The first stop, Negreira, is only 21 km. from Santiago, so you can reach it by mid-afternoon. After visiting the cathedral of Santiago, the pilgrim heads towards the Fisterra-Muxia Way from the Praza do Obradoiro, the most emblematic square in the city.
The Camino passes the baroque church of San Froitosso adorned with statues of the Virtues. After getting out of the city, the first stop will be Carballeira of San Lorenzo. On and off, the Sarela River hugs the semi-urban route. On entering the municipality of Ames, the Camino reaches the village of Augapesada, which has a little bridge that dates from medieval times. It then climbs up to the hillock of Mar de Ovellas, which offers a commanding view of the splendid valley of A Maia.
This area also features excellent examples of religious architecture such as the baroque Church of Tasmonte, as well as traditional constructions, whose style culminated in the village of Ponte Maceira. The houses and the remains of some old restored mills line the banks of the Tambre River which are connected by one of the most important bridges found along the whole itinerary.
On the other side of the bridge, the Camino takes the pilgrim to the region of A Barcala, known for its dairy and meat production.
The region’s capital, Negreira, is the largest town and it was mentioned by Hemingway in his novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls”.
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