It is said that the name of the town, and its prominence as a religious center, both date back to the 4th century. It was then that the Virgen appeared in the marsh (juncal) nearby. An Ermita was erected, and in subsequent centuries the Monastery was built and expanded. The monks there...
After passing the church the camino turns right to follow the road towards Salguieros, but quickly leaves the road to follow a side road and track down to the Río Arnoia (0.9km). It then climbs up to A Pousa along another track which turns off from the road shortly after...
Between A Pausa and Ourense the camino is almost entirely along paved roads (see River Walk exception below). It passes through the hamlets of Salguieros (bar) (1.6km), Veirada (1.6km), Ousende (0.9km), Panelas (bar, shop) (0.9km), Venda do Río (2...
From Seixalbo and the Capela Santa Ádega, the camino descends towards Ourense, either along the main road or a side road. It eventually reaches a large PEUGEOT car dealership. STOP.
The official camino from here is along the road more or less straight into the center...
Ourense’s everlasting tourist attraction is its natural thermal spas. It is said that the Romans settled here because of the warm waters, though more likely is the strategic location along the Río Miño and the gold within it.
The spas are still open to the public, some are free...
Just beyond the río the camino again splits. Here again the arrows leave a bit to be desired, there is only one set of arrows to indicate the split. They are painted on the sidewalk and are fading.
Here is how to find the way:
Once over the Río Miño keep to the right side of...
Accommodation in Ourense
Albergue de peregrinos de Ourense
Albergue Grelo Hostel
Peña Trevinca 40
After crossing over the main road through Cudeiro the camino continues to climb. It passes several hamlets along the way and eventually returns to the N-525 (which wound around the mountain). It crosses the road and shortly after turns right to enter Tamallancos via a back road....
The old part of town is an ancient knot of confusion but somehow it is impossible to get too lost. Every other building seems to have a legacy as a bakery (a few remain) and there are a few hórreos still standing.
There are about 17 bakeries in this small village, and the locals tell of a time when there were closer to 50! They all produce the same Pan de Cea, the only bread in Galicia which is protected and monitored for quality in the same way that wines have a D.O. By definition, all of the...
The camino crosses the main road and heads uphill towards a sporting facility. Around the back side of the building, the camino once again splits into two distinct routes. Here the choice is a bit more complicated than the previous option. The two options merge in Castro-Dozón.