Walking the Camino Francés to Santiago de Compostela
The “Galician Camino Francés” from Triacastela to Santiago
A Self-Guided Trip lasting 8 Days & 7 Nights
This itinerary covers approximately the last 137 km of the Camino Frances route. By starting in Triacastela—22 km further back eastward along the Way from Sarria — we’ve added 1 day of walking to our basic 8 day trip. After a first night in or near Triacastela, over the next 6 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 Triacastela. Explore on your own. Depending on arrival time, take a taxi (10 min) to visit nearby Samos Monastery. Overnight: in or near TriacastelaDay
Triacastela to Sarria
You’ll have to choose from 2 options today, both through lovely countryside, depending on whether or not you want to visit the Benedictine monastery at Samos, one of the oldest in Christendom. Overnight: in or near SarriaDay
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: PortomarínDay
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 ReiDay
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 CastañedaDay
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 RuaDay
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.Day
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!
Includes:Extra night prices include excellent buffet breakfast and taxes.
Single room Supplement: 230€
55€ per person (single room)