This walk is part of the trek Camino Santiago de Compostela to Cabo Finisterre.
The first 3 km of this stage are fairly simple but then there is a bit of a climb up to Monte Aro. Our route goes up to a viewpoint to enjoy the panoramic view, but there's no need to go all the way to the top, because 500 meters before the top there is a right turn and the begining of a steep descent along a dirt track. On the descent of Mount Aro, good views over the Xallas valley can be enjoyed, including the great Fervenza reservoir.
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) From the center of Santa Mariña, head west out of the hamlet past the recreational area with tables and benches. Follow this road up to a T-junction with the main AC-400 road. Here turn left (there is a good walkway on the left shoulder) and walk about 400 m. On this stretch of road there are a couple of bars, a private hostel and a bakery. Just as the road starts to bend to the left, our route leaves it on the right, taking a local road that leads to the small farming hamlets of Bon Xesús and Gueima; In this section, be very attentive, as numerous tanker trucks circulate through it on their daily route to collect milk from the farms. Although the official spelling is Gueima, the locals pronounce it “Geima” or “Xeima”. At a junction, bear left then follow the road past a bus-stop on the right. This is the beginning of the ascent towards Mount Aro, still on the tarmac, passing in front of some farms and warehouses. After 300 meters, when the rpute reaches the first houses in Vilar de Castro, there's a double sign with large green arrows and some yellow arrows, which can cause confusion. Ignore the green arrows and stick to the yellow arrows and shell posts.
(1) The route reaches the first houses and turns 180 degrees to the right to take a tarmac track that gently ascends the northeast slope of Mount Aro; after 800 meters our route joins another track that comes from Gueima (whoever has taken it from there will have been able to avoid the small detour); In just over 300 meters the signs indicate a left turn, to head up a steep dirt slope, which leads to a viewpoint with wooden benches to rest and enjoy the panoramic view. Continue towards the summit of the mount (where the remains of a Celtic fort are found), but our route does not go all the way to the top. At 500 meters before the summit, turn right and begin a steep descent along a dirt track. Throughout this section, there are excellent views over the region, and especially over the great Fervenza reservoir (built in 1966 and which flooded a good part of the Xallas river valley). After a sharp curve, the descent ends in the town of Lago, where there is a bar, a shop and a private hostel.
(2) Turn right to head out of Lago and at a junction turn left in front of some farm buildings onto a local road. Follow it, in a gentle ascent, soon reaching a detour to the right at a small bus-stop in the hamlet As Abeleiroas near a green-coloured building. Continue past a couple of Hórreos, along a pleasant tarmac track that runs between fields, meadows and a stretch of forest. At a fork in the track, bear right, then turn left at a crossroads. Pass by some penedos (granite outcrops, the majority associated with a fertility cult, coming from prehistory). Shortly after, pass the church of San Cristovo on the left as the route enters Corzón. Bear left at the fork in the road and after about 1 km the route reaches A Ponte Olveira. At the road junction, turn right along the CP-3404 road to cross the bridge over the Xallas river (with great caution, since the hard shoulder disappears here), and enter the Dumbría region. Continue on for 1.5 km along the side of the same road, which usually has a lot of traffic, until you reach a turn off to the left which will take you into the village of Olveiroa.
(3) Our route leaves Olveiroa following the street that runs through the center of the village. Go past the As Pias pension-restaurant and, 50 meters before the main road, turn left and cross a stream on a platform; the path joins a track that ascends rapidly towards Alto do Sino, in the direction of a wind farm. From the top, there are beautiful views over the narrow course of the Xallas river and the Castrelo reservoir to be enjoyed. Continue along a dirt track in the middle of the slope, leaving the wind turbines to the right, and on the way down, cross the Hospital Rego over the Vao de Ripas bridge, rebuilt in 2005 thanks to the AGACS (Galician Association of Friends of the Camino de Santiago). This leads to the village of O Logoso, which has a private hostel, a bar and a pension-restaurant.
