Route Traslatio – Spiritual Variant


1 h 15 min

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Mar de Santiago Maritime Station

What we will do on this route

In this third stage of the Spiritual Variant, we will do the section by boat from Vilanova de Arousa to Pontecesures, which is just 1km from Padrón and 25 km from Santiago de Compostela.

This route Xacobea Del Mar De Arousa Y Río Ulla is also known as La Traslatio, the name given to the transfer of the remains of the Apostol Santiago from Jerusalem to Santiago De Compostela.

First, at the beginning of the route, we will be greeted by themussel rafts, wooden platforms on which this precious mollusk is grown. We will come closer to learn a little about their production process.

Then, continuing our journey we will find the Brinas Islands, the Malveiras and the Cortegada Island, islands belonging to the Atlantic Islands National Park, where some of the 17 cruceiros are located that form a unique Maritime River Way of the Cross world, to Pontecesures.

We will see the first crossings and then we will enter the waters of the Ulla River. We will pass through the towns of Bamio, Catoira, Valga and Dodro until we reach Pontecesures.

During the rest of the journey we will observe the rest of the Cruceiros, the Catoira Towers and the Viking ships accompanied throughout our route by incredible landscapes and nature.

A route in which the tranquility and a landscape that seems to be from medieval times will make us arrive full of strength to face our last stage of the Camino de Santiago.

If you are looking for more information about all the stages of the Spiritual Variant or hostels to stay along the way, you can see the information here. 

Good way!

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes to Pontecesures, 2 hours with return to Vilanova de Arousa


  • Vilanova de Arousa – Pontecesures section: €30/person
  • Pontecesures – Vilanova de Arousa section: €30/person
  •  Section Vilanova de Arousa -Pontecesuras – Vilanova de Arousa: €40


  • Sun protection.
  • Comfortable clothing and shoes.
  • Warm clothing such as a jacket or jacket.


  • Expert guide
  • Oilskin
  • Departure: Mar de Santiago maritime station, Vilanova de Arousa
  • Gastronomic Tasting (Upon request)
  • Other departure points (On request)

Tour Plan

Pick up at Mar de Santiago Maritime Station Departure

We will start this route from the Mar de Santiago Maritime Station, in Vilanova de Arousa. If you are staying in the center of Vilanova, you will be just a few minutes walk away. It is important to be at the port 10 minutes in advance

Route Crossing

During the journey, you will be able to learn about: the mussel cultivation process, the island of Cortegada, the entire Maritime River Via Crucis, the Catoira Towers, the Viking ships, etc.

End of the Journey Arrival in Pontecesures

Once the route is finished, if you have only booked the one-way trip because you are doing your Camino de Santiago, you will arrive in Pontecesures.

If you have booked the return trip, we will take you back to Vilanova de Arousa.

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