Bono IacobusThe Northern Way is perhaps the most historical route, the first one that the pilgrims of all the European Christianity of that age take to reach Santiago de Compostela. The origin of the pilgrimage to Santiago by the route of the Cantabrian coast goes back to the immediate later moments of the discovery of the tomb which is said to be that of the Apostle Santiago Major (9th century).

The dominion of the most part of the Iberian Peninsula by the Muslims, isolated the Christian Kingdoms in the northern areas of the country. The Jacobean Ways of the ancient Kingdom of Asturias were pioneers in directing the devout pilgrims to Santiago.

The Northern Way was established as a medieval route that created an international Jacobean flow to the sanctuaries of Oviedo and Santiago de Compostela. These pilgrims came by land from France, or by sea, ending up at the Basque and Cantabrian ports, coming from places as England, Flanders, Germany and Scandinavia.

The itinerary of the coast enjoyed a vitality similar to those of the "primitive" ways , before the Hispanic monarches in the 11th – 12th century promoted the French Way as a privileged itinerary, backboning the Christian Kingdoms of the northern part of the Peninsula.

Day 1

Ribadeo / Vilanova de Lourenzá - Stage 1 (28 Km)

The walker leaves Ribadeo passing by the football field, just in front you can see the Jacobean sign, and goes in the direction to the cemetery. After covering close to nine kilometers, almost all in ascent, the route arrives to Vilela. Once passing this village, the stage continues on plain ground to O Esfolado and then, climbing again, it will take us from here up to Vilamartín.


A descent of three long kilometers brings us over to Gondán, and walking up and then down through some very well signposted tracks, the route passes first through O Corveiro and reaches Vilanova de Lourenzá, town built up around the Benedictine monastery  founded in the 10th century. 

A Casa de Mañas
Lourenzá / Stage 1

A Casa de MañasThis 19th-century establishment has been refurbished for tourist use with no other aim than to please its guests. It is located on a large property crossed by a brook with a mill that leaves visitors mesmerized. If you're tired, you can leave the sights for another time – the historic city of Mondoñedo is just a stone's throw away – and enjoy this establishment in a rural setting with all the comforts of the city.

Day 2

Vilanova de Lourenzá / Martiñán - Stage 2 (33.8 Km)

The journey starts some kilometers away from the coast, in a mountainous region, and follows the southern direction towards the interior of Galicia. Due to these circumstances the population density decreases, and the distance of the stages between localities increases.


From Lourenzá you walk to San Pedro da Torre, and after overcoming a new slope you enter the city of Mondoñedo, the capital of one of the seven ancient provinces of the Kingdom of Galicia, which deserves a calm visit due to its history and the richness of its monuments.

Lousada is practically the only village that we will find from Mondoñedo to Abadín. This place is reached in ascent following a route that will lead us directly up to it. After attacking a strong ascent up to the top of the hill, it begins a pleasant way down to Gontán, which is the threshold of Abadín.

After leaving Abadín the way steps into A Terra Chá crossing the municipality of Vilalba. Along this road, the traveler enjoys a peaceful rural and cattle scene, as he walks through the parish of Castromaior and reaches the end of the stage at Martiñán.

Casa Grande de Anllo
Cospeito / Stage 2

Casa Grande do AnlloThe manor Casa Grande de Anllo, also known as” House of the Secretary” or “House of the School", was built in 1885. The house was restored for rural tourism and opened to the public in the Autumn of 2007. The house still preserves all the traditional architectural elements of the ”Terra Cha” area (Lugo), as its wood oven, the fireplace and a central kitchen. The structure of the house is made in stone and granite, with beams and inner doors in wood, and noble wood for floors.

The main building is a two-storey house with a wide courtyard that leads to the different rooms of the establishment. The shared spaces are located in the ground floor and the second floor is divided in six comfortable bedrooms, and a spacious and sunny covered balcony. This vast property borders on the Támoga river.

Day 3

Martiñán / Ponte de San Alberte - Stage 3 (33.4 Km)

The route follows on to Santiago of Goiriz with many examples of popular architecture like the Neogothic cemetery of the town. It continues on a practically plain territory till arriving to Vilalba, the heart of A Terra Chá, which is famous for its gastronomy (capons and cheese of San Simón) and it is also a strategic crossroad point defended by the Andrade’s fortress. Its powerful tower, nowadays transformed into a Parador de Turismo (“state-run tourist hotel”), is all that is left of its strong defensive system.


Leaving the town of Vilalba across the fluvial walk of the river Magdalena, the route passes Ferreira coming up to Baamonde and its church of Romanesque style in honor of the Apostle Santiago which is quite notorious; the picture is completed with a group formed by three stone crosses of the 18th century and a surprising centenary chestnut-tree. Paralell to the Parga river, the walker arrives to the Gothic chapel of San Alberte and the High Middle Ages bridge with the same name.

Hotel Bi-Terra
Friol / Stage 3

Hotel Bi-TerraBi-Terra, two ways of enjoying this place inagurated in 2008: resting in a house that is more than 200 years old, remodelled with rustic touches, modern atmosphere and unique spots; or savouring in the restaurant delicious recipes of really home-made cooking (an excellent mix between the Galician and Basque cooking), prepared with very much care.

