It seems that it was only yesterday that we left Oviedo and we faced those hard first days, and today we’ll be leaving Lugo. Today we will complete the tenth day on the Camino Primitivo route, although some pilgrims join the route from here.
We have to enjoy this day a lot, because in the next we will arrive at Melide, where the Camino Primitivo converges with the Camino Frances and we will lose a lot of the calm and tranquillity provided by this route.
Let’s continue on the Camino Primitivo!
Today’s stage is quite simple, but it doesn’t have much of a story. Much of the route is done on asphalt and over comfortable tracks.
This stage has quite a few reasons that it may be considered as a final stage on the itinerary. We choose Ferreira, but they are also classic stage endings places like San Roman da Retorta or other intermediate points.
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Itinerary stage Lugo – Ferreira
The route of the tenth stage of the Camino Primitivo has a total of 26.5 kilometres to Ferreira. Today we will find the surface in good condition and with few slopes.
Lugo (km. 0). Beginning of stage
Practical tips for this stretch: The day begins in the Plaza Mayor, under the arcades, there are several cafes that open early. A good choice for breakfast. Buen Camino!
We start the day from the Plaza Mayor, passing next to the Church of Santiago. We cross the square and leave it by a staircase of the Poeta Luis, located at the backg, to access the Plaza de Santa Maria.
We continue straight ahead, next to the cathedral, and leave the walled enclosure by the door of Santiago. After this, we go down Rua Santiago and soon after, the stairs to Calzada da Ponte.
We pass under the Carmen roundabout and under the N-VI road to reach the Roman bridge. At the exit, we turn right on Rua Vella da Ponte and continue along Fermin Rivera. We arrive next at the fountain and the Chapel of San Lazaro, where once a leper’s hospital was located.
San Lázaro (km. 2,3).
Practical tips for this stretch: In this stretch various churches will come your way. Do not be in a hurry and stop to visit them, you will see that you get pleasant surprises, especially in that of San Vicenzo do Burgo. Buen Camino!
Next to the pilgrim marker at 100.96 kilometres we turn left and start the climb to the Alto de Louzaneta. The descent is made on a local track to the N-540 road, which we cross through a tunnel (km. 3.9).
We tour the Louzaneta urbanization and later, we cross the LU-232 road. When leaving the junction we continue straight on the LU-P-2901 road towards Burgo (km. 5). In order to avoid the asphalt, we take the path that runs next to the hard shoulder on the right side.
We go on, leaving Santo Matias, in the parish of O Veral and Castro de Rebordaos, a little further away from the route. We arrive at Seoane (km. 7.5), with its parish church. We continue through the lands of Mera, entering the Parish of O Burgo, through the village of Carrigueiros. Here we find a pazo known as Casa Grande de Carrigueiros (km. 9) and shortly after, the Chapel of San Bartolome do Burgo.
About half a kilometre later, we pass next to the Fonte de Ribicas and ascend to San Vicenzo do Burgo, where on the right we find its baroque church, it’s well worth a visit.
San Vicenzo do Burgo (km. 9,9).
Practical tips for this stretch: After the detour to Santa Baia you have to pay attention. 900 metres later, the pilgrim path leaves the road on the right. It is easy not to see the detour when circulating on the left side of the road. Buen Camino!
With the LU-P-2901 road as our faithful companion, we enter the parish of Poutomillos. We leave to our right the detour that leads to Santa Baia de Boveda (km. 11.8), a place that deserves a visit but some distance from the pilgrim path.
900 metres after the detour to Santa Baia, we have to leave the road on the right. Moving along a carriage path, we bypass the Regato de Mendo and arrive at Bacurin (km. 13.5), located at the foot of a castro, where we find the Church of San Miguel.
Half a kilometre later, we find a detour 100 metres long, on the right, which leads to the Romanesque Church of San Miguel, located next to the cottage of the same name. After a stretch of shadow, we go out onto the road. We continue to pass next to the house of O Paso and Hospital, in the parish of San Pedro de Mera.
At the 87.161 km marker to Santiago de Compostela, we leave the road on the right, for a short stretch. Very soon, we return to it, to pass through San Pedro de Abaixo and reach Taboeiro (km. 17.7).
Taboeiro (km. 17,7).
Practical tips for this section: In O Burgo de Negral is located El Rinco de Marilena. There is a little stall with drinks, cakes and coffee in exchange for a donation. Buen Camino!
We pass the detour to Crecente and continue along the road to the Church of San Romao da Retorta, in the concello of Guntin. Going around the temple we reach the centre of San Romao da Retorta (km. 18.8).
On the descent we always continue straight on at the different junctions. At the end of the descent, we turn left and climb again gently. We cross a track and, on a local road, cross the Rego do Burgo, and continue on to O Burgo de Negral, in the Parish of O Pacio.
