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Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route.
I was just updating my blog, and ran across these photos. I wonder how many of you who have walked the Camino Frances have taken the time to walk the turnoff to Castromaior?

As you walked toward Palas de Rei from Portomarin, you will come across the archaeological site. Here is what the internet says about this ancient Celtic site.

This partially-excavated hill fortification lies beside the Way of St James and is believed to have been occupied up until approximately the 1st century. It stands an a small knoll offering a panoramic view of the Miño's right bank; however, as this was not rough terrain, a number of defensive elements had to be constructed, giving this settlement its unique character.
An intricate system of ditches, walls, embankments and palisades surrounded the access to the village of houses with straight, regular walls, grouped into neighborhoods. An interpretive center and museum is eventually planned for the site.

I promise, it's worth a stop!


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jefferyonthecamino

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés (1994)
Camino Francés (2013 - 2019)
Camino Portugués (2015 - 2019)
Camino de Madrid
and it's only 5 minutes from the Camino, with lots of signage so you can't get lost and you don't have to backtrack to get back on the Camino!
agree 100% well worth the short detour
 

Darby67

Enólogo caminando
Camino(s) past & future
2018 CF Jan-Feb
2019 CF Jan-Mar
I bypassed it my first year as I was completely soaked and just wanted to continue trudging toward the Xunta in Hospital. Early this year I made the ever so slight detour and wandered about the site for about 30 minutes. Well worth it!
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
Missed it. Twice. 😔
Thank you, Annie. If there's ever a next time on that part of the Frances I won't miss it again.
On the Invierno there are at least 3 castros close to the camino - one of which (in Fion) overlooks the Miño just downriver of his one.
 

C clearly

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
I promise, it's worth a stop!
I completely agree. I also passed on by, the first time, but another year, I checked it out. As stated, it is very close to the camino and very much worth the short detour. However, I hope too many people don't trample the site - I felt almost guilty to be walking around in such a good archaeological site.
 

Darby67

Enólogo caminando
Camino(s) past & future
2018 CF Jan-Feb
2019 CF Jan-Mar
However, I hope too many people don't trample the site - I felt almost guilty to be walking around in such a good archaeological site.
Similar thoughts sort of passed through my head. In a way I felt kind of grateful it wasn't on the actual path and I was comforted to not see any graffiti.
 

Mary Doll

Donating Member
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Camino Frances Sarria to Santiago (2018)
Camino Francés SJPDP to Finisterre planned for June 2020
My friend and I visited this site last year. As you say well worth a visit and we were the only two there.
 
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Camino Del Estrecho, Ruta Fray Leopoldo,
Vía Serrana, Camino Francés
I was just updating my blog, and ran across these photos. I wonder how many of you who have walked the Camino Frances have taken the time to walk the turnoff to Castromaior?
Thanks for posting this! We might have missed it otherwise, but will be to look out for it when we pass that way in a few weeks.
 

TaijiPilgrim

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2011), Camino Frances (2015), Camino Ingles (2017), Camino Muxia (2017), LePuy(2019)
Missed it. Is it before or after Donas de Vilar, which is a very worthwhile side trip?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route.
Thanks for posting this! We might have missed it otherwise, but will be to look out for it when we pass that way in a few weeks.
You will see signs and an info board on the LEFT side of the path. I believe it's between Gonzar and Hospital. You can see it on Brierley's Stage 30 map (on mine anyway). It is a GREAT place for a picnic and rest. To get back to the trail, you don't have to backtrack. You can just keep going alongside the ruins and will eventually come again to a short trail to the right, back to the Camino.
 

lt56ny

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Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
I was just updating my blog, and ran across these photos. I wonder how many of you who have walked the Camino Frances have taken the time to walk the turnoff to Castromaior?

As you walked toward Palas de Rei from Portomarin, you will come across the archaeological site. Here is what the internet says about this ancient Celtic site.

This partially-excavated hill fortification lies beside the Way of St James and is believed to have been occupied up until approximately the 1st century. It stands an a small knoll offering a panoramic view of the Miño's right bank; however, as this was not rough terrain, a number of defensive elements had to be constructed, giving this settlement its unique character.
An intricate system of ditches, walls, embankments and palisades surrounded the access to the village of houses with straight, regular walls, grouped into neighborhoods. An interpretive center and museum is eventually planned for the site.

