Bono IacobusOriginally, the Vía da Prata was already used in Roman times to connect the south with the northwestern part of the Iberian peninsula. Some explanations consider that the term “Vía da Prata” derives from the original Arabic etymology Ba’latta, which is how the Muslims called that wide cobbled public road which led up towards the Christian north. Others associate the name with the use of the road for the trade of American silver from Seville’s wharfs. It was also the route for the expansion of the medieval kingdom of Galicia-Leon towards the south.

The Vía da Prata, also known as the Southeast Route, has its origin in Andalusia and Extremadura. There are several routes deriving from this one in Galicia, and the route that connects Verín with Santiago de Compostela offers the Bono Iacobus voucher. During their journey through Galicia pilgrims can enjoy a captivating natural landscape, full of medieval bridges, ancient churches and pazos (Galician mansion belonging to a noble family).

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Day 1

Verín - Beginning

O Retiro do Conde
Monterrei / Beginning

Retiro do Conde Under the impetuous gaze of the medieval fortress of Monterrei, is Vilaza, where we can find this beautiful restored 17th century pazo, which maintains its antique flavour without renouncing to the most modern comforts which high quality tourism demands.

Day 2

Verín / Xinzo de Limia - Stage 1 (34.7 Km)

Walkers arrive at Verín, crossroads of the Camino ways and also the route used by travellers coming from Portugal. In this town one can admire some of the more interesting urban pazos, such as the Casa do Asistente, which is now a pilgrims’ hostel. The route begins in Albarellos, in the town of Monterrei, near its medieval castle. It goes through Guimarei, Rebordondo and Pena Verde. It continues through Viladerrei and Zos to finally reach Xinzo de Limia, the last town on this stretch and where one can visit the Romanesque church of Santa Mariña de Xinzo.

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Rectoral de Candás
Rairiz de Veiga / Stage 1

Rectoral de Candas Old 17th century rectory, where time passes quietly, surrounded by meadows, fields and century old woods of chestnuts, oaks, birches and alders.

 

Day 3

Xinzo de Limia / Augas Santas - Stage 2 (27.6 Km)

From Xinzo de Limia the route goes through Vilariño das Poldras, Couso da Limia, Vilar de Sandias, and Piñeira de Arcos. Entering the municipality of Allariz, after passing through Coedo, walkers arrive at O San Salvador dos Penedos, whose church keeps an interesting Romanesque carving of Christ on the cross. Leaving behind O San Salvador, the walkers reach Allaríz, a town with outstanding Romanesque churches and the Santa Clara convent, with its museum. The route ends in Santa Mariña de Augas Santas, the destination of this second stage.

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Casa das Augas Santas
Allariz / Stage 2

Casa das Augas SantasLocated in the historical site of Santa Mariña de Augas Santas is this beautiful country house where one can enjoy the silence and the magic that surrounds the whole ethnographic site: Celtic ruins, petroglyphs, Roman ruins...

Day 4

Augas Santas / San Paio de Bóveda - Stage 3 (24,5 Km)

After leaving Santa Mariña de Augas Santas, the next town to be reached is Armeá, where you can visit the enigmatic Templar building traditionally named “Forno da Santa”, followed by As Pereiras, Ponte Noalla, and San Breixo de Seixalbo, where one can admire its cruceiro (stone cross), the medieval chapel and the baroque church. When walkers resume their journey they will continue on to Ourense, capital of the province where it is essential to visit its Romanesque cathedral as well as the hot springs known as As Burgas. Leaving Ourense, walkers only need to cross the towns of Cudeiro and Sartedigos to reach the end of this stage, which is San Paio de Bóveda.

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Casa Grande de Soutullo
Coles / Stage 3

Casa Grande de SoutulloThe Casa Grande de Soutullo, dating from the early 17th century, is located 6km from Ourense, the entrance way to the Ribeira Sacra. It is surrounded by an estate with garden, orchard, meadow and woods crossed by a quiet stream.

Day 5

San Paio de Bóveda / Carballeda - Stage 4 (20.6 Km)

The next stage begins in San Paio de Bóveda and continues through Tamallancos and Sobreira. Here, walkers, taking a detour from the main route, can visit the fortress of Vilamarín. Returning to the route, they will cross Faramontaos, Biduedo and As Casas Novas, arriving shortly afterwards at San Cristovo de Cea, very famous for its bread. Close by, they can visit the 12th century Romanesque church of San Facundo and continuing, will leave behind Cotelas, eventually reaching the final destination of this stage, which is Carballeda.