Day 4

Ponte San Alberte / Marco das Pías - Stage 4 (28.6 Km)

The way continues through Santa Leocadia de Parga till it arrives to San Paio de Seixón whose Romanesque church still keeps its original porch with archivolts.


The route goes down softly reaching Miraz, located in the municipality of Friol, a place where it is still possible to contemplate a tower with battlements built on a square pattern of the 15th century, belonging to the ancient fortress of the Saavedra family. Close to this place there is another tower, that of San Paio of Narla which nowadays houses the section of ethnography of the Provincial Museum of Lugo. The next village to find going up the route is Marco das Pías, the fronteer between the provinces of Lugo and A Coruña.

Hotel Bi-Terra
Friol /Stage 4

Hotel Bi-TerraBi-Terra, two ways of enjoying this place inagurated in 2008: resting in a house that is more than 200 years old, remodelled with rustic touches, modern atmosphere and unique spots; or savouring in the restaurant delicious recipes of really home-made cooking (an excellent mix between the Galician and Basque cooking), prepared with very much care.

Day 5

Marco das Pías / Casaldoeiro - Stage 5 (27.3 Km)

The path heads forward reaching the lagoon of Sobrado which is the threshold of Sobrado dos Monxes, and where the traveler can visit one of the most emblematic monasteries of Galicia. The route follows from here towards Castro, going down to Corredoiras and Gándara, the main village of the municipality of Boimorto. The stage ends in the outskirts of Arzúa, more specificly in the place of Casaldoeiro.


Casa da Igrexa
Arzúa / Stage 5

Casa da IgrexaBuilding constructed in the last century. This rural accommodation is on the shores of Portomouros Lake in Arzúa. It is surrounded by several farms in a landscape you will find difficult to forget. It offers the necessary comfort for pilgrims arriving in search of rest, as well as the opportunity to savour natural products from the area, allowing those continuing on the Camino the following day to regain their strength.

Day 6

Casaldoeiro / A Rúa - Stage 6 (21.1 Km)

Casaldoeiro links immediately with Arzúa, the point where the Northern Way and the French Way join up. In this town, famous for its cheeses with Protected Designation of Origin Arzúa-Ulloa, the route becomes urban and it is possible to visit the church of Santiago and the Magdalena’s chapel, which belonged to an ancient hospital for pilgrims.


The centre of Arzúa is left behind between meadows and forests of oaks and eucalyptus that surround small villages with names as A Calzada (“roadway”) or A Calle (“street”) that denote a secular link with the Jacobean Way. After passing A Salceda, the route reaches Santa Irene’s hill, and the town of the same name. The walker goes on climbing to arrive to a picturesque village of medieval background, with stone houses, granaries and domestic kitchen gardens, called A Rúa.

Casa Calvo
O Pino / Stage 6

Casa Calvo Casa Calvo is an ancestral home of the 18th century, recently restored. It is located in an environment surrounded by many oak forests, on the bank of the river Tambre. Each of its rooms has a singular personality with specific furniture, decoration and architectural style.

Day 7

A Rúa / Santiago de Compostela - Stage 7 (20.7 Km)

The last stage crosses Arca, the capital of the municipality of O Pino. In this region we can find many ruins of fortified cities belonging to celtic culture and a Romanesque bridge over the river Mera.


The trip continues through a leafy forest footpath, passing A Lavacolla, and arriving to the surroundings of Santiago’s airport. The way stands climbing up to the Monte do Gozo (“Mount of Joy”), where it is possible to contemplate for the first time the extraordinary panoramic view of the city of Santiago and the towers of the Cathedral. From this point on it begins an urban trip that passes through the neighbourhoods of San Lázaro and Os Concheiros, continuing the Rúa de San Pedro, Porta do Camiño, Rúa das Casas Reais, Rúa das Ánimas and Rúa da Azabachería which finally leads into the Praza do Obradoiro.


The route is 193 kilometres, which is covered in 7 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) 610 € (VAT included)
  • 2 Persons (double room) 880 € (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:
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How to arrive at Ribadeo

  • Option A: Transfer Santiago – Ribadeo by busdaily; journey takes approximately four hours.Timetable: Monday to Sunday: 08:30 - 18:00.
    • Bus company (Santiago – Ribadeo): ALSA - Tel.: +34 902 422 242 - Web:
  • Option B: Transfer Santiago – Ferrol by bus and Ferrol – Ribadeo by train daily at different times. Timetable Santiago – Ferrol: Different times. Journey takes approximately one hour and a half. Timetable Ferrol – Ribadeo: Monday to Sunday: 8:10 – 10:30 – 15:18 – 18:45. Journey takes approximately three hours.
    • Bus company (Santiago – Ferrol): MONBUS – Tel: +34 902 292 900 – Web:
    • Santiago Bus Station: C/ San Caetano, s/n – Tel: +34 981 542 416 - Web:
    • Ferrol Bus Station: Paseo de la Estación, s/n. Tel: +34 981 324 751
    • Rail company: RENFE - Tel: +34 902 240 202 – Web:
    • Ferrol Train Station: Avenida de Compostela, s/n – Web:

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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