Where the Way of Saint James passes, it is a small village at the end of the Valcarce Valley going up towards El Cebreiro. It was already mentioned in the 13th century under the names of Villa Oxa, Villa de Urz or Villa Us.
The houses of La Faba are placed on a steep slope on the slope of the Traviesa mountain. At the entrance to the village is the church of San Andrés, dating from the 16th century and rebuilt in the 18th century, in which two styles are mixed: Renaissance and Baroque. You can also see some typical haystacks of the area, whose construction may date from the nineteenth century. Going up towards La Faba from Vega de Valcarce, a small medieval bridge plays hide-and-seek among the vegetation. Interesting is undoubtedly the correidoira at the exit of La Faba walking towards O Cebreiro, are 250 meters of well-preserved Roman road. From La Faba you can also enjoy beautiful panoramic views.
La Faba celebrates its festivities in summer with no fixed date, although its patron saint festivities are in honour of San Andrés.
In the church of La Faba the parish priest of O Cebreiro celebrates an ecumenical prayer with pilgrims of different religions, such as Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists or Muslims.
Next to the church of La Faba on its right side are many pilgrim graves, the neighbors of the place were buried on the left side.
History remembers, with the testimony of a plaque, how it was in this place where a group of German walkers died of plague.
We can get to La Faba from O Cebreiro passing by La Laguna de Castilla or from the N-VI, more specifically taking the detour that we will find in the stretch that goes from La Portela de Valcarce to Pedrafita do Cebreiro and that reaches La Faba passing by Las Herrerías de Valcarce.
There are several bus service lines that connect Pedrafita do Cebreiro with Lugo and Ponferrada every day of the week at different times. From Pedrafita do Cebreiro to La Faba the distance is covered by taxi services.
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