After yesterday’s quiet stage, we won’t find it difficult to reach Laxe or even to allow ourselves the luxury of deviating to Lalin.
At this stage we will say goodbye to Ourense to enter Pontevedra. Descending through the Deza Valley, we will enter the Lalin council.
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Itinerary stage Casarellos – Lalín
Unlike the previous days today we face a much longer route, 27.1 kilometres. We will go forward for much of the day on asphalt. The slopes at this stage are moderate and most of them are taken in descent.
Casarellos (km. 0). Beginning of stage
Practical tips for this stretch: At this stage we will advance along many asphalted sections, and continuously cross the road. Pay attention in those moments. Buen Camino!
On the same road we arrived at Casarellos yesterday, we return to the N-525. We cross the road linking it with the AG-53 over a bridge. Shortly thereafter, we return to the N-525 road and continue along its shoulder for 450 metres, to take a dirt track to our left.
By the dirt road, which runs parallel to the AG-53 motorway, we reach a bridge that allows us to cross it (km. 1.4). 500 metres later we turn right along a path and continue on the climb.
The path leads us to a track, which we take on the right, through which we enter the province of Pontevedra. For a while, surrounded by beautiful places, we continue to walk, to another bridge by which we save the highway again. Finally, we enter Castro Dozon (km. 7.3).
Castro Dozón (km. 7,3).
Practical tips for this stretch: In Castro Dozon you will find a bar and a restaurant. Buen Camino!
In the centre, we leave the national road and advance along one on an asphalt track that runs parallel to the road. Through it we pass by the Church of San Salvador.
Then we return again to the asphalt on the road, and along it, we continue to the sign indicating that there are 11 kilometres to Lalin and 61 for Santiago left to go. At this point we leave the national again on the left, to follow another asphalt track.
Arriving at the Alto de Santo Domingo, we return to the national road. Along it we cross the village of the same name (km. 10.5). We go through the urban core and continue to kilometre point 280. One hundred metres later we leave the road again, to continue along a track that leads us to Puxallos (km. 14.8), in the Lalin concello ( council).
Puxallos (km. 14,8).
Practical tips for this stretch: On this stretch you will have a beautiful view of the Deza Valley, somewhat spoiled by the presence of the highway, but beautiful after all. It’s a good point to stop and take a few pictures. Buen Camino!
In the centre, we pass by, next to its chapel and next to a sculpture of Santiago. We leave the village behind, descending, with excellent views over the Deza Valley.
Shortly before reaching the highway, we turn left to continue along a path. Later we turn again, to reach Pontenoufe (km. 17.1).
We go down to the bridge over the River Asneiro. Then we leave the asphalt to continue to the right, where a marker indicates 60.519. Ascending, we take a trail, stop after a while, turn right and return to the asphalt on a track. Along this, we arrive at the village of A Xesta (km. 18.6).
A Xesta (km. 18,6).
Practical tips for this stretch: At Lalin train station, you will find a bar. Buen Camino!
In the centre, we cross the road and descend to the area of Lalin train station (km 21,4). We cross the road, for the umpteenth time during today’s stage, and continue to the hamlet of Botos (km. 22.8).
Here, we cross a road again and continue along a gravel road that leads us to Donsion (km. 24.8). In our path, we find the Church of Santa Eulalia.
We leave the centre behind as we arrived, on gravel, and cross River Cabirtas. We arrive next to the AP-53 motorway, which links Santiago de Compostela and Ourense. We continue to advance with it, save the N-525 and enter Laxe (km. 27.1), in Lalin.
Laxe – Lalín (km. 27,1). End of stage
Practical tips for this stretch: You can complete today’s stage in Laxe or deviate a few kilometres more and stay overnight in Lalin. See you tomorrow!
Laxe is located a few kilometres from the town of Lalín. This latter town has more services and has more sights, so many pilgrims prefer to divert towards there, going onto the Camino de Invierno.
