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Salnes Spiritual Variant – Valença to Santiago

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Duration

8 Days - 7 Nights

Tour Type

Self-guided

Group Size

from 1 person

Availability

March to November

Overview

O Salnes Spiritual Variant of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago from Valença

This variant hiking connects the Portuguese Way with the Translatio Route, also known as the Arousa Sea and Ul la River Route, which is the origin of all the Santiago routes.

Organised into three stages, the variant begins in Pontevedra and ends in Pontecessures, where it joins the final leg of the Portuguese Camino. From Armenteira, the Camino leads pilgrims along the Stone and Water Route, considered to be one of the most beautiful in Galicia.

One of the peculiarities of this variant is the possibility of doing part of the last section between Vila Nova de Arousa and Pontecessures by boat, sailing in the waters of the Arousa estuary and arriving via the last navigable section of the Ulla River. It is the same route that the remains of the Apostle Saint James are believed to have travelled on their way to Santiago de Compostela.

The route passes through a beautiful natural area, visiting the only Holy Way river crossing in the world, where you can see seventeen ancient crosses that identify this Camino de Santiago as Translatio, the origin of all Caminos.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Walk through a thousand years of history on the worlds’ grandest historical and religious trail, retracing the steps of countless pilgrims.
  • Explore the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture of Santiago de Compostela, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage.
  • Tour the ancient fortified city of Valença, with sightings of its Spanish counterpart Tui and the stunning Minho river.
  • Visit the breath-taking Cathedral in Tui, dating back to 1180, and bask in its Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque architecture.
  • Discover Pontevedra, an antique city founded by the Romans and considered by many the capital of the Portuguese Camino to Santiago.

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Arrival To Valença
Day 1 - Arrival To Valença

Meeting with a member of our team for a briefing and to collect the documentation.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 - Valença - O Porriño
Day 2 - Valença - O Porriño

(20 km / 12,4 Miles)

Cross Rio Minho and enter Spain. Walk through the streets of the medieval town of Tui until reach its famous Cathedral. From Tui follow the Valley of the River Louro until reach the city of O Porriño.

Accommodation: Hotel 2*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - O Porriño - Arcade
Day 3 - O Porriño - Arcade

(22 km / 13,6 Miles)

In this stage you will pass close to the Pazo de Mós, Santiaguiño de Antas and Chan das Pipas before reach the centre of Redondela. Continue to Outeiro de Penas, and then finally you reach Arcade.

Accommodation: Hotel 2*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Arcade - Pontevedra
Day 4 - Arcade - Pontevedra

(13 km / 8 Miles)

Leave Arcade in direction to Pontesampayo and then to one of the most beautiful stretches of the Caminho: the very old by-ways which climb up the slope of Canicouva until Cacheiro, where the track widens again, until reach Pontevedra.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Pontevedra - Armenteira – Salnês Variant
Day 5 - Pontevedra - Armenteira – Salnês Variant

(23 km / 14,3 Miles)

Today’s stage marks the beginning of the Salnês Spiritual Variant, which begins about 2 km after leaving the city of Pontevedra.

You will walk through the picturesque landscapes of Comarca and O Salnês, crossing the village of Poio – with its old monastery – and the beautiful coastal town of Combarro, before beginning the long and demanding climb to A Armenteira. Here, you will find a magnificent Monastery, built in the 12th century, and which is still in operation today.

Accommodation: Hotel 2*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - Armenteira to Vilanova de Arousa – Salnês Variant
Day 6 - Armenteira to Vilanova de Arousa – Salnês Variant

(23 km / 14,3 Miles)

Today’s stage is one of the most beautiful and pleasant on the entire Portuguese Camino. From Armenteira to Pontearnelas, you will travel “A Ruta da Pedra e da Auga”, which unfolds through natural landscapes of great beauty in the municipalities of Meis and Ribadumia. Walking under the shade of the trees along the banks of the Armenteira river, you will find ancient watermills that rest on the riverside, small waterfalls and bridges.

Vegetable gardens and vineyards indicate that the Arousa estuary is approaching. After walking almost 23 km, you will reach the beaches and town of Vilanova de Arousa.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 - Boat trip (Translatio) from Vilanova de Arousa to Pontecessures Walk from Pontecessures to Teo (Rua de Francos)
Day 7 - Boat trip (Translatio) from Vilanova de Arousa to Pontecessures Walk from Pontecessures to Teo (Rua de Francos)

(13 km / 8 Miles)

On the last day of the Salnês Spiritual Variant, before resuming the traditional Portuguese Camino, you will journey between Vilanova de Arousa and Pontecessures.

This journey can be done in two ways: the first is by taking the Translatio, a boat trip going up the Ulla river and honoring the journey that the remains of Saint James made, up to Pontecessures.

The second option, if traveling by boat is not possible, is to walk along the coast of the Ria de Arousa, walking through a succession of fishing villages until you reach Pontecessures, where you will find the Portuguese Camino.

From Pontecessures to Teo there are a couple of sections on busy main roads without pavement but most of the terrain is tarmac lanes and stone or dirt tracks.
Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Teo (Rua de Francos) - Santiago de Compostela
Day 8 - Teo (Rua de Francos) - Santiago de Compostela

(14 km / 8,7 Miles)

The final stage begins with a steady but not terribly arduous climb, mostly through woodlands, of 160 m to a peak of 260 metres. As you descend along quiet tarmac lanes, you will see the city of Santiago de Compostela ahead of you on the next hill.

When you get within 4 km of the city, you will need to decide whether to stay amid greenery for as long as possible or stick with the original Way to take a short cut up a steep hill through a built up area.

Either way, the last few kilometres will be along tarmac and urban roads but as the graffitied sign at Ponte Rio Sar says, “Don’t Stop Now!”

The yellow arrows all but disappear once you enter the centre of Santiago de Compostela so follow these directions to arrive at the cathedral the Portuguese Way.

Accommodation: Hotel 3*
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 - Departure

After breakfast: end of our services

* Addicional Information

* For an easy walk we can split some of the long walking days in two - contact us.

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Prices

Prices per person
Low season: 01st March to 30th June | 16th September to 31st October
-In double room occupancy: 755 euros
-Single room supplement: 340 euros

High season: 1st July to 15th September
-In double room occupancy: 810 euros
-Single room supplement: 380 euros

Included/Excluded

  • 8 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • Road book with detailed route descriptions and elevation profiles
  • Pilgrim Kit: Credencial (passport) and Vieira (shell)
  • Pre Tour Briefing;
  • Luggage transfer between accommodations – 1 bag per person – up to 15kg/bag
  • Boat trip from Vilanova de Arousa to Pontecessures;
  • In-person welcome briefing;
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • International flights;
  • Arrival & departure transfers;
  • Meals (where not listed as included in the itinerary);
  • Optional additional tours or activities during free time;
  • Tips and items of a personal nature.

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