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French Way – Section 8: This is the most popular walking tour of the Camino de Santiago. Perfect for those looking to capture the essence of the Camino: a nice walk, good food and wine, discovering local customs, meeting fellow pilgrims and enjoying the unique atmosphere of it all. You won’t forget a single minute of it! This section of the Camino de Santiago starts in Sarria and covers the last 100km of the Camino Francés, the minimum required to apply for your Compostela certificate. The Camino will take you across woodlands, farmland and rustic hamlets, following tracks and paths lined by granite stone walls. The green rolling landscape of Galicia is part of each day’s walk, until you approach your final destination: the mythical 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 7 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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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.

Easy Walking Option: You can choose to split this walking day in 2 and stay in the hamlet of Ferreiros.

3 Portomarín to Palas de Rei - 22km

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6h15 | +633m / -407m.
Starting from the lovely village of Portomarin, today the Camino will cross the river Miño 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 2 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 with its church of Santiago. Next is the pretty medieval village of Ribadiso and finally the town of Arzúa (389m). 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, Palas to Arzúa, can be split into 2 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 - 23km

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5h30 | +371m / -460m.
Today’s Camino walk will take you through pretty woods, sleepy villages and across streams 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 - 14km

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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 Cathedral of 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 mecca. With only 14km today, you should be in Santiago in time for the pilgrim mass.

Easy Walking Option: You can choose to stay Lavacolla and walk to Santiago (10km).

7 Santiago de Compostela

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End of the Tour after breakfast. Explore the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela before you head home. Please ask us for additional nights, day tours of the historic centre or day trips to Finisterre or the Cíes Islands.

Hotels & 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 of comfort & 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

Best Option – Santiago de Compostela airport (100km): Aer Lingus from/ to Dublin, Ryanair from/to London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo) and Frankfurt (Hahn), EasyJet from London (Gatwick), Geneva and Basel, Vueling from/to Paris (Charles de Gaulle). Most cities are reachable via Madrid or Barcelona, see www.skyscanner.com.

Other Options:
- A Coruña airport (120km) from London, Madrid, Barcelona. See: www.skyscanner.com.
- Vigo Airport (120km) from Madrid, Barcelona. See: www.skyscanner.com.
TO and FROM the Airports

TO and FROM the Airports

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, a taxi from Santiago Airp. to Sarria cost approx €120. Or a taxi from Lugo to Sarria cost approx €20
- Other alternative is a direct bus between Santiago de Compostela bus station and Sarria depart once a day (except on Sunday), approx. 2h30 travel time. See www.monbus.es.

From A Coruna Airport to Sarria – There is a direct train connection between Sarria and A Coruña (4 times/ day, 2h-2h30). See www.renfe.com. In A Coruña, there is a bus connection between the train station (Line 443 stop: Avenida A. Molina) and the airport (departing every 30 min), see www.autoscalpita.es.

From Vigo Airport to Sarria – You will have to commute through Santiago de compostela by bus (1h) www.movilia.es or train www.renfe.es.

From Madrid by train or bus:

- There is a night train from/to Madrid Chamartin available (once a day/ 8h30), see: www.renfe.com. In Madrid, you have is a train that links the train station (Chamartin) and the airport (Terminal 4). See www.renfe.com.
- It is also possible to take a bus to the airport in Madrid via Lugo. A train line between Lugo and Sarria is served 4 times/ day and takes ca. 30min. The bus route is served 3 times a day, taking 6h30-7h30. The distance between the bus and train station is approximately a 1km walk (Taxis are also available at the stations).

Santiago de Compostela to/from Santiago airport – There is shuttle bus from/to Santiago city centre from/to the airport, departing every 30min. Bus stops are: bus station (Estación de Autobuses), train station (Estación de Ferrocarril) or city centre (Plaza de Galicia). See: www.empresafreire.com. We can also arrange a taxi transfer, if you prefer.

More Info on getting to Sarria

*Prices quoted below are based on low season - please use the get quote form for a more accurate price if you are unsure. (A single traveller supplement also applies)


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1. Tour options - Select your trip type

  • Most popular with Selected accommodation, all rooms are en-suite. (pps) From €489

  • 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. (pps) From €590

  • 11 days/ 10 Nights. Same itinerary but with 12km walking per day in average. (pps) From €890

  • 8 days/ 7 Nights. Starts in Palas de Rei with 12km walking per day in average. (pps) From €590

  • 4 days/ 3 nights. Short Camino break, starting in Arzúa. (pps) From €290

  • Best accommodation availabl, including the Parador. (pps) From €673

  • Stay in boutique properties in rural settings. Pick up included. (pps) From €549

  • 8 days/ 7 Nights. Include an English speaking guide, split day 4, all dinners and airport transfers. Departure every Saturday from Mar to Nov. (pps) From €690

  • 8 days/ 7 Nights. Include a support bus, an English speaking guide, split day 4, all dinners and airport transfers. Departure Sept 5th 2015. (pps) From €890

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What's Included

  • Luggage transfered 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

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

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