What to see: Last 100 km
In Barbadelo and Ferreiros we have two Romanesque churches, the Church of Santiago (Barbadelo) and the Church of Santa María (Ferreiros).
Portomarín It is a beautiful town bathed by the Belesar reservoir, in which the ancient city is submerged (which can be seen in summer with the lowest flow of the river). The town is divided into two neighborhoods: San Nicolas and San Pedro. Do not miss the visit to the Chapel of the Virgen de las Nievesas well as the great church-fortress of San Nicolás, erected by the monks-knights of the order of St. John of Jerusalem in the s. XII. The church was built by a workshop of disciples of Master Mateo. Portomarín produces one of the most recognized aguardiente in Galicia and an annual party is celebrated.
The Romanesque facade of the St. Peter's Church, the Pazo de Berbetoros, from the s. XVII, and the Pazo del Conde da Maza, from the s. XVI, are other of the many attractions that you can find in this beautiful town.
In Gonzar, we can visit the most important monument of this town: The Parish of Santa María.
In Castromaior, there is the small Church of Santa María, simple and rough Romanesque style but very well preserved. In its interior they emphasize a Romanesque carving of the Virgin and an altarpiece of s. XVI.
In Bandages of Narón, we can see the Chapel of the Magdalena.
The Church of Santiago, in Ligonde, of neoclassical style, conserves the Romanesque cover of its predecessor. Just before entering the town, you will find the cruceiro de Lameiros (1670), where the four sides of the base represent the Calvary or the death of Jesus (hammer, nails, thorns and skulls), while on the cross it surprises the relief of motherhood or life.
In San Xulián do Camiño we find the Parish Church of San Xulián, Romanesque temple of the s. XI.
In Leboreiro we can see the Romanesque church of Santa María, where the tympanum of the cover and the wall paintings of the XVI century stand out.
In Disicabo highlight the small medieval bridge of the Magdalena.
At the entrance of Furelos we find a splendid medieval bridgel of four eyes. Next to her Parish Church of San Juan.
Next to Palas de Rei, is the Church of Vilar de Donas Romanesque style, former Priory of the Order of Santiago. Data of S.XIII. The Latin Cross Church has three vaulted apses and a transept vault. In the interior we can see several tombs of important knights of the Order of Santiago, as well as well preserved frescoes. It is one of the best-known examples of Galician Romanesque linked to the Camino.
The Castle of Pambre, located in Ulloa, is one of the best examples of medieval military architecture that exists in Galicia. It was built at the end of S. XIV by D. Gonzalo Ozores de Ulloa. The castle is located in a rocky area. It is surrounded by a defensive wall of about 5 m. of thickness. It is accessed by a small semi-circular door. Square with four towers at the corners and the tower of the Tribute in the center. Inside we find the Chapel of S. Pedro.
In Melide, of course, we can not pass by 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. It is worth mentioning the Church of Sancti Spiritus and the Romanesque temple of Santa María.
At the same time we highlight the Cross of Melide that they say dates from Century XIX and say that it can be oldest of all the Galician region. Next to this magnificent cruceiro we find the Chapel of San Roque (Romanesque jewel) and that many have found it similar with the current € 10 bill. 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 we can say that the arcades and columns of the door of this Melide chapel lean on the purity and perfection of the Romanesque style. Do you see the resemblance?
In Sobrado dos Monxes, in lands of Melide, is located Monastery of Santa María de Sobrado dos Monxes, is one of the main monasteries of medieval origin of the province of A Coruña and of all Galicia. It is believed that it dates from the SX, since several writings have been found where it is cited. It has undergone numerous reforms from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. To this day the 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 seventeenth century, baroque style. Stresses the spectacular facade with two slender towers. Everything inside is worthy of admiration. The Monastery conserves three cloisters. It was declared a National Historic Artistic Monument.
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 Church of pre-Romanesque style consists of a nave. On the triumphal arch is a Romanesque carving of a calvary dating from the XIII century.
In Ribadixo do Baixo, after passing the bridge of medieval origin, the Ribadixo hospital, the last historical space that remained open to the service of the pilgrim. In the recreation area of Ribadixo we can make a stop on the way to refresh our feet in the river.
In Arzúa, highlights the Church of Santiago, with the Gothic Chapel of the Magdalena, belonging to a missing hospital. Along with a carballeira also highlights the chapel of A Mota.
And about 5 km away from the Camino, the Pazo de Brandeso, where Valle-inclan placed part of his novel Sonata de otoño. The Pazo is privately owned and can not be visited. It is a stately building with a chapel on its main façade.
In this stage, we can highlight the Parish Church of San Verisimo, In the town of Ferreiros.
In Saint Irene we can visit the Chapel of the Saint, that gives name to the locality. Hermitage dedicated to this Portuguese Santa Martyr. It also highlights a baroque fountain which they say possesses healing properties for the skin.
We can not miss the opportunity to taste the magnificent Arzúa tetilla cheese. Since 1989, this artisan cheese, made from natural and whole cow's milk, is called the Galego de Calidade Produto. It occurs in all concellos of the Arzúa-Ulloa region: Arzúa, Curtis, Melide, O Pine, Santiso, Sobrado dos Monxes, Toques, Touro and Vilasantar (in the province of A Coruña) e Friol, Monterroso e Palas de Rei (in the province of Lugo)
Before arriving in Santiago, about 4 Kms, the Mount of Gozo It offers an incredible panoramic view of the city.
In Santiago de Compostela we find the most important monument of our entire route, the Santiago's cathedral, dedicated to the Apostle Santiago.
It was consecrated in the year 1128 and is a good example of a pilgrimage church.
Romanesque style, with later Renaissance and Baroque elements of the s. XVIII. Of Romanesque plant of Latin cross, counts on three ships divided by means arcs point, rostrum, cruise and ambulatory.
Highlight, from teacher Mateo, the Portico de la Gloria, the best example of Spanish Romanesque.
As a tradition, every pilgrim who wants and can attend the mass of 12 and 19.30 in the Cathedral. In it, with a little luck, you can contemplate the magnificent botafumeiro in action. * Year 2019 because of the works inside the Cathedral this Mass will be held in other nearby churches.
Another tradition is the embrace the image of the apostle Santiago and the visit to his crypt.
It is a must visit the museum of the same, as well as the visit to the roofs of the Cathedral.
The Monastery of San Martín Pinario, in front of the Plaza de la Azabachería.
The Front page of the Parador de los Reyes Católicos, in the Plaza del Obradoiro, which was founded as a hospital for pilgrims.
The whole old town is spectacular, it moves us without realizing it to the medieval era. In it is the Food Market of Santiago, Galician Pavilion in the neighborhood of San Lázaro, Panteón de Gallegos illustrious (adjoining the museum), Chapel of As Animas, Praza de Cervantes, the Museum of the House of Troy, etc.