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.
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).
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.