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Guide tour to San Andrés de Teixido

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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.

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Aceñas Mill

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.

Sequeiro Castro

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”

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Embade “cruceiro”

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.

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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.

“Fame” Chapel

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)

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Searching the highest waterfall in Galicia

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Land of ancient forests, monasteries and illustrious pazos

Weekend at the Deza

Where is it hidden?

The region of the Deza, in the province of Pontevedra, is very close to the zero kilometer of the Galician community, therefore it is bordering the provinces of A Coruña, Lugo and Ourense. Its homonymous river gives life to a multitude of natural spaces, being this the perfect refuge for one of its main tourist resources: the monastery of Carboeiro.

San Lorenzo de Carboeiro Monastery

Used for numerous times for films and documentaries, the Monastery of Carboeiro remains standing from the 10th century. At first it was a convent and the church was contracted two centuries later, standing out above the rest of the Romanesque buildings of the territory given its size and the care with which the main facade was elaborated. In this it was decided to highlight the elders of the Apocalypse, with certain touches of Gothic style, which was already breaking through the trends of the time.

As a curiosity, the legend says that here was  “the thorn of the crown of the lord very well worked, made of a blade of spear”, presumably being  stooled  in the mid-sixteenth century .

Toxa Waterfall

Just a few kilometers away we can find a spectacle of nature: the Fervenza del Toxa River, considered the highest waterfall in Galicia. In an idyllic setting, the Atlantic forest predominates, with species such as oaks, maples, chestnuts, laurels, etc. All this place was declared a Site of Community Importance.

Hiking route

To conclude, there is a route of approximately 6 kilometers that joins both points: the monastery of Carboeiro and the Fervenza, being therefore the perfect way to enjoy all this dream environment. It is a well signposted path, with information of the route in different points, being able to begin it in any of the two places of interest and existing ample parking to leave our vehicles.

Pazo de Oca, the “Galician Versalles”

The Galician Versailles? In fact, this great baroque style “pazo” has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest. Its flowered gardens and ponds cover about 8 hectares, and can be visited throughout the year both these and the interior of the pazo with a specialized guide. At the moment it belongs to the house of the Medinaceli, sheltering two arboreal labyrinths and several species of camellias and lime trees.

 

Cinematic scenario

Pedro Almodovar is not immune to the pazo’s charms, filming some of the scenes from the movie “La Piel que habito” in his gardens.

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5 Curiosities of the Santiago Way

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Organized Saint James Way

History facts

The tradition of the English Way goes back to the Middle Ages, when the departmental city of Ferrol began to position itself on the world map given its strategic position. With a safe harbor, protected by the shelter of the estuary, sailors and pilgrims, especially from northern Europe, disembarked on this corner of the Atlantic. That is the reason why today it is known by this name, since mainly the most assiduous to this landing were the inhabitants of Britain.

 

The dark side of the Way

After the rise of the Way in the fifteenth and sixteenth century were many who tried to take advantage of this pull. On one side, there were the thieves specialized in confusing the pilgrim and lead him to small trafficked roads and thus commit the theft. Also began to be very common deception by owners of pubs, charging exorbitant prices to foreigners. This situation worsened in such a way that Felipe II himself and his court, alarmed by the picaresque of some, decided to apply harsh sanctions to those who tried to take advantage of the pilgrims.

 

The Original One

Despite what many may think, the first documented Jacobean route is the Primitive Way. Specifically, this is one of the first most illustrious pilgrimages: the King Alfonso II the Chaste walked from Oviedo to visit the newly discovered Apostle’s burial. It is one of the hardest, since it has numerous slopes, joining the French route in the last kilometers.

 

Beware of the signs

In addition to the already famous yellow arrows, another of the distinctive elements of the Camino are the landmarks or milestones, representing a shell or scallop that indicates the correct direction. Outside the Galician community, you should follow the direction where the lines meet, theoretically representing this point the city of Compostela and the lines of the different roads. In contrast, in Galicia presents the opposite form, we must follow the direction with the most spaced lines.

Devotion to Father Valiña

Besides the Saint, the pilgrims should owe devotion to Father Valiña, promoter and propagator of the Jacobean culture since the 20th century. Specifically, between the 70s and 80s he fullfiled the task of loading his small car with yellow paint cans and proceeded to signaling the main routes. In addition, he was the promoter of Friends of the Way Associations and to incentivate the Jacobeo year of 1993, a key year since the numbers of pilgrims have not stopped increasing exponentially.

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Galician forest: Ancares

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Located in the border between Galicia and Castilla y León, we find ourselves in one of the most authentic and virgin areas of the country. Plagued by wide valleys, mighty rivers and thousand-year-old peaks, the Ancares region acts as a natural border between the Bierzo region and the Galician community.

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The “Pallozas”

Inhabited by Celtic tribes, traditional elements and customs inherited from its ancient inhabitants, such as the famous O Cebreiro pallozas, are still preserved here. It is the most well-known locality in this area, housing the largest number of this type of traditional buildings in the entire valley. In a circular way and built with stone and straw, it served to shelter both families and animals, an ancestral source of heat. Its roof, made with very dense and cone-shaped straw, served to conserve the heat of the room and prevent the accumulation of snow, which is very common at these levels.

Nowadays we can visit some of them as they have been transform as museums, after being declared  Ethnographic Ensemble and open-air museum, being able to appreciate the customs and everyday tools used in this mountain area.

 

Trekking

One of the main attractions of this whole area are the multiple tourism alternatives. In particular, one of the most spectacular hiking routes is the ascensiong of Tres Bispos. It is a circular route of just under 20 km, perfect to spend a day breathing the pure mountain air. Starting from the hostel of the Ancares, we will pass through Campa de Ortigoso and Campa dos Bispos, places full of hundred-year-old oaks, to reach the almost 1,800 meters high of the summit. The amazing views from the top allow us to remember ancient feats, being able to glimpse at its maximum splendor the Sierra de Ancares with the peaks two Charcos and the Cursed Cone. On the horizon you can also see several peaks: Somiedo, Peña Ubiña and Leitariegos, reaching to see the city of Ponferrada in the distance. Read more