Cammino Sanabrese

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.

I consigli del postino

“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.