Via de la Plata 10/10: Walking from Ourense to Santiago de Compostela
This Walking Holiday explores the 10th and last section of the Via de la Plata or Camino Mozárabe, the longest of all Camino routes to Santiago de Compostela! It runs through the whole country from South to North, from the hot Andalucian plains to the green mountains of Galicia, from Moorish influenced buildings to traditional stone farmhouses, and much more! This Camino in its entirety offers most of Spain’s rich and mixed culture.
Starting in Ourense and reaching Santiago de Compostela, this section of the Camino runs through both farmland and the green low mountains of Galicia. As you approach the final destination of the entire Camino, or Way of Saint James, you can feel the buzz and appeal it has created over the centuries, as the rich heritage evidenced in the chapels, crosses and statues linked to the Camino can be seen every day during the walk. With many up and downs, this section can be seen as challenging, but, with Santiago de Compostela being the final stage, this is certainly the most rewarding of the whole Via de la Plata route!
Ourense is ideally located on both banks of the Rio Mino, a major Galician river. The city’s old quarter is home to the dominant 12th century cathedral, the main square and its arcades, and pedestrian streets with many bars and restaurants that will suit anyone’s taste.
Ourense to Monasterio de Oseira (8h, 31km)
Leave Ourense crossing the Puente Viejo, a 12th century bridge over Rio Mino. Then we follow a main road for a few kilometres, always keeping the river to our right. After Cachaxuas, we start one of the steepest uphill parts of this section but there are some great views all along the climb up. We then continue along natural shady paths through the countryside, walking through Cea before getting to Monasterio de Oseira. Short transfer to your beautiful casa rural in Casarellos.
Monasterio de Oseira to Estacion de Lalin (6h15, 27km)
In the morning, transfer back to Monasterio de Oseira. We start the day with a climb to the top of a hill where the views over the agricultural valleys are a satisfactory reward. Then the Camino runs up and down through farmlands, passing through hamlets such as Gouxa or Vidueiro. However, after Castro Dorzon, it meets up several times with the busy N-525 road for a couple of kilometres. We will then be back in the countryside to reach Estacion de Lalin.
Estacion de Lalin to Silleda (3h45, 13km)
Today is a short stage made up of mainy gently up and downhill bits through farmland, woodland and villages. As we leave Estacion de Lalin, we start the day by a climb to Botos and we then continue to walk through several villages. At the end of the walk we enter Silleda, a modern town with all the facilities you should need.
Silleda to Ponte Ulla (5h, 20km)
This day first starts with an easy stroll towards Bandeira, a town well-known for its empanadas (Galician pasties). As the day goes on, the Camino continues downhill through farmlands and villages. Just before descending to Ponte Ulla, the old castle is worth a visit for whoever is keen to enjoy more great views. In Ponte Ulla, have a closer look at the Iglesia de Santa Maria de Magdalena and its very detailed Romanesque facade.
Ponte Ulla to Santiago de Compostela (5h, 20km)
Today is special, not only because it is the last day of this section, but also because it is the finishing line of the whole Via de la Plata or Camino Mozárabe route! As you leave Ponte Ulla, we first walk up towards Pico Sacro with its Ermita de San Sebastian and wonderful scenic views. The last kilometres to Santiago still reflect the rural atmosphere of Galicia and it is sometimes difficult to believe you are so close to such an attractive city. Finally you reach Santiago and its world-famous Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Santiago de Compostela. End of the Camino
After breakfast, we bid you farewell.
- 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
- Great dinners with local food
- Extra nights
- Upgrade to authentic & luxury accommodation
- Airport transfers
- Try a day tour to Fisterra and Muxia
- Visit Santiago and it’s Cathedral with a Guide
It is best to fly to Santiago de Compostela
Ryanair and Iberia/BA fly direct to Santiago de Compostela from the UK. Ryanair fly from Stansted, Nottingham East Midlands and Liverpool, and AerLingus operates from Dublin.
Many of the flights that arrive at the airport are internal Spanish flights. 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 (north and South) and Valencia.
Ryanair now flies, from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela, year round twice a day.
To the beginning of the trip: Ourense
From Santiago Airport, take the Freire bus to Santiago bus station (Approx. 20 min). http://www.empresafreire.com/html/ingles/seccion3.htm. Then, bus to Ourense (Approx. 2 hours). www.monbus.es
Shuttle bus from Santiago city centre to Santiago airport (Approx. 20 min).
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