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.
This program is mocked up so that everyone can experience the Camino de Santiago regardless of age or physical condition or just to enjoy more of the scenery, culture and gastronomy without focusing on the walks.
Day 1: Sarria.
Transfer to the hotel in Sarria. Possibility of visiting the old town of Sarria. According to the booked dining plan, there will be dinner at the hotel otherwise you can sample some of the local cuisines in one of the restaurants in Sarria.
Day 2: From Sarria to Morgade, 13 km approx.
Today’s stage begins in the old town of Sarria where we’ll see our first Romanesque church as well as the remains of a castle that was destroyed during the Galician rural uprisings called “Revueltas Irmandiñas”. This stage runs mainly along paths and forest tracks.
Day 3: From Morgade to Portomarín, 11 km approx.
First we go uphill untill the village of Ferreiros, where we can visit a Romanesque church. Then the path goes gently downhill until the bridge over the Belesar Reservoir. At this point we are entering Portomarin. In Portomarín there’s the opportunity to visit the Romanesque church of St. Nicholas.
Day 4: From Portomarín to Ventas de Narón, 14 km approx.
On leaving Portomarín we drop down to the Belesar Reservoir and then we climb back towards the Monte San Antonio. We reach Gonzar, here we can visit a Romanesque church. The path keeps going gently uphill until Ventas de Narón.
Day 5: From Portomarín to Palas de Rei, 12 km approx.
Today’s stage runs through traditional Galician villages, trails and forests tracks until we get to Palas de Rei.
Day 6: From Palas de Rei to Melide, 15 km approx.
When leaving Palas de Rei we’ll do a nice hike 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”
Day 7: From Melide to Arzúa, 15 km approx.
On leaving Melide we can visit the Romanesque church of Santa María. Then across eucalyptus forests we will reach the village of Boente, from where we’ll walk to the village of Ribadiso before reaching Arzúa.
Día 8. From Arzua o O Pino, approx 15 km.
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 St. Irene and Amenal.
Day 9: From O Pino to Santiago de Compostela, 20 km approx.
In Lavacolla pilgrims were accustomed to have a bath in the river before entering the next day in Santiago.
Later we’ll 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 10: 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 possible to combine various trips, e.g. follow the Way of Saint James until Finisterre.
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