Our forefathers used to say “He who visits Santiago but not Oviedo, visits the servant but not the master”. This route follows the path of the first known itinerary taken by Alfonso II in the 9th century to visit the newly discovered tomb of the Apostle Saint James.
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Arrival in the oldest city in Galicia: Lugo, a city as little known as it is beautiful, with a past so splendid that it leaves no one indifferent. Hotel accommodation and free time to visit one of the cities with the most Roman remains in Spain, including its impressive Roman wall.
We leave Lugo behind, the oldest city in Galicia, founded by the Romans in the 1st century and which is always worth a thorough visit, and we face the almost 26.5km that separate us from our destination. To Ponte de Ferreira. crossing forests and streams. Distance 26.5 km.
We are facing a short walk (14km) following the old Roman road, but not by it free of difficulty where we reach levels of almost 700mts, which will give us the opportunity to enjoy beautiful landscapes we arrive to Casacamiño that receives us with its white rocks. Distance 14km.
Stage that takes us through small villages and native forests to empty into Melide, we go up to the highest level found in Hospital (its name is due to the fact that there used to be a Hospital for pilgrims formerly run by the Order of Saint John of Malta Following the course of the Furelos river we arrive at Melide, the undisputed capital of the Octopus. Distance 20 km.
Crossing Melide and its interesting medieval area, we begin our walk where we will find churches as impressive as the one of Santa María de Melide until arriving at Arzúa capital of Galician cheese. Distance 15km.
We started from Arzúa not without having tasted its famous cheese and we begin a walk in which we cross beautiful forests and livestock farms until we reach Pedrouzo. Distance 19km.
Today we face our last walk that will take us to the very medieval Compostela goal of pilgrims, but not before stopping at the famous Mount del Gozo from where, as medieval pilgrims did, to see the towers of the cathedral.
Free day to visit one of the most important pilgrimage centers in the world. With one of the most beautiful historical centers of Spain, Unesco heritage since 1985, Santiago is a city that leaves no one indifferent and proof of this are the thousands of pilgrims and tourists who visit it every year. City tour included.
Bed and breakfast in double or single room with bathroom
The trip includes an insurance of basic coverages
Transport of backpacks for each of the stages along the way (max. 20Kg per backpack - 1 bag per person)
1 Tasting of Galician cheeses in Santiago (only available from Monday to Saturday)
1 Guided tour of Santiago (old town): 2h in Spanish
Stages map, pilgrim's credential and scallop shell
This was the route preferred by the pilgrims of the Northern Europe .Faster, more comfortable and less dangerous. Very popular around XIV and XV centuries, the most of the pilgrims were from England so that the name.
In seas far north, day after day
We leaned upon the rail, engrossed
In frolic fin and jewel spray
And crystal headlands of the coast.
Katherine Lee Bates
Its name comes from the country that it passed through in the Middle Ages and that has left its mark in places as important as Paris and its Tour de Saint Jacques. Today it is the most popular route, not in vain more than 60% of pilgrims who walk to Santiago choose her. Despite being the busiest it does not lose an iota of its charm and that is shown by the pilgrims who repeat.