Sea of Arousa Camino: A Spiritual Journey

Sea of Arousa on the Camino

Sea of Arousa Camino: A Spiritual Journey

The Sea of Arousa Camino, also recognised as the Camino Espiritual, is a stunning path recently endorsed by the Cathedral of Santiago as an official Camino de Santiago route. Renowned as one of Europe’s most unique and extraordinary trails, it follows Theodore and Athanasius’s maritime path. They embarked on this route to transport Santiago’s remains after his execution by Herod. According to tradition, their voyage was guided by an angel and a star.

A Very Special Route: Pilgrimage by Land and by Sea

This route presents a range of captivating landscapes, a true delight to explore. Highlights include Pontevedra’s charming old town and the picturesque coastal town of Combarro. Also featured are the historic monastery of Armenteira and the stunning “Ruta da Pedra e da Auga.”

The journey also features a scenic boat trip through the Ría de Arousa, where it joins Iria Flavia (Padrón) on the traditional Portuguese Way. To qualify for your Compostela Certificate, it is recommended that you begin your Camino in Vigo or Baiona and walk at least 100 km to Santiago.

Every summer, typically between the end of July and the beginning of August, there is a commemoration for the transfer of the Apostle Santiago’s remains. A maritime procession with boat parades marks this event, drawing more visitors and locals.

Seventeen stone sculptures line the route, each depicting the figure of Jesus crucified on one side and the Virgin Mary on the other.

The full Sea of Arousa route covers a distance of 164 km. This ensures that you will fulfil the criteria necessary to receive your Compostela Certificate. When you reach Santiago de Compostela, your journey will be officially recognised.

If you want to learn more about this journey, details are available under Camino Espiritual Coastal Vigo to Santiago. Explore the full insights into this revered pilgrimage route.

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