“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.
When we arrive at the Romanesque church of Santa María de Pontellas, a rural Romanesque style but altered in large part by the reforms carried out at different periods, it is good to look back to see the Betanzos estuary and the meanders of Mandeo, core area of the Biosphere Reserve.
Afterwards, we will continue along the path leaving the castro and Pazo de Illobre to the right.
We continue towards the sanctuary of Nosa Señora das Angustias, built in the second third of the XVIII century, based on the alms of the faithful.
We will cross the highway of A Coruña with the utmost care, we descend a few meters and we will continue to the right along the deep and old Camiño da Condomiña, which was once the Camino Real that was heading towards A Coruña.
We go down to the Madalena neighborhood, where the modest chapel of that name is raised, from the end of the XVIII century and markedly modified in the XX century, nowadays private, and the only rest of the disappeared hospital of the lazarados adjacent to it. The houses on the left are the modification of the houses in which the patients lived, who lived from the alms of pedestrians.