El Acebo

Camino Frances

To end of camino



El Acebo


Riego de Ambrós


Acebo is a typical mountain village, with rickety wooden balconies suspended over the road. All stone construction and slate roofs are common, the slate coming from a quarry not far off.


This mountain pass was maintained by the villagers of both Acebo and Foncebadón. They installed several hundred stakes to mark the way during heavy snowfall. For their efforts they received an exemption from the tax man.

The Road

You will first make sight of Acebo (from holly, as in the hardy evergreen shrub) as you descend from above. It is a single road town and typical of the area.

City Map


All Caminos App User

The town lacked any Soul to us and others we spoke to .The Albergues were a business and treated the Pilgrims as a bit of a nuisance. Wish we stayed at the lovely village of Reigo de Ambros up the Way .

Camino de Sant…

I heard the dinner at the hotel wasn't the best so I wanted to go to la Rosa but found everything was closed. Ran into David the owner and he offered me the lentil soup as that's all they had left. I took the opportunity and so glad I did, it was so delicious and filling and they served with rye bread! I also got to have some of the delicious chocolate cake for dessert and I was so happy and fulfilled and so grateful to David for taking me in even though they were technically closed. So kind and so authentic, would highly recommend this place.

All Caminos App User

There’s an alternative set of caminos (non Jacobean I think) that go into the montes de leon. Recommend the Valle del silencio route starting in El Acebo, spending the night in the albergue in the abandoned monastery san pedro De Montes, then continuing to ponferrada. Caution - some routes are much more hiking trails than full blown pedestrian paths, but you can always choose to go by road if you’re not a hiker).

Camino de Sant…

Stayed at La Casa del Peregrinos September 2021. Cost €57 for myself and my wife for bed, breakfast and 3 course evening meal, with wine. It is very clean, the staff are friendly and the views are spectacular. Has to be one of the best stops on the Camino.

Camino de Sant…

La Rosa del Agua - first bar on left as you enter town. The empanadas are fantastic (beef and tuna)! And the big salad, a god-send. If you’re wanting some vegetables, the salad is the best I’ve had since entering Spain - mache, spinach, frisée, strawberries, onion, clementine, cashew, almond, walnut, sunflower seeds, tuna, avocado. A true big salad - fresh and filling. (8 April 2022) The owner is a Texan, and told us to mention he’s handsome.

Camino de Sant…

Great bar on the left as you enter town. The owner is from Texas and super friendly. Tortilla and empanadas were very good

Camino de Sant…

Good bar, average dormitorio