This small village is a must stop for travelers on the Way To Santiago route who want to visit “Mosteiro de san Xian” (San Julián Monastery, a Benedictine Abbey). What should you eat in Samos? The restaurants offer concello, or local products, like seasonal vegetables and tasty meat from cattle, sheep and pigs that are fed from green pastures. With the pork, they make sausage, morcillas (sausage), lacón (shoulder of pig) and prepare a special dish, filloas de sangre.
Samos is well-known for its eel and trout from the Sarria and Loúzara rivers. Dishes that can always be found in this area are Galician soup and octopus. In regard to baked goods, the bizcochos de Samos are famous, with a very thin texture that continues to be made from the 250-year-old recipe from the monks. The desserts from local restaurants are normally homemade, among them cañas (bread filled with cream), tartas de nueces (walnut dessert) and Castaña de Galicia (that has I.G.P.). All popular products from the area.
The monks from the monastery are finishing restoring the old distillery and cheese shop and are going to begin to produce their new liquors (Pax Liquor, Café Liquor) and handmade cheese Cebreiro and Tetilla (both with D.O.P.). In addition to the almond cake, they sell macaroons, chocolate (dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate), honey and a wide variety of marmalades in the monastery’s store.