Camino Francés in Galicia | Wise Pilgrim Guide to the Camino de Santiago

Welcome to Galicia, where the legend of Santiago was born. This northwesternmost corner of the Spanish Peninsula bears little resemblance to the type of landscape that typically comes to mind when thinking about Spain. It is wet, and very green, and the mountains that surround it have for centuries kept it isolated from the rest of the country.

The language here is Gallego and although it has been distilled into one teachable form, you are more likely to get an earful of a more rustic, ancient, and totally incomprehensible version as you pass from one village to another. Village is perhaps too generous of a word, hamlet would be better suited... or perhaps just ‘place’ as so many collections of more than one building are often called here.

For centuries the land here has been fought over by invaders, but the Galicians did not defend it with quite the same gusto as their Basque counterparts and as a result, they have spent most of recorded history an occupied nation. Perhaps this is the reason that Galicians have a reputation for being introverted, or guarded, or skeptical, and above all non-committal. Ask a Galician on a staircase the saying goes, and he will be unable to tell you which direction he is heading.

You are likely to find Celtic symbols carved into the stone of a home, or a church. Common also are witches, both the good kind and the bad kind. Hearty soups, a darker bread with a heavier crust, and a strong liqueur (the by-product of the local wine production) are a part of every meal.

The terrain will change as you get closer to Santiago. Mountains shrink as you head west, but they become more frequent and by the time you reach the Apostle you will find precious little flat ground.

Altitude: 
1262
Distance to Santiago: 
152.80
Altitude: 
1292

O Cebreiro has grown from a small and ancient village of dairy farmers into a small and ancient village of large scale tourism. With luck you will arrive in a shroud of fog and leave with an abundance of sunshine; both suit this village well.

History: 

It has played an important role throughout the history of the camino. It was the parish priest, Father Elías Valiña Sampedro, who is most responsible for the resurgence of the camino. It was he that first painted the yellow arrows, and the tales that surrounded him doing so are the stuff of...

The Road: 

From the top, it is mostly downhill, though there remain a few brief climbs, all of the way to Triacastela.

Name Beds Price

1

Albergue de Peregrinos O Cebreiro

Xunta
104 6 Photo in Albergue de Peregrinos O Cebreiro on the Camino de Santiago

2

Casa Rural Venta Celta
O Cebreiro

Casa Rural

3

Casa Rural Valiña
O Cebreiro

Casa Rural

4

Hotel O Cebreiro
O Cebreiro

Hotel

5

Casa Rural Navarro
O Cebreiro

Casa Rural
Photo in O Cebreiro on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in O Cebreiro on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in O Cebreiro on the Camino de Santiago
Distance to Santiago: 
149.50
Altitude: 
1194

Liñares lacks the charm of O Cebreiro but offers the distinct advantage of having a new albergue. The municipal albergue in O Cebreiro has a tendency to become very crowded.

Name Beds Price

1

Casa Rural Jaime
Liñares

Casa Rural

2

Albergue Linar do Rei
Liñares

Private
20 10

Alto de San Roque

2km
To Santiago: 
148.80
1267
Distance to Santiago: 
147.20
Altitude: 
1249
Name Beds Price

1

Albergue de Hospital da Condesa

Xunta
20 6 Photo in Albergue de Hospital da Condesa on the Camino de Santiago

2

Pensión O Tear

Pension
Photo in Albergue de Hospital da Condesa on the Camino de Santiago
Photo in Hospital de la Condesa on the Camino de Santiago
Distance to Santiago: 
144.80
Altitude: 
1235
Photo in Padornelo on the Camino de Santiago
Distance to Santiago: 
144.30
Altitude: 
1334
Name Beds Price

1

Albergue Bar Puerto

Private
16 6 Photo in Albergue Bar Puerto on the Camino de Santiago
Photo in Alto do Poio on the Camino de Santiago
Distance to Santiago: 
141.20
Altitude: 
1294

Small shop inside the albergue. The village is quite small, only 40 people. Three of the families make their living producing Queixo de Cebreiro, which can be sampled at the bar in the albergue.

