PORTO DO CABO (15 km) / SISALDE (12.5 km) – SANTO ANDRÉ DE TEIXIDO
We enjoy a hearty and homemade breakfast before continuing the trail where we left off the previous day. We keep going uphill to enter the mountain range of Serra da Capelada. The views, now of the Cedeira estuary, are once again the reward for all our effort. In Reboredo we find the symbolic and beautiful chapel of San Roque and, close by, a fresh water fountain and a picnic area shaded by chestnut trees.
We are at the gateway to the rugged landscape of the mountain range of Serra da Capelada, and, from now on, we will be seeing wild horses that will be penned on the last Sunday of July during the “Rapa das Bestas do Curro da Capelada” (tradition of cutting the manes of wild horses while they are enclosed in the ‘curros’, or pens). We arrive at the Observation Point and Stone Cross of the Christ of Os Carrís. Finally we begin to see the milladoiros (small mounds of stones) and can leave proof of our pilgrimage by placing a stone on our favourite one. From here and only 2 km downhill we soon find another observation point, in Chao do Monte, which is where our path meets the one coming from Cedeira. It has a rest area with tables. We continue the steep downhill descent, which can be difficult if the ground is wet, towards the small village that we can now see, built around the chapel of Santo André. The sanctuary of Santo André is Gothic-Baroque, and has undergone several reforms since it was built. The devotion to the saint is clearly seen by the many votive offerings deposited before the altar and, if we are to do likewise, upon exiting the chapel we must continue towards the cliffs and reach the fountain of the three spouts. The legend says that if we drop a piece of bread crumb inside and it floats, we will be lucky and our wish will come true. We take some time off to enjoy the moment and the place, eat some barnacles at one of the village taverns and, at mid afternoon a taxi picks us up to return to Narón (1 hr) or to our chosen accommodation, for you can lengthen your stay at any of the guesthouses and travel the Costa Ártabra from Ferrol to Cedeira, with its white sandy beaches, cliffs, lighthouses and observation points, without neglecting the Atlantic gastronomy.