Camino Frances Deluxe: Sarria to Santiago

Stage 8 of 8

113.5km

8 days

4-Star

Popular time

september

Starting from

€1538

Overall

Distance:

14.3 min | 18.9km average | 24.3 max

Ascent:

268.8 min |420.6m average | 592.8 max

Cardio:

2   2.8   4

Follow the Camino Preview Map Trip 1033

Experience the famous Last 100km of the Camino in the lap of luxury! The route begins in Sarria and finishes in Santiago de Compostela, traversing the idyllic hilly landscapes of Galicia and staying in comfortable accommodation the whole way. Reward your efforts in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the heart and hub of all pilgrimages on the Way of St James, and get your pilgrim certificate feeling refreshed by the whole experience!

Portomarin

Portomarin

Portomarín is a delightful mediaeval village situated on the river Mino. Portomarin is famous for its 400m-high Romanesque staircase that leads you to the town. An interesting fact about this town is that before the dam was created in the 1960s Portomarin used to 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. This structure was built by the workshop of Master Mateo who is responsible for the Portico de Gloria in the Cathedral in Santiago.

Celtic Ruins Castro de Castromaior

Celtic Ruins at Castromaior

A small detour off the Camino, approx 1km passed 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 have found proof of occupation from around 4 BC to when the Romans arrived. Watch out for this detour as it is a great spot to get a photo, and standing up on the embankment provides a splendid view over the Galician countryside.

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela

Just before arriving into Santiago you will pass the Mount of Joy. Here, take the time to get a stamp at the small church but also visit the Pilgrim Statues pointing at the city. It is here that you will get your first glimpse of the Cathedral in the distance. There are few feelings like the one of arriving to Praza do Obradoiro in front of the cathedral after your long pilgrimage. Once in the city, you can explore the bustling mediaeval 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)!

Camino Frances Deluxe: Sarria to Santiago

Starting from € 1538

SARRIA

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

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Included in this package

Mix of deluxe stay in 4* hotels where possible or country guesthouses d

Superior rooms confirmed where possible

Bed & Breakfast

Dinners

Luggage Transfers from Hotel to Hotel

Airport Transfers from/to Santiago de Compostela

24/7 Customer Service

Our Holiday or Pilgrim Pack

Add-On

Additional Nights

Day Tours to Local Sites of Interest

Not included: Flights/trains, Insurance, Drinks/Lunch

Itinerary

Day

1

km

SARRIA

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. If you are feeling energised before your walk, visit the town’s main religious sites, Convento de la Magdalena and Iglesia Santa Marina de Sarria.

Day

2

21.9 km

SARRIA PORTOMARIN

Expect a peaceful walk in shady oak woods and pretty villages on quiet country roads. The village of Barbadelo (at an elevation of 580m) has a beautiful Romanesque church that is worth a visit. The next significant village is Ferreiros. When you arrive in Portomarin (an elevation of 550m) you can relax on one of the numerous terraces of the town’s main plaza.

Day

3

24.3 km

PORTOMARIN PALAS DE REI

From the village, the Camino crosses the river Minho and climbs 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, as well as a statue of Santiago de Peregrino. You will then arrive in Palas de Rei (at an elevation of 565m).

Day

4

14.8 km

PALAS DE REI MELIDE

Today, the Camino continues slightly downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the charming village of Leboreiro. At Melide (a steady elevation of 454m), stop in one of the many restaurants to try some local specialties such as octopus a la gallega (boiled octopus served with olive oil, paprika, and salt.

Day

5

14.3 km

MELIDE ARZUA

This is the perfect start as the stroll quickly leaves Melide and heads off into 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 then you are at the last stretch to Arzua . Once in Arzua, you can then relax in the hotel.

Day

6

17.9 km

ARZUA 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 (at an elevation of 310m) is one of the less crowded stopping points before Santiago de Compostela.

Day

7

20.3 km

RUA SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

You’re nearly there! The next stage will be Lavacolla, where pilgrims traditionally washed in the river before reaching Santiago de Compostela. Tall eucalyptus trees line your way to Monte del Gozo, or Mount of Joy. From here, you can see your goal – the Cathedral of Santiago! After a descent to the city 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, and contemplate all you’ve experienced on your amazing journey.

Day

8

km

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 of Santiago.
– Continue with us along the wild Camino Fisterra (Finisterre Way), and stay overnight at the hotel in the lighthouse!
– Or take a bus to Fisterra to visit the unspoilt sandy coves and beaches of the west coast. With very few tourists, you are guaranteed a very special experience. Buses depart from Santiago Bus Station at 9am and 10am. Buses return to Santiago at 4:45pm and 7pm. The journey takes 3 hours.

How to Get There

Getting to Sarria, Spain

It is best to fly to Santiago de Compostela. You will need to travel to Sarria from Santiago yourself, or we can arrange a private transfer.

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.

You must take two buses to reach Sarria from Santiago. From Santiago Airport, you get a bus to Lugo. This journey takes between 1 hour and 10 minutes, and 1 hour and 40 minutes. From Lugo, you bus to Sarria. There are many buses that run each day, and it’s a 30 minute drive. Alternatively, we can arrange a private transfer to Sarria.

    Getting home from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

    Fly from Santiago de Compostela

    Shuttle buses from Santiago city centre to the airport depart every 20 minutes. Alternatively, we can arrange a private transfer to Santiago Airport.

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