“CAMINO MARIÑAN”, is based on an old pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, which Professor Francisco Vales Villamarín describes in the 50s of the last century, the documentation was lost and found at the end of the 90s. It was published in the Brigantine Yearbook in 2002, studied and made known by the Cultural Heritage Custody Association “VEDOREIRA” in 2014.
The pilgrims disembarked in the port of Fontán and from here they walked to Betanzos to continue then road to Compostela.
In 2017, the municipalities of Sada, Bergondo and Betanzos agreed to convert it into a Tourist Route, and following the 2014 study, two routes are offered. One in blue, which corresponds to the original path, and one in green, which corresponds to the alternative path of the study.
This old route will be reused for cultural, landscape, gastronomic, sports, etc. use. To follow it, you will find signs with blue or green colors and the logo, depending on which route you follow, also white signs on the ground with red direction arrows, in the doubtful sections.
Given that today much of the route is urban, semi-urban and cross roads, we beg you to take maximum precaution in the areas designated as dangerous, wear reflective vests, walk on the left, take the children by the hand and do not invade the traffic routes of vehicles.
We arrived at the Magdalena neighborhood with its modest chapel from the late s. XVIII, very modified in the XX. Sole rest of the missing lazarados hospital contiguous to the chapel. Even today the pariah San Lázaro is venerated inside.
On the right we have the remains of the “Fábrica de Curtidos La Magdalena “, belonging to the Etcheverría Family, which worked part of the s.XIX and until 1914.
In the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 it was a concentration camp, and in there, there were many Republican, Basque and Catalan political prisoners, including Vicente Ferrer.
From here the pilgrims entered the city by the Ponte Nova, crossing the Mendo, the Porta das Donas and going up to Rúa dos Ferreiros would arrive at the Church of Santiago, where they could pass under the Porta do Perdón, and, if not to be able to continue on the road, to obtain the Jubilee there.
End point of our journey.
Others would march directly to Compostela following the path of the Carregal, where today is located the Pasatempo park, by the road of the Cascas, next to the old monastery of Xanrozo, also called “Das Donas”.