I promise, it's worth a stop!


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You sure know the Camino Annie, thanks! I will try to check this out in November.
 

lt56ny

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Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
You will see signs and an info board on the LEFT side of the path. I believe it's between Gonzar and Hospital. You can see it on Brierley's Stage 30 map (on mine anyway). It is a GREAT place for a picnic and rest. To get back to the trail, you don't have to backtrack. You can just keep going alongside the ruins and will eventually come again to a short trail to the right, back to the Camino.
I just checked Brierley maps that I have on my Kindle. It is stage 30 and it is the location you said. In fact it clearly shows the location on his map.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2015
It's also shown on Google Maps where it is possible to get a 3D view that includes a pair of legs with no body casting a full body's shadow.

Castro de Castromaior
27188 Castromaior, Lugo, Spain
maps.app.goo.gl/kjbRqHSWHpDk9jp46

 

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Camino(s) past & future
Nearly every year since 2006, often walking more than one route.
It's also shown on Google Maps where it is possible to get a 3D view that includes a pair of legs with no body casting a full body's shadow.

Castro de Castromaior
27188 Castromaior, Lugo, Spain
maps.app.goo.gl/kjbRqHSWHpDk9jp46

whoah!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Lourdes/Burgos/SdeC 77; Frances 12,15,17; Finisterre 17; Lourdes/Aragones 18; Meseta 19.
I vividly remember walking past it it on my last Frances, pausing and asking myself "Should I?", and then deciding "Nope!".... I was just too eager to keep on keeping on.... Have regretted that ever since..... Surely worth a look.

That said, I suspect that what is visible today is entirely the result of modern excavation; and that no medieval Camino pilgrim would have known of it or paid it any attention.
 

Geoff Shepherd

I’m the big fella on the left.
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sep-Oct 2018
I was tger
I was just updating my blog, and ran across these photos. I wonder how many of you who have walked the Camino Frances have taken the time to walk the turnoff to Castromaior?

As you walked toward Palas de Rei from Portomarin, you will come across the archaeological site. Here is what the internet says about this ancient Celtic site.

This partially-excavated hill fortification lies beside the Way of St James and is believed to have been occupied up until approximately the 1st century. It stands an a small knoll offering a panoramic view of the Miño's right bank; however, as this was not rough terrain, a number of defensive elements had to be constructed, giving this settlement its unique character.
An intricate system of ditches, walls, embankments and palisades surrounded the access to the village of houses with straight, regular walls, grouped into neighborhoods. An interpretive center and museum is eventually planned for the site.

I promise, it's worth a stop!


I View attachment 64560wonder
I was there today - and last year too - it is still in great shape and well worth the very small detour. Most of the tour groups on this section just walk past it - even those with guides. In Ventas de Nardon tonight.
 

kiwi-couple

Thursday's child has far to go...
Camino(s) past & future
CF April/May 2019
My husband and I were there earlier this year. We were there in the first light of the day and mist was swirling around ...so worth seeing and experiencing.
 

LesR

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2017)
I do... it after all is on the top of a hill, no doubt for defensive reasons..
 

jefferyonthecamino

http://www.barrerabooks.com/ - Guidebooks
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés (1994)
Camino Francés (2013 - 2019)
Camino Portugués (2015 - 2019)
Camino de Madrid
But it is uphill... (sigh...)
the Camino already takes you up 95% of the climb! :)
a couple years ago, before the Camino route was altered after Castromaior village, the detour was much longer and uphill. now the Camino literally takes (well almost) takes you to the castro's doorstep.
 

amocatnerak

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances April 2018, Frances October 2019
The day I walked that stage I had it all to myself. I am not sure if everyone else just missed it or didn’t want to make the slight detour. At any rate I thought it was interesting and I had a great time wandering around before heading back to the trail.
 

sillydoll

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2002 CF: 2004 from Paris: 2006 VF: 2007 CF: 2009 Aragones, Ingles, Finisterre: 2011 X 2 on CF: 2013 'Caracoles': 2014 CF and Ingles 'Caracoles":2015 Logrono-Burgos (Hospitalero San Anton): 2016 La Douay to Aosta/San Gimignano to Rome:
Visited the site yesterday and Vilar do Donas today.
 
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