This walk is part of the trek Camino Santiago de Compostela to Cabo Finisterre.
Time to leave Santiago behind and follow the sun going west. It's more or less downhill as far as Aguapesada, then there's a bit of a climb over Alto do Mar de Ovellas, where we have to go up 210 metros in about 2 km, up to Carballo. Then it's a stroll, crossing the Tambre river and into Negreira.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D) Our route leaves the Plaza del Obradoiro, in front of the Parador on the north side of the square. Head west down the Costa do Cristo that continues as the Rúa das Hortas once you pass Rúa das Carretas (where you'll find the Pilgrims Reception Office). Keep heading down Rúa do Campo das Hortas until you reach a sharp bend and head up the steps in front. This takes us onto Rúa do Pombal, which we need to cross to go round the corner of the Café Tertulia. Walk up Rúa do Cruceiro do Gaio, continuing along Rúa da Poza de Bar. This then becomes Rúa de San Lourenzo once we pass a school and takes us out of town to a park at a crossing. Bear right, along Rúa da Carballeira de San Lourenzo keeping the park on the left. At the end of the road, bear left along the walled Costa do Cano all the way down to the Sarela river.
(1) Cross over the bridge then turn left along Camiño Regueiro. Go between an old building and the high stone wall to follow a country path. Ignore the track off to the right but stay on the country path running parallel to the river. This path heads west across the country to reach the small hamlet of Sarela de Abaixo. Turn left on Rua Sarela de Abaixo, past Casa Lauriña and a couple of white houses to find a track leading off to the right. Follow this track past a house and up the hill. Follow the signs to go around the hill, going under the electricity cables to come out at As Moas de Abaixo. Turn right and head down the hill, bearing left at the bottom. Head up the other side to cross a small stream, then bear left at a junction. At the second road turn right (sign-posted) to head into Carballal.
(2) Just after a bend to the right, the road reaches a T-Junction. Turn left along Rúa da Eira Nova then bear right at the bus-stop. At a fork, bear left then turn left round the corner of the last house to go along a country lane heading for the trees. This gently bends to the left and a sign-posted track leads off to the right before the road reaches another junction. The walled track, Lugar Piñeiro de Villestro, takes us gently uphill to join a dirt track past the last houses. Keep heading west until a sign indicated a left turn down to the road. Turn left then right to continue through the trees, bending towards the right and finally emerging onto Quintáns Villestro. Follow this down to the CP-7802 road at a blue colored house with a palm tree. Turn left then right next to the bus stop and head down Quintáns Villestro to a crossroads. Turn left, following the signs to head slightly uphill to reach a fork in the road. Bear right to cross a stream at the trees, and continue along the main route ignoring a road off to the right. Also, ignore a track off to the left but keep straight on through the trees. At the next fork bear right, along Portela Villestro to go around the north of Portela.
(3) Follow the signs down to the AC-453 road and turn right. Keep on this road all the way into Ventosa (using the path on the right) and leaving the AC-453 to go into the village past a bus-stop on the road into Ventosa. Follow this lane between the houses, ignoring roads going off to the right, bending left to cross the main road (shell sign) to go past a couple of "hórreos" and down to a water-tank supported by a concrete obelisque. Bear right along a country lane next to an electricity pylon to come back out onto the AC-453 road. Turn left and continue along the road through O Lombao and into Augapesada. Turn left just before the main junction (indicated Bertamirans) to go behind the houses and cross the CP-0203. Cross over on the cobbles and head up the track opposite. This climbs through the trees to emerge onto a tarmacked road. Head straight ahead along the road, round a sharp bend to the right. Ignore a track off to the left and go round another sharp bend to the right, just in front of a metal fence, a water deposit and a communications tower. Stay on this road, past a red and white communications tower up to the hamlet of Carballo.
(4) After a long stretch of tarmac, at a crossroads head straight on, in the direction for Reino. Go past Casa Pancho (if you can resist the temptation to stop for a cool drink) and past Fisterra Bovine World (if you can resist going in to a photo). Head on along the road through Reino and Burgeiros, through the woods to reach a sign indicating A Ponte Maceira where we turn left to head down to the Tambre river. Just after leaving the shade of the woods, our local road comes out onto the CP-0201. Turn left past the Restaurante Pontemaceira, then right to cross the bridge to reach the Capilla de San Blas. To the right is the Pazo de Baladrón but our route leads left past the Ayuntamiento and other buildings along the cobbled road. Ignore all tracks until you reach the tarmacked road, then carry straight on ignoring the sign to Portor. Take the next road off to the left (opposite a round mirror) and along the river following the signs Camino Fisterra. This quiet country lane eventually comes out onto the AC-448 near another bridge over the Tambre river. Bear right along this road but lookout for a track off to the left before reaching the crash barriers. This track moves away from the road and goes under the new stretch of the AC-448. After gently bend right, following the Tambre river, the track meets up with the AC-447 at a bus-stop. Turn left along this road past a car showroom to pick up a road off to the right that goes right into A Barca.
