If we take Ferrol as our starting point, the route begins at the Curuxeiras Docks, the location of the medieval port, whose origins date back to the 11th century. This first stage to Neda is short, just 14 kilometres, and runs parallel to the ria along almost the entire route.
Length 13.5 Km
Estimated Duration 2h 45min
Leave the Curuxeiras Docks behind and continue along Paseo de la Mariña to San Francisco Church, located between the old quarter and the neoclassical neighbourhood of A Madalena. A Madalena is an excellent symbol of the new town planning that emerged during the Enlightenment period. In the 18th century, Ferrol had become the largest city in Galicia. King Ferdinand VI had decided to set up the Great Navy Yard of Northern Spain here in the middle of the century, making this location the greatest European naval base of its time. It was necessary to house the influx of workers – Ferrol went from 1,500 inhabitants to more than 25,000 by the end of the century. This need gave rise to the neighbourhood of A Madalena: a rectangle made up of six parallel streets intersected at right angles by nine cross streets, with two squares between the centre streets.
The route runs through Enlightenment Ferrol to La Caridad Hospital, today the Torrente Ballester Cultural Centre, then passes San Xiao Co-Cathedral. Real Street leads to Amboaxe Square, where La Virxe das Dores Church is located. We then come to the Parade Ground and mid-20th century Town Hall building. This is the heart of the city. Leaving this enormous space, continue on to A Constitución Square and the Cantón de Molíns Garden and then Las Angustias Church, also neoclassical in style.
The route continues through the Recimil and Caranza neighbourhoods to the A Gándara industrial estate and then the Municipality of Narón. Follow O Mar Avenue, which runs parallel to the ria, and then turn towards Neda.
A Pena Street leads to San Martiño de Xubia Monastery (Municipality of Narón). The route then picks up O Salto Path, runs past the tide mill at As Aceas de Lembeie and crosses the bridge over the Xubia River, entering the Municipality of Neda. The hostel is beside the river. The former Sancti Spiritus Pilgrim Hospital (15th century) stands near the town hall.