The Spiritual Way to Santiago

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THE SPIRITUAL WAY TO SANTIAGO

 

The Spiritual Way is a Variant of the pilgrimage that shares some stages with the Portuguese way of Compostela, in which one part recalls the arrival of the boat from Pontecesures arriving by the Ulla river. Each day presents a different setting, offering views of the countryside, towns and cities rich in culture and full of the spirits of the road. Churches, monuments, old crosses will tell the story of this less traveled path until reaching the Plaza del Obradoiro, right in front of the Cathedral of Santiago, in the heart of Santiago de Compostela. You will experience the discovery of yourself far from the crowds and close to yourself.

SELF-GUIDED INFORMATION TRIP

LENGHT

10 Days

DISTANCE

161 Km

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

START/END

Valença do Minho - Santiago

ACCOMMODATION

Comfort

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Religious architetonic sites

  • Nature landscapes and countryside scenarious
  • Delicious gastronomy and town esplanades
  • Santiago de Compostela UNESCO World Heritage Center

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HELDER CEREJO

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COMFORT (GuestHouse, 2*/3*) Valença do Minho: Hotel lara 3*/ Redondela: Pazo de Agrelo / Pontevedra: Hotel Rias Baixas 3* / Combarro: Hotel Stela Maris 2* / Ribadumia: Hostal Santa Baia/ Vilanova de Arousa: Hotel Bradomín 2* / Padrón: Hotel Scala 3* / Santiago: Hotel Alda San Blas 3*

This trail differs a lot from the Normal Portuguese path. The main difference is that it follows thru a completely different environment for a few stages. And it includes a boat ride along the river Ulla. So, the scenery will be more maritime and for some days off the beaten tracks of the main pilgrimage route.

    ITINERARY:

    Day 1 Valença do Minho

    After arriving at Porto (Or Santiago de Compostela) airport or Train Station, Our Guide will meet you at your Hotel and brief you about your tour, handling you all the information pack of the journey. Transfer to Your first Hotel will be provide from Porto or Santiago depending on your city of arrival. If time allow visit Valença do Minho fortress and the old quarter walled center

    Day 2 Valença do Minho to Porriño (19km)

    Hiking along small fortresses, passing under old doors, travel in medieval streets and crossing over ancient bridges, today you might feel like a middle age pilgrimage. The times has changed but the atmosphere, the landscape or the people lifestyle do not. On the way you might enjoy the town of Tuy and spend some time in the center, the Cathedral is a must see. Very soon you arrive in Galiza, Spain and after a beautiful walk along the river, you find your accommodation in Porriño.

    Day 3 Porriño to Redondela (17.5km)

    The challenge for today goes towards Redondela still the Saint James path, part following close to the national road. Up to the hill the hiking will be rewarding because at 250 meter high you can see the horizon, feel the wind and take some great photos over Redondela and Ria de Vigo. Until the town as you descend, you’ll have the opportunity to pass by some rural villages.

    Day 4 Redondela to Pontevedra (14.3Km)

    Back to the forest track just out of the logging, toward one of the smallest days of your entire journey and Pontevedra! Up the hill to Arcade, along forest to reach the end of the Ria and cross the Sampaio Bridge at Arcade, one from the XVIc. It is here to help you getting over Verdugo River to one of the oldest part of this Saint James way, the roman way. This part of the way was the Vía XIX that came all the way from Braga (Pt) to Lugo and As- torga. This part goes up thru forest and rural countryside. A peaceful part of the Camino that end up in the 80000 inhabitants of Pontevedra. Pontevedra is a magnificent place to hang out by the end of this small day, a lot of history is present in the old centre, from churches to monasteries and narrow streets...

    Day 5 Pontevedra to Combarro (12.3Km)

    After your late breakfast, feeling full of energy you will begin one of the shorter day of the tour. The experience is to follow the exit from Pontevedra along the Portuguese road, and shortly after the wetlands. Place of hundreds of species and biodiversity, where you will be surrounded by one beautiful and natural landscapes. The section of the Spiritual variant begins just after this area. Not far after diverging from the Portuguese way you will pass by the Monastery of Poio, which is about half day of hike towards Combarro. Combarro is a typical town with sailor charm in the Rias Baixas. The sea front can offer very beautiful sceneries, as the town itself…

    Day 6 Combarro to Ribadumia (18.5Km)

    Exiting Combarro towards Armenteira and its monastery the path climbs allowing magnificent views over the estuaries, from both sides when reaching the top. Part of the day follows the Auga Route, a hiking that goes along the river Armenteira. As you reach River Umia, you are arriving at your day stage end.

    Day 7 Ribadumia to VILANOVA DE AROUSA (17Km)

    Today we return to the river Umia to follow the Camino along his banks and leave Ribadumia. After crossing the bridge Amela , the path leave the river bank. Now is the yellow arrow to be followed towards the sea and the port of Vilanova de Arousa.

    Day 8 VILANOVA DE AROUSA to Padrón (31.2km)

    This is a quite different day! We start with a boat ride up the river Ulla. About 2000years it was the barge that bring Saint James body up to actual Pontecesure. We take the same path, “almost”. So part of the day is by boat, just a few kilometres awaits you at the end of the day. Take the day as a preparation for your last big day of the Pilgimage.

    Day 9 Padron to Santiago de Compostela (25.3Km)

    Today is your last day of hiking adventure! Santiago awaits you just 25km ahead. The day to reach Santiago de Compostela is probably the longest one, not about the kilometers but mindset. The path leaves the town of Padrón going up north to the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria la Mayor, episcopal center before its transfer to Santiago de Compostela. Soon you reach the outskirts of Santiago. On the afternoon feel free to explore Santi- ago, the old quarter and the rest there is a lot to see.

    Day 10 End of Tour

    After Check out we will transfer you to the airport, train or bus station.

    WHAT´S INCLUDED?

    • Accommodation & Breakfast 
    • Welcome briefing at Porto or Santiago de Compostela
    • Booklet with detailed information of your tour including maps.
    • Gps file for your device (mobile app) sent previously.
    • Support contact during all tour
    • Luggage transfer from Hotel to hotel (1Pc)
    • Boat from Vilanova de Arousa to Pontecesures
    • Transfer from Porto or Santiago de Compostela Airport, train Station or Bus station to Hotel in Porto (Superior & Comfort)
    • Final transfer From Santiago Hotel to Santiago Airport, train or bus station.
    • (Superior & Comfort)
    • Basic travel Insurance 

    EXCLUDED

    • Lunch & Diners
    • Personal expenses
    • Other transfer not listed

    OPTIONNALS

    • GPS (80€)
    • Transfer from Santiago to Porto (280€ up to 4Pax)
    • Second Luggage Hotel to Hotel (please inquire)
    • Transfer from Porto or Santiago de Compostela Airport, train or bus station to Hotel Valença do Minho (Basic) (150€ up to 4Pax)
    • Final transfer From Santiago Hotel to Santiago Airport, train or bus station. (Basic)
    • (40€ up to 4Pax)
    • Solo Supplement if you travel alone
    • Individual Room Supplement 

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