5.40km → Cacabelos
To end of camino: 
194.80
Altitude: 
491
The Road: 

The way through town is along its busiest road. At the end of town the camino crosses over the motorway and continues through the countryside, back among the vines.

Accommodation in Camponaraya

Private

1

Albergue Naraya
Private
26
9€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Naraya

2

Albergue La Medina
Private
18
11€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue La Medina
Casa Rural

3

La Casita
Casa Rural
7
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: La Casita
1.70km → Pieros
To end of camino: 
189.40
Altitude: 
484

Cacabelos is best known for the production of wine, you’ll notice a modern building at the start of town that was built to promote the region.

Take the time to wander the lateral streets and you will be rewarded with several out of the way restaurants. The municipal albergue here has a curious design; horseshoe in shape it wraps around the church and enjoys semi-private two person rooms.

History: 

Cacabelos owes its prosperity to the once Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela Diego Gelmírez who gave the instructions that it be rebuilt in 1108. Very few of the churches remain, but the Iglesia de La Quinta Angustia near the river houses a positively unique sculpture of...

The Road: 

The camino leaves town along the road over the Río Cúa and past the church and albergue.

Photo of Cacabelos on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Cacabelos on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
187.70
Altitude: 
536

The Iglesia de San Martín de Tours still bears the inscription indicating that it was commissioned by the bishop of Astorga. San Martín of Tours was, prior to the popularization of Santiago (and his battle at Clavijo), the patron saint of most of the peninsula.

The Road: 

Shortly after leaving Pieros the camino splits near a set of power lines. The detour through Valtuille, favored for its safety and scenery, is to the right. The road route continues straight for several kilometers before turning off onto a dirt track. This track will rejoin the ...

Accommodation in Pieros

Private

1

Albergue El Serbal y la Luna
Private
18
10€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue El Serbal y la Luna

Shortly after leaving Pieros the camino splits near a set of power lines. The detour through Valtuille, favored for its safety and scenery, is to the right. The road route continues straight for several kilometers before turning off onto a dirt track. This track will rejoin the Valtuille route.

To end of camino: 
185.30
Altitude: 
536

Camino de Santiago Map 21

Camino de Santiago Map 21
5.30km → Pereje
To end of camino: 
180.90
Altitude: 
519

The Municipal and Ave Fenix albergues are at the very start of town. The latter is adjacent to the Iglesia de Santiago, one of only two churches along the way to have its own Holy Door for the benefit of pilgrims too sick to make it to the Santiago Cathedral.

Villafranca del Bierzo is one of the prettiest towns along the camino in El Bierzo. It is full of narrow streets that twist and turn and dare you to not get lost.

Located along the Burbia and Valcarce rivers it can be difficult to navigate and steep climbs seem to be obligatory no matter the...

History: 

San Francisco de Assisi passed through 800 years ago and is said to have founded the Iglesia de San Francisco, do pay it a visit as it often doubles as an exhibition hall (plus its elevation affords a good view as the sun sets in the valley).

 

During the Peninsular...

Notice: 

The Municipal and Ave Fenix albergues are at the very start of town. The latter is adjacent to the Iglesia de Santiago, one of only two churches along the way to have its own Holy Door for the benefit of pilgrims too sick to make it to the Santiago Cathedral.

Fiesta: 

The Fiestas del Cristo are held on the 14th of September.

The Road: 

Leave town by way of the bridge over the río Burbia. At the end of the bridge, the camino splits. Most pilgrims keep along the road which winds along the valley floor following the old national VI road, in the shadow of its replacement which soars above. The camino here is on paved...

Photo of Villafranca del Bierzo on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Villafranca del Bierzo on the Camino de Santiago

‌ALTERNATE ROUTE from Villafranca to TRABADELO, VIA PRADELA +1.7km

If you fancy a climb and a not too long detour, look for a narrow path on your right immediately after crossing the bridge. It looks like a hastily poured concrete drive and starts off quite steep. The way offers much better views with little to no traffic and it passes through a chestnut forest. There is one town along the way, Pradela, which has a bar and a small albergue.

The route via Pradela adds less than two kilometers of distance to the day, but a not insignificant amount of...

4.40km → Trabadelo
To end of camino: 
175.60
Altitude: 
554

Accommodation in Pereje

Municipal

1

Albergue de Pereje
Municipal
55
5€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de Pereje
Casa Rural

2

Casa Rural Las Coronas
Casa Rural

3

Casa Rural Pereje Garden
Casa Rural
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Casa Rural Pereje Garden
Photo of Pereje on the Camino de Santiago
2.90km → Trabadelo
To end of camino: 
173.60
Altitude: 
929

The bar and albergue are both in the town of Pradela, which sits just off the camino before it descends towards Trabadelo. You do not need to go into town unless you are after a drink or a bed. Otherwise follow the arrows to keep along the camino.  The forests here are thick with chestnut trees. If you see piles of prickly looking spheres at your feet, look out from above.

