A donation to the forum removes ads for you, and supports Ivar in his work running it

Advertisement

Espiritual in winter: walking to Pontecesures instead of boat. My fav day in pics

surya8

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portugues Central and Coastal 2017 & 2019; Portugues Interior, Sanabres, Fisterra & Muxia 2018
If you are planning to walk the Espiritual out of season, in winter the boat is still available but that the official price quoted to us this Jan was 150 euros. It seems like other small private fishing boats are not allowed to transport pilgrims there. We had a chat with some of the owners and there are fines for this. Anyway there were 3 of us then in the albergue of Vilanova de Arousa but even splitting the cost between us was a bit too expensive and we all had spare days before Santiago so decided to walk the next stage to Pontecesures. Most people usually take a boat there in the high season. The hospitaliero in Vilanova de Arousa's municipal albergue unfortunately is not very knowledgeable about the route and said it's most probably not marked and is almost all on the main roads. Fortunately for for us that was not the case at all: the route is well marked till Vilagarcia de Arousa, then it becomes sparse at times, but still possible to walk - we did it without maps, internet or any gadgets on us. It is 32km. Also we were pleasantly surpriced that only a short stretch there goes on a busy road at one point, then it heads off to forests and on the paths between the villages along the main road, so most of the way is actually nice to walk. Actually it became my fav day on the Espiritual! Varied landscapes and architectture there, you can have a look here in my blog:
There is a great albergue in Pontecerures: on the Camino, equipped kitchen, warm and spacious, a supermarket neaby.
Bom Caminho!
 
Last edited:

surya8

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portugues Central and Coastal 2017 & 2019; Portugues Interior, Sanabres, Fisterra & Muxia 2018
I especially loved the stretch there between/around Catoira and Pontecesures, you can see Torres do Oeste there, the route goes through the fields and forests there, then along the river on the wooden bordwalks. There are not many arrows there but if you go parallel to the river it will lead you to Pontececures eventually. The hospitaliero told us later that's where some pilgrims lose the way sometimes, so make sure you don't go deeper into the woods there.
 

LesBrass

Likes Walking
Camino(s) past & future
yes...
Hi - I'm thinking about walking the variente in November/December... did you say that the boat was running throughout winter? I'd really like to take the boat but the 150€ would be too much. But good to know you can walk around.
 

surya8

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portugues Central and Coastal 2017 & 2019; Portugues Interior, Sanabres, Fisterra & Muxia 2018
Hi - I'm thinking about walking the variente in November/December... did you say that the boat was running throughout winter? I'd really like to take the boat but the 150€ would be too much. But good to know you can walk around.
yes, there is a boat there in winter as well but the price is for the boat, so if there is no one else apart from you there in the morning it won't be budget.
Here is our day 1 & 2 on the Espiritual in Jan:
Pontevedra - Armenteira: https://anna-camino.livejournal.com/7316.html
Armenteira - Vilanova de Arousa: https://anna-camino.livejournal.com/7537.html
Bom Caminho! :)
 
Last edited:

Get on our Mailing list for new products on the Camino Store and news from the Camino Forum








Advertisement

Booking.com

Camino Conversations

Camino Conversations

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Forum Donation

Forum Donation
For those with no forum account, it is possible to donate here as well. Thank you for your support! Ivar

Follow Casa Ivar on Instagram

Most downloaded Resources

When is the best time to walk?

  • January

    Votes: 16 1.2%
  • February

    Votes: 10 0.8%
  • March

    Votes: 55 4.2%
  • April

    Votes: 197 15.0%
  • May

    Votes: 325 24.8%
  • June

    Votes: 95 7.3%
  • July

    Votes: 24 1.8%
  • August

    Votes: 27 2.1%
  • September

    Votes: 379 28.9%
  • October

    Votes: 158 12.1%
  • November

    Votes: 17 1.3%
  • December

    Votes: 7 0.5%

Camino Forum Store

Camino Forum Store
Top
AdBlock Detected

We get it, advertisements are annoying!

Sure, ad-blocking software does a great job at blocking ads, but it also blocks useful features of our website. For the best site experience please disable your AdBlocker.

I've Disabled AdBlock