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French Way 8/8 - Guided Sarria to Santiago

French Way 8/8 - Guided Sarria to Santiago map

With an experienced English speaking guide and bilingual in Spanish, you will explore the eighth and final section of the Camino Frances / French Way, the most traditional of all the pilgrims' ways to Santiago de Compostela and the best known internationally.

The route begins in Sarria and finishes in Santiago de Compostela. Traverse the hilly landscapes of Galicia, certainly some of the most beautiful of all the caminos. Reward your efforts in Santiago de Compostela, the heart and hub of all pilgrimages on the Way of St. James. Read more

French Way 8/8 Day 1Day 1 - Sarria - Start of your journey

Make your way to your hotel in Sarria in time to enjoy your first evening meal.

 

French Way 8/8 Day 2Day 2 - Sarria to Portomarin (6h, 22km)

Expect a peaceful walk in shady oak woods, pretty villages and on quiet country roads. The village of Barbadelo (580m) has a beautiful Romanesque church that is worth a visit. The next significant village is Ferreiros. When you arrive in Portomarin (550m), you can chill out on one of the numerous terraces of the main plaza.

 

French Way 8/8 Day 3Day 3 - Portomarín to Palas do Rei (6h15 25km)

From the village, the Camino crosses the river Minho and climbs steadily uphill. 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 Romanesque portal of the church is a beauty and features a sculpture of Daniel and animals, as well as a statue of Santiago de Peregrino inside. You will then arrive in Palas do Rei (565m).

 

French Way 8/8 Day 4Day 4 - Palas do Rei to Melide (4h 15km)

Today, the Camino continues slightly downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the charming village of Leboreiro. At Melide (454m), stop in one of the many restaurants to try some local specialties. 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. Then the medieval village of Ribadiso, and finally Arzua (389m). This small town has 2 churches that you can visit, Santa María and La Magdalena.

 

French Way 8/8 Day 5Day 5 - Melide to Arzua (3h30 13km)

The Camino will follow a forest track and cross several streams bringing you to the village of Boente with its church of Santiago. Then the medieval village of Ribadiso, and finally Arzua (389m). This small town has 2 churches that you can visit, Santa María and La Magdalena.

 

French Way 8/8 Day 6Day 6 - Arzua to Rua-O Pino (5h15 18km)

This shaded section of the Camino will pass through woods, along streams and through sleepy villages. Take your time and visit the chapel of Santa Irena, with its unique statues of Santiago. The rest of the way to Rua/Opino is on a good and quiet country road. Rua (310m) is one of the less crowded stopping points before Santiago de Compostela.

 

French Way 8/8 Day 7Day 7 - Rua to Santiago de Compostela (5h20 20km)

You are nearly there! The next stage will be Lavacolla where pilgrims traditionally washed in the river before reaching Santiago de Compostela. The tall eucalyptus trees line your way to Monte del Gozo (368m). From the "Mount of Joy" you can see your goal - the Cathedral of Santiago! After a descent to the city (264m, population 80000) you will be able to witness this UNESCO World Heritage Site up-close. Marvel at the architeture and relish the wonderful atmosphere in this cultural and spiritual mecca.

 

French Way 8/8 Day 8Day 8 - Santiago de Compostela, end of the Camino! 

After breakfast we bid you farewell.

What you get

Camino de Santiago included tick box Experienced Bilingual Guide
Camino de Santiago included tick box 7 nights in 2* and 3* hotels and guesthouses.
Camino de Santiago included tick box Pilgrim Passport
Camino de Santiago included tick box Luggage Transfers
Camino de Santiago included tick box 7 Breakfasts
Camino de Santiago included tick box 7 Dinners
Camino de Santiago included tick box 24/7 Customer service
Camino de Santiago included tick box Airport Transfer from Santiago Airport to Sarria
Camino de Santiago included tick box Airport transfer from Santiago Hotel to Santiago Airport

What you can add

Camino de santiago can be included Extra nights

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Add extra night in Santiago Visit of Santiago City, Cathedral and pilgrim museum

FRench Way 8/8

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 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.

Ryanair now operates a year round service from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela, twice a day.

To start your walking holiday: Sarria

You must take two buses to reach Sarria from Santiago, but the process is straightforward (€15pp).
1 - Santiago airport to Lugo 16h10, 18h40 (1hr45). See timetables in English: www.empresafreire.com.
2 - Lugo to Sarria (30mins). Many buses every day, until late. See www.monbus.es and look for "Horarios" on the left.

From Monday to Friday Monbus operate a direct service to Sarria at 6pm (3hrs), but from the Bus station (20mins from the
airport). See www.monbus.es and check "Horarios" on the left.

Back home

Shuttle buses from Santiago city center to the airport (20mins).

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