The French Way

Stage: Triacastela - Sarria (through San Xil)

  • Length 18 Km
  • Difficulty Medium-Low
  • Estimated Duration 3h 30min

From Triacastela, passing through San Xil, the Way goes in the direction of Sarria through a chain of small towns in the Jacobean tradition such as A Balsa, Montán, Pintín, Calvor and San Mamede do Camiño.

The variant of Samos turns south through the area of the River Sarria, which has beautiful landscapes and numerous examples of popular Galician architecture. It then goes in the direction of the Monastery of Samos, one of the oldest monasteries in the western world (VI century).

Triacastela- San Xil

  • Length 3.4 Km
  • Difficulty Low
  • Estimated Duration 40min

The route leaves the hostel of Triacastela in the direction of the centre of the town, passing by the Church of Santiago and its cemetery and arriving at the former pilgrim hospital, where an arrow indicates the direction to take.

Once the main road and the children’s play park have been passed, there is a sign showing the Camino to San Xil, downhill on the right; the variant of Samos is taken in the opposite direction, to the right.

San Xil- Aguiada

  • Length 10 Km
  • Difficulty Low
  • Estimated Duration 2h 00min

The San Xil variant begins with the climb up to Alto de Riocabo (900 m). From there, the entire route is downhill to Aguiada. Along the way, it passes through the villages of Fontán, Montearcuda and A Furela, offering lovely views of the native forest. After A Furela, it continues on to Pintín. Before reaching Aguiada, we come to Calvor (now in the municipality of Sarria). The route runs past the village hostel, part of the Way of St. James Public Hostel Network in Galicia.