Walking the Via de la Plata from Puebla de Sanabria to A Gudina
This Walking Holiday explores the 8th section of Via de la Plata, 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.
As we veer west, this 8th section on the Via de la Plata route to Santiago de Compostela offers some of the most rewarding views of the whole Camino. This portion of the Way also enters Galicia and runs through beautiful low mountains, making it challenging but offering great views all days long. We have balanced the geographical difficulties by splitting the stages into shorter walks so it is accessible to anybody with an average level of fitness.
Puebla de Sanabria
Perched on top of a hill, the small yet gorgeous old town of Puebla de Sanabria has plenty to offer. With its castle overlooking the town and the valley of Rio Tera and its cobbled streets, the village is a nice spot to relax in a peaceful locagtion, full of history.
Puebla de Sanabria to Requejo (11 km, 3h)
For the first walking day of this section, we start with a short and quiet stroll to Requejo. When leaving Puebla de Sanabria, we cross over the Rio Castro. Later on we start to climb up gradually onto natural paths through pine and oak woods, passing by the Romanesque Iglesia de Santiago de Terroso. Then there are some great views of the mountains before you reach Requejo. Short transfer to your hotel in Puebla de Sanabria.
Requejo to Lubian (18 km, 4h30)
In the morning, transfer from your hotel back to Requejo. As soon as you leave Requejo, you will feel the appeal of Galicia even though you will only enter it the following day. Indeed, the peace of the countryside and the lovely route through oaks and brackens will undoubtedly bewitch you, even though the rocky and sometimes muddy paths can sometimes make this up and downhill walk a little challenging.
Lubian to A Gudina (25km, 6h)
Soon after leaving Lubian, you reach the Baroque church of Santuario de la Virgen de la Tuiza. Then it is a challenging day as the Camino undulates through wood and farm lands with steep ups and downs all day long. It also runs through charming villages and offers a beautiful walk before entering A Gudina.
A Gudina. 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
On this section, we suggest flying to and from Madrid as more companies fly to there. However, it is also possible to fly in to Valladolid and fly back home from Madrid.
Flying to Valladolid or Madrid
Flying to Valladolid: Ryanair fly from London to Vallalodid, 100 kilometres East of Zamora. www.ryanair.com
Flying to Madrid: Virtually, every company fly to Madrid.
To the beginning of the trip:
From Valladolid to Zamora: Take a bus from Valladolid Airport to the bus station (Approx. 20 min). Then bus to Zamora (Approx. 1hr), 8 departures a day. www.laregionalvsa.com.
From Madrid to Zamora: From Madrid airport, take a bus to Madrid bus station (Approx. 20min). Then, bus to Zamora (Approx. 3h). 6 buses a day. www.avanzabus.com
From Puebla de Sandabria, take a bus to Madrid bus station (Approx. 4 hrs), 6 buses a day. www.avanzabus.com. Then, bus to Madrid airport (Approx. 20min).
On this section, it is best to fly in to Madrid to begin the trip, and to fly back home from Santiago de Compostela. However, we also describe how to get from the end of the trip to Madrid. Have a look below for further information!
It is best to fly to Madrid
Virtually every company fly to Madrid
Spanish national company: www.iberia.com
To the beginning of the trip: Puebla de Sanabria:
From Madrid airport, take a bus to Madrid bus station (Approx. 20min). Then, bus to Puebla to Sanabria (Approx. 4 hours). 4 buses a day. www.avanzabus.com
From A Gudiña to Santiago de Compostela: train to Santiago de Compostela (Approx. 1h30). Then take a Freire Bus from the bus station (near the train station) to Santiago airport (approx. 20 min). http://www.empresafreire.com/html/ingles/seccion3.htm. Ryanair and Iberia/BA fly direct from Santiago de Compostela to the UK. Ryanair fly to Stansted, Nottingham East Midlands and Liverpool, and AerLingus operates to Dublin. There are also many internal flights from Santiago de Compostela to other spanish cities and other main cities in Europe.
From A Gudiña to Madrid: bus to Madrid bus station (Approx. 5 hours) www.venta.avanzabus.com. Then bus to Madrid airport.
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