The Way of St. James by Sea - Ruta Maritima Xacobea

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camino-santiago-tour-by-sea8.jpg Sailing the Camino in Galicia
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Sailing the Camino!

5 Days / 4 Nights


Price from: 725.00 euros

Follow the route of the remains of the Apostle St. James. Three days of sailing along the Galician coast and up the bay of Arousa, an hour ride up the Ulla river in a motor-boat and then walking the last part to Santiago de Compostela...
  •  Enjoy sailing on a yacht through the Galician Rias Baixas (Low Estuaries)
  • Follow the sailing steps of the Apostle St. James did centuries ago
  • The Xacobea Nautical Crossing is an officially recognized route to earn La Compostela certificate by sailing



General Overview

Country: Spain
Region: Galicia
City: Vigo
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Type: Private Group Tour
Theme: Sailing and Cruising Journeys and Yacht Charter Services
Group Size: 4 to 8 People
Price from: 725.00€


The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) in Santiago de Compostela in North-western Spain. The Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela reached its peak during the Middle Ages and it is safe to say that it constituted a major cultural aspect of that period of history in Europe. Nowadays there are different ways to make these pilgrim routes… on foot, horseback, by bike and even sailing in a yacht.

We have rescued the Legend of Saint James by offering a route that combines sailing on a yacht through the Galician Rias Baixas (Low Estuaries), with walking along the traditional Portuguese route to Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. This trip offers tradition, history, trekking, sailing, Galician gastronomy and beautiful old Pazos (Noble Manor Houses) to spend the night.

 The departure port is Vigo and the arrival port is Boiro. It is a 3-day sailing cruise (90 nautical miles) where we`ll be crossing the Rías of Vigo, Pontevedra and Arousa. On the last day of our journey, we make the ascent of the Ulla river by a small motorboat and we end up walking the last  7 km from Milladoiro to reach Santiago de Compostela.

We invite you to explore the sea route, a different way to complete one of the Caminos de Santiago, which covers the history of the pilgrimage as well as the experience of undertaking the spiritual aspects of setting off for the shrine of Saint James.

This new Camino follows the sailing steps of the Apostle St. James did centuries ago!. The Xacobea Nautical Crossing is an officially recognized route to earn La Compostela certificate by sailing and visiting the most emblematic sea corners of the Rías Baixas.

The official requires are to make the crossing by sailing a minimum of 90 nautical miles, stopping in all the official ports that point the route to stamp your Credential. The last part of the Camino is by foot, walking the last 7 km of the Portuguese Way from the town of Milladoiro (Santa María chapel) to the Pilgrim`s office in Santiago of Compostela.

The Maritime Camino makes for a stand-alone journey for those that are looking for a short Camino experience or seeking a quieter and more contemplative route. The itinerary crosses the authentic landscape of the Galician coast, going through its beautiful fjords, national park, amazing Atlantic sunsets and indulging in some lovely local food and wine

“The Way of Saint James” Martine Sea Route

Day by day itinerary

DAY 1:

  • We welcome pilgrims in the port of Vigo - Real Club Náutico de Vigo Our team will explain all the details regarding the boat and the voyage and you will be shown to your cabins where you can leave your luggage.
  • If you need a transfer to Vigo, please check Add-ons section
  • Depending on your arrival time, you will be able to visit the beautiful old town of  Vigo and enjoy a delicious dinner (tapas) and wine tasting at one of the area`s best wineries. The Marina is very close to the city center of Vigo so you can even take a guided route.
  • Overnight in Vigo


DAY 2:

(20 nautical miles +/- 25 nautical miles) 

  • Breakfast
  • The sailing journey begins: We depart from Vigo towards Baiona (official Camino departure port- Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona
  • On the way, we will stop in Cangas to stamp our Credential and visit the fishing village (1 hour and a half stop) 
  • We embark again to take the course to the Cíes Islands (Terrestrial Maritime National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia), the Ría of Vigo`s greatest treasure, and one of the most breathtaking places in the country.
  • We will enjoy a picnic and a visit here in what was called “The islands of the Gods” by the ancient Romans surrounded by turquoise sea water and white sand beaches 
  • In the afternoon following sunset steps, we take off to Baiona where we will have the chance to visit its medieval fortress, now converted into a Parador, and walk through the streets of its old town, which has been declared a protected Historic-Artistic site.
  • Free time for dinner on your own
  • Overnight in Baiona 


DAY 3:

(26 nautical miles +/- 30 nautical miles)

