Way of St. James from Sarria

120 Km, 6 days
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The last 120 km of the world's most famous and exciting walk

Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
Regions: Galicia (Spain)
Budget: €200
Km walked: 120

Walk the Camino de Santiago from Sarria and live your own path, choosing whether to walk alone or together with other people, deciding whether to sleep in real hotels or in so-called “albergues,” accommodations where you can sleep for only a few euros per night. The Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago is undoubtedly a unique experience and one of the most beautiful in life for most people who walk it, find out the stages, some interesting facts and some tips to best approach your walk, starting from the town of Sarria, below!

 

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With 3 other friends we walked the most common path, the French one, starting from Sarria, about 113km, which allows you to get the Compostela, a certificate they give you once you get to Santiago. And what can I say, this “backpacking vacation” will remain not only in the memory, but in the heart.

@Vanessa

The Way of St. James from Sarria

Day 1

Sarria to Portomarín

22,2 Km | 5/6 hours | + 220 m, – 270 m

The stage begins by leaving Sarria walking through a wooded path and heading toward Barbadelo, from where it continues through some small towns, to A Brea, shortly after which there is a sign that there are only 100 km to go before arriving in Santiago de Compostela. After about 20 minutes you reach Ferreiros and continuing for another hour to Mercadoiro. We continue along the Camino trail and descend almost to the height of río Mino, where we cross a long and iconic bridge that leads to the town of Portomarín.

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Day 2

Portomarín to Palas de Rei

24,9 Km | 6/7 hours | + 330 m, – 190 m

From the center of Portomarín go down the main road and cross a bridge, then follow the path and turn right at a factory. You will cross the road twice and reach in order the towns of Gonzar, Castromaior and Hospital da Cruz. From here we head towards Ligonde and Portos. Continuing to walk we then pass through some small villages and arrive at Palas de Rei.

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Day 3

Palas de Rei to Melide

15 Km | 4/5 hours | + 240 m, – 340 m

Starting from Palas de Rei, about 45 minutes later, you will encounter the church of San Xulián do Camino and shortly after enter the province of A Coruna, arriving at Leboreiro. We then continue along the path, always following the signs until we reach Mélide, a locality well known for its very famous octopus, which I highly recommend tasting in one of the many “pulperias” and in which you ptrà find lodging without any problem, given its fairly large size.

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Day 4

Melide to Arzúa

14,5 Km | 4 hours | + 240 m, – 310 m

Starting from Sarria, after a few ups and downs and about an hour and a half, you arrive at the village of Boente and continue along climbs and descents to Ribadiso da Baixo.
This is just under an hour away from reaching Arzúa, a town where “queso de Arzúa-Ulloa,” a typical cheese of the area for which a festival is even held on the first weekend of March

 

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Day 5

Arzúa to O Pedrouzo

19,1 Km | 5 hours | + 350 m, – 450 m

From Arzúa you walk for about half an hour, to Pregontono and continuing along the Camino you pass through many other localities, until you reach Salceda. At the end of this stage we will arrive at the Concello of O Pino, passing by many fantastic monuments and places, such as the fountain of Santa Irene, the church of San Pedro de Lema or that of Santa Maria de Gonzar. The meat of the piñeira rooster and in general the typical red meat of the region is very famous.

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Day 6

O Pedrouzo to Santiago

19 Km | 5 hours | + 400 m, – 400 m

This stage is undoubtedly the longest and perhaps the most challenging of these 10 days of walking, so it could be broken up by stopping to sleep in Pedrouzo. From Arzúa you walk for about half an hour, to Pregontono and continuing along the Camino you pass through many other localities, until you reach Salceda. In the following section you will cross the N-547 road more than once and head through dirt and wooded paths to A Rúa. Continuing through the forest, you reach the town of San Antón, from which you continue and approach Santiago Airport, which you skirt for a section of it. You then come to a traffic circle (from which there are 12 km to the finish) and still later reach Lavacolla and Villamaior. Keep walking and following the signs and you will arrive at the ascent of Monte do Gozo, from which you will descend to Santiago. You are now practically there and just follow the signs within the city or simply the flow of pilgrims to arrive at praza do Obradoiro, at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

 

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Recommended Videos

You may find it useful to watch these videos to find out some additional information about the Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago and in particular the French Way from Sarria. Click the button below to see a playlist of helpful videos!

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The Way of St. James from Sarria

Scarica la guida gratis !

I have prepared for you a stage-by-stage guide with the most useful information for the 10-day Pilgrim’s Way to Santiago. Click on the link below to download it as a PDF and join our mailing list!

 

The Way of St. James from Sarria

The Credential

The Credential is the “Pilgrim’s Passport” and bears witness to the pilgrim’s journey, stages and emotions; it provides access to many pilgrim welcome points and is also a fantastic souvenir to keep once the Camino is over. To request it click on the link below, you will be redirected to the dedicated page on the official website of the Brotherhood of Santiago de Compostela!

The Guide

Read the French Way to Santiago guidebook, an essential tool for getting your bearings right, discovering information about the places you pass through, and being inspired by the magic of the Camino!

The Way of St. James from Sarria