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Location

Monforte de Lemos to Santiago

Difficulty

4-5

Moderate to Challenging

Length

10

Trip Cost

$1490 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!

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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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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Monforte de Lemos, Transfer to Parador de Monforte

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

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.

Day 3: Transfer to Sarria, Walk Sarria to Portomarin (21km)

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.

The final section is the high point of the day (660m) at Pina dos Corvos which 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 4: Walk Portomarin to Palas de Rei (25km)

A big part of today’s walk is uphill, 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

The last section of climbing 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: Walk Arzua to O Pedrouzo (19km)

The majority of today’s walk to O Pedrouzo is through wonderful pine and eucalyptus scented woodland. The path is mostly level, passing through three shallow river valleys with a gradual climb up to Alto de Santa Irene at 404m. 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 to O Pedrouzo. O Pedrouzo /Arco do Pino is a small but busy town with plenty of shops, restaurants and bars and the staging point for the last section of the Camino before entering Santiago de Compostela.

Meals: B

Day 8: Walk O’Pedrouzo to Santiago (20km)

Today’s route will be a busy as pilgrims begin the last stage of their walk into Santiago. The pilgrims mass at Santiago Cathedral begins at midday so you will need to leave early to arrive on time. The first section of today’s route passes through eucalypt forests with most of the route on quiet roads and pathways before the final kilometres and a climb to Mount Gozo 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.

Lavacolla village is where pilgrims traditionally washed to purify themselves before entering Santiago and Lavacolla literally means to wash your tail. At Monte Gozo, Mount of Joy, you will first sight the stunning Catedral de Santiago spires.

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 9: Free day in Santiago

Today you have the whole day to enjoy and explore historic Santiago with its many enticing tapas bars and restaurants. You can attend the midday pilgrims mass and look around the famous Cathedral of St James which forms the city’s heart and watch the steady stream of pilgrims arriving into the square as they finish their epic journey.

Meals: B

Day 10: 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
31 May 2019
End date
09 Jun 2019
Price
$1490
Availability
Available

Inclusions

  • Pre-trip briefing with our local representative
  • 2 nights in Parador de Monforte de Lemos
  • 7 nights in charming Galician casa rurales
  • Breakfast daily
  • 1 x dinner at a 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

  • Single supplement (AUD$540)
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights to/from Spain

Map & Guide

Reviews

Kate Jones, Port Macquarie (NSW) – May 2018
Absolutely loved my Camino journey. The most beautiful walking paths, and a fabulous “Camino family”. Especially loved that I was able to do “my Camino” at my pace, with low daily km, staying in guest houses or small hotels, and having my bags transported! Thank you.

Veneta Stiles, Urraween (QLD) – September 2017
I enjoyed every aspect of this experience, and I’m very grateful that I chose RAW Travel to organise everything for me. It’s impossible to single out one thing as outstanding because everything contributed to making this trip special. Friendly staff willingly accommodated our travel requests, the meals and accommodation were outstanding, our travel companions were loads of fun and like-minded, and the landscape and architecture was inspiring. For people who love to walk, the days and terrain were just the right length and degree of difficulty. I was able to walk mindfully when I wanted to, as well as chat to companions, and soak up the atmosphere of shaded forests, farms and ancient villages.

Jenifer Hansen, Kingaroy (QLD) – September 2017
I enjoyed the very organised way RAW Travel set up our whole holiday experience. It was reassuring to know that help and advice was available at all times. Our itinerary ran smoothly and our accommodation was amazing. We found all hosts to be welcoming, caring and considerate. It is a great privilege to be a part of the history of The Camino. Thank you to the RAW Travel Team!

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

I enjoyed every aspect of this experience, and I'm very grateful that I chose RAW Travel to organise everything for me.

Veneta Stiles, Urraween (QLD) - September 2017

It is a great privilege to be a part of the history of The Camino. Thank you to the RAW Travel Team!

Jenifer Hansen, Kingaroy (QLD) - September 2017

Absolutely loved my Camino journey. The most beautiful walking paths, and a fabulous "Camino family".

Kate Jones, Port Macquarie (NSW) – May 2018

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Trip Grading

This trip has a difficulty rating of 4-5 out of 10.