Walking the Camino Frances to Santiago de Compostela

The “Galician” Camino Frances from Sarria to Santiago

A Self-Guided Trip lasting 7 Days & 6 Nights

This is our shortest “standard stage” itinerary, covering approximately the last 115 km of the Camino Frances route. After a first night in or near Sarria, over the next 5 days, you’ll walk the entire way to Santiago in order meet the requirement to qualify for the official pilgrim’s certificate.

  • The unique energy and camaraderie of the “pilgrimage” – every day you’ll share the trail with fellow pilgrims from around the world, and inevitably, the traveller soon finds herself imbued with the unique and magical spirit of the “Camino “.
  • Santiago de Compostela – one of the world’s great historic cities, its ancient granite-clad old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to Galicia’s regional government, one of Europe’s oldest universities and the magnificent cathedral that has drawn millions over the centuries like a magnet, it virtually buzzes with a unique energy and is a fascinating place to explore.
  • The Compostela – walking at least the final 100 km qualifies you to receive this document, written in Latin (including the Latin version of your name, if one exists!), the issued by the cathedral office in Santiago to certify your completion of the pilgrimage – just make sure you’ve stamped and dated your “pilgrim’s passport”!



Independent arrival in Sarria. Explore on your own. Depending on arrival time, take a taxi (10 min) to visit nearby Samos Monastery.

Overnight: in or near Sarria


Sarría to Portomarín

Today’s walk may be the most beautiful of the entire pilgrimage, through verdant forests, grassy meadows, fertile orchards and simple stone-built hamlets.
Overnight: Portomarín.


Portomarín to Palas de Rei

The Way continues on through lush Galician countryside. If time allows, take a short detour to visit one of Spain’s most outstanding Romanesque churches at Vilar de Donas.
Overnight: or near Palas de Rei


Palas de Rei to Castañeda

The Way crosses rolling green landscapes, dotted with cows, stone walls and ancient churches. Stop for lunch in Melide, famed for its Pulpo a la Feira – tender morsels of boiled octopus drenched in virgin olive oil, sea salt and paprika.
Overnight: in or near Castañeda


Castañeda to Rua

Rural paths and country lanes wend through increasingly populated countryside, a patchwork of vegetable patches and fields with oak, pine and eucalyptus woods.
Overnight: in or near Rua


Rua to Santiago de Compostela

Quiet lanes and forest paths lead up to the Monte del Gozo—“Mount of Joy”, soon followed by the magical moment of arrival at the cathedral in the Plaza del Obradoiro – Santiago’s grandiose central square.
Overnight: in the old quarter of Santiago, near the magnificent Obradoiro square.


Santiago de Compostela. Departure

If you have time before leaving, try to make the 12:00 noon mass at the cathedral for pilgrims arriving the previous day, and consider staying an extra night or more to explore!

NOTE: If you aren’t in a hurry and want to see more of the area or another part of Spain, consider hiring a car and driving from Santiago along the coast to Bilbao, across the country to Madrid or Barcelona, Andalusia, etc. We can help you to plan your itinerary. Ask us!


  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners with local wine and bottled water. Other nights to explore on your own
  • Local maps of Sarria and Santiago
  • Custom-written, detailed daily route instructions, hotel contact information, public transport schedules and other information necessary to complete your personal itinerary.
  • Luggage transfer (as required by itinerary, days 2 – 6, between walking starting (Sarria) and ending (Santiago) points).
  • Local English-speaking Iberian Adventures contact
All prices are per person. Extra night prices include breakfast and taxes.


Discounts available for groups of 4 or more persons!

Double or twin room:
from 845€
Single room supplement:
from 195€
Single traveler alone:
from 1145€
Extra nights in Sarria:
from 35€  (double/twin)
from 55€  (single room)
Extra nights in Santiago: 
from 80€  (double/twin)
from 120€  (single room)
  • Duration: 7 Days, 6 Nights
  • Meeting Point: Sarria (various public transport options: by taxi, train or bus from Santiago or León). For further details on getting to and from our trip start points, please see our FAQ’S page.
  • Ending Point: Santiago de Compostela (several daily connections to Madrid, Barcelona and certain European cities by air, as well as rail connections to Madrid and other cities.)
  • Walk Difficulty and Terrain: C – due to length of walks, averaging 22.5 km daily over 5 days walking for a total of approximately 115 km. For most people this would be about 5 to 6 hours of walking.
  • Accommodations: we use the best available lodgings in each overnight stop in rural areas (usually 2* – 3* hotels or equivalent inns). In larger towns such as Sarria and Santiago we usually use quality 3* properties with plenty of charm and character. Upgrades to 4 * or 5* historic hotels such as paradors or similar are available in Santiago.
  • Dates: start any day between March 1 and October 30.
  • Minimum Group size: 1

French Pilgrim’s Way Photo Gallery