The Camino del Norte from Vilalba

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The Camino de Santiago from Vilalba

Distance: 120 Km

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Meals: Half Board or Only Breakfast

Accomodation: Hotels and Country Cottages

Price: From 539€ per person

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The last section of the Camino del Norte (The Northern Way) starts in the historic commercial city of Vilalba and leads us through agricultural lands in the interior region of rural Galicia until reaching Santiago de Compostela.

In Arzúa the Camino del Norte and the Camino Frances (The French Way) join, meaning that throughout this section we will get to enjoy both the tranquility of the Northern Way and the more popular and social aspect of the French Way.

During this section of the Camino de Santiago we will have the opportunity to visit the Monastery of Sobrado dos Monxes.







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Camino de Santiago Itinerary from Vilalba

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Vilalba

We will start the last leg of the Northern Way in the historic commercial city of Vilalba. This region is famous for its production of milk and high-end cheeses. We can also enjoy the local cuisine, and a visit to the Andrade Tower (now called Parador) is a must.

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From Vilalba to Baamonde - 20km

Once we leave Vilalba, we make our way into the heart of the Terra Chá region in Galicia. We will continue our journey on wooded hiking trails where we will cross small agricultural villages while enjoying the magnificent landscapes.

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From Baamonde to Miraz - 15km

In Baamonde you should visit the Church of Santiago before continuing on our journey through rural Galicia.

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From Miraz to Sobrado dos Monxes - 28km

We will continue on the Northern Way from Miraz to Sobrado dos Monxes. Once in Marcela we must take a moment to enjoy the views from the highest point of the route.

In Sobrado dos Monxes we will find an impressive monastery dating back to the 10th century with a Baroque façade.

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From Sobrado dos Monxes to Arzúa - 22km

This is the last leg of the Northern Way before meeting up with the French Way in Arzúa. In Arzúa we must try the region’s famous cheese.

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From Arzúa to Amenal - 23km

Today, our Camino de Santiago route will pass through beautiful forests, quiet villages and streams. We will have the opportunity to visit the Chapel of Santa Irene with its famous statue of the pilgrim Santiago.

We will also cross the beautiful village of Rúa. We will continue to follow rural roads until reaching Amenal. If you’d like to walk at a more relaxed pace, it’s possible to spend the night in Rúa.

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From Amenal to Santiago de Compostela - 21km

Once we leave Amenal, the next destination will be Lovacolla on the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela, where pilgrims usually wash themselves in the river as preparation for their arrival to the city of Santiago de Compostela.

We will continue our pilgrimage along the Monte do Gozo hill, from where we can already see the Cathedral of Santiago.

Once we arrive in Santiago, we can admire its rich local architecture and allow ourselves be captivated by its historic center, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We must make it to Santiago in time to participate in the Pilgrim’s Mass.

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Santiago de Compostela

The Northern Way ends in Santiago de Compostela. We recommend thoroughly visiting the city center before returning home, so please feel free to ask us about additional nights or tours in the historic center of the city.

Trips to Finisterre or the Cíes Islands are also recommended.

Camino de Santiago Accommodations from Vilalba

Accommodation in hotels, country homes, guesthouses, traditional Galician homes and charming hostels.

All rooms have a private bathroom and all the necessary facilities to ensure your comfort. Our accommodations have been selected to guarantee your rest and relaxation so that you have a pleasant stay along the Camino de Santiago.

All of the accommodations that we offer are personally checked on-site by our team. We also double check them by referring to the opinions of our customers.

Since we work with quality accommodations that have limited capacity, the exact name of the accommodation will be provided 30 days before the start of the Camino de Santiago.

Camino de Santiago Services from Vilalba

INCLUDED SERVICES

Accommodation in hotels, traditional Galician homes, country homes, and charming hostels.

Rooms with private bathroom.

Meal plan of your choice.

Luggage transport between stages.

Complete itinerary of the route.

24 hours Telephone assistance on route.

Assistance vehicle in case of emergency.

Informative dossier on the Camino de Santiago.

