture of the Wey of Santiago. Be sure to book accommodation in advance, as it can get crowded, especially in the high season.
Safe travels and Buen Camino!

Lodging

In our constant effort to provide the best experience to our customers, we want to assure you that we are committed to your rest and comfort. The accommodations we offer have been carefully selected and provide private rooms with private bathrooms, along with all the necessary services to make the most of your stay. It is important to note that we will never put you up in hostels.

Since these accommodations have a limited capacity, we will provide you with the exact name once you confirm your reservation and we verify availability on the dates of your choice. Your satisfaction is our priority!

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