Camino del Norte (The Northern Way)

Ribadeo - Lourenzá

30 km Difficulty
After leaving Ribadeo from the Calle San Lázaro, you will reach a football pitch on the main road. You have to go towards the cemetery to go up to the neighbourhood of Pastoriza de Obe. From there you will already see the road signs to Vilela. In Vilar, you have to take a forest track, but if it is raining you should avoid it and get to A Ponte de Arante along the LU-133.

The Camino goes through a wood and into the municipality of Barreiros; from up there you can see the grazing fields and cattle, in a small valley traversed by the River Porto Bragán, where you will find the village of Vilamartín Pequeno and, on the other slope, Vilamartín Grande. Pilgrims have to cross the river and climb a steep stretch leading to Vilamartín Grande, to the left of the Capilla del Carmen. 

If you follow the Camino, before descending towards Gondán, you may enjoy great views from the hilltop of Vilamartín Grande, a sort of viewpoint from where you can see the entire valley of Cabarcos, including San Xulián and San Xusto. In Gondán (S. Xulián de Cabarcos) you will find a small chapel honouring the Virgen del Pilar and, just beside it, the fountain of Cimadevilla, where pilgrims usually stop to quench their thirst.

You continue descending towards the area of S. Xusto de Cabarcos, crossing the River Puxigo. You then leave the tar road and take a path to the Church. There you will see the cruceiro (stone cross) where the Chapel of Buen Suceso used to be until it was destroyed in 1984. You continue down to O Corveiro and from there onwards you will see plenty of Camino signs. After a short but steep climb, you will cross the Ponte da Pedra, a medieval bridge, to enter Vilanova de Lourenzá, with the chapel of Santa Cruz just by the football pitch. Lourenzá is famous for its “faba de Lourenzá”, a kind of bean. 
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Tips from our postmen and women

 José Alvarez, Correos of Lourenzá.

“In Lourenzá, you must not miss the 10th-century monastery with its 6th-century marble tomb, a unique piece. The most remarkable feature is its Baroque façade, designed by the same architect who designed the Obradoiro façade in Santiago, Compostela-born architect Fernando Casas Novoa. You can visit the Fortaleza de Tovar in San Tomé, a fortress open from April to October from 10 to 13 and from 16 to 20 hours and from November to March from 10 to 14, or go for a walk along the Paseo Fluvial and the recreation area of A Cazolga (Lourenzá)”. José Alvarez, Correos of Lourenzá.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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. 
 

 

 

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 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.