Sarria is the main town between Ponferrada and Santiago de Compostela.The Romanesque Church of Our Saviour,with its Gothic façade,and the convent of Magdalena are well worth a visit, as are the Rua Maior main street and the ancient medieval castle tower.
Expect a peaceful walk in shady oak woods through pretty villages on quiet country roads.The village of
Barbadelo (580m) has a beautiful Romanesque church that is worth a visit.The village of Ferreiros is also en route. When you arrive in Portomarin, you can chill out at one of the numerous outdoor cafés in the main square.
The day starts by crossing over the Belesar dam footbridge, followed by a gradual climb ending in the village of Ligonde. This stage runs mainly along andaderos (paths), next to the road, or in some cases along paved trails. There are many signs indicating that we are on a pilgrim route, including the famous “cruceiros” (crucifixes). Check out the Cruceiro of Lameiros and the Monastery of Our Saviour of Vilar de Donas (2 km detour off the
On this stage, you will move into the province of Corunna, where you will find expanses of eucalyptus and pine trees and numerous medieval bridges, such as those in Leboreiro and Furelos. Melide, which is famous for its octopus, is an obligatory stop for pilgrims and lovers of good food.
Today the route is similar yesterday itinerary. You will find expanses of eucalyptus and pine trees and
numerous medieval bridges, such as the most idyllic locations on the Camino in Ribadiso do Baixo near Arzua.
Today’s route is a nice and easy walk over gentle slopes and through woodland, alternating with stretches near the road, which we will have to cross on occasions, before ending in Rua (500 m before the village of
Pedrouzo). Don’t miss the beautiful sculpture of Saint James the Pilgrim in the Church of the same name in Boente.
The last stage on your Camino de Santiago. The proximity of your goal will bring mixed feelings. On one hand, you will be eager to reach the desired end of the journey, yet on the downside, the feeling that comes to every pilgrim is that the journey is over. A stage of anxiety and joy, where distance does not matter, because you are “already there”. The route today is flat, except for the climb to San Marcos, from Lavacolla, passing Monte do Gozo and down to Santiago de Compostela. The entire city of Santiago de Compostela is magical, but especially its Cathedral, which deserves a special visit.
After breakfast, go to exchange your pilgrim’s passport, if you haven’t already done it. Alternatively, we
suggest you visit the cathedral and the surrounding areas or attend a pilgrim mass.