Camino De Santiago (Way Of St. James) - French Way (to Santiago)

Camino De Santiago (Way Of St. James) - French Way (to Santiago)

Spain » Self-guided (independent) hiking tours

  • The most popular section of the Camino de Santiago
  • The last 100km of the Camino Frances (French Way)
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  • dec

From 540 €

Duration (days): 7/8

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This is our most popular walking tour on the Camino de Santiago. One of the most beautiful parts of the Camino, and of course the most rewarding! Perfect for those willing to experience what the Camino is about: A nice walk, good food/wine, enjoying the local customs and the unique atmosphere of it all. Try it and you won’t forget a single minute of it! From Sarria, the Camino soon enters woodlands and follows wall - lined paths and dirt tracks, running through farmlands and hamlets. You will also pass by numerous “horreos”, Galicia’s traditional pillar raised granaries and will soon discover the taste of "pulpo" (octopus), the pride of Galician people. The green rolling landscape of Galicia is part of every day’s walk, until the very end when you reach the mythical city of Santiago de Compostela.
The Camino is extremely well marked, with the “Scallop Shell” showing you the way. This section requires a reasonable level of fitness. However, it’s a highly rewarding walk including numerous cultural highlights.

Day 1. To Sarria
You will be booked in a hotel in the heart of the lively town of Sarria. The rooms are en-suite.
Day 2. Sarria to Portomarin (6h 23km +230m -300m)
Today is the most peaceful part of the Camino, offering shady oak woods, pretty villages, quiet country roads and many churches with statues and frescoes. The village of Barbedelo (580m) has a beautiful Romanesque church that is worth a visit. The next significant village is Ferreiros, passing by long narrow rectangular “stones on legs” typical of the region. When you arrive in Portomarin (550m), be sure to visit the bakery to try the local speciality: the “Torta de Santiago”, mmm!
Day 3. Portomarín to Palace do Rei (6h15 23km +340m -140m)
From the village, the Camino crosses the river Minho and climbs steadily uphill for half of this leg of the journey. On your way, you will be crossing Gonzar and passing the Romanesque Church of Santa María, Castromaior. The calm of the Galician Cemetery in Ligonde on a sunny day is a rest in itself. In Eirexe, the handmade Romanesque portal of the church is a beauty and features a sculpture of Daniel and animals, as well as Santiago de Peregrino inside. You will then arrive in Palas do Rei (565m).
Day 4. Palace do Rei to Arzùa (7h 28km +140m -340m)
Note that there is an option to split this day (with overnight in Melide), thus making the stage for two days instead (15km + 13km)
Today, the Camino continues slightly downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the charming paved street village of Leboreiro. Coming to Melide (454m) you can stop in one of the many restaurants to try their famous squid. Later today, the Camino will follow a forest track and cross several streams bringing you to the village of Boente with its church of Santiago, the medieval village of Ribadiso, and finally Arzùa (389m). This small town has 2 churches that you can visit, Santa María and La Magdalena.
Day 5. Arzùa to Amenal or Rua (5h30 23km +370m -460m)
Passing through woods, sleepy villages and along streams is the majority of today’s walk. The chapel of Santa Irena, with its unique statues of Santiago, is worth a visit. En-route, don't miss the lovely hamlet of Rua (310m), with house cover of vines. Other than that, the rest of the route to Amenal is on a good and calm country road.
Day 6. Amenal (or Rua) to Santiago de Compostela (4h00 14km +305m -305m)
The next stage will be Lavacolla where pilgrims traditionally washed in the river before reaching Santiago de Compostela. The tall eucalyptus trees will accompany you to Monte del Gozo (368m) and its huge modern sculpture - from here you can see the Cathedral of Santiago. You are on the “Mount of Joy” and you can start your final descent to Santiago de Compostela (264m, population 80000). Finally, you reach the place of most interest in Santiago; its Cathedral. Partly Romanesque and partly Baroque, this wonder will amaze you. You can take some time to visit it before settling down in your luxurious hotel for the last night of your walking holiday. With the spirit of Saint James nearby, the memories of your trip will buzz around your head.
Day 7. Santiago de Compostela
After breakfast we bid you farewell.

Accommodation and luggage transportation:
The best accommodation is booked on the way with a combination of 1*, 2** and 3*** hotel with en-suite room at each stage. Half Board except no dinner in Sarria and in Santiago (days 1 and 6). Luggage transportation between the inns is included.
 

Price: 540 Euro/person (April-October)
Single room supplement: 150 Euro

Price with split Day 4 (total: 7 nights): 610 Euro/person (April-October)
Single room supplement: 170 Euro

Group size: min. 2 pers

The price includes: Luggage transferred from hotel to hotel, room en-suite, half-board during the hike (except in Sarria and Santiago), detailed walking notes and maps and pilgrim passport.

The price excludes: Flights, insurance (recommended), other meals and drinks, transfer from/to airport.

Tips
How to get to the beginning of the trip:
1 - Santiago airport to Lugo - appr. 1hr 45. See web in English: www.empresafreire.com
2 - Lugo to Sarria (appr. 30 min). Many buses a day, until late. www.monbus.es and look for "Horarios" on the left. Monbus operates a direct service to Sarria at 6pm (3h), but from the Bus station (20' from the airport). (www.monbus.es "Horarios" on the left)
3 - Airport transfers: Santiago to Saria (appr. 140 Euro for up to 4 pax)