Walking the Via de la Plata from A Gudina to Ourense
This Walking Holiday explores the 9th section of Via de la Plata (Camino Mozárabe), the longest of all Camino routes to Santiago de Compostela!It runs through the whole country from South to North, from the hot Andalucian plains to the green mountains of Galicia, from Moorish influenced buildings to traditional stone farmhouses and much more! This Camino in its entirety offers most of Spain’s rich and mixed culture.
Green and undulating landscapes, there is no doubt: you are in Galicia! The Camino, or Way of Saint James, crosses the South West edge of the Cordillera Cantabrica, through isolated villages and roaming cattle. It definitely offers some of the most stunning views of the whole Via de la Plata route! As there are steady bits, it is quite challenging, but we have organised our walking days so they are all less than 22 kilometres long.
A Gudina is a small town located in the province of Ourense, Galicia. It seems that the town has two distinct identities with its main street bordered by modern buildings where one has all the services one may need. On the other hand, a few metres away, the parallel back street seems more like an isolated rural village with its 17th century baroque church.
A Gudina to Campobecerros (5h, 20km)
When leaving A Gudina, we follow the wonderful scenic route that leads us to Campobecerros. We will also pass through remote Galician hamlets, often offering manificient views over the mountains, such as Venda Teresa or Venda Capela. This is not such an easy stage, but the views you get during the day are the most enjoyable rewards. One of the highlights of the day is probably when the Camino overlooks the Las Portas dam, and soon after it, a steep descent brings you down to Campobecerros. From here, a short transfer to your hotel in Couso.
Campobecerros to Laza (4h, 14km)
Transfer back from your hotel to Campobecerros. As you go up and down through the Galician mountains, once again the Via de la Plata route will surprise you with great views, still passing through pretty hamlets such as Portocomba or the gorgeous As Eiras. Then, a shady paved road leads you down to Laza, offering spectacular views over the valley and the surrounding mountains. Transfer from Laza to your hotel in Couso.
Laza to Vilar de Barrio (5h45, 19km)
Short transfer from your hotel back to Laza. The first few kilometres after Laza run through the valley, passing through Soutelo Verde and past its old church. Then it is a long climb up through low pines and heather, until you reach Albergueria and its incredible stone balconies. Then you will start a gentle walk down on the other side of the mountain (much flatter, greener and populated) before reaching Vila de Barrio, a village located on a large plain, nested at the foot of the mountains. From here, you will be transferred to your hotel in Couso.
Vilar de Barrio to Xunqueira de Ambia (3h30, 14km)
Short transfer from your hotel back to Vila de Barrio. Today we leave the mountains behind us for a while and spend the day walking through the plain, farmlands and more modern villages than those seen up in the mountains. From Bobadela, it alternates between oak woods, eucalyptus trees and open landscapes to arrive in Xunqueira de Ambia with its 12th century monastery.
Xunqueira de Ambia to Ourense (5h15, 22km)
When leaving Xunqueira de Ambia, we also leave the quietness of the isolated mountains. Indeed, as we walk towards Ourense, we come across many hamlets that merge one into another and as the Camino mostly follows the main national road, we also walk through a few industrial areas before reaching the final destination of this section: Ourense.
Ourense. End of the Camino
After breakfast, we bid you farewell.
- Great mix of comfortable accommodation in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
- Bed & Breakfast
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
- Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack
- 24/7 Customer Service
- Great dinners with local food
- Extra nights
- Upgrade to authentic & luxury accommodation
- Airport transfers
It is best to fly to Santiago de Compostela
Ryanair and Iberia/BA fly direct to Santiago de Compostela from the UK. Ryanair fly from Stansted, Nottingham East Midlands and Liverpool, and AerLingus operates from Dublin.
Many of the flights that arrive at the airport are internal Spanish flights. Iberia offer the best selection of flights and you can fly to and from Santiago De Compostela from: Frankfurt, Paris and Rome and Barcelona, Bilbao, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Palma, Seville, Tenerife (north and South) and Valencia.
Ryanair now fly from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela, year round twice a day.
To the beginning of the trip: A Gudiña
From Santiago Airport, bus to Rua Doutor Teixeiro (near Plaza de Galicia) in city centre. Then it is a 5 minutes walk to Rua Horreo and the train station.
By train to A Gudiña (Approx. 1h30) www.renfe.es
Bus from Ourense to Santiago de Compostela bus station (Approx 2 hours) www.monbus.es. Then shuttle bus to Santiago Airport (Approx. 20min).
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