Camino

French Camino: Sarria to Santiago

From €644pp excluding flights
Depart From
Sarria, Spain
Departure Date
Multiple departures throughout the year
Duration
6 nights
Destination
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Price
From €644pp excluding flights
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If you are looking for the classic Camino experience, the Camino Frances Last 100km is the perfect tour for you!

This is our most popular Camino de Santiago trip and perfectly captures the essence of the Camino: Meet fellow pilgrims, discover local traditions, and enjoy the unique atmosphere of it all, rewarding yourself with good food after your day’s walk.

You begin your Camino trip from Sarria, the most popular Camino starting point, and you walk the last stage of the Camino Francés over a week. This means you can receive your pilgrim certificate at the Pilgrims Office when you arrive in Santiago. With your ‘Compostela’ certificate in hand, it is time to explore the magic of Santiago’s Old Town, a wonderful UNESCO World Heritage city.

*This is a standard week-long package, however, you can add extra days to shorten your walking stages or stay additional nights in Santiago. 

Day 1: Sarria

You arrive in Sarria

Day 2: Sarria to Portomarín (22km)

After your night in Sarria, expect a calm walk through pretty villages and peaceful hamlets under the shade of oak trees and along quiet country roads. Along the way, you will spot many Galician traditional ‘hórreos’ (granaries). Visit the beautiful Romanesque church in the village of Barbadelo. Your destination for the night is the town of Portomarin.

Easy Option: You can choose to split this day between Sarria and Portomarin in two and stay in the hamlet of Morgade.

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

After your night in Portomarin, your Camino will cross the river Miño (Galicia’s longest river) 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.

Easy Option: You can choose to split this day in two and stay in the hamlet of Ventas de Narón.

Day 4: Palas de Rei to Azura (28km)

After your night in Palas de Rei, the Camino trail continues downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the delightful village of Leboreiro. You should take a break in 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 and follows a forest track bringing you to the village of Boente and the church of Santiago. Next is the pretty medieval hamlet of Ribadiso and finally the town of Arzúa (389m), famous for its local cheese. In Arzúa, you should visit the churches of Santa María and A Magdalena.

Easy Option: You can choose to split this day in two and stay in the town of Melide

Day 5: Arzúa to Amenal (23km)

After your night in Arzúa, your Camino will take you through pretty woods, sleepy villages and across streams for 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) where you can choose to stay tonight and split this walking day. 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 your night in 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 spires of the cathedral in 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 city. With only 16.5km to walk today, you should be in Santiago in time for the pilgrim mass (12pm). After visiting Santiago Cathedral and recovering from your walk, take time to explore this gem of a city, small and vibrant. Its old town will enchant you. In Santiago the Compostela you will find not only pilgrims but also locals and students, enjoying a few bites and socialising over a glass of wine in the many bars, restaurants and cosy cafes.

Easy Option: Last stop before reaching Santiago.  Choose to stay in Lavacolla and after a deserved rest, arrive in Santiago the next day feeling refreshed and calm.

End of your Camino de Santiago tour after breakfast the next morning. Consider adding an extra night in this gem of a city, or perhaps a day tour.

Standard Hotels

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.

Country Cottages

 

Country Cottages or  'Casas Rurales' are beautifully restored country homes and farmhouses in the heart of peaceful rural communities. Our Country Cottages are renowned for their exceptional food, unique settings and personal touch. Rest assured when you select Country Cottage you will enjoy the full experience of our collection of beautiful Casa Rurales 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.

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.

Note on Accommodation: We aim to book you into each town listed on the itinerary. However, in case of low availability, we may book you two nights in the same town with provided transfers.

If you are booking a 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.

  • Standard accommodation from €644pp
  • Country cottages accommodation from €809pp
  • Superior accommodation: from €1000pp

Price per person is based on 2 adults sharing and includes:

  • 6 nights accommodation in a double room
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Luggage transfers (one bag per person, up to 20kg)
  • Holiday Pack on your mobile phone (Route ebook and Google Maps) 
  • 24/7 support number assisting with your trip, for instance, organising a support vehicle if needed.

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Flights from Ireland
  • Bike rental
  • Choose a superior package for a complimentary spa in Santiago
  • Travel insurance
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. 

For more information please call us on 021 427 7094 or 01 696 5135, email info@shandontravel.ie, request a call back using the red button or submit an enquiry through the form below.

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