Sailing boat

Sailing the Camino de Santiago

Here’s an unusual way to follow the Camino de Santiago: by boat. You can do it any time of year, with a route taking in different ports in northern Spain, or join an organised crossing held every month of July. We’ll show you how.

This seafaring version of the Camino de Santiago visits the regions of the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias, and Galicia. It crosses the Cantabrian Sea and reaches the Atlantic Ocean, but to obtain the Compostela (the accreditation showing you have completed St James’ Way) you need only sail 100 nautical miles and walk the last few kilometres to Santiago de Compostela from Monte do Gozo. The route stops at some of the ports which form part of the crossing: Hondarribia, Donostia-San Sebastián, Orio, Getaria, Mutriku, Getxo, Santurtzi and Bermeo (in the Basque Country); Laredo and Santander, in Cantabria; Lastres and Gijón, in Asturias; and Viveiro, A Coruña, Muxía, Muros and A Pobra Do Caramiñal, in Galicia.You don’t need your own boat to sail the Camino de Santiago. You have the option of hiring a boat or joining the crew of another craft on the route. Also, every July there is a group voyage along the entire route. 

The Way by catamaran

Another way to sail part of the Camino de Santiago is the sea route of Arousa and the river Ulla. By catamaran, it commemorates the voyage bringing the body of St James the Apostle to Galicia. The route starts in O Grove or Ribeira and ends in Padrón, from where pilgrims can walk or ride the remaining 25 kilometres to Santiago de Compostela.

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