Route Terras do Miño

Way of Saint James

NORTHERN WAY COAST

Characteristics:The Northern Way is perhaps the most historic route, being the first pilgrims from all European
Christianity of the time take to reach Santiago de Compostela. The origin of the pilgrimage route following the Cantabrian coast dates back to the immediate aftermath of the discovery of the tomb of the apostle, in the IX century. Until in the XI-XII centuries, the Spanish monarchs encouraged the French Way, the Northern Way was one of the most important. This generated an international current in the sanctuaries Oviedo and Santiago de Compostela, and amongst these pilgrims on this route the figure of St. Francis of Assisi, who made a pilgrimage in 1214, stands out.
ALBERGUE DE GONTÁN (Inn of Gontán)
Address:Gontán
Capacity:26 places
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Services offered:Laundry / Washing machine / Heating / Refrigerator / Hot Water / Showers / Toilets / Lockers or cabinets / First aid kit / Water and soda machine / Coffee machine / Clothes Rack / Kitchen / Meeting lounge / Dining room / Terrace / Public Phone / Bicycle parking / Barn or stables.
Phone:626 72 80 88
ALBERGUE DE VILALBA (Inn of Vilalba)
Address:Polígono industrial de Villalba. Zona Cruz Roja
Capacity:48 places
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Services offered:Laundry / Heating / Hot water / Showers / Toilets / First aid kit / Clothes Rack / Kitchen / Meeting lounge / Dining room / Bicycle parking / Barn or stables.
Phone:659 49 49 69
ALBERGUE DE MIRAZ (Inn of Miraz)
Address:Miraz s/n
Capacity:14 places
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Phone:982 19 49 33

NORTHERN INLAND WAY

Characteristics:This route was followed by Galician from the north, travellers arriving at the port of Ribadeo, and
who preferred to wade across the inlet of the Eo. They crossed the Eo across the disappeared bridge of San Tirso de Abres, followed by Saldoiriña, Hervelle, Veiga da Pada and Mines de Boulloso until Vilaodrid, to the current A Pontenova, where we can see the old kilns for processing minerals extracted from the mines, unique industrial plant in Galicia. In this section, the road is mostly abandoned, but the route of the mining railway can be used as an alternative. From Vilaodrid, the road is lost at different points, and in others, it joins the road. It stops by Salmean and Vilaxe and continues by Xudan, whose houses form a picturesque street set. It continues towards Beche and Casa do Mariñeiro to Regocorto. Later, path and road overlap until Santa Comba de Orrea. From here, it goes up to Leiras, Paredes and Pena along forest tracks leading to Meira. This section is part of a north-south passage called “via regia” ("royal road"), becoming actual path used by the trade in salt and iron. The Cistercian monastery of Santa María de Meira, was founded in the mid-twelfth century. The splendid church has a Latin cross plan with a great development in their nave and transepts and five chapels in the header. The nave and transept are covered with a pointed barrel vault. The point of greatest height facilitates a direct illumination through windows on the side and formeret arches. Their capitals served as models for buildings erected in Lugo around 1200. The ironwork of its main door is worth mentioning. The temple was made around 1185 and was completed in the early thirteenth century. Nothing remains of the medieval monastic buildings, replaced by others that were demolished from the second half of the nineteenth century, some fragments can be seen in different homes in the area. From Meira, the pilgrims' route has disappeared from the land consolidation and the destruction of the old road network. Although references and fragments that permit the reconstruction of its way through the population are kept. At the bridge of the Chanca, it was connected with the way of Fonsagrada, entering it in Lugo. It is possible that between Viladonga and Lugo some pieces of Roman road was used. Viladonga with its Romanized “castro” (ancient fortress), is an important landmark for the traveller interested in history and the romanization of Gallaecia. In it, part of its grid plan can be seen, in their homes, and the objects found in archaeological excavations. Along this route fountains, so useful for the pilgrim, abound.

PRIMITIVE WAY

Characteristics:SThis is the first pilgrims' itinerary to Santiago de Compostela. The Primitive Way to Compostela was
employed by the first devotees, arrived from the rising Asturian kingdom. This route was possibly followed by King Alfonso II “the Chaste”, from the capital of the kingdom of Asturias, in Oviedo, to the tomb of Saint James, in the first third of the IX century. This monarch was crucial to confirm as belonging to the Apostle Saint James the remains found in Compostela, beyond sponsoring the foundation of the first church in the emerging city and help organize the primitive apostolic worship. It was possibly a safe and popular route until, in the X century, the current French Way is consolidated from Leon, the new capital of the Kingdom. Even so, the route continued to be an important alternative, especially for the spiritual value that certain pilgrims gave to the collection of relics of the Cathedral of San Salvador in Oviedo and the basilica of Lugo, with its permanent exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

ALBERGUE DE LUGO (Inn of Lugo)
Address:Rúa Nóreas, 1
Capacity:44 places
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Services offered:Laundry / Heating / Hot water / Showers / Toilets / First aid kit / Clothes Rack / Kitchen / Meeting lounge/ Dining room / Terrace.
Phone:618 425 578
ALBERGUE DE SAN ROMAO DE RETORTA (Inn of San Romao de Retorta)
Address:San Romao de Retorta
Capacity:12 places
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Services offered:Laundry / Heating / Hot water / Showers / Toilets / Lockers or cabinets / First aid kit / Water and soda machine / Coffee machine / Clothes Rack / Kitchen.
Phone:628 17 34 56