This guide is the product of a collaboration of pilgrims. It is based loosely on the 2010 CSJ guide authored by Rebekah Scott and myself, and the last half-decade has been maintained by Laurie Reynolds based on her own experiences as well as the experiences of several pilgrims who have shared their knowledge in the Camino de Santiago Forums.

It is the first in a series of guidebook/apps to the tertiary routes to Santiago, crowd written and community-sourced.

4.00km → Pumares
To end of camino: 
228.80
Altitude: 
372

The bridge over the river which you crossed to get to Quereño marks your arrival in Galicia.This is a curious town full of people who mean well but do not likely know the land outside of town. You enter town after passing over a bridge and under the train tracks and are immediately faced with a barrage of arrows pointing left, straight, and right. The arrows are all sorts of colors, and the locals will tell you that some are from a recent construction job in the area.

The Road: 

As you come back close to the RR tracks (having completed the upside down U), you then will make a relatively sharp right turn to go up a hill to cross the tracks. At that spot, there is frequently a loud barking dog on a chain that takes him to the very edge of the owner’s property (reported...

Photo of Quereño on the Camino de Santiago
1.70km → Nogueiras
To end of camino: 
224.80
Altitude: 
368

A few well cared-for and maybe dozens of cats. Natural spring fountain, tasty and cold. No services.

You walk through the abandoned houses village of Nogueira, mainly in ruins. Some signs have been placed to welcome you, and a statue of Mary is a recent addition. Several local women told me they walked to say a few prayers there every morning.

The Road: 

On the way from Pumares into Sobradelo, you will be walking for quite a long time on a high path that has shale cliffs and wildflowers on the right side, and a very long way down to tree tops, railroad tracks, and the río Sil on the left side. It is a wide path, though...

Photo of Pumares on the Camino de Santiago
3.60km → Sobradelo
To end of camino: 
223.10
Altitude: 
368

A pile of ruins along the train track.

Photo of Nogueiras on the Camino de Santiago
2.50km → Éntoma
To end of camino: 
219.50
Altitude: 
359

Sobradelo is built on a fairly steep hill, with an ice cream kiosk, pharmacies, shops, train station, bars, banks, health center, and a swimming pool.

About five or ten minutes after entering town, you will come to the Centro Social Pontenova, whose bar is open to the public. Nice eating area out back, very good menu del día at 9€. On the 10th of each month, coinciding with the big market day in town, the centro serves a special 12€ meal featuring pulpo.

Bar Mar is just a couple of buildings down from the Centro Social, on the...

The Road: 

No matter which branch of the Calle de Éntoma you have taken, you will ascend and reach the OU-0801 road, which takes you out of Sobradelo. This road does go all the way to O Barco, but the Camino will take you off the highway onto more scenic trails...

Photo of Sobradelo on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
217.00
Altitude: 
352

Wind your way through this pretty, but small, place (well-marked). There is a striking metal sculpture made out of agricultural hoes, which bids pilgrims a Buen Camino. Beautiful old bridge, great for rest stop. The bar, Bar Martillo, has a terrace (reportedly opens at noon). It is closed on Monday.

History: 

On May 21,1806, a woman of humble origin, from the town of Santa Marina del Rey (León province), gave birth in Éntoma. She was baptized in the local church and described as a pilgrim on her way home from Santiago.

The Road: 

As you leave the hamlet, the Camino takes you up through a forest with pine trees, a few chestnut trees, some cherry trees, some vineyards.

You soon arrive in O Barco’s outskirts and back on the OU-0801. From here, it is at least a half hour into the center, with...

Photo of Éntoma on the Camino de Santiago
4.70km → Arcos
To end of camino: 
211.70
Altitude: 
329

All the services you could want are in this town, and the local wine is remarkably good! Those who wish to stay at the albergue of Xagoaza should stop in town to stock up on provisions, as the albergue is in a village 3 km outside O Barco and 1.4 km off the trail. It has no services, but the hospitalera may provide a meal.

O Barco is a long, narrow town, strung out along the river. Hostals and pensions are plentiful (turgalicia.com lists 11 of them).

Wifi, restaurants, bakeries, and bars aplenty in the downtown area. O Barco is the center of the...

Notice: 

NOTE: The new albergue of Xagoaza is not actually in O Barco, but rather 3.5km out of town to the north. If you wish to stay, contact Gloria at 639 921 679 for her to open up.

The Road: 

Leave O Barco on the river walk. After you pass the cafés, parks, and playgrounds, you will come to a small wooden footbridge with two freshly painted arrows. This bridge does not take you across the river itself; it takes you over a small tributary emptying into the river. The path is...

Accommodation in O Barco de Valdeorras

Xunta

1

Albergue de Peregrinos Xagoaza
Xunta

20
8€
Polideportivo

2

Polideportivo de O Barco
Polideportivo
Galicia
Pension

3

Pensión do Lar
Pension
Penas Forcadas, 26

4

Pensión La Gran Tortuga
Pension
Rua CONDE FENOSA, 34

5

Pensión Aurum Valdeorras
Pension
Xirimil, 3
Hostal

6

Hostal Mayo
Hostal
Eulogio Fernández, 70

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Mayo
Hotel

7

Hotel Pazo do Castro ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Vila do Castro

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Pazo do Castro ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Photo of O Barco de Valdeorras on the Camino de Santiago
The Road: 

This route was the actual Camino route until a couple of years ago, before the riverside route was marked. Take it only if you plan to spend the night at the very highly recommended albergue in Xagoaza. I am not sure if the route is still marked through the town of O Barco, but...

