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Triacastela - Serria 2 Paths?

Dario

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I´m at Triacastela right now and i noticed there are two paths from here. Can anyone shed some light on the pros and cons of each. Much appreciated!
 

rioja routard

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Hi

I did the one via Samos Monastery which I believe is a bit longer than the other. Probably a bit muddy this time of year.

Perhaps someone can comment on the other?

Buen Camino

 

sillydoll

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Camino(s) past & future
2002 CF: 2004 from Paris: 2006 VF: 2007 CF: 2009 Aragones, Ingles, Finisterre: 2011 X 2 on CF: 2013 'Caracoles': 2014 CF and Ingles 'Caracoles":2015 Logrono-Burgos (Hospitalero San Anton): 2016 La Douay to Aosta/San Gimignano to Rome:
Sarria via Samos is 21km - the direct route is 18km.
 

William Marques

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I have done both routes. The San Xil route is prettier and avoids more road but you will miss the Samos Monastery. 6 of one and half a dozen of the other.

I would take the San Xil route myself.
 

Dario

New Member
Does the San Xil route have more mountains? After the climb and decent from Cebreiro my feet are spent and blisterlicous.
 

sillydoll

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Camino(s) past & future
2002 CF: 2004 from Paris: 2006 VF: 2007 CF: 2009 Aragones, Ingles, Finisterre: 2011 X 2 on CF: 2013 'Caracoles': 2014 CF and Ingles 'Caracoles":2015 Logrono-Burgos (Hospitalero San Anton): 2016 La Douay to Aosta/San Gimignano to Rome:
Dario, the route is undulating - no mountains. I know what you mean about the path from O Cebreiro to Triacastela - up and down the side of the main road on steep rocky, stony tracks and then that long descent to Triacastela.
I have sent you my diary page for that day last year in September - no more mountains!
Enjoy the next week - your camino is almost over.
 

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jeff001

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This thread reinforces my belief that you will miss a lot by not having a guidebook. The Brierley Guide, for example, has full descriptions of both options on this and other stages.
 
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Frances, Jul-Aug 05, Frances, Jul-Aug 06, Portugues, Oct 2010
I really like the route via San Xil. It's quite pretty; not too arduous, and passes through lots of small villages.

(I've not been, but have heard the monastary at Samos is overrated)
 

Rebekah Scott

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Many, various, and continuing.
I´ve done them both, and I recommend the San Xil path. It´s one of my favorite and most Galician stretches of the Camino. In the springtime there´s a pond alongside that´s hopping and singing with little frogs... you can hear them for miles!
 

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