June 2016

Portuguese Camino, Spiritual Variant and Finisterre Way

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Pazo do Faramello Traslatio Camino portugués

Do you remember a picture we put on social networks and I wondered if you knew that Camino de Santiago signaling was specified? As we told you this Camino was at the beginning of the phenomenon Xacobeo. Photography is this one and this is Camino Portuguese.

Portuguese Way is the germ of Xacobeo phenomenon? Well rather not. But in this post we tell the story of the Traslatio, which is the legendary transfer by sea from Palestine with the remains of St. James to Galicia to bury him. According to various not particularly reliable by historical differences sources, this happened after the beheading of Apostol towards the year 44 and traslatio that is filled with several legends and stories depending on who count the story of the arrival of the remains by the current Ria de Arousa .

We talk about snatching the body of the apostle by the Sun, which was located 12 miles offshore buried under a marble vault. We talk about the seven apostolic men, supporters of Santiago accompanying the body of the apostle and to fight with a dragon on Mount Illicius, later known as Pico Sacro. We speak about Queen Lupa and the fierce oxen become tame because of the proximity of the remains of the Apostle and his disciples (the Way seen in the background in the photograph shows us the path that took the oxen transporting remains of Apostle and passing very close to the Castro Lupario. The photo is taken from the Pazo do Faramello) … We talk about a thousand stories and legends but none without some historic basis.

Serve this introduction to tell you about our next adventure on the Way: The Camino Portuguese from Tui to Pontevedra, with the called Spiritual Variant to Santiago de Compostela following nautical miles and kilometers by foot done by the remains of the Apostle in this updated Traslatio and to continue thereafter until Finisterre.


Portuguese Way from Tui to Pontevedra

52 km in 2-3 stages according to our strength and encouragement or adapting to what we encounter us along the way. We left Tui and we arrive in Porrino after 18 km or continue to Mos adding 5.5 km more. In both, Porrino and Mos, we have all kinds of services for pilgrims.

Next day we can finish in Redondela after walking 15 km from Porriño or we can get to Pontevedra after traveling 28 km. That’s where the pilgrim is totally free to decide to raise this first section of the Camino de Santiago in 2 or 3 stages.

Spiritual variant from Pontevedra to Santiago

Spiritual variant actually is divided in three stages from Pontevedra to Padrón but in this case will include the link between Padrón to Santiago de Compostela by the Portuguese Way.

70 km in 3 stages departing from the city of Pontevedra and getting closer to the sea in Poio and Combarro to delve further to Armenteira after 21 km walk, a really peaceful rural plaxe in the middle of the mountain.  The next day the pilgrim walk the Route of Stone and Water, of great natural beauty and walking under trees that are dotted with ancient water mills. Quickly walk along vineyards to realize fully entered the Salnés area, home to one of the world’s most renowned wine, Albariño. After 24 km walk we reached the town of Vilanova de Arousa, where we stop at the many services the pilgrim.

variante espiritual camino portugés

Last day has an unique mix of sea and land on the Camino de Santiago. We will get to the Illa de Arousa to take shipping for Gabi guide us through the Jacobean Route by the Arousa Estuary, the route that carried the remains of the Apostle once entering the Ria de Arousa. We land on earth in Pontecesures to follow our remaining 25 km to Compostela.

traslatio by the sea

Here you have chance to know what to do when you arrive and enjoy the city through our posts on what to do on arrival to Santiago (click here) or to stay a few more days (click here). We decided to leave next day for Finisterre.


Epilogue of the Camino de Santiago to Finisterre

90 km in 3 stages will begin with a light stage of 21 km to Negreira to keep looking for answers at the end of our Camino de Santiago for the next day to nearly 34 km with constant ups and downs and a final area with beautiful views but much asphalt that will undermine our strength. We end the day at Olveiroa, just a few kilometers before splitting our way to Fisterra or towards Muxía. We decided to direct our steps the next day by Fisterra Road to almost 35 km long. The first views of the sea and Cape Finisterre indicate the proximity of Cee, Corcubión and Fisterra.

