The Camino Francés from O Cebreiro to Santiago de Compostela is the most traditional section of the Camino that runs entirely within Galicia. We will begin our journey between O Courel and Os Ancares mountain ranges, two natural almost virgin spaces, that concentrate all the charm of the Galician mountains and forests.
The town of O Cebreiro, the first to be found by pilgrims along the Camino Francés in Galicia, after ascending the famous and very tough “Cuesta de la Faba”, is a town with a great Jacobean tradition. From her, arose the priest Elías Valiña, a transcendental figure in the history of the Camino de Santiago, since he not only contributed to the resurgence of the Camino, but was also the promoter of its signage with the famous yellow arrows. In addition, O Cebreiro is a town of great ethnographic interest thanks to the traditional constructions of that area that are still preserved, the “pallozas”.
The first of the stages, being in a mountain area, is the most complicated of the entire route, so we recommend taking it bravely but calmly, since we still have a few days ahead. From the second stage, the routes are much more affordable. On the fourth day we will find that the influx of pilgrims is suddenly higher. This is because we have entered the Sarria – Santiago section, the last hundred kilometers of the Camino de Santiago, the essential ones to get the “Compostela” and the busiest of all the variants of the Camino.
This section of the Camino Francés from O Cebreiro to Santiago de Compostela runs through the provinces of Lugo and Coruña, in the interior of Galicia, a 153-kilometer route surrounded by nature through forests, towns and villages in which we can enjoy not only a wonderful landscape, but the magnificent Galician gastronomy.