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The Way of Saint James from O Cebreiro in 7 stages

Distance
Difficulty
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Duration
152 km
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7 steps
9 days
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260 €

Yellow arrow painted in O Cebreiro by Elías Valiña
From the heights of Os Ancares and leaving behind the picturesque pallozas and the black slate roofs, a total of 152 km await you. Seven stages that will take you from the mythical mountain village of O Cebreiro to Santiago de Compostela, after having passed through corredoirasvillages, forges - the autochthonous Atlantic forests - and cultivated fields. A 9-day experience that will reveal some of the great cultural treasures we have in Galicia.
Start your Camino in the mythical village of O Cebreiro
9 days enjoying the gastronomy and landscapes of Galicia
Follow the most popular route of the whole Camino de Santiago
Yellow arrow painted in O Cebreiro by Elías Valiña
Camino Frances
FR05

The Way of Saint James from O Cebreiro in 7 stages

Distance
Difficulty
Stages
Duration
152 km
●●●○○
7 steps
9 days
Start your Camino in the mythical village of O Cebreiro
9 days enjoying the gastronomy and landscapes of Galicia
Follow the most popular route of the whole Camino de Santiago
from 260 €
From the heights of Os Ancares and leaving behind the picturesque pallozas and the black slate roofs, a total of 152 km await you. Seven stages that will take you from the mythical mountain village of O Cebreiro to Santiago de Compostela, after having passed through corredoirasvillages, forges - the autochthonous Atlantic forests - and cultivated fields. A 9-day experience that will reveal some of the great cultural treasures we have in Galicia.

The recipe for great journeys

Natural, historical and ethnographic heritage, spectacular gastronomy, good company, slow pace and time for time. These are the ingredients with which we design trips in Viando. Are you staying at home? 

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Type of trip: Half distance
Journeys to savour slowly, with the best of each space and that indescribable sensation of overcoming your own limits.
Type of services: Configurable
You choose your category of accommodation, if you want breakfast or not, if you want us to carry your luggage, etc. You decide and we will make sure everything runs smoothly.
Travel style: On your own
Programmes designed so that you can travel the route on your own, at the pace set by your steps. Full autonomy and the peace of mind of knowing that we are with you if you need us.
Physical demands: Hiking
Routes of small or medium physical demand, of medium distance (20-30 km / day) and surfaces that facilitate walking, and that can be covered autonomously.

Services included

Accommodation
monitored

Full documentation

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24h travel assistance

Advanced travel insurance

VAT and taxes

And also...

Luggage transport
Private transfers
Breakfast
Half board (dinners)
Cancellation insurance

Free if you book through our website

Luggage transport
Private transfers
Reinforced breakfasts
Half board (dinners)
Cancellation insurance

Itinerary

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.

Hostel: Casa Campelo Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Casa Navarro Guesthouse or similar
Charming accommodation: Hotel O Cebreiro or similar

Day 2. Stage O Cebreiro - Triacastela

Distance: 20.8 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
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.

Hostel: Atrium Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Xacobeo Complex or similar
Charming accommodation: Hotel Triacastela or similar

Day 3. Stage Triacastela - Sarria

Distance17.8 km (via San Xil) / 25.0 km (via Samos)
Difficulty: ●●○○○
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.

Hostel: HR Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Pension DP Cristal or similar
Charming accommodation: La Casona de Sarria Inn or similar

Day 4. Stage Sarria - Portomarín

Distance: 22.2 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
Accommodation: Portomarín

This stage of the French Way will take you along rural paths and the famous corredoiras Galician, 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 the old town lies.

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.

Hostel: Ferramenteiro Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Casona da Ponte or similar
Charming accommodation: Casa do Maestro or similar

Day 5. Stage Portomarín - Palas de Rei

Distance: 24.8 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
AccommodationPalas de Rei

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

Hostel: San Marcos Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Hospedaxe Casa Avelina or similar
Charming accommodation: Hotel Trina 20 or similar

Day 6. Stage Palas de Rei - Arzúa

Distance: 28.5 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
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 polbo á feiraone 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.

Hostel: San Francisco Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Casa Elena Guesthouse or similar
Charming accommodation: La Casona de Nené or similar

Day 7. Stage Arzúa - O Pedrouzo

Distance: 19.1 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
AccommodationO 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 walkers.

Hostel: O Burgo Hostel or similar
Standard accommodation: Pension Lo or similar
Charming accommodation: O Muíño da Pena Rural Guesthouse or similar

Day 8. Stage O Pedrouzo - Santiago de Compostela

Distance: 19.1 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
AccommodationSantiago 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, 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.

Hostel: The Last Stamp or similar
Standard accommodation: Hospedería San Martín Pinario or similar
Charming accommodation: Hotel Costa Vella or similar

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.

Gain free cancellation
when booking on the website

Frequently asked questions

What to expect from this tour?
This programme is for you if you want to reach Santiago de Compostela from the mythical village of O Cebreiro: the gateway to Galicia. It is a gentle route, with no major gradients. The main difficulty lies in the long stage between Palas de Rei and Arzúa, which can be divided if you let us know, adding a day to your adventure. Be that as it may, thousands of people of all physical conditions do this route every year without major complications.
The French Way between O Cebreiro and Santiago is open all year round. Although it can be done in the middle of winter, taking into account a series of technical conditions (more information here) and the presence of snow, the most advisable time of year is usually spring or the first half of autumn, when the weather is milder. It can also be done in summer, as Galicia generally has mild temperatures all year round.
All the stages of this route can be completed on foot, so there is no need for additional transfers. If you need transport to get to O Cebreiro from Santiago airport or any other airport, or if you want to hire a transfer from Santiago to the airport for your return home, we can include them as an optional service.
Accommodation in the following categories is available on this route: hostels, standard accommodation and charming accommodation. You can see more information about the categories of accommodation we use in Viando. in this link.

By default and compulsory, all our programmes include travel insurance with specific coverage for the Camino de Santiago. You can see the details in the section Insurance of our website. 

All our programmes include a 24-hour telephone support service, should you need help at any time during your experience. This means that you can also contact us outside office hours (when you are on pilgrimage). 

If you want to book this programme, you have the following options available a form where you can indicate the starting date, the type of accommodation and a series of optional services. The price will be updated according to the options you choose, so you have full control. Once you have configured your trip, click on "Book" to make the payment.

Once we receive your request, you will automatically receive a proof of purchase and within 48 working hours we will contact you to confirm the details of your booking and provide you with the documentation. 

In Viando we also work with tailor-made programmes (short stages, intermediate rest days, itineraries different from those proposed, etc.). If you are looking for a Camino that meets your needs/preferences, you can ask us for a quote. here.