  • Breakfast
  • We departure from Baiona towards the Ons Islands (Maritime Terrestrial National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia)
  • A small piece of paradise located right in front of the magical estuary of Pontevedra.
  • Here we will delight in the best octopus in the region! - In the afternoon we´ll stop by Sanxenxo (stop for 1 hour and a half) to stamp our Credential and to walk around one of the most famous summer ports in Spain, beautiful beaches, good shopping, and plenty nightclubs during summertime
  • On sunset, we ́ll enjoy a peaceful sailing to Portonovo where we ́ll spend the night.
  • Free time for dinner on your own
  • Overnight in Portonovo


DAY 4:

PORTONOVO - O GROVE - VILANOVA DE AROUSA - CABO DE CRUZ (30 nautical miles +/- 35 nautical miles) 

  • We leave Portonovo to San Vicente do Mar (O Grove) to make a shortstop to stamp our Credential and to have a relaxed walk through this cozy village and the wooden path that goes along the coastline (1 hour and a half stop) You can ́t miss it!! 
  • We keep on sailing the estuary of the capital of Albariño wine, seafood, and the largest of the Rías of Galicia, Arousa, an incredible estuary where we gaze the islet of Rúa, the Xidoiro Areoso and the Illa de Arousa while we enjoy a picnic lunch on board
  • In the afternoon we do an hour stop at the port of Vilanova de Arousa to stamp our Credential (1 hour)
  • On sunset, we pull sails to the port of Cabo de Cruz (Boiro) which marks the end of the sailing portion of our trip.
  • Free time for dinner on your own
  • Overnight at Cabo de Cruz 


DAY 5:
CABO DE CRUZ - SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA (Ascent of the river Ulla 12 nautic miles + 7 km walk)

  • We will have breakfast on board before we disembark to take a powerboat to make the ascent of the Ulla River "La Traslatio".
  • A navigation route that takes one hour voyage passing through 17 cruceiros of the Vía Crucis until we reach Puentecesures, 3km away from the famous town of Padrón.
  • Once in Padron, you can choose between walking the last 25 km of the Camino of Santiago from Pontecesures or to be transferred to Milladoiro (St. María Chapel) and walk the last 7 mandatory kilometers to Santiago of Compostela. 
  • If you need a transfer to another city, please check the Add-ons section. If you need an extra night in Santiago de Compostela, get in touch with one of our travel specialists. 



Prices and Dates

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(Price per person)


  • 3 days of Sailing with a captain (captain will be your guide aboard while sailing)
  • 4 nights Accommodation onboard on double cabins
  • Accommodation onboard the night before the departure date if you need it.
  • Bed linen with bottom sheet and 2 pillows per cabin. Don`t forget to bring your sleeping bag!
  • Boat insurance
  • Fuel
  • Moorings in ports
  • Permit to anchor and visit the Cíes and Ons islands - Maritime Terrestrial National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia)
  • (B): All breakfast aboard
  • (PL): Picnic lunches aboard.
  • Snacks and water on board
  • Boat trip along the Ulla river
  • Pilgrim`s Credential (passport)
  • Local Taxes


  • Accommodation aboard is under sharing cabins (2 pilgrim per cabin). Sleeping alone in a cabin has an extra cost (please inquire if interested)
  • Sailing yachts maximum capacity are 6 or 8 passengers depending on sailing model and extra guides, captain on board


  • Transfers not specified in the itinerary
  • Beverages not specified in selected meals
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Personal & Travel Insurance
  • Tip and Gratuities to Chauffeur and Local guide
  • Dinners. The boat has got all kitchen utensils so you can always cook dinner aboard if you want, just remember to leave everything tidy and clean afterwards!!. Or you can choose a restaurant in the village we are at.
  • Tour guide (the captain is your sailing guide during your stay on board)
  • Hotels accommodation
  • Shuttle service from arrival airport or train station to departure port
  • Taxi service from Boiro or Portosín port to Milladoiro village  (Santiago of Compostela)
  • Suitcases ́s transfers
  • Anything else not specify in what`s included

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation charges apply if a reservation is cancelled after the deadline identified in the following situations;
  • 1.    Cancellations occurred 30 days before booking departure date, we charge 30% of total charter rate offered.
  • 2.    Cancellations occurred with less than 30 days before charter departure date, we charge 100% of the total rate offered
  • Please refer to our General Terms & Conditions for full details as to cancellation penalties, etc...





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