Camino Francés from León to O Cebreiro.
The Camino Francés from León to O Cebreiro is the part of the route that will lead us to Galicia, where we will enter through the mythical village of the priest Elías Valiña. He was the ideologue of the yellow arrow symbolizing the Camino of Santiago. He was also responsible for the painting of many signs and worked very actively in the revival of the Jacobean route.
León, our starting point.
The starting point of the French route from León to O Cebreiro is the city of León, a Roman camp, medieval capital of the kingdom and historical city of the Camino de Santiago. On the first day arriving in the city, we can enjoy the rich heritage such as the Cathedral, Gaudí’s Casa Botines or the imposing San Marcos Hospital, which was a pilgrimage home and which has now been converted into a Parador. Leon is also well known for its rich gastronomy. In the old town, visiting the many bars of Barrio Húmedo is a must.
If we have made the previous section of the French route from Roncesvalles through the fields of Castile, from the third stage we will appreciate the change of landscape. We will see greener areas as we approach Galicia.
In the fifth stage we find the highest point of the French way, the mountain Irago, at 1,500 meters and on its summit the mythical Cruz de Ferro, one of the most important elements for pilgrims who hike to Compostela.
We will cross two of the most famous regions in the province of León. That of the Maragatería, where it is essential to try the famous stew and in whose capital, Astorga, we will spend the night. And also the Bierzo region, famous for its wines, with its own designation of origin.
To finish this section and touch the sky of the village of O Cebreiro, we will have to face the previous climb known as Cuesta de La Faba in a short stage, less than 12 kilometers. For many pilgrims, this stage from Vega de Valcárcel to O Cebreiro is the most beautiful on the way. Of course, it is worth visiting the village of O Cebreiro, which is of immense Jacobean tradition and great anthropological interest, as well as entering the magical Ancares.
As soon as we reach O Cebreiro our route ends, but only for the moment, because once we are here, we have to continue to Compostela.