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ADDITIONAL SERVICES

Additional single room: €168 per person.

Extra night in Santiago: €55 per person.

Transfer from Santiago (includes airport) to Vilalba: €140.

Travel assistance insurance: €21 per person.

Cancellation insurance: €14 per person.

About the Camino de Santiago from Vilalba

We will talk to you about one of the possible itineraries of the Camino del Norte: the one which runs from Vilalba to Santiago de Compostela. It is one of the most beautiful routes of all that is possible on the Camino de Santiago.

Therefore we want to offer you as much information as possible to be able to undertake it alone or in the company of Santiago Ways. Among this information is the distance in kilometres of the Camino del Norte from Vilalba to Santiago de Compostela, the number of stages and also the main points of interest.

Why choose the Camino del Norte from Vilalba to Santiago de Compostela?

On every route of the Camino, there are different reasons to choose each one. It is because each of them has specific characteristics and a special charm. So we want to offer you some of the reasons for completing the Camino del Norte from Vilalba to Santiago de Compostela. They'll surely help you convince you.

1.-Gastronomy: One of the most important attractions in northern Spain, in general, is its powerful and rich gastronomy. This is true for the whole territory but especially for the province of Galicia. Not only is it a specialist in seafood and fish but also in meats, cheeses and sausages.

On our route of the Camino del Norte from Vilalba we will visit some localities of rich gastronomy that will contribute to make you fall in love with them from the first day. And it is that as you will check throughout your stay on the Camino del Norte from Vilalba, mealtime becomes especially important after a hard stage.

Marisco Galicia

2.- History and heritage: Another incentive that has this route from the North from Vilalba is that it possesses a rich variety of heritage, cultural and historical.

Proof of this is places like the Monastery of Sobrado dos Monxes, dating back to nothing more and nothing less than the 10th century. Also the beautiful village of Rúa will be an attraction for us as pilgrims to sink their roots in the mysterious Celtic culture and heritage.

3.- Infrastructure: The Camino del Norte from Vilalba shares its last leg with the Camino Frances. This is the one that, in the long term, has the best infrastructure of all the possible routes of the Camino de Santiago.

So, the Camino del Norte from Vilalba not only has excellent communications and routes for the pilgrim but also everything necessary for its supply and rest as well as excellent signposting. Another reason to select this route among all the possibilities.

4.- Natural surroundings: Another of the most powerful reasons for completing the Camino del Norte from Vilalba is the beauty of its natural landscapes. We will make our pilgrimage surrounded by lush and beautiful forests, close to stretches of coastline and naturally between mountain stretches.

In short, for those who are nature lovers, the Camino del Norte from Vilalba is a perfect choice.

5.-Climate: Another reason to make the Camino del Norte in general and the Camino de Santiago from Vilalba to Santiago de Compostela in particular is its climate. In fact, it is an area of oceanic climate with mild temperatures throughout the year.

That means we won't get cold during the winter or hot during the summer. Later, we will talk about the best time to make the Camino de Santiago, however, this point is one of the most favourable for doing the Camino del Norte from Vilalba.

Information about the route of the Camino del Norte from Vilalba

The Camino de Santiago from Vilalba to Santiago composes the last stretch of the so-called Camino de Norte. It Starts in the city of Vilalba, of great historical and economic importance in all of the north of Spain.

From there, the route passes through the interior of Galicia showing us at every step the enormous beauty of this province until arriving in Santiago de Compostela: Our final objective after 120 kilometres.

On this Camino del Norte from Vilalba we will be able to enjoy the union of the Camino del Norte with the Camino Frances in the town of Arzúa, famous for its delicious cheeses. It is a route where you can enjoy equal parts of solitude on the road and the opportunity to meet new people on the French section.

Route of the Camino del Norte from Vilalba to Santiago de Compostela

Maps of the Camino del Norte from Vilalba

We would like to offer you here the maps of the route of the Camino del Norte from Vilalba so that you have all the necessary information to plan the route and to know in advance the places that you will travel to.

