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.
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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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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 35.3km
Leave Ourense crossing the Puente Viejo, a XIIth century bridge over Rio Mino. Then we follow a main road for a few kilometres, always keeping the river away to our right. After Cachaxuas, we start one of the steepest uphill part 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 18.2km
ESTACION DE LALIN
On morning, transfer back to Monasterio de Oseira. We start the day with a climb-up 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 during a couple of kilometres. We will then be back to the countryside to reach Estacion de Lalin.
Day 4 14.9km
ESTACION DE LALIN
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 19.4km
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
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.
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 – Continue with us along the wild “Camino Fisterra” (Finisterre Way), and stay overnight at the 2* hotel in the light house! – or take a bus to Fisterra. (Bus to fisterra: 9am, 10am, bus back in Santiago 16:45 & 19:00. takes 3hours) – Visit the unspoilt sandy coves and beaches of the west coast. With very few tourists, you are guaranteed a very special experience.
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).