To end of camino: 
207.00
Altitude: 
326

Still on the access road, you can see the big Hotel Paladium complex on the hill above you. Soon you cross the railroad tracks and arrive in the outskirts of Vilamartín.

Before Vilamartín, the Pensión Restaurante A Lastra is on the highway. Tel. 988 300 232. This place is not on the Camino but not far away on the N-120.

The Road: 

Keep on the camino which follows the N-120 and train tracks, following parallel to the river all the way to Vilamartin.

Accommodation in Arcos

Hotel

1

Hotel Calzada
Hotel
Calzada, 1

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Calzada
To end of camino: 
203.90
Altitude: 
404

Restaurants, hostals, and a municipal albergue. To reach the town turn right at the little bridge underpass at the entrance to the town. Bar el Castillo, reached by a short detour under the bridge, opens at 11 a.m.
Municipal albergue is straight ahead along the river. It may be hard to find the building, because there are no signs identifying it from the side the camino passes. It is the second to last building on the Sil waterfront, and is close to a small football field and open-air swimming pool.

Hostal-Restaurant Marbella, Calle Cervantes 32. About 500 m...

History: 

Vilamartín also has a documented old Camino story. According to the parish archives, in 1712, a peregrina on her way to Santiago died and was buried underneath the “Puertas del Sol” at the church of San Jorge. The note indicates that because she was poor, there was no charge...

The Road: 

From Vilamartín, the Camino continues along the riverside, past the dam and spillway of the Embalse de Santiago, with views over vineyards, bee boxes, quarries, and tree farms, and a skyful of circling birds of prey. At the dam, you cross over the railroad tracks and go left....

Accommodation in Vilamartín de Valdeorras

Xunta

1

Albergue de Vilamartín
Xunta

8€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de Vilamartín
Hostal

2

Hostal Marbella
Hostal
Miguel de Cervantes, 32
Photo of Vilamartín de Valdeorras on the Camino de Santiago
7.10km → Alvaredos
To end of camino: 
198.10
Altitude: 
308

All services, including a tourist office with sello, often staffed by members of the local Camino Amigos group. In A Rúa are restaurants, markets, wineries, and accommodation. Be sure to stock up for the next day’s walk.
In 2018, we learned that the Association is working to get government permits to renovate an old school for an in-town albergue to replace what had for year’s been an albergue in the home of the local association president. That albergue, Casa Asún, is no longer taking in pilgrims. No recent information on the progress of the albergue plans.

...

Notice: 

From A Rúa to Quiroga there are not many services. Carry extra water and food. Fountains have been reported in four spots: one just past Alberedos; one at Montefurado, and two in Bendilló (one is at the entrance to the village and the other is in...

The Road: 

Leave A Rúa by climbing up Calle Currelada to the church of Our Lady of Fátima (look for the slate-roofed twin towers. Contrary to local tales, the church was not designed by Gaudi!) and head for the N-120 road. Arrows take you to the right and lead beneath the...

Accommodation in A Rúa de Valdeorras

Polideportivo

1

Polideportivo de Rua de Valdeorras
Polideportivo
Casa Rural

2

Casa Rural Pacio do Sil
Casa Rural
Xestal, 33

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Casa Rural Pacio do Sil
Pension

3

Pensión Fabio
Pension
Progreso, 202
Hostal

4

Hostal Niza
Hostal
Dr. Vila, 30
Photo of A Rúa de Valdeorras on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
191.00
Altitude: 
241

Small town just beyond the provincial border of Ourense and Lugo. Keep a sharp lookout for the waymarks, they lead back to the LU-933. The Lugo line is where the Ribeira Sacra, or Holy River Bank, region begins. Some say the holiness came from the many monasteries along the riverbanks; Ramón Pérez cites others who believe the oak trees so abundant here were sacred to Celtic tribes, and later speakers confused roble (oak) with ribeira (river bank).

Lovers of Galician rural culture and panoramic vistas will enjoy the long, switchback ascent...

The Road: 

Follow along the river, keeping an eye out for the many bee-keeping complexes that have populated this valley for two millennia. Around a bend in the road the Camino enters Montefurado.

Photo of Alvaredos on the Camino de Santiago
1.00km → Hermidon
To end of camino: 
188.10
Altitude: 
241

Twenty people live here now, but the monumental 18th century Iglesia de San Michael was built for hundreds. Montefurado is a testament to glories long past, when this town was a crossroads for carters carrying ore, honey, wine, and vines from here to all parts of Spain. Evidence of even older importance can be seen farther along the river valley, where a smaller set of exposed mountain innards and a hole blown through a riverside rock-face are remnants of more 2nd-century Roman ingenuity: the miners shifted the course of the río Sil in their search for gold. The...

The Road: 

Using the Train to Create Short Stages.

