Location

Sarria to Santiago

Difficulty

3

Length

9

Trip Cost

from $1350
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
  • Dedicated local support person in Spain for reassurance

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.

Read more about our city breaks.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Sarria

Welcome to Sarria, the starting point for your exciting journey! If you arrive in the morning on this first day you can spend exploring the city of Sarria and all it has to offer

Sarria is a busy, modern town with plenty of shops, hotels, restaurants and bars, but its origins are Celtic and it was an important and major medieval centre for pilgrims. Remnants of its ancient past can still be seen in the old quarter along Rua Major. The church of Igrexia de Santa Maria has an ancient pilgrim’s mural. If you follow the Camino route to the top end of town you will see the ancient convent Monasterio da Madalena, the ruins of the castle and the medieval bridge Ponte Aspera that crosses the River Celerio.

Nowadays the town is bustling with peregrinos, from those that started their Camino 100’s of kilometers back, to pilgrims like you that walk the final 100 kilometres to Santiago de Compostela to qualify for their Compostela.

Day 2: 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 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 3: Walk Portomarin to Palas de Rei (25km)

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

A climb 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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

Self-guided trips offer flexibility, independence and choice. Set your own agenda while someone else worries about the logistics. Our self-guided walking holidays are fully flexible which means you can normally start your walk on any day during the season and customise by adding extra days for resting or sightseeing. As you’re walking independently, you’re free to follow the trail at your own pace. You set your own speed as you are not limited by the constraints of group travel.

Note that if booking for a start date of less than 30 days from the time of booking we cannot guarantee that your trip is possible unless you have contacted us first and your trip details have been confirmed.

Inclusions

  • 8 nights excellent accommodation including historic hotels and character country houses.
  • Private en suite rooms on a twin share basis
  • Daily breakfast
  • Luggage transfer each day from hotel to hotel (1 x 15kg bag per person)
  • Full Camino guidebook with maps (one book per two people in twin/double share)
  • Pilgrim’s passport per person
  • Spanish phrase book (one book per two people in twin/double share)
  • Document case
  • Daily luggage tags
  • Maps of your hotel locations
  • Local and Australian emergency contact numbers
  • Pre-trip Camino guidance and planning
  • Dedicated local support person in Spain for reassurance

Not Included

  • Single supplement $400 extra
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights to/from Spain

Options/Add Ons

Take a private transfer from Santiago airport to your hotel in Sarria at an additional cost of $260 per vehicle based on 4 people, so that you can start your trip as smoothly as possible.

For an extra indulgence, upgrade your hotel in Santiago to a Parador for only $99 per person/per night twin share.

For an unforgettable birds-eye view of the city and the cathedral interior, add the Rooftop Cathedral Tour for $25 per person.

Single supplement $400 extra

RAW Travel also offer tailor-made arrangements and can adapt this itinerary to suit your needs – just ask us about this and we can advise on how to best vary the itinerary to suit your needs. Please note that tailor-made arrangements incur higher costs due to the extra work involved.

Reviews

Lee Toll, Niddrie (VIC) – September 2017
Thank you from the very bottom of my heart for the wonderful way you planned and organised this trip for us. You were absolutely marvellous, Sandra. It was an experience of a lifetime. I loved the variety of accommodation that you arranged for us – all really great, and I never once had any difficulty with ‘sin gluten’ meals. In fact, the options were far greater than I ever experience here in Melbourne. The rooms, food and hospitality of each place were lovely, and it was such a joy to be welcomed so beautifully after a hard day’s walk. The distances we walked each day were easily manageable, and I did not get one blister. Sometimes when I arrived at my destination I was wishing that I could walk further. I went on the Camino to ‘take my life for a walk’, and that is exactly what I did – meeting the most beautiful, friendly people on the way – it was like a microcosm of my real life – with ups and downs, happy and sad days, challenges, excitements, and so many special moments that I will never forget. Thank you Sandra for being such a considerate, competent, great organiser!

Alyson Auliff, Clear Mountain (QLD) – November 2016
What an amazing walk! I did not expect to find myself so throughly enjoying all the challenges and experiences walking from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela. Everything went extremely smoothly, and all of the hotels were great. I was absolutely exhausted by the time I got into Arzua due to those last few hill climbs but the view once I got to the top was incredible. The staff at Casa de Igrexa were incredible: they picked me up within 15 minutes of contacting them and after noticing how shattered I was they cooked me chicken soup and salad within half an hour of arriving. Best meal ever! It was so quiet and clean and if I ever do this Camino again I would consider staying for more than one night as it it was so tranquil. I was quite fortunate and had only two days of rain. The first was light showers from Sarria to Portomarin, but the walk from Arzua to O Pedrouzo was torrential rain and wind. I was never so glad to finally get to the hotel and take a hot shower. I honestly never expected to get so emotional on the walk into Santiago de Compostela. It was such a bittersweet moment. My toes and ankles were glad that the walk was done but I wished I had done a longer walk. Even during the hardest part of the walk I kept thinking about what walk to do next.  Thank you so much for organising such a great adventure for me at such short notice.

What our Clients Say

I went on the Camino to 'take my life for a walk', and that is exactly what I did - meeting the most beautiful, friendly people on the way. I had ups and downs, happy and sad days, challenges, excitements, and many special moments.

Lee Toll, Niddrie (VIC) - September 2017

I honestly never expected to get so emotional on the walk into Santiago de Compostela. It was such a bittersweet moment. My toes and ankles were glad that the walk was done but I wished I had done a longer walk.

Alyson Auliff, Clear Mountain (QLD) - November 2016

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