(5) Our route takes us through the hamlet and back out to the AC-447 but crossing over to take a local road, Barquiña, (sign-posted Albergue Alecrín) due west towards a wooded knoll. The road climbs slightly as it goes past a construction warehouse and enters a wooded area with a metal fence on the left. Continue along this shady road up to a small building at a road junction. Bear left along this road (Chancela) past other larger buildings, ignoring the road off left to Logrosa. Keep on this local road all the way down to the junction with the AC-444. Turn left across a stream and into the town of Negreira.(A)
D : mi 0 - alt. 843ft - Santiago de Compostela
1 : mi 0.83 - alt. 640ft - Sarela river
2 : mi 2.65 - alt. 522ft - Carballal
3 : mi 5.22 - alt. 574ft - Portela
4 : mi 8.73 - alt. 876ft - Carballo
A : mi 12.97 - alt. 545ft - Negreira
The route out of Santiago is pleasant enough and it doesn't take long to get into the countryside, leaving the medieval city behind. There are bars/cafes in Alto do Vento, Ventosa, Lombao, Augapesada, Trasmonte and Ponte Maceira. There's not much in the way of shelter along the route, so make sure you have your wet-weather gear to hand. If you need your water bottle filling up, just ask someone as you pass the houses, people will generally be happy to help you out. As we get closer to the coast the seafood gets better, so try the local offering of squid, octopus, clams, crab, shrimps, lobster, mussels and of course scallops.
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Before you leave Santiago, check out the Pilgrims Reception Office that you'll find on Rúa das Carretas. For the Camino to Fisterra and Muxía we can continue to use the same credential with which we arrived in Santiago de Compostela, although there is also a specific and free credential that you can get at the Pilgrims Reception Office (open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., in summer until 8:00pm). You must go to the office located on the left, without having to queue. In Sarela de Baixo, 2.6 km from the beginning of the route, you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of Santiago de Compostela, in whose skyline the three towers of the cathedral stand out. The best place for a photo is the medieval five-arched bridge that crosses the mighty river Tambre. This bridge, the scene of one of many Jacobean legends, has survived as an obligatory point of passage for pilgrims and travelers for more than eight centuries. The most interesting building in Negreira is the Pazo do Cotón, of medieval origin, with battlements and a stone gallery with three arches, under which both the Camiño Real and the cars pass. Take time to enjoy the route and remember, this is not a race and plans should be flexible. Don't leave any rubbish and don't damage the environment. Say hello to fellow walkers and help anyone who needs it. Take care of yourself and make the most of the moment!
This walk can be done as an extention to any Camino de Santiago. It's the older reason people, like the Romans, walked across the top of the Iberian Peninsula, following the Milky Way to the ends of the earth (as it was known). Our recomendation is to go through Muxía rather than head straight to Fisterra (the name of the town). Also, we recommend going the extra 3 km to reach Cape Finisterre. Great scenery and an amazing climax to see the sunset on the Atlantic Ocean from the cape.
The final stage of the Camino Primitivo, completing the 308.5 km. An easy walk to finish and still be in time for the Pilgrim's Mass at 12 o'clock midday. The route goes past the Monte do Gozo (Hill of Joy) which gives us a fine view of the three spires of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. From there, it's about an hour to the main door and entrance to the Cathedral and the end of this journey. However, the recommendation is to continue a few days more to Finisterre, on the Atlantic coast.
This is an easier stage than the classic 33.6 km from Negreira to Olveiroa, through a really rural environment but with a few uphill climbs. In the first ten kilometers we cross lush forests of pine, chestnut and oak trees, then we go through a clearer patch of land. At the end, there's a small village that is friendly and worth exploring.
A comfortable stage with very few slopes; along tracks, crossing forests and meadows. As in the previous stage, the route runs parallel to the main N-547 road and the soon to be completed A-54 motorway. Our route passes O Pedrouzo and the airport to give us a short distance to walk in the next stage to allow us to get to the Pilgrim's Mass, which is celebrated daily at 12 noon in the Cathedral of Santiago.
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