If your intention is to divide the approximately 40 km between O Barco and Quiroga, and if you also want to stop in A Rúa (a mere 14 km from O Barco), here is one way to divide the two stages more...

Photo of Montefurado (invierno) on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
187.10
Altitude: 
241
Photo of Hermidon on the Camino de Santiago
1.20km → Bendillo
To end of camino: 
181.50
Photo of Capela das Farrapas on the Camino de Santiago
0.40km → ◁ downhill
To end of camino: 
180.30
Altitude: 
241
The Road: 

As you enter Bendilló, you will see a community olive-press, and the Ermita das Farrapas. At this point, you are still 1.5 km from the church in town. Turn right here and go up through Bendilló. Go through town and then down steeply on a dirt track towards the national...

2.00km → Soldón
To end of camino: 
179.90
1.90km → Sequeiros
To end of camino: 
177.90
Altitude: 
241

Descend to the edge of the river town of Soldón. Arrows will take you through and out of town and past a riverside café or chiringüito (with very seasonal hours) which is located under the elevated national highway. If you walk in high season, the café will be open into the night. Great place for a snack, cold drink, and a swim.

You may have trouble finding the arrows through town. Just remember that the Camino will cross the river under the elevated highway, which is quite easy to find.
The owner of the tourist apartments El Molino de Soldón, which...

The Road: 

Cross the bridge over the river, then turn left and keep straight on.

At the next fork, go right and up to the highway (going left will take you down to the river and the railroad tracks). This road takes you to the N-120, where you will walk on the left grassy shoulder...

Photo of Soldón on the Camino de Santiago
1.00km → Novais
To end of camino: 
176.00
Altitude: 
241
Photo of Sequeiros on the Camino de Santiago
2.20km → Caspedro
To end of camino: 
175.00
Altitude: 
241
Photo of Novais on the Camino de Santiago
1.50km → Quiroga
To end of camino: 
172.80
Altitude: 
241
Photo of Caspedro on the Camino de Santiago

In the hamlet of Caspedro, a turn off will take you to the “monumental complex” of Quiroga’s pilgrim hospital, which looks to be within a km or two from the Camino.  In Caspedro, just before reaching Quiroga, the old pilgrimage path went to the important Romanesque church of San Salvador. Other monuments at the site include the House of the Knights, a sixteenth century manor house; and the Tower House Hospital, also from the sixteenth century. If you take this detour, please report back!

Photo of DETOUR BEFORE QUIROGA TO VISIT THE PILGRIM HOSPITAL on the Camino de Santiago
3.10km → Espandariz
To end of camino: 
171.30
Altitude: 
266

Quiroga is located in a beautiful valley of vineyards and orchards. All services.

Lots of cafés and restaurants. The one Quiroga eatery that receives consistently high praise is the Restaurante Aroza. It is off the main street and near the Plaza Mayor. Their menu del día at 10€ with good wine included is a bargain. Their tapas are also excellent. Closed on Sunday evenings.

For breakfast, the Panadería Marisa opposite the albergue opens at 8 am.
            
For the next day’s walk, your choice is to go from Quiroga to A...

Notice: 

Bring water. There are two fountains before A Pobra, one in Carballo do Lor, and the other in Castroncelos, which is practically in A Pobra do Brollón. The trail from Quiroga to Monforte de Lemos is long, and services are short along the way...

The Road: 

Leave Quiroga following the waymarks westward along the main street. Cross under the N-120 and follow the country lane (LU-933) paralleling the river. The arrows take you across the river on a bridge (keep going straight if you don’t want to go through...

Accommodation in Quiroga

Municipal

1

Albergue de Quiroga
Municipal
Real, 118

10€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de Quiroga
Casa Rural

2

Casa do Parral
Casa Rural
Carretera de Caurel
Hostal

3

Hostal Quiper
Hostal
Real, 62

4

Hostal Dimar
Hostal
Camilo José Cela, 14
Photo of Quiroga on the Camino de Santiago
1.50km → Noceda
To end of camino: 
168.20
Altitude: 
241
Photo of Espandariz on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
166.70
Altitude: 
266
Photo of Noceda on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Noceda on the Camino de Santiago
0.80km → Carballo de Lor
To end of camino: 
158.30
To end of camino: 
157.50
Altitude: 
469
5.50km → Castroncelos
To end of camino: 
155.50
Altitude: 
298

For food, drink, or a bed, the Pensión Pacita is a short walk off the Camino. Casa Pacita, tel. 982 430 008. It is located on the LU-933. To get there, turn left after crossing the bridge in Barxa and follow the river. (Prominent sign had been placed there in summer 2019). Highly recommended by pilgrims. Singles 20€, doubles 30€; meals also served.

The Road: 

There is a sign posted in A Ponte, which illustrates the way to Monforte. There are various routes in these parts, and although most of them will eventually lead you to Castroncelos, only one of them is well marked.

Shortly

...
Photo of Barxa do Lor / Ponte on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
150.00
Altitude: 
507
Photo of Castroncelos on the Camino de Santiago
3.30km → Cereixa
To end of camino: 
148.00
Altitude: 
387

The closure of Hostal As Viñas in Pobra was not welcome news for pilgrims. Yet for those who do not want to walk the 35 km from Quiroga to Monforte, there are several current options for lodging in or near Pobra de Brollón:

1. The polideportivo

2.There are several casas rurales and a hotel in Salcedo, about 3.5 km off camino. All under one management. http://www.turismoruralensalcedo.net/
Casas Rurales A Salanova AND Hotel O Forno, Tel. 982 430 501 OR 619 813 834. The owner is happy to provide transportation to and from the camino at...