The Road: 

Pradela sits on the hillside just above Trabadelo. The descent along the trail is quick and will deliver you into a side street half way into town; it is also possible to follow the road for a longer but less steep journey.

Accommodation in Pradela (Bierzo)

Private

1

Albergue Lamas
Private
10
10€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Lamas
To end of camino: 
171.20
Altitude: 
572

Accommodation in Trabadelo

Private

2

Albergue Crispeta
Private
48
8€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Crispeta

3

Casa Susi
Private
12
Donativo€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Casa Susi

4

Albergue Camino y Leyenda
Private
16
15€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Camino y Leyenda
Parochial

5

Albergue Parroquial de Trabadelo
Parochial
22
5€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Parroquial de Trabadelo
Casa Rural

6

Casa Rural Os Arroxos
Casa Rural
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Casa Rural Os Arroxos
Photo of Trabadelo on the Camino de Santiago
0.90km → Ambasmestas
To end of camino: 
166.90
Altitude: 
611

Accommodation in La Portela de Valcarce

1.60km → Vega de Valcarce
To end of camino: 
166.00
Altitude: 
625

Ambasmestas is named for the confluence of the two valley rivers, the Valcárcel (‘valley of the prison’ so named because of its width) and the Balboa. Soaring above you is the A-6 highway connecting A Coruña with Madrid.

Accommodation in Ambasmestas

2.10km → Ruitelán
To end of camino: 
164.40
Altitude: 
628

The nearby truck stop of the same name has a full restaurant, as well as a co-op boutique selling local delights like wine, honey, and chocolate. There is also a fruit stand.

The ruins of the Castle of Sarracín are located high on the hill on the other side of the river.

Notice: 

This is the last town with an ATM or a pharmacy until you reach Triacastela.

Accommodation in Vega de Valcarce

Municipal

1

Albergue de Vega de Valcarce
Municipal
92
5€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue de Vega de Valcarce
Private

2

Albergue El Paso
Private
28
12€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue El Paso

3

Albergue do Brasil - El Roble
Private
18
Donativo€

4

Albergue Santa María Magdalena
Private
16
10+€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Santa María Magdalena
Parochial

5

Albergue Virgen de la Encina
Parochial
26€
1.40km → Las Herrerías
To end of camino: 
162.30
Altitude: 
667
History: 

San Froilan lived as a hermit in a nearby cave during the 9th century. At the behest of the people of León, King Alfonso III named him as Bishop, a position which he held for only 5 years.

Accommodation in Ruitelán

Private

1

Refugio Pequeno Potala
Private
12
20**€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Refugio Pequeno Potala

2

Albergue El Rincón de PIN
Private
10
10€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue El Rincón de PIN
To end of camino: 
160.90
Altitude: 
722

Las Herrerias, and the conjoined hamlet of Hospital, are at the base of the mountain that has been lurking on the horizon for a few days. 

At the end of town, just past Casa Polin, is a small picnic area and the Fuente de Quiñones (named after the famous jouster of Hospital de Órbigo).

Notice: 

A local service offers to take you to the top of the mountain on horseback, an alternative to the 6km ascent and a taste of what luxury would have felt like 900 years ago.

The Road: 

The climb begins as a gradual ascent along the paved road. The camino will eventually leave this road in favor of a footpath which descends to your left. Arrows at the turn-off indicate that the camino for cyclists remains on the road and if you are on a bike this is the preferred route. When...

Accommodation in Las Herrerías

Photo of Las Herrerías on the Camino de Santiago
2.50km → La Faba
To end of camino: 
159.90
Altitude: 
692
To end of camino: 
157.40
Altitude: 
912

A small hamlet on the way up to O’Cebreiro, there is little more than a collection of houses, a parochial albergue (run by a German confraternity) and the adjacent church which has a daily evening Mass. Two other bars are in the center of the village, one distinctly Gallego in feel and the other distinctly not. The latter also functions as a small albergue.

History: 

Sir John Moore’s very unlucky British army, having been run out of Villafranca by the French, and suffering terrible weather, retreated through these hills on his way to A Coruña. Moore would make it to the port but never escaped the peninsula. He is buried there.

Accommodation in La Faba

Parochial

1

Albergue Ultreia Antigua Casa Parroquial
Parochial
66
8€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Ultreia Antigua Casa Parroquial
Photo of La Faba on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of La Faba on the Camino de Santiago
2.20km → O Cebreiro
To end of camino: 
155.00
Altitude: 
1152

Laguna sits about 1km from the Galician border, making it a rather remote frontier town.

Accommodation in Laguna de Castilla

Private

1

Albergue La Escuela de La Laguna
Private
49
14€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue La Escuela de La Laguna

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