Camino French Way Section 8 Last 100km Most Popular
From Sarria to Santiago - "Walk the last 100km into Santiago"
Walking: Full Walk - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - Guided - Country Cottages - Easy (37km) - Easy (70km) - Easy (100km) - Cycling: Full Cycle - 1 - 2 - Easy - Family Fun - Coach: Coach Tour - Walk'N'Coach
This is the most popular walking tour of the Camino de Santiago. Perfect for those looking to capture the essence of the Camino: a nice walk, good food and wine, discovering local customs, meeting fellow pilgrims and enjoying the unique atmosphere of it all. You won’t forget a single minute of it!
This section of the Camino de Santiago starts in Sarria and covers the last 100km of the Camino Francés(French Way), the minimum required to apply for your Compostela certificate. The Camino will take you across woodlands, farmland and rustic hamlets, following tracks and paths lined by granite stone walls. The green rolling landscape of Galicia is part of each day’s walk, until you approach your final destination: the mythical city of Santiago de Compostela.
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Day by Day & Hotels
Hotels & country cottages have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food, and friendliness of the staff. They are subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard of comfort & price. Please click on hotel information below.
There are 7 days
Day 1: Sarria
You will start in the lively town of Sarria. .. read more >
Meals: N/A Luggage Transfer: No
You will start in the lively town of Sarria.
Our first choice is a 3* hotel in the heart of Sarria. http://www.carrishoteles.com/hoteles/sarria/hotel-carris-alfonsoix-sarria.html. All of the rooms are en suite and have climate control. It also has a swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and a restaurant offering local dishes along with a café offering breakfast and all-day snacks.*
Town Facilities: ATM, Internet, shops, all facilities.
*Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.
Day 2 : Sarria to Portomarin
22km, 6h, +230m -300m (or Split 2x11km): Expect a calm walk through pretty villages under ... .. read more >
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Luggage Transfer: Yes
22km, 6h, +230m -300m (or Split 2x11km): Expect a calm walk through pretty villages under shade from oak trees, along quiet country roads. NOTE: We can split this day in 2 days of 11km, by staying in the hamlet of Ferreiros.
Lodging:Our first choice for you is located in the historic centre of the town. www.pousadadeportomarin.com . You will enjoy an en suite room in a modern and classy hotel with an outdoor swimming pool and a large garden* Town Facilities: ATM, Internet, shops, all facilities. *Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.
Day 3 : Portomarín to Palas de Rei
22km, 6h15, +633 m / -407 m: Today the Camino will cross the river Minho and rise uphill s ... .. read more >
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Luggage Transfer: Yes
22km, 6h15, +633 m / -407 m: Today the Camino will cross the river Minho and rise uphill steadily. You will pass Gonzar and the Romanesque Church of Santa María, Castromaior before Eirexe where the Romanesque portal of the church, features a sculpture of Daniel and animals as well as Santiago de Peregrino is also worth viewing. NOTE: We can split for you, this day in 2 days of 11km, staying in the hamlet of Ventas de Naron.
Lodging: Our first choice for you is located in a large park at the edge of this small town. www.complejolacabana.com . The hotel is one of our favourite places along the Camino with a very popular bar that has a lively atmosphere* Town Facilities: ATM, Internet, shops, all facilities.
Day 4: Palas de Rei to Arzúa 28km
28km, 7h, +553 m / -723 m: The Camino continues downhill, passing the village of Casanova ... .. read more >
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Luggage Transfer: Yes
28km, 7h, +553 m / -723 m: The Camino continues downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the delightful village of Leboreiro. At Melide (454m), it is worth stopping in one of the many restaurants to taste some local specialties. The Camino crosses several streams and follows a forest track bringing you to the village of Boente with its church of Santiago. Next is the medieval village of Ribadiso, and finally Arzùa (389m). This small town has two churches that you will be able to visit, Santa María and La Magdalena. Town Facilities: ATM, shops, all facilities. NOTE: This day can be split into 2 stages of 15km and 13km if you would like to walk at a more relaxed pace. You would stay overnight in a charming 2* hotel in the busy town of Melide. Included in our guided tours. Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Luggage Transfer: Yes
Lodging: Our first choice for you is located in the historic centre of the town. Run by the same family for over 2 generations, "Jesus", the owners son, has taken over the hotel 3 years ago and as well as improving the standard of the hotel, has also raised the standard of the cuisine as he is the head chef* Town Facilities: ATM, Internet, shops, all facilities. *Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.