The Road: 

To leave A Pobra, the mojón taking you out of town is right next to the big Guardia Civil (national police) building, with its motto “Todo por la Patria” (everything for the homeland). You are soon on a beautiful green track, which comes out to the road paralleling the river – turn...

Photo of A Pobra do Brollón on the Camino de Santiago
4.90km → Reigada
To end of camino: 
144.70
Altitude: 
326

The bar is a short distance off the camino, to your left, when you are near the church.

Photo of Cereixa on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
139.80
Altitude: 
326
3.80km → A Vide
To end of camino: 
135.50
Altitude: 
297

Monforte offers attractions to lovers of history, art, and architecture. Top of the list is the Colegio Nuestra Señora de la Antigua (also known locally as the Colegio de los Escolapios), an austere renaissance monastery, which currently houses a K-12 school. Tours of the rest of the monastery are 3€, at noon and 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Two El Grecos dominate the little art gallery; the dome of the church is breathtaking, a startling change after days of wide-open sky.

The railway museum is reported to be fascinating for English train...

Notice: 

If your next stage is the 29 km to Chantada, make sure to save time to stock up on food and drink here in Monforte. It’s a long stage with little in the way of services.

The Road: 

Between these two towns, the only accommodation is in casas rurales. They include: the Michelin-listed La Rectoral de Castillon http://www.rectoraldecastillon.com/ Tel. 982 455 415, which is about 10 km from Monforte; Torre Vilarino http://www.torrevilarino.com/ , Tel...

Accommodation in Monforte de Lemos

Private

1

Albergue Santiago 15
Private
Conde, 25

50
17€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Santiago 15
Pension

2

Pensión Miño
Pension
Conde, 25
Hostal

3

Hostal Puente Romano
Hostal
Puente del Malecón

4

Hostal OhLaLa Galicia
Hostal
Rosalía de Castro, 24

Booking.com

5

Hostal MON ComeySueña
Hostal
Roberto Baamonde, 30

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal MON ComeySueña

6

Hostal Medievo
Hostal
Compañía, 21

Booking.com
Hotel

7

Hotel Terra Galega
Hotel
Chantada

8

Hotel Cardenal
Hotel
Huertas, 36

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Cardenal

9

Hotel Puente Romano
Hotel
Plaza del Malecón

10

⭑⭑⭑Hotel Ribeira Sacra
Hotel
Conde, 17

Booking.com
Photo in Hotel Ribeira Sacra on the Camino de Santiago
Parador

11

Hotel Parador de Monforte de Lemos ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Parador
Plaza Luis de Góngora y Agorte

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Parador de Monforte de Lemos ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Photo of Monforte de Lemos on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
131.70
Altitude: 
290
The Road: 

The camino is very well marked leaving A Vide, and off-road alternatives have been closed. Stay on an asphalt road that takes you to the Pazo O Reguengo, passing through Broza. This is another asphalt stretch, about 2.5 km., but with the noble old pazo (farm...

Photo of A Vide on the Camino de Santiago
1.00km → A Broza
To end of camino: 
128.20
Altitude: 
290
3.00km → Piñeiro
To end of camino: 
127.20
Altitude: 
290
Photo of A Broza on the Camino de Santiago
2.70km → O Camiño Grande
To end of camino: 
124.20
Altitude: 
290
The Road: 

At the fountain of Piñeiro, the water is sweet, delicious, and welcome. This is a great picnic spot. If you plan to stay at La Rectoral de Castillón casa rural (a splendid option at a good price) this is the place to phone Rosa, the proprietor, and ask for a ride. The inn is...

Photo of Piñeiro on the Camino de Santiago
0.60km → A Barxa
To end of camino: 
121.50
Altitude: 
290

Casa Rural Torre Vilariño. http://www.torrevilarino.com/ Very highly recommended, with Camino-friendly staff; pilgrim price for room is 20€ each. Swimming pool; menú del día 15€, pilgrim menú, 10€. Also would be a good lunch or coffee break for pilgrims doing the entire Monforte-Chantada stage. Tel. 982 45 22 60. You can also WhatsApp Susana at 640 10 46 27. Restaurant closed on Wednesdays, except in summer (mid-June through mid-September).

From the Torre Vilariño, there is a marvelous 6 km circle walk that takes you to some amazing viewing spots of bends in the Miño River....

The Road: 

From the mojón in Camiño Grande, you enter a new concello of O Savinao. Then at a cross-roads with numerous signs, the Camino goes on the LU-P-5807 straight ahead to Fión. You will see the road marker for km 0, indicating that this is the...

