The Camino de Santiago from O Cebreiro in 7 stages

The Camino de Santiago from O Cebreiro in 7 stages

The decision to do the Camino de Santiago from O Cebreiro is reached for many reasons. This small but lively mountain village is the highest point of the Camino in Galicia, and that is enough of an attraction for many people. However, O Cebreiro is also an emblematic place where legends and Christian miracles intersect, such as the Holy Grail, which has been at the centre of the arms of the Kingdom of Galicia from the 13th century to the present day.

From the heights of Os Ancares and leaving behind the picturesque pallozas and the black slate roofs, a total of 133 km await you. Seven stages that will take you to Santiago de Compostela after having crossed corredoiras, villages, fragas - the autochthonous Atlantic forests - and fields. A 9-day experience that will reveal some of the great cultural treasures we have in Galicia.

Itinerary

The Way of St. James from O Cebreiro to Santiago
The Way of St. James from O Cebreiro to Santiago

Day 1. Arrival at O Cebreiro

To follow the French Way from O Cebreiro you must reach this small village, where the modern recovery of the Camino de Santiago began.

Once there, be sure to visit the church of Santa María A Real, which houses the chalice that gave rise to the legend of the Holy Grail, closely linked to the pilgrimage to Compostela. It was the ancient monastic community of this church who bequeathed to us, to enjoy with all our senses, the cheese of O Cebreiro, which today has a protected designation of origin.

We also recommend that you visit the palloza-museum, where you can learn everything there is to know about this particular type of traditional construction.

Day 2. Stage O Cebreiro - Triacastela

Distance: 20.8 km.
Duration: 5 hours.
Accommodation: Triacastela

O Cebreiro is one of the reference points of the Camino de Santiago. Not only because it defines the entrance of the same in Galicia, but for its symbolism and, related to it, because it is one of the places where most pilgrims choose to begin their journey.

The journey to Triacastela runs first uphill to the Alto de San Roque (1,270 m above sea level) and its monumental statue of the walker, and then gently downhill towards the small village of Triacastela.

In between, a peaceful journey through wooded areas and green meadows that reconciles us with nature.

Day 3. Stage Triacastela - Sarria

Distance: 17.8 km.
Duration: 4:45 hours.
Accommodation: Sarria

Before starting your second stage, you will have to make a decision. Walk to Portomarín through San Xil, following the most usual and shortest route (17.8 km) or do it through the route of Samos, following the variant that will take you to one of the largest and most important monasteries on the Camino de Santiago and in Galicia.

Through San Xil you will cross one of the most beautiful valleys of the entire French Way. Through Samos, you will have to walk 7.2 km more, but you will have this spectacular monastery in sight and you will advance through a beautiful forest of oak and chestnut trees. The choice is yours.

Convent of La Magdalena de Sarria, on the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago from O Cebreiro
Interior of the Convent of La Magdalena in Sarria

Day 4. Stage Sarria - Portomarín

Distance: 22.2 km.
Duration: 5:30 hours
Accommodation: Portomarín

This stage of the French Way will take you along rural paths and the famous Galician corredoiras , narrow paths under oak trees and other autochthonous species that connect the small villages that dot the landscape.

At the gates of Portomarín you will cross the great river Miño, the most important river in Galicia and under whose waters lies the ancient village.

There, be sure to visit the imposing church-fortress of St. Nicholas, rebuilt stone by stone at the foot of the main square after being dismantled from its original location to save it from the reservoir.

Day 5. Stage Portomarín - Palas de Rei

Distance: 24.8 km.
Duration: 6 hours.
Accommodation: Palas de Rei

In this new stage, you will first ascend to Castro Maior - an ancient Celtic settlement - and then to the Ligonde mountain range, to gradually descend through the villages of Eirexe and Ligonde.

Once in Palas de Rei you will have the opportunity to visit the castle of Pambre, one of the castles that survived the destruction of the Irmandiñas revolts that the Galician peasants carried out in the 15th century.

Day 6. Stage Palas de Rei - Arzúa

Distance: 28.5 km.
Duration: 6:30 hours
Accommodation: Arzúa

On the sixth day of the French Way adventure from O Cebreiro is the longest walk. There are almost 30 km that make many people decide to start the stage and spend the night in Melide, halfway.

Whether you do or not, the keynote of the day will be, once again, beautiful rural roads and medieval bridges to Melide, from where you should not leave without trying a portion of its famous octopus á feira., one of the most characteristic and special octopus dishes of popular Galician gastronomy.

From there, the Camino continues through an agricultural landscape that will lead you to cross the beautiful river Iso and, finally, to your goal and your well-deserved rest in Arzúa. If you still have strength left or if you have decided to start the stage, we recommend a visit to the monastery of Sobrado dos Monxes.

Day 7. Stage Arzúa - O Pedrouzo

Distance: 19.3 km.
Duration: 5 hours.
Accommodation: O Pedrouzo

Penultimate stage of the French Way. Don't leave Arzúa without tasting its famous Arzúa-Ulloa denomination of origin cheese, one of the most appreciated cheeses in the Galician cheese-making tradition.

The stage will offer you more beautiful green landscapes and some small rural treasures such as the hermitage of Santa Irene. At the end of the day, you will find yourself in O Pedrouzo, a village that has grown in recent years, as you will see, and which offers a special hospitality to pilgrims.

Day 8. Stage O Pedrouzo - Santiago

Distance: 19.0 km.
Duration: 4:45 hours.
Accommodation: Santiago de Compostela

At last! The last day of your Camino de Santiago begins from O Cebreiro and the city of the apostle awaits you after less than 20 km.

After leaving O Pedrouzo behind, you will go up through O Amenal and descend towards A Lavacolla, the village that gives its name to the airport of Santiago de Compostela. From there, a new ascent will take you directly to Monte do Gozo (Mount of Joy), whose name reveals the joy of the pilgrims who, since the first millennium, arrived in Santiago by this route and saw, for the first time, the longed-for silhouette of the towers of the Cathedral.

Only four kilometres separate you from the city centre, which you will enter through the popular neighbourhoods of San Lázaro, Fontiñas or San Pedro and the famous Porta do Camiño.

Day 9. Discover Santiago de Compostela

The last day is a tribute to your efforts. After a well-deserved and refreshing rest, you will have the whole day free to explore the Holy City: its Cathedral and the rest of its monuments. If you wish, we can also help you with this or, if you have time, we can suggest visits and excursions from Santiago.

French Way from O Cebreiro to Santiago
French Way from O Cebreiro to Santiago

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