Day 5 : Arzua to Amenal
23km, 5h30, +371 m / -460 m: Passing through woods, sleepy villages and along streams is t ... .. read more >
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Luggage Transfer: Yes
23km, 5h30, +371 m / -460 m: 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. Meals: Breakfast & Dinner Luggage Transfer: Yes
Lodging: Our first choice for you is located on the camino. You will enjoy an en suite room in a recently renovated 19th Century farmhouse. One of our favourite accomodations on all of the Camino, there is a swimming pool (June to September) in the large garden. Nacho, the restaurant's head chef, will blow your taste buds wide open with his exciting food* Town Facilities: ATM, Internet, shops, all facilities. *Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.
Day 6 : Amenal to Santiago de Compostela
14km, 4h00, +296 m / -306 m: The next point of interest is Lavacolla, where traditionally, ... .. read more >
Meals: Breakfast Luggage Transfer: Yes
14km, 4h00, +296 m / -306 m: The next point of interest is Lavacolla, where traditionally, pilgrims washed themselves in the river before reaching Santiago de Compostela. Rows of tall eucalyptus trees line your journey to Monte del Gozo ("Mount of Joy" 368m) and it is from here that you can catch your first glimpse of the Cathedral of Santiago. After arriving in the city (264m, population 80,000), you can explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site’s architecture and delight in the wonderful atmosphere of this spiritual and cultural mecca. With only 14km today, you should be on time for mass today. Town Facilities: ATM, Internet, shops, all facilities. Meals: Breakfast Luggage Transfer: Yes
Lodging: Our first choice for you is located in the historic centre of the town just a few hundred metres from the Cathedral. You will enjoy an en suite room in what was once an 18th Century Monastery. An upgrade to the 5 star Parador is also available.* Town Facilities: ATM, Internet, shops, all facilities. *Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.
Day 7: Santiago de Compostela Final Day
This is the end of your holiday after breakfast. If you wish to stay in the area, we can r ... .. read more >
Meals: Breakfast Luggage Transfer: No
This is the end of your holiday after breakfast. If you wish to stay in the area, we can recommend the following for you: - Explore the magnificent historic centre of Santiago, or - Continue your holiday with us along the "Camino Fisterra" (Finisterre Way), staying overnight in a 2* hotel which is actually a lighthouse, or - take a bus to Fisterra. (Bus to fisterra: 9am, 10am, bus back in Santiago 16:45 & 19:00. takes 3hours) or - Visit the untouched sandy beaches and coves along the west coast. With incredibly few tourists, you are certain to have a very individual experience. Ask us for more information. Meals: Breakfast Luggage Transfer: No
Prices & Booking
There is no intermediaries when booking with us, so feel free to contact us for advice, customisation or if you wish to combine several sections together. If you just wish to make a quick payment, submit your credit card and reference on our booking page.
Options: we customise your holiday to adapt to your needs. We can upgrade to 4, 5* and Paradors. We can also organised extra nights and airport transfers. Ask our travel experts.
Prices: prices above are per person sharing, including accommodation on half board basis (no dinners on first or last night).
Split Walking: We call it a "split" when we divide a long walking day into 2 shorter days. Ask us for advice.
Travel Seasons: Low Season is from November to March / High Season is from April to October.
Families: We are now offering 40% off prices for children aged between 3-9 years old, and 20% off prices for children aged between 10-17 years old. Children under 3 travel free.
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Distance: 116 km
Duration: 6 Nights
Comfort: In Style
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Available: All year round
Price: From €489
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(1,2) Leisurely (3,4) Stimulating (5) A Challenge
Our holidays are graded by 3 categories of difficulty: Leisurely, Stimulating and A Challenge. This grading system will allow you to select the ideal holiday for yourself or your group. We aim to offer you the best experiences and unforgettable memories on a holiday where your desire for a challenge, comfort and safety are our priority. As the abilities of everybody are different, it’s important that you decide on a holiday which best suits your own needs and capabilities. You should take some time to look over our grading system so you can decide which holiday is best for you!
How do we grade?
