Laguna de Sobrado (foto cedida por Ecotono) 

Tourist route behind the wheel

Boimorto (Arzúa Region), Vilasantar (Betanzos Region), Sobrado, Toques and Melide (Terra de Melide Region).

The stone part of the route takes us back in time as we pass through Megalithic monuments, Roman sites, Romanesque churches, pazos (ancestral galician country houses) and cruceiros (stone crosses).

The water aspect of the route flows from the sources of both the Tambre and Mandeo rivers, in the Sobrado lake, and in the River Furelos, a tributary of the River Ulla, with its impressive waterfall in As Brañas; it also flows in atributary of the Tambre, the River Gándaras, which has an accredited walking route where we can find a watermill and a restored and functioning textile mill.

The visitor will discover a natural setting where green trees and fields of cereal crops to the west contrast with, in the east, a landscape of mountains, rocks and interweaving roads in Bocelo Mountain and the mountain range known as Serra do Careón. Serra do Careón, a zone protected by Red Natura 2000, is home to several end angered, and protected species, of which some of the mare unique to this area.

This rural environment is obviously influenced by the confluence of The French Pilgrim Way to Santiago de Compostela (Camino de Santiago francés), the Primitive and Northern Ways to Santiago, as well as live stock farming, which is mainly concerned with dairy production, and the agro-food industry, along with the forestry sector and the commercial and hospitality industries based in Melide. It is here, in Melide, where we can find the only industrial park in these five districts.

The Arzúa-Ulloa cheese (Protected designation of origin) and the Melide’smelindres (shaped like small, round doughnuts) are the main features of this famous local gastronomy.

Should you wish to eat locally, to go shopping or to discover the nightlife, it is always advisable to ask the locals. They will guide you in the right direction.


 Tellería de Boimorto. A la derecha laguna de Sobrado


Total distance: 79 km.
Recommended duration to complete this route: 2 days.
Circular route: it is possible to start the route at any point of the itinerary.
Estimated travelling time: 2 hours by car.
If you are travelling from A Coruña, Santiago de Compostela or Lugo, you will reach this route in less than one hour.



The Romanesque Church of Santa María de Mezonzo

The Romanesque Church of Santa María de Mezonzo and the heritage grain and cloth mills.

The Romanesque Church of Santa María de Mezonzo, declared an Historical and Artistic Monument in 1931, is a Romanesque jewel dating back to the beginning of the thirteenth century. Saint Pedro de Mezonzo was the abbot here in an older monastery that no longer exists. He would later become Bishop of Santiago de Compostela (tenth century).


The renovated textile and grain mills can be found in close proximity to the church. Mr. Pepe do Batán, a Vilasantar resident, is in charge of preserving the textile mill and the passing on of its tradition to future generations. In order to do that, he puts it into operation whilst explaining its history and mechanics. Right beside this textile or cloth mill, on the Gándaras riverbank, the visitor can find the beautiful PR-G 195 route which can be travelled on foot or bicycle. Coming down from the mill, the visitor will enjoy the beautiful view of the waterfall.


Batán de Mezonzo (Vilasantar)



After the walk, keep travelling towards Melide, making sure you stop in Boimorto to recharge your batteries in one of the manybars or coffee shops there. Boimorto has become well-known for its musical scene in the last few years due to the Festival de la Luz (Festival of Light) which is celebrated during the second weekend in September in the environs of the house where the singer and composer Luz Casal was born. During this festival, national and international artists perform for free in order to promote the local rural life and nature.

The Camino Norte (northern pilgrim´s route) to Santiago crosses the centre of Boimorto and this has notably improved the standardof accommodation and has helped create new businesses in the last few years. During the summer months, the visitor will be able to relax in the municipal public pool or in the River Tambre. The source of this river is in Sobrado dos Monxes and it flows through Boimorto and Vilasantar.


Festival da Luz (Boimorto)


Leaving this route behind, beside the “Casa do Concello” (town hall), we can see the old Roman miliary, discovered in the 1980s, example of the oldroad network and signalling system. From there you can go to the twelfth century Romanesque church of Sendelle where you can admire the semicircular apse and the sixteenth century murals illustrating scenes of the Liturgy.


 Miliario romano. Murales del siglo XVI. Iglesia de Sendelle (Boimorto)



Plaza del Convento (Melide)


Melide is the most populated district on this route with more than 7000 inhabitants. Pilgrims from the Camino Francés to Santiago stop here to enjoy dishes such as octopus and the traditional Melide baking (melindres, ricos and almendrados), shopping (mainly the Sunday market) and also to enjoy the nightlife at the weekend.

