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Northern Way – Vilalba to Santiago 5/5 FINAL SECTION

Walking section 5 of 5

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The fifth and last section of the Camino del Norte, the Northern Way route of the famous Camino de Santiago, starts in the market town of Vilalba and takes pilgrims across Galicia’s farmland and lush country side all the way to Santiago de Compostela. You will be also joining the famous French Way in Arzúa, so you get the best of both worlds: a less travelled path on the Northern Way and the most popular and social trail on the French Way.

One of the highlights of this trip is the magnificent monastery in Sobrado dos Monxes. Since you will be walking over 100km, don’t forget to stamp your pilgrim passport and request your Compostela certificate when you reach Santiago! You also have the option to start from the coastal town of Ribadeo, where you can explore the impressive Cathedrals Beach.

VIEW OUR TOUR OPTIONS

  • Standard
    • 8 days/ 7 Nights. Walking the last 100km from Vilalba to Santiago de Compostela. Stay in our hand-picked accommodation.
    • 11 days/ 10 Nights. From cathedral to cathedral: walk from the seaside town of Ribadeo, home to the Cathedrals Beach; to Mondoñedo, Vilalba and Santiago de Compostela. 

Trip highlights

  • Walk across Galicia's lush countryside
  • Treat yourself to delicious local homely food
  • Admire the monastery at Sobrado dos Monxes
  • Get your 'Compostela' certificate in Santiago

1 Vilalba

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The last 100km section of the Camino del Norte starts in the market town of Vilalba, in the heart of the Terra Chá or ‘flat lands’. Famous for its dairy production, make sure you taste Galicia’s speciality cheeses here and treat yourself to delicious home cooking before starting your journey. Check out the 15th century parador, Torre dos Andrade.

2 Vilalba to Baamonde - 20km

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5h | +160m / -200m

From Vilalba, the Camino del Norte takes walkers through the heart of the Terra Chá region of Galicia. Forest paths, small farming villages and lush countryside make most of today’s peaceful walk. In Baamonde, you will be picked up and taken to your accommodation for the night, a fantastic rural property in Miraz.

3 Baamonde to Miraz - 15km

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3h30 | +110 / -70m

You will get a transfer from your accommodation back to Baamonde. Check out the medieval St James Church (Igrexa de Santiago) in Baamonde before you continue your journey across rural Galicia, following the Camino del Norte. Today is quite an easy walking day.

4 Miraz to Sobrado dos Monxes - 26km

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6h | +390m / -360m

From Miraz, you will continue on your Camino del Norte journey across rural Galicia. You will reach the highest point of the trail at Marcela, so take a few minutes to enjoy the views. Your destination is Sobrado dos Monxes, home to an impressive monastery. The monastery dates back to the 10th century originally, although the current facade is baroque. You will be picked up at the monastery and stay the night in Miraz.

5 Sobrado dos Monxes to Arzúa - 22km

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5h30 | + 220m / -320m

This morning you will be taken back to Sobrado dos Monxes to continue your Camino journey. Today you will walk the last stretch of the Camino del Norte before it joins the most popular Camino trail, Camino Francés, in Arzúa. Prepare yourself to meet many pilgrims in this busy market town. Arzúa is famous for its local cheese so make sure you give it a try!

6 Arzúa to Rúa - 18km

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4h30 | +371m / -460m

Today’s Camino walk will take you through pretty woods, sleepy villages and across streams most of the day. Make sure you visit the chapel of Santa Irene, with its unique statue of Santiago. You will stay the night in the hamlet of Rúa (310m).

7 Rúa to Santiago de Compostela - 21km

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5h | 4h | +296m / -306m

Today is the last walking day of your Camino trip. Starting in the hamlet of Rúa. 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 architecture and delight in the wonderful atmosphere of this spiritual and cultural mecca. The cathedral has a pilgrim mass everyday at noon.

 

8 Santiago de Compostela

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Your tour of the Camino del Norte ends after breakfast. Explore the old town in Santiago de Compostela before you head home. Please ask the team if you’d like to stay additional nights, take a day tour of the historic centre or a 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.

