THE NORTH ROUTE

The origin of pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela by the asturias – galician coast road begins immediately after the discovery of the tomb of Santiago el Mayor (around 820 AD).

The galician route leg is contains signals all along its 170 km, between Ribadeo and Santiago, with a lots of stones decorated with ceramic scallop shells, and offers the pilgrim an important information: the kilometer point of its position .In addition of the famous yellow arrow, this stones help to identify the Route without difficulties, because they are located in strategic zones, like crossroads and deviations.

The city of Ribadeo, an important touristic enclave and municipio´s capital, is the starter point of the North Route, wich enters east of Galicia. Ribadeo is like the entrance door of the most septentrional pilgrimage route and permits the link between the sanctuaries of Oviedo and Santiago; it´s important to remenber that between the XIII and the XVIII centuries it was considered “the Defense of The Cantabric “.

At the exit of the city coast, we must go to Obe, in order walk to the Santa Cruz mount, where we can find the ermitage of Santa Cruz.

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The North Route continues to Vilela, Cedofeita, Lourenza, Cubelas, Vilamartin, Vilanova, Gondan and Curveiro. The Route continues it course via San Nicolas chapel and other places to see such as Longaras, San Esteban, Trapa…

Leaving Vilanova de Lourenzá, the old Saint James´s North Route uses the medieval Route “ de la brea “: an axle Route proceding from Asturias in the direction of Lugo, and the Route enters in Mondoñedo by the medieval and evocative Ponte do Pasa Tempo.

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The city of Mondoñedo is a galician episcopal see with a major cultural tradition, and unique historic nucleus in Galicia. The Route passes by the district of Os Muiños, rua de Sindin (1328), wich communicates with the urban nucleus and , represented the real Route to enter the city. In Mondoñedo there exists historic buildings like churchs, hospitals or palaces, embellishing streets and city places.

Near Mondoñedo there is the San Martiño de Vila lourente´s convent, “ Os picos “ (XVIII century). Vilalba already compites with the charm of Lugos city, and allows to take a shorter way to Compostela. This medieval Route proceeds from Mondoñedo to the littles localties of San Caetano by Valiñarides and Mariz.The medieval Route continues along the valley bed, bathing by the river Valiñadares, passing by Valiña, Pacios et lousada…

The Route continues until Pé da Ponte, Gontán, Ponbecende and enters in the city of Abadín. From Abadín, the Road passes by the land of Cha through Castromaior, Goiriz, Ponterroxa, crossing by a medieval bridge the river of Arnela, return to Castromaior and passes by the magnificent bridge of Pontvelle, which directs the pilgrims through a depopulated area. The Route continues until Santiago passing by the little village O Frances (toponym clearly connected to the Santiago´s pilgrimage phenomenon), continues until As Chonzas then enters in Vilalba. From Vilalba, the Road proceeds in the direction of Baamonde. There the pilgrim must take the exit of Baamonde by N-VI, parallel to the railway and the river Parga to arrive at Santa Leocadia de Parga.

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The Route proceeds to Ponte Leijosa and arrives at Santiago de Miraz, Pedramaior and Marco das Pias, out Lugo´s province. From here, through Esgueva, we arrive at Sobrado dos Monxes (A Coruña) and at Carelle. After we encontrering Corredoiras where we pass by a crossroads before join Boimorto and Gandara.

Finally the North Route unites with the French in the city of Arzúa.

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