The town centre is pure art in stone and the architecture of Plaza del Convento is undoubtedly the greatest example of this, along with the Sancti Spirictus Convent and the Obra Pía de Santo Antón, a baroque country house built in the seventeenth century with a chapel and currently housing the Town Hall. Next to this is the sixteenth century pilgrims’ hospital, where today we can find the Ethnographic Museum Terra de Melide.

We would advise the visitor to spend at least a morning discovering the rich heritage of this village, whose original purpose was to accommodate the needs of pilgrims on their way to Compostela.


Cruceiro (Melide). Á dereita Igrexa de Santa María de Melide
Crucero (Melide). Á la derecha Iglesia de Santa María de Melide

Other places of interest in Melide

In the surrounding areas of Melide the visitor can take a rest beside the pool in the recreation area on the banks of Furelos river. Here you also can see the beautiful medieval bridge which has welcomed pilgrims coming into Melide over the centuries. Make sure you drive to the church of Santa María the Melide, which is a national monument located on the French Way and an architectural master piece, an example of the Romanesque style typical of this region.



Fervenza das Brañas

Fervenza das Brañas (Brañas waterfall)

Toques is a small district (around 1000 inhabitants), tucked between the Serra do Careón and Monte do Bocelo, a stunning landscape which has a rich biodiversity and equally rich heritage. As much as 40% of its territory is protected by Red Natura 2000, due to the extensive amount of endangered and protected species of fl ora and fauna found here, some of them unique to this area, like the Santolina Melidensis, which grows in the Serra do Careón.

From the town of Melide, drive to the Fervenza das Brañas in Toques, an imposing waterfall in the Furelos river, a tributary of the river Ulla. Make sure you also spot the old mill that quietly over looks this striking scenery

In order to discover the most important natural and heritage sites in this area, please choose from one of the three officially approved walking routes in the Concello de Toques or the route from Concello de Sobrado.


Monasterio de San Antolín de Toques. A la derecha Dolmen Forno dos Mouros, Toques

San Antolín Monastery

Another highly recommended stop is the Monasterio de San Antolín, where sadly just the church is preserved. Here we find two pre-Romanesque styles: the Hispanic-Visigoth and the Lombard. The architecture here is unique when compared to other religious monuments found in this area and in Galicia.

Dolmen Forno dos Mouros

The Dolmen Forno dos Mouros, also known as Dolmen de Muruxosa, is one of the most important and well preserved Megalithic monuments of Galicia. Located between Toques and Sobrado, in the Serra do Bocelo, it is believed to date from the third millennium BC and which still has its original entrance corridor. Should you wish to visit, we recommend doing so on footvia the Ruta dos Megalitos de Torques or the Roteiro de Pena Moura in Sobrado as both routes converge here.



Santa María Monastery

Leaving the dolmen and following a winding road through Monte Bocelo (Bocelo´s Forest), were ach Sobrado dos Monxes. The fi rst thing to notice is the monastery´s impressive baroque facade, a work at tribute to Pedro de Monteagudo.

Founded in 952 by the Count of Présaras Hermenegildo, this monastery then saw some glorious times thanks to the work done by the successive monastic orders, but there were also periods of neglect. Now a days the monastery combines the spiritual life of the Benedictine monks with the life of the guests staying there. A visit to the interior of the monastery is recommended. It has a seventeenth century Baroque church, three wellpreserved cloisters built sometime between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, and also a Romanesque chapterhouse.

Monasterio de Sobrado dos Monxes


Laguna de Sobrados dos Monxes (Sobrado dos Monxes Lake). Biosphere Reserve.

The rivers Mandeo and Tambre have their sources in Sobrado, the land of stone and water. The monks soon realized they could take advantage of this wealth and in the sixteenth century they channeled the water from these rivers in order to create an artificial lake which today appears totally natural. The diversity of flora and fauna found here make sit the central point of the reserve, called Biosfera Mariñas Coruñesas e Terras do Mandeo, and it is one of the best locations for bird watching. There is a deciduous forest, water lilies and irises, birds, ducks breeding on the lake, as well as other species living there or passing through, all of which go to make this place a truly natural paradise. After visiting the lake, head to Vilasantar, which is where the Water and Stone



Sobrado dos Monxes Lake

Other places of interest in Sobrado.

  • Roman camp known as A Ciadella. This is the largest of its kind in the Iberian Peninsula (approximately two hectares) and here the visitor can see a typical camp structure for a ¨cohorte equitata¨ or cavalry. Excavations showed the existence of the principia (a religious and administrative building), the praetorium (high command quarters) and the horreas (grain store).