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1

Albergue A Reboleira
Camino de Santiago

Private
80 8 Photo in Albergue A Reboleira on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue A Reboleira on the Camino de Santiago

2

Pensión Casa Lucas
Fonfría, 25

Pension
Photo in Pensión Casa Lucas on the Camino de Santiago
Distance to Santiago: 
138.40
Altitude: 
1185
Name

1

Casa Rural Quiroga
O Biduedo

Casa Rural

2

Casa Rural Xato
O Biduedo

Casa Rural
Photo in Biduedo on the Camino de Santiago
Distance to Santiago: 
135.50
Altitude: 
965
Name Beds Price

1

Albergue Fillobal
Fillobal, 2

Private
22 9
Distance to Santiago: 
133.80
Altitude: 
801
Distance to Santiago: 
132.70
Altitude: 
706
Distance to Santiago: 
131.80
Altitude: 
671

Triacastela is full of choices: where to eat, where to shop, where to sleep, and even how to leave town. Congratulate yourself on a job well done, the pass into Galicia has been overcome and from here on out the mountains soften in severity. Read the next note regarding the choice of options...

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1

Albergue de peregrinos de la Xunta

Xunta
56 6 Photo in Albergue de peregrinos de la Xunta on the Camino de Santiago

2

Albergue de Peregrinos Aitzenea
Plaza Vista Alegre, 1

Private
38 8 Photo in Albergue de Peregrinos Aitzenea on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue de Peregrinos Aitzenea on the Camino de Santiago

3

Albergue de Oribio
Castilla, 20

Private
27 9

4

Albergue Berce do Caminho
Camilo José Cela, 11

Private
27 8 Photo in Albergue Berce do Caminho on the Camino de Santiago

5

Complexo Xacobeo
Santiago, 8

Private
48 9 Photo in Complexo Xacobeo on the Camino de Santiago

6

Albergue A Horta de Abel
Peregrino, 5

Private
20 9 Photo in Albergue A Horta de Abel on the Camino de Santiago

7

Pensión Fernández
Plaza da Iglesia, 3

Pension

8

Hostal Vilasante
Camilo José Cela, 7

Hostal

9

Pensión Xacobeo
Leoncio Cadorniga, 12

Pension

10

Casa Olga
Castro, 2

Pension

11

Albergue Lemos
Castilla, 24

Private
32 9

12

Albergue Atrio
Peregrino, 1

Private
25 9

Various detours from Triacastela to Sarria

At the end of town when leaving Triacastela you arrive at a fork in the road, presenting two distinct ways to Sarria. Distances shown are from Triacastela, through Aguiada to Sarria.

Beyond Samos, the camino once again splits, allowing you to rejoin the Calvor and San Xil route in Aguiada. This is the preferred route as it spends the least amount of time along the roadside. Alternatively, you can stay on the road from Samos all the way to Sarria.

‌‌Via the Monastery at Samos - 25.1

At the end of town, turn left to follow the road to the Monastery at Samos (all services). The way is generally through small hamlets along country lanes.

‌Via Calvor and San Xil - 18.2

At the end of town turn right. Cross the main road to follow a smaller road. The way is generally through small hamlets along country lanes.

Altitude: 
665
Routing
Camino Frances
detour
Primary
Yellow
Distance to Santiago: 
135.00
Altitude: 
595
Distance to Santiago: 
133.30
Altitude: 
591
The Road: 

Pass several villages with no services: Lastres, Freituxe, and San Martiño do Real.

Distance to Santiago: 
130.00
Altitude: 
590
Distance to Santiago: 
128.60
Altitude: 
581
Distance to Santiago: 
127.50
Altitude: 
570
Distance to Santiago: 
128.80
Altitude: 
543

It is difficult to separate Samos from the monastery that dominates this small village. The monastery albergue here is reminiscent of the old albergue in Roncesvalles; one long vaulted space full of hobbling pilgrims, snoring, and laughter. I cannot recommend the experience enough.

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1

Albergue de Peregrinos Monasterio de Samos
Monasterio de Samos, 1

Parochial
70 Donativo Photo in Albergue de Peregrinos Monasterio de Samos on the Camino de Santiago

2

Val de Samos
Compostela, 16

Private
48 11 Photo in Val de Samos on the Camino de Santiago

3

Albergue Albaroque
Savador, 1

Private
10 9 Photo in Albergue Albaroque on the Camino de Santiago

4

Casa Forte de Lusío
Lusío, 5

Xunta
60 6

5

Albergue Casiña de Madeira
Savador, 16

Closed
16 6

6

Hotel Domus Itineres
Peregrino, 29

Hotel
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7

Hotel A Veiga
Compostela, 61

Hotel
Photo in Hotel A Veiga on the Camino de Santiago

8

Guest House Victoria
El Salvador, 4

Hostal
Photo in Guest House Victoria on the Camino de Santiago

9

Casa Rural Licerio
Compostela, 44

Casa Rural
3 15 Photo in Casa Rural Licerio on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Casa Rural Licerio on the Camino de Santiago
Photo in Samos on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Samos on the Camino de Santiago