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Camino Frances - Section Short Walking Days 115km

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113.4km
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11 days
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Camino Frances Short Walking Days  11 Days Map
For those who would like to walk the famous last 100km from Sarria to Santiago but covers less km per day, this is the perfect package for you. You will still experience the beauty of the Camino. Reward your efforts in Santiago de Compostela, the heart and hub of all pilgrimages and you can still receive your certificate of completion

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. An interesting fact about this town is that before the dam was created in the 60’s the town use be lower down in the valley. When they created the dam they moved the town, which was no small feat, as they had to painstakingly take down and rebuild the Church of St John which dates from the 12th century and was built by the workshop of Master Mateo who is responsible for the Portica de Gloria in the Cathedral in Santiago.

Celtic Ruins - Castro de Castromaior

A small detour off the Camino, approx 1km pass the town of Castromaior on the way to Melide, you will find the 2000 year old Celtic ruins of Castro de Castromaior. The recent excavations on this settlement has found proof of occupation from 4BC to when the Romans arrived. Watch out for this detour as it is great spot to get a photo and standing up on the embankment provides a splendid view over the Galician countryside.

Santiago de Compostela

Just before arriving to Santiago you will pass the Mount of Joy, here take time to get a stamp at the small church but also go over to your left to visit the Pilgrim Statues pointing at the city. It is here that you will get your first glimpse as the Cathedral in the distance. There are few feelings like the one of arriving to Praza do Obradoiro in front 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, as well as the many interesting museums and Alameda Park for a relaxing stroll if you haven’t had enough of walking!

Sarria to Santiago De Compostela
Camino Frances
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Services

Included
  • Specially chosen 2-3* hotels or equivalent
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • Our Holiday or Pilgrim Pack
Add-On
  • Premium Accommodation
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Additional Night
  • Dinners
  • Day Tours Available
Not included
  • Flights/train
  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch

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
12.1km

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
9.9km

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
12.7km

PORTOMARIN
to
VENTAS DEL 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
11.5km

VENTAS DEL 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
14.8km

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
14.3km

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
17.6km

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


Day 9
10.5km

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
10km

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!


Day 11

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

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.


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