NORTHERN WAY FROM VILLALBA TO SANTIAGO (120 Kms)
The Northern Way is considered by many pilgrims to be the most scenic and environmentally beautiful of the Jacobean routes. On this route of the Northern Way you will travel the 120 kilometers that separate Villalba from Santiago de Compostela. During your route you will be able to enjoy places of unique beauty combining beaches of vertigo, the intense greenery of the Galician mountains and the warmth of small villages where you will be able to discover their millenary history and culture.
Arrival in Villalba
Once you have arrived at Villalba on your own and one day before starting the North Way and have settled in the accommodation you can enjoy the charms of this small village considered the capital of the “Terra Chá” (Flatland), a region famous for its green pastures and livestock. We recommend taking advantage of the afternoon to visit the Tower of the Andrade, the remains of a feudal castle that serves as a parador de turismo in addition to rest, mentally and prepare to live an unforgettable experience.
Vilalba – Baamonde
You will wake up in Villalba where you will enjoy a good breakfast before starting this Northern Way with your stage towards Baamonde. The road runs through flat terrain which makes this a low difficulty stage. During the itinerary you will be able to enjoy the dense forests and green meadows that make up the landscape of the place. You will also have to cross the river twice at the height of the villages of San Xoán de Alba or Pedrouzos.
Once in Baamonde, we recommend investing some time to visit the tourist attractions of this town, among which the Victor Corral House Museum, the Camarasa Tower or its popular millenary chestnut tree stand out.
Baamonde – Miraz
You will dawn in Baamonde from where you will begin the hike to Miraz. During this stage you will walk along the course of the Parga River until at some point you will have to cross it to reach your destination, the town of Miraz. Once in Miraz, we recommend that you visit the Church or its Tower, the two most iconic points of this town, and then rest and recharge your batteries for the next stage.
Miraz – Sobrado dos Monxes
Leaving Miraz behind, a gentle ascent towards Alto de Mámoa begins. In this stage the road enters for the first time in the province of A Coruña, it is a quiet stage where you will cross several practically uninhabited villages. There are few places to stock up, so we recommend that you carry everything you need in your backpack to face the stage.
Once in Sobrado dos Monxes we recommend visiting its famous Monastery of Santa María, inhabited by Benedictine monks and which today also houses the pilgrims’ hostel.
Sobrado dos Monxes – Arzúa
This stage is characterized for being the last stage of the North Way, since in Arzúa the itinerary connects with the French Way that you will cross until Santiago. We recommend that you enjoy the tranquillity offered by the northern route and enjoy its forests and rural paths for the last time.
During the stage we will leave behind small villages such as Froxa, Madelos or Boimorto, a town that has all the services where you can take advantage to rest and have a drink. Once in Arzúa we recommend visiting one of its museums such as the honey museum or the cheese divulgation centre. Another point of tourist interest is the Pazo de Brandesco.
Arzúa – Pedrouzo
We are in front of a short and simple stage that runs mainly on flat terrain with many points where you can stop to rest and have a drink. We are only 40 Kilometers away from Obradoiro Square and your legs will be grateful for an easy stage.
O Pedrouzo is a place that stands out for its corners of high historical and cultural value. We recommend visiting its famous church of Santa Eulalia de Arca and take the opportunity to rest and go to bed early to face with forces our last stage to Santiago de Compostela.
Pedrouzo – Santiago de Compostela
As this is a relatively short stage and without difficulty, we recommend getting up a little early to arrive early at the pilgrim mass and take advantage of the day in Santiago de Compostela. When you arrive at Monte do Gozo, you will discover the reason for the name of this place: the tingling, that pleasant sensation that will invade you when you see from afar the towers of the cathedral, closer and closer.
As you descend the city, the blisters and fatigue will disappear until they disappear completely in the most magical moment of the whole Way: the entrance to the Plaza del Obradoiro.
Santiago de Compostela
This is a day of farewells for many, the end of a journey, and why not, the beginning of many. The last day will dawn with one more road in your lives, but not a road of miles, but of experiences, emotions and new friendships; a journey that will be projected in your lives and will help you keep walking free towards your own goals. This is the day that ends this North Road undertaken days ago in Villalba.
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THIS TRIP INCLUDES
- 8 days / 7 nights of accommodation
- Backpack transfer service (1 package – máx. 20 kg.)
- Credencial (Pilgrim’s passport)
- Telephone assistance service 24/7
- Travel assistance insurance
- Single room supplement: 105 €/pax
- Extra night in Santiago: 55€ ind. / 70€ double
- Breakfast: 45 €/pax
- Half Board: 145 €/pax
- 385 € pax double room