This part runs inside Galicia from O Cebreiro to Santiago de Compostela, passing through beautiful villages very related to the French Camino and with local people accustomed to the steps of the pilgrims. We will go down from the mountains towards the beautiful woodlands in Triacastela, Sarria, Portomarín, Palas de Rei, Melide and Arzua before reaching our final aim, the Cathedral of Santiago.
(* Remember that the check-In date is the night before starting walking)
We leave O Cebreiro among the traditional "pallozas" to set out towards the villages of Liñares, Hospital de la Condesa and Padornelo before reaching the top of Poio, the French Camino highest point in Galicia. After a deserved break, we start the descent down the Oribio mountain, crossing the small villages of Fonfría, O Biduedo and Filloval with great scenery. The last kilometers take us along a path among chestnut trees and ancient oaks up to arrive at Triacastela; the end of this stage
We leave Triacastela and we have two options: going to Samos by the banks of the Oribio river and the one that goes through San Xil by the original route. We took the second option through the dense woods and little villages with local people accustomed to watching the pilgrims passing by. We set out towards A Balsa, A Fonte dos Lameiros and San Xil before reaching the top of Riocabo, the only complicated place of the stage. After that, we go through Montán, Furela and Pintín before reaching Calvor and finally the town of Sarria.
Sarria is the starting point for many pilgrims since it´s 100 km far from Santiago, the minimum distance you are supposed to walk to obtain the Compostela. This stage has not very many ups and downs and the small villages appear one after another. Barbadelo with its church of Santiago, Rente, Mercado da Serra, Leimán, Peruscallo and other small villages dedicated to farming with local people accustomed to watching the pilgrims passing by. In the final part of the stage we go down to Portomarín, which welcomes us with the bridge over the Belesar dam where the old town of Portomarín has been waterlogged.
This is the most paved stage of the Galicia French Camino. We leave Portomarín along the footbridge over the dam and follow the path which runs parallel to the road up to Toxibó and Gonzar. After a small climb, we reach Castromaior and then Hospital de Cruz and Ventas de Narón. The second part of the stage takes us through the small villages of Ligonde and Eireche before ascending the Alto del Rosario to finish this day in Palas de Rei
This stage is a little bit complicated because of the ups and downs we will have to face. We leave Palas de Rei along the road to arrive at the Pambre River. As in the rest of the region, we will find many small villages, one after another. Once in the province of A Coruña, we will get to the village of Leboreiro with the typical "cabazo". In Melide we should have a break and try one of the Galician delicatessen, "Pulpo". Then, we will have to continue through beautiful forests towards Arzúa.
Santiago is getting closer and that fact will make us feel excited to arrive and a little bit sad at the same time. The way leaves Arzua through some villages full of farms where it is produced the delicious local cheese. From Salceda we continue our way near the national road to Santa Irene, Rua and Pedrouzo.
The last stage starts walking along paths within eucalyptus forests until arriving Cimadevilla and San Paio. In the village of Lavacolla, the medieval pilgrims stopped to wash themselves before embracing the apostle. In the last kilometers we go through San Marcos before reaching the Monte do Gozo, from where we can already see the Cathedral. We get into Santiago de Compostela by the distrtict of San Lazaro. Plaza del Obradoiro is the end of this journey which will not leave anyone indifferent.