Hospital da Condesa
Alto de Poio
O Cebreiro - Triacastela
The Galician part of the French Way begins in the hamlet of O Cebreiro, a small village of Prehistoric origin located at 1,300 m altitude, between the mountain ranges of O Courel and Os Ancares.
From the O Cebreiro hostel two routes can be taken, a path starting from its very same door leading upwards and to the right, or the original path, going down to the main road and continuing it until Liñares (about 3 km).
Once in Liñares, the route signposted on the left has to be taken, going up through the houses to the Romanesque church. After that the first rocky path signposted on the left has to be taken and then the ascent to Os Ancares begins. After a series of steep climbs and descents, one reaches the high grounds of San Roque (1,270 metres) where there is a statue of a pilgrim keeping a weather eye on the valley.
From this point, the signs lead parallel to the road to Hospital da Condesa. Entrance to the village is done through the left, continuing later through the detour to the right. In the village, that has a remarkable stone walkway, there is a hostel.
After leaving Hospital there is a beautiful church typical of the area made of stone and with an austere Romanesque style. Following the marked path (with yellow arrows constantly appearing on the road and with markers every 500 metres indicating the distance to Santiago) one reaches the road to walk along the sideways, crossing two small streams before taking a right turn.
The route continues through a partly-asphalted track parallel to the stream. After taking a turn to the left and, without deviating from this small paved road, the route enters O Padornelo. After passing through the Church of San Juan, with its belfry and fountain, the signs lead to an uphill stone road that climbs to the high grounds of Poio, the highest point of the French Way. From there, it continues along the road to the right, taking a parallel path that is signposted all the way to Fonfría.
When leaving Fonfría the road divides into three, and the route continues through the slate path on the middle that leads to the road, right at the entrance of the municipality of Triacastela. After a few metres through asphalt, the road goes right into a track that crosses the road and continues straight on until Biduedo. Once there, one has to exit through the right and then follow a path from where one can see a spectacular panorama of the Mountain Range of O Courel and specifically of Mount Caldeirón.
The Way goes down through stony paths until it reaches the entrance to Fillobal, where it is necessary to turn left and follow the signs until Pasantes and from there to Triacastela and its hostel.
Upon arrival to Triacastela many pilgrims used to take a stone from a quarry located in this area and carry it all the way to Castañeda, a parish close to Arzúa.
There, they left if at the lime kiln that worked for the construction of Santiago's cathedral, so that each arriving person was making its personal contribution to the construction of the temple.