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Camino Frances - Section Short Days 65km

Camino Frances - Section Short Days 65km map

From Palas do Rei to Santiago de Compostela (7 Days/6 Nights)

Our “Camino Short Walking Days” trip makes it possible to absolutely everybody to experience the Way of St James / Camino de Santiago and reach the world-known Santiago de Compostela. On an “Camino Short Walking Days” trip, walking days are shortened to an average of 3 hours/13 kilometres. You can also decide how to organise your day, starting at the time you like with no pressure about starting too early. The daily walk will fill a half day, leaving the other half free. With this walking holiday, you will have a chance to walk the last 70 kilometres to Santiago de Compostela and still experience the feeling of being a pilgrim of modern times.

On this section, we follow the last 65 kilometres of the French Way / Camino Frances, the most traditional of all the pilgrims’ ways to Santiago de Compostela and the best known internationally. The journey starts in Palas do Rei, passing through Melide well-known for its Galician seafood gastronomy, and continues all along the French Way, through the green hilly landscapes of Galicia, eucalyptus woodlands, and typical rural villages.

Everyday, during the walk, you are guaranteed a high level of comfort and gastronomy. The Camino is clearly marked with the ?Scallop Shell? showing you the way. We have split the stages to short distances, so daily walks are of 13 kilometres on average, which means there are accessible to absolutely everybody.

 

Trip Stats

65km

distance to walk

5

days of walking

difficulty level

Itinerary

Day 1

Palas do Rei
(Arrival)

You will be booked in a hotel in the heart of the lively town of Palas do Rei. The rooms are en-suite.

Day 2
14km

Palas do Rei
to
Melide

Today, the Camino continues slightly downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the charming village of Leboreiro. At Melide (454m), stop in one of the many restaurants to try some local specialties.

Day 3
14km

Melide
to
Arzua

This is the perfect start as the stroll quickly leaves Melide and heads off to the quiet countryside, along forest track and through a few hamlets. At Boente de Ariba, you will pass by the ancient church of Santiago before continuing through a forest track and reaching Catanada. You will then cross a few streams, and the last stretch to Arzua is an long uphill bit. Once in Arzua, you can then relax in the hotel.

Day 4
18km

Arzua
to
Rua-O Pino

This shaded section of the Camino will pass through woods, along streams and through sleepy villages. Take your time and visit the chapel of Santa Irena, with its unique statues of Santiago. The rest of the way to Rua/Opino is on a good and quiet country road. Rua (310m) is one of the less crowded stopping points before Santiago de Compostela.

Day 5
10km

Rua-O Pino
to
Lavacolla

The first few kilometres after Rua are mainly spent through wood and farmlands, on forest tracks and quiet country roads. After passing through the hamlet of San Paio, a few steep uphill bits lead you to Lavacolla, a long established landmark on the Camino.

Day 6
9.5km

Lavacolla
to
Santiago de Compostela

Lavacolla was once the last village crossed by pilgrims before reaching their ultimate goal in Santiago. Leaving it behind you, you continue up and down through the quiet countryside before reaching the famous Monte de Gozo where pilgrims used to see the cathedral for the first time after weeks of walking. Quickly after it, you will enter the city of Santiago! (more info on Santiago)

Day 7

Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast we bid you farewell.

Section 1

Palas do Rei
to
Melide

You will be booked in a hotel in the heart of the lively town of Palas do Rei. The rooms are en-suite.

Section 2

Melide
to
Arzua

Today, the Camino continues slightly downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the charming village of Leboreiro. At Melide (454m), stop in one of the many restaurants to try some local specialties.

Section 3

Arzua
to
Rua-O Pino

This is the perfect start as the stroll quickly leaves Melide and heads off to the quiet countryside, along forest track and through a few hamlets. At Boente de Ariba, you will pass by the ancient church of Santiago before continuing through a forest track and reaching Catanada. You will then cross a few streams, and the last stretch to Arzua is an long uphill bit. Once in Arzua, you can then relax in the hotel.

Section 4

Rua-O Pino
to
Lavacolla

This shaded section of the Camino will pass through woods, along streams and through sleepy villages. Take your time and visit the chapel of Santa Irena, with its unique statues of Santiago. The rest of the way to Rua/Opino is on a good and quiet country road. Rua (310m) is one of the less crowded stopping points before Santiago de Compostela.

Section 5

Lavacolla
to
Santiago de Compostela

The first few kilometres after Rua are mainly spent through wood and farmlands, on forest tracks and quiet country roads. After passing through the hamlet of San Paio, a few steep uphill bits lead you to Lavacolla, a long established landmark on the Camino.

How to get there

Fly In

Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela airport with Aerlingus, Ryanair and Iberia/BA.



Getting Home

Regular shuttle bus from Santiago city centre to Santiago Airport, takes 45mins.



What you get with us

Included

  • Great mix of comfortable stay in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Dinners
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack

Not Included

  • Flights/train
  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch

Add-On Options

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Package Details

Leisurely

from €599

13km

per day (average)

7 days

(6 nights/5 walking days)

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