When grading our holidays we take 3 main factors into consideration: Distance, Gradient and Trail Type (i.e. mountain track, forest road, surfaced road, etc.)
Our Easy walking and cycling holidays are best for families with young children. With older children, experience and fitness level should be considered when deciding on a holiday.
• Time: Under 5 hours per day on average.
• Gradient: Gentle, no steep climbs
• Trail Type: Walking path, easily accessible
• Suitable for: Everybody. Some easy preparation walks should increase your enjoyment.
• Time: 5 to 7 hours / less than 20km per day on average
• Gradient: Up to 1000m ascent per day on average, possibility of some steep climbing
• Trail Type: Walking paths, mountain trails, not technically difficult
• Suitable for: Moderate level of fitness required. Some weekend walks of around 3-4 hours should help your preparation.
A Challenge (5)
• Time: Days can be over 7 hours / 20km
• Gradient: Days can be more than 1000m, some steep climbing
• Trail Type: Walking paths, mountain trails, can be technically difficult
• Suitable for: Good level of fitness required. Previous experience would be best. Regular weekend walks of 4-5 hours or more are advisable in the months leading up to your holiday. These should include some mountain walks.
Getting to the start of your walk in Sarria:
Best Option: Santiago de Compostela airport (100km)
Aer Lingus serves flights from/ to Dublin, Ryanair from/to London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo) and Frankfurt (Hahn), EasyJet from London (Gatwick), Geneva and Basel, Vueling from/to Paris (Charles de Gaulle). Most cities are reachable with indirect connections via Madrid or Barcelona, see www.skyscanner.com.
Fastest is to take a combination of 2 buses: First, from Santiago airport to Lugo bus station (1h50, everyday at 7:10, 11:10, 16:10, 18:40 + 20:10 except on Saturday. See: www.empresafreire.com. Then, take a local bus from Lugo bus station to Sarria bus station (30min). Total cost for journey roughly €10pp.
Alternatively, a taxi from Santiago Airp. to Sarria cost approx €120. Or a taxi from Lugo to Sarria cost approx €20
An other alternative is a direct bus between Santiago de Compostela bus station and Sarria depart once a day (except on Sunday), approx. 2h30 travel time. See www.monbus.es.
For other connections, it is necessary to change in Lugo: There is a train connection between Lugo and Sarria (4 times/ day, 30min). Between Lugo and Santiago de Compostela, a bus connection exists (5 times/ day, 2h30). See www.renfe.com and www.movelia.es.
To/From the airport: There is also a shuttle bus from/to Santiago city centre from/to the airport, departing every 30min. Bus stops are: bus station (Estación de Autobuses), train station (Estación de Ferrocarril) or city centre (Plaza de Galicia). See: www.empresafreire.com. We can also arrange a taxi transfer, if you prefer.
Other Option (a): Madrid (Barajas) airport (480km)
Madrid is an international airport, directly connected with many cities all over Europe. Almost all airlines are involved in flights from/ to Madrid. See www.skyscanner.com.
There is a night train from/to Madrid Chamartin available (once a day/ 8h30), see: www.renfe.com. In Madrid, you have is a train that links the train station (Chamartin) and the airport (Terminal 4). See www.renfe.com.
It is also possible to take a bus to the airport in Madrid via Lugo. A train line between Lugo and Sarria is served 4 times/ day and takes ca. 30min. The bus route is served 3 times a day, taking 6h30-7h30. The distance between the bus and train station is approximately a 1km walk (Taxis are also available at the stations).
Other option (b): A Coruña airport (120km)
Some international routes are served from this airport: London (Heathrow) and Amsterdam (only seasonal) with Vueling Airlines and Lisbon with TAP Portugal. Indirect flights via Madrid or Barcelona are also available. See www.skyscanner.com.
There is a direct train connection between Sarria and A Coruña (4 times/ day, 2h-2h30). See www.renfe.com.
In A Coruña, there is a bus connection between the train station (Line 443 stop: Avenida A. Molina) and the airport (departing every 30 min), see www.autoscalpita.es.
Luggage transferred from hotel to hotel
Half Board during the hike
Holiday Pack: inc. notes & map(s) & pilgrim passport, what to bring, language book
Dinner first and last nights
Transfer from/to airport