“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.

Blue Route

The church and monastery abbot of San Salvador de Bergondo are founded in the XI century. It was burned in 1328 and is rebuilt by Fernán Pérez de Andrade who provides a cloister similar to that of San Francisco de Betanzos.

We continue stuck to the outside wall of the cemetery and we cross, with precaution, the highway of A Coruña (formerly Santa Marta de Babio).

We go down to Leiras, leaving to the left the “Los Mouros” path and “Los Castros” (Carrio), which Vales cites, to the Sada-Betanzos road. We cross it, again with great care, we climb a few meters and we go down for Covas and —– until we find the road again.

We cross it again to reach Miodelo and its stream, “Randulphi River” of the old chronicles.

We cross the Miodelo stream and go up under oaks and chestnuts to Pontellas.

Green route

The church and monastery abbot of San Salvador de Bergondo are founded in the XI century. It was burned in 1328 and is rebuilt by Fernán Pérez de Andrade who provides a cloister similar to that of San Francisco de Betanzos.

We leave to the chapel of San Cidre (San Isidro) where we will find several gastronomic places to take a break. We turn right towards the City Hall. We cross the A Coruña highway through the pedestrian crossing and we descend towards the Sada-Betanzos road. We go back to cross it through the pedestrian crossing and turn towards Senra. The building was built by immigrants from Bergondo in the “Indian” style, today is a cultural center and a municipal auditorium.

We go down the village of Mariñán until, crossing the Miodelo-al Pedrido road, we join the “Mariñana Route” that we will follow to reach Miodelo.

To the left we leave the Pazo de Mariñán and the Ornithological Observatory of the Biosphere Reserve “Mariñas Coruñesas and Terras do Mandeo”.

We cross the Miodelo stream and went under oaks and chestnut trees to Pontellas.