Arzúa is a town and municipality located in the province of A Coruña, in the autonomous community of Galicia, Spain.
Arzua is the last major stop on the Camino as it is a sizeable town just 36 kilometers away from Santiago de Compostela.
Arzua is also the town the Camino del Norte joins the Camino Frances. Both pilgrims who have followed either of the two previous routes and those who, following the Primitive Way, linked with the French path in Melide, advance together from Arzúa to the tomb of Santiago the Apostle.
Arzúa is known for its cheese, which is considered one of the best in Spain. The cheese is made from local cows’ milk and has a unique flavor and texture, making it famous throughout the region. The town is also known for its beautiful natural surroundings, including the Sierra de Arzúa, a range of hills that offer stunning countryside views.
Accommodation in Arzúa
|Hotel Name||Type||Prices range||Room type||Other|
|Albergue Ultreia||Albergue||Budget||Shared rooms||Breakfast is available, Kitchen, WiFi|
|De Camino||Hostel||Budget||Family rooms & Shared rooms||Free WiFi|
|Cruce De Caminos Arzua||Hostel||Budget||Single rooms with shared bathroom||Facilities for disabled guests|
Free WiFi, Bar
|A CASA DO LAJUEIRO||Hostel||Budget||Single and family rooms, Shared rooms||Free WiFi|
|Rectoral de Boente||Hotel||Mid-range||Private rooms||Breakfast included, Restaurant, Bar, WiFi|
Things To Do In Arzúa
In addition to its natural beauty, Arzúa has several cultural and historical sites to explore. Besides that, the town is mainly known for its cheese and honey. Therefore, one of the main activities you can do in Arzúa is to discover the culture associated with these two products.
Honey Living Museum
In the Museo Viviente de la Miel de Arzúa, you can visit two apiaries, an old one and a modern one. Inside the museum is an extensive collection of photographs illustrating the life of bees and a didactic room where the whole process of honey cultivation is explained.
Outside the museum, next to the apiaries, you will find beautiful botanical gardens, a cage with birds, and an anthill.
Church of Santiago
The parish church of Santiago is located in the middle of the Camino Frances, next to the main square. This church is relatively new, as it was built in the 20th century.
In addition to the worship spaces, the building has other facilities, such as a library or spaces for welcoming pilgrims.
Chapel of Madalena
The Chapel of Madalena is part of an old convent of Augustinian monks. Its construction dates back to the 14th century.
Nothing remains of the convent since the monks abandoned it and moved to Santiago de Compostela. The only thing that remains standing is the Chapel of the Madalena.