Arzúa | Wise Pilgrim Guidebooks for the Camino de Santiago
Ribadiso da Carretera → 2.30km → Arzúa → Pregontoño
To Santiago: 

Arzúa is a pleasant town with almost enough beds for pilgrims. If you find everything to be full and don’t feel like splurging on one of the many hotels in the area, the Polideportivo (sports hall) is often used to house pilgrims. Between here and O Pedrouzo lie a string of very small Galician hamlets of little note. The locals in these parts enjoy telling you, without the slightest tone of irony or sarcasm, that ‘no hay vacas in Galicia’ (there are no cows in Galicia). Hold that thought in your head while you slosh through a soggy trail on an otherwise sunny day.


Famous for its cheese, Arzúa hosts an annual (and three days long) Festival of Cheese in March. They have been doing so for 40 years.

Several other festivals relating to farming, hunting dogs, and horses fill up the balance of the calendar. Apart from these secular celebrations, Arzúa celebrates Corpus Christi, as well as Nuestra Señora del Carmen, who is celebrated on the 16th of July,

The Road: 

The camino leaves Arzúa along a footpath, NOT the road. If you arrived at the main square, walk past the church (with your back to the road) and turn right onto the side street. The terrain is pleasant, a blend of trails and paved roads through small towns and lots of forests. There are a few...


Making a connecting between modern Arzúa and its medieval self is an imperfect science. There is no mention of a town with that name, only one in the area called Villanova. Scholars widely agree that the absence of any other Villanova in the area, and the presence of two Romanesque churches in...


Photo in Arzúa on the Camino de Santiago
Accommodation in Arzúa