camino sanabrès ends in santiago de compostela cathedral
camino sanabrès ends in santiago de compostela cathedral

Camino Sanabrès, Ourense to Santiago

103 km
7 days | 6 nights
Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
price from
€ 558
CO2 footprint
123 Kg/person
  1. Spain
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  3. Self-Guided
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  5. Tourcode ESSW035

If the idea of the Camino de Santiago excites you, but you're yearning for a more off-the-beaten-path adventure than the popular French Way, then get ready for an extraordinary journey! The Sanabres Way links the southern heart of Spain to the mystical landscapes of Galicia, and only 4% of pilgrims dare to tread this path.

Your adventure kicks off in Ourense, a charming spa town famous for its rejuvenating springs. From there, you'll traverse a captivating landscape dotted with Romanesque monasteries, vineyards (prepare to be amazed by the wines of Ribeira Sacra), and lush, vibrant greenery that stretches all the way to the hallowed destination of Santiago.

As you make your way, you'll encounter the mesmerizing Oseira Monastery and explore the remnants of Santa Maria de Moreruela, Spain's oldest Cistercian Monastery. So, if you're ready to embark on an unforgettable journey, the Sanabres Way is calling your name.


  • Visit the monumental town centers of Ourense and Santiago,
  • Stop for a pause at the marvellous monastery of Oseira,
  • Follow the footsteps of pilgrims who have walked the same path centuries ago,
  • Taste local delicacies such as "Pimientos de Padrón" or the delicious Ribera Sacra wines


Day 1

Arrival in Ourense

Arrival in Ourense

Arrival in Ourense independently. If you arrive early you can visit the cathedral or just wonder around the cobbed streets of the old town. Ourense is known as the "City of burgas" - the burgas are thermal springs-. Ourense cannot be understood without water: its rivers, its fountains and - most specially-  its thermal mineral and therapeutic waters. Discover the tradition of the thermal baths that has been in the city from its very origin. 

Day 2

From Ourense to Cea, 22,5 km

From Ourense to Cea, 22,5 km

As you leave town today, you immediately start with a steep ascent of 375m. Then you get an introduction to typical Galician countryside as you follow quiet lanes and gravel roads through woods and rural hamlets; going up and down continuously but without any major ascent until the end, as you approach your cosy rural hotel in Cea.

NOTE: option of travelling with luggage to Sartédigo avoiding the first 5km of ascent as you leave town

Distance: 22,5 km

Elevation gain: +700 / -300 m

Day 3

From Cea to A Gouxa, 19 km

From Cea to A Gouxa, 19 km

Long but very rewarding stage through vast woods and hilly and scarcely populated countryside that literally culminates with the visit of the Cistercian monastery in Oseira. Santa María la Real de Oseira is a monastery from the 12th century surrounded by a beautiful landscape. The splendor years of this monastery lasted until the 14th century, when its importance started declining. But during the 20th century there was a renewal in the monastery that brought it back to life. Currently there are more than a dozen monks who live here and elaborate a well-known herbal liquor; the "Eucaliptine"At the end of the day, you will be picked up at the bar in A Gouxa by the owners of the comfortable rural accommodation in Casarelos, with garden and swimming pool.

Distance: 19 km

Elevation gain: +670 / -450 m

Day 4

From Santo Domingo to A Ponte Taboada, 20,5 km

From Santo Domingo to A Ponte Taboada, 20,5 km

After 2 demanding days, with several steep climbs, today you mainly walk downhill along quiet tarmac lanes and dirt roads south of the highway AP-53 that you will have to cross once. There are no shops along the way but a very conveniently located bar/restaurant located halfway, near the train station at Lalín. At the end of the day, you will enjoy this stage to the bridge A Ponte Taboda, built in 912 and still surrounded by a beautiful natural environment. Your host will pick you up and drive you to their classic Galician manor house from the early 18th century. They have a pool and their own garden where you can easily relax. 

Distance: 20,5 km

Elevation gain: +450 / -600 m

Day 5

From Silleda to Vedra, 24 km

From Silleda to Vedra, 24 km

Your host will bring you in the morning to the village of Silleda, where you can do some shopping before starting another long day. Today is quite varied, including numerous small ascents and descents; and a particularly steep one, shortly before you reach your modern but welcoming hostal in Vedra. You can order a taxi in Ponte Ulla to skip the last 2.5 km. Unfortunately, today there will be some tarmac walking, but with hardly any traffic.

Distance: 24 km

Elevation gain: +480 / -760 m

Day 6

From Vedra to Santiago de Compostela, 19.5 km

From Vedra to Santiago de Compostela, 19.5 km

Your last stage will lead you to Santiago and it starts again with a steep ascent to a charming chapel, but then you follow soft and undulating dirt roads and tarmac lanes through a landscape that stays significantly rural until you cross the ring road just 3km south from the centre of town. But even then, one gem is awaiting before you reach the old town centre in Santiago: the Romanesque Collegiate of Santa Maria La Mayor y Real de Sar, in Piñeiro.

Distance: 19,5 km

Elevation gain: +550 / -520 m

Day 7

Goodbye Santiago

Goodbye Santiago

Today your programme ends after breakfast, unless you have booked extra nights in Santiago


Is this for me?

This itinerary is a great alternative to the Camino Francès and a way less touristic one - only 4% of people arriving in Santiago have walked this route!  This is a suitable itinerary for those who have already done the Camino Frances and would like to walk an alternative path, or are looking for a less frequented itinerary. 


