On the Way of St. James


O Grove - Pontevedra

42º 28' 40.5" N - 8º 55' 43.9" W
42º 28' 30.2" N - 8º 56' 00.8" W


The greater part of the route is located within the “Ons - O Grove” Natural Area, part of the Natura 2000 network. We start the journey along the coast, enjoying beautiful beaches with crystal-clear waters and fine sand. Visiting the old salting factory known as Salgadeira de Barcela is an absolute must.

After leaving the coast, the landscape takes on the common characters of rural Galicia, where grasslands and agricultural areas accompany us down to the end of the road in As Rodeiras.

The route takes its name from the archaeological remains of the necropolis known as Adro Vello, located on the shore, next to O Carreiro beach. Throughout history it has housed a Roman villa, a salting factory and other settlements of ancient people. PR-G 115 Ruta do Adro Vello Excavation work in recent years has brought to light tombs and traces of Roman walls, paving and the foundations of the early Visigothic church - in the 18th century, due to frequent raids by pirates and damage from rough seas, the church was moved to a safer place, where the present-day church of San Vicente stands.

The site is now fenced off and closed to the public.


Take exit 119 from the AP-9 to O Grove on the AG-41. On coming to the peninsula of O Grove, take the PO-317 through San Vicente do Mar towards San Vicente do Grove. From here go down to the remains of Adro Vello, next to Carreiro beach.

The Ways of St. James

The Route of the Sea of Arousa and River Ulla

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Salgadeira (salting factories)

The Phoenicians brought with them the art of salting fish. After them, the Romans promoted this method of conservation with the transport of fish and seafood to the rest of the Empire.

From the late 18th century to the mid 1900’s the salting factories marked out the economy in the Arousa Estuary, changing from a craftsmans’ task into an industrial activity. Families from Catalonia started this economic activity in Galicia, locating their factories in sheltered coves with easy access for fishing boats.

The process lost momentum in the late 19th century, leaving the way open for a thriving industry in the region: fish canning.


Main route is 3.03 km and the diversion 80m.

Point of Departure / Arrival

Point of arrival: As Rodeiras (O Grove) - UTM:29T X:505587 Y:4702742
Starting point: Barreiriño beach (O Grove) - UTM:29T X:505587 Y:4702742


Playa de Barreiriño, Salgadeira de Barcela, Playa de Barcela, Playa de Area Grande, Carríns, O Outeiro, As Rodeiras.




1 hour and 15 minutes.


On the route but only in the summer. Off the route, in O Grove.


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Bicycle access

Totally suitable

Horse access

Totally suitable

cartography I.G.N. (1:25:000)

184-II O Grove.

Further information

Concello do Grove
Tel.: 986 731 415

Federación Galega de Montañismo
Tel.: 986 208 758 / Fax: 986 207 407

Segatur (Sendeiros de Galicia para o Turismo Rural S.L.)
Tel. 654 165 730 / 886 117 011

Altitudinal profile

Minimum height above sea level: 1 m.
Maximum height above sea level: 48 m.
Cumulative elevation loss: 22 m.
Cumulative elevation gain: 46 m.
Trail elevation profile

Kind of route

Small travel


General interest
Natural interest


Initial pickup date: 01/08/2019
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