Walking the Camino Francés to Santiago de Compostela

The”Galician Camino Francés” from O’Cebreiro to Santiago

A Self-Guided Trip lasting 9 Days & 8 Nights

This itinerary covers approximately the last 163 km of the Camino Frances route. By starting 47 km further back eastward along the Way from Sarria – we’ve added 2 days of walking to our basic 8 day trip. After a first night in or near O’Cebreiro, over the next 7 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 the fascinating hilltop stone village of O’Cebreiro. Explore on your own.
Overnight: in O’Cebreiro


O’Cebreiro to Triacastela

An exhilarating walk with plenty of great views if the weather is kind! The first section is more or less level, up high at over 1300 m. to Alto do Poio, then it’s  practically all downhill, among pastureland and forest on lovely rural trails and corredoiras—typically narrow and often shady Galician paths linking meadows and villages.

Overnight: in or near Triacastela


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 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!


  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 8 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 between walking starting (O’Cebreiro) and ending (Santiago) points).
  • Local English-speaking Iberian Adventures contact
Extra night prices include excellent buffet breakfast and taxes.
Prices per person:
In twin/double rooms: 1005€

Single room Supplement: 240€

Extra nights in Santiago following completion of standard trip itinerary:
80€per person (double/twin)
120€ per person (single room)
Discounts for 3 or more people. Consult us.
  • Duration: 9 Days, 8 Nights
  • Meeting Point: O’Cebreiro—various public transport options: by taxi from Santiago or bus/taxi combo via Lugo from Santiago. 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 7 days walking for a total of approximately 158 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