The last section of the Via de la Plata Camino route is probably the most beautiful of all the ‘last 100km’ to Santiago de Compostela; and will also please those looking for a Camino that is off the beaten track. This fantastic route takes pilgrims from the city of Ourense, famous for its natural thermal springs and pretty historic centre; and finishes in wonderful Santiago de Compostela. You will be walking the green and lush Galician countryside, dotted with pretty Romanesque churches.
Across peaceful forests, farmland and sleepy hamlets you are more likely to encounter friendly locals than fellow pilgrims, as this route is quite a hidden gem. In the market town of Lalin you should sample the town’s famous ‘cocido’, a traditional dish that will please meat lovers.
As you reach some altitude (never really challenging) the views of the surrounding countryside are splendid. Don’t forget to claim your ‘Compostela’ certificate when you reach Santiago!
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