→ 6.40 → Baamonde → 5.10km → San Breixo de Parga
The most overlooked curiosity on this or any other camino must be the Castaño de Baamonde. Just a few meters from the camino, next to the Iglesia de Santiago, stands the 500-year-old chestnut tree.
Get close to it and you’ll discover that the inside has been carved by a local artist; he took up the project in protest over the plans to chop down the damaged tree.
The sculptor was one Victor Corral, and his house and museum are just up the road from the church.
There are two routes to chose from when leaving Baamonde, but neither are related to a new alternative route that appears in San Breixo. Both routes from Baamonde are suitable and rejoin just out of town.
Beyond the two options out of town mentioned above, there will soon be another very important deviation when you get to San Breixo. There is a bit of controversy surrounding this option, based mostly on the opposition voiced by business and albergues along the old route. For now there appears to be a bit of an agreement that the old way will remain.
However the new way does exist and it is a full 10km shorter, a distance that tells you just how indirect the old way was. The best and most up to date description of the new way can be gotten from the owners of the KM111 bar in Baamonde.
Essentially this new option begins in A Fonte and bypasses both Miraz AND Sobrado, though there is an option along it to get back to Sobrado if you wish. The two options rejoin in Boimil. This new route is marked, but there are no services along the way.
La Virgen del Rosario de Baamonde is celebrated on the 11th of September.
There is one roundabout in the center of Baamonde, and from it you have two options. To the right is the official camino, and to the left is an alternative complementaria route. The complementaria route has the benefit of avoiding the road in favor of a trail.