Camino del Norte (The Northern Way)
Camino del Norte (The Northern Way)

Gontán - Vilalba

24 km Difficulty
This section starts again on the N-634 towards Abadín. Footpaths and tar roads alternate through Ponterroxal, O Rei and Candia until you cross the River Arnela, towards the village of Martiñán, where there is a nice bridge on the Camino and where you would have completed half of the day’s walk.

You continue until Goiriz and then on gravel roads, partly overlapping the main road until you reach the pilgrims’ hostel of Vilalba, 2 kilometres away from the town centre. This town is the capital of the Terra Cha, a district where cattle rearing is the main source of income. There you can visit the Torre dos Andrade, with an octagonal-shaped floor plan, erected in the 15th century. This is the only remaining part of the feudal castle that used to stand there, and it is nowadays a Parador.

Despite the fact that the area of A Terra Cha does not have much architectural heritage, it has plenty of restaurants and food festivals, its most important attraction.

Here you can enjoy a series of food festivals all year round (but mainly in the summer) – almost one every week.

There are, for example, the Capon Festival in Vilalba, cheese of San Simón and the Roscón de Améndoa (almond-based sweet). You can also enjoy free tapas if you have a drink in any bar or tavern and, depending on the time of the year, you can vote for the best “pincho” in town.

The area is also famous for its delicious grilled local meat and many visitors come from other areas to eat here.
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Tips from our postmen and women

Fidel Lamas, Correos of Vilalba.

“For a long time now, the capital of the Terra Cha, Vilalba, has been famous for its nightlife, with many bars and clubs that attract people from the area and even other provinces”. Fidel Lamas, Correos of Vilalba.

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Transfer Rucksack

 

We transfer your rucksack

So that you can travel light along the Camino de Santiago

 

We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from your accommodation at one stage to the next!! This way, your walk is more comfortable, your bag is lighter and you can enjoy every step of the Camino. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.

Send Bicycle

 

Bicycle transportation services 

We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point

 

Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any branch of Correos. Once you finish the Camino de Santiago you can go to the nearest post office and send it back home again. Your bicycle will be insured and we package your bike without disassembling it.

Send luggage to Santiago

 

Luggage transfer

For everything you want in or out of your rucksack 

 

With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point along the Camino (hostels, hotels, branches of Correos, etc) so that you have your personal belongings when you arrive. You can therefore have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you carry along the Way. You can also send back whatever you have in your daily rucksack that you no longer need.

Prepaid Payment Card

 

Prepaid Card

So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino 

 

Correos offers a prepaid card that is not linked to a bank account. In this way, you can defort walk the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You only have to put the money on the card that you are going to need and then top up again if your balance is low. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.

 

Pilgrimage Stamps

 

Stamping Your Credential

So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport 

Branches of Correos along the Camino de Santiago stamp your Credential or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of these stamps represent important tourist attractions from that particular place to help you remember your jorney.

 

Send Parcels

 

Sending parcels along the Camino de Santiago 
 

Send your parcels without having to go along to a branch of Correos!

 

You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred branches of CORREOS located along the Camino de Santiago and additionally from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodation from where you can send parcels any time of the day. This service will help you to get rid of things from your luggage that you no longer need. You can also buy souvenirs or some typical products without having to worry about carrying them with you. 
 

 

Luggage Storage

 

Lockers in Santiago

So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city

Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike or trekking pole before you go into the Cathedral or you can wander around Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.

Correos Offices

 

Correos Branches

To help you with anything you may need 

 

We have over 150 branches of Correos along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.