Walking the Via de la Plata from Ourense to Santiago de Compostela

Starting in Ourense and reaching Santiago de Compostela, this section of the Camino runs through both farmland and the green low mountains of Galicia. As you approach the final destination of the entire Camino, or Way of Saint James, you can feel the buzz and appeal it has created over the centuries, as the rich heritage evidenced in the chapels, crosses and statues linked to the Camino can be seen every day during the walk. 

As Burgas, Ourense
Towards Santiago through hilly Galicia
sry 7 days
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sry 111.0km
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Trip Highlights

Estacion de Lalin

Restaurant A Estacion is in the small town of Estacion de Lalin and an option to get a nice and authentic Spanish lunch on your way to Santiago de Compostela.

Santiago de Compostela

When you finally arrive at your destination, Santiago de Compostela there is so much to see. The most obvious and most important one for pilgrims from all over the world is the Cathedral. This is the place where all the emotions are set free after the long journey. Something else that is also nice to see in Santiago is the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria La Real De Sar as the name says it is a church at the beginning of Santiago with beautiful archways.

Itinerary

Day 1

Ourense
(Arrival)

Ourense is ideally located on both banks of the Rio Mino, a major Galician river. The city’s old quarter is home to the dominant 12th century cathedral, the main square and its arcades, and pedestrian streets with many bars and restaurants that will suit anyone’s taste.

Day 2
31km

Ourense
to
Monasterio de Oseira

Leave Ourense crossing the Puente Viejo, a 12th century bridge over Rio Mino. Then we follow a main road for a few kilometres, always keeping the river to our right. After Cachaxuas, we start one of the steepest uphill parts of this section but there are some great views all along the climb up. We then continue along natural shady paths through the countryside, walking through Cea before getting to Monasterio de Oseira. Short transfer to your beautiful casa rural in Casarellos.

Day 3
27km

Monasterio de Oseira
to
Estacion de Lalin

In the morning, transfer back to Monasterio de Oseira. We start the day with a climb to the top of a hill where the views over the agricultural valleys are a satisfactory reward. Then the Camino runs up and down through farmlands, passing through hamlets such as Gouxa or Vidueiro. However, after Castro Dorzon, it meets up several times with the busy N-525 road for a couple of kilometres. We will then be back in the countryside to reach Estacion de Lalin.

 

Day 4
13km

Estacion de Lalin
to
Silleda

Today is a short stage made up of mainy gently up and downhill bits through farmland, woodland and villages. As we leave Estacion de Lalin, we start the day by a climb to Botos and we then continue to walk through several villages. At the end of the walk we enter Silleda, a modern town with all the facilities you should need.

Day 5
20km

Silleda
to
Ponte Ulla

This day first starts with an easy stroll towards Bandeira, a town well-known for its empanadas (Galician pasties). As the day goes on, the Camino continues downhill through farmlands and villages. Just before descending to Ponte Ulla, the old castle is worth a visit for whoever is keen to enjoy more great views. In Ponte Ulla, have a closer look at the Iglesia de Santa Maria de Magdalena and its very detailed Romanesque facade.

Day 6
20km

Ponte Ulla
to
Santiago de Compostela

Today is special, not only because it is the last day of this section, but also because it is the finishing line of the whole Via de la Plata or Camino Mozárabe route! As you leave Ponte Ulla, we first walk up towards Pico Sacro with its Ermita de San Sebastian and wonderful scenic views. The last kilometres to Santiago still reflect the rural atmosphere of Galicia and it is sometimes difficult to believe you are so close to such an attractive city. Finally you reach Santiago and its world-famous Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 7

Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast, we bid you farewell.

Section 1

Ourense
to
Monasterio de Oseira

Ourense is ideally located on both banks of the Rio Mino, a major Galician river. The city’s old quarter is home to the dominant 12th century cathedral, the main square and its arcades, and pedestrian streets with many bars and restaurants that will suit anyone’s taste.

Section 2

Monasterio de Oseira
to
Estacion de Lalin

Leave Ourense crossing the Puente Viejo, a 12th century bridge over Rio Mino. Then we follow a main road for a few kilometres, always keeping the river to our right. After Cachaxuas, we start one of the steepest uphill parts of this section but there are some great views all along the climb up. We then continue along natural shady paths through the countryside, walking through Cea before getting to Monasterio de Oseira. Short transfer to your beautiful casa rural in Casarellos.

Section 3

Estacion de Lalin
to
Silleda

In the morning, transfer back to Monasterio de Oseira. We start the day with a climb to the top of a hill where the views over the agricultural valleys are a satisfactory reward. Then the Camino runs up and down through farmlands, passing through hamlets such as Gouxa or Vidueiro. However, after Castro Dorzon, it meets up several times with the busy N-525 road for a couple of kilometres. We will then be back in the countryside to reach Estacion de Lalin.

 

Section 4

Silleda
to
Ponte Ulla

Today is a short stage made up of mainy gently up and downhill bits through farmland, woodland and villages. As we leave Estacion de Lalin, we start the day by a climb to Botos and we then continue to walk through several villages. At the end of the walk we enter Silleda, a modern town with all the facilities you should need.

Section 5

Ponte Ulla
to
Santiago de Compostela

This day first starts with an easy stroll towards Bandeira, a town well-known for its empanadas (Galician pasties). As the day goes on, the Camino continues downhill through farmlands and villages. Just before descending to Ponte Ulla, the old castle is worth a visit for whoever is keen to enjoy more great views. In Ponte Ulla, have a closer look at the Iglesia de Santa Maria de Magdalena and its very detailed Romanesque facade.

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Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela airport with Aer Lingus or Ryanair (can book return flights).



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Starting Point

From Santiago Airport, take the Freire bus to Santiago bus station (Approx. 20 min). Then, bus to Ourense (Approx. 2 hours).



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Getting Home

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



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