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Camino Variante espiritual

dorinaNZ

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2021
Hi,
I am planning to do the Variante Espiritual this March, just before Holy Week.
Does anyone know when the boats start running? Does anyone have contact details and know how to make reservations?
Anyone else out there planning to do it at around this time?
Thanks
DorinaNZ
 
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Michael; Camino-addicted

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A few Caminos
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The boat departure times vary depending on the tide. So it can leave very early in the morning, or it is already early afternoon. The tickets for this we got without prior reservation in theAlbergue in Vilanova the Arousa.

Whether the boat is also already in late March in operation I do not know.

Here are some infos from 2019:

Monasterio de Armenteira (reservation needed)
Bed 25,00 €, common meal: 10,00 €; Reservation absolutely necessary!
Openings hours: 16.Sept. - 14. June.: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 - 14:30 / 16:00 - 18:00
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+34 627 097 696
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Albergue de Armenteira
32 beds a 6,00 €; Openings hours: 13:00 - 22:00
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There are minimum two Restaurants - I don´t know if they have rooms for ent

Albergue Vilanova de Arousa
Albergue De Peregrinos Vilanova de Arousa
28 beds a 6,00 €; Opening hours: 14:00 - 22:00
+34 699 832 730
+34 699 831 731
Tickets for the boat to Pontesecures (17,00 €)
 

Camino Chrissy

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Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I walked the Espiritual Variant in early May 2019 and took the boat ride and the hospitalera at Albergue de Armentiera make our reservations the day before. I had read a number of times that it was a very small boat and to wear rain gear to avoid getting wet. It was a large beautiful double decker ferry...boy was I surprised!
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Camino Chrissy

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Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
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We had one time a rubber dinghy and the second time a larger boat with benches on it. But we got quite wet on it in some places.
Nothing so luxurious.
What month did you walk in...possibly an "off month" with very few pilgrims?
 

David Tallan

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Year of past OR future Camino
2018
The boat departure times vary depending on the tide. So it can leave very early in the morning, or it is already early afternoon. The tickets for this we got without prior reservation in theAlbergue in Vilanova the Arousa.

Whether the boat is also already in late March in operation I do not know.

Here are some infos from 2019:

Monasterio de Armenteira (reservation needed)
Bed 25,00 €, common meal: 10,00 €; Reservation absolutely necessary!
Openings hours: 16.Sept. - 14. June.: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 - 14:30 / 16:00 - 18:00
+34 886 211 700
+34 627 097 696
Email: info@monasteriodearmenteira.es

Albergue de Armenteira
32 beds a 6,00 €; Openings hours: 13:00 - 22:00
www.facebook.com/AlberguedeArmenteira

There are minimum two Restaurants - I don´t know if they have rooms for ent

Albergue Vilanova de Arousa
Albergue De Peregrinos Vilanova de Arousa
28 beds a 6,00 €; Opening hours: 14:00 - 22:00
+34 699 832 730
+34 699 831 731
Tickets for the boat to Pontesecures (17,00 €)
Something that no one wants to hear, and perhaps needs no mention (but I will say anyways, in case that is not the case) is that we are living in a different world in 2021 than we were in 2019 and none of us can say what the situation will be like in March nor predict what businesses will be open and what their hours and practices will be. Absolutely, do your research and make your plans, but make them flexible enough so that you can cope when the situation is nothing like what you planned.
 

GIOVANBATTISTA

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Year of past OR future Camino
2015 2017
Hi,
I am planning to do the Variante Espiritual this March, just before Holy Week.
Does anyone know when the boats start running? Does anyone have contact details and know how to make reservations?
Anyone else out there planning to do it at around this time?
Thanks
DorinaNZ
Hi Corina, a very good service is AMare Turismo Nautico +34650410322, it costs € 20.
 

IngridF

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2012, 2015 ,2017, 2019
I walked the Espiritual Variant in early May 2019 and took the boat ride and the hospitalera at Albergue de Armentiera make our reservations the day before. I had read a number of times that it was a very small boat and to wear rain gear to avoid getting wet. It was a large beautiful double decker ferry...boy was I surprised!
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Glamgrrl

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Travel318
It seems they will bring in boats as the need is required. There were at least two boats when we went. Here’s a picture. You can get spray and it can be windy from the boat. If it was raining, you would get wet. Great camino day!
 

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Michael; Camino-addicted

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A few Caminos
Next plan - Camino de Baztan
Something that no one wants to hear, and perhaps needs no mention (but I will say anyways, in case that is not the case) is that we are living in a different world in 2021 than we were in 2019 ......
Of course you're right with your comment, I'm sure we both agree on that, as all forum members do.

I deliberately didn't comment on the reference to the travel time in a few weeks, because I don't want to "suppress" every question with the argument that there is a pandemic at the moment and the questioner doesn't actually want to walk a Camino now. That has destroyed so many nice threads.
The new information from here are still useful at a later date.

Each of us knows the great restrictions that rightly have to be observed everywhere in the world at the moment.

DorinaNZ, as you are from Madrid, you are at the source of the situation and the Corona rules in Spain and I am sure you will decide responsibly what is possible and when.
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2018
Of course you're right with your comment, I'm sure we both agree on that, as all forum members do.

I deliberately didn't comment on the reference to the travel time in a few weeks, because I don't want to "suppress" every question with the argument that there is a pandemic at the moment and the questioner doesn't actually want to walk a Camino now. That has destroyed so many nice threads.
The new information from here are still useful at a later date.

Each of us knows the great restrictions that rightly have to be observed everywhere in the world at the moment.

DorinaNZ, as you are from Madrid, you are at the source of the situation and the Corona rules in Spain and I am sure you will decide responsibly what is possible and when.
I said "Absolutely, do your research and make your plans" in hopes that it would show that I am not trying to shut down the discussion. I just wanted to minimize expectations.
 

BedDavid

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances, Portugues, Primativo, Baztán
I am a bit concerned that I have never seen any mention of lifejackets with reference to boats providing this service. So far as I know, under the law of the sea, licenced passenger boats should carry sufficient lifejackets for all passengers, and it is highly desirable that passengers should wear them.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
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Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
The ferry I rode on provided life vests for everyone, but I don't recall them being worn. They are usually stored under the seats and mention is made of them on a loudspeaker. I encounter this same practice often.
I can not speak for dingys or small boats being used for transport.
 
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During our first passage in the dinghy, we were asked to put on the life jackets beforehand.

Although the weather was very nice, the ride was quite rough😬 and sometimes it reminded us a bit of a speedboat race.
 

Mary-Rose O’Regan

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances, Camino Finisterre and Muxia, Celtic Camino, Camino Primitivo.
Hi,
I am planning to do the Variante Espiritual this March, just before Holy Week.
Does anyone know when the boats start running? Does anyone have contact details and know how to make reservations?
Anyone else out there planning to do it at around this time?
Thanks
DorinaNZ
Hi there
i walked early March 2020 just before the lockdown. The ferry wasn’t operating but I got the dinghy across, there was no problem.... unfortunately the albergue in Armenteria was closed, with Covid-19 I don’t know if it would be open now though....and I don’t think the ferry runs in March..... then again I could be wrong.... it’s a beautiful Camino..... I will certainly walk it again... the best of luck.
 

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