Camino de Santiago - The Northern way

With the BONO IACOBUS you can explore the 7 stages of North Road and enjoy a wonderful landscape and lodge a rural house. The Northern Way is perhaps the most historical route, the first one that the pilgrims of all the European Christianity of that age take to reach Santiago de Compostela.


6 Nights Accommodation in quality B&B
Breakfast & Dinners
Transfer to/from the start/end of the Camino to the B&B each day
Travel insurance

Day 1: Ribadeo - Vilanova de Lourenza (28 km)
Day 2: Vilanova de Lourenza - Martiñan (33.8 km)
Day 3: Martiñan - Ponte de San Alberte (33.4 km)
Day 4: Ponte de San Alberte - Marco A Pias (28.6 km)
Day 5: Marco A Pias - Casaldoeiro (27.3 km)
Day 6: Casaldoeiro - A Rua (21.1 km)
Day 7: A Rua - Santiago de Compostela (20.7 km)

Price per person in single room: From 600.00 €
Price 2 people sharing double/twin room: From 800.00 €

✭ Luggage transfer from/to each B&B daily
✭ Private transfers from airport/hotel at the begining or end of the Camino
✭ Picnic lunch pack to be requested in each B&B
✭ Accommodaiton in Santiago

2 nights in a boutique hotel in Santiago with breakfast + dinner at a restaurant in the historical city centre + guided visit to the Cathedral roof tops
Price per person in single room: From 300.00 €
Price 2 people sharing double/twin room: From 400.00 €



Day 1:Ribadeo / Vilanova de Lourenzá - Stage 1 (28 Km)
The walker leaves Ribadeo passing by the football field, just in front you can see the Jacobean sign, and goes in the direction to the cemetery. After covering close to nine kilometers, almost all in ascent, the route arrives to Vilela. Once passing this village, the stage continues on plain ground to O Esfolado and then, climbing again, it will take us from here up to Vilamartín.
A descent of three long kilometers brings us over to Gondán, and walking up and then down through some very well signposted tracks, the route passes first through O Corveiro and reaches Vilanova de Lourenzá, town built up around the Benedictine monastery founded in the 10th century. Accommodation in O Cabazo da Curuxa.

Day 2: Vilanova de Lourenzá / Martiñán - Stage 2 (33.8 Km). The journey starts some kilometers away from the coast, in a mountainous region, and follows the southern direction towards the interior of Galicia. Due to these circumstances the population density decreases, and the distance of the stages between localities increases.
From Lourenzá you walk to San Pedro da Torre, and after overcoming a new slope you enter the city of Mondoñedo, the capital of one of the seven ancient provinces of the Kingdom of Galicia, which deserves a calm visit due to its history and the richness of its monuments.

Lousada is practically the only village that we will find from Mondoñedo to Abadín. This place is reached in ascent following a route that will lead us directly up to it. After attacking a strong ascent up to the top of the hill, it begins a pleasant way down to Gontán, which is the threshold of Abadín.

After leaving Abadín the way steps into A Terra Chá crossing the municipality of Vilalba. Along this road, the traveler enjoys a peaceful rural and cattle scene, as he walks through the parish of Castromaior and reaches the end of the stage at Martiñán.Accommodation in Casa Grande de Anllo.

Day 3: Martiñán / Ponte de San Alberte - Stage 3 (33.4 Km).The route follows on to Santiago of Goiriz with many examples of popular architecture like the Neogothic cemetery of the town. It continues on a practically plain territory till arriving to Vilalba, the heart of A Terra Chá, which is famous for its gastronomy (capons and cheese of San Simón) and it is also a strategic crossroad point defended by the Andrade’s fortress. Its powerful tower, nowadays transformed into a Parador de Turismo (“state-run tourist hotel”), is all that is left of its strong defensive system.

Day 4: Ponte San Alberte / Marco das Pías - Stage 4 (28.6 Km).The way continues through Santa Leocadia de Parga till it arrives to San Paio de Seixón whose Romanesque church still keeps its original porch with archivolts.
The route goes down softly reaching Miraz, located in the municipality of Friol, a place where it is still possible to contemplate a tower with battlements built on a square pattern of the 15th century, belonging to the ancient fortress of the Saavedra family. Close to this place there is another tower, that of San Paio of Narla which nowadays houses the section of ethnography of the Provincial Museum of Lugo. The next village to find going up the route is Marco das Pías, the fronteer between the provinces of Lugo and A Coruña. Accommodation in Hotel Bi-Terra.

Day 5: Marco das Pías / Casaldoeiro - Stage 5 (27.3 Km)
The path heads forward reaching the lagoon of Sobrado which is the threshold of Sobrado dos Monxes, and where the traveler can visit one of the most emblematic monasteries of Galicia. The route follows from here towards Castro, going down to Corredoiras and Gándara, the main village of the municipality of Boimorto. The stage ends in the outskirts of Arzúa, more specificly in the place of Casaldoeiro.Accommodation in Casa A Painza.

Day 6: Casaldoeiro / A Rúa - Stage 6 (21.1 Km)
Casaldoeiro links immediately with Arzúa, the point where the Northern Way and the French Way join up. In this town, famous for its cheeses with Protected Designation of Origin Arzúa-Ulloa, the route becomes urban and it is possible to visit the church of Santiago and the Magdalena’s chapel, which belonged to an ancient hospital for pilgrims.The centre of Arzúa is left behind between meadows and forests of oaks and eucalyptus that surround small villages with names as A Calzada (“roadway”) or A Calle (“street”) that denote a secular link with the Jacobean Way. After passing A Salceda, the route reaches Santa Irene’s hill, and the town of the same name. The walker goes on climbing to arrive to a picturesque village of medieval background, with stone houses, granaries and domestic kitchen gardens, called A Rúa. Accommodation in Casa Calvo.

Day 7: A Rúa / Santiago de Compostela - Stage 7 (20.7 Km).The last stage crosses Arca, the capital of the municipality of O Pino. In this region we can find many ruins of fortified cities belonging to celtic culture and a Romanesque bridge over the river Mera.The trip continues through a leafy forest footpath, passing A Lavacolla, and arriving to the surroundings of Santiago’s airport. The way stands climbing up to the Monte do Gozo (“Mount of Joy”), where it is possible to contemplate for the first time the extraordinary panoramic view of the city of Santiago and the towers of the Cathedral. From this point on it begins an urban trip that passes through the neighbourhoods of San Lázaro and Os Concheiros, continuing the Rúa de San Pedro, Porta do Camiño, Rúa das Casas Reais, Rúa das Ánimas and Rúa da Azabachería which finally leads into the Praza do Obradoiro.


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