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Stone stele with shell signpost next to a hiking trail on the Way of St. James

Spanish Way of St. James, Sarria – Santiago de Compostela

From Sarria to Santiago de Compostela

8 Days / 7 Nights
Walking
Stone stele with shell signpost next to a hiking trail on the Way of St. James

The last hundred kilometres of the Way of St. James are meant to be the “classic” section of the popular pilgrims route, which leads through half of Europe. Along this part you cross Galicia, the green and westernmost province of Spain. A diversified landscape, pleasant temperatures and friendly people are accompanying you. And the Galician cuisine is pampering you with regional delicacies from the countryside and sea. Enjoy it with a glass of local Ribero white wine. Take your time, to visit the biggest cultural places of interest. The goal of all pilgrims, Santiago de Compostela, together with its outstanding cathedral is also the last station and highlight of your journey. While eating a “Tarta de Santiago” (cake with almonds) you look back on your walking week along the Camino Francés.

In eight days experience the green and westernmost province in Spain. Here in Galicia are the final one hundred kilometres of what is probably the most famous pilgrimage route in Europe. The Camino de Santiago inspires numerous hikers every year and is considered a particularly active experience. Starting from Sarria, the route takes you first to the pilgrimage site of Portomarín and then to Palas de Rei the following day. On the next day of your hiking tour to Arzúa, numerous historic towns with a long-standing history of pilgrimage await you. When hiking to O Pino or O Pedrouzo, you are getting closer and closer to the highlight of your hiking tour, the pilgrimage city and at the same time the capital of Galicia: Santiago de Compostela. Now it is only a few kilometres to your final day finish. You follow the path to the city of the apostles and to the Plaza del Obradoiro with the famous cathedral. On the final day of your hiking holiday you have the opportunity to visit the historic old town and the cathedral of Santiago. An unforgettable end to this pilgrimage.

  • This is what Galicia tastes like: On the fourth day of your hiking holiday, you can try a typical Galician speciality in Melide. The “pulpo feira” (cooked squid) is particularly tasty here.
  • Pilgrim city with history: In Santiago de Compostela, the final stage of your hiking holiday, you have the opportunity to visit the historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and cathedral. Did you know that more than 75,000 pilgrims travel to this special place every year?
  • Great hiking climate: Our hiking holiday on the Camino de Santiago can be booked from April to October. During this time you find a marvellous hiking climate in this region.

This hiking holiday on the Way of St. James in Spain is assigned our level of hiking ‘Walking’. You experience the final one hundred kilometres of the famous pilgrimage route on hilly hiking paths and quiet side streets. The daily stages are scheduled to last around 4 to 6 hours and we recommend a basic fitness level and stamina for this tour.

Itinerary at a glance

Green landscapes, numerous religious buildings, and medieval bridges accompany you on the pilgrims way to Santiago de Compostela. The old town is impressive, and you'll savor Galician cuisine in the typical local restaurants, which is a real treat.
Day
01
Arrival in Sarria

The first part of your walking tour leads you through Santiago de Barbadelo, where we recommend visiting the romantic church. The church from the 12th century has wonderful porches, which are decorated for instance with flowers and scallops. Via Brea with its 100-milestone the path leads to Ferreiros. After the visit of church Santa Maria de Ferreiros you continue to famous pilgrimage village Portomarin.

After your start in Portomarin you walk up to Monte S. Antonio and afterwards down to Toxibo and Gonzar, to church Santa Maria. Through green landscapes and past many romantic churches the route leads you into the small town of Palas de Rei. It is not definitely proved if Palas de Rei was a royal official residence in former times, the visit of the frescoes in church San Tirso is worth it anyway.

The pilgrimage path leads you through bewitching landscape, and past Leboreiro with its old pilgrims hospice to Mélide, where you can try the Galician delicacy “Pulpo á feira” (calamari). In the next village you reach, in Castañeda the lime for the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela was kilned. Via Ribadiso de Baixo, a village with rich pilgrim history you reach Arzùa, your goal for today.

On today’s hike you can see how the villages get bigger and more urban as you get closer to your destination  of Santiago. The Way of St. James meanders like a green ribbon through the gently rolling landscape, you pass medieval stone bridges and the pazos (country houses) characteristic for this region. You will stay overnight in the small village of O Pino or in the neighboring town of O Pedrouzo.

