Sarria – Santiago (8 nights)

Spain

Holiday overview

Destination

Spain


Type

Pilgrim Routes, Self Guided


Difficulty

Moderate


Month

Jan - Dec


Price

£ 645 pp


Duration

8 nights


This version of the final stage of the Pilgrim Route from Sarria to Santiago is a slightly longer duration with the distances covered each day condensed into more manageable sections. 9 days, 8 nights, 7 days walking. Dinner each night except in Santiago. – pilgrims who walk this section are entitled to the Pilgrim’s Certificate.

This version of the final stage of the Pilgrim Route from Sarria to Santiago is a slightly longer duration with the distances covered each day condensed into more manageable sections. 9 days, 8 nights, 7 days walking. This walk has stays in Melide and O Pino and the last night before Santiago is spent in Lavacolla meaning the last day’s walk into Santiago is short – just 7.5 miles or 12 kilometres of easy walking. This allows the walker to arrive into Santiago in time for the midday Mass and time to explore the beautiful city of Santiago in the afternoon.

 

Price:

£645.00 per person sharing a room.
£100.00 Single room supplement.

 

Included:

  • 8 nights accommodation in family run hotels in rooms with private bathrooms.
  • 8 breakfasts.
  • 7 dinners (dinner not included in Santiago where there is a wide choice of restaurants).
  • Luggage transfers between hotels.
  • Route notes and emergency back up if required.

 

Getting There:

Arrival: From Santiago de Compostela – take a bus to Lugo (this bus also stops at the airport but you are not guaranteed a place and it is sometimes full by the time it arrives. The journey is nearly 1h30 to Lugo. From Lugo you take a bus to Sarria – approx. 1 hour. You may need to wait for a connection so this can be a long journey.

By Air: Fligths to Santiago from many places including London Stansted and Dublin, from where we can arrange a taxi to Sarria (approximate cost 85 euro for 2 people). The airline Veuling has daily flights from London Heathrow to La Corunna. There is a bus connection to Sarria via Lugo.

We can book a taxi – cost is £85.00 (up to 3 people) payable to World Walks.  For larger groups please ask.

 

Luggage:

Your luggage is transferred from accommodation to accommodation every day.

 

Pilgrim passport:

This can be obtained from shops, tourist information and churches in Sarria.

Day 1:

Arrive and overnight in Sarria, a modern town with old quarter.

 

Day 2:

Walk Sarria – Portomarin. 14.5 miles/23.2kms.

The walk between Sarria and Portomarin is one of the quietest and most peaceful of the Camino. During the summer there are plenty of places for lunch and drinks along the way. Overnight in Portmarin

 

Day 3:

Walk Portomarin – Palas de Rei 15.5 miles/24.8kms.

There are several miles of road walking along this stretch but the roads are quiet and you pass through some small villages – i.e. the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria in Gonzar is 5 miles into the walk. There is a lovely Galician cemetery church in Ligonde which is about another 3 miles. Overnight in Palas de Rei

 

Day 4:

Walk Palas de Rei – Melide 9 miles/15kms.

The route takes you to Melide  – this is a pleasant town with a former monastery Church Sancti Spiritu, along with a pilgrim hospital and the Church of San Pedro and the church of Santa Maria as you leave the town.

 

Day 5:

Walk Melide – Arzua 8 miles/13.9kms.

Leave behind the bustling Melide and cross several shallow river paths before winding through shaded forest, oak and chestnut giving way to eucalyptus and pine.Arrive in Arzua, the last major centre before Santiago and known as well for its haphazard layout as its cheese production.

 

Day 6:

Walk Arzua – Arca O Pino 11 miles/19kms.

Leave Arzua through the old quarter of the town and along alternating tracks and country lanes. Pass through a number of small hamlets and enter Arca O Pino where you will overnight.

 

Day 7:

Walk Arca O Pino – Lavacolla 6 miles/9 kms.

The route continues to the small village of Lavacolla where traditionally pilgrims used to cleanse themselves before the final walk into Santiago de Compostela. Overnight Lavacolla (This walk can be shortened by spending the night in Arca do Pino (making the walk 12.5 miles/20 kilometres to Arca) instead of Lavacolla and the last day’s walk into Santiago is then 12.5 miles/20 kilometres).

 

Day 8:

Walk Lavacolla – Santiago 7.5 miles/12kms.

The last day’s walk is short so pilgrims can arrive in the Plaza de Obradoiro and enter the Cathedral by midday when the pilgrims are blessed. Overnight Santiago (dinner not included)

 

Day 9:

The tour ends after breakfast.