The third stage of the Camino de Santo André runs through the municipalities of A Capela and San Sadurniño, and includes castles, churches and beautiful fountains. It is a demanding stage, about 20 km, which allows us to take in two wonderful rivers: the Belelle and the Castro, where we can enjoy the crystal clear waters, forests and impressive riverbanks.
We set off from As Neves, capital of the municipality of A Capela, following the spectacular course of the river Belelle, a protected nature spot. Along the river you can admire several bridges and mills, and be surprised by the layout of this waterway that often hides between enormous granite bowls and forms many pools, giving it the deserved name of río cubierto (covered river) due to its disappearance under imposing rocks. It circulates underground for almost 100 meters.
After this wonderful walk, we continue the climb towards Penas Louseiras, the most westerly point of the Serra do Forgoselo. From the summit, crowned by jagged rocks, we can enjoy a privileged view of the Ártabro Gulf, shaped by the Rías Betanzos, Ares and Ferrol.
The descent, which should be taken gently, takes us to Naraío church and the Fountain of San Roque, in the vicinity of Eirexado, where we can regain our strength before continuing on our way along the Castro River basin, and upstream until we reach the spectacular, medieval Naraío Castle. Before arriving, in the surrounding area, it is worth enjoying the amazing River Castro waterfall.
Naraío Castle, which witnessed the 15th century Irmandiña Revolt, was abandoned in the 17th century and nowadays, it presents itself as a romantic ruin at one with the surrounding nature.
We continue along the beautiful track that flanks the River Castro, enjoying its surroundings, walking steadily up the course of the river until we reach the village named Igrexafeita, the end of our third stage.