El Sanabrés Way It is a variant of the Jacobean routes of the southern Iberian peninsula and that in recent years has enjoyed great popularity among pilgrims and more recently due to the arrival of the AVE to the city of Ourense, a route operated by our Travel Agency. It was used as royal glens and for merchants, hence hospitals, inns, temples and monasteries were built along this route.

Therefore, if you want to make the trip to the Camino de Santiago organized, Camino Sanabrés or Camino Mozárabe is an ideal alternative. Above all, for its attractive historical monuments and the ancient Roman roads. During this route you will find old buildings with great historical and artistic value. Here you will be able to learn about the most transcendental events of the time.

To help you get to know this Jacobean route a bit, we will describe in detail the most important monuments that you will be able to see and enjoy on the Camino Sanabrés. Pay Attention!

Historical places on the Camino Sanabrés

It is a route that is born in Granja de moreruela (Zamora), crosses the province of Ourense and reaches Santiago. Furthermore, this is a journey that maintains the Jacobean essence and visitors love it.

Throughout the entire journey of this route you will be able to enjoy the majesty of the imposing Esla River, the ancient Monasteries, towns with natural attractions, churches and statues erected in the Plaza Mayor. Likewise, this tour offers museums of great historical interest and a wide variety of characteristic temples of the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries.

On this route you will feel as if you are part of history and you will experience the spirituality of the place in a great way.

Most important monuments of the Camino Sanabrés

The complete route of the Camino Sanabrés begins in the town of Granja de moreruela and integrates 15 stages that take you to Santiago. During this tour you will be able to see the most important historical-artistic monuments. Although not as popular as the Road from Sarria to Santiago, we are convinced that you will love it.

Next, we mention the five most outstanding monuments that you can find in the different stages of the path:

Ruins of the Monastery of Santa María de Moreruela

It’s a monastery of cistercian monks with historical and patrimonial interest of which only the ruins remain. These were decreed as National Monument in 1931. It is one of the most important monasteries in the area, and received favors and donations from the kings of Castilla, León and Portugal.

In addition, it offers you the opportunity to take a tour from the goal to the different parts of the cloister of the hostelry. You will be able to see the beginnings of the walls of what was the pharmacy and the infirmary.

Likewise, you will be able to know the regular cloister built in the XNUMXth century, which has a square plan and the trace on the floor of the arcades is preserved. In addition, the paved surface is original. Also, you can see a drain and the area where the kitchen and dining room were located.

During the tour you can enjoy the chapter house, the armaliorum with two side niches and the head. In the same way, it includes different rooms such as the sacristy, the visiting room and the monks’ room.

Romanesque Church of Santa Marta de Tera

This church is located on the banks of the Tera River and constitutes one of the historical and artistic values of the cultural heritage of the province of Zamora. Its structure has a plant that perfectly draws the Latin cross. While its head is square and lacks a semicircular apse due to its influence from the Visigothic style.

The characteristic element is that this place was built with stone ashlars and a roof decorated with checkered or checkered studs. This temple is a important Jacobean enclave, since it marks the beginning and end of one of the stages of the Camino Sanabrés to Santiago.

In addition, on this site you can find the oldest representation of the apostle Santiago Peregrino. You will be able to see it in the west spandrel of the southern doorway of the church.

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Carballeda

If you decide to cross the Camino Sanabrés you will be able to enjoy this attractive tower of more than 20 meters high, built in ashlar stone. This is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Carballeda. It is a structure of Romanesque origin that offers a welcoming spiritual experience.

The sanctuary It has a three-nave plant separated by acute arches and adhered semi-columns, which decorate the support pillars. In addition, the ceiling creates a perfect balance with the dome and the star vault.

In this sanctuary you find the carving of the Virgin of Carballeda with her green and white cloak, crowned in silver and holding the child. This makes it an artistic work of great admiration.

Collegiate Church of Santa María La Real

It is a very old building from the XNUMXth century with Compostela Romanesque style. Its construction was under the orders of King Fernando II of León. Likewise, the tombstones and tombs are very attractive, as well as its extensive garden of medicinal plants, similar to those of the Middle Ages.

This construction has an articulated Christ, situated as recumbent or as crucified. In addition, the cloister is from the XNUMXth century, while the interior walls and columns are noticeably inclined towards the side naves. This offers pilgrims a unique attraction due to the sensation of instability.

The Schoolgirl also offers you a wide collection of archaeological and liturgical pieces, like the baptismal font from the XNUMXth century.

Monastery of San Martin de Castañeda

It’s a historic-artistic monastery Romanesque style rebuilt on different occasions, inspired by the cathedral of Zamora. In addition, it shows a southern wall of the abbey church. In addition, it is the only fully preserved temple of the Cistercian monasteries.

It is a historic building with three naves articulated in four sections and three entrances: One in the western hostel and two in the epistle nave. It stands out for being built in granite and slate masonry. The other monastic dependencies were reused as quarries for the erection of buildings and houses in the town.

You will be able to enjoy its perfect architecture thanks to its attractive chevet made up of three staggered apses with a semicircular floor plan. This rises on a podium that articulates the hemicycles and divides them into panels. This space offers the purity of lines and the evident ornamental austerity.