With yesterday’s quiet afternoon in the town of Tineo and the arrival of the fourth day, from today we will begin to notice how our body is in better shape. The next few days will be much easier. The fourth day is the turning point.
Today’s day runs through valleys and forests bathed by Asturian rivers. Again, we will traverse many small villages, located in idyllic environments. The price to be paid in this wonderful place are kilometres and kilometres we have to climb.
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Itinerary stage Tineo – Pola de Allande
Today’s stage has 28.2 kilometres of travel. From Salas a La Guardia you ascend approximately 200 metres, then you go back down to reach the Obona turn-off. Then we face successive descents to conclude the day, going down 300 metres to Pola de Allande.
The surface on this stage may not be in good condition, as it is common that some sections on the itinerary are muddy, either caused by rains or by streams that run close to the route.
Tineo (km. 0). Beginning of the stage
Practical tips for this stretch: In the centre of Tineo, you will find some places that open early, where you can have breakfast before you start walking. Buen Camino!
We start the day by heading to the village’s Casa Consistorial, after this one, we turn right, along Calle Calvo Sotelo, which then becomes Avenida Gonzalez Mayo. 150 metres later, we go up to the right by Calle Venera de la Conda, which goes onto Calle de la Fuente.
Then we arrive at the Fountain of San Juan. Soon after, the pavement disappears and we deviate to the left, by a path full of deciduous trees, through which we cross the Regueiro de Robleu (km. 2,4).
We pass next to the Letizia viewpoint. Over the Sierra de Tineo, with magnificent views of the summits of Leon, we continue the walk, on our way we find a water reservoir (km. 3.5). We continue to climb to La Guardia Hill (km. 5.4).
Here we take an asphalt track, to the left. We follow it for 150 metres and leave it on the right, taking a grassy path, which borders the peak of Puliares. After a while, we arrive at a concrete track that leads us to the road towards Cerezal. We go down to the AS-350 road, next to the hamlet of Piedratecha (km. 7.5).
Piedratecha (km. 7,5).
Practical tips for this stretch: The Monastery of Santa Maria La Real de Obona is 350 metres from the detour. Although in a bad state of repair, we recommend you to visit it, since as he did with the people of Tineo, the monarch Alfonso II also set his sight on this monastery. Buen Camino!
We follow the AS-350 road for several metres and leave it on the left shoulder. We take a path that goes down a wooded area, until the detour to the Monastery of Santa Maria La Real de Obona (km. 9,2).
If we want to visit the monastery we take the detour. To return to the pilgrim path from there we will have to go back on our steps and return to the fork. At the junction we continue to the left, overlooking the village of Obona. We reach the hamlet of Villaluz by a track (km. 11).
We pass by a picnic and a fountain; and we go off to the TI-3 road. Following its route, we cross several villages in the parish of Obona: Vega del Rey (km. 11.8) , Berrugoso, Las Tiendas (km. 13) and finally Campiello (km. 13.9).
Campiello (km. 13,9).
Practical tips for this section: Those pilgrims who wish to follow the section to Hospitales, should stay overnight in Campiello or Bores, since in this section, they will find the detour to Puerto de Palo. Buen Camino!
Without leaving the TI-3 we pass through El Fresno, where we are greeted by the Magdelena Chapel, and El Espin. At kilometre point 7, we leave the TI-3 road, on the left, and take the local road that goes to Pereda, Orrea and Sangonedo.
We follow it for 350 metres and abandon it on the right, to take a path that takes us to Borres (km. 16.8). We pass by the Bar Barin and, after this, we go up to the AS-219 road. We cross it and go straight onto a concrete path.
Surrounded by a beautiful landscape, we take a forest track, which runs next to the edge of the pine forest, and that leads to the detour to Puerto de Palo, following the Hospitales route. We ignore it, and continue straight to reach, 200 metres later, Samblismo (km. 18.7), a hamlet in Borres.
Samblismo (km. 18,7).
Practical tips for this stretch: In this section we will frequently enter and leave the road. Remember to walk in single file when you are on the asphalt. Good way!
We cross the AS-219 road and leave the town behind on a pavement track that leads us to La Mortera (km. 19.7), in the parish of Cerredo. Having passed the River La Mortera, we continue along a grassy path that goes up to the road.
Alternating roads and paths for several kilometres, we reach the tunnel that crosses the AS-219 and climb to another village in Cerredo, Colinas de Arriba (km. 21.7). A few hundred metres later, we leave the road again, this time on the left, and descend to the River Villaverde.
We cross the river over a bridge and take a pavement track that runs uphill, returning us back to the road. Following its route, we reach the Alto de Porciles (km. 23), at an altitude of 773 metres above sea level.
