The fifth and last stage of the Camino de Santo André passes through the municipalities of Cerdido and Cedeira to end in the impressive enclave that houses the Pilgrimage Center of Santo André de Teixido, the final destination of an ancestral pilgrimage.
In this last stage, first we follow the beautiful course of the River Mestas, a natural border between two municipalities, and then we begin the upward journey to the Serra da Capelada, a wild nature spot which boasts the highest cliffs in continental Europe, at 613 meters high.
Along the way, we will discover the famous Pena da Aguia, which served as a guide for pilgrims, and will cross the largest geological park in Galicia. Its wild surroundings and beautiful views make it an admirable spot. From the sublime viewpoint of Penedo Edroso, you will surely be overwhelmed by the Cedeira basin and Condomiñas River valley.
Walk among wild horses and free-range cattle in the Serra da Capelada. If you want to follow tradition, place a stone on the amilladoiros (piles of stones at the foot of a cross), which are visible along the way and serve as proof of your visit. Don't forget to pay special attention to the small animals you are bound to find along the route, as they could well be souls in purgatory on their way to Santo André because, as legend has it, “if you don't go to San Andrés de Teixido when alive, you will go when dead.”
From the Chao do Monte viewpoint, we begin the descent along the Costa Pequeña, a zigzag track that crosses the Petrified Forest, which owes its name to the strange boulders shaped by wind erosion. This very pleasant itinerary along the Camino de Santo André reaches its endpoint at the legendary hermitage of Santo André de Teixido.