FROM O CEBREIRO TO SANTIAGO (154 Km)
This route begins in one of the most emblematic places of the French Way: O Cebreiro. This small village, considered by pilgrims as a gateway to Galicia, is a village trapped in time with centuries of history. Located in the natural space of Os Ancares, it stands out for its great scenic beauty and its heritage. It will undoubtedly be worth adding a few days to your trip to enjoy this incomparable environment.
Arrival in O Cebreiro
You will start your Way in one of the most beautiful villages of the French Way, O Cebreiro, considered for centuries the gateway to Galicia from Castile. You will enjoy a magical day in an environment of great tradition and mysticism, cradle of legends, mysteries and miracles. You can visit several pallozas of pre-Roman origin, one of which has been converted into an Ethnographic Museum, free of charge. Also worth a visit is the church of Santa Maria, the oldest functioning church on the Pilgrim’s Way.
O Cebreiro – Triacastela
After getting up and having breakfast, you will enjoy one of the most beautiful and chromatic stages. If you are lucky enough to get it right on a clear day, as it is a foggy area, the views from the peaks will be wonderful. On the Way, four kilometres from the village, you will arrive at Alto de San Roque, where in 1993 a bronze sculpture of a pilgrim advancing against the wind was placed. After a smooth and continuous ascent, you will reach the highest point of the French Way in Galician territory, the Alto de San Roque. Before reaching the end of the stage, you will pass through small rural villages where agriculture and livestock is the main economic engine.
Once you arrive in Triacastela, you will enjoy the beautiful natural environment in which you are, and you can also visit the church of Triacastela, dating from the IX-XI Romanesque style. As far as civil architecture is concerned, the town hall building stands out, a 16th century pazo.
Triacastela – Sarria
This stage has two variants perfectly indicated to the exit of the village, reason why you must decide which alternative to take. The stage from San Xil is 18.1 km to Sarria, during which you will cross lush forests of chestnut trees, oaks, birches and small villages of cattle people. Undoubtedly, this variant is the best option if you want to enter the most authentic and rural Galicia.
The Way through the variant of Samos is longer, has 25 km until the end of the stage. It is a secondary route, most of the route is by road; if you choose this option you will have the opportunity to visit the impressive monastery of Samos.
Once in Sarria, you will be able to enjoy the pilgrim atmosphere of the village walking along the cobbled streets of its old area, or relaxing along the promenade of the Malecón in one of its riverside terraces. Sarria, will allow you to make several cultural visits to its various heritage elements, ranging from Prehistory to the present.
Sarria – Portomarín
You will begin your first day as pilgrims with a first stage characterized by the majesty of its forests, rivers and small rural villages surrounded by pastures. You will walk on a comfortable terrain without many unevenness, discovering at your pace some monuments such as the Church of Ferreiros or Barbadelo. You will also find many places where you can refresh yourself and rest. A few kilometres before reaching the end of the stage you will see in the distance the Belesar reservoir, an indicator that you are already reaching the end of your stage, Portomarín.
Portomarín, a town born at the foot of the Miño river, is a place as beautiful as it is peculiar. It is a village that had to be relocated from its original enclave to a higher point in the valley. This is due to the construction of the Belesar reservoir on the river Miño, which caused the flooding of the old enclave of the village. If you have a day with good lighting, you will be able to see the remains of the old Portomarín at the bottom of the river. In this small village you will have the opportunity to enjoy the local gastronomy, relax and be able to rest.
Portomarín – Palas de Rei
In this stage you will combine road and mountain for 25 kilometers. After climbing some slopes, it will be worth making a small detour on the way to visit the castro Castromaior , a Celtic village that leaves a record of the past of the Galician community. After passing several villages, you can visit the monastery and church of Vilar de Donas, one of the main examples of Romanesque style in the area, which was declared a National Monument in 1931.
In Palas de Rei, you will have all the services, you will only have to worry about resting and discovering the wonders of the town. A place with castrexas roots, Palas de Rei has several archaeological remains such as mámoas, dolmens or castros, witnesses of this culture.
