The Way of Saint James from Santiago to Muxía is the only one with its origin in Compostela. Muxía has had great symbolism and links to the Way throughout centuries. It was believed that the Sanctuary of Our Lady of A Barca was the place where the Virgin Mary arrived on a stone boat to encourage the Apostol James in his preaching in the north-east of the Peninsula.
As in the 12th Century, at present it is one of the Jacobean Routes that gains more followers.
The traveller goes past Maceira Bridge (Ponte Maceira), village with a medieval bridge and mills, up to Olveiroa. From there, you arrive at Hospital, where the route branches out towards Muxía, a very lovely stretch full of villages where popular architecture and a number of granaries predominate, until you reach Sanctuary of A Barca.