Camino - Sarria to Santiago

Camino - Sarria to Santiago

Trip Highlights

  • Experience the history of the trail marked by crosses, statues and grain silos
  • Walk the last 115km of the Camino to the tomb of St James in Santiago and qualify for the pilgrims certificate
  • Reach Santiago on foot and experience the famous pilgrims mass
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of fellow hikers and pilgrims

Trip Summary

The last six days of the famous Camino pilgrimage route offers the chance for time starved travellers to walk the final 115kms into Santiago and gain a wonderful appreciation of the historic significance of the route. To be eligible for the official Compostela certificate of completion, which is issued by the Pilgrim's Office in Santiago de Compostela, walkers must walk at least 100kms of the iconic pilgrim 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.

Suitability

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.

Itinerary

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.

Meals:  D

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 on into the town for your accommodation.

Meals:  B,D

The route takes you through the brooms, with their 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.

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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 Camino Trail. We recommend you try the local speciality, ‘Pulpa a Feira’, octopus usually served boiled and cooked with red pepper and paprika.

Meals:  B,D

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 can stop at one of many villages along the way for lunch. Crossing over the River Seco on the Magdalena Bridge you will reach Furelos and continue on to Arzúa, in the province of La Coruña.

Meals:  B,D

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.

Meals:  B,D

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.

Meals:  B

Trip arrangements conclude after breakfast. If you'd like to add an extra night, please ask for our rates.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners (no dinner in Santiago): Breakfasts are usually continental inclusive of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices. Dinner will consist of 3 courses, usually starting with a salad, followed by chicken, red meat, fish or a pasta dish & finishing with a dessert of fruit or cakes.
  • 7 nights in a combination of hotels & farmhouse B&Bs on a twin share basis generally with ensuite facilities (upgrade to superior hotel in Arzua (recommended) and Santiago - supplement applies )
  • Information pack including route notes & guidebook per room booked
  • Luggage transfer (1 bag of 20kg max pp)
  • Visitor tax
  • Emergency hotline
  • Pilgrim's Passport

What's Not Included

  • Travel to Sarria and from Santiago
  • Drinks and lunches
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide - this is a self guided tour
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance - mandatory

Upcoming Travel Dates

Reviews

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


Walking El Camino from Sarria to Santiago was a truly life changing experience. I was very well supported in that I had accommodation, breakfast and dinner all organised through U Tracks, and also my luggage was very efficiently transferred for me every day. I felt independent and challenged and felt a great sense of achievement in completing the walk all by myself!

J. Marshall, Tasmania, 23 Apr 2018


The self guided walk from Sarria to Santiago a MUST. UTracks were brilliant and would definitely book with them again. Hotels and meals were all fabulous and more than we had expected. Completing the walk for all six of us was a sense of achievement. Visiting the Cathedral for mass on Sunday & the swinging of the Botafumerio...beyond words...

D. Frommer, VIC, Australia, 16 Jul 2018


Fabulous experience - Thank you!

M Johnson., Albert Park, VIC, Australia


Overall a fabulous trip - Well coordinated!The guide book to Camino was especially helpful.

, Peterborough


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

AT A GLANCE

Duration:8 Days
Countries:Spain
Starting Point:Sarria
Finishing Point:Santiago de Compostela
Activities:SELF GUIDED WALKING
Grade:moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:CT6
Prices From:GBP£660 Per Person
Single Supplement - 7 day:GBP£170  Click for more information
Single Supplement:GBP£190  Click for more information
Single Traveller Surcharge - 7 day:GBP£190  Click for more information
Single Traveller Surcharge - 8 day:GBP£210  Click for more information