Camino del Norte. Stretch 4 from Ribadeo to Santiago
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Stretch 4 from Ribadeo to Santiago de Compostela.
The Northern Way has its origin in the Muslim occupation of the Iberian Peninsula, which remained over 600 years. Almost the entire territory that now covers Portugal and Spain had been conquered, even till Santiago de Compostela, except the north coast. Since the Camino Francés at that time couldn’t be developed, the Camino del Norte along the Cantabrian coast was a journey taken by Christian pilgrims living under the tolerance of Muslim rule.
Day 1: Arrival in Ribadeo
Transfer from Oviedo airport Time to visit this beautiful coastal city.
Day 2: From Ribadeo to Lourenzá, 29 km approx.
We leave Ribadeo and we enter the interior of Galicia. We must cross the Monte Santa Cruz from where we’ll have a nice view of Ribadeo. Since we are in Galicia, we’ll go through fertile green fields and small villages. We’ll also see the Galician “hórreos”. In Lourenzá we have the opportunity to visit the church where the tomb of the “Conde Santo” (Osorio Gutierez) is located. Lourenzá is well known by its beans.
Day 3: From Lourenzá to Mondoñedo, 10 km approx.
Today we have a short but tough and pretty stage at the same time before arriving in Mondoñedo. There we can visit the Cathedral and the old town where there also is a Seminar for future Priests.
Day 4: From Mondoñedo to Abadín, 17 km approx.
Before leaving Mondoñedo, we have the oportunity to visit the caves called “Minas del Rey Centolo” which cover several kilometres. We have again a tough stage before us, passing through the village of Gontan before reaching Abadín.
Day 5: From Abadín to Villalba, 20 km approx.
Before leaving Abadín, there’s the possibility to visit the Romanesque church of Santa María. Compared to the last stages, today we have a quite easy one. This region is know in Galician as “Terra Chá” (flat land) because of the kind of relief that gives the place its name.
From Villalba are very well known the “capones” (a specific cock from the region). They are mostly bought in Christmas, time where they reach a high price.
Day 6: From Villalba to Baamonde, 21 km approx.
We are in the heart of “Terra Chá” and today’s stage it’s also fairly easy. We pass through the village of Pigara before reaching Baamonde.
Day 7: From Baamonde to Marcela, 20 km approx.
We’ll pass through the village of San Paio de Seixón where we can visit the church with its Romanesque facade. We follow the way going through small villages until we reach Marcela.
*In this area there is not accommodation available. Due to this we will arrange a transfer back to Baamonde for an overnight stay and the next day we’ll return to Marcela to continue our camino.
Day 8: From Marcela to Sobrado de los Monjes, 20 km approx.
Transfer to Marcela from Baamonde. Today’s stage leads us to Sobrado de los Monjes, where we can visit the Cistercian convent here located which was founded in the year 952.
Day 9: From Sobrado de los Monjes to Arzúa, 22 km approx.
Passing through small villages like Carelle and Mella we reach Arzúa. This region is well known by its “Tetilla” Galician cheese.
In Arzua the Camino del Norte joins the Camino Frances and they run together till Santiago.
Day 10: From Arzúa to Lavacolla, 30 km approx.
This stage also goes through eucalyptus forests and brings us even closer to our destination. We,ll pass through different towns, among which you’ll find St. Irene and Amenal. In Lavacolla pilgrims were accustomed to have a bath in the river before entering the next day in Santiago.
Day 11: From Lavacolla to Santiago de Compostela, 11 km approx.
Finally we get closer to our destination. We have ahead a short stage, perfect to reach the Cathedral of Santiago before 12 noon to attend to the Pilgrim’s Mass which is held every day at this time.
Before entering the city we will pass through the Monte del Gozo, whose name comes from the joy felt by the pilgrims when seeing the city for the first time.
Day 12. In Santiago de Compostela
Free day to visit this beautiful city, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. We can visit the market town, Plaza de Abastos or one of its museums e.g. the Museum of Pilgrimages and the Cathedral Museum.
Transfer to the airport.
*There is the possibility to extend the stay in Santiago, if you are interested in it please don’t hesitate to contact Viajes Orbis. When extending your stay, apart from having more time to enjoy the city, we can arrange some excursions.
*It is also possible to combine various trips, e.g. follow the Way of Saint James until Finisterre.