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Camino Padre Sarmiento
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Route of Padre Sarmiento in 7 days

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The Route of Father Sarmiento does not form part of the Pilgrims' Roads to Santiagoalthough it could. Join us on the Camino that Fray Martín Sarmiento traced in 1745 in search of plenary indulgence, while admiring the coasts of Pontevedra and Arousa. This 136 km trail follows the beautiful coastline to Santiago de Compostela, passing through vineyards, valleys and rivers. A route full of history, nature and landscapes worthy of the best photographs and unforgettable memories. This route is a Camino over the sea that offers a world of contrasts between valleys and fishing villages.
Discover one of the best alternatives to the Way of St. James
Experience the sea and wine culture of Rías Baixas
Hike along beachfront trails, rocky headlands with views and experience the Traslatio maritime
Camino Padre Sarmiento
PS00

Route of Padre Sarmiento in 7 days

Distance
Difficulty
Stages
Duration
136 km
●○○○○
5 steps
7 days
Discover one of the best alternatives to the Way of St. James
Experience the sea and wine culture of Rías Baixas
Hike along beachfront trails, rocky headlands with views and experience the Traslatio maritime
from 445 €
The Route of Father Sarmiento does not form part of the Pilgrims' Roads to Santiagoalthough it could. Join us on the Camino that Fray Martín Sarmiento traced in 1745 in search of plenary indulgence, while admiring the coasts of Pontevedra and Arousa. This 136 km trail follows the beautiful coastline to Santiago de Compostela, passing through vineyards, valleys and rivers. A route full of history, nature and landscapes worthy of the best photographs and unforgettable memories. This route is a Camino over the sea that offers a world of contrasts between valleys and fishing villages.

The recipe for great journeys

Natural, historical and ethnographic heritage, spectacular gastronomy, good company, slow pace and time for time. These are the ingredients with which we design trips in Viando. Are you staying at home? 

Is this trip for me?

Type of trip: Half distance
Journeys to savour slowly, with the best of each space and that indescribable sensation of overcoming your own limits.
Type of services: Configurable
You choose your category of accommodation, if you want breakfast or not, if you want us to carry your luggage, etc. You decide and we will make sure everything runs smoothly.
Travel style: On your own
Programmes designed so that you can travel the route on your own, at the pace set by your steps. Full autonomy and the peace of mind of knowing that we are with you if you need us.
Physical demands: Hiking
Routes of small or medium physical demand, of medium distance (20-30 km / day) and surfaces that facilitate walking, and that can be covered autonomously.

Services included

Accommodation
monitored

Boat trip

Full documentation

Pilgrim's badge

24h travel assistance

Advanced travel insurance

VAT and taxes

And also...

Luggage transport
Private transfers
Breakfast
Half board (dinners)
Cancellation insurance

Free if you book through our website

Luggage transport
Private transfers
Reinforced breakfasts
Half board (dinners)
Cancellation insurance

Itinerary

Day 1. Pontevedra, origin of the Route of Padre Sarmiento

Welcome to this alternative route to Santiago de Compostela. On your first day you should arrive in the city of Pontevedra. We recommend you do so as soon as possible to enjoy its historic centre, which, although small, is full of charming spots.

This town, where the Padre Sarmiento route begins, offers you the opportunity to stroll around at your leisure, as vehicle traffic is very restricted. You can also enjoy the lively terraces in its main squares and visit the church of La Peregrina, linked to the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago de Compostela, and the church of Santa María, built by the once-powerful Guild of Seafarers.

Standard accommodation:
Hotel Madrid or similar

Premium accommodation:
Hotel Galicia Palace or similar

Day 2. Stage Pontevedra - Sanxenxo

Distance: 25.4 km
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Accommodation: Sanxenxo

The Route of Padre Sarmiento begins leaving Pontevedra, by the same place that the pilgrims of the Portuguese Way leave: by the bridge of O Burgo. You will soon leave this route and the coastline of the estuary itself will guide you.

Throughout this stage we recommend that you spend some time at two stops. The first is the imposing monastery of San Xoán de Poio. You can visit its cloisters and one of the largest granaries in Galicia, which speaks of the wealth of this Benedictine monastery. The second is in Combarro, a symbol of the perfect union between the sea and granite. Walk through its narrow historic streets among fishermen's houses, hórreos and cruceiros. From there the route continues along a coastline full of coves, inlets and elevated corners with great views as you make your way to the end of the stage in Sanxenxo. Leave early: you don't want to miss anything.

Standard accommodation:
Hotel Casa Román or similar

Premium accommodation:
Hotel Carlos I Silgar or similar

Day 3. Stage Sanxenxo - O Grove

Distance: 25.9 km
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AccommodationO Grove

The second stage begins leaving Sanxenxo behind and walking along the outermost part of the Pontevedra estuary, until you leave it for good and face the open ocean. Passing Portonovo, the route becomes less urban and, although the whole area is very humanised, nature gains presence.

Before reaching your destination in O Grove, we recommend you stop at the hermitage of A Lanzada, a place full of magical elements and ancestral reminiscences. In addition to the hermitage, almost the only remains of an ancient defensive fortress built against the Vikings, you can see a partially excavated Celtic settlement, and discover the ancestral fertility ritual of the nine waves.

After this stop, the route continues along the long, open sea beach of A Lanzada until you reach the peninsula of O Grove. You will end up in the town that gives it its name. And here's a hint: if there is a "seafood capital" in Galicia, this is it. Don't miss it! And don't miss the chance to take a short trip to the island of A Toxa either: the hermitage of the shells will look like something out of a fairytale.

