Stage 1. Pontevedra-Sanxenxo
Father Sarmiento started the journey in the town of Pontevedra, crossing the O Burgo Bridge. From there, he went to the parish of San Pedro de Campañó and later, he began his journey along the coast of the ría of Pontevedra.
Following the trail of the Dominique monk, pilgrims visit the monastery of San Xoán de Poio which, apart from being an important monument of the cultural heritage of As Rías Baixas, has the biggest hórreo (traditional raised granary) in Galicia. Before entering the lovely town of Combarro, which attracts tourists from all over the world, you can also visit the Cabeceira Beach, having a blue flag.
Combarro, renowned for its seaside houses, cruceiros (stone crosses) and hórreos by the sea, is very well preserved. In addition, it has a great number of attractive hotels and souvenir shops. Wandering around the streets of the village and enjoying a drink on any of the bar terraces available is well worth it.
The route continues through the beaches of Chancelas, Punta Samieira, Raxó and Xiorto, also having a blue flag. The viewpoint of A Granxa offers amazing views of the ría. Along the way, you will also discover the Areas Beach, before entering Sanxenxo to enjoy its seaside promenade. There, you can find the Silgar Beach, also having the blue flag.
Sanxenxo is an important international tourist site, as it is the town in Spain with the greatest number of blue flags, eleven this year: A Lanzada-Espiñeiro, Canelas, Montalvo, Silgar, Bascuas, Maxor, Foxos, Areas Gordas-A Lapa, Pragueira, Baltar and Paxariñas. On the way, you can stop at one of these beaches to go for a swim.