Day 9: – Ambasmestas – O Cebreiro
From here to Santiago you walk mainly through a landscape with oak, beech, chestnut and gum trees.
Today you face the iconic milestone of the Camino, the feared climb up to O Cebreiro at 1.330m. From Vega de Valcarce, at 630m you climb 700m in 12 km. The hardest section is between Las Herrerias and La Laguna, 500m in 5.5 km. You cross the border between Castilla and Galicia and realise the day was well worth every step, the views are spectacular.
O Cebreiro is the first village in Galicia, a delightful hilltop hamlet. From here we have a spectacular 360º view. This image will remain in your mind forever. O Cebreiro is an iconic location for its outlook, church, legends and its “pallozas”, typical Galician construction, round stone houses with a straw roof.
After a hard days’ walk, you will enjoy the specialities of this land: Pulpo (octopus) and the local Cebreiro cheese.
Ensure to take the time to attend the Pilgrims Mass. Whether you are religious or not the Mass here has a special spirit as does this land.