On the Way of St. James


Vedra - A Coruña

42º 44' 41.9" N - 8º 28' 22.1" W
42º 47' 03.5" N - 8º 23' 38.5" W


This beautiful route runs along the right bank of the River Ulla, heading downhill, taking advantage of tracks, fishermen's paths and already marked ways. From San Xoán da Cova, to the base of the impressive ravine, artfully crossed by the railway viaduct, the path quickly comes to A Ponte Ulla with interesting constructions to be found within its small urban area.

Further ahead, it is well worth turning off to see the Ortigueira Manor in Santa Cruz, founded in the 16th century by the Mondragón family and one of the most interesting in the area around Santiago de Compostela. This Baroque pazo (mansion) is remarkable for its extensive gardens and ancient trees that decorate the property, where the great politician Jovellanos drafted his Memorial in defence of the Central Government.

In the parish of San Miguel de Sarandón, we come to a recreational area and center of fish-farming studies, as well as a beautiful pazo (mansion), all in the town of Ximonde. Leaving the Cubelas recreation area and the mills of Pastel behind, the route ends next to the River Ulla.


In A Ponte Ulla, a town located on the N-525 from Santiago to Ourense, turn off along the AC-240 to the town of San Xoán da Cova.

The Ways of St. James

The Winter Camino
Vía de la Plata

A plus

“Chapel, garden, dovecot and cypress, a pazo it is”. This sentence and other similar ones define one of Galicia’s most interesting rural architectures. The word pazo (from Palatium), meaning mansion, generally identifies ancestral houses with heraldic signs and with proportions and levels of comfort significantly superior to what is usual in rural areas. Nowadays, the term comprises buildings from the luxurious country mansions in palace style to rather more rustic buildings, though not less valuable because of that, where the lesser Galician nobility lived. Urban pazo are also referred to. Historically, the origin of pazo architecture lies in castles and medieval forts, adopting a multitude of construction styles over history. There are more than 700 all over Galicia and a large part of them have been converted in recent years into rural tourist accommodation or small museums that take us back to bygone days.


11,2 km.

Point of Departure / Arrival

Point of arrival: Cubelasrecreation area in the parishof Trobe - UTM:29T X:543270 Y:4732860
Starting point: San Xoán da Cova - UTM:29T X:549680 Y:4737265


San Xoán da Cova, A Ponte Ulla, Agronovo recreation area, Ximonde and Cubelas recreation area.




3 hours.


Take sufficient food.


In A Ponte Ulla.Different recreation areas alongthe itinerary.


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Bicycle access

Not suitable

Horse access

Not suitable

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

Nº 121-I Vedra; nº 121-III A Estrada

Further information

Concello de Vedra
Tel.: 981 814 612

Kind of route

Small travel


Natural interest


Initial pickup date: 01/08/2019
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