When we speak of the Camino Sanabrés, Gallego del Sur or Mozarabic, we speak of a pilgrimage path that maintains the essence, still today, of what pilgrims were looking for at the time. We refer, without a doubt, to the history, landscapes, gastronomy, hospitality and solitude that surround this route. Unlike the roads that have become more popular, Sanabrés is an itinerary for observation and encounter with oneself. Reflection and mysticism are the great protagonists of this marvellous route that, in sections, runs between impressive forests of chestnut and oak trees that once sheltered wolves.
What is the Sanabrés Way?
The Sanabrés Way is a variant of the Via de la Plata that follows its own itinerary to Santiago de Compostela before joining the French Way. The birth of this Jacobean route is due more to a means of communication between the ancient kingdoms of León and Galicia than to religious motives. We have known by means of the royal chronicles that it was the route followed by Alfonso IX or Felipe el Hermoso to travel from Santiago. It was only after a few centuries that we received some pilgrims’ stories.
The complete itinerary lasts a total of approximately 370 kilometres, starting in the town of Granja de Moreruela in Zamora and extending normally for 13 stages. The municipalities of Castellón that it crosses range from the aforementioned Moreruela Farm to Tábara, Santa Marta de Tera, Rionegro del Puente and Puebla de Sanabria, the latter, without doubt, head of the region and land that has seen the development of different cultures, the best example of which are the various remains of forts scattered throughout the region. Once in Galicia, it continues through the provinces of Ourense, Pontevedra and A Coruña.
Without a doubt, the natural, artistic and cultural wealth that we will be able to enjoy along this route is immense and makes this variant a great alternative to other routes. Some of the wonders we can enjoy range from the architecture of its villages, Romanesque churches and castles, through the rich gastronomy and folklore, to the impressive Natural Park of Lake Sanabria.