The last five days of the pilgrimage route offers the chance for time starved travellers to walk the final 110kms into Santiago and gain a wonderful appreciation of the historic significance of the route. Walking through mixed landscapes, there are numerous reminders of the pilgrims past who travelled the route including crosses, statues and grain silos. The gates of Galicia lead on to the fabled Santiago de Compostela with its famous cathedral, site of the tomb of St James.
The walking is graded moderate (3). Daily walks are between 14 and 24km on well marked trails over diverse terrain – from relatively flat to mountainous. This is a well worn path where route finding will be reasonably straight forward (refer below for further details on self guided adventures). The main areas to concentrate on route finding are arriving and leaving towns and cities. The accent is on keeping a steady pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. You will need a good level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure.
Make your own way to the first hotel in Sarria. Sarria is located on a hilltop with a river on either side affording you great views of the region.
We recommend before leaving town that you take the time to visit the Church of the convent of La Magdalena. Over the “Meseta lucense”, the Lugo Plateau, you will pass through many hamlets dotted along areas of cultivated land, grazing pastures and woodlands and view the first “horreos”, typical raised grain silos. A relatively easy walk until your descent, crossing the Dam of Portomarin where you can see ruins of the ancient flooded village, and into the town for your accommodation.
The route takes you through the brooms which have a magnificent fragrance. Along the path you will pass charming hamlets and calvaries. Over this stage you will pass through Ventas de Naron where you can fill your water bottles, over the gentle Sierra de Ligonde, then downhill through Previsa, Lameiros and Ligonde where you will find a church dedicated to the apostle St James. Emperor Charles V stayed here in the modest village of Ligonde, on the 24th of March 1520.
Walk today to Melide through the small towns of Coto and Leboreiro. Melide is one of the larger towns along the Galician section of the Compostela Trail. We recommend
you try the local speciality of ‘Pulpa a feira’, octopus usually served boiled and cooked with red pepper and paprika.
The terrain becomes much easier today as you walk through the villages of Carballal,
San Xuilan do Camino and Lebereiro and past Eucalyptus trees. You will be able to stop at one of many villages for lunch. Crossing over the River Seco on the Magdalena Bridge you will reach Furelos and onto Arzúa in the province of La Coruña.
Today’s walk will bring you to the small town of Rua which has a population of only 50 people. The walk today is lovely, as you pass large green fields and rural landscapes.
Today you will pass many ancient sites including monuments, chapels and bridges
– all have a story to tell. Follow country lanes and forest paths through increasingly
populated countryside. The last day on the trail is always a special one. Continue downhill to the city. Arriving in the fabled Santiago de Compostela there is plenty to see and do – or simply relax and celebrate the end of the journey. Dinner is not included tonight so you can try one of the many restaurants in town.
Trip arrangements conclude after breakfast.
This was our first walking holiday,we enjoyed the challenge.The accommodation provided was great ,meals good.Distance each day achievable,we started out each day at daylight so we could enjoy the walk and then have a look at the town we arrived in.Plus there are some good coffee stops along the way
L. White., Westbury, VIC, Australia
Fabulous experience - Thank you!
M Johnson., Albert Park, VIC, Australia
Overall a fabulous trip - Well coordinated!The guide book to Camino was especially helpful.
Very well organised trip, realistic trip notes and ratings... My 72 yo mother had a ball and managed 7 days averaging 18-20kms each day. She felt a real send sense of achievement and she is just your average , moderately fit person. Highly recommend it for all ages, think I will take my young boys when they approach double digits.
M. Boyd., Moorooka, QLD. Australia
The most memorable part of my trip? The people we met, the Spanish countryside, the significance of the walk, the Santiago cathedral and UNESCO village.
B. Allen., Moonee ponds, VIC, Australia
Walking the Camino with U Tracks was a great experience. Everything was arranged for us so all that we had to think about was the walk and the scenery. A great experience
D Maughan, W.A. Australia
It was handled perfectly, we loved all the accommodation, The Lux hotel stored our cases as we were going on a cruise after the walk, we needed it. Everything was signed really well and we had the trip of a lifetime even though it was difficult for us it was also perfect, still can't believe we did it.
E. Pitcher, Bendigo, VIC, 26 Jun 2017
I've never been a big walker, but my wife has always wanted to do the Camino. So we compromised and decided to do the shortened version from Sarria. It was a wonderful experience and I'd recommend UTracks if you are planning to do any of the walk.
G. Mckirdy, Blakehurst, NSW, 15 Jun 2017
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