This is the most popular part of the walking route the Camino de Santiago. Perfect for those looking to capture the essence of the Camino: a challenging trip with good food and wine along the pilgrim route, where you can experience local customs, meet other pilgrims and enjoy the unique atmosphere of it all. You will remember every single minute of it!
This part of the Camino de Santiago starts in Sarria and covers the last 100 km of the Camino Francés (French Way), which is the minimum required for the Compostela certificate. The Camino will take you across forests, farmland and rustic villages along tracks and paths flanked by stone walls. The green rolling hills of Galicia is a part of each walking day until you approach the trip's final destination: the mythical city of Santiago de Compostela.
With 5 days of hiking you cover an average of 23 km per day.
Thousands of people start their pilgrimage in Sarria every year. Explore the old city center, where you will find churches, chapels, monasteries and ancient pilgrim hospitals. Visit the church Igrexa de Santa Marina, the old fortress, Magdalena Monastery and the main street Rua Maior, where you can enjoy a drink and tapas in one of the cozy cafes.
Walking: 23 km, about 6 hours
Today you can expect an easy walk through picturesque villages in the shade of old oak trees and along quiet minor roads. You'll pass the many "hórreos" which is traditional storehouses. Visit the church in the village Barbadelo. When you have arrived in Porto Marin you can relax on one of the many terraces on the square. The current Portomarin is new. The old town of Porto Marin was flooded . When the water level is low, you can get a glimpse of the remains of the flooded village and bridge.
Walking: 23 km, about 6 hours
Today the pilgrims route will first cross the river Miño and then it goes steadily uphill through ancient oak forests and across green meadows towards Sierra de Ligonde. You will pass neat little villages such as Gonzar and Ventas de Narón. Do stop to visit the Romanesque church of Santa Maria in Castromaior. The small stone church in Eirexe with its stone portal featuring a sculpture of Daniel with animals and the pilgrim Santiago.
Walking: 28 km, about 7 hours
The Pilgrim route continues downhill past the village of Casanova and the lovely village Leboreiro. In Melide you should take a break and taste some local specialities in one of the many pulperias. The Camino crosses several streams and a forest road brings you to the village of Boente and the church, which has the patron Santiago. The next town is the village Ribadiso. From here it is not far up the hill to the town of Arzúa for your overnight stay.
Walking: 23 km, about 5½ hours
Today's route goes most of the day through beautiful forests, sleepy villages and across streams. The chapel of Santa Irene, with its unique statue of Santiago, is worth a visit. Along the way, you should not miss the charming and tranquil village Rúa with old stone houses and where traffic often stops when the cattle block the road. The rest of the route to Amenal follows a mixture of good and quiet minor roads and forest trails.
Walking: 16 km, about 4 hours
After Amenal the next interesting place is Lavacolla on the outskirts of Santiago, where pilgrims in the old days used to wash in the river in preparation for their arrival in Santiago de Compostela. Rows of tall eucalyptus trees line the route up to the Monte do Gozo (Mountain of Joy), and it is from here that you get your first glimpse of the Cathedral of Santiago. With only 14 kilometers of hiking today, you should arrive in time for the pilgrims mass at lunchtime.
Spend some time exploring Santiago's old town with its beautiful architecture that is protected as UNESCO World Heritage and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of this spiritual and cultural mecca.
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