The last 100 km of the Camino Francés: From Sarria to Santiago
1 pax min.
When we speak about the St. James’s Way it is often associated with the so-called “French Way” without considering that only in Spain there are several routes to Santiago coming from different points of the Peninsula. This way, compared to others, is the busiest and the one which has the best facilities.
It dates back to the discovery of the tomb of the Apostle and the first pilgrimages to Santiago from France. It partly runs along old Roman roads that were used by the pilgrims.
Day 1: Sarria.
Transfer to the hotel in Sarria. Possibility to visit the old town. According to the booked dining plan,either there will be dinner at the hotel or you can choose to sample some of the local cuisines in one of the restaurants in Sarria.
Day 2: From Sarria to Portomarín, 23 km approx.
This first stage goes through different towns where you can visit some Romanesque churches along paths and forest tracks.
On reaching Portomarín we have the opportunity to visit the Romanesque church of St. Nicholas and this pretty village with its peculiar history.
Day 3: From Portomarín to Palas de Rei, 26 km approx.
First we descend to the reservoir and then we’ll start climbing the hill to the Monte San Antonio, from where we will reach the villages of Toxibó and Gonzar.
Then we will go through different villages and small towns like Hospital de la Cruz, Ventas de Naron and Eirexe until Palas de Rei.
Day 4: From Palas de Rei to Arzúa, 30 km approx.
When leaving Palas de Rei we’ll have a nice walk through forests to Coto.
About noon we`’ll reach Melide, halfway along this stage, where you can taste the octopus in one of its typical local cuisine restaurant called “pulpería”
Then across eucalyptus forests we will reach the village of Boente, from where we’ll walk to the village of Ribadiso before reaching Arzúa.
Day 5: From Arzúa to Lavacolla, 30 km approx.
This stage also goes through eucalyptus forests and brings us even closer to our destination. We’ll pass through different towns, among which you’ll find Santa Irene and Amenal. In Lavacolla the pilgrims were accustomed to have a bath in the river before entering the next day in Santiago.
Day 6: De Lavacolla a Santiago de Compostela, sobre 11 km.
Finally we get closer to our destination. We have ahead a short stage, perfect to reach the Cathedral of Santiago before 12 noon to attend to the Pilgrim’s Mass which is held every day at this time.
Before entering the city we will pass through the Monte del Gozo, whose name comes from the joy felt by the pilgrims when seeing the city for the first time.
Day 7. In Santiago de Compostela
Free day to visit this beautiful city, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. We can visit the market town, Plaza de Abastos or one of its museums e.g. the Museum of Pilgrimages and the Cathedral Museum.
Transfer to the airport.
*There is the possibility to extend the stay in Santiago, if you are interested in it please don’t hesitate to contact Viajes Orbis.
When extending your stay, apart from enjoying the city, we can arrange some excursions.
*It is also posible to combine various trips, e.g. follow the Way of Saint James until Finisterre (Camino Finisterre).