(4) Continue along a dirt track, which ascends to the hamlet of Hospital, were already at the beginning of the 13th century there was a pilgrims' hospital, probably the oldest on the Fisterra road, today replaced by a modern information center. Take the road to the left, passing the 27 km sign. Keep on the main road to reach a bar-restaurant and cross over. Here it's best to take advantage of the layout of the old road (with some dodgy white road markings), which ascends in the direction of some more wind turbines. Follow the road round to the left to reach a factory on the other side of the main road. This is Curvellas and the factory is Ferroatlántica (Ferroglobe steel factory). Bear right along the road, reaching a large roundabout, take the right fork (marked with two milestones) sign-posted to Dumbría. The alternative route direct to Fisterra, avoiding Muxia, bers off to the left, past the factory.
(5) Continue to the right along the DP-3404 road, towards Dumbría and Muxía, accompanied by the wind turbines on the right. Take care along the hard shoulder of the road for about 1 km; then leave it on the left (opposite a 50 blue speed warning sign), taking a nice downhill dirt road. Go across a stream and ascend back towards the road, but continue straight on along a dirt track over another stream. After crossing the road again (carefully, as it is a dangerous point with poor visibility) continue along a path on the opposite side that descends in zigzag and once again joins the road. Bear right but take a track off to the left (just in front of a no overtaking sign) that leads into the hamlet of As Carizas. Turn right at the bottom, surrounded by farm buildings, and head out along a tarmacked track to cross a local road and continue on the other side on a rough track past an abandoned house. Follow the track round to the right to reach a junction of tracks and turn left. This also bends round to the right near a sports complex (high metal fencing up to the right) and then as the tarmac returns reach the public hostel for pilgrims O Conco, with a modern and multicolored design (mostly red). We entered the town of Dumbría, head of the council. If you are not planning to stay the night in the public hospital, turning left at the road junction will take you into the village of Dumbría(A)
D : mi 0 - alt. 1093ft - Santa Mariña
1 : mi 2.13 - alt. 1352ft - Vilar de Castro
2 : mi 4.12 - alt. 1112ft - Lago
3 : mi 8.04 - alt. 902ft - Olveiroa
4 : mi 10.06 - alt. 971ft - O Logoso
5 : mi 11.56 - alt. 1214ft - Curvellas
A : mi 13.86 - alt. 620ft - Dumbría
Quite a straight forward stage with plenty of watering holes.There are bars/cafés in Lago, Ponte Olveira and Olveiroa. Olveiroa is a good place for lunch and there are a number of choices, from Casa Loncho, Casa Manola and As Pías restaurants; dishes that can be eaten with a spoon, such as Galician soup, stew, tripe with chickpeas or meat stew, as well as amazing homemade flans. After a hearty lunch, the afternoon walk should be taken a leisurely. Once again there are places to fill up your bottle or to quench your thirst in O Logoso. As always, make sure you have enough water and the waterproofs to hand, in case the weather becomes damp.
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Olveiroa preserves the traditional aspect of Galician rural villages, with stone buildings and a good number of Hórreos. Dolmens, mámoas and petroglyphs from the Bronze Age have also been found in the surrounding area. Also, after passing A Gueima, there's a climb up the north slope of Mount Aro, at the top of which there are vestiges of the defense walls of a Celtic fort from the 5th century BC (although the path veers off 500 meters before reaching the summit). On the subsequent descent, there are beautiful views over the Xallas valley and the great Fervenza reservoir. 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 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.
You can almost smell the sea (and almost see it) but there's still over 20 km to Muxia, although the sea comes into view long before. The route alternates sections of tarmac, without much interest, with several stretches of dirt road through forests. Looking at the profile of the stage, you can see that the descent towards the coast is not exactly easygoing, rather a continuous up-and-down, with moderate unevenness.
The route is well signposted in both directions, between Muxía and Fisterra. Despite the proximity to the sea, don't expect a walk on the beach. Today's journey runs through a rural and lonely territory, with dirt roads, forests and demanding slopes. There might be walkers coming from Fisterra, so say "Hola" and maybe chat a while. Get started early and look for a lunch stop in Lires, a town located right in the middle of the day.
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