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Stage 24:Villafranca del Bierzo-O Cebreiro (29,9km)
(1)Villafranca del Bierzo-(2)Pereje:0-6,1km
(3)Trabadelo-(4)La Portela de Valcarce:10,1-14,7=(4,6km)
(4)La Portela de Valcarce-(5)Ambasmestas:14,7-16,0=(1,3km)
(5)Ambasmestas-(6)Vega de Valcarce:16,0-16,8=(0,8km)
(6)Vega de Valcarce-(7)Ruitelan:16,8-19,8(3,0km)
(10)La Faba-(11)La Laguna:25,1-27,4(2,3km)
(11)La Laguna-(12)O Cebreiro:27,4-29,9(2,5km)
This could be considered the most important stage of the Camino Frances, the most difficult, but perhaps the most rewarding. From Villafranca until Hospital the stage mostly flat with some insignificant hilly parts. But after the 21 km mark we must go up some of the most difficult slopes of the camino, along which we leave Castilla y Leon and enter into Galicia. The cyclists must keep an eye out for the detour before La Faba.
(1)Villafranca del Bierzo-(2)Pereje: 0-6.1km
After passing through the Puerta del Perdon (photo 1) we go all the way across Villafranca leaving across river Burbia (photo 2). We follow the road until it joins with the national road (photo 3) at which stage we continue along the footpath on the left hand side of the road (photo 4). At the 5.6 km (photo 5) we leave the road and take a right to enter into Pereje (photo 6).
We cross Pereje and return out to the same the footpath alongside the N-VI road (photo 7) along which we continue until the 9.0 km where the arrows direct us to leave the road and continue on a tarmacadam path (photo 8) which brings us to Trabadelo (photo 9).
(3)Trabadelo-(4)La Portela de Valcarce: 10.1-14.7(4.6km)
We cross Trabadelo along its main street and leave along a road (photo 10) very similar to the road by which we arrived to the town. We cross the motorway through a tunnel and return to the footpath alongside the N-VI road, along which we enter into the town of Valcarce (photo 11 and 12).
(4)La Portela de Valcarce-(5)Ambasmestas: 14.7-16.0=(1.3km)
We follow the N-VI and before we arrive we follow a detour to the left we will bring us to Ambasmestas (photo 13).
(5)Ambasmestas-(6)Vega de Valcarce: 16.0-16.8(0.8km)
We cross Ambasmestas along its main street and a short while after come to Vega de Valcarce (photo 14).
(6)Vega de Valcarce-(7)Ruitelan: 16.8-19.8(3,0km)
We cross the town of Vega de Valcarce ( we see from below the motorway bridge) along its main street and following the small LE-723 road we continue until this road joins with the N-VI at the entrance to Ruitelan (photo 15).
(7)Ruitelan-(8)Las Herrerias: 19.8-21.0(1.2km)
We cross Ruitelan and follow the N-VI until, before arriving to Herrerias, we take a detour on the left onto a descending road (photo 16) which will bring us to the town of Herrerias (photo 17).
(8)Las Herrerias-(9)Hospital: 21.0-21.7(0.7km)
We pass through the large town of Herrerias and just a little after the last houses of the town, we come to Hospital.
(9)Hospital-(10)La Faba: 21.0-25.1(4.1km)
After Hospital the road begins to climb a steep hill (photo 18). At the 24.9 km (photo 19) the road joins with another road leading to the right. At this point it is recommended that cyclists take a right. This section is the steepest of the Camino Frances but at least the climb is along good solid ground (photo 20) If you are going by foot continue straight ahead and after a few metres you will enter the small town of Faba.
(10)La Faba-(11)La Laguna:25.1-27.4(2.3km)
The toughest climb of the Camino Frances, along a stony path, leads us to Laguna (photo 21) where we join with the route taken by the cyclists.
(11)La Laguna-(12)O Cebreiro: 27.4-29.9(2.5km)
We continue uphill (photo 22) but now along a more moderate slope and along good ground until we get to O'Cebreiro (photo 23). At this stage of the camino we enter Galicia, into the province of Lugo.