Vilalba - Baamonde

Mapa etapa de Vilalba a Baamonde

Map stage from Vilalba to Baamonde

Baamonde - Miraz

Mapa etapa de Baamonde a Miraz

Map stage from Baamonde to Miraz

Miraz - Sobrado dos Monxes

Mapa etapa de Miraz a Sobrado

Map stage from Miraz to Sobrado

Sobrado dos Monxes - Arzúa

Mapa etapa de Sobrado a Arzua

Map stage from Sobrado to Arzua

Arzúa - O Pedrouzo

Mapa etapa de Arzua a O Pedrouzo

Map stage from Arzua to O Pedrouzo

O Pedrouzo - Santiago de Compostela

Mapa etapa de O Pedrouzo a Santiago de Compostela

Map stage from O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela

Profiles of the Camino del Norte from Vilalba to Santiago de Compostela

Now we would like to talk about the Camino del Norte from Vilalba. We will talk about its average altitude as well as the inclines on the different stages. To make it more graphic, we enclose visually the information below.

Vilalba - Baamonde

Perfil etapa de Vilalba a Baamonde

Profile stage from Vilalba to Baamonde

Baamonde - Miraz

Perfil etapa de Baamonde a Miraz

Profile stage from Baamonde to Miraz

Miraz - Sobrado dos Monxes

Perfil etapa de Miraz a Sobrado

Profile stage from Miraz to Sobrado

Sobrado dos Monxes - Arzúa

Perfil etapa de Sobrado a Arzua

Profile stage from Sobrado to Arzua

Arzúa - O Pedrouzo

Perfil etapa de Arzua a O Pedrouzo

Profile stage from Arzua to O Pedrouzo

O Pedrouzo - Santiago de Compostela

Perfil etapa de O Pedrouzo a Santiago de Compostela

Profile stage from O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela

Stages on foot on the Camino del Norte from Vilalba to Santiago de Compostela

So that you can know what are the different stages that we will face in this pilgrimage on the Camino del Norte from Vilalba to Santiago we also enclose the different stages that are traversed on foot.

Stage from Vilalba to Baamonde

Stage from Baamonde to Miraz

Stage from Miraz to Sobrado dos Monxes

Stage from Sobrado dos Monxes to Arzúa

Stage from Arzúa to O Pedrouzo

Stage from O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela

How long does the Camino del Norte from Vilalba take?

El Camino de Santiago from Vilalba It has a total length of 120 kilometres divided into 8 stages with its corresponding 7 nights. This duration makes it a fairly affordable option for any holiday period including Easter. With Santiago Ways, your accommodation will be in the best hotels available all the way.

Best time to do the Camino del Norte from Vilalba

While it is true that ultimately depends on each person's taste choosing which time is best to make your way, there are some indications that we must take into account before starting our pilgrimage.

This is because each road has its own characteristics that can make it better or worse depending on the season.

Therefore, we want to talk about the different seasons of the year and their respective advantages and disadvantages when making the Camino del Norte from Vilalba to Santiago de Compostela.

Spring

In general, in northern Spain Spring brings climate instability in the form of rain. While it is an oceanic climate, temperatures are mild throughout the year, the truth is that we have to consider this in order to plan our route as best as we can.

At the same time, there are those who prefer to make the Camino del Norte from Vilalba in spring for two fundamental reasons. The first is that having a duration of more or less a week, you can take advantage of Easter to make this route. Second, spring brings to the abundant vegetation of the environment an explosion of life and colours difficult to resist.

Summer

The Summer is the favourite time for most pilgrims. It Is precisely because in these latitudes the temperatures are milder than in the rest of the peninsula. So many people are encouraged to make the Camino del Norte "fleeing" from the heat of their home cities.

This is the reason why many pilgrims visit the Camino de Santiago especially in the stretch of the Camino Frances that we share when starting our journey from Vilalba.

It can be a real problem to find accommodation, in that case, we recommend you to do the pilgrimage with Santiago Ways to be able to stay always in the best hotels with peace of mind. Remember that another point in its favour is that in Santiago de Compostela there are local holidays from the 15th to 31st July.

