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Famous Last 100km

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The Camino Frances, or the French Way, is the most traditional of all pilgrims’ ways to Santiago de Compostela, and is the best-known route internationally. For those who are short on time, but still want to experience the beauty of the Camino, you can walk the last 100KM and still receive your certificate of completion, or Compostela.

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

Trip Stats

115km

distance to walk

5

days of walking

difficulty level

Trip Highlights

Portomarin

Portomarín, is a delightful medieval village, situated on the river Mino. Portomarin is famous for its 400M romanesque staircase that leads you to the town. While you’re here, make sure to visit the many historical sites and sample the famous Portomarin Cake.

Furelos sarria to santiago camino france route - bridge

The ancient village of Furelos

Just before the town of Melide, you’ll pass through one of the historical gems of the Way of St.James. The history of the tiny hamlet of Furelos goes back to the 12th century, and the village boasts perhaps the most beautiful bridge of the French Way.

Finishing point of Sarria to Santiago - Santiago de compostela cathedral

Santiago de Compostela

There are few feelings like the one of arriving to the steps of the Catedral de Santiago de Compostela after your long pilgrimage. Once in the city, you can explore the bustling medieval streets, filled with market stalls, restaurants, bars and buskers.

Itinerary

Day 1

Sarria
(Arrival)

Make your way to your hotel in Sarria in time to enjoy your first evening meal, and get a good rest before you begin your camino.

Day 2
22km

Sarria
to
Portomarín

Expect a peaceful walk in shady oak woods and pretty villages on quiet country roads. The village of Barbadelo (580m) has a beautiful Romanesque church that is worth a visit. The next significant village is Ferreiros. When you arrive in Portomarin (550m) you can relax on one of the numerous terraces of the main plaza.

Day 3
25km

Portomarín
to
Palas de Rei

From the village, the Camino crosses the river Minho and climbs steadily uphill. On your way, you’ll be crossing Gonzar and passing the Romanesque Church of Santa María, Castromaior. The calm of the Galician Cemetery in Ligonde on a sunny day is a rest in itself. In Eirexe, the Romanesque portal of the church is a beauty, featuring a sculpture of Daniel and animals, as well as a statue of Santiago de Peregrino. You will then arrive in Palas de Rei (565m).

Day 4
29km

Palas de Rei
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 specialities. Later today, the Camino will follow a forest track and cross several streams bringing you to the village of Boente with its church of Santiago. Then, you’ll encounter the medieval village of Ribadiso, and finally Arzua (389m). This small town has two churches that you can visit, Santa María and La Magdalena.

An option to split into two days 14km /14km

Day 5
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-O Pino is on a quiet country road. Rua (310m) is one of the less crowded stopping points before Santiago de Compostela

Day 6
20km

Rua-O Pino
to
Santiago de Compostela

You’re nearly there! The next stage will be Lavacolla where pilgrims traditionally washed in the river before reaching Santiago de Compostela. The tall eucalyptus trees line your way to Monte del Gozo (368m), or Mount of Joy. From here, you can see your goal – the Cathedral of Santiago! After a descent to the city (264m, population 80,000) you’ll be able to witness this UNESCO World Heritage Site up-close. Marvel at the architecture and relish the wonderful atmosphere in this cultural and spiritual mecca.

Day 7

Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast, we bid you farewell.

Section 1

Sarria
to
Portomarín

Make your way to your hotel in Sarria in time to enjoy your first evening meal, and get a good rest before you begin your camino.

Section 2

Portomarín
to
Palas de Rei

Expect a peaceful walk in shady oak woods and pretty villages on quiet country roads. The village of Barbadelo (580m) has a beautiful Romanesque church that is worth a visit. The next significant village is Ferreiros. When you arrive in Portomarin (550m) you can relax on one of the numerous terraces of the main plaza.

Section 3

Palas de Rei
to
Arzua

From the village, the Camino crosses the river Minho and climbs steadily uphill. On your way, you’ll be crossing Gonzar and passing the Romanesque Church of Santa María, Castromaior. The calm of the Galician Cemetery in Ligonde on a sunny day is a rest in itself. In Eirexe, the Romanesque portal of the church is a beauty, featuring a sculpture of Daniel and animals, as well as a statue of Santiago de Peregrino. You will then arrive in Palas de Rei (565m).

Section 4

Arzua
to
Rua-O Pino

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 specialities. Later today, the Camino will follow a forest track and cross several streams bringing you to the village of Boente with its church of Santiago. Then, you’ll encounter the medieval village of Ribadiso, and finally Arzua (389m). This small town has two churches that you can visit, Santa María and La Magdalena.

An option to split into two days 14km /14km

Section 5

Rua-O Pino
to
Santiago de Compostela

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-O Pino is on a quiet country road. Rua (310m) is one of the less crowded stopping points before Santiago de Compostela

Map

French Way 8/8

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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Earn Certificate of Completion upon reaching Santiago de Compostela

Package Options

Leisurely

from €699

For pilgrims who would rather not rush, and instead go at their own pace and take in the Spanish scenery

19km

per day (average)

8 days

(7 nights/6 walking days)

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from €599

For active walkers of a reasonable fitness level who want a more challenging walk

23km

per day (average)

7 days

(6 nights/5 walking days)

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from €798

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19km

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8 days

(7 nights/6 walking days)

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