The Coastal Way
Stage 15: A Veiga/Vegadeo - Santiago de Abres
This stage, of just 6.89 kilometers, actually constitutes the transit between the Asturian coastal road and Galicia, linking the last capital of the Principality, Vegadeo, with the province of Lugo.
The route has two clear parts, the first one of ascent from the town of A Veiga/Vegadeo to the top of Bustelo, saving in about four kilometers a difference of slightly less than two hundred meters, while then the descent towards the Eo river in Santiago de Abres begins, producing the same right on the border between the autonomous communities of Asturias and Galicia.
Half of the route runs on asphalt roads, the rest corresponding to dirt and gravel tracks. You pass through the small villages of A Cruz, Grandamiá and Abres, of a purely agricultural nature and with a prominent presence of cabazos and other auxiliary structures for field work and livestock. A good part of the itinerary runs through the Parga forest mass, between pine and eucalyptus plantations.
Among the cultural heritage directly linked to the Camino de Santiago at this stage, some buildings in the capital of Vegadeo stand out, such as the parish church or the urban palace of Villamil, today a house of culture. On the itinerary, you will pass by the remains of the Sela de Murias inn and near the parish church of Santiago de Abres, a Baroque work from the 18th century, in which the reception of pilgrims already in modern times is documented. The end of the stage and the Asturian route of the coastal Camino de Santiago is marked by the Fornacho bridge over the Eo river, heir to the historic Ponte Vella, which disappeared at the beginning of the 19th century.
Start of the stage in front of the A Veiga/Vegadeo Town Hall, a building built at the beginning of the 20th century, in the so-called Campo del Medal, an area reclaimed from the estuary … In front of the municipal building there is a fountain with a statue of a muse on top.
- Related element: Fuente
Continue through the Parque del Medal (the former A Veiga/Vegadeo fairgrounds), passing by the bandstand and arriving shortly after at the parish church, from the mid-19th century.
Opposite, the front of houses that make up Veigueña’s main street unfolds, with buildings of between two and four floors in which cast iron balconies and wooden galleries abound.
In front of the church is the House of Culture, in a building that once belonged to the Villamil family.
- Related element: Casa Villamil. Casa de Cultura
The Camino continues in front of this facility, continuing along Alameda Street until it reaches a bridge over the Monjardín River, which is not crossed, but rather turns left beforehand, continuing the route along the Magdalena Street river walk. , with blocks of buildings on the left, while on the right, after the river, there are orchards and some houses. You continue along this walk until you reach the next bridge, in a place where on the left stands a high-rise building that has been converted into a pilgrims’ hostel. A little further to the left, there is a church from the 60s, preceded by a concrete visor, of notable interest.
- Related element: Iglesia
The Camino crosses the bridge over the Monjardín river, leaving a large covered laundry on the right. After the river, turn right onto a concrete track that goes up Calle La Pandela, after passing a crossroads with another street on the right. As you go up, between single-family homes from the end of the 20th century, you get a great panoramic view of the town, on the right, as well as the Eo estuary and the Santos bridge in the background.
After leaving the last chalets behind, the path turns into a dirt track that leads into a eucalyptus plantation. After traveling about 130 meters, continue to the left, in a curve where there is a fork in the road. You continue to climb, between trees and areas with a strong slope of land on the left, until you reach a flatter area, with meadows on the left and eucalyptus trees on the right, connecting with a track that comes from the left, through which Continue straight ahead towards Miou, the next town next to which the Camino de Santiago passes (although without entering it) and which is already beginning to be seen on the right hand side.
After approximately 250 meters, we take a sharp curve to the right, which leads directly to the first houses in A Cruz, passing the path to be concreted.
- Related element: A Cruz
At the first crossroads you come across, you turn left, between houses and past a hut located on top of a very tall stone masonry structure. This street leads to an open space, in which you continue straight ahead, along an asphalt road that soon gives way to an open dirt track between high slopes of earth on both sides of the route. The tour begins here along the so-called Camino de los Arrieros, more or less parallel to the Louteiro stream, crossing a large eucalyptus forest for a long journey.
After the initial box-in of the Way, we then pass to an area where the landscape opens up somewhat, with meadows on the right, to then run again between slopes of earth and eucalyptus trees. You leave a water tank behind and you come to a crossroads where you continue straight ahead, running through the middle of an authentic eucalyptus forest. Continue straight ahead, later reaching a fork in the road, where you opt for the one on the right, which descends without taking any detour, passing through a firebreak (strip of land without tree planting to prevent the spread of possible fires ), and reaching the Louteiro stream, which is crossed by a pass made of several stones driven into the stream bed.
Then an ascent begins, parallel to the riverbed, between eucalyptus trees and a high slope of land on the right, which ends up leading to the ruins of the old Meson de la Sela de Murias, on the right.
- Related element: Mesón de la Sela de Murias
Shortly after, you end up on a paved road, continuing to the right, and after about 60 meters you reach a crossroads, where you have to choose the road that leads to Abres to the left.
You descend along this road and after passing several steep curves you arrive, after just over 900 meters, in Grandamiá, a small nucleus of houses, before reaching which, at a fork in the road, you have to continue along that of the right, which soon leaves behind a laundry room and enters a group of buildings among which are located several cabazos.
- Related element: Grandamiá
After this nucleus, the route continues down the road, for about 450 meters, and after a very sharp curve, reaching the first houses of the town of Abres, through several of whose neighborhoods the Camino will run in its last kilometers of Asturian route.
- Related element: Abres
Continue to the left at the first fork in the road that appears, ascending along an asphalt path towards the El Pividal neighborhood, soon leaving the 17th-century palace of Miranda on the right.
After the palace, you continue between single-family houses, with good views to the right of the whole town of Abres, presided over by the parish church of Santiago, next to which, however, the Camino de Santiago will not come close.
- Related element: Iglesia de Santiago
In the place of Rego del Casal, after a sharp curve, and leaving a water tank on the right, continue along the road on the left, which descends, leaving on the right a large farmhouse with a large horse.
The road now enters the center of the town, in the A Rúa neighborhood, passing by a large cattle shed and a strip of houses to, after a curve, flank the main façade of the Rúa palace, today dedicated to tasks. agricultural and that preserves in its back part the building of the old chapel, next to which the Camino has passed.
- Related element: Casa de la Rúa
After leaving the palace behind, continue straight ahead, leaving a detour on the right, and then turning to the right (in an area where the historic Vello bridge was located opposite, which crossed the Eo and linked with Galicia), between low houses and stone walls delimiting plots. You pass next to the school building, after which, and at a crossroads, you turn left, skirting a house that has two cabins at the back, and connecting with the local road that leads to Vegadeo and that, after just 150 meters, leads to the Fornacho bridge over the Eo, the border between Galicia and Asturias and the end of the route and the coastal road as it passes through the Principality.
- Related element: Puente del Fornacho