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.
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.
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!
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All prices are per person. Extra night prices include breakfast and taxes.
Discounts available for groups of 4 or more persons!