Short Trip Triacastela Jacobean Spirit & Iberik Soul
The origin of Triacastela is inextricably linked to the Camino de Santiago. This town is already mentioned in the Codex Calixtinus as the goal of the eleventh stage of the thirteen stages of the Jacobean Route and with the name of Triacastellus.
The name of the town could result from a reference to “three forts”: Triacastela, San Adrián and Lagares or to three castles that would have been in the area, of which there are no remains. The area is still dotted with numerous celtic forts.
Triacastela was, at the time, a place of great importance, so much so that Fernando III the Saint gathered the councils of Galicia there. It was also visited by the Catholic Monarchs and by Felipe II.
Strategically located in the province of Lugo, it is one step away from the Ancares-Courel natural area, one of the great green lungs of Galicia included in the Rede Natura 2000 and also very close to the Ribeira Sacra.
Within the town itself, you can visit numerous monuments of interest, such as the Church of Santiago, one of the few sanctuaries on the entire Camino de Santiago dedicated to the Apostle Santiago, the old Hospital for Pilgrims, the old prison, from which they preserve two rooms or, just before entering the town, the centenary chestnut tree of Ramil, which is more than eight hundred years old.
Visits from Triacastela
Just ten kilometers from Triacastela we can visit the Monastery of San Julián de Samos, from the 6th century and which is considered the oldest that continues to be inhabited in Spain. Guided tours can be taken every day.
If we take the path of the Camino de Santiago in the opposite direction, we can visit the town of O Cebreiro, the gateway for pilgrims to Galicia. There, within the Ethnographic Ensemble, you can visit the traditional houses, called pallozas, so significant in the architecture of the area, and also the Hospital Sanctuary of Santa María de O Cebreiro, originally built in the 9th century as a hostel for pilgrims.
Hotel Iberik Triacastela
Located in the heart of Triacastela and recently built on the remains of an old stately home, the Iberik Triacastela is an exclusive hotel, with contemporary equipment and design.