ORIGIN OF THE TRASLATIO TOUR
The Traslatio Tour across the Mar de Arousa and the Ulla River was born in 1963. The initiative was driven by the Mar de Arousa and Ulla Jubilee Tour Foundation, an organization recognised for promoting the Way of St. James. Furthermore, the Traslatio tour was declared of Cultural and Galician interest by Xunta de Galicia in 1999.
On their behalf, the Nautical Club San Vicente do Mar issues nautical credentials to obtain the institutional document “Jubilee Traslatio”, issued by Padrón City Council and Mar de Arousa and Ulla Jubilee Tour Foundation.
The Mar de Arousa and Ulla Jubilee Tour Foundation promotes the yearly Traslatio celebration, which is carried out by the end of July and the beginning of August. A colourful maritime-fluvial procession that departs from different harbours in the Ría de Arousa and ends at Pontecesures and Padrón. This maritime procession is attended by a growing number of visitors every year who enjoy the route on the beautifully festooned boats.
The celebration is supported by the Jubilee, harbour authorities, the parish of Santiago de Padrón and, ship-owners and fishermen from the area.
THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS ACROSS THE RÍA DE AROUSA
Seventeen stone calvaries, which are located at the bottom of the estuary and at both shores of the Ulla River, mark the route of the only fluvial-maritime stations of the cross in the world. The first two calvaries marked at the Traslatio Tour are in Malveira Grande Island and in the north point of Cortegada Island. The traditional architecture of these calvaries shows, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on one side of the stone cross and, Virgin Mary on the other side.