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Casarellos
Piñor / Stage 4

CasarellosThe group of stone constructions following the traditional architecture recreates the most suggestive atmosphere of the Galician rural society (main house, minor houses, oven and hórreo (granary) over 100 years old).

 

Day 6

Carballeda / Bendoiro - Stage 5 (26,5 Km)

Starting at Carballeda, walkers can leave the route to visit the Monastery of Oseira, which in its architecture combines Romanesque, Baroque and Renaissance styles. From the monastery, walkers return to the route and continue towards Castro de Dozón, where they can admire, at a short distance away, in Mosteiro, the 12th century church of San Pedro de Vilanova de Dozón. Continuing along the course and reaching the Alto de San Domingos, they can stop to visit its church. The route continues through A Xesta, Botos, Donsión and finally, Bendoiro, which marks the end of this stage.

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Casa Goris
Vila de Cruces / Stage 5

Casa GorísAfter 200 years it still maintains the original oak and chestnut wooden structure, the fireplace typical of a pazo, walls that are over one meter thick and which hide secret staircases…

Day 7

Bendoiro / Dornelas - Stage 6 (20.1 Km)

Leaving Bendoiro, walkers continue the journey along a stretch which is rich in natural landscapes and architecture, because from Silleda they can take a detour to visit the monastery of Carboeiro, or the spectacular waterfall of the Toxa river. Returning to the main route from this path, the journey continues to Negreiros, Chapa and its church of San Cibrao, Bandeira, and finally reaches Dornelas, which is the end of this stage in the journey.

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A Casa da Botica
A Estrada / Stage 6

Casa da BoticaIt was given this name at the beginning of the last century when one of the first pharmacies in the area was established there. It was renovated in 2004 and continues to preserve its walled courtyard, its granary and century-old plants. One can walk around its large and beautiful gardens, rest by the large fireplace and enjoy the excellent Galician cuisine.

 

Day 8

Dornelas / Santiago - Stage 7 (30.2 Km)

Beginning at Dornelas, walkers go towards Santa Maria de Loimil to cross Ponte Ulla and enter the province of A Coruña. Walkers continue through Francés, and in Lestedo, in the municipality of Boqueixón, they will catch sight of the Pico Sacro (Sacred Peak) and then reach Santiago. Walkers will pass by the Colexiata de Sar and continue through the  Porta de Mazarelos, along Rúa da Caldeireria and down the Costa de Xelmírez to end this Bono Iacobus voucher itinerary at the Praza das Praterías and finally reach the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

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Price

The route is 184 kilometres, which is covered in 8 days / 7 stages with the Bono Iacobus.. At the end of each stage, walkers are collected from the last stretch of their route and taken by car to nearby rural accommodation, where they spend the night, following a well-deserved homemade supper cooked with local products.

In the morning, after a filling breakfast, the pilgrim can once again be taken by car to the beginning of the route for the day.

Optional services:

  • Picnic lunch for each day’s journey.
  • Taxi luggage transfer service.

Price (dinner and breakfast included)

  • 1 Person (single room) 630 € (VAT included)
  • 2 Persons (double room) 940 € (VAT included)

The BONO IACOBUS can be reserved all year long except Easter and the month of August either individually, for couples or groups.
For further information about the BONO IACOBUS please call us on (+34) 902 190 160 / +34 981 568 521 (*) or send us an e-mail: info@galiciaincoming.com

(*) Distributed through legally authorised Travel Agents.

How to arrive at Verín

  • Option A: Transfer Santiago – Verín by bus one bus only from Monday to Friday: journey takes approximately three hours. Timetable: Monday to Friday: 16:00 h.
  • Option B: Transfer Santiago – Ourense and Ourense - Verín by bus daily, at different times.
    • Bus company: MONBUS – Tel.: +34 902 292 900 -Web: www.monbus.es
    • Santiago Bus Station: C/ San Caetano, s/n – Tel: +34 981 542 416 - Web: www.tussa.org

The information concerning operating days, timetables and journey times are GUIDELINES only, and should be confirmed with the company operating the service.

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