The association that promotes recognition as a cultural route launches website and guide and looks to 2021
Camiño Miñoto Ribeiro
is one of the most unknown and oldest routes to Compostela, the result of intense documentation and recovery work begun two decades ago. The Camiño Miñoto Ribeiro Association, to which 17 city councils through which the route passes –12 are from Ourense – is taking important steps for the Xunta to recognize the Camino as a cultural route, the previous step to the Jacobean route declaration. In the words of the president of the association and the mayor of Cortegada, Avelino Luis de Francisco, "a very important step towards Xacobeo 2021." The Camiño Miñoto Ribeiro has just launched a very complete website with the history of the road, the layout, a free guide and all the details of this heritage jewel that little by little makes a place for itself among pilgrims to Santiago.
Cástor Pérez is one of the historians who in 1998 began the work of documenting the route, which runs from the Portuguese city of Braga, spends Santiago. "No one knew the way," he recalls. The ourensanos councils that are part of the association through which the route runs are: Lobios, Entrimo, Padrenda, Pontedeva, Cortegada, Arnoia, Ribadavia, Castrlo de Miño, Beade, Leiro, Carbaliño, Boborás and Beariz. Nature, hydrotherapy and wine are the differentiating elements of the Camino. In 2019, the association delivered to the Ministry of Culture the work of delimitation of the Camiño Miñoto Ribeiro, a complete report of 700 pages that is on the table of the General Directorate of Heritage to get the definitive endorsement of this route as a cultural route, a step that would give an economic boost to the province.