The Way of Saint James is a spiritual and gastronomic journey. Six Jacobean Routes cross As Rías Baixas, five of them are land routes and the other is by sea. In all of them it is possible to taste great delicacies prepared with high-quality products from the province of Pontevedra. Come and join us on this gastronomic journey with the best sea and land products. Such a delight for the senses!
The Portuguese Way
The traditional Portuguese Way enters the province of Pontevedra through Tui and leaves it in the town of Pontecesures. Along this route, pilgrims can taste the best shellfish, fish and meat. There is also typical food offered by different towns on the way that is worth trying. This is the case of the handmade bread from the town of O Porriño, with more than 400 years of history, or the pork knuckle prepared in the town of Mos and accompanied with rice.
The Portuguese Way passes by the city of Vigo, one the most important fishing ports in Europe, where one can taste the best seafood. The town of Redondela, famous for the choco (cuttlefish), has its own Festival of Tourist Interest. Nearby, the town of Arcade (in Soutomaior), also on the Way, offers its international renowned oysters cultivated at the bottom of the estuary Ría de Vigo, in the cove of San Simón.
Pontevedra boasts a wide variety of restaurants which offer the best food delicacies from As Rías Baixas. Further north, the thermal town of Caldas de Reis is well-known for its roscones, a typical Galician cake, and its Pan de Manteiga, bread made with butter.
Making a detour to the east, in the town of Moraña one can taste the best carneiro ao espeto, lamb roasted over an open fire, a typical recipe from La Pampa imported a century ago by a neighbour of this town who had emigrated to Argentina.
Nearby, the town of Caldas offers a fabulous traditional dish, lacón con grelos, salt cured pork shoulder boiled with turnip tops and potatoes, and as a dessert Galician crepes called filloas. And to the north, before crossing the provincial border, the spectacular European eel is cooked in the town of Valga, an exquisite delicacy captured in the Ulla River.
The Portuguese Coastal Way
The Portuguese Way has an alternative route by the coast which starts at the mouth of the Miño River, goes all along the Atlantic Ocean and the southern seashore of the inlet Ría de Vigo, and meets the traditional Way in the town of Redondela. It is worth tasting the delicious rosca de yema, a traditional egg yolk sponge ring-shaped cake from A Guarda. For those who love seafood, this town offers a splendid lobster, which is honoured in a festival declared of Tourist Interest.
The Portuguese Coastal Way passes by some fishing towns (Baiona, Nigrán, Moaña and Cangas; the last two towns are located in the north seashore of the inlet Ría de Vigo) and also goes through the city of Vigo, so it is a must to taste the seafood from this area.
The routes of O Salnés
The coastal region of O Salnés stands out for its seafood. Two Ways cross this region. The first is the Route of Father Sarmiento, named after a Galician Benedictine monk that returned from Madrid to go on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in 1745. He recorded this 190-kilometre journey in his work Viaje a Galicia (A Journey to Galicia). This route starts in Pontevedra and runs through the whole region of O Salnés. The second is the Route of the Sea of Arousa and the Ulla River, a sea route that stops at the fishing ports between the towns of O Grove and Catoira.
Along this route, one can enjoy tasty molluscs such as scallops of the town of Cambados, the mussels and the common cockles of Vilanova de Arousa and the international renowned clams of O Carril. All of them can be tasted in their respective Festivals of Tourist Interest. Finally, it is worth mentioning the town of O Grove, which boasts its seafood in the nationally renowned seafood festival called Festa do Marisco.
The historical routes to Santiago de Compostela, specifically the Silver Way and the Winter Way, also pass through the inland towns of the province of Pontevedra. In this area it is also possible to enjoy incredible and varied dishes such as the cocido de Lalín, a Galician stew from Lalín (declared Festival of National Tourist Interest), the salmon from A Estrada and the galo de curral (free range chicken) from Vila de Cruces. Delicious Spanish tortillas are cooked in Laro and in A Bandeira one can taste amazing empanadas (typical Galician pie with a savoury filling), both places in the municipality of Silleda.
Excellent wineries and wines
As Rías Baixas produce one of the best white wines in the world, the Albariño. Cambados is the birthplace of this liquid gold; and there, like in other municipalities of O Salnés, one can find excellent wineries and wines, as well as in O Rosal, O Condado, Soutomaior and Ribeira do Ulla, which are the other subareas of the Designation of Origin Rías Baixas.
In the province of Pontevedra, the furanchos, seasonal taverns in which wine is served paired with traditional food, are very popular.
The Way is waiting for you. Come and taste these delicious dishes from As Rías Baixas!