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Travel the famous pilgrimage route through Spain, from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela

Set off on this historic pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago. Enjoy the sights of historic towns including Sarria, Palas de Rei, Aruza and Rua, as you walk stretches of the Camino taking in the beautiful natural surrounds. This walking adventure combines the best of being on foot – the peace and tranquillity of the countryside – with ample leisure time to enjoy the regional cuisine and sights.

Sarria, Spain
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
2 reviews
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Hike along one of the most iconic and historic walking trails in the world, the Camino de Santiago

  • Begin in Sarria and, in just one week, cover over 100 kilometres of glorious Galician countryside

  • Conquer the Camino and with other pilgrims experience the joyful atmosphere at the historic steps of the Catedral de Santiago

  • Explore the vineyard terraces of Ribeira Sacra, tasting local wines at a vineyard and taking a boat trip to uncover the region's secrets

  • Experience Galician history with an overnight stay in a restored regional manor house

Is this trip right for you?

  • You'll need to be in good health and able to walk for a few hours, with some up-and-down, and on varied terrain – from well-defined paths to rocky trails.

  • Santiago de Compostela is a beautiful medieval town, but it may get pretty busy at times, with lots of pilgrims arriving every day.

  • On Day 8 we will take a full day excursion to Ribeira Sacra. Part of the day will be spent discovering the wonders of the region by boat. If water based transport is not your thing, please make sure you inform your leader, who will advise of some alternatives.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Welcome to Sarria, the start of your walking adventure on the Camino. This route echoes the path of medieval pilgrims, and today thousands walk as an act of faith, to find themselves, or to surround themselves with Spanish history and culture. Begin with a welcome meeting today, where you will meet your tour leader and travel companions. Please check with the hotel reception or look out for a notice board nearby for details of the meeting. You will also need to bring your travel insurance details to this meeting. After the meeting, you'll have dinner in the hotel's restaurant, tasting specialties of this area (principally meat and vegetables). Sarria has a lovely old city with views into the valley. At the Malecón (river promenade) there are many cafés and tapas bars. Sarria is also very popular for antique-lovers, with several good shops in the street Rúa do Lázaro. The convent of La Magdalena, the tower of Batallón, and the church of San Lázaro are the most important monuments in this village.
  • Hotel Roma or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Put on your walking shoes for your first day out on the Camino trail. It’s useful to take a small day bag with you to carry your camera, some drinking water, perhaps a waterproof jacket, and maybe a few snacks for along the way. Walk along rural roads or corredoiras (tracks) through oak groves, Galician woods and dales, and through the small hamlets of Lavandeira and Ferreiros, no more than a crossroads with a small bar and rest house. Before reaching Portomarín, you'll cross the bridge of the River Miño. The remains of the old town of Portomarín are under the waters of the nearby reservoir. This is rural landscape, with small hamlets and good samples of Romanesque architecture, like the church of Barbadelo and the Nicolás Church in Portomarín. The Iglesia de San Juan was reconstructed stone-by-stone after being moved from the bottom of the valley to the side of a hill. This village, the target of the day, is very popular for the cake Tarta de Portomarín and for orujo, which is a liquor distilled from grape remains.

Notes: Total walking distance today is 22 kilometres, approximately 4-5 hours.
  • Hotel Villajardín or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
The walk today will start with an ascent up to Castromaior and then onto the Sierra de Ligonde, before descending gradually through the hamlets of Eirexe and Ligonde, and rolling countryside en route to the town of Palas de Rei. You’ll walk through forest and farmland, venture through a few very small communities, cross scrubland and look out across lovely yellow fields of mustard. During the day, you will walk uphill across Sierra de Ligonde, which has great examples of rural architecture such as cruceiros (stone crosses) and horreos (granaries) both made of granite, which is one of the most used building materials in Galicia. The Romanesque church of Vila de Donas, 3 kilometres off the Way is well worth a visit. This evening you'll wash down your dinner with queimada, a traditional Galician punch.

