Camino Portugués - Variante Espiritual | Wise Pilgrim Guidebooks for the Camino de Santiago
3.90km → Alba
Altitude: 
30

Your entrance to the old town center of Pontevedra is punctuated with its most famous church, the Iglesia de la Virgen Peregrina, a shrine to the Pilgrim Virgen who guided pilgrims here from Baiona. To see the rest of Pontevedra’s notable buildings will required you to stray from the arrows a...

The Road: 

Leave by crossing the Ponte do Burgo and heading straight-ish through the next roundabout, turning left immediately after. Before long you will be alongside the railway, which you will cross just before the church of Alba.

Accommodation in Pontevedra

Xunta

1

Albergue de Peregrinos (Virgen Peregrina)
Xunta
Otero Pedrayo
56 6€
Private

2

Aloxa Hostel
Private
Gorgullón
57 10/12€

3

Slow City Hostel
Private
Amargura, 5
10 17.50*€ Photo in Slow City Hostel on the Camino de Santiago

4

Albergue Acolá
Private
Arcebispo Malvar, 15
16 17€
Hotel

5

Hotel Room ⭑⭑
Hotel
Filgueira Valverde 10
Photo in Hotel Room on the Camino de Santiago

6

Hotel Virgen del Camino ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Virgen del Camino 53-55
Photo in Hotel Virgen del Camino on the Camino de Santiago

7

Hotel Comercio ⭑
Hotel
Augusto González Besada, 5
Photo in Hotel Comercio on the Camino de Santiago

8

Hotel Madrid
Hotel
Andrés Mellado, 5

9

Hotel Alda Estación ⭑⭑
Hotel
Eduardo Pondal, 76
Photo in Hotel La Peregrina on the Camino de Santiago

10

Hotel Rúas ⭑
Hotel
Figueroa, 35

11

Hotel Galicia Palace ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Vigo, 3
Parador

12

Parador de Pontevedra ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Parador
Barón, 19
Photo in Parador de Pontevedra on the Camino de Santiago
1.00km → Fragmoreira
Altitude: 
110

A small church on your right, and on your left a kids playground and recreation area. Not too hidden in the park is an ancient petroglyph. These are common throughout Galicia and more are discovered every year. The bar is at the far end of the small town.

The Road: 

The camino leaves town along the road but quickly picks up a track as it descends through the hamlet of Fragmoreira. It emerges on a roundabout at the divided highway you have crossed over a few times. Keep to the left as you approach Poio.

Accommodation in Cabaleiro

1.90km → Poio
Altitude: 
80
3.00km → Combarro
Altitude: 
40

The first building in town is the rather imposing Monasterio de San Xoán Poio. Further along, as you descend from the monastery, there are several bars.

The Road: 

The camino descends from the Monastery and turns right at the bottom of the hill. Mind the traffic here, there are no barriers and not too many arrows. Follow the road to the first crosswalk and turn left to pick up a smaller country road.

Here there is one tricky turn. Shortly after...

Accommodation in Poio

Altitude: 
10

Combarro might just be one of the most charming and quintessentially Galician villages on the whole coast. Fishermen have worked these seas for centuries, and the horreós that line the coast (and which appear to hover just above the waterline) were used to dry fish as well as grain.

The...

The Road: 

The Variante Espiritual crosses the road and immediately begins its ascent of the Monte Redondo. The climb varies in intensity from extremely steep to gently rolling and back again. Go gently.

Accommodation in Combarro

Hotel

1

Hotel Xeito ⭑
Hotel
Rúa da Cruz, 35

2

Hotel Combarro ⭑
Hotel
Carretera Pontevedra - Sanxenxo, Km 5
5.60km → Armenteira
Altitude: 
280

Not well signposted, but noticeable for the large dirt parking lot adjacent to it. The mirador platform doesn't inspire much confidence but does offer some excellent views east over the Ría de Pontevedra.