Photo of O Camiño Grande on the Camino de Santiago
1.30km → Fión
To end of camino: 
120.90
Altitude: 
290
Photo of A Barxa on the Camino de Santiago
2.80km → Sobrado
To end of camino: 
119.60
Altitude: 
290
Photo of Fión on the Camino de Santiago
0.30km → Cirdeiro
To end of camino: 
116.80
Altitude: 
290
Photo of Sobrado on the Camino de Santiago
2.80km → Montecelo
To end of camino: 
116.50
Altitude: 
290
To end of camino: 
113.70
Altitude: 
290
2.00km → Belasar
To end of camino: 
113.30

The little hamlet of Diomondi has a jewel of a Romanesque church, San Pelagio de Diomondi. It is an architectural highlight of this Camino. The church is easy to find. When you come to the modern bench and shelter, the Camino begins its descent. To see the church, just stay on the road for a few meters. The thousand-year-old cow heads carved above the side doors are a sweet salute to the creatures in the fields all around. After many years of scaffolding, the episcopal palace attached to the church seems to have been repaired. We have no information about possible visiting hours,...

The Road: 

At the shelter, the Camino leaves the road and turns to the left, beginning to descend the many switchbacks of the codos (elbows) of Belesar, a 2.5 km stretch of steep, broken pavement with remnants of the old Roman Road. The 17th century chronicler of his route home from...

Photo of San Paio de Diomondi on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
111.30
Altitude: 
218

Turn right at the bottom of the descent. A hundred meters or so ahead, after the bridge, is a marina-bar restaurant, Abaceria o Batuxo. It appears open after some sporadic closings.

Boat tours stop here periodically; a ride up and down this beautiful, terraced river valley will ease your feet and show you a piece of Camino few pilgrims ever see. Information at http://www.lugotierra.com/cs/rutas_fluviasis.asp

After crossing the río Miño, begin a steep ascent, which takes you on and off the road several times. You will pass two restaurant/wineries. The first...

The Road: 

After crossing the río Miño, begin a steep ascent, which takes you on and off the road several times.

After passing the wineries, the camino takes you down to a small river and a mill and then up the hill back on the road for a while, when you get to the third winery, the Camino...

Photo of Belasar on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Belasar on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Belasar on the Camino de Santiago
2.90km → Chantada
To end of camino: 
108.70
Altitude: 
218

Nice shaded rest area near the church.

The Road: 

From San Pedro to Chantada is mostly downhill and on the side of the road. Cross the río Asma, and the Camino continues into the old part of Chantada.

1.60km → Centulle
To end of camino: 
105.80
Altitude: 
489

This town’s arcaded streets are lined with elegant portals and mansions from the 15th and 16th centuries.

When you cross the bridge into town, Piolindo is the first bar on the right. It has been reported as having good food, and the manager Rachel is very helpful. Highly recommended by two separate pilgrims! Rachel will help you find your way to the place you want to stay. The next establishment, Bar do Río, is on the left with a very nice terrace looking over the river.

Bar Lucus, under the arches near the tourist office, was the only restaurant in...

The Road: 

The path crosses over a mountain and past the landmark Hermitage of Monte Faro. On this stretch are several beautiful petos de las ánimas, medieval crossroads shrines with striking sculpted images of the souls in purgatory. The little slot was there so the faithful could make monetary...

Accommodation in Chantada

Pension

1

Pensión Yoel
Pension
Lugo, 13
Hotel

2

Hotel Mogay ⭑
Hotel
Antonio Lorenzana, 2

Booking.com
Photo in Hotel Mogay on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Chantada on the Camino de Santiago
3.50km → Boán
To end of camino: 
104.20
Altitude: 
801
Photo of Centulle on the Camino de Santiago
0.80km → Lucenza
To end of camino: 
100.70
Altitude: 
801
Photo of Boán on the Camino de Santiago
2.60km → Penasillas
To end of camino: 
99.90
Altitude: 
801
Photo of Lucenza on the Camino de Santiago
5.40km → Alto de Faro
To end of camino: 
97.30
Altitude: 
691

There is another peto de ánimas here. Penasillás, a town of 18 people and surely as many or more dogs (none menacing, however), offers a fountain of cold spring water. The wise pilgrim will fill up here for the climb up a logging road toward the Monte Faro shrine. There is also a bar here, Cantina o Peto, which seems to be opening earlier now that pilgrim traffic has picked up. Officially, it is supposed to open around 10 am, but 2019 pilgrims have found it open as early as 9. It also has a stamp for your credential. If closed, one pilgrim urges others...

The Road: 

The next five km steadily ascend to the Monte Faro. Eventually you reach an asphalt road with a monolith. Continue on this road.

Photo of Penasillas on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Penasillas on the Camino de Santiago
The Road: 

One of the Amigos groups has an alternative route for those who wish to avoid the ascent, or at least some of it. From Penasillás you can take a series of secondary roads that pass through Mouricios, Ferreiros, Mundín, San Vicente.

...

To end of camino: 
91.90
Altitude: 
1168

Atop this tall mountain is a beloved regional shrine, the Ermita de Nosa Señora do Monte do Faro. It is considered the geographical center of Galicia. Although an ascent to this place was almost certainly not part of any historical ancient Camino, we recommend a detour, if only for the views – all Galician provinces are visible from the high point (though you are unlikely to be able to distinguish which is which!). If you want to totally avoid the ascent to the Monte Faro, you can take a paved road from Penasillás. This option is described further on.

