Camino Primitivo Map 10

Camino Primitivo Map 10
2.50km → Vilouriz
To end of camino: 
63.90
Altitude: 
710

This high point marks the border between Lugo and La Coruña.

The Road: 

The camino goes up and over the ridge that divides Lugo from La Coruña. A short distance beyond it leaves the road for a trail and descends through the hamlets of Vilouriz and Vilamor before entering Irago de Arriba.

2.20km → Vilamor
To end of camino: 
61.40
Altitude: 
565
0.80km → Irago de Arriba
To end of camino: 
59.20
Altitude: 
490
5.70km → Melide
To end of camino: 
58.40
Altitude: 
450

Welcoming, if somewhat curious, bar. This is the last stop on the Camino Primitivo before it joins the Camino Frances in Melide. The number of pilgrims will increase noticeably. So too will your options for accommodation and morning coffee.

The Road: 

Between Irago and Melide there are a number of small villages and urban sprawl. The first bars appear on the road into Melide.

Camino Primitivo Map 11

Camino Primitivo Map 11
5.80km → Boente
To end of camino: 
52.70
Altitude: 
455

Although it has been on the menu as far back as O Cebreiro, pulpo (octopus) doesn’t seem to garnish much attention until Melide. Despite its apparent disconnect with the sea, Melide’s thriving Thursday market meant that shipping pulpo was a profitable enterprise. It is served today as it was then: on a wooden plate, garnished only with a healthy drizzle of olive oil and a shake of paprika. It is eaten with a rather crude looking toothpick, alongside heavy Galician bread and a bowl of the local Ribeiro wine. One of the better places to try it is ...

History: 

Melide is an ancient settlement and despite its importance as a natural crossroad since Neolithic times, it has never been protected by a wall. In Medieval times the overwhelming bulk of the town industries were tied to the camino.

The Road: 

The traffic through Melide can be dangerous, particularly on market days when booths line the crowded streets and the arrows through town become difficult to spot. Arrows direct you towards a small side street through the old part of town that parallels the main road. There are many...

Accommodation in Melide on the Camino Primitivo

Xunta

1

Albergue de Melide
Xunta
156
8€
Private

2

Albergue Ezequiel
Private
20
10€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Ezequiel

3

Albergue O Apalpador
Private
30
12€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue O Apalpador

4

Albergue Pereiro
Private
40
10€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Pereiro

5

Albergue Alfonso II
Private
20
10€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Alfonso II

6

Albergue O Cruceiro
Private
72
10€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue O Cruceiro

7

Albergue Arraigos
Private
20
12€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Arraigos

8

Albergue Melide
Private
57
10€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Melide

9

Albergue Montoto
Private
50
12€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Montoto

10

Albergue San Antón
Private
32
12€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue San Antón

11

Albergue O Candil
Private
12
15*€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue O Candil
Casa Rural

12

B&B A Lúa do Camiño
Casa Rural
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: B&B A Lúa do Camiño
To end of camino: 
49.40
Altitude: 
450
To end of camino: 
47.20
Altitude: 
415
2.80km → Castañeda
To end of camino: 
46.90
Altitude: 
390

The first building in Boente on your left is the Bar de los Alemanes, and this is the best bar in town. Further down the hill, the camino crosses the main road (caution) where two albergues and a few bars are located.

You can get a sello in the Iglesia de Santiago de Boente, and curiously enough the entrance that most pilgrims use leads directly to the sacristy. A collection of hundreds of prayer cards from around the world adorn the walls, and if the priest is not there to stamp your credencial he leaves it out for you to take matters into your own hands.

The Road: 

Walking past the church the camino turns right and descends more. The hills ahead are steep in both directions, take it easy.

Accommodation in Boente

Private

1

Albergue Boente
Private
40
13€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Boente

2

Albergue El Alemán
Private
40
12€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue El Alemán

3

Fuente Saleta
Private
22
13€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Fuente Saleta
To end of camino: 
44.10
Altitude: 
380
History: 

It is said that the ovens that produced lime for the construction of the Cathedral were here in Castañeda. Pilgrims carried the raw materials here from Triacastela and swapped it for lime which they carried to Santiago.

