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French Camino: Sarria to Santiago

From €597pp sharing / €757pp single
Depart From
Sarria, Spain
Departure Date
Multiple departure dates throughout the year
Duration
6 Nights
Destination
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Price
From €597pp sharing / €757pp single
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This is the most popular walking tour of the Camino de Santiago.

Perfect for those looking to capture the essence of the Camino: a nice walk, good food and wine, discovering local customs, meeting fellow pilgrims and enjoying the unique atmosphere of it all. You won’t forget a single minute of it!

This section of the Camino de Santiago starts in Sarria and covers the last 100km of the Camino Francés, the minimum required to apply for your Compostela certificate.

The Camino will take you across woodlands, farmland and rustic hamlets, following tracks and paths lined by granite stone walls.The green rolling landscape of Galicia is part of each day’s walk, until you approach your final destination: the mythical city of Santiago de Compostela.

Get your ‘Compostela’ certificate and explore the magic of Santiago’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This tour route can also be cycled.

Day 1: Sarria

Sarria is the most popular starting point of the Camino de Santiago with thousands starting their journey here every year. As you explore the town centre where you will find churches, chapels, monasteries and 7 pilgrim hospitals.

The main street, Rúa Maior, has a nice atmosphere where you can relax while enjoying a drink or bite in one of the nice cafes scattered around the town. Visit the Igrexa de Santa Mariña with its evocative pilgrim mural, the castle fortress and the Magdalena Monastery.

Day 2: Sarria to Portomarín (22km)

Today expect a calm walk through pretty villages and peaceful hamlets under the shade of oak trees on quiet country roads. Along the way, you will spot many Galician traditional ‘hórreos’ (granaries). Visit the beautiful Romanesque church in the village of Barbadelo.

Day 3: Portomarín to Palas de Rei (22km)

You will start from the lovely village of Portomarin today. The Camino will cross the river Miño and rise uphill steadily towards the Serra de Ligonde. You will pass nice hamlets such as Gonzar and Ventas de Narón.

Stop to visit the Romanesque Church of Santa María in Castromaior and the Romanesque church in Eirexe, with its portal featuring a sculpture of Daniel with animals, as well as Pilgrim Santiago.

Day 4: Palas de Rei to Melide to Azura (25km)

Today the Camino trail continues downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the delightful village of Leboreiro. Visit the lively market town of Melide (454m), where you should try octopus, Galicia’s most classic dish, in one of the many ‘pulperías’. 

The Camino crosses several streams in this area, and follows a forest track bringing you to the village of Boente with its church of Santiago. Next is the pretty medieval village of Ribadiso and finally the town of Arzúa (389m). In Arzúa, you should visit the churches of Santa María and A Magdalena.

Day 5: Arzúa to Amenal (23km)

Today’s Camino walk will take you through pretty woods, sleepy villages and across streams most of the day. The chapel of Santa Irene, with its unique statue of Santiago, is worth a visit.

En-route, don’t miss the lovely hamlet of Rúa (310m). The rest of the route to Amenal is along a mix of good and calm country roads and forest tracks.

Day 6: Amenal to Santiago de Compostela (14km)

After Amenal, 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’s architecture and delight in the wonderful atmosphere of this spiritual and cultural mecca.

With only 14km today, you should be in Santiago in time for the pilgrim mass.

Day 7: Santiago de Compostela 

End your the tour after breakfast. Explore the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela before you head home. Please ask us for additional nights, day tours of the historic centre or day trips to Finisterre or the Cíes Islands.

  • Price per adult sharing: from €597
  • Price per adult in a single room: from €757

Price is per adult and includes:

  • Holiday pack & maps
  • 24/7 support during your trip
  • GPS data files
  • 6 nights accommodation 
  • Continental breakfast each morning 
  • Dinners (where available)
  • Luggage Transfers between stops

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Flights from Ireland
  • Travel insurance
  • Bike hire

This itinerary can also be covered over 7 nights/8 days. The pricing is as follows:

  • Price per adult sharing: from €710
  • Price per adult in a single room: from €870
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.

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