Stage 30: Portomarín - Palas de Rei

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Distance
24,8 Km
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Length
5h 45m
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Difficulty
Low
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General information

The town of Portomarín developed on both sides of the river Miño and was always protected first by the Order of Santiago. Alfonso IX transferred ownership of the town to the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, which maintained a pilgrims' hostel there for centuries.

Portomarín currently has a population of 1,400 inhabitants and has ten pilgrim hostels with more than 200 beds. However, during the months of July and August it can be difficult to find a place to spend the night.

The Church of San Juan, also known as the Church of San Nicolás, is one of the largest single-nave Romanesque churches in Galicia. It was built between the late 12th and early 13th century and is also a fortress.

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Itinerary

Today's goal is Palas de Rei, which is located at the end of the main street of Portomarín. The street is quite steep, but it is worth it because the scenery is incredible. Once you get to the top of the hill, you can see Monte San Antonio.

The rest of the ride is easy because it's all downhill from there. However, the last 3 km leading to Palas de Rei are on a dirt track, so be careful not to slip.

The route of this stage passes through villages that perfectly represent the essence of Galicia. During the stage, you will pass through Gonzar, Ventas de Narón, Ligonde, Eirexe, Portos and Os Chacotes.

Shortly after Gonzar, you will enter Castromaior, where you will find the ruins of a "castro". This gives name to several villages along the way: Castro Lardeiros, Castro Simone, Castro de Valos and Castro Marza.

From Os Chacotes, it is a 4.7 km walk to Palas de Rei, where there are 5 hostels and all the facilities we need.

Hostels Portomarín - Palas de Rei

Hostel Address Place Telephone Property Management Staff
Albergue Ortiz Castromaior, 2 Castromaior (Concello de Portomarín) 982 09 94 16, 625 668 991 Private Private Esther
Albergue A Casina di Marcello Aldeia de Abaixo s/n Palas de Rei (Lugo) 640 723 903 Private Private Marcelo
Albergue Zendoira Amado Losada, 10 Palas de Rei (Lugo) 608 490 075, 606 313 546 Private Private Santiago e Iria
Albergue Mesón de Benito Rua da Paz, s/n Palas de Rei (Lugo) 636 834 065, 667 232 184 Private Private Enrique y Juan
Albergue de Hospital da Cruz Antiguas escuelas Hospital de la Cruz (Lugo). Concello de Portomarin No information phone Xunta de Galicia Xunta de Galicia Digna
Albergue de Airexe Airexe, 17 (Antiguas escuelas) Airexe - Ligonde - Concello de Monterroso (Lugo) No information phone Xunta de Galicia Xunta de Galicia Unknown
Albergue de Gonzar Gonzar (Cerca de carretera) Gonzar (Lugo) No tiene teléfono de información Xunta de Galicia Xunta de Galicia Unknown
Albergue privado Casa García Gonzar, 3 Gonzar (Lugo) 982 157 842 Private Private Norberto
Albergue O Cruceiro Ventas de Narón, 6 Ventas de Narón 658 06 49 17 Private Private Adelina
Albergue de Palas de Rei Carretera de Compostela, 19 (Plaza Concello) Palas de Rei (Lugo) No information phone Xunta de Galicia Xunta de Galicia Unknown
Albergue privado de Eirexe Airexe, 14 Airexe / Ligonde / Concello de Monterroso (Lugo) 982 15 34 75, 650 965 873 Private Private Cruz
Albergue San Marcos Travesía de la Iglesia, s/n Palas de Rei (Lugo) 982 38 07 11, 606 726 356 Private Private Ana Blanco
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