Where the way starts

The Lands of Iria has a strong link to the Camino of Santiago and to the figure of the Apostle. It is in these lands where tradition tells us the story about the Jacobean tradition, in where James the Great spread the word of Christianity. It is a place where after his death in Haffa (Palestine), two of his disciples Theodore and Athanasius, decided to bury his remains. His remains arrived to the, port Puerto Murgadán de Iria Flavia, and the boat was tied to a Roman altar known as the Pedrón. It is located today under the main altar of the Santiago Church in the historic district of Padron.

Therefore, this is the main reason why this town is considered to be the birthplace of the Jacobean tradition, and this theory is clearly witnessed by the various elements that encompasses these lands.

Padron is a medieval village born in crossroads, a place of pilgrimage since the middle ages. There exists two Caminos of Santiago that cross Padron, one is the Portuguese Way, which presumably is said to have existed in the late middle ages and the other is the Sea Route of the Arousa and the Ulla River that commemorates the arrival of the body of St. James to Galicia by sea.

Padron´s Pilgrim hostel/shelter

Located in premises adjoining the Convento del Carmen, has a capacity for 46 people.

It has two floors spread over an area of ​​311.60 m2. On the first floor is the master bedroom in which there is generally 42 places. On the ground floor there is a bedroom for disabled guests with 4 beds.

It also has a kitchen, dining room and showers.

Information:

Location: Rúa Costanilla do Carmen s/n | 15900 Padrón (A Coruña)
Telephone number: 673-656.173
E-mail: alberguepadron@gmail.com
Places: 46
Bunk bed places: 46
Room: Common
Open season: All the year
Opening hours: 13:00 – 22:00
Facilities: Hot water showers / Kitchen (without utensils) / Washboard

Price: 6€

Here we also we present the last stage of the journey, which takes place from Padron to Santiago, where you can see the remaining portion of the route and its services.

Celebrating the step and the importance of these two paths, Padron has obtained two certifications that attest to our journey through the village.

DIPLOMA TRASLATIO XACOBEA ↓

(Certification of the Jacobean Journey)

The Jacobean Route through the Ulla and Arosa River was recognized as one of the Caminos de Santiago by Xunta de Galicia law on 3/1996 of May 10 which protects the paths to Santiago and commemorate the transport of the remains of St. James from Haffa (Palestine) to Galicia.

How do you get here?

Pilgrimage starting from the output ports, which facilitates the “Cartilla de Navegación”(Navigation Booklet ). These being the Club Nautico of San Vicente in the Pedras Negras Marina located in San Vicente do Mar or in Los Principales in Riveira.

You can start the voyage in other ports, including international ones.

What are the requirements?

The first seal will be received in the departure port, the passenger should get a minimum of at least at two more seals in any of the ports or the municipalities that are located in the boundaries of the Arousa or Ulla River. It is required that each seal corresponds to at least one port or city of each side of the river in which the passenger stays in the area a minimum of one hour.

– No time limit is set for performing the route

– Once in Padrón, get the seal from the town hall and the Jacobean Foundation for the Ulla and Arousa Sea Route.

– Jacobean landmarks to visit:

– Saint Mary church in Iria Flavia, old Episcopal headquarters
– Fountain, Fuente Del Carmen, representing the baptism of Queen Lupa.
– Santiaguiño do Monte.
– Pedrón (located under the main altar of the Santiago Church of Padron, the place which the boat was moored that brought the remains of St. James from Haffa in Palestine.

Who will it be issued to?

To those that make the pilgrimage to Padron:

– On any type of vessels through the Ria de Arosa and Ulla River to Padrón, the remaining stretch must be made on foot to all of the Jacobean landmarks in the village.

– Navigation Booklet must be sealed by the departure port

– Complete forms as requested

– Once you have reached Padron and visited its Jacobean landmarks, we will seal your “Navigation Booklet” with Padron´s official town hall seal as well as the official seal from the Jacobean Route Foundation of the Arousa and Ulla River. You will also receive a certification document called the Traslatio Xacobea which attests the completion of the Jacobean route made to the place where the vessel arrived to.

– Anyone who wants to, can finish off the route which culminates at the city of Santiago de Compostela.

Where will you be given the “Traslatio Xacobea” certification?

In Padron´s Pilgrim hostel/shelter.


A PEDRONÍA ↓

Since 2010 Padron issues its own accreditation referred to as “La Pedronía”, as a remembrance of the disembarkation.

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How do you get it?

Pilgrimage starting from:

– Santiago de Compostela – Padrón

– From any municipality located in the Arousa River – Padron area. (vía maritime-fluvial)

– From any town hall located within 18km from Padron

What are the requirements?

Jacobean landmarks to visit:

– Saint Mary church in Iria Flavia, old Episcopal headquarters
– Fountain, Fuente Del Carmen, representing the baptism of Queen Lupa.
– Santiaguiño do Monte.
– Pedrón (located under the main altar of the Santiago Church of Padron, the place which the boat was moored that brought the remains of St. James from Haffa in Palestine.

Who is eligible to receive?

Those that do the pilgrimage by any of the following means:

– On foot, on horseback, by bicycle, by any type of boat that goes across the Ulla River to the Sar in Padron, small vessels to the port of Padron (A Ponte) in the Ulla River, large vessels, following the disembarkation, the route to Padron and to its Jacobean landmarks must be made on foot.

– A form must be downloaded and printed: CARTA PARA LA OBTENCIÓN DE LA ACREDITACIÓN DE LA PEDRONÍA. (LETTER TO OBTAIN THE ACCREDITATION OF PEDRONÍA). You can also view the RULES TO OBTAIN THE ACCREDITATION OF PEDRONÍA

– You have to seal the pilgrimage booklet in either the town hall where you departed from, the pilgrim or tourism office, hostel or municipality office with the official seal or a Jacobean stamp from the locality.

– Complete forms as requested

– Once you have reached Padron and visited its Jacobean landmarks, we will seal your “Pilgrimage Booklet” with Padron´s official town hall seal and you will receive the Pedronia certification which attests the completion of the Jacobean route made to the place where the vessel arrived

Where will you be given the “Pedronía” certification?

In Padron´s Pilgrim hostel/shelter.