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starting at El Cebreiro

Charles Bello

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I am walking the pilgrimage for the first time I will be walking with my two teenage sons. I am wanting to start at El Cebreiro. I will be riding with a eurorail pass from Frankfurt to Spain. Is there are train that stops at El Cebreiro, or a bus that can take us there?

Also, can I pick up the pilgrimage certificate at El Cebreio for me and my two sons?
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Hi Charles, we started at O Cebreiro in 2006. You can pick up the Credencial at the church in the village. Aim to get there in good time as the refugio fills up quite quickly.
There's a thread of discussions on how to start at O Cebreiro here

Bus stops at Piedrafita and you will need to walk up the hill to O Cebreiro.

Buen Camino! Simon


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Charles, Just one other point about staying in O'Cebreiro first off. You will need to walk up the hill to get there, as Simon suggests, if you want to stay in the albergue there. They were strictly applying 'priority' in this albergue when I was there last year. Walkers got in straight off, and cyclists had to wait until the evening before they were allowed to check in. By then it was full. There was a Spanish family group who arrived- two women and four teens- by taxi, as their starting point was to be O''Cebreiro. They ended up sleeping outside the albergue, being too low in the priority queue, (and other accommodation options on the mountain seem to be quite expensive.) It was a cold night for them, and they weren't really prepared for the cold.
The good news is, they survived the cold night and made it into Santiago the same day we did- and they were so very happy about it!

Charles Bello

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Simon and Margaret,

Thanks for your reply. It is so helpful to have someone who has already walked the path to take the time to share their insights and suggestions.

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