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Although there are several paths and alternatives to carry out the Way, in this case we will focus on the Camiño Viejo (Old Way), which starts in Narón and specifically, begin in the Monastery of O Couto. Here we unpack some of the main points of interest that we will discover before reaching the top of San Andres.
O Couto Monastry
This church and monastery of Romanesque style was founded in the 8th century by the order of Cluny, famous for supporting and offering assistance to the pilgrims who came to Santiago and San Andrés de Teixido. The legend affirms that there has a tunnel under the monastery that connected to the other side of the estuary, used by the monks to leave without being seen.
Built in the 18th century as a flour factory, it is one of the largest tidal mills in Galicia. This gave service to the incipient naval industry, supplying the whole region. Such was his activity that he was granted the title of Royal Factory, thus obtaining benefits with the crown.
Located in the place that gives its name, this settlement of the Iron Age measured about 140 meters, currently retaining only one wall in the west. Currently serves as agricultural land, being other enclosures of this type in the vicinity.
Pazo Libunca (Libunca Manor House)
This impressive building was built in 1922 by the famous Catalan architect Juan Roig for the Montenegro family, following the style of the Belle Époque. In addition to its architecture and gardens, it has one of the best Talavera ceramic collections of the time, designed by Juan Ruíz de Luna. It is also known as “chalet de Cabezas”
This will be the first of the multiple “cruceiros” that we will meet on our Camino to San Andrés. Formerly used to signal a crossroads, this type of banner was used to protect the pilgrims from the evils that might lurk on their route. In this area, the legend says that there was an “abalar” stone, a large rock associated with the Jacobean route that was used for curative and divinatory purposes.
A Frouxeira beach
In the village of Valdoviño, this three-kilometer-long sandy area is part of a natural complex consisting of a lagoon with a large presence of unique flora and fauna. In addition to its obvious natural beauty, this beach is famous for the quality of its waters, which are attributed “healing qualities” for, for example, rheumatic symptoms.
Megalithic necropolis “Monte dos Nenos”
In the parish of Sedes, this place has more than 3,000 years of history. It includes remains of several megalithic buildings and forts.
Church of Saint Peter of the Loire
Surrounded by the reservoir that supplies the city of Ferrol, As Forcadas, this old church with an advocation to San Pedro preserves its representative late Gothic style dome.
This chapel was originally not in this place, being moved in the late nineteenth century by order of the priest of the parish. The pilgrims had stopped using this route to save a few kilometers along the way of Basteiros, assuming a considerable loss of income for the Church. So they decided to expand and move part of the temple. It receives this name for one of its altarpieces, in which “fame e a preguiza” (hunger and laziness) is represented.
Porto do Cabo village
Its medieval bridge stands out, which welcomes us to the village of Cedeira. In the past, some village women known as “caldupeiras” sold hot broths to pilgrims, encouraging them in their final stage. In addition we can see several typical Galician buildings of the sixteenth and seventeenth century, including the Casa da Bastona.
Chapel of San Roque de Reboredo
Built in the 17th century, this parish church was founded by Simón de Aneiros, and was very frequented by the pilgrims and hermits of the area as a stop on his Way to San Andrés.
Final viewpoint spot
It is tradition before ascending the last meters to San Andrés to leave a stone in one of the “milladoiros” in the vicinity of the cruceiro. Tradition says that this way, on Judgment Day, we will know that we have made a pilgrimage to San Andrés since, as the legend says: “to San Andrés de Teixido vai de morto quen non foi de vivo” (To San Andrés de Teixido goes from dead who has not gone live)