Camino Espiritual Coastal Walk & Boat
The Camino Espiritual Coastal Walk & Boat is a wonderful and scenic Camino trail, which is also known by the names of Traslatio and Variante Espiritual. This Camino tour combines walking in the beautiful coastal region of O Salnes with a boat trip across the Ria de Arousa and up the River Ulla all the way to Padron believed to be where the boat carrying St James first landed in Galicia.
Camino Espiritual Coastal Walk & Boat trail takes pilgrims through an area of great natural beauty, picturesque villages and medieval heritage. Starting from Baiona, 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, where you will catch your boat to Padrón.
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. The final stretch of the route will bring you into Santiago de Compostela on the classic Camino Portugues. If you’d like to receive the Compostela certificate in Santiago, you will have to at least start the Camino in Vigo. The Camino Espiritual Coastal Walk & Boat is wonderful and should not be overlooked.
Camino Espiritual Coastal
Camino Espiritual Coastal is a wonderful trail taking pilgrims through beautiful coastal landscapes, villages and ancient monasteries from Baiona to Padron, following an alternative route to the classic Camino Portugues. This fascinating Camino route is also known as the Sea of Arousa or Translatio as it follows the trail taken by the body of St James on its way to Santiago. This wonderful tour combines walking and a boat trip across the Ria of 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. 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.
Please note, if you’d like to receive the Compostela certificate in Santiago, you will need to start your Camino from Vigo on the Portuguese Coastal Camino or O Porrino on the Classic Camino Portugues before continuing on the Sea of Arousa Camino route.