Enjoy the final kilometres of your Camino de Santiago adventure. Follow the Camino to the heart of the Apostle City, to the Plaza de Obradoiro and its world-famous cathedral. At the Monte do Gozo you can already take a first look at the longed-for destination of all pilgrims. Arriving in Santiago de Compostela you will feel the unique atmosphere and spirituality at every corner.

Loop tour and visit of the impressing and antique cathedral of Santiago, a popular place of pilgrimage for Christians, with more than 75.000 pilgrims visiting yearly. Before you explore the historic old city, which is part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage, you should participate at the impressing pilgrim Mass.

Day
08
Departure or extension

Itinerary at a glance

Green landscapes, numerous religious buildings, and medieval bridges accompany you on the pilgrims way to Santiago de Compostela. The old town is impressive, and you'll savor Galician cuisine in the typical local restaurants, which is a real treat.
Day
01
Arrival in Sarria

The first part of your walking tour leads you through Santiago de Barbadelo, where we recommend visiting the romantic church. The church from the 12th century has wonderful porches, which are decorated for instance with flowers and scallops. Via Brea with its 100-milestone the path leads to Ferreiros. After the visit of church Santa Maria de Ferreiros you continue to famous pilgrimage village Portomarin.

After your start in Portomarin you walk up to Monte S. Antonio and afterwards down to Toxibo and Gonzar, to church Santa Maria. Through green landscapes and past many romantic churches the route leads you into the small town of Palas de Rei. It is not definitely proved if Palas de Rei was a royal official residence in former times, the visit of the frescoes in church San Tirso is worth it anyway.

The pilgrimage path leads you through bewitching landscape, and past Leboreiro with its old pilgrims hospice to Mélide, where you can try the Galician delicacy “Pulpo á feira” (calamari). In the next village you reach, in Castañeda the lime for the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela was kilned. Via Ribadiso de Baixo, a village with rich pilgrim history you reach Arzùa, your goal for today.

On today’s hike you can see how the villages get bigger and more urban as you get closer to your destination  of Santiago. The Way of St. James meanders like a green ribbon through the gently rolling landscape, you pass medieval stone bridges and the pazos (country houses) characteristic for this region. You will stay overnight in the small village of O Pino or in the neighboring town of O Pedrouzo.

Enjoy the final kilometres of your Camino de Santiago adventure. Follow the Camino to the heart of the Apostle City, to the Plaza de Obradoiro and its world-famous cathedral. At the Monte do Gozo you can already take a first look at the longed-for destination of all pilgrims. Arriving in Santiago de Compostela you will feel the unique atmosphere and spirituality at every corner.

Tour and visit of the impressive and venerable cathedral of Santiago, one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Christians, visited by over 75 000 pilgrims every year. Before setting out to explore the historic old town, part of the UNESCO World Heritage, be sure to attend the impressive pilgrim mass.

Day
08
Departure or extension

Route information

Walking

A path on hilly terrain leads you through the green scenery of Galicia featuring numerous eucalyptus forests and corn fields. The route mostly alternates between hiking- and forest paths as well as quiet side roads. For the final 100 kilometres of the Way of St. James a good basic fitness level and some stamina are necessary.

Prices & Dates

Category: lovely middle-class hotels, as well as good guest houses and inns

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • 5 dinner (not in Santiago)
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece of luggage per person)
  • 1 pilgrim pass
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (English)
  • GPS-data available
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Transfer from Santiago airport to Sarria (max. 4 persons), cost per trip € 170, reservation required, payable in advance.

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Airport Santiago de Compostela. Take the bus to Lugo, duration approx. 2 hrs. (www.empresafreire.com). From Lugo by bus in approx. 30 min. to Sarria (www.monbus.es).
  • Parking: Public parking spaces near the hotel. No reservation, costs payable on spot,
  • Departure by bus from Santiago de Compostela to airport Santiago in approx. 30 min.

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • 5 dinners (not in Santiago)
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece of luggage per person)
  • 1 pilgrim pass
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (English)
  • GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Transfer from Santiago airport to Sarria (max. 4 persons), cost per trip EUR 175, reservation required, payable in advance.

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Santiago de Compostela airport and from there by bus (www.empresafreire.com) in approx. 2 hours to Lugo. From Lugo too by bus (www.monbus.es) in approx. 30 minutes to Sarria .
  • Parking: fee-based parking spaces near the hotel, no reservation.
  • Return journey from Santiago de Compostela to Santiago airport in approx. 30 minutes by bus.

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price.
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