Most people coming to our albergue feel it is a pity to leave the camino Primitivo and join the camino Frances the next day in Melide, 20 kms after Ponte Ferreira. From there it is 52 kms to Santiago.
But, there are more options now! From our albergue it is possible to walk in one day (26 kms) to Sobrado dos Monxes on the camino del Norte. On this camino it is possible to join the camino Frances in Arzua (39 kms before Santiago), but it is also possible to hike the variant which joins the Francs only close to the airport, 14 kms before Santiago.
Especially the last alternative will be an atractive alternative to many people. If you are interested in this route, you can download the KML or the GPX file of it (to be used in a smartphone), or the PDF file with maps to print.
Their are no signs the first 20 kms from this route from our albergue, but then it joins the well signed camino del Norte, 6 kms before Sobrado do Monxes.
Sobrado is famous for its monastery which also has a place for pilgrims to sleep. Besides, there are also a few albergues for pilgrims.
From Sobrado dos Monxes it is 39 kms to the point near the airport where it joins the camino Frances. This part of the camino is well signed. In this stretch there are possibilies to sleep in:
- Boimorto (after 12 km, with a public albergue and a private albergue)
- B&B Twin Pines, a B&B 21 kms from Sobrado which has special prices for pilgrims
Km 00: Albergue Ponte Ferreira
Km 21: First bar
Km 26: Sobrado dos Monxes (website monastery & albergue)
Km 38: Boimorto (see Gronze.com for possibilities)
Km 47: B&B Twin Pines (see availability on booking) Tel: +34 635 959 047
Km 51: Casa Rico de Medin (website) Tel: +34 981 41 87 85
Km 65: Joining the camino Frances, airport Santiago de Compostella
Km 78: Santiago de Compostella
From albergue Ponte Ferreira to Santiago, following the camino Primitivo and joining the camino Frances in Melide, it is 72kms.