Jacobean Way Miñoto Ribeiro

Stage 4: Cortegada - Ribadavia (easy)

Cortegada - Ribadavia (easy)


Length: 13,10 Km.
Difficulty: Low
Estimated time: 2 h. 50 min.
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This part leads again through cork oak, oak and pine woods, which will accompany us along this stage. The nature will surprise us, and so will the small villages like San Bieito, where we will be able to see a chapel, and the "humilladoiro" of Meréns. We continue along Miño river, which ill take us to Arnoia and finally Ribadavia - the ancient capital of the kingdom of Galicia.

Section 1: Cortegada - Meréns

  • Length: 3,60 Km.
  • Difficulty: Low
  • Estimated time: 47 min.
The asphalt road to the right will take us to the church of San Bieito (San Benito), after we walk past a place called Os Muíños. From there we continue north, along the main road, until we almost get to Meréns,  Then we go uphill, past a wayside shrine and a manor house, and then to a parish church, where an ancient Roman milestone can be found. We turn right and continue uphill, across the village. Once it is behind us, we take a dirt road between walls, which is only 3 m wide and has some paved parts, until we reach another path, also dirt, but much wider.

Section 2: Meréns - Arnoia

  • Length: 4 Km.
  • Difficulty: Low
  • Estimated time: 52 min.
From Meréns the route follows a dirt road until the village of Lapela e Remil (Arnoia), where we take a paved 3-meter-wide path, placed between walls, which will take us to Stepping stones across the Arnoia river, near the manor house or the monastery of  Celanova and the parish church S. Salvador (The Saviour).

Section 3: Arnoia - Ribadavia

  • Length: 5,50 Km.
  • Difficulty: Low
  • Estimated time: 1 h. 12 min.
The route leads uphill through the old town of Paixón y Sendín, where two ancient Roman milestones had been found, and which are currently displayed in the archaeological Museum of Ourense. Next we head to the chapel of St Amaro (yet another one dedicated to this saint, who is in service of helping and curing the pilgrims and the sick). From there we continue along an asphalt road to A Porqueira (a beautiful wayside shrine) and then to a village of Reza, used to be known in the old times for a ferry connection to Francelos on the other side of the Miño river. From there the route used to continue to Ribadavia. Nowadays, however, the trail continues along an asphalt road to a modern bridge across Miño. There we enter the municipality of Ribadavia and walk on until we reach a pedestrian bridge that snaps the Avia river and leads into the town of Ribadavia through la Puerta Nueva (The New Entrance).

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Rúa Otero Novas, 1
32200 Cortegada (Ourense) - Galicia


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