The Road: 

After several km walking on paths and unpaved roads after Penasillás, the Camino merges with a paved road. If you plan to go up to the Alto and its ermita, look for stone steps on the left. These steps take you off the Camino and ascend on the grass past the crosses...

Photo of Alto de Faro on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Alto de Faro on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Alto de Faro on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
84.80
Photo of Vilanova (Invierno) on the Camino de Santiago
1.00km → A Ermida
To end of camino: 
84.10
Photo of San Xoán de Camba on the Camino de Santiago
1.90km → A Feira
To end of camino: 
83.10
Photo of A Ermida on the Camino de Santiago
0.60km → Mouriz
To end of camino: 
81.20
Photo of A Feira on the Camino de Santiago
1.50km → Rodeiro
To end of camino: 
80.60
Photo of Mouriz on the Camino de Santiago
5.20km → Penerbosa
To end of camino: 
79.10
Altitude: 
638

As you come into Rodeiro, cross the river. You emerge on the square with the Casa do Concello (town hall – stamp, but only open till 2 pm). The Camino leaves to the right of the Casa do Concello, and not up the hill through town. You will find the first arrows taking you out of town near the monument to the wheel, located in a prominent roundabout.

Rodeiro’s romanesque church dates to the 12th century.

Bar Desito highly recommended for tortilla española.

 

Notice: 

No services on the camino into Lalín. Be sure to carry plenty of water and food for a picnic lunch. Some pilgrims stay on the highway, which has a few bars and is a few kms shorter than the Camino. This highway option, though not too pleasant, is safe since you will always be on an...

The Road: 

Leave Rodeiro on the PO-5330, the main road west, for about 2km. A mojón stands along the road across from a rabbit-processing factory, COGAL, directing you to the right onto a paved road towards Puente Limpio. It soon becomes a dirt path and meanders...

Accommodation in Rodeiro

Private

1

Albergue - Pensión Carpinteiras
Private
Galicia, 62

28
12€
Pension

2

Pensión O Guerra
Pension
Clínica, 6
Photo of Rodeiro on the Camino de Santiago
2.70km → A Penela
To end of camino: 
73.90
Altitude: 
594
Photo of Penerbosa on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
71.20
Altitude: 
594
Notice: 

BEWARE. At the end of town, where the camino meets the road, there is an official arrow which points left.  IT IS WRONG.  It is also commonly smeared with dirt to alert you that something is not right, and from time to time the man that lives nearby will shout the right way.... which is to...

Photo of A Penela on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of A Penela on the Camino de Santiago
0.90km → Laxas
To end of camino: 
68.90
Altitude: 
582
Photo of A Eirexe (Rodeiro) on the Camino de Santiago
8.10km → Palmaz
To end of camino: 
68.00
Altitude: 
553
Photo of Laxas on the Camino de Santiago
2.40km → Lalín
To end of camino: 
59.90
Altitude: 
594
Photo of Palmaz on the Camino de Santiago
4.30km → Bergazos
To end of camino: 
57.50
Altitude: 
519

Ethnographic museum looks interesting: http://museoetnografico.net/museo-etnografico/ Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10-2 and 4-7 pm.

Something is always happening in downtown Lalín (some pilgrims encountered a trotting competition, others have come across little specialized weekend markets of artisanal cheese, organic foods, etc). A life-size bronze hog stands in the main street, a tribute to the area’s culinary mainstay.

Lalín is famous for its cocido– a dish that serves up greens, potatoes, garbanzos, broth, and assorted stewed pork bits in a great...

The Road: 

The Camino leaves Lalín on the Pontiñas River walk. The path (with both a paved and unpaved option) is accessible at various points throughout the town. If you are unsure, just ask; everyone knows where it is. The name in Spanish is Paseo Fluvial.

To get to the river...

Accommodation in Lalín

Private

1

Albergue Lalín Centro
Private
Observatorio, 8

20
12€
Pension

2

Pensión Las Palmeras
Pension
Areal, 8

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Pensión Las Palmeras
Hostal

3

Hostal Caracas
Hostal
Corredoira, 32

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Caracas
Hotel

4

Hotel Villanueva ⭑⭑
Hotel
Corredoira, 84

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Villanueva ⭑⭑

5

Hotel Pontiñas ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
da Ponte, 82

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Photo in Hotel Pontiñas on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Lalín on the Camino de Santiago
2.30km → A Laxe
To end of camino: 
53.20
Altitude: 
519
Notice: 

The arrows through this industrial area are not well maintained, and neither is the path. As recently as May 2021 the grass was overgrown to the point of being impassable. At the Hotel Torre de Deza (see photo), keep to the left and simply follow the road. It is a paved pedestrian walk lined...

Accommodation in Bergazos

Photo of Bergazos on the Camino de Santiago
1.90km → Prado
To end of camino: 
50.90
Altitude: 
471

Meals available at a bar a bit further along the main road. Buses to Santiago from Ourense stop here.

At the albergue in A Laxe, the Camiño de Inverno joins the Camino Sanabrés. From here the Camino is well marked and well trodden to Santiago. The following towns and distances will give you all you need to plan your remaining days. The most obvious stages are from A Laxe to the albergue in Outeiro (34 km) and from there to Santiago (17 km, allowing for plenty of time to get to the pilgrims’ mass).

