Camino Sanabrés (The Sanabria Way)

Xunqueira de Ambía - Ourense

21 km Difficulty
You leave the colexiata de Santa María la Real to your left, go through Xunqueira de Ambía until the kilometre 0 of the OU-102 road. On the main road and taking the necessary detours, the Camino goes through the villages of A Pousa, Salgueiros and Gaspar.
You have to cross the railway lines and, after 7 kilometres from the starting point, you will go past Ousende, Penelas and Venda do Río to continue to A Castellana and into the industrial park of San Cibrao das Viñas. You then progress until Seixalbo, already in the municipality of Ourense, where you can see the church of San Breixo, its Praza Maior and its Plateresque cruceiros.
As you approach the city, there is a sign indicating the diversion to the public hostel, or else you can walk to the Praza Maior in Ourense. The provincial capital is traversed by the River Miño and its Ponte Vella; it has many attractions, such as the 12th-century cathedral. There you should not miss the Portico do Paraíso, an homage to the Portico of Glory in Santiago cathedral. The old town is very well preserved and lively, especially in the evenings.
There is also the beautiful 14th-century cloister of San Francisco, which used to be a Franciscan convent converted in the mid-19thcentury into army barracks. Although the cloister is currently closed, the convent has been refurbished to house a cultural centre, a pilgrims' hostel and an exhibition hall for sculptures of the Museo Arqueolóxico. Beside it, you will find the cemetery of San Francisco, where many relevant personalities are buried. This cemetery was declared a Spanish cultural site in 2000, and the Cloister was listed as a national monument in 1923.
Pilgrims must not leave the city without visiting the “Burgas”, natural hot springs which have been turned into bathing spots on the banks of the river. Some, such as “A Chavasqueira”, can be accessed for free.
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Tips from our postmen and women

 Antonio Bande, Correos of Ourense.

“In Ourense, you can find wonderful cafeterias where there are live concerts of some of the best international jazz bands, pictures of those who played there will simply amaze connoisseurs. In the Middle Ages, tunnels were dug to link the episcopal palace, today the archaeological museum, by the town hall, with the Cathedral. They led to the hill of San Francisco, nowadays an interesting neighbourhood, in case the priests had to flee. There is still a visible section of those tunnels, nowadays a café. I also recommend the tourist train that departs from the Praza Maior. You can also enjoy the hot springs of A Chavasqueira, O Muiño da Veiga and Outariz for free”. Antonio Bande, Correos of Ourense.

 

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.