Lalin is famous for its Galician stew, as evidenced by the pig sculpture you will find in the town. In Lalin, you can also visit the Castro Tecnologico, the Chapel de los Dolores and the Church of San Martino. You can also discover the life of Ramon Maria Aller Ulloa, an astronomer born in the town.
Comments stage Casarellos – Lalín
Here are some tips for you to enjoy this day on La Via de la Plata.
Precautions stage Casarellos – Lalín
Today’s stage does not present great difficulties and can be completed without further inconvenience, both by pilgrims on bicycles and by people with reduced mobility. The biggest drawback of the day will be the excessive presence of asphalt and the continuous road crossings.
Food on the stage Casarellos – Lalín
During today’s stage you will be able to enjoy the following regional dishes.
- Cocido from Lalin (unmissable!)
- Local cheeses
- Galician Liqueurs
- Bacon with turnip tops
What to do on the stage Casarellos – Lalín
Below we provide you with information about places of interest that will come your way on the tour between Casarellos and Lalin.
Iglesia de Santa Eulalia de Donsión
The Church of Santa Eulalia de Donsion stands at the foot of the Camino de Santiago. Its construction was carried out in the first half of the 18th century. It was originally owned by the Gil Taboada family.
From its exterior, the crosses distributed by the façade of the church stand out. The belfry that tops the temple also draws your attention.
Lalin is a municipality in the province of Pontevedra where just over 20,000 inhabitants reside. The town is known in Galicia to be kilometre zero in the community.
On the streets of Lalin you can visit the Chapel de los Dolores, the Castro Tecnologico, the Church of San Martino, Estatua do Porco, and the monument and Museum to Ramon María Aller Ulloa.
Capilla de los Dolores
The Chapel of Sorrows is located in Praza da Villa in Lalin, in the middle of the Camino de Invierno. The temple was built after felling, in 1876, a tree known as Carballo de Manteiga.
The chapel is Baroque style and consists of a single nave. It stands out for the size of its chancel. On the tympanum, you can see the figure of the Virgin of Sorrows.
Inside, it houses an altarpiece with the image of the Virgin, which was acquired in 1883. After the previous one was destroyed by fire.
Useful information:Mass times: From 1st July to 31st August, workdays (9:00 and 20:00), eves (20:00) and public holidays at (9:00, 12:00, 13:00 and 20:00). From 1st September to 30th June, workdays (9:00 and 20:00), eves (20:00) and public holidays (9:00, 12:00, 13:00 and 18:00).
The Castro Tecnologico is located in Rúa da Habana, in Lalin. It is a peculiar construction inaugurated in 2013. Its design is of avant-garde style and is the work of the architects Emilio Tunon and Luis M. Mansilla.
The building stands out above all for its circular structure, which represents the ancient castros in Galicia. The building is awarded as a civic symbol in the XII Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism of Spain.
Estatua do porco
The Monument to the Pig is one of the most symbolic sculptures in Lalin. It is located in Rua Colon. The monument is made lifesize and commemorates the famous Cocido Fair, listed as a Festival of National Tourist Interest.
Iglesia de San Martiño
The Church of San Martino is located in Lalin de Arriba. It is a Romanesque temple, although of this style, only its apse is preserved. Its structure consists of a single rectangular nave. The temple’s triumphal arch is highlighted.
Estatua de Ramón María Aller Ulloa
The Statue of Ramon Maria Aller is located on Avenida Jose Antonio de Lalin. The monument was inaugurated in 1960 and pays homage to the famous astronomer, a native of the town.
Museo Municipal Ramón María Aller Ulloa
The Municipal Museum Ramon Maria Aller Ulloa is located in Rua Ramon Allerde de Lalin, in the former residence of the astronomer Ramon Maria Aller Ulloa. The space was opened in 1989.
Its collection consists of various objects that the astronomer used. You can also find objects of Joaquin Loriaga and Taboada, born in the town, who flew the first plane that landed in Galicia.
Hours: Closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Open Monday to Friday (9:00-14:00 and 19:00 to 21:00).