The Road: 

It is uphill once more, followed by a steady descent into the valley below, steep at points.

Accommodation in Castañeda

Private

1

Albergue Santiago
Private
6
11€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Santiago
To end of camino: 
41.60
Altitude: 
305

A bar near the river with a large patio for celebrating a successful walk. The river here is quite cold and the perfect place to dip your feet.

The Road: 

The camino to Arzúa begins with a steady walk uphill. By the time you reach the road it levels out and the remaining kilometers are flat into town.

Accommodation in Ribadiso da Baixo

Municipal

1

Albergue de Ribadiso da Baixo
Municipal
70
8€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de Ribadiso da Baixo
Private

2

Albergue Los Caminantes
Private
56
10€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Los Caminantes
2.30km → Arzúa
To end of camino: 
40.80
Altitude: 
350

There is now an albergue in the upper part of Ribadiso. It is located at the top of the climb and before you get to Arzua. The albergue here is bookable online.

Accommodation in Ribadiso da Carretera

Private

1

Albergue Milpes
Private
24
12€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Milpes
2.30km → Pregontoño
To end of camino: 
38.50
Altitude: 
385

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...

History: 

Tetilla Cheese: You might have seen this curiously shaped cheese in the shop windows. If you made a connection between the name and the shape you are not mistaken. It was shaped this way by cheese makers in protest to the bishop of Santiago. At the time the Portico de la Gloria (Master...

Fiesta: 

Famous for its cheese, Arzúa hosts an annual (and three day long) Festival of Cheese in March. They have been doing so for 40 years. Apart from this and several other secular celbrations, 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...

Photo of Arzúa on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
36.20
Altitude: 
340

Accommodation in Pregontoño

Private

1

Albergue Camiño das Ocas
Private
30
12€
To end of camino: 
35.20
Altitude: 
385
To end of camino: 
32.50
Altitude: 
385
1.40km → Boavista
To end of camino: 
30.80
Altitude: 
345

Accommodation in Calle - O Outeiro

Private

1

Albergue A Ponte de Ferreiros
Private
30
13€
Casa Rural

2

Casa Rural do Horreo
Casa Rural
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Casa Rural do Horreo
1.80km → Salceda
To end of camino: 
29.40
Altitude: 
380
Altitude: 
370
2.60km → Brea
To end of camino: 
27.60
Altitude: 
365

There is a pair of bars in Salceda, and a restaurant (La Esquipa) that is thick with pilgrims every day but Monday when it is closed.

Notice: 

The camino rejoins the road in Salceda, and while it does not walk on the road it does remain quite close. In fact, the camino crosses the road several times between here and Santiago. The speed of traffic, the curves in the road, and the abundance of pilgrims makes this the most...

The Road: 

The camino leaves town to the right of a wedge shaped park next to La Esquipa, not along the road.

Accommodation in Salceda

1.60km → Empalme
To end of camino: 
25.00
Altitude: 
370

Accommodation in Brea

Private

1

Albergue El Chalet
Private
14
12€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue El Chalet
Pension

2

Mar de Frisia
Pension
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Mar de Frisia
1.00km → Santa Irene
To end of camino: 
23.40
Altitude: 
405

Several roadside bars that cater to trucker and pilgrim alike.

Notice: 

CAUTION crossing the road, dangerous intersection. 

The Road: 

The camino crosses the main road at the highest point in the road, there is no marked crosswalk and the arrows on the other side of the road are often obscured by parked cars. You may see pilgrims continuing along the road but are advised against following them as the camino returns to the trail...

Accommodation in Empalme

Private

1

Albergue Andaina
Private
14
12€

Camino Primitivo Map 12

Camino Primitivo Map 12
1.40km → A Rúa [O Pino]
To end of camino: 
22.40
Altitude: 
355

Accommodation in Santa Irene

Photo of Santa Irene on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
21.00
Altitude: 
280
The Road: 

Where the camino returns to the road at the start of O Pedrouzo you will find an abundance of arrows and a large map which is nearly worthless. Arrows and dozens of signs advertising various hostels and hotels point in every direction. If you have a reservation, review the map to find the...

