Camino Francés (The French Way)

O Cebreiro - Triacastela

21 km Difficulty
From O Cebreiro, the French Way ploughs into Galicia from a height of 1,300 metres, with some 150 kilometres to go until the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. You will veer towards Liñares, descending 3 kilometres to ascend afterwards through the Ancares Mountains. The constant ups and downs call for a relaxed pace with which to enjoy the scenery as you walk.

On the hilltop of San Roque, at 1,270 metres, walkers are welcomed by the statue of a pilgrim.  As you continue you will reach the Hospital da Condesa, thus named after a hospital founded in the 9th century by the Countess of Gatón to tend to medieval pilgrims. The church of San Xoán and the views from the Alto do Poio at over 1,300 metres should not be missed. 

After this, the path descends towards Fonfría and then O Viduedo, just 7 kilometres away from Triacastela. While Santiago’s cathedral was being erected, there used to be a quarry just outside this village, where many pilgrims used to take a stone and carry it with them to contribute to the construction of the cathedral.
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Tips from our postmen and women

“In this  Ana Piñeiro, Crreos of As Nogais.area of Os Ancares, there is a deep-seated traditional belief in the evil eye or “mal de ollo”. Villagers once commonly held that there were people with sharp eyesight who could bring the evil eye onto others unwillingly, and that is why they used to cover their right eye, the one deemed to be at fault. In Pedrafita people believed that you got the evil eye if you did not look at the Eucharistic Chalice and Host at the moment of consecration, but the next Sunday it was gone if you paid attention. In As Nogais, in order to free cattle from the evil eye, they used to lay a pair of men’s trousers on the ground and make the cow tread over them so that it could yield the milk “que a meiga cortara”, (lit. curdled by the witch”)"
“The landscape of Triacastela is really beautiful and locals are lively and always willing to chat. It is a small but ideal place to take a break. There are several boarding houses, hostels and restaurants on the Camino that are typical of this area and the food is just fantastic!”. Ana Piñeiro, Crreos of As Nogais.

 

We transfer your rucksack

So that you can travel light along the Camino de Santiago

 

We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from your accommodation at one stage to the next!! This way, your walk is more comfortable, your bag is lighter and you can enjoy every step of the Camino. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.

 

Bicycle transportation services 

We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point

 

Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any branch of Correos. Once you finish the Camino de Santiago you can go to the nearest post office and send it back home again. Your bicycle will be insured and we package your bike without disassembling it.

 

Luggage transfer

For everything you want in or out of your rucksack 

 

With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point along the Camino (hostels, hotels, branches of Correos, etc) so that you have your personal belongings when you arrive. You can therefore have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you carry along the Way. You can also send back whatever you have in your daily rucksack that you no longer need.

 

Prepaid Card

So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino 

 

Correos offers a prepaid card that is not linked to a bank account. In this way, you can defort walk the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You only have to put the money on the card that you are going to need and then top up again if your balance is low. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.

 

 

Stamping Your Credential

So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport 

Branches of Correos along the Camino de Santiago stamp your Credential or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of these stamps represent important tourist attractions from that particular place to help you remember your jorney.

 

 

Sending parcels along the Camino de Santiago 
 

Send your parcels without having to go along to a branch of Correos!

 

You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred branches of CORREOS located along the Camino de Santiago and additionally from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodation from where you can send parcels any time of the day. This service will help you to get rid of things from your luggage that you no longer need. You can also buy souvenirs or some typical products without having to worry about carrying them with you. 
 

 

 

Lockers in Santiago

So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city

Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike or trekking pole before you go into the Cathedral or you can wander around Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.

 

Correos Branches

To help you with anything you may need 

 

We have over 150 branches of Correos along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.