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Camino Frances - Section Short Walking Days 115km

Camino Frances - Section Short Walking Days 115km map

The Last 100 km to Santiago: the final effort

From Sarria to Santiago de Compostela

This Walking Holiday explores the eighth and final section of the Camino Frances / French Way, the most traditional of all the pilgrims’ ways to Santiago de Compostela and the best known internationally. However, it is an easier option for those who have more than a week and wish to have shorter walking days.

The route begins in Sarria and finishes in Santiago de Compostela. Traverse the hilly landscapes of Galicia, certainly some of the most beautiful of all the caminos. Reward your efforts in Santiago de Compostela, the heart and hub of all pilgrimages on the Way of St. James.

Everyday, during the walk, you are guaranteed a high level of comfort and gastronomy. The Camino de Santiago is clearly marked with the “Scallop Shell” showing you the way. This walk can be physically demanding and requires a reasonable level of fitness. However, it’s a highly rewarding walk that includes numerous cultural highlights.

Trip Stats

115km

distance to walk

days of walking

different sections

Day 1

Sarria
(Arrival)

Sarria is a small city and its old quarter is tiny but the many bars, restaurants and terraceson the river banks are the ideal spot to chill out.

Day 2
11.5km

Sarria
to
Morgade

We begin this section with a very enjoyable day, at 111 kilometres from the Cathedral of Santiago. Straight after leaving Sarria, you will be deep into the Galician rural life and landscapes, walking through numerous typical Galician hamlets and farmlands.

Day 3
10km

Morgade
to
Portomarin

Today is similar to yesterday’s walk as we continue our way through rural Galicia, crossing a few typical hamlets and walking through farmlands. The day ends up when crossing over the Belesar dam, nested in the valley of Portomarin.

Day 4
12.5km

Portomarin
to
Ventas de Naron

Leaving Portomarin, we start the day with a long uphill bit through woodlands. The Camino meets up several times with the national road, nonetheless most of the day is spent through woodlands and briar.

Day 5
11km

Ventas de Naron
to
Palas de Rei

We continue through narrows country trails and along quiet country roads through a few hamlets, with many up and downhills until we reach Palas de Rei.

Day 6
14km

Palas de 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 7
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 8
18km

Arzua
to
Rua

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 9
10km

Rua
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 10
9.5km

Lavacolla
to
Santiago

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!

Day 11

Santiago

After breakfast we bid you farewell. If you wish to stay in the area, we recommend that you:
– Take your time and visit the magnificent historic centre
– Continue with us along the wild “Camino Fisterra” (Finisterre Way), and stay overnight at the 2* hotel in the light house!
– or take a bus to Fisterra. (Bus to fisterra: 9am, 10am, bus back in Santiago 16:45 & 19:00. takes 3hours)
– Visit the unspoilt sandy coves and beaches of the west coast. With very few tourists, you are guaranteed a very special experience.

Section 1

Sarria
to
Morgade

Sarria is a small city and its old quarter is tiny but the many bars, restaurants and terraceson the river banks are the ideal spot to chill out.

Section 2

Morgade
to
Portomarin

We begin this section with a very enjoyable day, at 111 kilometres from the Cathedral of Santiago. Straight after leaving Sarria, you will be deep into the Galician rural life and landscapes, walking through numerous typical Galician hamlets and farmlands.

Section 3

Portomarin
to
Ventas de Naron

Today is similar to yesterday’s walk as we continue our way through rural Galicia, crossing a few typical hamlets and walking through farmlands. The day ends up when crossing over the Belesar dam, nested in the valley of Portomarin.

Section 4

Ventas de Naron
to
Palas de Rei

Leaving Portomarin, we start the day with a long uphill bit through woodlands. The Camino meets up several times with the national road, nonetheless most of the day is spent through woodlands and briar.

Section 5

Palas de Rei
to
Melide

We continue through narrows country trails and along quiet country roads through a few hamlets, with many up and downhills until we reach Palas de Rei.

Section 6

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 7

Arzua
to
Rua

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 8

Rua
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 9

Lavacolla
to
Santiago

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.



Starting Point

You must take two buses to reach Sarria from Santiago, but the process is straightforward (€15pp).

1 – Santiago airport to Lugo 16h10, 18h40 (1hr45). See timetables in English.

2 – Lugo to Sarria (30mins). Many buses every day, until late.

From Monday to Friday Monbus operate a direct service to Sarria at 6pm (3hrs), but from the Bus station (20mins from the airport).  See and look for “Horarios” on the left.



Getting Home

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



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