Arzúa – Stage 29 Camino
Arzúa, «Terra do Queixo»
Arzúa is a municipality in A Coruña that calls itself the “terra do queixo”, in reference to cheese made from cow’s milk from the Arzúa-Ulloa designation of origin.
The Villa de Arzúa has always been strongly linked to the Camino de Santiago since, due to its location, it has served as a place of rest and replenishment for pilgrims who traveled the route of the French Way.
Its medieval origin, its art, culture and rich gastronomy make Arzúa a very charming place.
Queso de Arzúa is considered the Galician cheese par excellence, although tetilla is better known in the rest of the country. The municipalities of the regions of Arzúa, Melide, A Ulloa and Chantada are the main producers, as well as others nearby in the regions of Santiago, Ordes, Betanzos and Lugo.Existen tres variedades de queso: curado, de granja y de pasta blanda.
Su denominación de origen fue reconocida por la Orden de la Consellería de Agricultura, Gandería e Montes de 20 de octubre de 1995 (DOG 07.11.95).
What to see in Arzúa?
With origins in the 16th century, it belonged to an old hospital founded by the Augustinian Friars. Its objective was to welcome pilgrims to the Camino de Santiago.
Currently the chapel is a completely restored museum. It has a single rectangular nave and a semicircular arched door on the façade, and the tomb of Alonso de Muñiz, “the lord of the Pazo de Brates”, who participated in the foundation of the temple together with other friars, is still preserved. .
Chapel of Fontesanta
It is a simple and small chapel without a bell tower that only has a small covered front porch. Despite this, it has a great charm given its rustic construction and its surroundings: a dense and wooded forest.