  • Museum Bea Rey. Pictorial work of Bea Rey, cataloged in the museum that bears his name, in the place of Lago, a few kilometers from the municipal capital, where is located her family’s home. Her work includes various pictorial styles, from abstraction and geometry, in the first half of the Seventies; to surrealism, expressionism and neocubism in the early 21st century; her final stage.


Roman camp known as A Ciadella (Sobrado). On the right Bea Rey Museum



Igrexa Románica de Santa María de Mezonzo e conxunto de muíño e batán de Mezonzo e Vilasantar: 43.060430, -8.133804
Piscina municipal Boimorto: 43.003143, -8.149194
Miliario romano en Boimorto: 43.007954, -8.126966
Igrexa románica de Sendelle (Concello de Boimorto):  42.985094, -8.154349
Obra Pía de Santo Antón-Praza do Convento de Melide: 42.915255, -8.016627
Fervenza das Brañas en Toques:     42.995940, -7.947708
Mosteiro de San Antolín en Toques: 42.978280, -7.983000
Dolmen de Forno dos Mouros en Toques: 43.012028, -7.975518
Mosteiro de Santa María de Sobrado: 43.039051, -8.022587
Lagoa de Sobrado dos Monxes 43.038126, -8.008959




Capela da Madalena
Cima do Lugar 1. 15810 Arzúa
Capela de Fontesanta
Lg. Igrexa. Lema. 15819 Arzúa
Igrexa de Dormeá
Lg. Igrexa. Dormeá. 15816 Boimorto
Igrexa de Sendelle
Lg. Igrexa. Sendelle. 15817 Boimorto
Cruceiro e capela de San Roque
San Roque. 15800 Melide
Igrexa de Santa María de Melide
Santa María. 15800 Melide
Igrexa de San Martiño de Moldes
Moldes. 15800 Melide
Igrexa de Furelos
San Xoán de Furelos. 15809 Melide
Igrexa de Santo Estevo de Pezobrés
Pezobrés. 15808 Santiso
Ermida de San Xurxo e  Bebedoiro dos arrieiros
San Xurxo. 15808 Santiso
Cruceiro da Xesteira de Novela
A Xesteira. Novela. 15808 Santiso
Cruceiro de Visantoña
Visantoña. 15808 Santiso
Mosteiro cistercense de Santa María de Sobrado
15813 Sobrado dos Monxes
Tlf. +34 981 787 509
Igrexa e cruceiro de San Xulián de Lardeiros
Lardeiros. 15821 O Pino
Cruceiro de Loxo, Campanario e Sobreiral
Loxo. 15822 Touro

Igrexa San Antolín de Toques
Santa María da Capela. 15806 Toques
Igrexa de Santa María de Mezonzo
O Priorato s/n. Mezonzo. 15807 Vilasantar


Dolmen de Forno dos Mouros
Paradela. 15806 Toques
43.012095, -7.975893
Castro de A Graña
15808 Toques
42.972610, -7.970646


Pazo Sedor
A Castañeda. Sedor. 15819 Arzúa
42.933272, -8.100103
Pazo de Santa María
O Pazo. Santa María de Arzúa. 15810 Arzúa
42.939689, -8.158395  
Embalse de Portodemouros e Ferri
(Comunica Santiso con Vila de Cruces. Servizo Gratuíto)
Beigondo. Santiso
42.849079, -8.151457
Pazo de Vilar de Ferreiros
(Visitas reserva previa)
Vilar de Ferreiros 1. Visantoña. 15808 Santiso
Tlf. +34 981 510 742
42.867652, -8.089568
Obra Pía de San Antón – Praza do Convento
Praza do Convento. 15800 Melide
42.915282, -8.016463
Aldea de O Leboreiro e Ponte sobre o Río Seco
Leboreiro. 15800 Melide
42.889460, -7.970289
Aldea de Furelos e Ponte de San Xoán de Furelos
Furelos. 15800 Melide
42.908523, -7.997849
Ponte Romana de Ponte Puñide
Ponte Puñide. 15821 O Pino
42.948459, -8.335257
Muíño de Pena
Ponte Puñide 24. O Pino
42.905034, -8.346039
Campamento Romano A Ciadella
A Ciadella. 15815 Sobrado
43.089528, -8.029885

Muíños de Carballa
(Reserva previa no Concello)
Tlf. +34 981 504 029  /  +34 981 814 566
42.858178, -8.279671
Ruta do Río Ulla – PR- G 93
Muíño do Batán de Mezonzo
(Preguntar na casa do lado para poder visitalo)
Lg. O Batán. Mezonzo. 15807 Vilasantar
43.057946, -8.143435


