Camino Francés (The French Way)

Villafranca del Bierzo - O Cebreiro

28’5 km Difficulty
This is the last stage in Castilla and León, with a first phase along the river Valcarce and then under several viaducts towards Pereje, a town located 5 kilometres away from the departure point. Walk another 2 kilometres, and there is a rest area in Trabadelo, just before the village of the same name, where you can get supplies.

The Camino continues towards La Portela de Valcarce, with almost 14 kilometres behind you already. The path begins to ascend here, first mildly, and then steeper from Las Herrerías onwards, where 8 kilometres remain until the end of the route.

Climbing O Cebreiro Mountain requires a calm but steady pace, as it can be very hard at times. After kilometre 23 you will come upon La Faba, where you can take a break. Just a little bit further, and Laguna de Castilla is the last village from Castilla and León. From there—at last! – Galicia welcomes pilgrims crossing its threshold into the province of Lugo.

The village of O Cebreiro is a beautiful prehistoric settlement with its original pallozas -traditional architecture of these mountains- carefully preserved. Here you can also visit the 9th-century church of Santa María la Real.  There are four pallozas from the 16th century that you can still visit. One of them is a museum open from Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 14:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00. (Mondays and Tuesdays you can book a visit at the Tourist Office.)  Regarding services, O Cebreiro does no offer much, except for restaurants or places to sleep. Pilgrims needing to use a bank, pharmacist or bike repair services should go down to the neighbouring Pedrafita do Cebreiro.

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Tips from our postmen and women

 Mª Zoilo García, Correos of Becerreá.
“One of the pilgrim traditions  in O Cebreiro is to  draw near to the Tesón da Cruz monument on the hilltop of Monte Pozo de Area,  from which you can view  the amazing sunset over the  Ancares Mountains. You can get there by walking from the church towards the hostel and taking the footpath to your left. Along the way you will find a wooden cross initially erected in 1972 to shoot a film by Spanish director Adolfo Marsillach (the current one atop the hill was erected later,) at which pilgrims customarily make wishes and leave coins”. “On the 8th and 9th of September, O Cebreiro celebrates the “Romaría de Santa María a Real e do Santo Milagre”. This Romaría (a local religious festival involving a procession around the church) attracts people from all corners. The Romaría celebrates the miracle of the Holy Grail. According to legend, while the sacramental bread was being consecrated, it became flesh, and the wine became blood, with Holy Mary bending over to behold the miracle. The day ends with a very large feast of our typical delicacies, in particular octopus and our local queso do Cebreiro, one of the best cottage cheeses in Spain”. Mª Zoilo García, Correos of Becerreá.

 

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.