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French Way – Sarria to Santiago 8/8 FINAL SECTION

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The last section of the French Way, the famous Camino Francés, is the most popular Camino walking tour and perfect for those looking to capture the essence of the Camino de Santiago.

Meet fellow pilgrims, discover local traditions and enjoy the unique atmosphere of it all, rewarding yourself with good food after a day walking in Galicia’s green countryside. The Camino will take you across woodlands, farmland and rustic hamlets, following tracks and paths lined by granite stone walls. You won’t forget a single minute of it!

Starting in Sarria, the most popular Camino starting point, this section covers the last 100km of the Camino Francés, which means you can receive for your pilgrim certificate when you arrive in Santiago. The green rolling landscape of Galicia is part of each day’s walk, until you approach your final destination: the magnificent city of Santiago de Compostela. Get your ‘Compostela’ certificate and explore the magic of Santiago’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

VIEW OUR TOUR OPTIONS

  • Standard
    • 7 days/ 6 Nights. Stay in our hand-picked accommodation.
    • Split – 8 days/ 7 Nights. This tour includes an extra walking day to split the long 28km on day 4, in 2 days of 14km.
  • Easy Walking
    • Last 100km – 11 days/ 10 Nights. Same itinerary but with 12km walking per day in average.
    • Last 70km – 8 days/ 7 Nights. Starts in Palas de Rei with 12km walking per day in average
    • Last 35km Short Break – 4 days/ 3 nights. Starts in Arzúa.
  • Superior
    • Superior Collection: Best accommodation available including the Parador.
    • Country Cottage: Boutique properties in rural settings. Pick up included.
  • Guided tours
    • Standard: 8 days/ 7 Nights. Includes split day 4 all dinners, English speaking guide and airport transfers. Departure every Saturday from Mar to Nov.
    • Support bus: 8 days/ 7 Nights. Includes split day 4 all dinners and airport transfers. Bus with you. Departure Sep 5th 2015.

Trip highlights

  • Meet fellow pilgrims in Sarria
  • Savour Galicia's most famous dish: octopus
  • Explore the hidden gems of Santiago's Old Town
  • Gain your 'Compostela' certificate

1 Sarria

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Sarria is the most popular starting point of the Camino de Santiago with thousands starting their journey here every year. Explore 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 - 22.5km

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6h | +230m / -300m.
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.
Easy Walking Option: You can choose to split this walking day in two and stay in the hamlet of Morgade.

3 Portomarín to Palas de Rei - 25km

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6h15 | +633m / -407m.
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.
Easy Walking Option: You can choose to split this walking day in two and stay in the hamlet of Ventas de Narón.

4 Palas de Rei to Arzúa - 28km

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7h | +553m / -723m.
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’. 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.

Standard 7 Nights Option Stay in Melide - 15km & 13km

7h | +276m / -362m
The long walking day above, between Palas and Arzúa, can be split into two stages of 15km and 13km if you would like to walk at a more relaxed pace. You would stay overnight in a charming 2* hotel in the town of Melide. Our guided tour includes the split as default.
Easy Walking / Last 70km: Starts in Palas de Rei.

5 Arzúa to Amenal - 22.5km

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5h30 | +371m / -460m.
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.
Easy Walking Option: You can choose to stay in Rúa (18km) and walk to Lavacolla the next day (10km). Short Break Last 35km: Starts in Arzúa.

6 Amenal to Santiago de Compostela - 16.5km

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4h | +296m / -306m.
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 16.5km to walk today, you should be in Santiago in time for the pilgrim mass (12pm).
Easy Walking Option: You can choose to stay Lavacolla and walk to Santiago (10km).

7 Santiago de Compostela

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Before you head back home, 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. Please ask us for additional nights, day tours of the historic centre or day trips to Finisterre or the Cíes Islands. Read our blog post: Top 10 things to do in Santiago de Compostela for ideas before your trip.

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 / Country Cottage

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. Country Cottage: ‘Casas Rurales’ are beautifully restored country homes and farmhouses in the heart of peaceful rural communities. Our Country Cottages are renowned for their exceptional food, unique settings and personal touch.

Portomarín - Standard / Country Cottage

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. Country Cottage: ‘Casas Rurales’ are beautifully restored country homes and farmhouses in the heart of peaceful rural communities. Our Country Cottages are renowned for their exceptional food, unique settings and personal touch.

Palas de Rei - Standard / Country Cottage

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. Country Cottage: ‘Casas Rurales’ are beautifully restored country homes and farmhouses in the heart of peaceful rural communities. Our Country Cottages are renowned for their exceptional food, unique settings and personal touch.

