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Via de la Plata Last 100km

Ourense to Santiago

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The last section of the Via de la Plata Camino route is probably the most beautiful of all the ‘last 100km’ to Santiago de Compostela; and will also please those looking for a Camino that is off the beaten track. This fantastic route takes pilgrims from the city of Ourense, famous for its natural thermal springs and pretty historic centre; and finishes in wonderful Santiago de Compostela. You will be walking the green and lush Galician countryside, dotted with pretty Romanesque churches.

Across peaceful forests, farmland and sleepy hamlets you are more likely to encounter friendly locals than fellow pilgrims, as this route is quite a hidden gem. In the market town of Lalin you should sample the town’s famous ‘cocido’, a traditional dish that will please meat lovers.

As you reach some altitude (never really challenging) the views of the surrounding countryside are splendid. Don’t forget to claim your ‘Compostela’ certificate when you reach Santiago!

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  • Standard:
    • 7 Nights. Stay in our hand-picked accommodation.
  • Superior
    • Superior Collection: Stay in the best accommodation available along the way, including Parador heritage hotels and other unique properties. Now including complimentary spa treatment in Santiago

Trip highlights

  • Pamper yourself in Ourense's famous thermal springs
  • Taste the famous Cea artisan bread
  • Take time to reflect at the tranquil Oseira Monastery
  • Claim your 'Compostela' certificate in Santiago

1 Ourense

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Ourense’s old quarter has a beautiful 12th century cathedral and lively pedestrian streets with many bars and restaurants where you can taste Galicia’s traditional cuisine and Ourense’s local wine.

2 Ourense to Cea - 22km

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6h | +515m / -130m
You will start your Camino in the city of Ourense and head towards Cea, a village known for its famous bread: ‘Pan de Cea’. The first stage is the most challenging, with a steady climb. You will pass the village of Tamallancos with its Santa María Church and baroque ‘pazo’ and, after Sobreira, you will cross the XIII century bridge over the Barbantiño River.

3 Cea to Dozón - 21km

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6h | +770m / – 515m
Today you will walk along shaded paths on the countryside, on your way to XIII century Mosterio de Oseira. You will then continue along a very quiet country road until you reach the village of Dozón, crossing into the province of Pontevedra. When you arrive, you will have a short transfer to your accommodation (included in price).

4 Dozón to Lalín - 17km

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5h | +416m / -537m
After you are transferred back from your hotel to Dozón you will start the day with a climb to the top of a hill with amazing views. You will pass farmlands and hamlets and continue your walk on the countryside until you reach Estación de Lalín.

5 Lalín to Silleda - 15km

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3h45 | +530m / -355m
Today is a pleasant short stage, walking up and downhill through woodlands, farmlands and small villages before entering Silleda, famous for its cattle and agricultural fairs, including the international Green Week (Semana Verde).

6 Silleda to Ponte Ulla - 20km

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5h | +227m / -601m
Starting with an easy stroll towards Bandeira, a town famous for its empanadas (Galician pastry pies), the day continues downhill through farmlands and villages. Just before descending to Ponte Ulla, the old castle is worth a visit for its 360-degree panoramic views. In Ponte Ulla, take a closer at the Iglesia de Santa Maria da Magdalena and its very detailed Romanesque facade.

7 Ponte Ulla to Santiago de Compostela - 20km

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5h | +614m / -428m
Today is special because it is the last of the whole Via de la Plata route! Leaving Ponte Ulla you will first climb up towards Pico Sacro with its Ermita de San Sebastian and breathtaking views. The last couple of kilometres to Santiago are still quite rural and it is difficult to believe you are so close to a city. Finally, you reach Santiago a UNESCO World Heritage site with its world-famous Cathedral. You have arrived in Santiago de Compostela!

8 Santiago de Compostela

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Take time to explore this gem of a city, small and vibrant. Santiago de Compostela, UNESCO listed old town will enchant you. Here you will find not only pilgrims but also locals and students, enjoying a few bites and glasses of wine in the many bars, restaurants and cosy cafes.

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.

Ourense - Standard / Superior

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.

Cea - 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.

Dozón - 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.

Lalín - 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.

Silleda - 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.

Ponte Ulla - 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 / 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.

Ourense Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Santiago Average Temperature & Rainfall

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How to Get There

Live information on Rome2Rio. We can also arrange private transfers if you prefer, just ask us.

 

Ourense

Santiago de Compostela Airport 100km: Both cities are linked with a bus connection, departing 8 times/ day (mon-fri) and 5 times/ day (Sat-Sun) (2h travel time). See horarios.monbus.es.
There is a shuttle bus from/ to the airport in Santiago, departing every 30min. Bus stops are. e.g., the bus station (Estación de Autobuses), the train station (Estación de Ferrocarril) or the city centre (Plaza de Galicia). See http://www.empresafreire.com.

Vigo Airport 90km: From Vigo airport you can take a bus to Travesia de Vigo (every 30 min) and then take a train to Ourense from nearby Vigo Guixar station (total travel time approximately 2 hours). See www.renfe.com.

Porto Airport 170km: There is a train connection between Vigo and Porto-Campanha (main train station) (taking 2h, sometimes with a change in Viana do Castelo). See www.cp.pt. The way between Vigo and Ourense can be taken by train as well (7 departures/ day, approx. 2h travel time). See www.renfe.com.
The easiest connection between porto airport and Porto-Campanha or city centre is the metro. The purple line (line E) links them with a frequency between 5-9 minutes. See: www.metrodoporto.pt.

 

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela Airport 11km: 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.

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).

A Coruna 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.

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.