Ruta de la Plata. Stretch 4 from Puebla de Sanabria to Santiago de Compostela along the Camino Sanabrés
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The origin of the Ruta de la Plata dates back to Roman times, as it was one of the Roman roads linking Astorga (Asturica Augusta) in the north with Mérida (Augusta Emerita) in the south of the Iberian Peninsula. Today the route called Ruta de la Plata is the road connecting Sevilla with Gijón and the Camino de Santiago that comes from Cádiz to Santiago de Compostela, joining the Camino Francés in Astorga.
There is an alternative path called the Camino Sanabrés, which branches from the Vía de la Plata and arrives in Santiago de Compostela through the city of Orense in southern Galicia It is the best known and busy
On foot through the Via de la Plata to Santiago de Compostela
Stretch 4 From Puebla de Sanabria to Santiago de Compostela, 255 Km approx.
Day 1: Arrival in Puebla de Sanabria
Day 2: From Puebla de Sanabria to Padornelo, 24 km approx.
After a short visit of Puebla de Sanabria, a picturesque village with an ancient fortress, we walk along the Via de la Plata through the small, typical village of Requejo. We’ll walk through a beautiful mountainous landscape with a pass 1,200m high and we arrive in Padornelo.
Day 3: From Padornelo to A Gudiña, 30 km approx.
Walk through beautiful oak forests and brooms to Lubián. Here we’ll visit its parish church in Baroque style. We pass through Villavella with its pilgrimage church of La Virgen de Loreto towards A Gudiña where we can visit the church of San Martín.
Day 4: From A Gudiña to Laza – Transfer to Verin, 34 km approx.
The path leaves from A Gudiña through a pretty landscape towards Campobecerros. We’ll have a short visit of the parish church whose facade and high altar are adorned with sculpted figures of Santiago.
Day 5: De Laza a Xunqueira de Ambia, 26 km approx.
Passsing through Soutelo Verde and Tamicelas the camino towards Bobadela runs along an unspoiled landscape with amazing views of the surrounding valleys. (26 km approx)
Day 6: Walk to Orense, 24 km approx.
Transfer to Bobadela, from there we walk towards Xunqueira de Ambía with its monastery Santa María la Real. Then we continue to the episcopal see of Orense which has plenty of evidence of the Roman presence. Visit to the Cathedral where we can see a replica of “El Pórtico de la Gloria” from Santiago de Compostela.
Day 7: From Lourosa to O Porto, 27 km approx.
Passing over the river Miño, we arrive in Cima da Costa, a small village. In the villages of Sobrera and Faramontaos we`ll see the “cruceros” (in Galician “cruceiro”), related to the “Santa Compaña” (a deep-rooted mythical belief in rural Galicia ) Galicia is a land of “meigas” (it means witches in Galician). Later on we arrive in Casanovas and Cea, a village well-known by its bread.
Day 8: From O Reino to Lalín, 27 km approx.
Opportunity to pass through Oseira and visit the Cistercian monastery. Then we continue our camino until we reach the villages of Gouxa and Castro Dozón, where we can visit one of the typical churches of this region. The Camino doesn’t pass directly through Lalín but really near, so as long as we have time we can always get there to know the city.
Day 9: From Lalín to Bandeira, 18 km approx.
First we’ll pass by Prado, the landscape in this region of the interior of Galicia is very nice but the climate that can be very extreme, with very low winter temperatures and very high summer temperatures.. Later on we pass by Silleda where one of the most important trade fair Galicia’s is located. It is mainly related to cattle industry.
Day 10: From Bandeira to Santa Lucía, 27 km approx.
The path runs through fields and eukalyptus forests that will accompany us until we reach our today’s destination. In San Miguel de Castro there is an hermitage dedicated to Santiago. We arrive in Puente Ulla, where cross the river that gives the town its name. This place builds a natural border between Pontevedra and La Coruna. Here we can visit the church of Santa Maria.
By passing near the Pico Sacro, highest mountain in the area, we arrive in Lestedo and later in Saint Lucia.
Day 11: From Santa Lucia to Santiago de Compostela, 9 km approx.
We are getting closer to our destination. If we start our walk early, we’ll arrive at the Cathedral of Santiago before 12 noon; soon enough to attend to the Pilgrim’s Mass which is held every day at this time.
Free day to visit this beautiful city, above all the old town and the Cathedral.
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 enjoying the city, we can arrange some excursions.
*It is also possible to combine various trips, e.g. follow the Way of Saint James to Burgos, Astorga or until Santiago..
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