Verano

Autumn

In autumn, climate instability increases by bringing a new risk of precipitations. That is why we must be more cautious when it comes to making the route at this time. However, in spite of this, it is possible that the ideal time to complete the road is the autumn: especially in the first days of September where we can still take advantage of the heat that remains of the summer.

Likewise, another advantage of this station is that it is stained with beautiful colours as a result of the fact that most of the vegetation in this area is deciduous.

Winter

Winter is a season reserved for the bravest. On some sections of the road, we can find very cold mountain areas and high altitudes so we must go well prepared. But the Christmas break makes more and more people encouraged to walk the route this time of year.

With Santiago Ways it is possible to do it all year round. Keep in mind that during most of the tour the temperature will be rather mild under the influence of the sea.

Guide to the places that you cannot miss on the Camino del Norte from Vilalba

We will now talk about the places of greatest interest in the Camino del Norte from Vilalba. Among them are not only sites of special interest cultural, artistic and historical but also the best restaurants on the route as well as the accommodation where you can rest with Santiago Ways.

Places of interest

We will begin by talking about the main points of interest from the patrimonial point of view. These are places you should not miss on your pilgrimage.

Baamonde

This magnificent town is surrounded by natural enclaves of great beauty crossed by small waterfalls, rivers and waters of all kinds. It Is a magnificent natural environment where a town like Baamonde stands out for the typical Galician architecture of moss-covered stone.

Baamonde

Arzúa

The municipality of Arzúa is famous for its cheeses but at the same time for its great beauty. Indeed, it is a jewel of the architecture in the purest Galician style in which the Church of Santiago de Arzúa and the Pazo de Brandesco both stand out. A spectacular stop that you can visit on the route of the Camino del Norte from Vilalba.

Iglesia de Santiago de Arzua

Sobrado Dos Monxes

Located in the same locality of Arzúa although a little removed from it, is located this imposing building of magnificent architecture and imposing aspect. Highly recommended to know some of the architectural movements in Galicia such as the Portuguese Baroque style.

Where to sleep – The best hotels

With Santiago Ways you can stay in the best hotel establishments. You can book all year round and we will be happy to take care that you receive all the pampering and attention you deserve. Here we leave a sample of some of the accommodation we propose.

Where to eat – The best restaurants

Now we talk about some of the most recommended restaurants on this route of the Camino de Santiago from Vilalba to Santiago de Compostela.

Restaurante Galicia

In the town of Baamonde, we can find this cosy corner where to taste the best of the Earth. Pilgrims are treated exquisitely and we will be able to warm up with its hot specialities. A place that you cannot miss during your pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago from Vilalba.

Restaurante Galicia

Restaurante Casa Nené

This Restaurant located in Arzúa offers us the best of Galician gastronomy. This includes not only products from the sea (the speciality of Galicia) but also products from the land and of course, livestock. All this we can taste in this wonderful site and in the locality of Arzúa, the meeting of the ways.

Restaurante Casa Marcelo

At our point of arrival, Santiago de Compostela, we will be able to give ourselves the homage that we deserve in this magnificent steakhouse, specialized in meats and other typical products of Galicia. Without a doubt, a deserved experience that you will enjoy, having the same taste of triumph.

Restaurante Casa Marcelo

Origin of the Camino de Santiago del Norte from Vilalba to Santiago de Compostela

The Camino del Norte from Vilalba shares its origin with the Camino del Norte, a route that after the Camino Primitivo is said to be the first of all. Indeed, this road was very popular during the entire Middle Ages because it allowed making the pilgrimage to Santiago ridding the dangers that the interior had.

As the Reconquista was advancing, it was left to the side to take the Camino de Santiago Frances, something less rugged. Today, the Camino del Norte is an alternative that has adept pilgrims among those who have tried it: they always repeat the experience.

The Camino de Santiago from Vilalba with Santiago Ways

Ideal footwear for the Camino del Norte from Vilalba

Other sections of the Camino del Norte

Other users’ opinions about the Camino del Norte from Vilalba to Santiago de Compostela

We also offer you the opinion of other users so you can know what other people who have already done this section of the Camino del Norte with us think. In all probability, it will encourage you to live the experience yourself.

