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From Betanzos to Ortigueira Route...

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The route we propose is of low difficulty with the help of a vehicle and includes short journeys on foot. It is suitable for everyone and ideal to do as a family. It takes an estimated three days. The time distribution should just be taken as an example as each person can be vary it according to preferences.

Route for Day 1

Our route begins in Betanzos, the "Ciudad de los Caballeros" (City of Knights).

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  • O Pasatempo Park - Betanzos

    O Pasatempo Park - Betanzos

    The work of rich "indianos" (Spaniards returning from America), the García Naveira brothers, the Betanzos park is a curious example of an attempt to ward off the difficulties in access to health, educational and cultural services in their homeland by means of charitable works...

  • Monastery of Santa María de Monfero

    Monastery of Santa María de Monfero

    Cistercian monastery, made up of a church, chapterhouse, side chapels, baptistry, gatehouse, three cloisters, refectory and kitchen, founded by King Alfonso VII at the beginning of the 11th century...

  • Fragas do Eume

    Fragas do Eume

    A luxuriant mixed forest regarded to be one of the most extensive forests on the Galician coast..

  • Monastery of Caaveiro

    Monastery of Caaveiro

    Romanesque Monastery from the 11th century. The reduced plot and the considerable gradient condition the architectonic structure of the construction: the grading into five terraces, the arrangement of two tall buildings and the retaining wall...

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The quantity and quality of this town's attractions are difficult to summarise in a few words. Betanzos has something for everyone. The banks of the Rivers Mendo and Mandeo provide some beautiful natural corners for those who seek peace and quiet.

While the more energetic can participate in some of the most renowned festivities in all of Galicia. For art lovers, there is a broad, valuable repertoire, among which the churches of Santa María de Azougue and San Francisco, both of which have been declared National Monuments, are worth highlighting. The Gothic Church of Santa María was built in the 14th century over the remains of another Romanesque temple. The San Francisco Church, also Gothic, was part of the monastery of the same name founded in the 13th century.
And of course, we cannot forget to visit the complex known as O Pasatempo (The Pastime), a park built by the García Naveira brothers – true philanthropists at the service of their native Betanzos – in which fountains, gardens and sculptures of all kinds vie for attention.
Once we have visited these and other places, we leave Betanzos along the N-651 or the AP-9 towards Pontedeume. After travelling 16.5 km, upon reaching Campo Longo, we take the right turnoff to the monastery of Monfero, which is a further 16.5 km away. . We will be able to visit the parish church located in this historical/artistic complex. Our visit will take place during the hours of worship.
We start back to Campo Longo. From there, after travelling barely two km, we reach Pontedeume, where we will visit the Torre dos Andrade in the centre, part of the old preserved manor house of the counts. And we can also visit the keep of the castle that is outside the village on the summit of Pena Leboreira. These are two symbols of the former power with which the Andrade lineage gripped these lands.

Our next destination is the monastery in Caaveiro. In Pontedeume we take the detour to the right before crossing the bridge over the River Eume just at the petrol station. We travel four 4 km to the hamlet of Ombre. Here, we will take a turnoff to the left onto a local road. This route will take us along the River Eume to Caaveiro. On our walk, we will penetrate about 10 km in the Nature Park das Fragas do Eume, considered one of the largest Atlantic forests in Europe. It contains innumerable animal and vegetable species of great value, all of them essential for this breathtakingly beautiful region's biological balance.
 

At the entrance park the park are the Visitor Reception Centre where we can find out about activities to do at this nature site as well as the conditions for visiting the monastery. In high season there are restrictions on private vehicles, and the use of the free buses provided by the Park is compulsory. We recommend getting more information on Tel: 981 432 528. Whether we arrive by bus or private car, we walk an additional 500 metres from the car park.
CCrossing a river and climbing a small slope will allow us to admire a spectacular landscape. Walking along a narrow path shooting off to the right, we can reach the old mill and the bridge over the River Sesín. In Caaveiro, next to an Eume that snakes between the mountains, and surrounded by thick woodland, we will discover why it is that this setting makes such a profound impression on all who come here.

To end our day, we backtrack along the route and return to Pontedeume.

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