Via de la Plata Via de la Plata from Ourense to Santiago Last 100km

Activity:
Walking or Cycling
Duration:
7 Nights
Distance:
116 km
Difficulty:
Medium
Tour Type:
Time To Go:
April to October
Price:
7 nights from €775
Rating:

Via de la Plata last 100 km from Ourense to Santiago

The Via de la Plata last 100km from Ourense to Santiago 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!

The Via De La Plata

The Via De La Plata is the longest Camino de Santiago route (1000km long) and crosses the whole of Spain from Andalucia in the South to Galicia in the North. This Camino route was traditionally taken by North African Christians on their way to Santiago. The Romans left an important mark along the Vía de la Plata and you will encounter some of the best-preserved Roman sites in Europe such as Mérida and Caparra.

From the city of Ourense, Via de la Plata Last 100km, in Galicia, you will discover THE most beautiful of all the last sections into Santiago.

Starting in magnificent Sevilla with its fascinating mix of architectural styles, you will soon be walking among olive trees, orange groves, and bulls (behind fences, don’t worry!) in Andalucía. As you enter the land of the ‘conquistadores’, you will discover a rarely visited part of Spain; off the beaten track and full of medieval churches and wonderful palaces.

Extremadura is also home to some of the best bird watching in Europe and home to the exquisite Pata Negra ham.

You will also visit the elegant UNESCO-listed cities of Salamanca and Zamora before entering the green and remote mountains of Galicia. From Ourense city, perfect to relax at the famous thermal springs, you will discover THE most beautiful of all the last 100km sections to Santiago de Compostela: across peaceful forests, charming hamlets, and lush rolling hills with outstanding views.

In order to get your Compostela pilgrim certificate in Santiago, you will need to walk a minimum of 100kms on the Via de la Plata into Santiago.

Read more Via de la Plata Camino articles on our Camino blog. Click below to create your trip. You can walk or cycle.

Map of the Via de la Plata from Ourense to Santiago Last 100km

Itinerary of the Via de la Plata from Ourense to Santiago Last 100km

This is the most popular itinerary, you may be able to combine or split the distance for each day. Click on get a quote to customize your trip.

Ourense
Ourense
You arrive in Ourense.
23 km
Cea
Cea

You will start your days walk 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.

19 km
Dozón
Dozón

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).

17 km
Lalín
Lalín

Today is longer than the previous stages as there is no major difficulty. You will pass farmlands and hamlets and continue through the countryside until you reach Estación de Lalín.

16 km
Silleda
Silleda

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).

20 km
Ponte Ulla
Ponte Ulla

Starting with an easy cycle 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.

21 km
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela

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!

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.

Superior Collection includes complimentary spa in Santiago.

Accommodation

Standard Hotel & Guesthouse

We have hand-picked hotels and guesthouses along the Camino for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to your Camino trail. All rooms are en-suite with bathroom.

For our family packages, we have hand-picked establishments with outdoor space and swimming pools where possible. Where accommodation with private outdoor space is not available, we have selected comfortable hotels with spacious common areas as well as a convenient location close to recreational areas and sights. As your comfort is our priority, we try to book hotels located within walking distance of the Camino. Despite our effort, on rare occasions your accommodation can be located a few kilometers away from the trail, so we organise transportation to/from your accommodation.

Superior Collection

Stay in very special hotels and unique properties along the Camino.  We have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered. Rest assured when you select Superior Collection, you will enjoy the full experience of our best hotels and top guesthouses when and where this option is available, however, bear in mind, that sometimes due to location factors, only our choice of standard collection hotels and guesthouses may be available. All rooms are en-suite.

Access

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.

Whats Included

  • Included: Selected accommodation with private bathrooms, Holiday Pack on your mobile phone (Route ebook and Google Maps) and a 24/7 support number providing assistance during your trip, for instance organising a support vehicle if needed. In 2021 we also offer a Free Postponement with every booking made
  • Not included: Flights, drinks, city tax, Travel Insurance (Recommended)
  • Optional: Luggage transfers (On by default. One bag up to 20kg per person), dinners (On by default, where available), bike rental (On by default) and airport transfers, etc…

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Note on Accommodation: We aim to book you into each of the towns listed on the itinerary, however in case of low availability we may book you 2 nights in the same town with provided transfers. If you are booking Superior collection or Country cottages, please note it is subject to availability and therefore cannot be guaranteed. Superior/Country cottage accommodation may be away from the route with included transfers. More details.

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