On the Way of St. James



Baños de Molgas | Xunqueira de Ambía

42º 12' 15.9" N - 7º 44' 07.1" W

The Ways of St. James

Vía de la Plata

The Walk

In search of the castro
Old paths among oak trees

We will begin this walk in the atrium of the old collegiate church of Xunqueira de Ambía, a jewel of Galician Romanesque architecture, to follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims on the Silver Route. Shortly after leaving the village, we will take a track on the right that goes down almost to the banks of the Arnoia River. Following its left bank we will see some ruined mills, and the sound of the river will accompany us to the village of Acea, in the municipality of Baños de Molgas.

Then a path leads through an oak forest up to the Outeiro do Castro, passing at the foot of a large chestnut tree. The route ends at the croa do castro (top of the hill fort), where recent excavations have uncovered several hórreos (raised granaries) from the time of castro dwellers, a unique case in Galicia. From here you can see the collegiate church and the surrounding area. The walk to the castro can be done either from the village of Acea, or from the road that joins Xunqueira de Ambía with Baños de Molgas. In this case, it is an easy flat walk of just 700 m, ideal for the whole family.


Length: 4.12 km (one way)
starting point:
Collegiate church of Xunqueira de Ambía (42°12'15.47''N / 7°44'06.96''W)
End Point :
OU-0108 crossroad (42°12'32.94''N / 7°43'19.18''W)

Accessibility to consider

Rugged terrain
Steep slopes


Hidden heritage
Initial pickup date: 01/01/2021
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