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Walking the Camino Frances from Ponferrada to Sarria

Summary

Mountainous & Traditional Galicia – Camino Frances 7/8

This Camino Walking Tour explores the seventh section of the Camino Frances / French Way, the most traditional of all the pilgrims’ ways to Santiago de Compostela and the best known internationally.
Starting in the mountain-hugging town of Ponferrada and finishing in Sarria, a bustling market town, this Camino crosses the magnificent O Cebreiro Mountains before winding down to a more gentle terrain.
O’Cebreiro is a megalithic village with round stone houses, with an amazing church, Santa Maria Real, where you can find the most important religious remains of Galicia (the miracle of Santo Milagro with a Chalice and Paten turning into the body and blood of Jesus Christ). The Chalice and Paten are the symbol of Galicia and are on the Galician Flag.
The remains of Don Elias Valina Sampredo, the father of the modern Camino and ‘inventor’ of the yellow arrow, are also in the Church.
Everyday, during the walk, you are guaranteed a high level of comfort and gastronomy. The Camino de Santiago is clearly marked with the Scallop Shell showing you the way. This walk can be physically demanding and requires a reasonable level of fitness. However, it’s a highly rewarding walk that includes numerous cultural highlights.
 

Itinerary


Day 1 – Ponferrada- Start of your journey

You will be pre-booked into a traditional hotel in the heart of the town.

Day 2 – Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo (6h, 23km)

Today you will cross the region of Bierzo, a sunken plain nestled within a ring of mountains. It is a fertile land, whose agreeable climate allows the cultivation of many types of fruit and vegetables. In Villafranca, don’t miss the garden of the “Iglesia de Santiago”.

Day 3 – Villafranca del Bierzo to O Cebreiro (7h, 30km)

Prepare for a challenging day with an ascent of 1000m. You will pass through the narrow valley of the river Valcace before tackling the ascent of O Cebreiro. Situated between the ranges of “Los Ancares” and “La Sierra do Courel”, this stage involves a steep climb in the course of only a few kilometers.

Day 4 – O Cebreiro to Triacastela (5h30, 21km)

From O Cebreiro the trail passes through the “Sierra de Ranadoiro” (Ranadoiro Mountains) and, after crossing the Alto do Poio, it descends into the valley to the village of Triacastela.

Day 5 – Triacastela to Sarria (5h30, 19km)

Of the two Camino options, the “San Xil” Camino offers scenery that will uplift your spirits and encourage you on your way. It has many “Corredoiras” (narrow forest routes) with paved pathways that cut through typical Galician oak woods. If you wish to visit Samos, you will pass through the narrow valley of the river Ouribio, mostly following the road.

Day 6 – Sarria, end of the Camino

After breakfast we bid you farewell.

Included

Included

  • Great mix of comfortable accommodation in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
  • Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack
  • 24/7 Customer Service

Optional

  • Great dinners with local food
  • Extra nights
  • Upgrade to authentic & luxury accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Not Included

  • Flights/train
  • Insurance
  • Drinks/Lunch

Access

Getting There:

To Ponferrada and from Sarria: Santiago de Compostela airport with Aerlingus or Ryanair (can book return flights).
 

It is best to fly to Santiago de Compostela or to Madrid / More info: http://www.spanish-airport-guide.com/

 

1 – Fly to Santiago de Compostela, Spain


Ryanair
 and Iberia/BA fly direct to Santiago de Compostela from the UK. Ryanair fly from Stansted, Nottingham East Midlands
and Liverpool and Aer Lingus operates from Dublin.
Many of the flights that arrive at the airport are from internal Spanish destinations. Iberia offer the best selection
of flights and you can fly to and from Santiago De Compostela from: Frankfurt, Paris and Rome and Barcelona, Bilbao,
Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Palma, Seville, Tenerife and Valencia.

2 – Fly to Madrid, Spain

Virtually every company flies to Madrid
Spanish national company: www.iberia.com
 

To start your walking holiday: Ponferrada

 

1 – From Santiago.

– Take a shuttle bus to the bus station. Then a direct bus to Ponferrada (3-4hrs). See: https://www.alsa.es/en/
– Take a train to Ponferrada. Takes 4hrs, 2 per day. See: http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/horarios.html/

2 – From Madrid. Train (5-6hrs)

See: https://www.alsa.es/en/bus-schedules
 

Back home, from Sarria

1 – Bus to Lugo (30mins) and then to Santiago (1hr45), direct to the airport.
2 – Train to Madrid (8hrs)
Spanish train information and booking: http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/horarios.html

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  • Distance: 96 km
  • Duration: 6 Days Camino Trip Legend 1
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