Palas de Rei – Arzúa
This is the longest stage of the French Way within the Galician community, 29 kilometers separate you from your destination. We recommend taking the stage with calm and enjoying the environment, since it is also one of the most beautiful stretches of the itinerary. Already in the province of A Coruña, dirt roads, lush forests and medieval bridges will guide your way to Santiago de Compostela. All pilgrims must make a stop in Melide, capital of the Galician octopus; in any of its many pulperías you can taste this delicacy of Galician gastronomy.After recovering strength, the last kilometers will not involve much effort and once reached Arzúa you will have the rest of the day to rest body and mind.
Once you arrive in Arzúa, don’t miss the typical cheese they give their name to: Denomination of Origin Arzúa-Ulloa; accompanied by other typical products of the area.
Arzúa – Pedrouzo
Today you are in luck, your feet will hardly suffer as you will find a short and less complex stage than the previous ones. You will walk on flat and comfortable terrain, finding an abundance of bars, shops and places to rest. Santiago is getting closer and closer. The pilgrim ritual of this stage is to go to bed early in order to get up early and take advantage of the day in Santiago de Compostela.
Pedrouzo – Santiago de Compostela
As a relatively short stage and without difficulty, we recommend getting up a little early to arrive early at the pilgrim mass and visit Santiago de Compostela. When you arrive at Monte do Gozo, you will discover the reason for the name of this place: the tingling, that pleasant sensation that will invade you when you see from afar the towers of the cathedral, closer and closer. As you descend towards the city, the blisters and fatigue will disappear in the most magical moment of the entire Way: the entrance to the Square of Obradoiro.
We hope you enjoy strolling through the historic center, drinking a fresh beer accompanied by a delicious tapa, dancing and singing in a foliada, or trying some of its traditional liquors, among a thousand and one things that this small but great city offers.
Santiago de Compostela
This is a day of farewells for many, the end of a road, and why not, the beginning of many. The last day will dawn with a road more in your lives, but not a road of miles, but of experiences, emotions and new friendships, a journey that will project into your lives and help you to continue walking free towards your own goals.
* After leaving the accommodation our services will be concluded.
THIS TRIP INCLUDES
- 9 days / 8 nights in the chosen accommodation
- Backpack transfer service (1 package – máx. 20 kg.)
- Credencial (Pilgrim’s passport)
- Telephone assistance service 24/7
- Travel assistance insurance
- PRIVATE SHELTERS
- Extra night in Santiago: 25 €/pax
- Single room supplement: 165 €/pax
- Extra night in Santiago: 35 € double room / 55 € single room
- Breakfast: 60 €/pax
- Half Board: 170 €/pax
- HOTEL OR SUPERIOR ACCOMMODATION
- Single room supplement: 220 €/pax
- Extra night in Santiago: 45 € double room / 70 € single room
- Breakfast: 70 €/pax
- Half-Board: 225 €/pax
- PRIVATE TRANSFER (CAPACITY 4 pax)
- From Santiago to O Cebreiro: 160 €
- 245 € pax Private Shelters
- 380 € pax Hostels and guesthouses
- 465 € pax Hotels and superior accommodation
We offer three options:
Private Shelters 245 €
Hostels and guesthouses 380 €
Hotels and sup. accommodation 465 €
* All the accommodations are of the best quality, carefully selected after years of experience and approved by our clients.
Accommodation in Private Shelters
The rooms are arranged in bunk beds, from 8 to 10 people approximately. The mattresses are of good quality, blankets and disposable cushions are provided. The bathrooms and showers are divided by gender and the facilities are equipped with kitchen, laundry, leisure rooms, etc. It has the perfect facilities to rest.
Accommodation in private hostels and guesthouses
Accommodation in private hostels or guesthouses includes double, triple or quadruple rooms, always with private bathroom. They are simple, comfortable and very welcoming, ideal for sleeping and resting.
* For Individual rooms it is necessary to pay a supplement.
Hotels and high quality accommodation
The third option is to stay in hotels or superior rural accommodations. As in Private hostels and guesthouses the rooms are double or triple. The only difference is the quality of the accommodation, clearly superior.
*For Individual rooms it is necessary to pay a supplement