Budget: Ponferrada to Sarria

Stage 7 of 8

92.2km

6 days

Budget

Moderate plus

Popular time

september

Starting from

€476

Overall

Distance:

18.2 min | 23.1km average | 28.4 max

Ascent:

329.9 min |697.7m average | 1547.3 max

Cardio:

3   3.5   5

Follow the Camino Preview Map Trip 627

Starting in the mountain-hugging town of Ponferrada and finishing in Sarria, a bustling market town, this Camino crosses the magnificent O Cebreiro Mountains before winding down to a more gentle terrain. O’Cebreiro is a megalithic village with round stone houses, with an amazing church, Santa Maria Real, where you can find the most important religious remains of Galicia (the miracle of Santo Milagro with a Chalice and Paten turning into the body and blood of Jesus Christ). The Chalice and Paten are the symbols of Galicia. The remains of Don Elias Valina Sampredo, the father of the modern Camino and ‘inventor’ of the yellow arrow, are also in the Church.

Ponferrada

Ponferrada

Ponferrada is the last major city before Santiago de Compostela on the Camino Frances. Synonymous with Ponferrada is the imposing castle that overlooks the city, the castle of the Knights Templar. From 1178, the Knights Templar provided protection to passing pilgrims. A recognised Property of Cultural Interest (BIC) and National Monument since 1924, it is open every day for visits.

O'Cebreiro

O'Cebreiro

O’Cebreiro is a megalithic village with round stone houses and an amazing church, Santa Maria Real, where you can find the most important religious remains of Galicia. The remains are of Don Elias Valina Sampredo, the father of the modern Camino pilgrimage route and ‘inventor’ of the yellow arrow.

Mansilla de las Mulas

Samos Monastery

Situated on the alternative route between Triacastela and Sarria, Samos Monastery is well worth a visit and the extra 6km walk! The Monastery of San Julian de Samos is the oldest inhabited monastery in Spain and is a truly magical place to visit. The wall paintings depicting the life of St Benedict will amaze and with regular guided visits you get to see and learn about this important monastery.

Budget: Ponferrada to Sarria

Starting from € 476

PONFERRADA

SARRIA

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Itinerary

Day

1

km

PONFERRADA

You will be pre-booked into a traditional hotel in the heart of the town. While here, you may wish to visit the Castillo de los Templarios, a castle donated to the Knights Templar Order by King Ferdinand II of León in 1178 to protect pilgrims who passed through on the Camino Frances to Santiago de Compostela.

Day

2

24.6 km

PONFERRADA VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO

Today you will cross the region of Bierzo, a sunken plain nestled within a ring of mountains. It is a fertile land, with an agreeable climate that allows the cultivation of many types of fruit and vegetables. In Villafranca, don’t miss the garden of the ‘Iglesia de Santiago’.

If you would like to cycle at a more relaxed pace, we can arrange to split this section into two days, with a stop over in La Portela de Valcarce overnight.

Day

3

28.4 km

VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO O CEBREIRO

Prepare for a challenging day with an ascent of 1000m. You will pass through the narrow valley of the river Valcace before tackling the ascent of O Cebreiro. Situated between the ranges of Los Ancares and La Sierra do Courel, this stage involves a steep climb in the course of only a few kilometres.

Day

4

21 km

O CEBREIRO TRIACASTELA

From O Cebreiro the trail passes through the Sierra de Ranadoiro (Ranadoiro Mountains) and, after crossing the Alto do Poio, it descends into the valley to the village of Triacastela, which gets its name from the three castles that once stood here – none of which exist today.

Day

5

18.2 km

TRIACASTELA SARRIA

Of the two Camino options, the ‘San Xil’ Camino offers scenery that will uplift your spirits and encourage you on your way. It has many ‘Corredoiras’ (narrow forest routes) with paved pathways that cut through typical Galician oak woods. If you wish to visit Samos, you will pass through the narrow valley of the river Ouribio, mostly following the main road.

Day

6

km

SARRIA

After breakfast we bid you farewell. While in Sarria, it is definitely worth having a look at the town’s main religious sites, Convento de la Magdalena and Iglesia Santa Marina de Sarria.

How to Get There

Getting to Ponferrada, Spain

It is best to fly to Madrid or Santiago de Compostela in order to get to Ponferrada.

Fly into Madrid

Virtually every airline flies into Madrid, including Ryanair, easyjet, and Iberia from Ireland and the UK, as well as most US airlines. Coming from the airport in Madrid, you can catch a shuttle bus to the main train station in the city. From there, you can get a train straight to Ponferrada. This journey will take 4 hours.

    Fly into Santiago de Compostela

    Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Iberia/BA fly direct to Santiago de Compostela from the UK and Ireland. Ryanair flies from Stansted, Iberia/BA operates from Gatwick and Aer Lingus operates from Dublin. Santiago de Compostela can also be reached by a number of locations around Spain and Portugal, as well as major European cities. Iberia/BA offers the best selection of flights and you can fly to and from Santiago De Compostela returning to Frankfurt, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Bilbao, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Palma, Seville, Tenerife and Valencia. If you are coming from Santiago Airport, you can take the train or the bus. For the train, head into Santiago de Compostela and then catch a direct line to Ponferrada (this will take 3 hours and 30 minutes). For the bus, head for Santiago city centre, and then catch a bus to Lugo, changing once in the bus station before heading to Ponferrada.

      Getting home from Sarria, Spain

      To return from your Camino you can fly out from Santiago de Compostela or Madrid.

      Fly from Santiago de Compostela

      Getting from Sarria to Santiago takes roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes. You can catch a direct bus from Sarria to Santiago, and then you can get the shuttle on to the airport.

        Fly from Madrid

        Heading out of Sarria, you can catch the train to Ourense and then change to head onto Madrid Atocha Station. To catch the bus, you must transfer at Lugo before getting to Madrid.

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          This section is one of the hilliest with one of the steepest climbs so bear this in mind when setting out each day and also check the weather.
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