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distance 20.32km Vertical gain +314m Vertical drop -396m Durée 6h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Palas de Rei - Province de Lugo

This stage goes through more rural landscapes, along small dirt tracks and quite a lot of tarmac with frequent slopes. In general, it's pretty moderate with the opportunity to visit small villages, a few of which have restaurant services. The route finishes in Melide, where we join the Camino Frances.

distance 19km Vertical gain +361m Vertical drop -415m Durée 6h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Melide (Province de A Coruña) - Province de A Coruña

The route follows the N-547 but using local paths and tracks, sometimes crossing the main road but only walking short stretches of tarmac. The route is a bit up and down, crossing the River Boente and the beautiful valley of the River Iso to reach Arzúa. Then it's a pretty comfortable 5 km as we go along forest tracks, through woods and meadows to reach the albergue at As Quintas.

distance 26.54km Vertical gain +468m Vertical drop -409m Durée 8h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lugo (Province de Lugo) - Province de Lugo

This stage is the official route and avoids the detour to Friol and Sobrado dos Monxes. There is a fair amount of road walking but if the weather is unkind (i.e. wet and cold) that is probably a blessing. There are a number of villages to go through so plenty of opportunities to chat with local folk along the way. Santiago is getting closer and that will also probably mean more people on the trail but that can also be pleasant and conversation on the road will make the journey more entertaining.

distance 23.42km Vertical gain +335m Vertical drop -428m Durée 7h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Arzúa - Province de A Coruña

A comfortable stage with very few slopes; along tracks, crossing forests and meadows. As in the previous stage, the route runs parallel to the main N-547 road and the soon to be completed A-54 motorway. Our route passes O Pedrouzo and the airport to give us a short distance to walk in the next stage to allow us to get to the Pilgrim's Mass, which is celebrated daily at 12 noon in the Cathedral of Santiago.