Notes: Total walking distance today is 24 kilometres, approximately 5-6 hours.
  • Pensión Arenas Palas or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today is perhaps the most challenging day of walking. Starting off along beautiful rural paths to Coto, you'll take an easy walk to Melide over the delightful four-arched medieval bridge at Furelos. There is a long stage crossing streams and there are some uphill and downhill sections, across fields and farms. Melide is half way, and a wonderful place to stop for lunch as the village specialises in ‘pulpo á feira’ (boiled octopus). There is also time to visit the old city here too. The camino here follows the path of an old Roman road that crossed Northern Spain – the Via Traiana. From Melide, it is another 15 kilometres along dry Galician paths and over hills, crossing stone bridges and witnessing an abundance of beautiful vistas – like the one created by the River Iso in the rustic, peaceful hamlet of Ribadiso, a great place to pause. Arzúa is then just a 3-kilometre ascent away. While you’re in the modern town of Arzúa, be sure to try the fresh local cheeses, especially Ulloa. Tonight you'll stay in a beautifully restored 18th century Galician mansion.

Notes: Total walking distance today is 28 kilometres, approximately 6-7 hours.
  • Pazo Santa Maria or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
You're now onto the penultimate stage, where you'll walk over along lovely dirt tracks, across small hills, and through primarily agricultural countryside. You'll see rural landscapes, eucalyptus trees (thriving after being brought here as a building material from Australia in the 1800s) mixed in with pine and deciduous forest, walls of fern, and more tiny villages made of Galician granite. Be surrounded by the sounds of nature and the distant hum of the machinery that keeps these remote farms working. Finally today, you'll walk down to Rúa past the Chapel of Santa Irene – this is a medieval shrine dedicated to the Portuguese martyr Santa Irene, who is said to have died defending her vow of chastity. The waters of the baroque fountain here are said to have healing properties. Continue into Rúa, a pretty collection of old stone houses that’s home to just a handful of people. Rest up well, there are only a few kilometres left before reaching your final destination – Santiago de Compostela.

Notes: Total walking time today is 19 kilometres, approximately 4-5 hours.
  • Pazo Xan Xordo or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Feel the excitement build as you begin the final stretch of your walk. Pass Pedrouzo, walk up through Amenal and drop down to Lavacolla, where medieval pilgrims traditionally bathed in the river to purify themselves before arriving in the holy city of Santiago. Ascend again to the Monte do Gozo (‘Mount of Joy’), so called for the feeling when pilgrims would catch their first sight of the towers of Compostela Cathedral. Embrace the atmosphere up here on the mount, alongside some walkers who may have trekked over 800 kilometres to be here. Now you are just 4 kilometres from the city, which you'll reach with a walk through the beautiful streets of the old town. End your walk at the Cathedral, which stands majestically on the Plaza del Obradoiro with its towers soaring above the town, and look back on your walk of the Camino. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, exploring this historic city and perhaps celebrating with a cooling sangria. Santiago de Compostela is a World Heritage site, an open-air museum that holds many delights within its walls – the lively squares, the market and the University buildings are must sees. Wander down the streets of Rúa do Franco and Rúa da Raíña to try tapas, and explore the streets close to the cathedral for Galician specialties. Perhaps try peppers of Padrón, and empanadas (Galician pies, filled with meat or seafood).

Notes: Total walking distance today will be 21 kilometres, approximately 4-5 hours.
  • Hotel Lux or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is a relaxing excursion to enjoy after the days of walking. You’ll take a full day trip to the striking landscape of Ribeira Sacra (approximately 1 hour). ‘The Sacred River Bank’ is home to some of the most dramatic riverside vineyards on the planet – the vines here are almost vertical in terraces from the top of the mountain to the bottom of the valley, and were first terraced by the Romans. Here you’ll visit a vineyard, enjoy a wine tasting and a stroll around the grounds and cellars, and learn about regional wine production. Taste the Mencía variety of wine, made from the local mencía grape, and channel your inner wine expert. You'll then discover the secrets of the river by boat, winding through canyons, forgotten hamlets and waterfalls, before taking lunch at the riverside. Later on in the afternoon you'll return to Santiago, where you'll say your goodbyes to your fellow travellers – perhaps over a farewell dinner in one of the cafes, bars or tapas restaurants in the old town.
  • Hotel Lux or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Your adventure along the Camino de Santiago comes to an end today after breakfast. There are no activities planned and you are free to depart at any time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast


7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners


Boat, Private van


Comfortable Hotel (4 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights), Feature Stay (1 night)


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Important notes

This is a walking trip. You'll need to be in good health and able to walk for up to 7 hours with some inclines and some declines and on varied terrain from well-defined paths to rocky trails.

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