Camino Frances 8/8: Last 100km from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela
The Last 100km Camino Frances from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela: The Final Effort
This Camino explores the eighth and final section of the Camino Frances, the French Way, is the most traditional of all pilgrims’ ways to Santiago de Compostela, and is the best-known route internationally.
The route begins in Sarria and finishes in Santiago de Compostela, traversing the hilly landscapes of Galicia. Rewardyour efforts in Santiago de Compostela, the heart and hub of all pilgrimages on the Way of St James.
Everyday, during your Camino walk, you’re 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 route that includes numerous cultural highlights and a tremendous feeling of achievement when you receive your Compostela, your Latin certificate of completion, at the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage Certificate.
Day 1 – Sarria – Start of your journey
Make your way to your hotel in Sarria in time to enjoy your first evening meal.
Day 2 – Sarria to Portomarin (6h, 22km)
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 – Portomarín to Palas de Rei (6h15 25km)
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 – Palas de Rei to Arzua (8h 29km)
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.
Day 5 – Arzua to Rua-O Pino (5h15 18km)
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 – Rua to Santiago de Compostela (5h20 20km)
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, end of the Camino!
After breakfast, we bid you farewell.
- Great mix of comfortable accommodation in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
- Bed & Breakfast
- Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
- Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack
- 24/7 Customer Service
- Great dinners with local food
- Extra nights
- Upgrade to authentic & luxury accommodation
- Airport transfers
- Try a day tour to Fisterra and Muxia
- Visit Santiago and it’s Cathedral with a Guide
- Do it Camino Royal Way or
- Add a quirky element to it like Yoga, aromatherapy, etc.
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela airport with Aerlingus, Ryanair and Iberia/BA.
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.
Regular shuttle bus from Santiago city centre to Santiago Airport, takes 45mins.