O Cebreiro is one of the most legendary places of the Camino de Santiago, famous for its historical past, legends and miracles ... but also for its cheese, which is one of the most famous in Galicia. This soft and grainy white cheese is made entirely from cow's milk, with no preservatives or additives.
If its flavor is distinctive so too is its shape, which has been compared to that of a toadstool or a chef's hat. But despite its long history, in the twentieth century it came close to vanishing altogether and was only remembered by a few village dwellers who made it for their own consumption. In 1991, however, its survival and status was assured when it was recognized as being a ‘Quality Product Gallego.’ Thereafter its production and fame have gone on increasing, while its exquisite quality has been scrupulously maintained. In the past, the fame of this cheese spread wide and far and this was due in large part to the pilgrims who talked of its excellence everywhere, so that the news even reached the ears of the kings of Spain.