Área recreativa e praia fluvial de Ribadiso
Ribadiso. Rendal. 15810 Arzúa
42.926216, -8.132480
Fervenza de As Hortas (PR-G 169)
As Hortas. Dombodán. 15810 Arzúa
42.848725, -8.216204
Carballeira de A Mota
Santo Estevo do Campo. 15810 Arzúa
42.985439, -8.206003
Área recreativa e praia fluvial do Río Furelos
15800. Melide
42.912142, -7.991363
Área recreativa da Magdalena
15821 O Pino
42.933787, -8.413287
Área recreativa A Cornella “O Liño”
Ponte Arcediago. 15808 Santiso
42.840135, -8.032889
Carballeira Casa do Gado
Reserva da Biosfera
15813 Sobrado
43.046390, -8.020322
Lagoa de Sobrado
Reserva da Biosfera
15813 Sobrado
43.036735, -8.009649
Fervenza de As Brañas (PR-G 166)
15806 Toques
42.995816, -7.947967
Área natural Pozo do Pego (PR-G 93)
Remisquede. 15822 Touro
42.869790, -8.302351
Área recreativa A Santaia
Santaia. 15822 Touro
42.866213, -8.286716
Fervenza Salto das Pombas (PR-G 121)
Cornado. 15822 Touro
42.849800, -8.278618
Fervenza de O Inferniño (PR-G 93)
Novefontes. 15822 Touro
42.831861, -8.294272


Centro de divulgación do queixo e da mel
Feira Nova, s/n. 15819 Arzúa
Tlf. +34 981 508 142
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42.933218, -8.159977
Museo etnográfico A Painza
(Previa reserva)
Viladavil. 15819 Arzúa
Tlf. +34 669 132 119
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42.957681, -8.157012
Museo vivente da mel “O enredo do abelleiro”
(Previa reserva)
Rúa Portodemouros. 15810 Arzúa
Tlf. +34 981 508 072
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42.856612, -8.195924
Museo etnográfico Terra de Melide
Mateo Segade Bugueiro. 15800 Melide
Tlf. +34 981 507 998
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42.915399, -8.016462
Museo Bea Rey
Lugar Lago, 3.
15815. Sobrado
Tlf. +34 981 787 810
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43.055571, -7.995626

Casa do queixo / Zoo Escola
(Previa reserva)
Casal de Abaixo, 2. Grixalba
15815 Sobrado
Tlf. +34 650 955 265 / +34 981 195 729
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43.086809, -7.972753
Centro de Interpretación do Río Ulla
Rúa Castelao, 52. Fonte Díaz, s/n.
15822 Touro
Tlf. +34 981 504 029
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42.870687, -8.312556


Miradoiro O Picón
Punto xeodésico
15821 O Pino
42.895217, -8.333715
Coto de San Sebastián
Loxo. 15822 Touro
42.862901, -8.351758



PR-G 169 Ruta da Fervenza de As Hortas
Distancia: 19,85 km
Dificultade: baixa
PR-G 125 Sendeiro de Visantoña
Distancia: 14,48 km
Dificultade: baixa
PR-G 226 Sendeiro de A Beseña
Distancia: 38 km
Dificultade: media
PR-G Ruta Pena Moura
Distancia: 11,35 km
Dificultade: media
PR-G 93 Ruta da Ribeira do Ulla
Distancia: 15 km
Dificultade: media – baixa
PR-G 121 Ruta dos tres ríos
Distancia: 8,5 km
Dificultade: baixa
PR-G 233 Ruta de A Fervenza de As Hortas ao Río Laña
Distancia: 12,32 km
Dificultade: media
PR-G 195 Ruta de Os muíños do Río das Gándaras
Distancia: 5,45 km
Dificultade: baixa
PR-G 166 Ruta das Fervenzas de Toques
Distancia: 11 km
Dificultade: baixa
PR-G 167 Ruta da Ermida de Toques
Distancia: 9 km
Dificultade: media – baixa
PR-G 168 Ruta dos Megálitos de Toques
Distancia: 12 km
Dificultade: media


Ruta Eurovelo 3 cicloturista


Feira de Arzúa
Día 8 e 22 de cada mes
Festa do Queixo Arzúa-Ulloa
Festa de Interese Turístico de Galicia
Primeiro fin de semana de marzo
Mercado dominical de Melide
Todos os domingos
Feira de Touro
Día 5 de cada mes (5 de novembro Feira da Castaña)
Festival da Luz
Concerto Solidario en setembro
Feira de Sobrado
Feira municipal os días 27 de cada mes