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.