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French Way Last 100km Guided

Sarria to Santiago

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If you are looking for the classic Camino experience and are keen to do it guided as part of a group, then this is the tour for you!  This last 112km section of the French Way, the famous Camino Francés, from Sarria to Santiago is the most popular on the Camino and perfectly captures the essence of the Camino de Santiago.  Stroll through the luscious green Galician countryside in the company of your group and our friendly, knowledgeable English speaking guide who will give you an in depth insight into the unique history of the Camino as well as the sights, flora and fauna of Galicia.

Meet fellow pilgrims, discover local traditions and get your pilgrim passport stamped as you pass through woodlands, farmland and rustic hamlets for 112km to your destination of Santiago de Compostela.  Get your ‘Compostela’ certificate when you arrive in Santiago and explore the magic of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This tour runs over 8 days/ 7 nights with dinner each night.  All our tours have English speaking guides and airport transfers to and from Santiago Airport are included.  The tour departs on specific dates from April to October which you can see below:

  • April 8th (FULL)
  • May 6th (FULL), 13th, 20th, 27th
  • June 3rd, 17th ,24th
  • July 18th
  • August 26th
  • September 2nd, 9th (FULL), 16th, 23rd, 30th
  • October 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

If you require more information on this or any of our trips, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.

Trip highlights

  • Friendly, Knowledgeable English Speaking Guide
  • Savour Galicia's most famous dish: octopus
  • Gain your 'Compostela' certificate
  • Explore the hidden gems of Santiago's Old Town

1 Sarria

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You will arrive today at Santiago airport where you and your group will be picked up and brought to your accommodation in Sarria.  You will have some time to settle in, before having dinner at the hotel this evening.  During dinner you will get the opportunity to meet your guide and fellow members of your group.  Either before or after dinner you should get a little time to discover the town of Sarria.

Sarria is the most popular starting point of the Camino de Santiago with thousands starting their journey here every year. In the town centre where you will find churches, chapels, monasteries and seven pilgrim hospitals. The main street, Rúa Maior, has a nice atmosphere, where you can relax while enjoying a drink or bite in one of the nice cafes around. Visit the Igrexa de Santa Mariña with its evocative pilgrim mural, the castle fortress and the Magdalena Monastery.

2 Sarria to Portomarín - 22km

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After breakfast this morning you will begin your Camino walk.  Today, expect a calm walk through pretty villages and peaceful hamlets under the shade of oak trees and along quiet country roads. Along the way, you will spot many Galician traditional ‘hórreos’ (granaries). Visit the beautiful Romanesque church in the village of Barbadelo. Your destination for the night is the town of Portomarin where you will have dinner.

3 Portomarín to Palas de Rei - 25km

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Starting from the lovely village of Portomarin, today the Camino will cross the river Miño (Galicia’s longest river) and rise uphill steadily towards the Serra de Ligonde. You will pass nice hamlets such as Gonzar and Ventas de Narón. Stop to visit the Romanesque Church of Santa María in Castromaior and the Romanesque church in Eirexe, with its portal featuring a sculpture of Daniel with animals, as well as Pilgrim Santiago.

4 Palas de Rei to Melide - 15km

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Today, the Camino trail continues downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the delightful village of Leboreiro. You should take a break in the lively market town of Melide (454m), where you should try octopus, Galicia’s most classic dish, in one of the many ‘pulperías’.

5 Melide to Arzúa - 14km

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The Camino crosses several streams and follows a forest track bringing you to the village of Boente and the church of Santiago. Next is the pretty medieval hamlet of Ribadiso and finally the town of Arzúa (389m), famous for its local cheese. In Arzúa, you should visit the churches of Santa María and A Magdalena.

6 Arzúa to Amenal - 23km

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Today’s Camino will take you through pretty woods, sleepy villages and across streams for most of the day. The chapel of Santa Irene, with its unique statue of Santiago, is worth a visit. En-route, don’t miss the lovely hamlet of Rúa (310m). The rest of the route to Amenal is along a mix of good and calm country roads and forest tracks.

7 Amenal to Santiago de Compostela - 16km

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After Amenal, your next point of interest is Lavacolla in the outskirts of Santiago, where pilgrims used to wash themselves in the river in preparation for their arrival in Santiago de Compostela. Rows of tall eucalyptus trees line your journey to Monte do Gozo (‘Mount of Joy’ 368m) and it is from here that will catch your first glimpse of the spires of the cathedral in Santiago. When you arrive in the city (264m, population 80,000), explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site’s architecture and delight in the wonderful atmosphere of this spiritual and cultural city. With only 16km to walk today, you should be in Santiago in time for the pilgrim mass (12pm).

8 Santiago de Compostela

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Your guided tour will finish today but before you leave take time to explore the beautiful old town in Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO heritage site since 1985 and home to one of the oldest universities in Spain. Read our blog post: Top 10 things to do in Santiago de Compostela for ideas before your trip.  You will be brought back to the airport and this is where you tour will end.

Hotels and country cottages have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food, and friendliness of the staff. They are subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard, comfort, and price. Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.

Sarria - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Portomarín - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Palas de Rei - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Melide - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Arzúa - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Amenal - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Santiago de Compostela - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Sarria Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Santiago Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Sarria:
Best option: Santiago de Compostela Airport (100km)
Aer Lingus serves flights from Dublin; Ryanair from London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo) and Frankfurt (Hahn), Vueling from London Gatwick, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Munich, Dusseldorf, Rome and Zurich; Easyjet from Geneva, London (Gatwick), Rome and Basel; Swiss from Zurich; Turkish Airlines from Istambul. Santiago de Compostela Lavacolla airport also has many flights from Spanish cities; with many daily flights from Madrid and Barcelona. See www.skyscanner.com.
Alternative option (a): A Coruña Airport (120km)
Direct flights from London, Madrid and Barcelona. See: www.skyscanner.com.
Alternative option (b): Vigo Airport (185km)
Direct flights from Dublin, Edinburgh (Ryanair), London-Luton (Air Nostrum), Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Lisbon, Rome and Paris. See: www.skyscanner.com.

How to get back from Santiago:
Best option: 
Santiago de Compostela Airport (12km)
Aer Lingus serves flights to Dublin; Ryanair to London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo) and Frankfurt (Hahn), Vueling from London Gatwick, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Munich, Dusseldorf, Rome and Zurich; Easyjet to Geneva, London (Gatwick), Rome and Basel; Swiss to Zurich; Turkish Airlines to Istambul. Santiago de Compostela Lavacolla airport also has many flights to Spanish cities; with many daily flights to Madrid and Barcelona.

Alternative option: Vigo Airport (90km)
Direct flights to Dublin, Edinburgh (Ryanair), London-Luton (Air Nostrum), Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Lisbon, Rome and Paris. See: www.skyscanner.com.

Alternative option: A Coruña Airport (70km)
Direct flights to London (Vueling), Lisbon (TAP), Madrid and Barcelona.

Alternative Option: Porto airport (210km)
Porto airport has direct connections with many airports across Europe, including London (Gatwick) with easyJet; Dublin with Aerlingus and Ryanair; Liverpool or Rome (Ciampino) with Ryanair. There are a few direct flights with TAP airlines from/to New York (Newark) and from/ to Toronto (Pearson International) with Air Transat. See www.skyscanner.com.