What to see: Road from A Guarda to Santiago
Stage 1: A Guarda - Oia Monastery (30 Kms)
At this stage, the natural landscape of great beauty will be mixed, with cultural elements of great interest such as the Castro de Santa Tecla or the Monastery of Oia.
A Guarda, a fishing village, where the Plaza do Reló and the Church of Santa María stand out, as well as its port.
In Fedorento and Area Grande, archaeological sites rich in utensils made by former settlers have been found.
In Oia The Royal Monastery of Santa María de Oia deserves special attention, dating from the XNUMXth century.
Stage 2: Oia Monastery - Baiona (24 Kms)
In Baiona, the Castle of Monterreal, the current hostel, as well as the Chapel of St. Librata, the Old Collegiate Church of Santa Maria dating from the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, in Romanesque style, stand out.
It is worth walking through its historic center, since it was declared a Historic Artistic Site by the Xunta de Galicia in 1993.
Other monuments to highlight are: Fonte de Ceta, the Holy Trinity Cruise, the Ponte O Burgo and the Fonte do Pombal.
Stage 3: Baiona - Vigo (24 Kms)
During the tour, we will find a good number of pazos, typical civil architecture of Galicia inheritance of the Galician nobility of the Middle Ages, and we will enter a little more in the Ría de Vigo.
In Santa Cristina de A Ramallosa, in Sabarís Its small bridges of the XNUMXth century, the Church and the Pazo de Cadaval stand out.
In the parish of Matamá. They emphasize the Chapel of San Amaro and the Church of San Pedro.
In Vigo, the Pazo Quiñones de León and its gardens are a must. The Church of the Peaks or the Immaculate.
Stage 4: Vigo - Redondela (18,75 Kms)
Redondela, located at one end of the Vigo estuary, in which the island of San Simón emerges. We can see a Roman miliary who welcomes the pilgrim as he passes through the town, as well as his two viaducts from the second half of the s. XIX. The pilgrim hostel, Casa de Petán or Santa Teresa of the s. XVII, the Church of Santiago and the Convent of Vilavella.
Stage 5: Redondela - Pontevedra (19,8 Kms)
In Ponte Sampaio stands out its bridge of ten semicircular arches, as well as the Church of Santa María, of Romanesque origin of s. XII.
In Pontevedra, the Ponte do Burgo stands out, which the pilgrims cross when they leave the historic center. The Sanctuary of the Pilgrim Virgin stands out in the old town, patron of the city, with scallop plant; Inside, the carvings of Santiago, San Roque and La Virgen with pilgrim habits stand out.
In the Plaza de la Ferreria, which is entered through the Porta do Camiño, is the Convent of San Francisco next to the Plaza de la
Estrella, with its House of Faces and the Castro Sampedro Gardens.
Stage 6: Pontevedra - Caldas de Rei (21,9 Kms)
At the entrance of Caldas de Rei the Church of Santa María, of Romanesque origin. The Church of Santo Tomas Becket, built in 1890, the Church of Santa Maria de Bemil, San Andrés de César and San Esteban de Saiar, all of Romanesque origin.
One of the great attractions that the town has is that it is bathed by the Umia and Bermaña rivers, which can be crossed by pilgrims thanks to its Roman bridges. Its waters have therapeutic properties, so there are numerous spas in the town. In the Plaza stands out the public fountain known as Las Burgas, which is a good place to stop to cool off in its medicinal waters.
Stage 7: Caldas de Rei - Padron (21,9 Kms)
En Padrón highlights the Church of Santiago in neoclassical style of the XNUMXth century, the seal of the church shows the scene of the arrival of the body of Santiago to the port of Padrón. Under the main altar is "El Pedrón", a stone that is said to have served to tie the boat in which the apostle Santiago, already dead, was moved from Palestine to the Galician coast. It is, therefore, a symbol for many pilgrims.
The source of Carmen of the s. XVI, next to the convent of Carmen.
The Church of Saint Mary of Hebron, The Church of Saint Anthony of Hebron.
The Collegiate Church of Iria Flavia.
The Hermitage of Santiaguiño. Its great attraction is to travel the Via Crucis of 136 steps to reach it. Inside there is a stone image of the Saint, as well as a group of rocks where the Apostle preached. Under the Hermitage is the fountain that, according to tradition, sprouted after hitting the apostle with his staff.
The Cruceiro de Fondo da Vila del S. XV.
Highlight the Santiago bridge and the Roman bridge.
The Espolón promenade is a good place for a relaxing stroll.
Stage 8: Padron - Santiago (18,5 Kms)
In Santiago de Compostela we find the most important monument of our entire route, the Cathedral of Santiago, 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. Romanesque with a Latin cross, it has three naves divided by semicircular arches, grandstand, cruise ship and ambulatory. To emphasize, of the teacher Mateo, the Portico de la Gloria, the best sample of the Spanish Romanesque
As a tradition, every pilgrim who wants and can attend the Mass of 12 In the cathedral. In it, with a little luck, you can see the magnificent botafumeiro in action. Another tradition is the embrace of 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 Cover of the Parador de los Reyes Católicos, in the Plaza del Obradoiro, which was founded as a pilgrim's hospital.
The entire old town is spectacular, it moves us without realizing medieval times. In he is the market of supplies of Santiago.
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.