Porciles (km. 23).
Practical tips for this section: When arriving in Porciles, we are greeted by Bar San Roque and arriving at the exit of the village, we find Bar Casa Boto. Buen Camino!
After the Casa Boto Bar, we leave, on the left, the AS-219 road and start a steep descent to the River Porciles. Then comes a hard uphill stretch, which is done with the help of stairs, and that again returns us to the road.
Following the road, we cross the village of Lavadoira and reach the peak of the same name (km. 25.2), at 806 metres of altitude. Just before we reach the sign that announces the entrance to the council of Allande, we take a path that begins on the left side of the road. We continue to climb up the foothills of Pico Corona to the hamlet of Ferroy (km. 27.2).
We cross the hamlet and return to the asphalt, this time that of the AS-217 road, for a short stretch. We quickly leave it on the left, to take a shortcut to the mouth of the Regueiro del Caleyo, which leads us to the entrance of Pola de Allande (km. 28.2).
Pola de Allande (km. 28,2). End of stage
Practical tips for this stretch: The best thing to do in Pola de Allande is to relax in Parque de El Toral. See you tomorrow!
The afternoon in Pola de Allande is quiet, ideal to recover from the long tour and to enjoy an afternoon of conversation with other pilgrims. In the village, you can visit Parque de el Toral, the Palacete de Ramos Ron and the Palacio de Cienfuegos.
Comments stage Tineo – Pola de Allande
Below are some tips and suggestions for you to enjoy the fourth stage of the Camino Primitivo.
Precautions stage Tineo – Pola de Allande
Today we have another day full of slopes, but with unbeatable views. The climb to the La Guardia Hill is quite bearable.
On the last part of the route, you have to face continuous ascents and descents, which make you lose many metres in altitude, and then have to recover them. It could be called a leg-breaking stretch.
Food on the stage Tineo – Pola de Allande
Below we suggest some dishes that you can enjoy at this stage.
- Meat: beef, pork, game and free-range poultry.
- Cabbage hot-pot
- Chicken stew
- Tortilla in rum
- Meat-stuffed cabbage
- Vegetable pie
- Salted products
- Rice pudding
- Hazelnut cake
- Orujo cream
Services on the stage Tineo – Pola de Allande
Get to know the main healthcare services, cafes, ATMs and restaurants that are located on this stage of the Camino Primitivo.
Map from Tineo to Pola de Allande
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Profile from Tineo to Pola de Allande
Find out about the profile, altitude and degree of difficulty on each section.
Qué ver y qué hacer en la etapa Tineo – Pola de Allande
On the fourth stage on the Camino Primitivo, you will find various places of interest. Here’s some information about them.
Monasterio de Santa María la Real de Obona
The Monastery of Santa Maria la Real de Obona dates from the 17th century, although it was never completed. It belonged to the Cistercian order.
The 13th-century cloister and its church stand out. The Romanesque-style temple consists of three naves, divided by cruciform pilasters and features a wooden roof.
King Alfonso IX decreed in the Middle Ages that all pilgrims heading to Santiago de Compostela should cross the village of Tineo and visit the Monastery of Obona. Whoever did not do so would be punished.
Church of Santa Maria de Borres
The parish church of Santa Maria de Borres is the oldest in the council of Tineo. The temple has a single rectangular nave.
The access door consists of a half-point arch, on which a false window is located. The church is topped with a belfry that ends in a Greek cross. The temple stands out for its impressive baptismal font.
Pola de Allande
Pola de Allande is a town in the municipality of Allande, where almost 750 inhabitants reside. The official language of the town, despite belonging to the province of Asturias, is Eonavian, a linguistic variety of Galician and Asturian.
The village was founded in the 13th century. In it you can visit the Toral Park, the Palace of Ramos Ron and the Palace of Cienfuegos.
Parque El Toral
Parque de el Toral is located in Pola de Allande. It is a beautiful corner, full of groves and vegetation. Some of the trees that grow in this park are hundreds of years old, creating an authentic relic in the village.
Palacete de Ramos Ron
Palacete de Ramos Ron is located in Pola de Allande. Together with others in the municipality, it is a good example of the importance of emigration to America from this region.
The building was constructed in 1890 and is neoclassical in style. Its construction was carried out at the wish of Manuel Ramos Florez, who emigrated to the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Puerto Rico, marrying Carmen Ron.
Palacio de Cienfuegos
The Palace de Cienfuegos dates back to the 14th century, although the original construction was re-built in the 14th century, by order of Mr. Cienfuegos. Only the lower part of the property is preserved from the early Gothic-style palace.
The L-shaped building has three square towers. In the 18th century it was renovated again, to adapt it as a home of Count Penalba.