Yuko Fujita
Yuko Fujita
Celebrating 60th birthday, we walked 100 kilos for 10 days. No pain and no blisters. Santiago ways transported our luggage on time every day even we changed one of the hotel to Paradores. Taxis were always on time waiting for us. All hotels were clean, friendly and conveniently located. The food and buildings and history of each accommodations were all unique and wonderful! I will use Santiago ways for my next Camino. Andriana was very helpful. Thank you! Muchas Gracias!
Yana Mileva
Yana Mileva
We booked our "Camino" trip via this agency. Our agent was Vanessa and we are ecstatic with the service! The booking went very smoothly. All our questions were answered and all our wished addressed in a very quick manner. Actually, the agency had to ping us a few times via email and WhatsApp, as we were the ones too slow to answer them. They even made arrangements for us to take our dog on the trip and book the appropriate hotels. The luggage transfer was wonderful. We had a pickup from Santiago to our starting point on "Camino" that also worked perfectly. We can highly recommend the services of this agency. I have to admit that I have not compared prices and if there is something cheaper on the market, but the service we received here was impeccable. We had a wonderful trip and are planing to come back next year and walk another "Camino" again. Buen Camino everyone!
Peggy White
Peggy White
Walking the Camino was the best experience of my life! Partially because I had such a great support crew of Santiago Ways! I worked with Vanessa Veiga who organized my trip to suit my needs. When some details needed to be changed, she kindly worked with me to make it happen. My accommodations were all very different- from Casa Rurals to hostels to Pensions, but they were all excellent. The luggage transfer worked perfectly, too. I highly recommend this company to anyone planning to walk the Camino!
Tamir Shemer
Tamir Shemer
excellent experience with Santiago way team, all that was promised accomplished to the last detail , the transportation, the hotels choices , the path segment choice, the information provided ,the luggage transfer just a perfect vacation
mary ellen canal
mary ellen canal
Santiago Ways is the perfect agency to help you plan you Camino de Santiago.Since the first day that i wrote my email the response was very fast, gladly i began speaking to the agent Vanessa Viega and she made sure i had all the information and helped me plan everything, she was really great .i really enjoyed my Camino, i was looking forward for it and it did satisfied my expectations.This experience for me was the most special in my life, i am really thinking about doing it again starting in Portugal
Winston Fernandez
Winston Fernandez
I used Santiago Ways on my first Camino in March this year. The trail that I did was from Vigo to Santiago de Compostela. The experience was truly fantastic ….. mainly because of Santiago Ways.My contact person at Santiago Ways was Vanessa Veiga. Right from the onset Vanessa was extremely helpful , sensitive and very attentive to all my requests. She responded swiftly to all my mails. She selected the right hotels which were excellent and the luggage always arrived on time.I am planning my second Camino next April and I would continue to use Santiago Ways and in particular Vanessa. Thanks a million Vanessa and continue the good work to all the pilgrims who want to experience a true Camino.Winston FernandezKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Marion Tilley-Vyner
Marion Tilley-Vyner
Santiago Ways made it possible for me to do the pilgrimage. At 69 I did not like the idea of staying in a hostal, I like a bit of privacy and comfort! And I could not have done the walking while carrying my luggage. Adriana at Santiago Ways helped me work out my route and booked hotels and luggage transfers. Also, having them there in case I had any problems, was very reassuring. Adriana was only a phone call away. I recommend using Santiago Ways for anyone having doubts about doing the pilgrimage - they make it so much easier!
Tammy Shain
Tammy Shain
Vanessa was awesome and we loved Santiago Ways! We had a group of 8 college friends that were all around 50-years old. The deciding factor in choosing Santiago Ways was the group discount offered for groups of 6 or more. All other companies threshold for a discount was 10 people. Vanessa and the staff were awesome to work with throughout the process. We did the five day hike from Sarria to Santiago. We requested superior accommodations in places that were on the trail. The accommodations were top notch and 4 of the 5 places were directly on the trail. The exception was our night in Lavacolla in which we were .4 miles off the trail. It was our choice to stay in that location in order to have a shorter walk to Santiago on our final day so we could make the noon mass. We were pleasantly surprised at how clean each place was and they all had great bar and restaurant choices in close proximity - with the exception of Lavacolla so we recommend eating on-site - it was very good.