Accommodation in A Rúa [O Pino]

Private

1

Albergue Espíritu Xacobeo
Private
32
12€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Espíritu Xacobeo
0.70km → San Antón
To end of camino: 
19.40
Altitude: 
280

Unfortunately, there is little to say about this modernized town. When it comes to charm, or monuments, or outrageous legends, it comes up short. During the busier periods along the camino the town feels overrun with pilgrims; most of whom are excited to have finished their penultimate day of walking.

Notice: 

Avoid the temptation of following the main road out of Pedrouzo. There are very few arrows to get you back to the camino and following along the road puts you in very real danger and takes you away from a lovely forest walk. See note below to get back to the camino. 

The Road: 

If you spent the night in O Pedrouzo, it is important to find your way back to the camino proper which runs through the forest to the north. To get to it, find the intersection of the main road and Calle de Condello (where the Casa do Concello is located). Continue uphill (...

2.30km → Amenal
To end of camino: 
18.70
Altitude: 
270
To end of camino: 
16.40
Altitude: 
250

Two bars, one on either side of a dangerous crossing.

Notice: 

The camino crosses the very busy N-547 by passing underneath it. Do not cross over the road. 

The Road: 

Leaving the bar behind you climb steeply uphill a short distance. The path soon levels out on a comfortable trail surrounded by eucalyptus trees. The Santiago Airport is very near, and the camino follows a path around the runway.

Accommodation in Amenal

To end of camino: 
16.00
Altitude: 
285
2.10km → Lavacolla
To end of camino: 
12.40
Altitude: 
335
History: 

The written history of San Paio has been lost to the ages, but the church here is dedicated to San Paio (or Payo), the 14 year old saint who was kidnapped by the invading Muslim troops, taken to Sevilla, and ultimately martyred to pieces and tossed into the río...

Accommodation in San Paio - San Payo

1.30km → Vilamaior
To end of camino: 
10.30
Altitude: 
295
History: 

The name Lavacolla has one of the most debated origins of all the camino towns. They range from the bland “field at the bottom of the hill” to the more profane “scrub your scrotum.” What is more widely accepted is that pilgrims bathed in this river before entering the Cathedral.

The Road: 

If you walked down the stairs to visit either of the bars at the bottom, turn and walk up the steps towards the Iglesia de Benaval. The camino continues around to the right-hand side and down to cross the road. At the road, cross at the crosswalk and continue along the road and over the...

Accommodation in Lavacolla

3.70km → San Marcos
To end of camino: 
9.00
Altitude: 
350
0.30km → Monte del Gozo
To end of camino: 
5.30
Altitude: 
365

Accommodation in San Marcos

To end of camino: 
5.00
Altitude: 
340

Monte de Gozo, or ‘Mount Joy’, was once the first place that pilgrims could get a glimpse of the Cathedral spires. A new stand of trees blocks the view now. It is a large gathering place for pilgrims, who flock to the over-sized monument commemorating the pilgrimage that Pope John Paul II made here in 1993. The modest Capilla de San Marcos has the last stamp and a small kiosk selling cold drinks.

The Road: 

You do not need to enter the complex but for the sake of curiosity, carrying on down the road will take you where you are heading.

Pass the outdoor gallery of a local (and gifted) sculptor of stone and cross the bridge over the highway. It is midway over this bridge that you enter the...

Accommodation in Monte del Gozo

Xunta

1

Albergue de Monte do Gozo
Xunta
400
8€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de Monte do Gozo
Private

2

Albergue Benvido Monte do Gozo
Private
120
12€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Benvido Monte do Gozo
Association

3

Centro Europeo de Peregrinación Juan Pablo II
Association
68
Donativo€
Photo of Monte del Gozo on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
3.30
History: 

This outermost barrio of Santiago was once the closest point that pilgrims affected with leprosy were permitted to go.

The Road: 

The walk into Santiago is through the urbanized zone that has grown up around the old town. After passing over the highway bridge the first part of Santiago you walk through is the Barrio San Lazaro; the church here is said to be the limit for pilgrims with leprosy. There is a fairly...

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.

Photo of Santiago de Compostela on the Camino de Santiago

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