As we first climb a steep incline and then make our descent, with every step we are following an ancient medieval trail that crosses the lovely valley of Lourenzá and runs through Mondoñedo, one of the most unique historic towns in Galicia.
Vilanova de Lourenzá - Mondoñedo
Mondoñedo - Gontán
Length 12.8 Km
Estimated Duration 3h 15min
Mondoñedo, declared a historic-artistic site, is one of the main Galician episcopal centres in terms of cultural tradition and one of the most unique historical centres in Galicia. It was the provincial capital until 1833. It is also the birthplace of writers such as Álvaro Cunqueiro, and musicians such as Pascual Veiga (author of the Galician anthem). Its grand cathedral is well worth a visit, and it is also renowned for its almond cake and ‘Cabell d’àngel’ (angel’s hair) jam. We leave Mondoñedo via José María Pardo street along the Alameda dos Remedios. We continue along the LU-3106 and cross Cesuras, Mount Pico and Mount Santa Cruz, until we reach Abadín.
There is a another route from Mondoñedo that takes us directly to Abadín (17.20 km). We leave Mondoñedo via A Fonte Vella, to the south. After passing through the outskirts of Lousada (where you can visit its old lime kilns), we cross through A Xesta and then Gontán. The Valiñadares River flows through the lush valley. The hostel is located in Gontán, before the municipality’s capital Abadín, , on the outskirts of the region known as A Terra Chá.