Camino Espiritual Coastal Vigo to Santiago last 100km
The Camino Espiritual Coastal from Vigo to Santiago last 100km, is a beautiful trail recently approved by Santiago Cathedral as an official Camino de Santiago route.
It takes pilgrims through quaint coastal villages, lush forest tracks, vineyards, sandy beaches and ancient monasteries from Vigo to Santiago de Compostela.
This fascinating coastal Camino trail, also known as Translatio, includes a boat trip across Arousa Estuary retracing the route taken by the body of St James on its way to Santiago. This wonderful Camino combines is an alternative to the Camino Portugues Coastal Way Route.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Camino Espiritual Coastal contains a boat trip across the Ria of Arousa (Arousa River) from Vilanova de Arousa to Padron. So, it will save you a day walk of 20km, and you will have a ‘rest day’. Note again that if you are cycling, you can decide to opt out of the boat and cycle from Vilanova to Padron instead.
Starting from Vigo, the route takes you to the stunning coastal town of Combarro, Armenteira Monastery where resident nuns sing Pilgrim Mass every day, and along superb natural trails all the way to Vilanova de Arousa.
When you reach Vilanova de Arousa, you can either continue walking along the coast or you can take a boat up the River Ulla to Padron where you will join the classic Camino Portugues to Santiago. Padrón is the hometown of Galicia’s most acclaimed poet, Rosalía de Castro, as well as the best place to try the world-famous local Padron peppers. Both options will enable you to receive your Compostela once in Santiago.
The Sea of Arousa Camino Espiritual route takes in picturesque scenery and villages in the region of O Salnes including the stunning coastal town of Combarro, Armenteira Monastery, and the path known as ‘Ruta da Pedra e da Auga’ along the Armenteira River. This fascinating Camino route is also known as ‘Traslatio’ or Camino Espiritual as it follows the trail taken by the body of St James on its way to Santiago.
It is believed the Apostle James was beheaded in 44 AD, by order of Hordes Agrippa I, having returned to Jerusalem after preaching some years in the territories of Hispania (present-day Spain). The few Hispanic disciples who had followed him to Jerusalem stole the body and loaded it on a stone ship that found its way back to Galicia, guided by the angels and a star. The boat carrying the remains of St James travelled up the River Ulla, berthing in Iria Flavia, the current town of Padrón.
Not to miss on Camino Espiritual:
- Wonderful Pontevedra Old Town
- Picturesque granaries in the village of Combarro
- Forest trails to Armenteira Monastery
- A swim at the beach in Vilanova
- Boat trip across Arousa Bay to Padron (part of this itinerary)
Note 1: If you’d like to receive the Compostela certificate in Santiago, you will need to start your Camino from Vigo (also on the Portuguese Coastal Camino) before continuing on the Sea of Arousa Camino route.
Note 2: Although this route is recognised by Oficina del Peregrino, the authority that gives the certificates, you will receive the certificate but it will not include the distance travelled.