This route marks the final section of the famous Camino route known as the French Way. Sarria, situated a little over 100km from Santiago de Compostela, is the ideal starting point for a journey that culminates with the tired traveller receiving their pilgrim’s certificate, or Compostela. The Camino takes you along country lanes and dirt trails through forests, farmlands and rustic villages. Wonderful examples of medieval architecture and Galician cuisine are your final reward when you arrive in Santiago de Compostela.
Our path takes us through lush forests, rolling farmlands and rustic villages. Wonderful examples of Galician architecture and cuisine are our final reward when we arrive at Santiago de Compostela. During our two days off in Santiago, we will not only explore this fabulous historic city, but also discover the splendour of the Galician coast on our day trip to Cape Finisterre.
|Sarria – Portomarín (21.4 km).
Portomarín – Palas de Reis (22 km).
Palas de Reis – Arzúa (28.8 km).
Arzúa – Rúa (19 km).
Rúa – Santiago de Compostela (20.8 km).
|En suite hotel accommodation
Daily luggage transfers
Pilgrim passport and shell
Detailed information prior to start
24/7 support telephone number (self-guided)
Evening dinners (guided)
Two experienced guides (guided)
All transfers to and from airport (guided)
Flights not included
Day 1. Sarria
Sarria is a modern town with a lovely old quarter and a popular starting point for the Camino de Santiago. Many pilgrims choose to depart from Sarria because the distance from this point to Santiago de Compostela covers the necessary 100 kilometres required to receive a Pilgrim’s Certificate, or Compostela. Take a stroll through the town’s historic district and enjoy the atmosphere at any of the riverside terraces where you can sample traditional tapas or a glass of the famous local Albariño white wine.
Day 2. Sarria - Portomarín (21.4 km)
Time to set off. Leave Sarria and enter a classic Galician countryside of meadows, woods and farmsteads. Your walk takes you along shaded trails, footbridges and country lanes lined with wild flowers. Along the way, you’ll spot many traditional Galician hórreos (elevated granaries) and lots of pretty villages where you can stop for water or assess our progress. A lovely descending trail takes you to your final stop, the town of Portomarin, where you can visit the castle-style church of San Juan.
Day 3. Portomarín - Palas de Rei (22 km)
The Camino climbs out of Portomarin, then weaves in and out of forests and scrubland. Today you cross the river Miño, Galicia’s longest river, and ascend steadily towards the Sierra de Ligonde. Pass charming hamlets such as Gonzar and Ventas de Narón, as well as more raised granaries and traditional stone crosses, before reaching the lively little town of Palas de Rei.
Overnight: Palas de Rei.
Day 4. Palas de Rei - Arzúa (28.8 km)
The Camino continues along shrub-lined tracks and byroads, passing the traditional village of Leboreiro and the lively market town of Melide, where you will find many restaurants serving octopus, Galicia’s most classic dish. Next, the Camino crosses several streams and follows a forest trail, bringing you to the village of Boente, the pretty medieval hamlet of Ribadiso and finally the town of Arzúa, famous for its local cheese.
Day 5. Arzúa - Rúa (19 km)
After our night in Arzúa, the Camino will take you through hamlets and farmlands, up and down shallow river valleys, and through forests of eucalyptus, pine and deciduous trees. Follow a mix of country backroads and forest tracks as far as Pedrouzo where you can relax, have dinner and look forward to your final day of walking.
Day 6. Rúa - Santiago de Compostela (20.8 km)
Your last day! Leave Pedrouzo and pass through more woods, before descending a country track towards the hamlet of Amenal. The Camino continues along quiet roads and rivers until a path lined with rows of tall eucalyptus trees leads you to the pilgrim complex overlooking Santiago de Compostela known as Monte do Gozo (Mount of Joy). Descend through the outskirts of the city, then weave through the narrow streets of the old town until you reach Plaza do Obradoiro and beautiful Santiago Cathedral.
Overnight: Santiago de Compostela.
Day 7. Free day in Santiago de Compostela
Time to relax and explore this magnificent spiritual and cultural city, the goal of every pilgrim from medieval times right up to today. You may like to reflect on your journey in the magnificent Cathedral, where you can also visit the shrine containing the relics of the Apostle Saint James. Exploring the narrow cobbled streets of the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sampling some local dishes, and kicking back in a terraza are other highlights of this beautiful historic city.
Overnight: Santiago de Compostela.
Day 8. Santiago de Compostela
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the end of your camino adventure. See you next time!