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The French Way from O Cebreiro

6 Days Trail

Reaching Santiago by horse is the “promised trip”, is the first and most important European cultural route, where the reasons for coming are still alive after more than a thousand years.

Jinetes

As pilgrims on horseback, we will be protagonists, for a few days, of the living history of an ancient route where you will live new sensations.

Around him are some of the best protected reserves in Southern Europe, talking stone worlds, where people think that time has passed, animal spaces, river basins, lakes etc. As the first pilgrims met.

Day 1. Picking up at Santiago Airport at 15 hours. Moving and meeting of the participants at 18-hour in O Cebreiro (Lugo) in the rural house of “Valiña” (Romanesque church beside). The owner, Maria Pilar, will make us feel at home from the beginning. We will have a welcome dinner and overnight at the house of village-inn.

De ruta en SamosDay 2. . Visit of O Cebreiro, where we find the pallozas, old houses reminiscent of the Celtic forts and other buildings and landscapes of great interest. About 10 in the morning we will star the journey on horseback. Thought impressive mountain massifs and countless small towns across a road full of trees like chestnut, oak and walnut, we will eat at Triacastela, which is a very old village with a Romanesque church. In the afternoon we will pass through Oribio River valley, and will get to Samos, where we visit its Romanesque chapel and monastery with ancient cypress. Monks pray his matins and develop their herbal liqueurs with recipes maintained. Dinner and overnight in Samos.

Day 3º. We will ride through a fertile and lush plains, to Sarria, Jinetes en Samoswhere we visit the convent and a castle. Under the shade of his abundant carballeiras, we will continue towards the river Minho and will see the original Barbadelo temple. Lunch at the Mercado da Serra, next to an old mill. At dusk, reach Portomarín, the village retains its medieval style although it was flooded by the dam and reconstructed buildings, temples and porticoes most interesting by the neighbors. Dinner and overnight at the Parador.

Jinetes hacia Santiago

Day 4. We enter the Ulla valley, across a wide range of Romanesque villages, we will reach Vilar de Donas a Romanesque monastery and national monument temple with paintings of the fourteenth century, the seat of the Knights of the Order of Santiago, those knights deeply fought with the bandits of the pilgrim route. Overnight in Palas de Rey.

Day 5. We will leave the region of the river Ulla, with its steps immortalized by Countess Pardo Bazán. Crossing the River by the Furelos bridge will reach Melide Jinetes sobre el PuenteWe will visit before Pambre Castle, a medieval fortress that is named after the river that bathes its foundation, with numerous typical mills and manors. In the afternoon will pass by Castañeda, seat lime kilns for the construction of the Cathedral of Santiago, some pilgrims carried a stone in his backpack increasing their penance. Who dares to emulate those pilgrims should be dismounted, because the never heard about a penitent horse. Dinner and overnight at Arzua.

Catedral de SantiagoDay 6. From Arzúa, center of a region of delicious cheeses, depart for Labacolla, where we will eat and finish the route. There the Pilgrims washed in a brook, those whom had left forces, ascended to the Monxoi (Monte del Gozo) to be the first to see the cathedral. Riders descended from their mounts making the last stretch on foot and all should give thanks to the Apostle for happily conclude the pilgrimage, although this last stage of the day 6 we rode till labacolla. From then, free time for riders, they can go walking or in our support vehicle to Obradoiro Square in the Cathedral of Santiago Compostela and get the Compostelana.

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