What to see: Last 100 km
What to see in the French Camino de Santiago from Sarria (Sarria Stage> Portomarin)
In Sarria we can see, among others, the Church of San Salvador, Romanesque and with a Gothic façade and the convent of A Magdalena. We will admire the tower of the old medieval castle, as well as the Rúa Maior.
We leave Sarria through the Get Aspera to continue towards Barbadelo and Ferreiros we have two Romanesque churches, the Church of Santiago (Barbadelo) and the Church of Santa María (Ferreiros)
Portomarín is a beautiful town bathed by the Belesar reservoir, in which the old city is submerged (which can be seen in summer with the lowest river flow). The town is divided into two neighborhoods: San Nicolas and San Pedro. You should not miss a visit to the Chapel of the Virgen de las Nieves, as well as the great church-fortress of San Nicolás, erected by the monk-knights of the order of San Juan de Jerusalem in the XNUMXth century. The church was built by a workshop of disciples of Master Mateo. Portomarín produces one of the most recognized spirits in Galicia and an annual party is held.
The Romanesque façade of the Church of San Pedro, the Pazo de Berbetoros, from the XNUMXth century, and the Pazo del Conde da Maza, from the XNUMXth century, are other of the many attractions that you can find in this beautiful town.
What to see on the Camino de Santiago Francés from Sarria (Portomarin-Palas de Rei Stage)
In Gonzar, we can visit the most important monument in this town: La Parroquia de Santa María.
In Castromaior, there is the small Church of Santa María, in a simple and rough Romanesque style but very well preserved. Inside, a Romanesque carving of the Virgin and an altarpiece from the XNUMXth century stand out.
In Ventas de Narón, we can see the Magdalena Chapel.
The Church of Santiago, in Ligonde, in a neoclassical style, preserves the Romanesque façade of its predecessor. Just before entering the town, you will find the Lameiros crossroads (1670), where the four sides of the base represent the Calvary or the death of Jesus (hammer, nails, thorns and skulls), while the cross amazes the relief of motherhood or life.
What to see on the French Camino de Santiago from Sarria (Palas de Rei Stage> Melide)
We started in San Xulián do Camiño we find the Parish Church of San Xulián, a Romanesque temple from the XNUMXth century.
In Leboreiro we can see the Romanesque Church of Santa María, where the tympanum of the doorway and the XNUMXth century wall paintings stand out.
In Disicabo highlight the small medieval bridge of La Magdalena.
At the entrance to Furelos we find a splendid medieval bridge with four eyes. Next to it, the parish church of San Juan.
Next to Palas de Rei although outside the route of our what to see on the Camino de Santiago Francés from Sarria, is the Romanesque-style Church of Vilar de Donas, former Priory of the Order of Santiago. It dates from the XIII century. The Latin cross church has three vaulted apses and a cross with a ribbed vault. Inside we can see several graves of important knights of the Order of Santiago, as well as some well-preserved frescoes. It is one of the best known examples of Galician Romanesque linked to French Way.
The Pambre Castle, located in Ulloa, is one of the best examples of military medieval architecture that exists in Galicia. It was built in the late 5th century by D. Gonzalo Ozores de Ulloa. The castle is located on a rocky outcrop. It is surrounded by a defensive wall of about XNUMX m. of thickness. It is accessed through a small semi-circular door. It has a square plan with four towers in the corners and the keep in the center. Inside we find the Chapel of San Pedro.
In Melide as a stage closing town we recommend the following places to visit:
> In the first place, we cannot pass without tasting its famous octopus, in any of its famous grocery stores. It also has a magnificent ethnographic museum, Terra de Melide, recently built and unique in the area. Gastronomy on the French Way It is one of the most famous not only on the Camino de Santiago but also at the level of Spain as a whole.
> In turn we highlight the Melide Cruiser They say it dates from the 10th century and they say that it may be the oldest in the entire Galician region. Next to this magnificent cruzeiro we find the Chapel of San Roque (Jewel of the Romanesque) and that many have found similar to the current € XNUMX ticket. The ticket simply reflects an example of a Romanesque in the strict sense and is not associated with any specific monument (thus avoiding problems). At least if we can say that the arcades and columns of the door of this Melide chapel look out on the purity and perfection of the Romanesque style.
> The Sancti Spiritus Church and the Romanesque temple of Santa María should also be highlighted.
> In the vicinity of Melide we can also visit the pre-Romanesque Church of San Antoniño de Toques, located in a spectacular setting in the middle of a waterfall that runs along the side of the Church. The pre-Romanesque church consists of a nave. Above the triumphal arch is a Romanesque carving of a calvary dating from the thirteenth century.
