The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) in Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain. The most popular route (which gets very crowded in mid-summer) is the Camino Francés which stretches 780 km. (nearly 500 miles) from St. Jean-Pied-du-Port near Biarritz in France to Santiago. On this occasion we’ll be walking the last 105Km along the Camino Frances, reaching Santiago de Compostela on the last day. We’ll do it in 5 stages between Sarria and Santiago. These stages allow the pilgrims to obtain The Compostela, official document, issued by the ecclesiastical authorities, certifying pilgrims have completed at least 100 kilometres
Stage from Sarria to Portomarin – 22.40km, 6,5 hours
We’ll start walking. Today section is along small country roads and a few country paths, it is generally tree lined and will provide good shade from the sun. There are hamlets every kilometre or so, it can seem like you have only just left one village as you enter the next
Difficulty: Demanding stage. Reasonable length and beautiful scenery. However, in the first 13 kilometers to Ferreiros, there are more slowly ascending slopes and rolling hills than descending slopes. It is impossible to maintain a steady pace due to the undulating terrain and the frequent change of surfaces.
All of these things make the stage into something more than just a rural walk.
Stage from PORTOMARIN to PALAS DE REI – 25km, 6 hours
After the steep downhill along Portomarin main street and the gentle uphill around Monte San Antonio, the rest of the day is easy going through rolling countryside.
Difficulty: The route is divided by the Sierra de Ligonde, which divides the basins of the Miño and Ulloa rivers. The beginning offers a forest atmosphere while we climb Mount San Antonio. The rest of the day we’ll walk along modest provincial roads. We’ll discover good examples of Romanesque churches on this trip. Again today there are no more than a few kilometres between any town or village, therefore there are many places for buying food and filling up with water.
Stage from PALAS DE REI to ARZÚA – 29km, 7 hours
This stage consists of many up and downhill slopes in beautiful rural surroundings before arriving at Arzúa, which has all the facilities a walker needs. Not only is it the longest stage in Galicia, it is also hilly in places, which is a real challenge. The route crosses the border from Lugo to A Coruña in the village of O Coto; visits Melide, where the Camino Primitivo joins up, and continues across endless, undulating hills and through magical landscapes, such as that of the river Catasol, before arriving at Ribadixo da Baixo and Arzúa, where the Camino del Norte joins it. There are many examples of medieval architecture.
Difficulty: The 29 kilometres of this stage and the continuous up and downhill slopes make it hard to maintain a constant rhythm. However, if you pace yourself, it shouldn’t be problematic.
Stage 4 from ARZÚA to O PEDROUZO – 19.1km, 5 hours
A less difficult stage, with easier slopes and on paths which are close to the N-547. Having the main road so close to path is the least pleasant thing about this stage, but it takes you a little closer to your arrival in Santiago. Concello de O Pino is the unique settlement of Santa Irene, with its shrine dedicated to the Portuguese martyr and saint and a baroque fountain with healing waters.
Stage 5 from O PEDROUZO to SANTIAGO de COMPOSTELA – 20km, 5 hours
Following leafy paths, between the last eucalyptuses and oaks, walkers pass through the last villages of O Pino. The municipality of Santiago is entered on a hill, next to the airport, and the path leads to the vantage point of Monte de Gozo, from where the first panoramic view of Santiago can be seen. It is also the starting point of an urban route which ends in front of the Baroque facade of the Cathedral. Obradoiro square is the beginning and the end. Those who wish to go to the pilgrim mass need to get up early.
The objective of all of the Jacobean ways is Santiago, a city with 95,000 inhabitants where modern areas can be found alongside the mysterious, religious, romantic and cosmopolitan atmosphere of Obradoiro square. Happy walkers can discover a city of stones darkened by the passing of time and the persistent rain. The Cathedral represents the culmination of the Camino and inside the apostle is at rest, causing hundreds of thousands to set out, year after year, on journeys filled with fatigue and experiences that become lifelong memories.
Along the camino we’ll pass through different villages where it is possible to have or buy snacks. We recommend buying the snacks or sandwiches for the next day each evening. Lunch must be light. It is better to eat dried or fresh fruits, snacks or small sandwiches every two hours, than a big meal. The main meal of the day is dinner. We’ll find a wide and cheap range of “pilgrims’ dinners” on offer in every village.
Your guide will inform you of the starting time each day. Generally, we’ll start hiking no later than 7:30 and arrive at our hostel in the afternoon no later than 17:00.
Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes.
Your safety is our top priority. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency.
The standard group size in this kind of trip is 15-30 guests
In Galicia, the weather in spring is very unpredictable. We can have high temperatures as if it were summer or cool, rainy weather. It rains frequently and it is usually foggy at the beginning of the day.
Our prices are estimated taking into account the number of participants registered on the deadline of the inscription. The deposit into the account is made in order to reserve the vacancy and also to know, in advance, the number of participants that will be realizing the activity. In case the activity is cancelled, the deposit would be returned. On the other hand, if the activity is successfully organized, a second pay would be realized with the final amount.
Deposit of €100 of the total before indicated date.
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(1) Relaxed: Adventure travel at its most relaxed pace.
(2) Easy: Great for newcomers to active travel.
(3) Moderate: For outdoor novices and above.
(4) Vigorous: Recommended for fir travelers with basic skills.
(5) Strenuous: Designed for very fit travelers.