At Way of Saint James from A Guarda each step is accompanied by a soft sea aroma that strengthens the mind and tests the body, heading to Santiago de Compostela. Mountains, valleys, streams and the Atlantic Ocean mark the route. Each curve of the Path leads us to an even more idyllic landscape than the previous one.
Stage 1: A Guarda - Oia Monastery (30 Kms)

In 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, 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 have been found archaeological deposits rich in utensils made by ancient settlers.

In Oia The Royal Monastery of Santa María de Oia deserves special attention, dating from the twelfth century.

Stage 2: Oia Monastery - Baiona (24 Kms)

In Baiona, highlight the Castle of Monterreal, current parador, as well as the Chapel of Sta.Liberata, the Old Collegiate Church of Sta. Maria, dating from the twelfth and fourteenth centuries, Romanesque style.

It is worth strolling through its historic center, since it was declared a historical and artistic ensemble by the Xunta de Galicia in 1993.

Other monuments to be highlighted are: Fonte de Ceta, the Cruise of the Santisima Trinidad, 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, civil architecture typical of Galicia inheritance of the Galician nobility of the Medievo, and we will go a little further into the Ría de Vigo.

In Santa Cristina de A Ramallosa, in Sabarís they emphasize their small bridges of S. XV, the Church and the Pazo de Cadaval.

In the parish of Matamá. The San Amaro Chapel and the Church of San Pedro stand out.

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 contemplate a Roman miliary that welcomes the pilgrim as it passes through the town, as well as its two viaducts of the second half of the s. XIX Stresses the pilgrim hostel, the House of Petán or Santa Teresa of s. XVII, the Church of Santiago and the Vilavella Convent.

Stage 5: Redondela - Pontevedra (19,8 Kms)

In Ponte Sampaio highlights its bridge of ten semicircular arches, as well as the Church of Santa Maria, of Romanesque origin of s. XII.

In Pontevedra highlights the Ponte do Burgo, which pilgrims cross when they leave the historic center. In the old town, the Shrine of the Pilgrim MTA stands out,  patron saint of the city, with scallop plant; in its interior the carvings of Santiago, San Roque and the Virgin with pilgrim habit stand out.

In the Plaza de la Ferreria, which is entered by the Porta do Camiño, is the Convent of San Francisco next to the Plaza de la

Estrella, with its Casa de Caras and the Gardens of Castro Sampedro.

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, which is why 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)

ANDn Padrón emphasizes the Church of Santiago of neoclassical style of S. XIX, the stamp 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", stone that is said to have been used to tie the boat in which the apostle Santiago, already dead, was moved from Palestine to the Galician coasts. It is, therefore, a symbol for many pilgrims.

The fountain of Carmen from the s. XVI, next to the Carmen convent.

The Church of Santa María de Hebrón, The Church of San Antonio de Hebrón.

The Collegiata de Iria Flavia.

The Hermitage of Santiaguiño. Its great attraction is to walk the Via Crucis of 136 steps to reach it. Inside is a stony 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, sprang up after striking the apostle with his staff.

Cruceiro de Fondo da Vila from the 15th Century.

Highlight the bridge of Santiago and the Roman bridge.

The Espolón promenade is a good place to relax.

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. Of Romanesque plant of Latin cross, counts on three ships divided by means arcs point, rostrum, cruise and ambulatory. Highlight, the teacher Matthew, the Portico de la Gloria, the best example of Spanish Romanesque.

As a tradition, every pilgrim who wants and can, attends the mass of 12  In the cathedral. In it, with a little luck, you can contemplate the magnificent botafumeiro in action. Another tradition is the embrace of the image of the Apostle James 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 hospital.

The whole old town is spectacular, it moves us without realizing it to the medieval era. In  he is the market of Supplies of Santiago.

The whole old town is spectacular, it moves us without realizing it to the medieval era. In  he is the market of Supplies of Santiago. On the other hand you can also know the vicinity of Santiago and perform excursions organized by Costa da Morte and Rias Baixas.

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