FROM OURENSE TO SANTIAGO (110 Km)
The last 110 kilometers of the Sanabrés Way are traveled from Ourense, completing the Via de la Plata along this route. It is considered one of the most authentic sections and is the favourite of many pilgrims who decide to escape from the hustle and bustle of other more busy roads in the summer months. A perfect option if you are looking for tranquility, extraordinary landscapes and the wild nature that characterizes the Galician mountains.
Arrival in Ourense
Ourense, is the capital of the homonymous province. This city, crossed by the Miño river, has its maximum identifier in the multiple bridges that cross this river, to unite the two parts of the city. Here, you can visit its Cathedral (dated from the 12th century) in which the Pórtico del Paraíso stands out, a tribute to the Portico de la Gloria in Santiago. You can also visit the convent of San Francisco and its very well preserved historical center, full of leisure, atmosphere and good food. Finally, every good pilgrim visits the city’s thermal baths, some of which, like Chavasqueira, are free of charge. Ourense is an incredible city for our beginning in this Via de la Plata
Ourense – Cea
You will start the Via de la Plata from the Roman bridge in Ourense, where you will have to choose between two possible itineraries: Tamallancos or Canedo; both are well signposted and of similar difficulty. The two routes join again at Casanovas, from where there are only 2 kilometers left until the end of the stage in Cea.
Cea is a famous town in Galicia for its rich bread, which has been granted a Designation of Origin. In the town you can visit the Plaza Mayor and the Clock Tower.
Cea – Lalín
This second stage is characterized by being the longest and hardest of this route, despite its great scenic and monumental interest. Until Castro Dozón you will have two alternatives, the official one that will take you to Cotelas, and the unofficial one that will divert you to the wonderful Monastery of Oseira and that increases in 5 kilometers the stage. In spite of the distance, we recommend taking the second option to enjoy the beauty of the Monastery, known as the “Galician Escorial”, due to its monumentality. From this point, to get to Lalín, a series of natural paths await you, crossing parishes and small villages.
Once in Lalín, you cannot leave the village without sitting down to eat the extraordinary Galician stew that they prepare in this area, considered one of the best in Galicia. Here you can also visit the church of Goiás, a Romanesque temple built in the 12th century.
Lalín – Bandeira
Starting from the center of Lalín, you will have to follow the milestones and arrows to reach the river walk of the Pontiñas River, a very pleasant stretch for the pilgrims. After crossing the polygon of Lalín, the way alternates to the left with the road, passing by the medieval bridge of Taboada. This section of the Way is really interesting, both for its monumental richness and for its natural and environmental beauty. You will find the Romanesque church of Santiago de Taboada where you will be able to stamp your credentials and pass by the Pazo de Trasfontao before reaching Silleda, from where you only have to cross the bridge over the river Toxa to reach the end of the stage in Bandeira.
Bandeira is the second largest town in Silleda. The Cultural Center Vista Alegre, is one of the most outstanding heritage buildings of the nucleus. In this place you can taste the traditional Galician empanada, which is a typical dish in the town.
Bandeira – Santa cruz de Rivadulla
You will leave Bandeira on the national road and follow a dirt track to Dornelas, with its magnificent church. The path continues alternating road and dirt track until San Miguel de Castro and Taberna do Seixo, where you can seal your credential and refuel before starting the descent to Ponte de Ulla. From here you will follow the same national road to the river Ulla, stopping at the chapel of Our Lady of Gundián, which is very popular in the area. After crossing the old bridge over the river Ulla you will say goodbye to the province of Pontevedra and enter A Coruña through Santa Cruz de Ribadulla, where you will end your stage.
In Santa Cruz de Ribadulla, in the municipality of Vedra, the pazo of the same name stands out, which is also known as Granxa de Ortigueira and formerly as Torre de Ortigueira.
Santa Cruz de Rivadulla – Santiago de Compostela
Today we recommend leaving early to take advantage of the day in Santiago. During the first three kilometers of the stage you will go through lush forests until you reach Lestedo, where you can take a detour to the Pico Sacro, from where you will have impressive views of the area. After reaching A Susana, you will already be in the municipality of Santiago. The Way enters the city through the Sar neighbourhood and after crossing its Roman bridge, you will go up through Castrón Douro to enter the historical centre through the Mazarelos Arch, and arrive at the Obradoiro Square.
You have arrived at Santiago de Compostela, the city where the rain makes magic on the wet stones. After having sealed your credentials in each stage and having collected your Compostelas, after all the effort, it will be time to enjoy the city, you will have earned it. We hope you will enjoy strolling through the historic center, enjoying a fresh beer accompanied by a delicious tapa, dancing and singing in a foliada, or trying some of their traditional liquors, among a thousand and one other things that this small but great city offers.
Santiago de Compostela
Mission completed. After sealing our credential at every stage and collecting our Compostela, we deserve this great reward. A good opportunity to get to know the city, enjoy its culture, people and gastronomy, after all the effort invested you’ve earned it.
** After leaving the accommodation, our services will be concluded.
THIS TRIP INCLUDES
- 7 days / 6 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: 95 €/pax
- Extra night in Santiago: 55€ ind. / 70€ double
- Breakfast: 45 €/pax
- Half Board: 130 €/pax
- 325 € pax double room
Accommodation in hostels, guesthouses and/or rural accommodations
We have selected for you the best accommodations available on this route. We combine the rest in small and cozy pensions with superior quality hotels to ensure you the best experience in your Camino de Santiago. This is our personal recommendation for this Via de la Plata from Ourense