The Road: 

From the mirador the camino levels out a bit and follows along a mountain track. It eventually joins a paved road but only for 250 when it crosses the road and begins the descent into Armenteira.

3.90km → Aldea Labrega
Altitude: 
265

The camino delivers you directly to the front door of the Monasterio de Armenteira and to the two bars in town. Directly in front of you is the more popular of the two. The albergue is set off from town by a few hundred meters, follow the camino arrows and they will lead you to the...

The Road: 

From Armenteira the camino joins a popular (among locals) trail known as the Ruta de la Piedra y del Agua. It follows along a creek, with trails on both sides, as it descends to sea level. Along the way, it passes several dozen abanded water mills. Note that although you can safely and...

Accommodation in Armenteira

Xunta

1

Albergue de Armenteira
Xunta
Casa de la Cultura
32 6€
Pension

2

Monasterio Cisterciense de Armentaira
Pension
Lugar de la Iglesia
Hotel

3

Pousada Armenteira ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
2.80km → Os Castaños
Altitude: 
50

Large picnic area and recreation space. There are public bathrooms here, and during the summer months there is a small bar/kiosko.

The Road: 

The riverside walk is interrupted by a large highway and associated roundabouts, but no sooner than you pass them do you return to the trail.

6.20km → Puente Arnelas
Altitude: 
10

There is a small bar (seasonal) on your left as you reach this junction. There is a larger bar/restaurant just over the river.

The Road: 

As you approach Puente Arnelas you need to follow the arrows that lead you up a steel and wood walkway under the belly of the bridge. At the top, turn right to get up to the road level and follow it into the small village.

1.10km → Gombra
Altitude: 
10

A small village with a small chapel and a large pharmacy. There are bars at both ends. If both are closed, there is a gas station if you are in a pinch.

The Road: 

The camino ahead includes a small climb up through the town of Gombra. It also follows the road for a short stretch before turning left into the small village of Mouzas. There are a few more hamlets along this stretch before the camino arrives at a large crossing of the PO-549. Here there is a...

1.10km → Mouzas
Altitude: 
30
5.10km → Cores
Altitude: 
35
Altitude: 
30
The Road: 

Just beyond Cores the camino arrives at last to the sea, and the last 3km are along sandy paths with beaches on your left and beach bars on your right. The camino keeps close to the water and arrives at Vilanova by way of a large bridge.

6.00km → Vilaxoán
Altitude: 
5

Vilanova is a lovely seaside harbor town with plenty of bars and food options but not much more besides gazing out to sea. The camino arrives near the harbor and the albergue is to your east; after crossing the bridge turn right and follow the arrows to it.

The Road: 

THE BOAT. Everything you need to know about the boat to Pontecesures is impossible to print here. The schedule varies with the tide, the number of passengers, and the whims of the captain and the hospitalero at the albergue (he who makes the arrangements). The matter is...

Accommodation in Vilanova de Arousa

Xunta

1

Albergue de Peregrinos Vilanova de Arousa
Xunta
José González Sanisidro, 69
28 6€
Private

2

A Salazón
Private
Callejón do boliche, 7
10 18€
Hotel

3

Hotel Bradomin ⭑⭑
Hotel
Juan Carlos I, 29
Altitude: 
0
1.80km → Carril
Altitude: 
0

Accommodation in Vilagarcia de Arousa

Hostal

1

Hostal Nogal Cafetería
Hostal
Alcalde Rey Daviña, 20
Hotel

2

Hotel Castelao ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Arzobispo Lago, 5

3

Pension Derby
Hotel
Mariña, 16
Altitude: 
10

Accommodation in Carril

Hotel

1

Hotel Carril ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Lucena, 18
4.30km → Catoira
Altitude: 
35
5.50km → Vilar
Altitude: 
5

Accommodation in Catoira

Casa Rural

1

Os Migueliños
Casa Rural
Aldea Barral, 12
Altitude: 
35