Yesterday’s stage over the asphalt may have caused blisters on the feet on more than one of us. We hope you took care of them during the afternoon yesterday, because today more paved tracks await us. 

Let’s continue on La Via de la Plata!

Today we will leave Lalin council to enter that of Silleda. Again we will advance over a number of asphalt tracks, along which we will advance quickly. On this stage, the pilgrims who come here following the Camino Invierno join us.

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Itinerary stage Lalín – Silleda

Again, trying to escape those very long days, today we face a low-distance route. Only 9.5 kilometres separate Laxe (Lalin) from Silleda. The route does not face big slopes.

Laxe (Lalín) (km. 0). Beginning of stage

Lalin

Practical tips for this section: Those who have decided to stay overnight in the town of Lalin can refer to the precautions section to see the description of the route between Lalin and Laxe. Buen Camino!

We start the day on the N-525 road. We follow its hard shoulder for the first few metres and arrive at Vilasoa. After 400 metres, and entering the nucleus, we leave the national road to take a paved track, which intersperses with some sections of gravel.

Along it, we arrive at Prado (km. 2), we cross the centre by the road and next to the village shop we turn left to leave the asphalt and continue between houses. 700 metres later we cross a road and continue.

Later, we turn 90 degrees to the left to go down an asphalt track that runs through Borralla, a hamlet formed by a group of scattered houses and a dairy cooperative. At this point we deviate down a track that passes under the viaduct.

The pilgrim path leads us to the Taboada Bridge, which crosses the River Deza (km. 4,6). We then cross the bridge and climb to the centre of Taboada (km. 5.5).

Taboada (km. 5,5). 

Practical tips for this section: Next to the Chapel of Trasfontao we will not find any indication. The pilgrim path, as you leave the forest track, continues straight, and does not run very close to the house. Buen Camino!

We go through the locality and return to the N-525 road. We advance along for 50 metres and leave it on the left, taking a path that takes us next to some warehouses. 

Between these, we turn left and continue along a path that enters Trasfontao (km. 7.5). At this point, the signage is not so good. 

We pass by the town chapel and continue straight ahead. We descend down a cobbled path and then climb to our destination today, Silleda (km. 9.5). 

Silleda (km. 9,5). End of stage

Silleda

Practical tips for this stretch: The short itinerary to Silleda will allow you to explore the surroundings in the town. Many pilgrims do not explore the surroundings of the villages in which they stay overnight and the truth is that authentic treasures are lost. See you tomorrow!

The town of Silleda has basic services and has not much to do. However, if you are encouraged to explore the surroundings we recommend one of the following visits: The Toxa Waterfall or the beautiful Monastery of Carboeiro. You can choose: nature or religious architecture.

Observaciones etapa Lalín – Silleda

Here are some tips for this stage of La Via de la Plata.

Precautions stage Lalín – Silleda

The stage does not present great difficulties. The final stretch from Trasfontao is the most complicated. On the one hand, when we arrive next to the chapel we find no signage and on the other, the cobbled path by which we descend may be muddy. 

Pilgrims who have stayed in Lalin will have to walk back on their steps, following the path of the Camino Invierno. To do this, leave Lalin through the area of O Regueirino, following the Pontinas promenade. 

In the middle of the promenade, you will find a detour on a dirt track, located on the right, which leads to the N-525 road. You have to cross it and go straight on a local road, which runs parallel to the national road. 

After the Lalin industrial estate, we continue along a service track of the AP-53 motorway, heading to Santiago de Compostela. Shortly thereafter, it is necessary to cross the motorway through an underpass and access Laxe.

Food on the stage Lalín – Silleda

On this stage, we would suggest the following local dishes:

  • Meat Stew
  • Empanada
  • Bacon with turnip tops
  • Chestnuts
  • Doughnuts

What to do on the stage Lalín – Silleda

Below we provide you with information on places to see on the tour of La Via de la Plata today.

Ponte Taboada 

The Taboada Bridge was erected in 912, in the same place where a wooden footbridge once stood. The construction has a single half-point arch.

Iglesia de Santiago de Taboada

The Church of Santiago de Taboada is Romanesque in style. The temple is located at the foot of the Camino de Santiago and according to tradition, all pilgrims who pass by him must knock the door of the church with their heads.

The façade, made at the beginning of the 13th century, stands out. The access door features an archivolt that rests on two spans with animal heads and plant ornamentation columns on their capitals. On the tympanum you can see the scene of the struggle between Samson and the lion.

Inside, there is a Baroque-style altarpiece with the figure of an equestrian Santiago, surrounded by polychrome images. The complex is framed by two triumphal arches in which are capitals of the late Romanesque.

Pazo y capilla de Trasfontao

The Pazo de Trasfontao is a private property, erected in the 18th century. The construction is surrounded by a walled enclosure and has an H-shaped plant. The site highlights the French-style garden in which a dovecote and a barn are located.

Attached to the house is a chapel consecrated to Sao Tome. The temple dates back to the 16th century. Inside it houses polychrome images.

Useful information:

The property is private and therefore cannot be visited.

Silleda

Silleda is the capital of the municipality of the same name, which has almost 8,700 inhabitants. This region of Galicia is famous for agricultural and livestock fairs. The town of Silleda does not have many attractions, but within the municipality you can visit the 500-year-old Sillador Cork Tree, the Toxa Waterfall, and the Monastery of Carboeiro.