O Cebreiro and its unique heritage

After the charming town of Ponferrada on the French Way Camino de Santiago route, as you leave El Bierzo behind and enter Galicia, you will reach the tiny mountain village of O Cebreiro. O Cebreiro is as special as it is small.


Nine ‘pallozas’ are today preserved in O Cebreiro, four of them part of Galicia’s Cultural Council and operating as a fascinating ethnological museum.

At the museum you can see a typical ‘palloza’, divided in three parts: a sleeping area for the heads of the family, a bigger area for general use focused around the hearth (‘lareira’ in Galician) and a third space for the livestock. Above that room for the cattle, straw would be kept and it would here where the rest of the family would sleep.

At the museum you will also be able to see a collection of everyday objects and artefacts used in the region: from cradles to kitchen furniture, crockery, etc… You will really feel as if you were stepping back in time.


Queixo do Cebreiro, the local soft creamy cheese, made using traditional artisan techniques, without artificial additives. Perfect with honey or a slice of quince jelly.


to Don Elías Valiña Sampedro, responsible for the rediscovery of the Camino de Santiago and O Cebreiro’s characteristic ‘pallozas’ and heritage.


The Royal St. Mary’s Church, also known as the Church of St. Benedict, is the parish church built on the site of a 9th century sanctuary. Having fallen into disrepair, as much of the village, the church was rehabilitated in 1962.


The ethnographic museum.


Early September (7th/8th) Romaría Virxe do Cebreiro dedicated to the patron saint of O Cebreiro. There is also an annual gastronomic festival dedicated to O Cebreiro cheese, taking place in April.

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  1. By Maria

    Hi Pam, thank you for getting in touch. If you click on the ‘weather’ tab here: https://caminoways.com/ways/french-way-camino-frances/french-way-full-way you can see all the average temperatures and rainfall month by month for the Camino Frances. Weather in March is a bit unpredictable: you can get lovely Spring weather but still a bit chilly in the evenings, but you might also get some rain (in Galicia). If you are planning to walk from St Jean bear in mind the Route Napoleon across the Pyrenees is closed until the end of March (but you could walk the lower route from St Jean to Valcarlos instead). Let us know if you need anything else, or if you require a quote from our team. Kindest regards. Maria

  2. By Pam McCormack

    considering doing this in March 2018, what would the weather be like at this time? Thanks:)

  3. By Roland M.

    Hi rebecca,

    I am in trouble to find any information as well… What sort of festival is it?

  4. By Rebecca Gardner

    I understand O’Cebreiro has a festival in September, but have been unable to find any information online. Can you direct to a website that would provide some details?
    Thank you,
    Rebecca Gardner

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