Day 5: Portomarin to Arzua

Just North of the village of Castromaior (slightly off the Camino) you will find the ruins of a Celtic camp that dates from the Roman period. The Castro of Castromaior is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Iron Age in the Northwest of the Iberian Peninsula.

Cross of Lameiros This roadside cross is located at the site of a former chapel. It depicts the Passion and the Virgin and Child. Some have called it the most moving cross on the pilgrimage road. Based on the inscription it was made around 1672.

Villar de Donas Romanesque Church (Monasterio de San Salvador) This church is considered one of the most interesting churches on the Camino (but it’s actually a 9 min bike detour to the North off the camino to get there). Current structure dates from the 13th century. Church was given to the Order of Santiago in 1184. The frescoes in the apse are this church’s treasure, they probably date from the early 15th century.

Church of Santa MarĂ­a in Leboreiro: This 13th century church was rebuilt in the 18th century. Inside the building can be found wall paintings from the 15th century. Legend says that centuries ago a heavenly light and odor emitted from a nearby fountain. The villagers decided to dig there and they found an image of the Virgin Mary there and placed it on the altar of their church, but the next day it returned to the fountain. This happened for several days until a tympanum with her image was carved and the church was dedicated to her. This Virgin is still in the church to this day.

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