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Camino Del Norte Paying It Forward - Save 8km between Vilalba and Sobrado

Globalroaming074

El Norte
Past OR future Camino
El Norte (May 2022)
Primitivo (May 2023)
Hi Guys
I’ve just finished my first Camino on El Norte, 5 weeks and 830km from Irún to SDC - it’s definitely been one of the most unexpectedly amazing experiences of my life.
Towards the end, when my feet were really beginning to hurt, a guy I’d walked with and who had since gone ahead of me by a few days sent me the attached - a map showing the two routes you can take between Vilalba and Sobrado after passing Baamonde.
Like many, I’d solely been using the Buen Camino app and it suggested that when it came to the junction and which route to take, the longer route (by 8km) to the left via Miraz might be preferable to the route to the right via As Cruces because the shorter route had no hostels or facilities available. In other words walk to the left, a 44km leg with accommodation and places to eat or walk to the right, 36km with nowhere to sleep or eat.
So imagine my joy when my friend sends me the attached which actually shows that you can take the shorter route to your right because a lovely new albergue/pension has opened up in Parga called Parga Natura. From here you can walk the next day where in actual fact there are 2 bars between Parga and Sobrado and you’ll save yourself 8km.
If I’ve confused you I’ll summarise as follows:
If you go right at the junction, your walk will go:
Day 1 Vilalba - Parga 26km
Day 2 Parga - Sobrado 24km
Total 50km
If you go left at the junction as I’d planned to do based on Buen Camino’s description, it’s:
Day 1 Vilalba - Miraz 32km
Day 2 Miraz - Sobrado 26km
Total 58km
The walk was pretty easy and I was really grateful because both days were warm and muggy, around 30 degrees so this info was a blessing which I’m happy to pay forward for anyone planning their trip or who is currently on the way already. BUEN CAMINO!!!
 

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The owners of Parga used to run the Primitivo albergues in Ponte Ferreira (along with another forum member), and I have heard from people who stayed in Parga this year that is is a very nice facility. The only downside I see with your suggestion is that it makes Vilalba a stopping point. Not one of my favorite towns on the Norte, it has always seemed a bit depressing to me.

Where did you stay there, @Globalroaming074?
 

Globalroaming074

El Norte
Past OR future Camino
El Norte (May 2022)
Primitivo (May 2023)
Thank you very much for this information. It is really timely because I have been trying to figure out how to manage that long stage to Miraz. This seems perfect.
Yes, I was freaking out a little too, especially when Buen Camino suggested the daily stage Vilalba to Baamonde (19km) then the next day Baamonde to Sobrado (40km) or stopping via Miraz to make it three short days. I was so happy to get this map from my peregrino buddy. I’m glad you see how great it is too!
 

Globalroaming074

El Norte
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El Norte (May 2022)
Primitivo (May 2023)
The owners of Parga used to run the Primitivo albergues in Ponte Ferreira (along with another forum member), and I have heard from people who stayed in Parga this year that is is a very nice facility. The only downside I see with your suggestion is that it makes Vilalba a stopping point. Not one of my favorite towns on the Norte, it has always seemed a bit depressing to me.

Where did you stay there, @Globalroaming074?
Aaah, that’s so interesting, yes the owners in Parga are super hospitable and have created a really beautiful, clean, comfortable and welcoming space. I really hope they get great support from the Peregrinos because they deserve it.
Noted your thoughts on Vilalba, I must admit we cheated and took advantage of the Parador there which was a lovely experience, we didn’t leave our room, even opting for room service 😂
 
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Norte 2022
Past OR future Camino
France 2018, Norte 2022
Hi Guys
I’ve just finished my first Camino on El Norte, 5 weeks and 830km from Irún to SDC - it’s definitely been one of the most unexpectedly amazing experiences of my life.
Towards the end, when my feet were really beginning to hurt, a guy I’d walked with and who had since gone ahead of me by a few days sent me the attached - a map showing the two routes you can take between Vilalba and Sobrado after passing Baamonde.
Like many, I’d solely been using the Buen Camino app and it suggested that when it came to the junction and which route to take, the longer route (by 8km) to the left via Miraz might be preferable to the route to the right via As Cruces because the shorter route had no hostels or facilities available. In other words walk to the left, a 44km leg with accommodation and places to eat or walk to the right, 36km with nowhere to sleep or eat.
So imagine my joy when my friend sends me the attached which actually shows that you can take the shorter route to your right because a lovely new albergue/pension has opened up in Parga called Parga Natura. From here you can walk the next day where in actual fact there are 2 bars between Parga and Sobrado and you’ll save yourself 8km.
If I’ve confused you I’ll summarise as follows:
If you go right at the junction, your walk will go:
Day 1 Vilalba - Parga 26km
Day 2 Parga - Sobrado 24km
Total 50km
If you go left at the junction as I’d planned to do based on Buen Camino’s description, it’s:
Day 1 Vilalba - Miraz 32km
Day 2 Miraz - Sobrado 26km
Total 58km
The walk was pretty easy and I was really grateful because both days were warm and muggy, around 30 degrees so this info was a blessing which I’m happy to pay forward for anyone planning their trip or who is currently on the way already. BUEN CAMINO!!!
We too took that route, mostly to avoid the herd on the traditional route. We did stop at the newer Pensión for “beverages”, and yes it was a nice facilities. The staff were attentive and nice. But we continued onto O MUIÑO DE PENA Pensión. Now that was a lovely stay next to the river. Highly recommended from other Pilgrims who have walked numerous times. The following day we walked easily into SdC. We merged with the Frances crowd at the airport, and did not recognize a single pilgrim into the city. ETrain.
 
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Globalroaming074

El Norte
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El Norte (May 2022)
Primitivo (May 2023)
We too took that route, mostly to avoid the herd on the traditional route. We did stop at the newer Pensión for “beverages”, and yes it was a nice facilities. The staff were attentive and nice. But we continued onto O MUIÑO DE PENA Pensión. Now that was a lovely stay next to the river. Highly recommended from other Pilgrims who have walked numerous times. The following day we walked easily into SdC. We merged with the Frances crowd at the airport, and did not recognize a single pilgrim into the city. ETrain.
I wish I had followed you and avoided the Sobrado-Arzúa-Pedrouzo path as walking from Arzúa to SDC once all the Caminos merged was a rude shock after the peace of El Norte, you were very smart. It’s sad to say but for me the last stretch from Arzúa to SDC was the worst part of my Camino.
 

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