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Padrón to Santiago de Compostela
Stage that can be divided into a flat half and another stiff to the cathedral
Information about the stage 6: Padrón to Santiago de Compostela
Points of interest in the stage 6: Padrón to Santiago de Compostela
- Km 0. Standard(All services)
We go down to the bridge over the Sar River and after surrounding the facade of the church of Santiago, at one end of the Espolón Promenade, we take the rustic Murgadan. Later we turn right onto Corredoira da Barca and then left onto Dolores Street. From the front, leaving the bus station to the right, we crossed the river again to enter Iria Flavia, parish of the Concello de Padrón and former episcopal headquarters that stopped being in favor of Compostela when the body of the Apostle was discovered. As soon as we cross the N-550 we meet the collegiate of Santa María de Adina, before the Visigoda era, but with multiple remodeling until the 18th. Camilo José Cela is buried in the annex cemetery.
- Km 1,2. Iria Flavia
Leaving it behind we reach the edge of the national road to cross the tracks. We go back to the N-550 at the height of Pazos and cross it very carefully because the intersection is dangerous. We pass by the Escala hotel and from this point, after a turn left, we go to the street maze of streets of Romarís, Rueiro and Anteportas (Km 3.8).
In the Cairn of the 19,595 to Santiago we left this last nucleus to line a paved line and reach the center of Tarrio, of the parish of Santa María de Cruces and engulfed with several Hórges. We link to the core of Vilar and parallel to the tracks we return to the N-550 at the height of Enstude. We cross this nucleus by the national passing by the magnificent Baroque Shrine of the 18th and 19th centuries. Legend has it that its construction was encouraged by the donation of a farmer who went to Santiago and who, when drinking from the source, healed of his illness. There are bars and a self-service pond.
- Km 6. A Enstude(Bars. Store)
Next to the Shrine and the Paideia Foundation we climbed to the Romanesque church of Santa María de Cruces. For a section with several changes of direction where we can wake up, especially in a turn to the left next to the Cairn 16,763, we reach a problematic step to the level without barrier to enter Angueira de Suso (Km 8.1). An endless interminable road takes us from the core of Areal and it leads us to A Picaraña and our inseparable N-550.
- Km 9.2. A Picaraña(Bars)
There is a café bar on the edge of the road. We go to the right, marching through the arcén for over 800 meters until leaving it on the left side to enter Faramello, divided by the concelles of Rois and Teo. In this place is the private hostel La Calabaza del Peregrino.
- Km 10.1. Faramello(Private and public hostel. Bars)
A few hundred meters later the itinerary departed to the left. If we continue straight we would arrive in 150 meters to the public hostel of Teo, a good option next to the private for which I have not slept in Padrón or walk right from forces. It is located 14.5 kilometers from Santiago although the Cairn marks 12,901 and has a bar-shop at 200 meters and a couple of restaurants at 800 (Km 10,7).
From now on the stage gets a little tougher. Some ramps lead to Rúa de Francos, a village where it is possible to deviate 2.5 km to Castro Lupario, another of the Jacobean scenarios present in the transatio where Reina Lupa lived. Today it is unrecognizable and full of weed. We spent the hermitage of San Martiño and immediately next to a crude cruise, listed among the oldest in Galicia. The Crucified Christ seems to be coming out of the bowels of the stone and several engravings indicate that in this place children were buried yet unbaptized.
- Km 11.3. Rua de Francos(Bar-Restaurant)
After the bar-restaurant Carboeiro we went down to undertake a climb by paved runway to Osebe, already in the jurisdiction of the parish of San Juan de Calo, and we crossed the roads to reach Casalonga at the height of the road CP-0205. We follow it on the right and then turn left onto the Riotinto Road to cross a stream and enter the core of Pedreira (Km 13,5).
At the exit we progress through a comfortable track wrapped by the stand that goes up slightly and leaving aside the groups of houses of Lamela and Areira. After crossing a runway and passing a sawmill, he heads to A Grela. From here the itinerary climbs by road and enters the Porto Crossing in O Milladoiro, the largest population nucleus of the Concello de Ames where there is the possibility of satisfying the appetite and cooling to undertake the last 8 kilometers that separate us from the cathedral (Km 17,3).
- Km 17.3. O Milladoiro(All services)
We passed O Milladoiro through the rustic do Esquío and later next to an electric substation, prologue of the Agro dos Monteiros, the Monte do Gozo of the Portuguese Way. It is located 262 meters high, the highest height of the Portuguese Way in Galicia, and gives us the first view of Santiago and the cathedral towers (Km 18,8).
We walk down the paved runway and several paths that go to Rocha Vella, of the parish of Conxo and already belonging to the Concello de Santiago. We take a small rodeo to cross the train tracks and head to Ponte Vella to cross the Sar River (Km 20,8). As soon as we cross the bridge we have a bifurcation, from the front we will continue in asphalt to Santiago and on the right we will go on the dirt road passing through the monastery of Santa María de Conxo doing a kilometer and a half more stage. if we go ahead in the bifurcation we will cross the circumvalation highway for an upper step towards Choupana Avenue, shortly thereafter we will cross a roundabout and continue along Rosalía de Castro Avenue to the very old town of Santiago de Compostela.
The route of the Portuguese Way to the cathedral runs through the rustic do Franco, perhaps the most animated of all Santiago and filled with tapas bars and souvenir shops. The human roar fades when we enter the Plaza del Obradoiro and look up to see the long-awaited trophy we were looking for from the beginning in Tui, Porto or Lisbon. With the sweat of the effort still flowing and making pineapple with our fellow travellers, it only remains to lie in the plaza and lie on the backpack to start dreaming again.
- Km 25.2. Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (All services)