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

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108km
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Ourense to Santiago de Compostela Map
Starting in Ourense and reaching the city of 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 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 to you final stop.

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.

Ourense to Santiago De Compostela
Via de la Plata
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  • Bed & Breakfast
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  • 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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  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch

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
33.15km

OURENSE
to
CASARELLOS

As we leave Ourense by crossing the Puente Viejo, we use a 12th Century bridge over Rio Mino. Then we follow a main road for a few kilometres, 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 the village of Cea before getting to Monasterio de Oseira. We will arrange the sShort transfer to your beautiful ‘casa rural’ in Casarellos.


Day 3
20.49km

CASARELLOS
to
ESTACION DE LALIN

In the morning, we arrange the 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 nice 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 over a couple of kilometres. We will then be back to the countryside to reach Estacion de Lalin.


Day 4
14.92km

ESTACION DE LALIN
to
SILLEDA

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


Day 5
19.39km

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. In Ponte Ulla, have a closer look at the Iglesia de Santa Maria de Magdalena and its very detailed Romanesque facade.


Day 6
20.05km

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 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 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 De Compostela and its world-famous cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site.


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.


Ourense to Santiago de Compostela Elevation


How to Get There

Getting to Ourense, Spain

It is best to fly to Santiago de Compostela.

Fly into Santiago de Compostela

Ryanair and Iberia/BA fly direct to Santiago de Compostela from the UK. Ryanair flies from Stansted, Nottingham East Midlands and Liverpool and Aer Lingus operates from Dublin. Many of the flights that arrive at the airport are from internal Spanish destinations. Iberia offers the best selection of flights and you can fly to and from Santiago De Compostela from: Frankfurt, Paris and Rome and Barcelona, Bilbao, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Palma, Seville, Tenerife and Valencia.

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

Getting home from Ourense, Spain

Fly from Santiago de Compostela

Shuttle buses from Santiago city centre to the airport (20mins).



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