Standard accommodation:
Hotel La Noyesa or similar

Premium accommodation:
Hotel Thalasso Louxo La Toja or similar

Day 4. Stage O Grove - Cambados

Distance: 22.5 km
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Accommodation: Cambados

The third stage of this Route of Father Sarmiento will consist of bordering the southernmost part of the Ría de Arousa, walking among marshes and vineyards. It is not by chance. You are approaching Cambados, the centre of the Albariño culture, probably the wine most associated with Galicia. On your arrival in Cambados, the fishing quarter of Santo Tomé awaits you, which still treasures the remains of one of the defensive towers against the Vikings. From there, the route becomes urban and will take you to Fefiñáns, the historic quarter at the end of which you will find the imposing pazo of the same name.

Don't forget to drink an Albariño to our health!

Standard accommodation:
Hotel Europa or similar

Premium accommodation:
Hotel Real Cambados or similar

Day 5. Stage Cambados - Illa de Arousa - Vilanova de Arousa

Distance: 25.3 km
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Accommodation: Vilanova de Arousa

Fourth stage of this route of Padre Sarmiento, which starts where you left off the previous day, surrounded by vineyards. Leaving Cambados and its unique tide mill behind (which used to be very common on the coast) you will soon come across the 2 km bridge that connects the mainland with the island of Arousa. You will have to take the bridge's walkway to reach the only island municipality in Galicia, where you can enjoy an idyllic place marked by fishing tradition and surrounded by the most beautiful beaches. The fishing port of O Xufre, the Punta Cabalo lighthouse, the Os Cons route (large granite rocks sculpted by the wind and waves) and the Con do Forno viewpoint are just some of the attractions this island has to offer. And if you feel like extending your stay on the island and are not in a hurry to reach the end of the stage, we recommend you venture into the Punta Carreirón nature reserve, at the southern tip of the island.

At the end, you will have to return over the bridge to cover the last 7 km of the day, which will take you to the neighbouring Vilanova de Arousa, where this Ruta del Padre Sarmiento joins up with the Ruta del Padre Sarmiento. Spiritual variant of the Portuguese Way.

Standard accommodation:
Hotel Alpina or similar

Premium accommodation:
Benito House or similar

Day 6. Stage Vilanova de Arousa - Santiago de Compostela

Distance28 km by boat + 25 km by land
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AccommodationSantiago de Compostela

The sixth day is to cover the longest distance of this entire route: some 15 nautical miles (28 km) that you will cover by boat, plus the 24 km by land that will take you to Compostela. The day begins at the Vilanova maritime station, where you will take the boat for the Traslatio route, recalling the route that the stone boat of St. James made to bring his remains to Galicia from the port of Haifa in Palestine. During the maritime-river route you will see the mussel, oyster and scallop cultivation rafts, the great natural wealth of the northern end of the Arousa estuary, the remains of the West Towers and 12 of the 17 centenary crosses that mark this river route towards Pontecesures.

From there, you will have to resume the Camino on foot, advancing first to Padrón, from where you should not leave without visiting the pedrón where legend has it that the disciples of Santiago tied up their boat to continue inland on foot. From Padrón, where the main route of the Portuguese Way converges, you will notice a considerable increase in the number of walkers: they are pilgrims on their way to Santiago, just like you.

At the end of the day you will find yourself at the gates of Santiago de Compostela, entering the city through the Porta Faxeira, just as Fray Martín Sarmiento did in 1745. Congratulations: you have reached your goal.

Standard accommodation:
Deniké Guesthouse or similar

Premium accommodation:
Hotel Virxe da Cerca or similar

Day 7. Discover Compostela

There's nothing better to end the Padre Sarmiento Route than a stroll through the old city. Compostela Cathedral and the squares that surround it are a must, but once you have visited them, let your intuition guide you through its cobbled streets and don't miss the University -one of the oldest in Europe- and the Mercado de Abastos, full of life and incredible products.

Gain free cancellation
when booking on the website

Frequently asked questions

What to expect from this tour?
The Padre Sarmiento Route runs along the coastline of the Rías Baixas in Galicia. As it runs mainly along the coastline, you can expect few slopes and, in general, stages without technical difficulty, beyond the distance. This route is perfect for you if you are looking for a gentle and pleasant route and want to enjoy the magnificent seafood gastronomy of Galicia and the wines of the Rías Baixas designation of origin.
The Padre Sarmiento Route is open all year round and can be done at any time. However, it is important that, if you intend to travel in summer, you book as far in advance as possible, because at this time of year there is usually a high demand for accommodation.
This programme includes the sea-river crossing of the Ría de Arousa from Vilanova de Arousa to Pontecesures, continuing on foot to Santiago de Compostela. The rest of the stages can be covered entirely on foot.

If you need it, we can organise your arrival in Pontevedra from a nearby airport.
The accommodations provided on this route correspond to the Standard or Con Encanto category and offer private rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Here you can see more information on the categories of accommodation we manage.

By default and compulsory, all our programmes include travel insurance with specific coverage for the Camino de Santiago. You can see the details in the section Insurance of our website. 

All our programmes include a 24-hour telephone support service, should you need help at any time during your experience. This means that you can also contact us outside office hours (when you are on pilgrimage). 

If you want to book this programme, you have the following options available a form where you can indicate the starting date, the type of accommodation and a series of optional services. The price will be updated according to the options you choose, so you have full control. Once you have configured your trip, click on "Book" to make the payment.

Once we receive your request, you will automatically receive a proof of purchase and within 48 working hours we will contact you to confirm the details of your booking and provide you with the documentation. 

In Viando we also work with tailor-made programmes (short stages, intermediate rest days, itineraries different from those proposed, etc.). If you are looking for a Camino that meets your needs/preferences, you can ask us for a quote. here.