This stage is short and easy, so we recommend leaving early to make the most of the day in Santiago. Almost the entire route from Sigüeiro runs through countryside and forest areas, with very pleasant paths and trails, and in the final stretch we enter Santiago de Compostela through the industrial area of Tambre and walk through the city until we reach the Plaza del Obradoiro.
We start the last stage of the English Way from the small town of Sigüeiro, taking the opportunity to have breakfast in one of its bars and cafes, and we start our walk crossing the bridge over the Tambre river, natural border with the municipality of Santiago de Compostela. At the tobacconist’s we turn left to go up to the church of San Andrés and the cemetery. The path runs parallel to the river until it reaches a track that we take on the right. We reach a fork next to a stone wall and turn left, crossing the road. The Camino is wide and dirt, with a steep climb at the start, and although you can’t get lost, there are few Camino signs.
We continue along a road parallel to the AP9 motorway, crossing an underpass. We briefly return to the asphalt to pass by a group of houses and return to another forest track until we reach Marantes. Here we will find a bar and a hotel if we turn off about 300 metres from the Camino.
Parallel to the national road, we reach a small church. We take an access to the left of the national road and cross through an underpass. We arrive at a mill, close to the Fuente del Inglés. We take the road to the left, again parallel to the national road. We continue on dirt tracks, under the railway bridge, crossing the river Sionlla. We pass the village of Barra and reach the industrial area of the Polígono del Tambre. A pretty ugly stretch that we do in final sprint to reach the desired city of Santiago de Compostela.
We access the industrial area and we find the Café Bar Polígono, where they serve breakfast and meals at a good price, also has vending machines.
We cross the industrial area, pass two roundabouts until we reach the walled cemetery of Santiago. We continue along Tambre Street and enter the urban area of the city. We leave Tambre Street on the right and enter a residential area. We go up a slight slope and turn left. On the way down, we can already appreciate the profile of the Cathedral. A sharp turn to the left takes us along Guadalupe Street to the Ponte Mantible aqueduct, built by Archbishop Xelmirez in the 12th century.
We cross the park along a path and arrive at Castelao Avenue, in the vicinity of the San Caetano neighbourhood, the administrative headquarters of the Galician government. Turn right onto Avenida de Juan XXIII to enter the old part of the town along Calle de San Francisco. A few meters away we will find the imposing Cathedral of Santiago ending our English Way.
The stage is short and does not present more difficulty than some moderate slope. Leaving Sigüeiro early in the morning you can arrive in Santiago de Compostela at 12:00 and take advantage of the day to visit the city.
Places of interest
The cathedral complex of Santiago.
San Martín Pinario.
Saint Dominic of Bonaval.
Santiago Food Market.
Hostel of the Catholic Monarchs
Lacón with turnip tops
Fish and seafood
Galician veal meats
Denomination of Origin Wines
After-dinner liqueurs: coffee liqueur, herbs, white marc, cream…