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The Sea Route: walking between islands and rivers

By Xunta de Galicia | 26/01/2018

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The Camino del Mar Route of Santiago is a unique itinerary that runs between sea and river landscapes, through the Ria de Arousa and the Ulla River. But there's more. This route crosses genuine islands and houses soft hills where the grapes of albanian wine are cultivated. But what is the beginning of the Arousa Sea Route and Ulla River? What is this route and what is its route? Below we tell her story and her biggest secrets.
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Ruta del Mar del Camino de Santiago, how was it born?

The Ruta del Mar de Arousa and Río Ulla del Camino de Santiago commemorates the arrival to Galicia by sea of the body of the apostle Santiago around the year 44. The Codex Calixtino says that Santiago was moved from the port of Jaffa, in Palestine, through the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic coast, to the confines of the West, that is, to Galicia.

This maritime route reminds us of this fact every year. How? Each summer Galicia organizes a spectacular sea-river procession, with docked boats arriving from the ports of the Ria de Arousa to the towns of Pontecesures and Padrón.

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What is the Camino de Santiago Sea Route like?

The Ruta del Mar de Arousa and Río Ulla del Camino de Santiago travels a territory of great landscapes and beautiful beaches, landscapes with history and ethnography where great figures have been born or lived, among them the writers Valle-Inclán, Camilo José Cela and Rosalía de Castro.

And not only that. The smooth slopes of this itinerary house the cultivation of wines like the apricot. It also goes through the drums where the mussel, oyster and scallop grow. In addition, the Sea Route runs through some islands: from Ons, Salalvora, A Toxa and Arousa to Cortegada.

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