Galician Instagrammers experienced first-hand the Mar de Santiago trip during a full day visiting the municipal districts that make up this geo-destination (Vilanova de Arousa, Catoira, Valga and Pontecesures). They published their trip on their Instagram accounts, which cover a virtual community made up of more than 100,000 personas.
Zoe García (@conzdezoe), Estefanía Pena (@engaliciamorate) and Alberto Ribas (@alvientooo) shared their experiences while following in the Apostle’s footsteps through the territory that gave rise to the pilgrimage phenomenon. The trip began this morning in Compostela, where they returned after visiting Mar de Santiago’s main places of interest.
The first stop was Valga, where they discovered the municipal district’s culture by means of the History Museum, centred on the outstanding figure of La Belle Otero. From there, they travelled on to Vilanova de Arousa (Bodegas Granbazán winery), where they enjoyed a guided tour of the facilities and a commented tasting of wines belonging to the Rías Baixas designation of origin, paired with Galician cheeses and canned food.
Following the Apostle’s footsteps
After a break for lunch, the trip continued in Pontecesures. There they discovered another of the region’s food products par excellence (lamprey), as well as finding out more about the locality’s Roman bridge. They also learned about the Fito Xacobeo, the stone figure that marks the beginning and end of the world’s only sea-river Way of the Cross, also known as the Traslatio route. The boat trip between Pontecesures and Vilanova de Arousa follows the itinerary taken by the Apostle’s remains on their way to Compostela, thereby giving rise to the pilgrimage phenomenon.
The boat trip features impressive scenery along the banks of the Ulla River in Valga, making a brief stop opposite Vilarello, Mar de Santiago’s only river beach. The boat then enters the Catoira region, featuring an explanation of the origin of Torres de Oeste, Compostela’s old fort, as well as the singular stone cross of Illa de Castrivello. All of this while enjoying the beautiful natural surroundings of the Ulla Estuary.
After entering the Ría de Arousa, the itinerary continues among isles and mussel-producing platforms. This gives us a chance to learn about the traditional cultivation of mussels, another of Mar de Santiago’s outstanding food products.
After disembarking at the Mar de Santiago ferry terminal (Vilanova de Arousa), the trip is rounded off with striking panoramic views of the Ulla and Ría de Arousa from the Pedras Miúdas viewpoint, in Catoira. An ending that gives us a bird’s-eye view of the Traslatio route before starting our return journey to Compostela.
In general, the participating Instagrammers were surprised by the region’s beauty, as well as its historical, cultural, food and wine resources. A unique experience that they shared with their large number of followers.
The Mar de Santiago trip will continue every Thursday and on September 1st. Pilgrims and tourists alike can thereby discover this geo-destination during a full day based on the Traslatio route.
You can find all the information you need about this tourist initiative in the “What’s on” section on the following web. You can book your Mar de Santiago trip, operated by Tour Galicia, by visiting https://tourgalicia.es/producto/traslatio/.
In addition, you have the possibility of touring the region on your own by just booking the Traslatio route. In the case, you can contact any of the four shipping companies that operate in the area: Amare Turismo Náutico, La Barca del Peregrino, Tours Rías Baixas or Viajes Juan Allo. You can consult the boats’ departures on our web and by visiting our Facebook and Instagram accounts.