“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 continue through the villages of Mesoiro, El Casal y Rio – “rural backwaters”, with several buildings with gardens and Indian architecture, very typical of Mariñas, outlining to a certain distance the “haughty and strong” Castro de la Fragachán or Reboredo. The Areosa then, with the idyllic village of Bergondiño (F), and at the left, the Castro de Bergondo or “Monte do Frade“.
We arrived at the parish church of San Salvador of Bergondo -Burgundium in the medieval documents-, and the remains of the Benedictine convent of that name.
FROM THE COAST OF OUCES TO S. SALVADOR DE BERGONDO
Here we deviate from the Vales route and go down through A Lagoa and Ouces in a path with old houses and old palaces, in which spectacular gardens full of exotic trees amazing, mostly of them with an American origin.
And to affirm the xacobeo sense of the path, we find at the entrance of the Pazo de la Lagoa, now converted into a hostel, stone reliefs not very old by what seems, with the image of King David imitating the king of the door of Platerías from the Cathedral of Santiago, and a scene from the “Translatio” of the Apostle’s body.
We then arrive at the cross stone and the church of San Xoán de Ouces.
Inside we find the monumental tomb of its founder, Fernán Pérez de Ouces died in 1287, and two images of Santiago, an image dressed as a pilgrim that confirm us in a path xacobeo
In the cemetery the tomb of the Galician writer and philosopher Xoan Vicente Viqueira
We follow the paved road bordering the Castro de Reboredo to Bergondiño, where we join the blue route, arriving soon at San Salvador de Bergondo.