French Camino: O Cebreiro - Santiago
O Cebreiro, known for its straw roof houses (pallozas), is located on the Galicia border, about 95 miles (150Km) from Santiago. This section of the French route will have you descend from the mountains from the highest point of the Camino in Galicia, through beautiful landscapes and fertile valleys to the city of Santiago. You will have the opportunity to visit sights along the way like the benedictine Monastery of Samos. It is a great route for those willing to explore the French camino beyond the last 100Km. This trip makes you eligible to obtain your Compostela certificate when you arrive in Santiago.
- TOUR TYPE: Self-guided
- DATES AVAILABLE: Year-round
- ACTIVITY: Walking tour
- ACCOMMODATIONS: Bed & Breakfast
- TRANSPORTATION: None
From family-owned B&Bs in the smaller villages to hotels in the larger towns, all accommodations are carefully selected to ensure they are comfortable, private and provide an authentic Camino experience. You will have your own private bedroom with an en-suite bathroom.
Breakfast is included with your reservation. Pilgrim breakfasts offer an assortment of delicious local products to prepare you for your walk. Our welcome packet includes recommendations on what to try for your main meals and where to stop. Prefer arranged meals? Add an optional dinners-included package to your tour.
Travel light on the trail and leave your bag at your hotel when you leave every morning and we will transfer it to your next hotel for you. Live the pilgrimage experience comfortably.
You will arrive in O Cebreiro by your own means (see Getting There section). O Cebreiro is a very small town located at over 4200 feet just as the Camino crosses into the Galicia region, towering over nearby green landscapes. You will be impressed by the characteristic straw-roofed houses (pallozas) that were built from celtic settlements prior to the Roman empire's presence in Spain. One of them has been restored and is used as a wine museum today. The pre-romanesque church of Santa María la Real from the 9th century is worth visiting as well. The tourist office is in the neighboring town, Piedrafita do Cebreiro, 4.3Km away.
Overnight: O Cebreiro.
Meals: B. Overnight: Triacastela.
Meals: B. Overnight: Sarria.
Meals: B. Overnight: Portomarín.
Meals: B. Overnight: Palas de Rei.
Melide is famous for its pulpo a feira (octopus) and melindres (dessert), so make sure you indulge!
Meals: B. Overnight: Melide.
Meals: B. Overnight: Arzúa.
Meals: B. Overnight: Rúa.
Don't forget to collect our last stamp and with your completed credential, request your pilgrim certificate from the Pilgrim's Office off the Obradoiro square.
Meals: B. Overnight: Santiago.
Your Camino adventure ends after breakfast today. Enjoy your morning in Santiago and visit the many landmarks around the city, or take the opportunity to attend the pilgrim's mass if you didn't have time the day before. Don't forget to stop by the pilgrim's office to request your Compostela.
If you would like to extend your tour with other activities, like a guided tour of Santiago, a day trip to Finisterre or a transfer to the airport, let us know when you make your reservation and we'll arrange them for you. Congratulations, you did it!
- Private accommodations (9 nights)
- VAT included
- Information packet
- Breakfast (9)
- Luggage transfer (1 bag, 45 lbs)
- Pilgrim's Credential
- * Tour prices listed are per person, in double occupancy accommodations.
- See OPTIONAL tab for individual supplement and other add-ons for your trip