Vilalba - Parador

Parador: Full of history, classic ‘Paradores’ or heritage buildings will make your Camino experience extra special.

 

Miraz - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses 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 / 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.

Rúa - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guest houses 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 / 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.

Vilalba Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Santiago de Compostela Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Vilalba: 

Best Option: Santiago de Compostela (87km)
EasyJet serves some flights from/ to Asturias, e.g. London (Stansted) or Lisbon. Paris (Orly) is served directly by Vueling Airlines. Domestic flights from/ to Madrid or Barcelona are also possible. See www.skyscanner.com.

Alternative Option: A Coruña airport (57km)
Vueling Airlines, Iberia, Air Europa operate from/ to A Coruña, e.g. from/ to London (Heathrow),Barcelona (El Prat), Madrid (Bajaras Adolfo Suarez). See www.skyscanner.com.

Alternative Option: Vigo Airport (200km)
Direct flights to Dublin, Edinburgh (Ryanair), London-Luton (Air Nostrum), Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Lisbon, Rome and Paris. See: www.skyscanner.com.

How to get back from Santiago de Compostela:

Best Option: Santiago de Compostela airport (12km)

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

Alternative Option: A Coruña airport (45km)
Some international routes are served from this airport: London (Heathrow) and Amsterdam (only seasonal) with Vueling Airlines and Lisbon with TAP Portugal. Connecting flights via Madrid or Barcelona are also available. See www.skyscanner.com.

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: Porto airport (210km)
Porto airport serves many airports all over Europe and a lot of airlines offer flights from/ to Porto, e.g. London (Gatwick) with easyJet, Dublin, Liverpool or Rome (Ciampino) with Ryanair. There are a few direct flights with TAP Airlines from/ to New York (Newark) and with Air Transat from/ to Toronto (Pearson International). See www.skyscanner.com.

TO and FROM the Airports

How to get to Vilalba: 

Best Option: Santiago de Compostela (87km)
The way from/ to the airport can be taken directly in 1h45 min by bus. Arriva Spain offers buses (line 13) between Vilalba and the airport departing twice a week. See www.arriva.es.

Alternative Option: A Coruña airport (57km)
There is one bus connection (line 20) between Vilalba and A Coruña airport each day (taking 1h00-1h30). See: www.arriva.es.

Alternative Option: Vigo Airport (200km)
Follow instructions to get to Santiago and then you can take a bus (3 times a day, just under 2 hours) to Vilalba. See: www.arriva.es.

How to get from Santiago de Compostela:

To: Santiago Airport (12km)
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.

To: A Coruña airport (70km)
From Santiago you can take a train to A Coruña (30 min approximately) and then take a bus from Alfonso Molina (line 4051) to the airport (every 30 min, takes 20 min approximately). Monbus has services from Santiago to A Coruña Airport (every 3 hours), see monbus.es/en for details.

To: Vigo airport (90km)
From Santiago you can take a train to Vigo Guixar (see www.renfe.com) or a bus to Travesia de Vigo (every hour). You should then take a city bus from Travesia de Vigo to Vigo Airport (every 30 min).

To: Porto airport (210km)
There is a direct bus connection between Santiago (Estación de Autobuses) and Porto airport once or twice a day (taking 4h or 6h resp.). See www.alsa.es.

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


Select your trip

1. Tour options - Select your trip type

  • Stay in our selected accommodation on the last section of the Camino del Norte - Northern Way. From Vilalba to Santiago de Compostela. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €971
    Double/Twin Room
    €781
  • Walk from Ribadeo, on the Northern Coast, to Mondoñedo, Vilalba and Santiago de Compostela. Stay in our selected accommodation. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €1388
    Double/Twin Room
    €1116

2. Select Date

3. No. of rooms

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

What's Included

  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Rooms en-suite
  • Half-board accommodation during the hike
  • Holiday pack including notes and maps, pilgrim passport and useful information

We also offer

  • Airport transfers, hotel upgrades (where available), bike rental