Arzúa - Standard / Country Cottage

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. Country Cottage: ‘Casas Rurales’ are beautifully restored country homes and farmhouses in the heart of peaceful rural communities. Our Country Cottages are renowned for their exceptional food, unique settings and personal touch.

Amenal - Standard / Superior / Country Cottage

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. Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered. Country Cottage: ‘Casas Rurales’ are beautifully restored country homes and farmhouses in the heart of peaceful rural communities. Our Country Cottages are renowned for their exceptional food, unique settings and personal touch.

Santiago de Compostela - Standard / Superior / Parador

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. Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered. Parador: Full of history, classic ‘Paradors’ or heritage buildings will make your Camino experience extra special.

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 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 Madrid, Barcelona. 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 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.

See www.skyscanner.com or www.spanish-airport-guide.com

TO and FROM the Airports

How to get to Sarria:
From Santiago Airport to Sarria:
Fastest is to take a combination of 2 buses: First, from Santiago airport to Lugo bus station (1h50, everyday at 7:10, 11:10, 16:10, 18:40 + 20:10 except on Saturday). See: www.empresafreire.com. Then, take a local bus from Lugo bus station to Sarria bus station (30min). Total cost for journey roughly €10pp. Alternatively, you can book a taxi transfer from Santiago Airport to Sarria costing approx €120. Or a taxi from Lugo to Sarria cost approx €20. There is also a direct bus between Santiago de Compostela bus station and Sarria but only departing once a day (except Sundays), approx. 2h30 travel time. See www.monbus.es.
From A Coruña Airport to Sarria:
In A Coruña, there is a bus from the airport to the train station (Line 443 stop: Avenida A. Molina) departing every 30 min, see www.autoscalpita.es. There is a direct train from A Coruña to Sarria four times a day (2h-2h30). See www.renfe.com.
From Vigo Airport to Sarria:
From Vigo you will have to travel to Santiago de Compostela by bus (1h) www.movelia.es or train www.renfe.es; and then follow instructions from Santiago to Sarria above.
From Madrid to Sarria:
In Madrid, there is a train from the airport (Terminal 4) and the train station (Chamartin). There is a night train from Madrid Chamartin to Sarria (once a day/ 8h30), see: www.renfe.com.
It is also possible to take a bus from the airport in Madrid to Lugo (3 times a day, taking 6h30-7h30). From Lugo to Sarria you can take a bus from the bus station or a train from the train station (4 times/ day – 30min). The bus and train stations in Lugo are approximately 1km apart (taxis are also available at the stations).

 

How to get from Santiago de Compostela to Santiago Airport:
There is shuttle bus from Santiago city centre to the airport, departing every 30min. Bus stops are: city centre (Plaza de Galicia),  train station (Estación de Ferrocarril) and bus station (Estación de Autobuses). See: www.empresafreire.com.

We can also arrange taxi transfers, if you prefer. Let the CaminoWays.com team know.

Please select from our available tours below and proceed to booking. Contact the team if you have any special requests.


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1. Tour options - Select your trip type

  • Most popular with selected accommodation, all rooms are en-suite. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €697
    Double/Twin Room
    €560
  • This tour includes an extra walking day to split the long 28km on day 4, in 2 days of 14km. You will stay in Melide. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €820
    Double/Twin Room
    €660
  • 11 days/ 10 Nights. Same itinerary but with 12km walking per day in average. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €1229
    Double/Twin Room
    €992
  • 8 days/ 7 Nights. Starts in Palas de Rei walking 12km per day on average. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €758
    Double/Twin Room
    €606
  • 4 days/ 3 nights. Short Camino break, starting in Arzúa. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €381
    Double/Twin Room
    €299
  • Best accommodation available, including the Parador. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €1088
    Double/Twin Room
    €850
  • Best accommodation available, including the Parador. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €1208
    Double/Twin Room
    €950
  • Stay in boutique properties in rural settings. Pick up included. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €787
    Double/Twin Room
    €620
  • Stay in boutique properties in rural settings. Pick up included. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €923
    Double/Twin Room
    €730
  • 8 days/ 7 Nights. Including English speaking guide, dinner and airport transfers. Departures from Mar to Nov. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €850
    Double/Twin Room
    €690
  • Walk & Coach guided tour. Departing 5th Sept 2015. Including support bus, English speaking guide, half board and airport transfers. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €1173
    Double/Twin Room
    €889

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3. No. of rooms

  • Single (1 bed)
  • Twin Rooms (2 beds)
  • Double (1 large bed for 2)

What's Included

  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Rooms en-suite
  • Half Board during the hike
  • Holiday pack: inc. notes & map(s) & pilgrim passport, what to bring, language book

We also offer

  • Airport Transfers, Hotel Upgrades (where available), Bike Rental

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