On this trip you will follow the complete route of the French route in its Galician section, the French Way from O Cebreiro. You will start your adventure in a small village in the mountains of Lugo, a treasure of the ethnographic heritage of Galicia. You will only need a stroll through its cobbled streets to fall in love with it.

Get ready to discover ancient pallozas. Buildings that in the past were homes where people and livestock lived together and sheltered from the harsh winters of the mountains of Los Ancares. A church that holds the mystery of the Eucharistic Miracle of the Holy Grail and one of the most impressive panoramic views of the entire French Way.

But this fairytale village is only the beginning of a great adventure. You will be immersed in rural Galicia, full of rich traditions, legends, amazing landscapes and imposing monasteries such as the one in Samos, one of the oldest in the region. From Sarria onwards the pilgrim atmosphere will be livelier. You will meet many people of different nationalities who will accompany you stage by stage to Santiago de Compostela.

Precio
From
250€

Travel Itinerary

 

The small village of O Cebreiro is a luxury from where to start the French Way. As a picture is worth a thousand words, we propose you a game: we are going to tell you the word that defines the most outstanding image of O Cebreiro, and from there we will build the explanation of the place for you.

The word that will define your day is “palloza”. Now you may be wondering, what is a palloza? Surely when you conclude your visit to this magical town you will define the word to perfection. The pallozas are undoubtedly the most representative element of O Cebreiro, which houses some of the best examples of these constructions and even has an ethnographic museum where you can learn more about the ways of life in the mountains of Lugo.

There is no place more perfect for your first day as a pilgrim. Enjoy it!

Before leaving O Cebreiro you will be able to contemplate one of the best panoramic views of the eastern mountain of Galicia. This is undoubtedly the most beautiful stage of your trip, but also the most mountainous so we recommend you to take it easy and enjoy every step.

Once you reach the top of the Alto de San Roque we assure you that you will feel small, not only because of the magnitude of the views, but also because of the gigantic statue of a pilgrim fighting against the wind that watches over the summits. A last effort will take you to the highest point of the French Way in its Galician section, the Alto del Poio at 1,337 metres above sea level.
From here you can breathe easy, because the descent will be a pleasant walk that crosses small villages until you reach Triacastela, where a huge centenary chestnut tree will welcome you.

Today’s stage begins with a dilemma as two alternatives are presented. Choosing will not be easy, but whatever decision you make, we assure you that you will get it right.

The official route through San Xil is 18.1 km to Sarria, during which you will pass through lush forests of chestnut, oak and birch trees and small villages with hardly any services. Undoubtedly the best option if you want to enjoy a fully rural day.

A little longer is the Camino through the variant of Samos, which has 25 km to the end of the stage. As it is a secondary route, a large part of the journey is by road until you reach Samos, where you will find its spectacular monastery, one of the most important in Galicia.

Once in Sarria, you can enjoy the pilgrim atmosphere of the town by strolling through the cobbled streets of the old town, or relaxing on the Malecón promenade in one of its riverside terraces. Sarria, a place of ancient population, will allow you to make several cultural visits to its various heritage elements, ranging from prehistoric times to the present day.

Let’s go for the third stage of the French Way from O Cebreiro. Today you have an easy and pilgrim-friendly itinerary ahead of you. You will cross rivers and forests and find small churches and villages, with plenty of places to stop and have a drink. Pilgrims say that this is one of the most beautiful stages of the French route, so you know, enjoy it. As soon as you arrive on the banks of the river Miño, you will find the charming village of Portomarín, resplendent with its white houses and slate roofs. An end of stage that you will fall in love with and that keeps a secret under the waters of the reservoir. All you have to do now is relax and enjoy!

One thing is clear: it is very likely that you will not want to leave Portomarín this morning. This small town has a “je ne sais quoi” that hooks people like a magnet. It is probably because of the charm of its streets, the good atmosphere and how nice its people are.

