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French Way 8/8 - Guided Sarria to Santiago

French Way 8/8 - Guided Sarria to Santiago map

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.

Important: Follow The Camino guided trips are guaranteed at a minimum of 7 people registered. In case we do not reach this number, the tour will continue as self guided and we will refund the price of the guide to you.

2019 Availability (Start – End)
20 Apr 19 – 27 Apr 19 (Available)
04 May 19 – 11 May 19 (Available)
11 May 19 – 18 May 19 (Available)
18 May 19 – 25 May 19 (Available)
01 Jun 19 – 08 Jun 19 (Available)
31 Aug 19 – 07 Sep 19 (Available)
07 Sep 19 – 14 Sep 19 (Available)
14 Sep 19 – 21 Sep 19 (Available)
21 Sep 19 – 28 Sep 19 (Available)
28 Sep 19 – 05 Oct 19 (Available)
05 Oct 19 – 12 Oct 19 (Available)
12 Oct 19 – 19 Oct 19 (Available)

Trip Stats

115km

distance to walk

6

days of walking

different sections

Day 1

Sarria
(Arrival)

Make your way to your hotel in Sarria in time to enjoy your first evening meal.

Day 2
22km

Sarria
to
Portomarin

Expect a peaceful walk in shady oak woods, pretty villages and 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 chill out on one of the numerous terraces of the main plaza.

Day 3
25km

Portomarin
to
Palas do Rei

From the village, the Camino crosses the river Minho and climbs steadily uphill. On your way, you will 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 and features a sculpture of Daniel and animals, as well as a statue of Santiago de Peregrino inside. You will then arrive in Palas do Rei (565m).

Day 4
15km

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 5
13km

Melide
to
Arzua

The Camino will follow a forest track and cross several streams bringing you to the village of Boente with its church of Santiago. Then the medieval village of Ribadiso, and finally Arzua (389m). This small town has 2 churches that you can visit, Santa María and La Magdalena.

Day 6
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 7
20km

Rua-O Pino
to
Santiago de Compostela

You are 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). From the “Mount of Joy” you can see your goal – the Cathedral of Santiago! After a descent to the city (264m, population 80000) you will be able to witness this UNESCO World Heritage Site up-close. Marvel at the architeture and relish the wonderful atmosphere in this cultural and spiritual mecca.

Day 8

Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast we bid you farewell.

Section 1

Sarria
to
Portomarin

Make your way to your hotel in Sarria in time to enjoy your first evening meal.

Section 2

Portomarin
to
Palas do Rei

Expect a peaceful walk in shady oak woods, pretty villages and 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 chill out on one of the numerous terraces of the main plaza.

Section 3

Palas do Rei
to
Melide

From the village, the Camino crosses the river Minho and climbs steadily uphill. On your way, you will 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 and features a sculpture of Daniel and animals, as well as a statue of Santiago de Peregrino inside. You will then arrive in Palas do Rei (565m).

Section 4

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 5

Arzua
to
Rua-O Pino

The Camino will follow a forest track and cross several streams bringing you to the village of Boente with its church of Santiago. Then the medieval village of Ribadiso, and finally Arzua (389m). This small town has 2 churches that you can visit, Santa María and La Magdalena.

Section 6

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/Opino is on a good and 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 (can book return flights).



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Included

  • Experienced Bilingual Guide
  • Great mix of comfortable accommodation in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack - sent to 1st Hotel
  • 7 Breakfasts and 7 Dinners
  • Airport Transfer from Santiago Airport to Sarria
  • Airport transfer from Santiago Hotel to Santiago Airport
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