The Camino Sanabrés is an extension of the Vía de la Plata – the Silver Route – which enters Galicia from the Castilian province of Zamora to the south. This route through Sanabria and Ourense enabled pilgrims to shorten their journey to Santiago from the southwest of the Iberian Peninsula and provides a much more direct alternative instead of continuing as far as Artorga and linking up with the French Way.
The Camino Sanabrés starts from Granja de Moreruela and runs through the district of Sanabria. It enters Galicia at La Gudiña, part of the district of Verín, before continuing through La Limia, Allariz and Ourense. It enters the Deza region in Dozón, before connecting in Lalín with the Winter Way, an alternative route to the French.
It enters the town council of A Estrada, passing very close to Pazo of Oca (a typical Galician manor house known as the Galician Versailles) and next to the viewpoint of San Miguel de Castro, from which there are only 23 kilometres to Santiago de Compostela.