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Location

Monforte de Lemos to Santiago

Difficulty

4

Moderate

Length

14

Trip Cost

$2050 pp
twin share

Overview

  • Follow in the footsteps of millions of pilgrims and over 1,000 years of history on the world’s greatest historical trail
  • Walk the final 100km of the Camino Trail and qualify for your Compostela
  • Santiago – finish in this historic city and visit the final end point of your walk at the Cathedral
  • Self-guided trip allows you to set your own pace while we look after your accommodation and luggage transfers
  • Travel with like-minded people but still within a self-guided framework to give you great flexibility
  • Dedicated local support person in Spain for reassurance

This is a self guided walking trip that is for people who prefer company on their walk. The friendly nature of the Camino means it’s ideal for single travellers who would like the details of their trip well planned but do not want a fully guided walk. We can also put together wonderful walks if you already have a group you would like to travel with.

Walk a section of the world famous Camino De Santiago walking trail or ‘The Way’. Start in Sarria and walk through the hills of Galicia to finish at the Pilgrim’s goal of Santiago De Compostela.

Follow in the footsteps of millions of pilgrims and over 1,000 years of history on the world’s greatest historical trail. Following scenic country roads and forest tracks crossing old villages and cities born from the Camino trail, it is difficult to imagine a better way to enjoy Spain’s rich legacy of history, culture, food and art than to follow your own Camino. Join people from all walks and life and nationalities as they embark on this great adventure, you don’t have to be religious just a keen walker!

Extend Your Holiday – City Breaks

Double your holiday experience by including a stopover on your journey! A city break is a great way to explore another place, indulge in some extra shopping, dining or sightseeing and is a great way to break up a long flight. Our fabulous array of RAW Travel city breaks can be tailor made to your requirements and usually include an arrival transfer, 2 nights accommodation and a city sightseeing tour.

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Are you a first-time or solo traveller?

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Monforte de Lemos

Today you will arrive by your own arrangements into Monforte de Lemos. The best way to arrive into Monforte de Lemos is by train from Madrid; please contact us if you would like assistance in arranging this journey.

Monforte de Lemos in medieval times was a unique example of a feudal city fortress, around a monastery with a castle located on a strategic hill and surrounded by a walled enclosure dotted with defensive towers, at the foot of the mountain the river gave life to the settlement and the town was formed. These days the castle has been well preserved and converted to the exceptional Parador de Monforte de Lemos where you will begin your Camino adventure.

Day 2: Free Day in Monforte de Lemos

The town of Monforte de Lemos is a great base in which to explore the surrounding area if you are interested in a day trip, there are many natural forests, deep river canyons, traditional villages, Romanesque monuments and there are two main wineries which are renowned for their traditional methods and production that offer tastings in the area. Or perhaps you would like to start your journey relaxing and slowing down in preparation for your Camino enjoying the Parador’s facilities such as jacuzzi, swimming pool, gym, and wi-fi. The town centre has some fantastic tapas restaurants to explore as well as a great tourist office which provides information on the history of the town and the wineries surrounding.

Meals: B

Day 3: Walk Sarria to Morgade (13km)

Time to finally get onto the Camino Trail and on your way to Santiago. The majority of your first walk is a great introduction as it is along sheltered woodland pathways or quiet country roads and passes through many hamlets and small villages. The scenery along the way is wonderfully green and lush and very rural. The trail climbs and falls repeatedly as it passes tiny hamlets full of history.

Meals: B

Day 4: Walk Morgade to Portomarin (9km)

The high point of the day (660m) at Pina dos Corvos has wonderful views over the reservoir and surrounding countryside. From here begin your steep descent, crossing the Mino Reservoir over its modern bridge into Portomarin.

Portomarin has been inhabited for thousands of years and its importance grew with the popularity of the Camino in the middle ages. At one time it had three orders of Knights: the Knights Templar, the Knights of St John and the Knights of Jerusalem, which may go some way to explaining the castle like edifice of the 12th century Romanesque Igelsia San Nicolas church which still stands in the square at the centre of town. The town was previously divided by the Rio Mino but was flooded in 1960 to create the Mino Reservoir. Every historic monument was moved brick by brick to the town that stands on the hill today; you can see pictures of the old town in some of the bars and cafes that line the main street.

Meals: B

Day 5: Walk Portomarin to Ventas de Naron (13km)

Today’s walk is uphill for pretty much all the way, however the gradient is never too steep. The path crosses and runs parallel to the main road to Gonzar, though you spend most of your days walking on woodland tracks and quiet roads.

Meals: B

Day 6: Walk Ventas de Naron to Palas de Rei (12km)

A climb to start the day takes you to Sierra Ligonde, today’s high point at 720m. The walk is then downhill to Ligonde and Eirexe and onto A Calzada. There is a detour here of 2 km to the National Monument, Vilar de Donas where the Knights of Santiago are buried and is worthy of a visit if you have time. A gentle climb now takes you through several small hamlets to Alto Rosario, a good vantage point on a clear day and then down into Palas de Rei.Palas de Rei or Palace of the King has little to remind you that it was once home to a king. Today it is a small country town with plenty of services available.