Sandi Frost Steensma
Sandi Frost Steensma
We had an excellent experience on the Camino with Santiago Ways. We had 14 women and everything was wonderful. We enjoyed the hotels, loved the daily luggage transport and the food was terrific. Santiago Ways communicated throughout our trip. We felt well-supported when we needed to make changes. Thank you!!
Beatriz Beltranena
Beatriz Beltranena
Santiago Ways is excellent they exceeded my expectations!! they do a great JOB and we had a "Buen Camino" in part thanks to them... lovely hotels.. flawless bag transfers and great great service!!! I would totally recommend them and please look for Vanessa she is the best.
Jan Schubert
Jan Schubert
My family and I used Santiago Ways to organize our recent pilgrimage from Lisbon to Porto. They did an excellent job booking us (as much as possible) into wonderful, small, family-run hotels and coping with the many changes dictated by "group" travel. In addition, one of us was traveling by bicycle whilst the rest were walking, necessitating even more planning which Santiago Ways did with patience and grace. We recommend using Santiago Ways for Camino support and planning!!! Jan Schubert
Jill Scher
Jill Scher
My family and I (6 of us) just finished walking the Lisbon to Porto section of the Camino Portuguese. It was a wonderful experience for us. The hotels we were booked into were well chosen and the food was great. We also found the path to be well marked making way finding fairly easy. A great relief as we had heard it was not well marked. Our luggage was efficiently transferred each day and everything ran very smoothly. Thank you Santiago Ways! We would definitely recommend your services to our friends. Jill
Kenneth E. Nowell
Kenneth E. Nowell
Santiago Ways made my memorable hike trouble-free. I had excellent hotels, tasty breakfasts, dependable baggage forwarding, informative advance information, and a dependable drive to deliver me to Sarria. I really appreciate their attention to detail!
Margo Gosia Barker
Margo Gosia Barker
We booked our El Camino with Santiago Ways and we were very lucky to have Silvia as our agent. She did a fantastic job organizing our trip, always promptly responding to our inquiries, impeccable English, all accommodations that she arranged for us were great, and our luggage was always delivered to the next location timely, before our arrivals to sites. I would definitely recommend Santiago Ways and ask for Silvia to be your representative.
Patricia Bazán
Patricia Bazán
This trip changed my life in ways I could not describe! I knew the hiking was going to be a challenge, but Santiago Ways made it so easy to plan and execute. They are truly the best and I am already planning my next trip with Santiago Ways and would not think of going anywhere else. Silvia Rivera was particularly helpful in the planning, as she answered all my questions patiently, and help me through the process. Great job, Guys, and I will see you next year!
Roberto Canto
Roberto Canto
Have just finished El Camino de Santiago from Sarria with the help of Santiago Ways. They have been extremely accesible from day one. The transfer of the luggage throught the five days was impecable, always finding the luggage in the room on every stage of the way. The food and lodging was very acceptable. If I were to do it again I would not hesitate to contact them once more for their assistance! "Buen camino".
Edmee Flores
Edmee Flores
Our experience with Santiago Ways was flawless. We highly recommend this outfit for your Santiago way experience. A perfect 10!
Barbara Melinska
Barbara Melinska
Very nice experience. Good and professional organization.Nice and friendly environment during the event. Recommended 100 %. Saludos para Jose 😉
Hanna Ringel
Hanna Ringel
Simply put - an incredible experience! This agency looks after every last detail. I walked the last 100 km of the Camino with their help and I definitely want to go back soon and do a longer part of the route. When that happens (which I hope is soon) I'll definitely be using Santiago Ways again! Thanks for everything.
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Photos and videos of the Camino del Norte from Vilalba to Santiago de Compostela

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