The End of the Earth from Roman times and has a great pagan load. Recharging our forces as we approach Finisterre note contrary to exhaust ourselves more and more. The end of our adventure is near and we invite you to one of the biggest shows of the Camino de Santiago in its entirety: the sunset at Cape Finisterre. Book your journey time to bring in your retina one of the memories that will last forever in the memory of one of the experiences of your life.

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What kind of footwear is best for the Camino de Santiago?


¿Hiking boots, hiking shoes or hiking sandals for our Camino de Santiago?

We had mentioned in a previous post on our blog if you’ve chosen a suitable footwear and have been during previous training for the Way the problems caused in the feet will be much smaller or nonexistent. We’ll talk next time but hydration, toning and recovery of the feet is as important as choosing good shoes.

In this post post we talked about the most common kind of footwear to wear in the Camino de Santiago. Anyway we must take into account the likings of each and also other factors such as the route, if it is asphalt or ground, the season of year, etc …

In our view and our own experience the most appropriate footwear combines the strength of a boot and versatility of a sneaker. Sneakers or trekking trail are ideal for users looking for lightness, comfort and freedom of movement without compromising safety when walking. They are totally recommended to walk, as well as durable and provide excellent traction soles, many of them have removable inserts with the possibility of adapting an EVA midsole cushioning every step and stabilize the tread. New technologies and developments in this sector allow ensure total impermeability and maximum breathability, taking extreme performance in the most humid environments we can find during our walk along the Caminos de Santiago.

footwear Camino de Santiago

footwear Camino de Santiago


The model in the picture is a Hi-Tec WP Accelerate and we are delighted with them.

Now test on boots. We should not throw up our hands head when we talk about boots on the road and think big, heavy and uncomfortable boots that we have seen on the Camino de Santiago not long ago. Nowadays light and flexible boots are suitable for hiking and mountain adventures combining lightweight materials with technologies that offer maximum performance and comfort. They are models of multipurpose use with waterproof and breathable membrane to keep feet dry and cool. The support and comfort we have in this type of medium or low boots cane, allow progress in safety and comfort. They are thanking the toe and heel reinforcements which provide security in rough terrain and damping systems that allow continuous use them during the long stages of the Camino de Santiago. It is important that the floor contribution maximum adherence and durability.

footwear camino de santiago

The model of this pic is a Sensor Mid WP, Hi-Tec as well.

Before finalizing the post we must not overlook two phenomena that are on the Camino de Santiago and that many of you have asked us about usability: the type running shoes and sandals. Do you want to know our opinion?

The type running shoes are comfortable and light, perhaps too flexible and therefore the grip of the foot is somewhat fair. When we spoke to pilgrims who use we conclude that actually use them because they had already adapted to their feet at home for other daily uses.

Let’s talk about fashion is coming mainly from abroad. Wearing sandals with socks. It was best to try and we have launched the Way to give our opinion.

Sandals Camino de Santiago

We have also come to do the test with our trusted brand: Hi-Tec Altitude Strap

Well … where to start? Bad: each of the millions of pebbles and sand that have gotten between the sock and sandal, with the awkwardness of trying to remove lifting his feet, or tapping the ground with the load we carry in our backpack ( did you try to put you upyour leg every few meters with the backpack? ) the grip is insufficient depends on which areas and of course we can not conclude that they are SUV to take them for 20-25 km in our stages of the Camino de Santiago. But there comes good: to use our sandals without socks and give rest our feet. Is a good part of the ground by treading our feet on the Camino de Santiago is not really suitable for the comfort we look for in this type of footwear.

sandals Camino de Santiago

That is why our recommendation for the Camino de Santiago will depend on the time of year and weather: trail shoes and sandals without socks and boots for summer medium or low cane with sandals for rainy winter. In any case, always, sandals to rest the long-suffering feet. And socks leave it for another day, right? In a next post we will deal the importance of socks and creams to regain your feet, as well as health and hygiene thereof to prevent or treat blisters.