Outside the route, what to see on the French Camino de Santiago from Sarria but well worth a trip if we have time for it, in Sobrado dos Monxes, near Melide, is located the Monastery of Santa María de Sobrado dos Monxes, is one of the main monasteries of medieval origin in the province of A Coruña and throughout Galicia. It is believed to date from SX, as several writings have been found where it is cited. It has undergone numerous reforms from the XNUMXth to the XNUMXth centuries.
Today the Sobrado dos Monxes Monastery Church is kept in good condition, as well as part of its monastic dependencies thanks to the work of the Benedictine monks who inhabit it. The Church dates from the XNUMXth century, in the Baroque style. The spectacular facade stands out with two slender towers. Its entire interior is worth admiring. The Monastery preserves three cloisters. It was declared a National Historic Artistic Monument.
Pre-Romanesque church of San Antoniño de Toques, located in a spectacular spot in the middle of a waterfall that runs along the side of the Church. The pre-Romanesque church consists of a nave. Above the triumphal arch is a Romanesque carving of a calvary dating from the thirteenth century.
What to see on the French Camino de Santiago from Sarria (Melide Stage> Arzua)
In Boente stands out its Church of Santiago presided over by a carving of the XNUMXth century Apostle.
In Ribadixo do Baixo, after passing the bridge of medieval origin, the Ribadixo pilgrim hospital, the last historical space that remained open for pilgrims. In the Ribadixo recreational area we can stop along the way to refresh our feet in the river.
In Arzúa, the Church of Santiago stands out, with the Gothic Chapel of La Magdalena, belonging to a disappeared hospital. Along with a carballeira, the A Mota chapel also stands out.
And about 5 km away, off the route of what to see on the French Camino de Santiago from Sarria, stands out the Pazo de Brandeso, where Valle-Inclan placed part of his novel Autumn Sonata. The Pazo is privately owned and cannot be visited. It is a stately building with a chapel on its main facade.
What to see on the French Camino de Santiago from Sarria (Arzua-Pedrouzo Stage)
At this stage, we can highlight the Parish Church of San Verisimo, in the town of Ferreiros.
In Santa Irene we can visit the Chapel of the Saint, which gives its name to the town. Hermitage dedicated to this Portuguese Holy Martyr. It also highlights a baroque fountain that they say has healing properties for the skin.
We cannot miss the opportunity to taste the magnificent Arzúa tetilla cheese. Since 1989, this artisanal cheese, made from natural and whole cow's milk, has been named Produto Galego de Calidade. It is produced in all the towns of the Arzúa-Ulloa region: Arzúa, Curtis, Melide, O Pino, Santiso, Sobrado dos Monxes, Toques, Touro and Vilasantar (in the province of A Coruña) and Friol, Monterroso and Palas de Rei ( in the province of Lugo)
What to see on the French Camino de Santiago from Sarria (Pedrouzo Stage> Santiago de Compostela)
Before reaching Santiago, about 4 Kms approximately, the Monte de Gozo offers an incredible panoramic view of the city.
In Santiago de Compostela we find the most important monument on our entire route, the Cathedral of Santiago whose facade has been recently restored, dedicated to the Apostle Santiago. And as details of the Cathedral the following:
> It was consecrated in 1128 and is a good example of a pilgrimage church.
> Romanesque in style, with later Renaissance and Baroque elements from the XNUMXth century. XVIII. With a Romanesque Latin cross plan, it has three naves divided by semi-circular arches, tribune, transept and ambulatory.
> Highlight, from the teacher Mateo, the Porch of Glory, the best sample of Spanish Romanesque.
As a tradition, every pilgrim who wants and can, attends the mass at 12 and 19.30 in the Cathedral. In it, with a little luck, you will be able to see the magnificent botafumeiro in action. * Year 2019 and 2020 due to the works inside the Cathedral this mass will be held in other nearby churches. The Cathedral prepares its best galas for the next Holy Year 2021.
The entire old town is spectacular, it moves us without realizing medieval times. In he is the market of supplies of Santiago. On the other hand you can also know the surroundings of Santiago and perform excursions organized by the Costa da Morte and Rias Baixas.
Another tradition is the embrace of the image of the Apostle Santiago and the visit to his tumba.
It is a must visit the cathedral museum, as well as a visit to the roofs of the Cathedral.
The Monastery of San Martín Pinario, in front of the Plaza de la Azabachería.
The Cover of the Parador de los Reyes Católicos, in the Plaza del Obradoiro, which was founded as pilgrims hospital.
The entire old town is spectacular, it takes us without realizing it to medieval times. In it you will find the Mercado de Abastos de Santiago, the Galician Pavilion in the San Lázaro neighborhood, the illustrious Galician Pantheon (next to the museum), As Animas Chapel, Praza de Cervantes, the Casa de la Troya Museum, etc. .