Pilgrims Route

The EuroVelo 3 “Pilgrims Route” mainly follows the French Way branch of the Way of Saint James through the regions of Navarre, La Rioja, Castilla y León and Galicia. It is a very varied route that begins in the leafy Navarrese Pyrenees, descends to the Ebro river and then enters the extensive agricultural plains of the so-called “Tierra de Campos” de Castilla y León region. Before entering Galicia, it climbs through the attractive mountains of the Bierzo region of León and continues through the Galician forests to Santiago de Compostela.

With a length of 5,300 km, the EuroVelo 3 “Pilgrims Route” allows you to travel through seven European countries: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, France and Spain. Along the way, you can visit up to 21 places recognised by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.
In addition to travelling in the most sustainable way possible, you can visit some of the continent’s most important cathedrals, such as those of Cologne, Aachen and Santiago de Compostela, while you can also enjoy the attractions of large cities such as Oslo, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Liège and Paris.
The route connects several pilgrimage routes, including St. Olav Ways between Trondheim and Oslo in Norway; the Oxen Way in Denmark; the Via Baltic, the Osnabrück Path and the North Rhine Route in Germany; the Via Mosana between Maastricht and Namur in Belgium; the Via Monastica that connects Belgium with France; the Estelle Path that reaches Paris; the Via Turonensis that connects the French capital with Saint Jean Pied de Port; and finally, the French Way that leads to Santiago de Compostela.

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We suggest you get to know the EuroVelo 3 route in Galicia through its three stages or sections (17, 18 and 19). A new way to discover the most prominent places on this pilgrimage route that will take you to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The stages are structured in such a way that at the beginning and end of each one you will find accommodation, catering and transport services, among others.

  Altitude difference + Altitude difference - Maximum height Minimun height Departure altitude Arrival altitude

Distance 198,8 Km        

3.802 m4.661 m1.338 m144 m1.110 m252 m

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Eurovelo 3

Section 17

From Pedrafita do Cebreiro to Sarria

The EuroVelo 3 “Galician” route begins in Pedrafita do Cebreiro and then ascends to the village of O Cebreiro, located at 1,300 m above sea level, between the O Courel and Os Ancares mountain ranges. O Cebreiro is of pre-Roman origin and is famous for its typical pallozas dwellings with rye thatched roofs. This first stage allows you to visit other important places on the route, such as Triacastela village, the surprising monastery of Samos and the town of Sarria. The route also offers beautiful midmountain landscapes and numerous examples of popular Galician architecture.

  Distance 61,1 Km

Altitude difference+ Altitude difference- Maximum height Minimun height Departure altitude Arrival altitude
1.187 m1.876 m1.338 m419 m1.110 m420 m

Eurovelo 3

Section 18

From Sarria to Melide

The second stage crosses large areas of meadows and oak groves towards the banks of the river Miño, and then crosses the bridge that leads to Portomarín, a village rescued from the waters after the construction of a dam and relocated to this new area. Palas de Rei is a good place to stock up before continuing to Melide, where this section ends. In Melide, you will find what probably is the oldest stone cross in Galicia. You should also try the traditional pulpo (octopus) á feira in one of Galicia’s famous pulperías (traditional octopus restaurants).

  Distance 69,5 Km

Altitude difference+ Altitude difference- Maximum height Minimun height Departure altitude Arrival altitude
1.458 m1.424 m723 m350 m420 m453 m

Eurovelo 3

Section 19

From Melide to Santiago de Compostela

The last stage visits the town of Arzúa, one of the cheese capitals of Galicia. Through the so-called “Dutch Route”, along the AC- 240 regional road, you will visit the municipalities of  Touro and Boqueixón before you reach the City of Culture, which welcomes us to Santiago de Compostela. The capital of Galicia is a city full of attractions of all kinds, with a historic centre so well preserved that it has been declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

  Distance 66,2 Km

Altitude difference+ Altitude difference- Maximum height Minimun height Departure altitude Arrival altitude
1.159 m1.361 m455 m144 m453 m252 m


  • It is recommended to wear a helmet.
  • Don’t forget to check the bike’s condition.
  • Find out about the route’s technical aspects and the day’s weather forecast.
  • Always carry water, warm clothes, a repair kit and a properly charged mobile phone.
  • You must obey the signs along the route, give priority to pedestrians and comply with the general traffic rules.
  • In shared segments with The Way of St James, follow the road signs for The Way of St James.
  • You can maintain the route notifying of any incidents regarding the conditions of and signs along the paths using the email


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