Final stage of the Pilgrim route – pilgrims who walk this section are entitled to the Pilgrim’s Certificate. 7 days, 6 nights, 5 days walking. Dinner each night except in Santiago.
This is the final stage of the Pilgrimage Route of Saint James, and pilgrims who complete this section are entitled to the Pilgrim’s Certificate. This 7 day/6 night walk has some long walking days and the last night before Santiago is spent in Lavacolla. 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.
For those who prefer a more leisurely walk we can book the second last night in Arca do Pino instead of Lavacolla which makes the last two walks 12.5 miles each day.
£525.00 per person sharing a room
£80.00 Single room supplement
£700.00 cost for one person walking alone
6 nights accommodation in family run hotels in rooms with private bathrooms, 6 breakfasts, 5 dinners (dinner not included in Santiago where there is a wide choice of restaurants), luggage transfers between hotels, route notes and emergency back up.It is possible to change the second last night from Lavacolla to Rua – this will shorten the long day from Arzua to Lavacolla. If you only have one night in Santiago you will not arrive on time for the Pilgrim Mass at 12 noon if you stay in Rua.
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: Flights 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.
Your luggage is transferred from accommodation to accommodation every day.
This can be obtained from shops, tourist information and churches in Sarria.
Day 1: Walk Sarria – Santiago.
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 – Arzua 18 miles/28.8kms.
The route takes you to Melide about 4 miles from Palas – this is a pleasant town with a former monastery Church Sancti Spiritu, along witha pilgrim hospital and the Church of San Pedro and the church of Santa Maria as you leave the town. Overnight in hotel in the small town of Arzua
Day 5: Walk Arzua – Lavacolla 17.5 miles/28kms.
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 6: 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 7: End of the tour after breakfast
It is also possible to change this walk by shortening the penultimate day and staying in the Hotel O Pino in Rua, rather than walking all the way to Lavacolla on day 5. This means your last two days walking will be approx. 20km each day.