The fourth stage of the Camino de Santo André runs through the municipalities of San Sadurniño, Moeche and Cerdido. It is another walk through history, following the paths of the knights of Andrade, a family lineage of great relevance in Galicia during the late Middle Ages.
We set off from Igrexafeita, in the municipality of San Sadurniño, and continue towards Moeche Castle, crossing forests, fields, plantations and areas of great scenic beauty. Along the way, we are met by several cruceiros (stone crosses) and petos de ánimas (wayside shrines), small monuments of the cult to the dead.
Moeche Castle, located in the parish of San Xurxo, is a well preserved, 14th century, medieval building which belonged to the noble Andrade family. It displays a polygonal floor plan, and still preserves its homage tower, standing eighteen meters high, with two coats of arms and small, semicircular arched windows. It also has a parade ground and its western flank is defended by a ditch excavated in the rock. The castle was one of the main locations of the Irmandiño Revolt, where oppressed serfs rose up in arms and took Nuno Freire de Andrade to Andrade Castle in Pontedeume.
Today, the castle is open to public view and, in August, it hosts an extremely popular musical event: the Irmandiño Festival, dedicated to traditional music and dance which commemorates the storming of the castle.
After visiting the castle and resting a while, we face a rather demanding climb that takes us through hills and valleys, passing rich fields and pastures, until we get to the end of the stage in the centre of Vila Da Igrexa, a village in the municipality of Cerdido.