Walking the Via de la Plata from A Gudina to Ourense
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!
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O Peregrino is a nice little Café in the middle of A Gudiña with tasty food at reasonable prices and nice staff, so you can enjoy a little break. It’s open from 6 am to 12 am so you can get yourself everything from breakfast to a little dinner.
Vilar de Barrio
When arriving in the small province Vilar de Bario, a part of Ourense, a good thing to see is the Igrexa de San Fiz. It is an authentic Spanish church in the heart of the little town.
Ourense has a lot to offer. From its rich architecture like the San Rosendo Monastery, an old church and cloister from the 17th century to nice little cafes and restaurants like Café Pacifico that offers delicious food and drinks at a good price. The Shangri La is another good option with an amazing menu. It’s an interesting little restaurant with delicious Spanish food.
A Gudina to Ourense
Via de la Plata
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A GUDINA (Arrival)
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.
Day 2 19.5km
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 magnificent 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.
Day 3 14.6km
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.
Day 4 19.2km
VILAR DE BARRIO
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, nestled at the foot of the mountains. From here, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 5 13.8km
VILAR DE BARRIO
XUNQUEIRA DE AMBIA
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.
Day 6 21.5km
XUNQUEIRA DE AMBIA
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.
After breakfast, we bid you farewell.
How to Get There
Getting to A Gudiña, Spain
It is best to fly to Santiago de Compostela.
Fly into Santiago de Compostela
Ryanair and Iberia/BA fly direct to Santiago de Compostela from the UK. Ryanair flies from Stansted, Nottingham East Midlands and Liverpool and Aer Lingus operates from Dublin. Many of the flights that arrive at the airport are from internal Spanish destinations. Iberia offers 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 and Valencia.
From Santiago Airport, bus to Rua Doutor Teixeiro (near Plaza de Galicia) in the city centre. Then it is a 5 minutes walk to Rua Horreo and the train station.