What is included

  • 6 nights in double room in **/*** hotels , B&B and agriturismi with breakfast
  • 3 dinners (Cea, A Gouxa, Ponte Taboada)
  • Transfers on days 3, 4 & 5
  • Luggage transfers according to programme
  • Detailed route notes and maps
  • 24-hour telephone assistance

What is not Included

  • Lunches and dinners (not mentioned in the programme)
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist Tax
  • Transfers by public transportaion
  • Transport to first/ from last accommodation
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the programme

Optional services

  • Extra nights at any of the accommodations of the programme
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Transfers from/to airport


We work with 3* hotels, B&Bs and farmhouses that reflect our way of experiencing travel: they are comfortable and characterful structures, which we choose one by one, managed by passionate and welcoming people.

Unless otherwise specified in the travel listing, all provide private en-suite rooms with breakfast included.

Below you see some examples of the facilities used for this trip, but keep in mind that they may vary based on availability in the period. We could therefore book for you structures different from those you see listed here, but of the same category and carefully chosen according to SloWays criteria.

Hotel Novo Candido (Ourense)
Alojamiento Pazos (Cea)
Casa Casarelos (Casarelos)
Casa Grande de Fuentemayor (Silleda)
Pensión Residencial Victoria** (Eirevedra)
Hotel Alda Bonaval (Santiago de Compostela)

When to travel

The provinces of Ourense, Pontevedra and A Coruña are included in the region of Galicia and is part of “Green Spain”, the name given to the country’s lush north coast. Here, the climate and landscape are influenced by moist winds blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean. Galicia enjoys relatively mild, rainy winters and cooler, fairly sunny summers. In summer short heat waves may occur with highs around, or even above, 30ºC. In colder months, the wind blows frequently, and the weather can be stormy. Fog is also common at any time of the year. The region gets about 1200 mm of precipitation a year, making it one of the wettest in Spain.


What to bring

Clothing and other items
You will need your regular walking/cycling gear, including some sort of reflective garment. For the evenings, smart outdoor style trousers (or shorts) are invaluable, as are quick-dry t-shirts. These can be washed easily and will dry overnight and still look good for sightseeing or having a drink in town.

Take as little as possible to avoid potentially lugging a heavy suitcase up three flights of stairs at the end of the day. Please be aware that laundromats (“Laverie”) are not common in rural areas, so plan to do handwashing of small items.

Lightweight walking shoes/ trainers
For wearing around towns & villages. They can also be a back-up pair.

Socks & underwear
Take only good quality socks with quick-dry and insulating qualities. Road test them before you go on the trip. Take a suitable quantity of underwear as washing facilities are limited.

Warm jacket, hat, gloves
Bring a fleece, Polartec or warm layers for the evenings especially in spring or autumn; be sure it is totally suitable for your needs.
A fleece jacket which blocks the wind (Wind-stopper) is the most preferable. In the summer months a lightweight jacket is suitable for evenings.
If you are cycling/walking in mountainous or coastal areas, even in the height of summer, the weather can change very quickly and unexpectedly and you should be prepared for fog, mist, rain, snow or hail at any time. Always take an extra layer with you, as well as a warm hat and gloves.

Waterproof jacket & trousers
If you are caught in heavy rain, with good waterproof clothing you should remain dry. Remember that most garments will lose their properties over time. Few will remain waterproof for more than five years and many deteriorate in three years or less. We recommend a rain jacket with a good hood and collar and waterproof or thermal walking/cycling trousers or tights.

Dress code
In general, you should wear suitable clothing when entering a church (in many places, it is considered unacceptable to go inside wearing shorts or a tank-top). We suggest that women carry a shawl to cover up bear shoulders or low-cut tops. It also comes in handy when your shoulders get sunburned!

It is considered inappropriate for men to go without a shirt / T-shirt (other than at the beach).

Trekking poles (adjustable)
Highly recommended. A pair works best, depending on what you are comfortable with. If you suffer from back or knee pain this should be considered essential. Remember to practise walking with your pole(s) on different types of terrain in the months preceding your trip.

Walking boots
The importance of good footwear cannot be stressed enough. Your boots should be sturdy and of good enough quality to handle all types of terrain. Lightweight boots, (cordura/leather boots) which have Gore-Tex or sympatex water-proofing are most suitable for this trip. They should provide good ankle protection and be well broken in. Waxing leather boots regularly prolongs their life.

Walking tops & trousers
We recommend walking trousers and shorts and quick-dry wicking t-shirts. These can be washed easily and will dry overnight and still look good for sightseeing or having a drink in town. Wicking T-shirts are fast drying, keep moisture away from your skin and are available at outdoor stores. You should also bring one pair of loose-fitting trousers to wear in cities and for evenings out, etc. Shorts or zip-off trousers are useful in warmer weather.

Practical info

How to arrive

Ourense does not have an airport, so the closet arrival airports are: Santiago de Compostela (SCQ)La Coruña(LCG), or Vigo airport(VGO).

From these airports either train or bus will be the best option to get to Ourense.

On departure, you have the airport at Santiago de Compostela:  Santiago de Compostela (SCQ).



Mobile App

Use the SloWays APP for iOS and Android smart phones in combination with the written documentation provided.

The App has the detailed tracks and maps that you can use offline and without roaming. Thanks to the phone’s internal GPS, you can check your exact position on the map, so you always know exactly where you are. It also helps you self-navigate you way while travelling. More information on how to use the App inside the roadbook documents.

The navigation features include:

  • Offline navigation. Mobile data not required after initial download
  • Accurate GPS tracks
  • Autorotation of the maps
  • Daily route summary and elevation chart
  • Panorama of the track and at street level
  • Alarm and vibration that alerts you in case you go off track.
  • Emergency SMS button with position coordinates
  • Possibility to record and take georeferenced photos of problems on route alerting fellow travelers
  • Hotel information
  • Points of interest along the way
  • Historical background

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