On the Way of St. James


Carral - A Coruña

43º 11' 30.0" N - 8º 22' 19.2" W
43º 13' 28.7" N - 8º 22' 06.4" W


This route goes through the Barcia Valley along a highly recommended pathway for bikes (MTB) or on horseback.

The pathway is the union of two routes, the first linear and the second circular. The combination is a good opportunity to enjoy the Manor Houses, visit churches and the Costa da Égoa Eco-Museum with fourteen mills and a small hydroelectric power station.

The first section of the path starts from the Church of Santo Estevo de Paleo, with an original rococo altarpiece, and continues past Monte Xalo, along the old Pilgrims’ Road to Santiago, coming to the rural town of Chamoso. We could highlight the Manor Houses of Esperante and Vilasuso; when you have passed the latter you can choose to continue along the pathway or to come back to the starting point.

The second stretch is a circular route that starts from Chamoso, from where you can choose between heading east towards Batán or west towards O Rubieiro. If you go for the second alternative, the landscape is truly beautiful and can be admired from the viewpoint of O Rubieiro. After crossing Monteamán we then come to the hydroelectric power station of Costa da Égoa, fed by the River Abelleira.

In Herves lies the Manor House of Cadeas, dating from the sixteenth century, and before returning to Chamoso we can visit the Muíño de Batán (fulling mill).


Carral lies on the N-550 road between A Coruña and Ordes. In the middle of the town follow the signs for Rúa de Paleo on the AC-2105 road until you come to the church of Santo Estevo del Paleo, where there is a panel marking the beginning of the route.

The Ways of St. James

The English Camino


Point of Departure / Arrival

Point of arrival: Chamosos (Carral) - UTM: 29T X:551153 Y:4782506
Starting point: Iglesia Santo Estevo de Paleo (Carral) - UTM:29T X:551414 Y:4786170


Church of Santo Estevo de Paleo, Paradela, Esperante Manor House, Salgueiros, Vilasuso Manor House, Chamoso, Church of San Pedro de Rubieiro, Montemeán, Costa da Égoa, Herves, Cadeas Manor House, Muíño de Batán fulling mill, Chamoso




3 hours and 30 minutes.


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Bicycle access

Totally suitable

Horse access

Totally suitable

cartography I.G.N. (1:25:000)

45-III Cerceda

Further information

Concello de Carral
Tel.: 981 672 580

Federación Galega de Montañismo
Tel.: 986 208 758 / Fax: 986 207 407

Altitudinal profile

Minimum height above sea level: 93 m.
Maximum height above sea level: 301 m.
Cumulative elevation loss: 553 m.
Cumulative elevation gain: 431 m.
Trail elevation profile

Kind of route

Small travel


Traditional architecture


Initial pickup date: 01/08/2019
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