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Camino Primitivo Map 7

Galicia and Lugo

Altitude: 
1120

Remnants of a marker welcoming you to Galicia were still visible in 2012. Pilgrims have taken it upon themselves to mark out the line with stones as well.

Alto de Acebo

2.10km → Cabreira
Altitude: 
1020

Bar on road, higher prices for tourists reported so ask before you buy.

Road: 

The camino passes the bar at the alto and keeps off of the road for a short distance. Between here and Fonsagrada it will follow adjacent to, or directly on, the main road. You will pass through Cabreira halfway to Fonfría.

Altitude: 
980
1.60km → Barbeitos
Altitude: 
950

Fonfría derives its name from the fresh spring that feeds water to the fountain here and which was the catalyst for the construction of a pilgrims hospital in the late Middle Age. From time to time one of the villagers opens up her kitchen to invite pilgrims in for a coffee.

The Road: 

Standing directly between Fonfría and Barbeitos is a small hill. The road goes around it to the north and the camino goes around it to the south. The two meet in Barbeitos.

1.50km → Silvela
Altitude: 
925

The Mesón Catro Ventos is to your right when you arrive at this road interchange.

The Road: 

The camino crosses over the road here only to cross back when it gets to Silvela.

2.60km → Paradanova
Altitude: 
865
Notice: 
Old arrows from Paradanova may tempt you to follow the road, you are better off following the trail to enter Fonsagrada from the North on a quieter road.
The Road: 

Just beyond Silvela, on the forest track that connects it with Paradanova, you will pass an ermita and a restored capilla dedicated to Santa Bárbara. The camino passes straight through Paradanova 155.9. Immediately at the far end of town it crosses the road and...

2.10km → A Fonsagrada
Altitude: 
845
Notice: 
Old arrows from Paradanova may tempt you to follow the road, you are better off following the trail to enter Fonsagrada from the North on a quieter road.
1.40km → Padrón
Altitude: 
955
Fonsagrada is the first town of any serious size since crossing into Galicia, and while it may not be a postcard quality village it does provide for everything you might need, including a selection of restaurants to choose from. If you are dining out consider trying the pulpo (octopus), it is the...
History: 
The sacred fountain (fons sacrata) that gives the town its name is located behind the Iglesia de Santa María de Fonsagrada (on the aptly named Rúa do Fonte), a chapel-sized church in the center of town. The fountain and its curative waters are part of numerous miraculous bits of lore.
Notice: 
The camino between Padrón and O Cádavo is arguably the most difficult of the route, and possibly the reason for the nickname ‘the leg wrecker.’ Allow for extra time, especially after a rain since many of the sections become thick with mud.
The Road: 

The camino exits Fonsagrada along the main road, and shortly after follows a secondary road parallel to it, into Padrón. Beyond Padrón it follows through forested paths off of the road.

Accommodation in A Fonsagrada
Name Beds Price Booking.com

1

Albergue Os Chaos
Marmoiral, 26

Private
24 10€

2

Albergue Pensión Cantábrico
Ron, 5

Private
34 10€ Photo in Albergue Pensión Cantábrico on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue Pensión Cantábrico on the Camino de Santiago

3

Pensión Casa Manolo
Burón, 35

Pension
Photo in Pensión Casa Manolo on the Camino de Santiago

4

Pensión Villalba
Av de Asturias, 7

Pension

5

Albergue de peregrinos Ramón Rodríguez
San Roque, 4

Xunta
42 6€

6

Camping A Fonsagrada

Camping
3.00km → Villardongo
Altitude: 
880
The Road: 

The camino keeps to the mountain path and passes behind the villages of Villardongo and Montouto as it climbs up to the alto where the Hospital de Montouto is located.

Accommodation in Padrón
Name Beds Price

1

Albergue de Padrón
Padrón

Closed
24 6€ Photo in Albergue de Padrón on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue de Padrón on the Camino de Santiago
km →
Altitude: 
885
Located about 200m from the camino, about 3.5km from Padrón.
Accommodation in Complejo O Piñeiral
Name Beds Price

1

Albergue O Piñeiral
Lugo LU-530 (Km 3,9)

Private
44 10€
2.80km → Montouto
Altitude: 
885
Altitude: 
975
3.70km → Paradavella
Altitude: 
1025
History: 
The ruins of the old Hospital de Montouto can be found here at the alto, though if history is any indication they may not stay for long; this refuge for pilgrims as been relocated more than once since it was built in 1357 as the camino route itself varied from century to century.
On the 25th of July the small chapel here is the destination for a romería from Fonsagrada in honor of Santiago.
The Road: 

From this alto it is a 300m descent to Paradavella in less than 4km. The path is entirely off of the road along a forest track.

2.20km → A Degolada
Altitude: 
685

There are several bars in this small village along the road.

The Road: 

From Paradavella the camino follows a trail to the right of the road and crosses it to descend into the village of Calzada (meaning road). The next village, also without services, is Degolada. The camino keeps to the south of the road along the path and eventually...

Camino Primitivo Map 8
2.70km → A Lastra
Altitude: 
720
2.40km → Fontaneira
Altitude: 
805
The Road: 

At the far end of A Lastra keep to the left, along the oncoming exit road, and just before it returns to the main road turn left uphill towards the houses. The climb continues steeply uphill for a gain of about 150m and the last part rejoins the road as it enters...

Altitude: 
900
History: 
Between Fontaneira and O Cadavo is a small plateau known as the Campo da Matanza. According to legend it was here that Alfonso II (the first pilgrim) and his troops defeated a Muslim invasion in the year 813.
The Road: 

At the far end of Fontaneira leave the LU-530 for a small road uphill (direction Pandelo). You will pass the cemetery and then return to the main road to follow it for close to 1km. The camino then leaves the road in favor of a path on the right. As you descend to O...

0.90km → Pradeda
Altitude: 
720

O Cádavo remains a largely agricultural town and is a checkpoint for travelers heading uphill in the opposite direction as its slightly lower altitude makes for a substantial difference in snowfall. The industry here is cows, both for dairy and for meat, and you are bound to see more than one...

The Road: 

The camino between here and Castroverde manages to avoid the steep LU-530 entirely. From O Cádavo it continues uphill along a farm lane to the town of Pradeda where you can look back for a nice view of O Cádavo. Beyond Pradeda the climb continues up to the Alto de...

Accommodation in O Cádavo Baleira
Name Beds Price Booking.com

1

Albergue de Cádavo Baleira
Campo de la Feira

Xunta
22 6€

2

Hotel Moneda
Baralla, 46

Hotel
22 6€

3

Albergue San Mateo
Feira

Private
40 10€

4

Albergue-Pensión Porta Santa
Doctor Escobar, 9

Private
8 10€

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