Meals: B

Day 7: Walk Palas De Rei to Melide (15km)

Today’s walk is mostly on paths through quiet woodland, crossing over the main road to Arzua several times and guiding you through six river valleys to reach a high point of 515m at Coto. On route you will pass Melide, a busy town founded in the 13th century and has many historic buildings and churches including the Capilla de San Pedro and San Roque next to which stands a 14th century stone cross said to be the oldest in Galicia. The museum and the buildings around the Plaza de Convento are well worth a visit. Melide is also famous for Pulpo Gallego, octopus cooked Galician style and reputed to be the best in Spain.

Meals: B

Day 8: Walk Melide to Arzua (14km)

From Melide the path winds through woodlands of oak, pine and eucalypt, passing over several valleys though Boente, Castañeda and then Ribadiso from where you can see the Hospital San Anton, one of the oldest pilgrim hospitals in existence. From Ribadiso follow the country road on a steep uphill climb and through the outer suburbs before entering Arzua.

Arzua with a population of around 7000 is the last large town before you reach Santiago. The 14th century Capilla de la Magdelena is the town’s main monument. Arzua is most famous for its local cheese, Queixo, a smooth creamy cheese made from cow’s milk which most restaurants feature in some way and is definitely worth trying. The town also celebrates its cheese with a Queixo Cheese festival every March.

Meals: B

Day 9: Arzua to Salceda (11.1km)

From Arzua the Camino passes through numerous tiny villages with their cafes, walking is mainly off road with plenty of shade from the numerous eucalyptus trees, through farmland and up and down river valleys. Salceda is a small village with a few restaurants and bars, your excitement and anticipation will begin to rise with only a few short kilometres to walk until you reach Santiago with its wonderful Cathedral.

Meals: B

Day 10: Walk Salceda to O’Pedrouzo (7.9km)

The country lanes and woodland paths pass through many small hamlets. The final section climbs steeply to a main road into eucalyptus woodland and onto A Rua and the village of O’Pedrouzo.

O’Pedrouzo / Arco do Pino is a small but busy town with plenty or shops, restaurants and bars and the staging point for the last section of the Camino before entering Santiago de Compostela.

Meals: B

Day 11: Walk O’Pedrouzo to Lavacolla (9.7km)

Today’s route will be busy as pilgrims begin the last stage of their walk into Santiago. The route passes through eucalypt forests with most of the route on quite roads and pathways. Lavacolla village is where pilgrims traditionally washed to purify themselves before entering Santiago. Lavacolla literally means ‘to wash your tail’.

Meals: B

Day 12: Walk Lavacolla to Santiago (10.4km)

The pilgrims mass at Santiago Cathedral begins at midday, so allow yourself enough time to arrive as there may be queues. Enjoy the climb to Mount Gozo (Mount of Joy) and your first sight of the stunning cathedral spires before descending into the suburbs of Santiago. The path runs alongside the airport and you will see many crosses of twigs and branches used by pilgrims to decorate the fence. The final section is well signposted into the old quarter with its wonderful historical buildings and narrow shop-filled alleyways, until you finally reach the Praza Obradoiro and the wonderful ancient cathedral.

Meals: B

Day 13: Free day in Santiago

Don’t forget to visit Panaderia Pallardes, the oldest in all of Galicia, founded in 1876. Enjoy their empanadas, pastries and beautiful bread.

Meals: B

Day 14: Depart Santiago

You are free to check out of your hotel any time before 10am. If you would like to explore Santiago further you are able to leave your bags with reception.

Meals: B

 

Dates

Start date
20 May 2019
End date
02 Jun 2019
Price
$2050
Availability
Available
Start date
16 Sep 2019
End date
29 Sep 2019
Price
$2050
Availability
Available

Inclusions

  • Pre-trip briefing with our local representative on Day 1 (evening)
  • Group transfer Monforte de Lemos to Sarria
  • 2 nights accommodation at Parador de Monforte de Lemos
  • 11 nights accommodation in charming Galician casa rurales
  • Breakfast daily
  • 1 dinner at casa rurale (location to be advised)
  • Private room with ensuite
  • Luggage transfer each day from hotel to hotel (1 bag up to 20kg per person)
  • Pilgrims Passport per person
  • Spanish phrasebook
  • Sarria to Santiago Camino Guidebook by John Brierley
  • Document case
  • Daily luggage tags
  • Maps of hotel locations
  • Emergency contact numbers
  • Pre-trip guidance with planning and starting point transport advice
  • Dedicated local support person for reassurance

Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights to/from Spain
  • Single supplement (AUD$650)

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Reviews

Anna Lee, Berwick (VIC) – May 2017

I had a wonderful time on the Camino. Our group of girls blended well and we met some interesting people during our walk. Loved the Cathedral and we were fortunate to see the Botafumeiro at the Friday lunchtime mass. Spectacular! Good variety of accommodation, including B&Bs like Casa Blanco and Calvo, where the service was wonderful. Loved the monasteries: Parador and San Martin Ponario. German and Manuel couldn’t do enough for us. Very reliable and helpful. Thanks for organising a great trip!

 

 

What our Clients Say

I had a wonderful time on the Camino. Our group of girls blended well and we met some interesting people. Loved the Cathedral and we were fortunate to see the Botafumeiro at the Friday lunchtime mass. Spectacular! Thanks for organising a great trip!

Anna Lee, VIC - May 2017

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Trip Grading

This trip is rated as Moderate