The Road: 

Shortly after leaving A Laxe, you will pass the Pazo de Bendoiro, a restored manor house with its spa treatments and swimming pool.  Beautiful but pricey, single room with breakfast reported 63 € in 2019.

The camino takes you into the woods and ascends to a lovely old...

Accommodation in A Laxe

Xunta

1

Albergue de peregrinos de A Laxe
Xunta
A Laxe, 21

28
8€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de peregrinos de A Laxe
Photo of A Laxe on the Camino de Santiago
4.00km → Taboada
To end of camino: 
49.00
Altitude: 
455
Photo of Prado on the Camino de Santiago
1.70km → Transfontao
To end of camino: 
45.00
1.90km → Silleda
To end of camino: 
43.30

Accommodation in Trasfontao

Private

1

Albergue Turístico Trasfontao
Private
Trasfontao, 7

13
10€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Turístico Trasfontao
7.10km → Bandeira
To end of camino: 
41.40
Altitude: 
490

Bar Gerardo just before entering town is recommended.

On the main street of Silleda, the Bar Toxa offers an occasional pulpo (only on Tuesday) and Ribeira Sacra wine special when you see the pulpo-boiler set up outside the front door. Inexpensive rooms are available upstairs. 15€ in 2018. Mixed reviews.
The farmacia here is known to double its prices for foreign pilgrims.

 

The Road: 

The last 40km to Santiago is through pleasant Galician farmland. It is close enough now that the proximity to the roads and major highway interchanges means lots of crossings. The way from here is well marked and easy to follow.

Accommodation in Silleda

Private

1

Albergue Turístico Silleda
Private
Venezuela, 38

20
10€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Turístico Silleda

2

Albergue El Gran Albergue Silleda
Private
Antón Alonso Ríos, 18

20
10€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue El Gran Albergue Silleda
Casa Rural

3

Casa Novas Hostelería
Casa Rural
Campo, 19

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Casa Novas Hostelería
Hotel

4

Hotel Ramos ⭑
Hotel
San Isidro, 24

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Ramos ⭑

5

Hotel Vía Argentum ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Outeiro, 52

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Vía Argentum ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Photo of Silleda on the Camino de Santiago
5.20km → Dornelas
To end of camino: 
34.30
Altitude: 
355

Good food and warm company at Bar Arume, which is located up the hill on a side street soon after you enter Bandeira. Sandwich vegetal recommended.
Bar Plazoleta, just over the road from the Hostal Conde Rey, in a small square, is also great.

Hostal Victorino, tel. 986 585 330

The Road: 

Cross to the right side of the road as early as is convenient, at the end of town the camino veers right and trying to cross at that point is dangerous.

Accommodation in Bandeira

Xunta

1

Albergue de la Xunta de Bandeira
Xunta
Venezuela, 38

36
8€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de la Xunta de Bandeira
Hostal

2

Hostal Conde Rey
Hostal
Xeral, 27

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Conde Rey
To end of camino: 
29.10
Altitude: 
300

In that place, a young Italian couple, Cristina and Andrea, has renovated a house and opened an albergue, called Casa Leiras 1866. It is directly on the Camino.

A 300 m detour down to the N-525 highway will take you to a bar/restaurant El Emigrante.

The Road: 

From Dornelas the camino descends to the Río Ulla, passing through San Miguel de Castro (5km) along the way.

Accommodation in Dornelas

Private

1

Albergue Casa Leiras 1866
Private
Dornelas, 8

10
12€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Casa Leiras 1866
Photo of Dornelas on the Camino de Santiago
2.80km → Ponte Ulla
To end of camino: 
24.20
Altitude: 
255
Photo of San Miguel de Castro on the Camino de Santiago
4.30km → Outeiro
To end of camino: 
21.40
Altitude: 
65

Día grocery store on the way out of town; stock up if you are going to the albergue in Outeiro. Excellent panadería and bakery in town right on the Camino, in the block or two after you cross the river.

Bar Ríos. Immediately across the bridge on your right. Tel. 981 512 305. Restaurant and rooms available. Room prices seem to vary by season, from 10-15-20 €, based on what pilgrims have reported. Food reported to be quite good. Menú del día 12€, with additional charge for wine after the first glass.

Pensión O Cruceiro da Ulla; tel. 981 512 665; info@...

The Road: 

The camino follows briefly a section of the N-525 as it leaves Ponte Ulla; this section can be a bit dangerous so keep an eye open for the two times it leaves the road. The first is to your left, so you’ll need to cross the road. The second is to your right which means...

Accommodation in Ponte Ulla

Private

1

Albergue-Pensión O Cruceiro da Ulla
Private
Vista Alegre

18
12€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue-Pensión O Cruceiro da Ulla
Photo of Ponte Ulla on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
17.10
Altitude: 
210

A bar will deliver meals. Your best bet is probably to bring up food from the Día supermarket in Ponte Ulla.

 

The Road: 

From Outeiro the camino passes through Lestedo (3.7km), A Susana (bar, pharmacy) (3.4km), Aldrei (3.1km), and Santa Lucía (bar) (2.3km).