On this day you will head to Palas de Rei, a stage with some unevenness in which you will combine road and mountain along 25 kilometres. During the tour you will discover the Castromaior site, a good example of a settlement of the ancient inhabitants of Galicia. Once in Palas de Rei, you will have the opportunity to visit several archaeological remains of the megalithic culture such as dolmens, as well as mámoas and castros. As you can see, Palas de Rei will offer you a very didactic stay about this land.

This is the longest stage of the French Way within the Galician community, 29 kilometres separate you from your destination, so we recommend taking it easy and enjoying the surroundings, as it is also one of the most beautiful stretches of the route. Already in the province of A Coruña, dirt roads, lush forests and medieval bridges will guide your way to Santiago de Compostela.

For every pilgrim it is obligatory to make a stop in Melide, capital of the Galician octopus; in any of its many pulperías you will be able to taste this delicacy of the Galician gastronomy. After recovering your strength, the last kilometres will not involve much effort and once you reach Arzúa you will have the rest of the day to rest body and mind.

Once you get to Arzúa, you should not miss tasting the typical cheese to which it gives its name: Denomination of Origin Arzúa-Ulloa; accompanied by other typical products of the area.

Today begins the penultimate stage of your French Way. A pleasant walk through comfortable and flat terrain, with plenty of bars and restaurants that will encourage you to take it easy. Probably, as you walk, you will notice and realize that a kind of collective emotion begins to exist among the pilgrims. Do you feel it too?

The feeling of excitement, nerves and joy is the most characteristic of the end of the stage in O Pedrouzo. The advice, and you will see that everyone does the same, is to go to bed early to get up early the next day and start the stage very early. This way you will arrive earlier to Santiago and you will have more time in the city.

Finally the last stage of your French Way from O Cebreiro is here. As we said before, the sooner you start walking today the better, because the sooner you will get to Santiago de Compostela.

Once you arrive at Monte do Gozo, you will discover that pleasant sensation when you first see the towers of the cathedral. A perfect panoramic view before savouring your last kilometres and making the triumphal entrance to the Plaza del Obradoiro.

You are in Santiago! Feel happy and proud to have completed your Camino de Santiago. Now we just need to pick up the Compostela certificate and enjoy an incredible day getting to know the Galician capital.

Congratulations! You have finished your French Way from O Cebreiro. This last day you are in charge, you can go back home or enjoy one more day in Santiago. And how beautiful is Compostela.

Did you know that all roads end in Finisterre? If you have been left with the desire to walk and you have 5 days more, we encourage you to complete the 5 stages that separate Santiago from Finisterre. The most magical and spiritual route that hides real treasures such as Ponte Maceira, one of the most beautiful villages in Spain or the extraordinary sunset of the Finisterre lighthouse.

Map of the Way

Type of accommodation

Detalles

Services included

9 days / 8 nights accommodation9 days / 8 nights accommodation
Luggage transfer during the stagesLuggage transfer during the stages
Complete documentationComplete documentation
Pilgrim’s CredentialPilgrim’s Credential
24 hour emergency telephone assistance24 hour emergency telephone assistance
Travel insuranceTravel insurance

Optional Services

ServiceIn private hostels from O CebreiroIn hostels and guesthouses from O CebreiroIn hotels and superior accommodation from O Cebreiro
BreakfastBreakfastConsult60€ per person65€ per person
MP (Breakfast and dinner)MP (Breakfast and dinner)Consult165€ per person180€ per person
Supplement for single roomSupplement for single roomConsult120€ per single room160€ per single room
Extra night in Santiago de CompostelaExtra night in Santiago de Compostela25€ per person55€ (sing. room) / 70€ (doub. room)70€ (sing. room) / 90€ (doub. room)
Transfer from Santiago to O CebreiroTransfer from Santiago to O Cebreiro160€ (4-seater vehicle)160€ (4-seater vehicle)160€ (4-seater vehicle)
Breakfast Breakfast
In private hostels from O Cebreiro Consult
In hostels and guesthouses from O Cebreiro 60€ per person
In hotels and superior accommodation from O Cebreiro 65€ per person
MP (Breakfast and dinner) MP (Breakfast and dinner)
In private hostels from O Cebreiro Consult
In hostels and guesthouses from O Cebreiro 165€ per person
In hotels and superior accommodation from O Cebreiro 180€ per person
Supplement for single room Supplement for single room
In private hostels from O Cebreiro Consult
In hostels and guesthouses from O Cebreiro 120€ per single room
In hotels and superior accommodation from O Cebreiro 160€ per single room
Extra night in Santiago de Compostela Extra night in Santiago de Compostela
In private hostels from O Cebreiro 25€ per person
In hostels and guesthouses from O Cebreiro 55€ (sing. room) / 70€ (doub. room)
In hotels and superior accommodation from O Cebreiro 70€ (sing. room) / 90€ (doub. room)
Transfer from Santiago to O Cebreiro Transfer from Santiago to O Cebreiro
In private hostels from O Cebreiro 160€ (4-seater vehicle)
In hostels and guesthouses from O Cebreiro 160€ (4-seater vehicle)
In hotels and superior accommodation from O Cebreiro 160€ (4-seater vehicle)

