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Via de la Plata – A Gudiña to Ourense 9/10

Walking Section 9 of 10

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Section 9 of the Via de la Plata Camino route starts in the tiny town of A Gudiña, passing remote off the beaten track villages and curious roaming cattle as you make your way across the green Galician countryside. This section offers some of the most eye-catching views of the whole Vía de la Plata route. The terrain can be quite challenging so we have organised your walking days to cover just up to 22 kilometres per day.
If you are travelling this section of the Via de la Plata in early Spring, you might be able to catch the famous and colourful ‘Entroido’ or Carnival celebrations in the village of Laza, including a messy flour and ant-throwing battle!

Trip highlights

  • Enjoy breathtaking mountain views
  • Stop to reflect at Xunqueira de Ambía's Monastery
  • Treat yourself to Galician delicacies in Ourense's lively old town
  • Pamper yourself in one of Ourense's famous thermal springs

1 A Gudiña

A Gudiña town has two very different sides: the main street with its contemporary buildings and modern services; and its parallel back street that is more like a remote rural village with its 17th century baroque church.

2 A Gudiña to Campobecerros - 20km

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5h | +491m / -569m
This is not such an easy day but the views you will see make it all worthwhile. One of the many highlights today is probably when the Camino overlooks the Las Portas dam where you can avail of spectacular views.

3 Campobecerros to Laza - 15km

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4h | +365m / -784m
Today, you will walk up and down trough the Galician mountains, and like yesterday’s section, the views are breathtaking. When you arrive in Laza, you will get a short transfer to your hotel in Couso. Laza is famous for its ancient medieval festival called ‘Entroido’, Carnival celebrations.

4 Laza to Vilar de Barrio - 21km

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5h45 | +583m / -384m
After you are transferred back from your hotel you have a long climb up through heather and low pines, until you reach Albergueria and its unbelievable stone balconies. Before reaching Vilar de Barrio, you will start a gentle walk down the other side the mountain, becoming much flatter and greener. When you arrive, you will get a short transfer to your hotel in Couso.

5 Vilar de Barrio to Xunqueira de Ambía - 15km

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3h30 | +162m / -304m
After you are transferred back from your hotel to Vilar de Barrio you will leave the mountains behind and spend the day walking through more modern villages and farmlands. From Bobadela, the scenery alternates between open landscapes, eucalyptus trees and oakwoods before arriving in Xunqueira de Ambía with its 12th century monastery.

6 Xunqueira de Ambía to Ourense - 22km

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5h15 | +176m / -563m
Today you leave the quietness of the isolated mountain villages and head towards the city, passing an industrial area before reaching the final destination of this section: the city of Ourense.

7 Ourense

Ourense’s old quarter has a beautiful 12th century cathedral and lively pedestrian streets with many bars and restaurants where you can taste Galicia’s traditional cuisine and Ourense’s local wine. Famous for its thermal springs, Ourense is the perfect spot to relax and pamper yourself.

Hotels & country cottages have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food, and friendliness of the staff. They are subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard of comfort & price. Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.

A Gudiña - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Campobecerros - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Laza - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Vilar de Barrio - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Xunqueira de Ambia - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Ourense - Standard / Superior

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

A Gudiña Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Ourense Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to A Gudiña
Best option: Santiago de Compostela (190km)
Aer Lingus operates flights from Dublin, Ryanair from London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo) and Frankfurt (Hahn), Vueling from London Gatwick, Paris (Charles de Gaulle). Most cities are reachable with indirect connections via Madrid or Barcelona. See www.skyscanner.com. Other option: Madrid (Barajas) airport (415km) Madrid is an international airport, directly connected with many cities all over Europe. Almost all airlines are involved in flights from Madrid. See www.skyscanner.com.
How to get back from Ourense
Best option: Santiago de Compostela (100km)
Aer Lingus operates flights to Dublin, Ryanair to London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo) and Frankfurt (Hahn), Vueling to London Gatwick, Paris (Charles de Gaulle). Most cities are reachable with indirect connections via Madrid or Barcelona. See www.skyscanner.com.
Alternative Option: Porto airport (170km)
Porto airport serves many airports all over Europe and a lot of airlines offer flights to Porto, e.g. London (Gatwick) with easyJet, Dublin, Liverpool or Rome (Ciampino) with Ryanair. There are a few direct flights with TAP Airlines to New York (Newark) and with Air Transat from/ to Toronto (Pearson International). See www.skyscanner.com.
Alternative Option: A Coruña airport (45km)
Some international routes are served from this airport: London (Heathrow) and Amsterdam (only seasonal) with Vueling Airlines and Lisbon with TAP Portugal. Connecting flights via Madrid or Barcelona are also available. See www.skyscanner.com.
Alternative Option: Vigo airport (90km)
Direct flights to Dublin, Edinburgh (Ryanair), London-Luton (Air Nostrum), Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Lisbon, Rome and Paris. See: www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers TO and FROM Airport

How to get to A Gudiña
From: Santiago de Compostela (190km)
Both cities are linked with a train route, departing 2 times/ day (taking between 2h and 3h30). See www.renfe.com. It is possible to take a bus as well (2 departs/ day, travel time approx. 4h40). See www.movelia.es. There is a shuttle bus from the airport in Santiago, departing every 30min. Bus stops are. e.g., the bus station (Estación de Autobuses), the train station (Estación de Ferrocarril) or the city centre (Plaza de Galicia). See www.empresafreire.com. From: Madrid (Barajas) airport (415km) There is a train connection to Madrid (Chamartin) twice a day, taking 4h or 6h. See www.renfe.com. In Madrid, you can find an urban train (Line C1), linking the train station (Chamartin) with the airport (Terminal 4). See www.renfe.com. The way from/ to the bus station can be taken with the metro (stop’s name is Méndez Álvaro, line 6), and with a change at the station “Nuevos Ministerios”, it is possible to get back from the airport (all terminals, line 8). See www.metromadrid.es.
How to get back from Ourense
To: Santiago de Compostela (100km)
Both cities are linked with a bus connection, departing 8 times/ day (mon-fri) and 5 times/ day (Sat-Sun) (2h travel time). See horarios.monbus.es. There is a shuttle bus to the airport in Santiago, departing every 30min. Bus stops are. e.g., the bus station (Estación de Autobuses), the train station (Estación de Ferrocarril) or the city centre (Plaza de Galicia). See http://www.empresafreire.com.
To: Porto airport (170km) There is a train connection between Vigo and Porto-Campanha (main train station) (taking 2h, sometimes with a change in Viana do Castelo). See www.cp.pt. The way between Vigo and Ourense can be taken by train as well (7 departures/ day, approx. 2h travel time). See www.renfe.com. The easiest connection between porto airport and Porto-Campanha or city centre is the metro. The purple line (line E) links them with a frequency between 5-9 minutes. See: www.metrodoporto.pt.
To: A Coruña airport (70km)
From Santiago you can take a train to A Coruña (30 min approximately) and then take a bus from Alfonso Molina (line 4051) to the airport (every 30 min, takes 20 min approximately). Monbus has services from Santiago to A Coruña Airport (every 3 hours), see monbus.es/en for details.
To: Vigo airport (90km)
From Santiago you can take a train to Vigo Guixar (see www.renfe.com) or a bus to Travesia de Vigo (every hour). You should then take a city bus from Travesia de Vigo to Vigo Airport (every 30 min).

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