Walking the last 100 kilometers of the Camino de Santiago, following the footsteps of generations of pilgrims: this trip leads you through the green Galician hills, among stone houses and eucalypt woods, to finally reach the exciting milestone of Plaza del Obradoiro and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
As the journey is better than the end, you will experience unforgettable moments: visiting typical hamlets, small but rich in history and tradition, enjoying the pines and eucalyptus aroma, crossing shady woods and stone bridges. In Santiago you will be able to receive the symbol of your finished pilgrimage: the Compostella, given only to those who have walked the last 100 kilometers of the Camino.
Arrival by public bus or private transfer to Sarria, considered the gateway to the compostela, because you have to start in this town if you are keen on getting your pilgrim’s certificate (100km on foot). Remember to have your Pilgrim’s Passport stamped twice each day! If you don’t already have your Pilgrims Passport you can collect one here in Sarria at the Monastery. If you arrive early, we strongly recommend to take a taxi to Samos, to visit the Monastery that was founded in the 6th century and has welcomed pilgrim’s since the beginning.
Your first walk along the Camino on is easier than it looks on the elevation map and should take about 5 hours of walking; mainly along small country roads and a few country paths. In general the roads are tree lined and will provide good shade in the sun. There are hamlets every kilometre or so, it can seem like you have just left one village as you enter the next. This is an entertaining and relaxed stage as you do not have to worry about water or food, and whenever you sit down for a moment, you will hear interesting stories told by other pilgrims.
After a steep descent on the main road of Portomarin you will walk across an ever changing landscape: from grassy lands to cultivated fields, from woods to streams, through bridges and hamlets made in Stone. Palas del Rei was founded in pre-Roman age and an ancient Celtic stronghold: unfortunately very few traces of its glorious past have remained, but you can relax and enjoy a cafè con leche before going to your hotel, where you will be able to taste some Galician traditional dishes.
In the morning you will be taken back to Palas de Rei to start one of the longest but technically very easy sections of the route with no long steep accents or descents. Pilgrims consider this section the start of the countdown, because shortly after Coto there are stone markers at the side of the path with the distance to Santiago marked. Much of the day is shaded and shortly after Melide you will walk through Oak and Eucalyptus forest with the wonderful smell. Melide is where the Camino Primitivo joins with the Camino Frances.
You can also ask to be taken to the Pambre Castle in the morning and take a short cut to Coto, away from busy roads.
After arrival in Palas, you will be taken to the hotel by car (rural accommodation)
Today's walk leads you through oaks, pines and chestnut trees before entering an eucalyptus wood. This stage is very rich in streams where you will be able to enjoy a refreshing bath. You will soon become very excited as your goal rapidly approaches, but try to take your time and enjoy the journey, one step at a time.
The finishing line gets closer and closer: in your walk to Santiago you will go across some modern areas, as the regional airport, but will also discover local beauties as the village of Lavacolla, where pilgrims stopped to wash themselves and get changed before arriving in Santiago. You will experience the same joy in seeing Santiago from Mount Gozo and entering the Camino door, finally arriving to Plaza del Obradoiro, the finish line of the Camino. You can choose either to rush to get your compostella or visit the Cathedral first: if you arrive before noon, do not miss the Pilgrim Celebration, which includes the announce of the number of pilgrims who reached Santiago in that day.
Here you can admire the cloister of the Colegio Fonseca, seat of the University library, or take a picture to the beautiful stairway of the Convent of Santo Domingo de Bonaval, which also houses a nice museum. You can also stop and have lunch in the Mercati Generali, where you can taste local specialties from the hands of those who produce them, and celebrate your ending journey with a nice glass of Orujo.
Our services end after breakfast.
7 nights in double rooms in hotels **/*** ,B&B and agriturismi with breakfast
An hotel located in a quiet area of the town, founded in 1930s. The hotel offers comfortable rooms and a nice restaurant to enjoy a pleasant relax.
This Hotel it was an old hostel and then renovated and converted in a three-stars hotel in 1992. Rooms have dated furniture but are clean and comfortable with free Wifi (it doesn't work very well), TV, telephone, heating. The external swimming pool is very appreciated.
A Parada das Bestas si located amidst the Galician countryside and offers comfortable rustic-style accomodation, but not very spacious with wood-beamed ceilings and exposed stonework. Comforts are free Wifi, TV, air conditioning/heating. The restaurant proposes local cuisine.
Pazo De Santa Maria is an 18th-century property, set in 35,000 m² of gardens. The structure has original stone walls and wooden beams with rooms well-finished, comfortable and clean. There is free WiFi in common areas and rooms, relaxing lounges, with a library and an open fireplace. Owners are helpful and courteous.
This Hotel offers clean and spacious apartments with kitchenette. These have free Wifi, heating, TV. The swimming pool is situated in the external garden. Breakfast is good and rich.
The hotel is located close to the traditional Food Market of Santiago, the Belvis Park and the "Puerta del Camino". The door is one of the entries to the old town of Santiago.
Arrival in Sarriá
By public transport from Santiago de Compostela airport
The best way to reach Sarria is to fly into Santiago de Compostela airport and first get a suttle bus to the central bus station of Santiago(with www.empresafreire.com; every 30 min )
From there you can travel to Lugo with the same company (Freire) OR with ALSA www.alsa.es and then take another local bus from Lugo to Sarria (35 mins; min 6 services a day) . Check timetables at www.monbus.es
On workdays (Mon to Friday) there is also a direct bus from Santiago de Compostela bus station to Sarria with company Monbus (Check www.monbus.es). But remember that you first have to travel into town to the central bus station (with www.empresafreire.com; every 30 min. aprox)
You can book with S-cape optional transfers from Santiago (SCQ) or A Coruña (LCG) airports to your first accommodation in Sarria or from last accommodation in Santiago to the airport (prices on request).
Departure from Santiago de Compostela
There is ashuttle bus to the airport of Santiago from the center of Santiago with different stops in the city (Check www.empresafreire.com)
· 6 nights in double rooms in hotels **/*** ,B&B and agriturismi with breakfast
. 3 dinners ( Rua, Arzua, Palas de Rei)
· Transfer from Palas de Rei to Parada das Bestas
· luggage transportation
· maps and detailed itinerary description
· luggage/medical insurance
· 24h telephone support
Price do not includes
· Arrival/departure trips
· meals, if not otherwise stated
· visits, entrance tickets , tips
· personal extras
· everything that is not included in the "price includes" list
· single room supplement
· more dinners