ACCESSES – O Cebreiro is a beautiful rural town, a major stage on the Road of Santiago, located on the LU-633 highway on the border between Galicia and León province.
DISTANCE – 157 km.
POINT OF DEPARTURE / ARRIVAL – O Cebreiro (Pedrafita do Cebreiro) / Santiago de Compostela.
ROUTE – O Cebreiro, Triacastela, Samos, Sarria, Portomarín, Palas de Rei, Melide, Arzúa and Santiago de Compostela.
DIFFICULTY – Medium. A very long route.
DURATION – 50 hours. Five days in excess of 30 km.
CONNECTIONS – With GR 94.
MATERIAL – This route is generally completed in one go, for reasons that go beyond the pathway itself. It is recommended to pack a rucksack well, although it is easy to find provisions along the way.
SERVICES – In all the towns that the pathway runs through. Xunta de Galicia hostels in: O Cebreiro, Hospital da Condesa, Triacastela, Calvor, Sarria, Barbadelo, Ferreiros, Portomarín, Gonzar, Ventas de Narón, Ligonde, Palas de Rei, Mato Casanova, Meli- de, Ribadiso, Arzúa, Sta. Irene, Arca, Monte do Gozo.
ACCESS BY BICYCLE – Totally suitable.
ACCESS ON HORSEBACK – Totally suitable.
Pilgrimage is essentially an act with an existential and religious aspect. But nowadays, the Road of Santiago is a route open as much to pilgrims as to walkers who come to discover new, attractive elements such as art, culture and contact with towns and customs.
The Road of Santiago, classified as First European Cultural Itinerary in 1987 by the European Council and declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1998, is a journey of initiation that leads into the heart of Galicia through settings that take us back to Medieval Europe. On foot, by bicycle or on horseback, we are travelling pathway laid down by the mark of men throughout history and one of humanity’s most-travelled roads.
The different monumental sights are a complete ar- tistic pleasure: thatched huts and the monumental site of O Cebreiro, Monastery of Samos, Sarria old quarter, Church of Portomarín, Romanesque Church of Vilar de Donas and Melide cruceiro (stone cross), are just some of the countless architectural trea- sures that culminate in Santiago de Compostela’s old quarter.
CARTOGRAPHY I.G.N. 1:25.000 – No 94-IV Santiago de Compostela, 95-III San Marcos, 95-II O Pino, 95-IV Touro, 96-II Arzúa, 96-IV Palas de Rei. S.G.N. 1:50.000 No 97 Guntín, 123 Portomarín, 124 Sarria and 125 As Nogais.
FURTHER INFORMATION – Information telephone number of the Xacobeo: 902 332 010