The camino enters Santiago from a neighborhood called Sar, named for the modest river that flows through it....

Accommodation in Outeiro

Photo of Outeiro (San Pedro de Villanova on the Camino de Santiago
4.20km → A Susana
To end of camino: 
13.60
Altitude: 
210

Good lunch specials at Restaurante Via de la Plata along the carretera.

The Road: 

The rest of the way is through the suburbs of Santiago, which display a mixture of modern construction and old stone houses, many of which are beautiful. The Camino crosses the railroad tracks very close to the spot where the RENFE train derailed in July 2013, killing 79 people and injuring many...

Accommodation in Lestedo (Boqueixón)

Hotel

1

Hotel Rural Casa de Casal
Hotel
Lugar de Cachosenande, 7

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Rural Casa de Casal
2.50km → Aldrei
To end of camino: 
9.40
Altitude: 
210

Accommodation in A Susana

Private

1

Albergue Reina Lupa
Private
Deseiro

14
14€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Reina Lupa
To end of camino: 
6.90
Altitude: 
210
To end of camino: 
4.80
Altitude: 
210

Accommodation in O Piñeiro (Santa Lucía)

Hotel

1

Hotel Santa Lucía
Hotel
Carretera N-525, km 2

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Santa Lucía
To end of camino: 
0.00
Altitude: 
250

Welcome to Santiago! There are a tremendous amount of things to see and things to do in Santiago de Compostela; you are encouraged to stay for at least one full day extra for exploring the web of streets, all of which seem to bring you back to the Cathedral.

Your pilgrim related business is likely to start in front of the cathedral, kilometer zero. A shell and plaque mark the spot in the center of Plaza Obradoiro (see below).

If you are interested in receiving your Compostela, the certificate of completion, you will need to visit the Pilgrim’s Office, which was relocated in...

Notice: 

One word of caution regarding accommodation is in order. If you are arriving in the high season, you are advised to make a reservation in advance. There have been several additions to the albergue roster in recent year but the numbers of pilgrims still exceed capacity in the high season.

Fiesta: 

The Feast day of Saint James is celebrated with a full week of music and dance, with a fireworks display in the Plaza Obradoiro on the evening of the 24th of July. The best views can be had from Obradoiro, or from Alameda park.

Accommodation in Santiago de Compostela at the end of the Camino Sanabrés

Private

1

Albergue The Last Stamp
Private
Preguntoiro, 10

62
15-25€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue The Last Stamp

2

Albergue La Credencial
Private
Fonte dos Concheiros, 13

36
10-14€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue La Credencial

3

Albergue La Estación
Private
Xoana Nogueira, 14

24
13-15€
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4

Albergue Mundoalbergue
Private
San Clemente, 26

30
18€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Mundoalbergue

5

Albergue Azabache
Private
Azabachería, 15

22
14-18€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Azabache

6

Albergue Basquinos 45
Private
Basquiños, 45

6
12-16€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Basquinos 45

7

Albergue Santo Santiago
Private
Valiño, 3

40
10€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Santo Santiago

8

Albergue Meiga Backpackers
Private
Basquiños, 67

30
15-18€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Meiga Backpackers

9

Albergue Seminario Menor en Santiago de Compostela
Private
Quiroga Palacios

199
17€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Seminario Menor en Santiago de Compostela

10

Blanco Albergue
Private
Galeras, 30

20
12-20€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Blanco Albergue

11

Albergue-Hotel LoopINN
Private
Tras Santa Clara

84
17-20€
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12

Albergue La Estrella de Santiago
Private
Concheiros, 36-38

24
10-16€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue La Estrella de Santiago

13

Albergue O Fogar de Teodomiro
Private
Algalia de Arriba, 3

20
15€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue O Fogar de Teodomiro

14

KM. 0
Private
Carretas, 11

51
16-26€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: KM. 0

15

Albergue Monterrey
Private
Fontiñas, 65a

36
12-16€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Monterrey

16

Albergue Porta Real
Private
dos Concheiros, 10

24
10-20€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Porta Real

17

Albergue SIXTOS no Caminho
Private
Fonte dos Concheiros, 2

40
15-20€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue SIXTOS no Caminho
Parochial

18

Albergue Fin del Camino
Parochial
Moscova

110
12€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Fin del Camino
Association

19

Albergue de peregrinos Jaime García Rodríguez
Association
Estocolmo

150
8€
Pension

20

Pensión Pazo de Argra ⭑
Pension
Calderería, 37

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Pensión Pazo de Argra ⭑
Hostal

21

Hostal Alameda ⭑⭑
Hostal
San Clemente, 32

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Alameda ⭑⭑

22

Hostal Mapoula
Hostal
Entremurallas, 10-3

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Mapoula
Hotel

23

Hotel Avenida ⭑
Hotel
Fuente de San Antonio, 5

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24

Hospedería San Martín Pinario ⭑
Hotel
Pl. de la Inmaculada, 3

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hospedería San Martín Pinario ⭑

25

Hotel Nest Style Santiago ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Doutor Teixeiro, 15

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Nest Style Santiago ⭑⭑⭑
Photo of Santiago de Compostela at the end of the Camino Sanabrés on the Camino de Santiago

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