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Father Sarmiento was behind this variant of the Portuguese Way of Saint James which crosses the region of O Salnés. The Galician Dominique monk returned from Madrid to go on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in 1745, and he recorded this journey of 190 km in his work Viaje a Galicia (Journey to Galicia). This beautiful route along the coast between the rías (coastal inlets) of Pontevedra and Arousa, which was named after him, begins in O Burgo Bridge and continues through the towns of Poio, Sanxenxo, O Grove, Meaño, Cambados, A Illa de Arousa, Vilanova de Arousa, Vilagarcía de Arousa, Catoira, Valga and Pontecesures. There, this route meets the traditional Portuguese Way until reaching the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Coastal towns of international touristic interest as Combarro, beautiful wild beaches with a blue flag, islands such as A Illa de Arousa or A Illa da Toxa, the impressive isthmus of A Lanzada, archaeological sites, pazos (Galician manor houses) as Ulloa, Rubiáns or Torrado, religious monuments and vineyards (especially under the Designation of Origin Rías Baixas) are part of this attractive route.

Way of Father Sarmiento

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  • Portuguese Way of Saint James

    You don't complete the Way... the Way completes you.

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    The Way of Saint James is, without a doubt, the oldest and best-known route in Europe. It is a symbol in and of itself, and its fame is built on its adventurous nature, which unites pilgrims, travellers and globetrotters under a single mission: to reach Santiago de Compostela
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