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.
£545.00 per person sharing a room
£80.00 Single room supplement
£710.00 cost for one person walking alone
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. 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 £90.00 (up to 3 people) payable to World Walks. For larger groups please ask.
Your luggage is transferred from accommodation to accommodation every day.
Route notes and Pilgrim passport:
Is included in your welcome package which includes maps and route notes and pilgim shell
Day 1: Walk Sarria – Santiago.
Arrive and overnight in Sarria, a modern town with old quarter. You will receive a package with your maps, route notes, pilgrim passport and luggage labels.
Dinner and overnight
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.
Dinner and 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.
Dinner and 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.
Dinner and overnight in hotel in the small town of Arzua
Day 5: Walk Arzua – Lavacolla 17.5 miles/28kms. or overnight Rua (12 miles/19.2km)
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
If you spend the night in Arca do Pino instead of Lavacolla and the last day’s walk into Santiago is then 12.5 miles/20 kilometres each stage.
Dinner and overnight Arca do Pino or Lavacolla
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 B&B
Day 6: Walk Rua – Santiago 12 miles / 19.2km
You will arrive into Santiago in the early afternoon.
Overnight Santiago B&B
Day 7: End of the tour after breakfast
Hotel Roma – Sarria
Hotel Villajardin – Portomarin
Hotel Complejo La Cabana – Palas de Rei
Casa Teodora – Arzua
Hotel O Pino – Rua or Hotel Jacobeo Lavacolla
Hospederia San Martin or Hotel Fonte San Roque.
Upgrades to the Parador or similar hotels possible at extra cost. Please ask.