Photos

Frequently Asked Questions

In this modality you will do the Camino de Santiago at your own pace and you will only have to worry about choosing the route you like the most, the type of accommodation and your departure date. If you choose this option you will travel alone or with the people that appear in your reservation, and you will have all the services included so that you only have to worry about walking and enjoying the experience.
The Way of Saint James on your own includes the following services
  • Accommodation
  • Luggage transport
  • Dossier with information about the stages
  • Pilgrim's credential
  • 24-hour helpline
  • Travel insurance
In addition, you can customize your trip by adding the following optional services
  • Breakfast or half board
  • Private transfers to the start of the stage from Santiago de Compostela or from the airport.
  • Extra night at the beginning or end of the stage
Unlike the group trips, no bus service, guide or support vehicle is included between stages. But you will have a 24-hour hotline where you can contact us in case of any problem or unforeseen event, which we will solve quickly.
Yes, you will have total freedom to choose your departure date. However, if you want to do your Camino de Santiago in the months of December, January and February, we recommend that you check availability before making your reservation. At this time of year most accommodation is closed and many services may not be available.
In your travel documents, you will find the names of the accommodations assigned to you, as well as their contact telephone number and location.   As a general rule, all accommodation is located in the centre of the different towns along the Pilgrims' Route to Santiago de Compostela, without the need to deviate too far from the route. But sometimes, due to lack of availability, it is possible that some accommodation may be a little far from the village or even in neighbouring towns.   For all the accommodations that are at a considerable distance from the route of the Camino, we will provide you with a free taxi service that you can use to get to your accommodation and return to the Camino the next morning.   In any case, these are exceptions that we will inform you at the time of booking.
Luggage transport service by default is included in all our trips and it is not necessary to request it. You will be able to do the Camino de Santiago without your luggage on your back with the peace of mind that your suitcase will be at your next accommodation on your arrival.   Along with your credential you will also receive stickers, which you must cover with the requested information and stick it in a visible place on your suitcase.   Once you have arrived at your accommodation, we recommend that you ask at reception where you can leave your luggage. You will have to leave your luggage at the indicated place first thing in the morning for our carrier to pick it up. This way, when you arrive at your next accommodation your luggage will already be there.
We have a taxi service that you can hire whenever you need it. You can hire it, for example, to go from the airport to the start of your Camino, or to go from Santiago to your starting point to pick up your car once you finish the stage.   The price of the transfers will depend on the distance from your point of origin to the destination. If you have any questions about this service do not hesitate to contact us.
We include a compulsory insurance with each trip that will cover you for any inconveniences that may arise during the Camino de Santiago. We will send you the insurance policy together with your travel documents.
The basic travel insurance included in our packages has a wide coverage against unforeseen events, with which you will also have guaranteed medical assistance and numerous benefits that you can consult in the General Conditions of Travel Insurance.
In your travel documents you will find an emergency telephone number where we are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This way you will travel with peace of mind knowing that one of our companions will help you to quickly solve any problem, incident or doubt that you may have along your Camino de Santiago.
View all trips
Book a trip