The pilgrim path continues towards Villacarpide and O Pacio, where the Church of Santa Maria is located and a cross is found. (km. 23.8). One kilometre later, we cross the LU-231 road (km. 24.9) and continue straight towards Merlan. 600 metres later we arrive at A Covela, in the Parish of Ferreira de Negral.
In the centre, we turn left and pass next to the Casa da Ponte, in the hamlet of Mosteiro. We cross the Rego de Ferreira, where a Roman bridge is located, and we enter the urban centre of Ferreira (26.5).
Ferreira (km. 26,5). End of the stage
Practical tips for this stretch: In Ferreira you will find some services and pilgrims. Until a few years ago this town was practically abandoned, it is the pilgrims who have kept it alive. See you tomorrow!
In Ferreira there are not many places to visit, but also in the other options that are proposed as possible stage endings. Today we have another one of those quiet afternoons on the Camino Primitivo. Enjoy it because you’ll miss them later.
Observaciones etapa Lugo – Ferreira
Here are some tips for the tenth stage of the Camino Primitivo.
Precauciones etapa Lugo – Ferreira
The stage has no significant difficulties and can be completed by anyone, without major inconvenience for cyclists, or for people with reduced mobility.
Gastronomía etapa Lugo – Ferreira
Below you will find some gastronomic suggestions for the tenth stage of the Camino Primitivo.
- Peppers from Mougan
- Galician stew
- Fish and shellfish from Galician rivers
- Beef and chicken
Services on the stage Lugo – Ferreira
Get to know the main healthcare services, cafes, ATMs and restaurants that are located on this stage of the Camino Primitivo.
Map stage Lugo – Ferreira
Check the map with the route and locations that the stage runs through.
Profile stage Lugo – Ferreira
Find out about the profile, altitude and degree of difficulty on each section.
What to do on the stage Lugo – Ferreira
During today’s route, you will pass through various places of interest, below we provide you with information about them.
Iglesia de San Miguel
The Church of San Miguel de Bacurin dates from the 12th century. The temple was erected next to a convent, of which today only a few items remain. The church is in a rural Romanesque style.
Its greatest value is located inside the temple. Its highlights include the baroque altarpiece and the apse, around which you can see some corbels on which animals are depicted.
Capilla de San Bartolomé do Burgo
The Chapel of St. Bartholomew do Burgo is a Christian chapel, raised in a place of ancestral worship, in which the goddess Nabia, considered mother of nature, was worshipped, manifested through fountains and rivers. The church is located in an underground cave, where a shrine was formerly located.
Its construction is perfectly adapted to the natural environment in which it is located.
The chapel has a rectangular nave and a portico with columns with a masonic air.
The high altar rises up from the rock. The stone covers, as if it were a vault, a small cave through which a stream of water flows, known as a sacred fountain.
Looking around the temple, you can still see some remains of the rituals that were performed in this isolated area. You can see, for example, a carved stone, which collected the rainwater that the worshippers of the goddesses used to wash in. A stone table can also be seen.
In the old days, the devotees of the goddess went seven times around the promontory where the present temple is located, to benefit from the favours of the deity. This tradition, which has been christianized, is still preserved today.
Iglesia de San Vicente do Burgo
The Church of San Vicente do Burgo dates from the 18th century and is in a Baroque style. The highlights of the temple are its decorated bell tower and the clock that is located on the frontispiece. Its structure consists of two naves, the second being the highest. Its beautiful vault also stands out.
Iglesia de Santa Eulalia de Bóveda
The Church of Santa Eulalia de Bóveda dates back to the 3rd century. According to some studies, the temple was built, in ancient times, over two floors.
Nothing is preserved on the upper floor today, but it is known to be used to make bull sacrifices. The religious used to collect the animal’s reproductive organs and keep them, to perform baptisms with their blood, which was supposed to help cure diseases. This tradition disappeared with the introduction of Christianity.
On its ground floor, it still retains practically all its original structure. It has a square floor plan and its walls serve as a support to the ground that lies on the construction. Through a half-point arch, the crypt is accessed from the outside.
Hours: Sundays, Mondays and public holidays closed. From 16th June to 15th September, Tuesday to Friday (8:30 to 14:30) and Saturday (10:00 to 14:00). From 16th September to 15th June, Tuesday to Friday (8:00 to 15:00) and Saturday (10:00 to 14:00).
Iglesia de San Romao da Retorta
The Church of San Romao da Retorta was raised in the 12th century, although it has undergone various modifications throughout history. Its structure is rectangular in plan and is built in granitic stone. Its roof is gabled over the nave, four over the main chapel and three over the sacristy.
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