The French Way from Astorga


9 Days

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.

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. Meeting at Santiago Airport at 15 hours from there we will move by car to Astorga – Rabanal del Camino, where we will have the welcome dinner. We will spend the night in a unique place in this village.

Day 2. After breakfast, saddle horses in Rabanal del Camino. We will do 35 km to reach Ponferrada, where the horses spend the night in an equestrian center. Once the horses left off, we drive for 15 minutes and go to have dinner and sleep to Villafranca del Bierzo.



Day 3. After breakfast at the Villafranca del Bierzo, we will go to the horses. The stage of of this day is about 31 km from Ponferrada to Trabadelo. Riders and horses sleep in Trabadelo.


Day 4. After breakfast we saddled the horses and do a stage of 22 km Trabadelo – Cebreiro, we attempt to get to eat at Hosteria San Giraldo de Aullirac. That evening in Cebreiro is for resting, talking and exchange experiences with other pilgrims the way.

Day 5. 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 6. We will ride through a fertile and lush plains, to Sarria, where 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.


Day 7. 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 8. 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. We 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

Day 9. From Arzúa, center of a region of delicious cheeses, depart to Labacolla. Where we will eat and finish the route. There the Pilgrims whom had left forces, ascended to the Monxoi (Monte del Gozo) to be the first to see the cathedral. Riders make the last stretch on foot and all should give thanks to the Apostle for happily conclude the pilgrimage. 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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