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Via de la Plata – Puebla de Sanabria to A Gudina 8/10

Walking Section 8 of 10

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Section 8 of the Vía de la Plata Camino routes leaves the Sanabria Valley and takes walkers into Galicia, meandering across beautiful low mountains. This might be a bit more challenging that previous sections but it will reward you with some of the best views of the whole Via de la Plata Camino de Santiago. We have balanced the terrain difficulties by dividing the section into shorter walking days (split days) so it can be done by walkers with a reasonable level of fitness.

Trip highlights

  • Admire the valley views from the hilltop castle in Puebla de Sanabria
  • Walk along peaceful pine and oak forests
  • Feel closer to Santiago as you cross the mountains to Galicia
  • Taste the homely 'Caldo Galego' broth

1 Puebla de Sanabria

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Puebla de Sanabria has a castle overlooking the town and the valley of Río Tera. With its cobbled streets, the village is a pleasant spot to unwind and relax.

2 Puebla de Sanabria to Requejo - 12km

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3h | +240m / -190m
Starting with a short and quiet stroll to Requejo, we cross over Río Castro and, a little later on, start to ascend gradually onto paths through pine and oak woods, passing by the Romanesque Iglesia de Santiago de Terroso. There are some great views of the mountains before you reach Requejo. When you arrive, you will have a short transfer to your hotel in Puebla de Sanabria.

3 Requejo to Lubián - 18km

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4h30 | 584m / -548m
After you are transferred back from your hotel Requejo the peace of the countryside and the beautiful walk through brackens and oaks will undoubtedly please you. The rocky and sometimes muddy paths can make this up and downhill walk easier said than done.

4 Lubián to A Gudiña - 24km

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6h | +596m / -651m
Today is a challenging day as the Camino passes through wood and farm lands with steep up and downhill climbs all day long.

5 A Gudiña

This town has two diverse identities, the main street with its contemporary buildings, modern services, and its parallel back street that is more like a remote rural village with its 17th century baroque church.

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.

Puebla de Sanabria - Standard / 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.
Parador: Full of history, classic ‘Paradors’ or heritage buildings will make your Camino experience extra special.

Requejo - 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.

Lubian - 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.

A Gudiña - 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.

Puebla de Sanabria Average Temperature & Rainfall

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A Gudiña Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Puebla de Sanabria
Best option: Madrid (Barajas) airport (360km)
Madrid is an international airport, directly connected with many cities all over Europe. Almost all airlines operate flights to Madrid. See www.skyscanner.com.
Other option: Santiago de Compostela (245km)
Aer Lingus operates flights from Dublin, Ryanair operates from London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo) and Frankfurt (Hahn), Vueling from Paris (Charles de Gaulle). Most cities are reachable with indirect connections via Madrid or Barcelona. See www.skyscanner.com.

How to get back from A Gudiña
Best option: Santiago de Compostela (190km)
Aer Lingus operates flights from Dublin, Ryanair from London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo) and Frankfurt (Hahn), Vueling from Paris (Charles de Gaulle). Most cities are reachable with indirect connections via Madrid or Barcelona. See www.skyscanner.com.
Other option: Madrid (Barajas) airport (415km)
Madrid is an international airport, directly connected with many cities all over Europe. Almost all airlines operate flights from Madrid. See www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Puebla de Sanabria

From: Madrid (Barajas) airport (360km)
There is a bus connection from Madrid (La estación de autobuses de Madrid (estación sur) ) 3 times/ day, taking approx. 4h. See http://www.avanzabus.com . You can also take the train once a day (3h15). See www.renfe.com.
In Madrid, you can find an urban train (Line C1), linking the train station (Chamartin) with the airport (Terminal 4). See www.renfe.com. The way from the bus station can be taken with the metro (stop’s name is Méndez Álvaro, line 6), and with a change at the station “Nuevos Ministerios”, it is possible to get back from the airport (all terminals, line 8). See www.metromadrid.es.

From: Santiago de Compostela (245km)
Both cities are linked with a train route, departing 3 times/ day (taking between 2h30 and 4h). See www.renfe.com. It is possible to take a bus as well (2 departs/ day, travel time approx. 4h40).
There is a shuttle bus from 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 www.empresafreire.com.

How to get back from A Gudiña
To: Santiago de Compostela (190km)
Both cities are linked with a train route which departs 2 times per day (taking between 2h and 3h30). See www.renfe.com. It is possible to take a bus as well (2 departs/ day, travel time approx. 4h40). See www.movelia.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 www.empresafreire.com.
To: Madrid (Barajas) airport (415km)
There is a train connection to Madrid (Chamartin) twice a day, taking 4h or 6h. See www.renfe.com.
In Madrid, you can find an urban train (Line C1), linking the train station (Chamartin) with the airport (Terminal 4). See www.renfe.com. The way from the bus station can be taken with the metro (stop’s name is Méndez Álvaro, line 6), and with a change at the station “Nuevos Ministerios”, it is possible to get back from the airport (all terminals, line 8). See www.metromadrid.es.

More Info on getting to Puebla de Sanabria

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


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  • Stay in our selected accommodation, all rooms en-suite. Price pp, half board.

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    €528
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    €420

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  • Luggage transfered from hotel to hotel
  • Rooms en-suite
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  • Holiday pack: inc. notes & map(s) & pilgrim passport, what to bring, useful information

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