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From Betanzos to Ortigueira


Itinerary

  • Betanzos. located at the head of the estuary of the same name, it has three very interesting Gothic churches. These are the churches of San Francisco, Santa María del Azogue and Santiago. You can also visit the As Mariñas Museum and O Pasatempo Park. This is a curious historic garden with sculptures, paths and artificial lakes.
  • Santa María de Monfero Monastery. located about 20 kilometres inland. Medieval in origin, it was completely rebuilt between the 16th and 18th centuries. Highlights are its Baroque church, the chapterhouse and the three cloisters.
  • Pontedeume. back towards the coast, on the banks of the Ares estuary. You should visit the Tower and the Castle. Next, you can visit San Xoán de Caaveiro Monastery. About 20 kilometres away, it has an interesting Romanesque church.
  • Fragas del Eume Nature Reserve. you can stroll in the most important Atlantic forest in Europe. In addition to flora and fauna of great ecological value, it has stunning gorges and canyons.
  • Ortigueira. to get there you have to go back to Pontedeume from where it takes about an hour by car. You will find spectacular scenery like the Santa María de Ortigueira estuary, Cape Ortegal and the steep cliffs of the A Capelada and A Faladoira mountains. Inside the town, you can see Santa Marta Church and the old Dominican monastery. We recommend you to visit a few of its beaches.
  • Cariño. a small, traditional, seafaring village, some 20 kilometres away. From here, you can go to visit the San Andrés de Teixido Shrine. Located in the A Capelada Mountains, it is an important place of pilgrimage.
  • Back to Betanzos. some good places to stop are the fishing village of Cedeira, Valdoviño Lake and any of the many fine sand beaches in the area.

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From Betanzos to Ortigueira


Practical information

Total distance:
It is advisable to do this route by car, with the option of going for walks and bicycle rides. There are also sections that you can do on horseback.

How to complete the route:
Walking, Horseback, Bicycle, By car

Approximate time:
You will need approximately three days to complete the route.

Best time of year:
All year round

Tips and interesting facts:
Remember that Ortigueira holds its famous Celtic music festival every July. In this month, Betanzos also organises a medieval fair.