So many people skipped Samos and take the alternate route. To me that is a huge mistake and a wasted opportunity to see one of the most spectacular buildings they'll ever get a chance to see with such incredible history. I believe the alternate route offers some very nice villages, but so does this route (San Cristobal del Real blew my mind!) AND add to that the chance to visit this Monastery. I left Triacastela with enough time to ensure I could get to Samos by 10:00 am, the time for one of their guided visits. Thoroughly enjoyed.