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Camino Frances - Section Short Days 65km

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7 days
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Camino Frances Short Walking Days Map
For those who would like to walk in a more leisurely manner over 7 Days, but still want to experience the beauty of the Camino and meet other sociable pilgrims, this is the right package for you. The route begins in the town of Palas De Rei and finishes in Santiago de Compostela, traversing the hilly landscapes of Galicia. Reward your efforts by gaining your Compostela certificate in Santiago, the heart and hub of all pilgrimages on the Way of St James.

Highlights

Furelos - Ponte Velha

The Ponte Velha medieval stone bridge takes you across the river Furelos to the medieval town of Furelos. This bridge is one of the iconic bridges of the Camino. With trees flanking either side of the river and the medieval buildings of this small hamlet on the far side this is a must stop for an #instaworthy photo. Winding through the ancient streets be sure to visit the church of San Juan or stop in one of the small cafes for a light refreshment.

Melide

Here in this small town the Camino Frances is met by the Camino Primitivo. The epicentre of this town is the Sancti Spiritus Church which was built on the grounds of a monastery dating from the 14th Century. However Melide is not just known for it built heritage, in fact it is more famous for its typical dish ‘Pulpo á Feira’ (boiled octopus) which is a must try when here. Food is a big part of the identity of the town and every Sunday there is a fruit and cheese market and on the second Sunday in May they have a Sweet-Cake and Traditional Pastry-Making Festival.

Monte de Gozo

Just before arriving to Santiago you will pass the Hill of Joy (Monte de Gozo), 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 at the Cathedral in the distance and be able to enjoy a moment of quiet contemplation before you final descent to Santiago. Here you will also see the monument erected to commemorate the visit by Pope John Paul II to celebrate World Youth Day in August 1989.

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Included in this package
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Specially Hand-Picked Accommodation
  • Our Holiday or Pilgrim Pack
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • Virtual Face-to-Face Pre-Departure Briefing
Add-On
  • Premium Accommodation
  • Airport Pick-Up
  • Additional Nights
  • Dinners
  • Luggage Transfers from Hotel to Hotel
  • Day Tours to Local Sites of Interest
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  • Flights/trains
  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch

Itinerary

Day 1

PALAS DE REI (Arrival)

You will be booked in a hotel in the heart of the lively town of Palas do Rei. While you are here, visit the town’s Castillo de Pambre and Iglesia de San Salvador de Vilar de Donas and enjoy a nice meal in one of the town’s squares.


Day 2
14.73km

PALAS DE REI
to
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 3
14.3km

MELIDE
to
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 4
17.83km

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


Day 5
10.28km

RUA
to
LAVACOLLA

The first few kilometres after Rua are mainly spent travelling through wood and farmlands on forest tracks and quiet country roads. After passing through the hamlet of San Paio, a few steep uphill tracks lead you to Lavacolla, a long established landmark on the Camino.


Day 6
10.04km

LAVACOLLA
to
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Lavacolla was once the last village crossed by pilgrims before reaching their ultimate goal in Santiago De Compostela. 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. Soon after, you will enter the city of Santiago!


Day 7

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.


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