FROM SARRIA TO SANTIAGO 6 STAGES (110Km)
This itinerary is perfect for families traveling with children and for all those who want to take the French Way from Sarria more slowly.
We suggest you do the Way in six stages, spending the night in the town of Melide in A Coruña, capital of the famous octopus á feira. An ideal option if you want to get lost in the pilgrim atmosphere of Melide’s streets and enjoy the best Galician gastronomy.
ARRIVAL IN SARRIA
Once you have arrived in Sarria on your own and have settled in the accommodation, you can enjoy the pilgrim atmosphere of the village by walking along the cobbled streets of its old area, or relaxing along the promenade of the Malecón on one of its riverside terraces. A day to rest, mentalize and prepare to live an unforgettable experience.
A perfect start to the French Way from Sarria.
Buen Camino, pilgrims!
Sarria – Portomarín
You will begin your first day as pilgrims with a first stage characterized by the majesty of its forests, rivers and small rural villages surrounded by pastures. You will walk on a comfortable terrain without many unevenness, discovering at your pace some monuments such as the Church of Ferreiros or Barbadelo. You will also find many places where you can refresh yourself and rest. A few kilometres before reaching the end of the stage you will see in the distance the Belesar reservoir, an indicator that you are already reaching the end of your stage, Portomarín.
Portomarín, a town born at the foot of the Miño river, is a place as beautiful as it is peculiar. It is a village that had to be relocated from its original enclave to a higher point in the valley. This is due to the construction of the Belesar reservoir on the river Miño, which caused the flooding of the old enclave of the village. If you have a day with good lighting, you will be able to see the remains of the old Portomarín at the bottom of the river. In this small village you will have the opportunity to enjoy the local gastronomy, relax and be able to rest.
Portomarín – Palas de Rei
In this stage you will combine road and mountain for 25 kilometers. After climbing some slopes, it will be worth making a small detour on the way to visit the castro Castromaior , a Celtic village that leaves a record of the past of the Galician community. After passing several villages, you can visit the monastery and church of Vilar de Donas, one of the main examples of Romanesque style in the area, which was declared a National Monument in 1931.
In Palas de Rei, you will have all the services, you will only have to worry about resting and discovering the wonders of the town. A place with castrexas roots, Palas de Rei has several archaeological remains such as mámoas, dolmens or castros, witnesses of this culture.
Palas de Rei – Melide
Taking advantage of the fact that in this stage you will only walk 15 kilometres, you will be able to sleep a little more and enjoy a relaxed pilgrim breakfast to recharge your batteries before heading towards Melide. This is a stage of progressive slopes with little difficulty in which you will walk through small villages that evoke times past. You will finish your stage in Melide, capital of the Galician octopus. In any of its many pulperías you can taste this delicacy of Galician gastronomy. Bon appétit!
In Melide, you will have the opportunity to appreciate the Cruceiro dated as the oldest in Galicia; and between one and a thousand heritage monuments, you will be able to visit the Museo da Terra de Melide, whose building was an old pilgrims’ hospital that was founded in 1502.
Melide – Arzúa
Although it is also a short stage, it requires a little more effort than the previous one, as we find more unevenness. Nevertheless, we assure you that the effort will be worthwhile when you are surrounded by a wonderful density of autochthonous trees. The effort will be rewarded when you arrive at Ribadiso de Abaixo, where you will be able to swim in the river and enjoy the beautiful landscape and magical surroundings that accompany this small village.
Once in Arzúa you will have all the services to refresh and rest. Don’t miss to taste the typical cheese to which they give name: Denomination of Origin Arzúa-Ulloa; accompanied by other typical products of the zone.
Arzúa – Pedrouzo
Today you are in luck, your feet will hardly suffer as you will find a short and less complex stage than the previous ones. You will walk on flat and comfortable terrain, finding an abundance of bars, shops and places to rest. Santiago is getting closer and closer. The pilgrim ritual of this stage is to go to bed early in order to get up early and take advantage of the day in Santiago de Compostela.
Pedrouzo – Santiago de Compostela
As a relatively short stage and without difficulty, we recommend getting up a little early to arrive early at the pilgrim mass and visit Santiago de Compostela. When you arrive at Monte do Gozo, you will discover the reason for the name of this place: the tingling, that pleasant sensation that will invade you when you see from afar the towers of the cathedral, closer and closer. As you descend towards the city, the blisters and fatigue will disappear in the most magical moment of the entire Way: the entrance to the Square of Obradoiro.
We hope you enjoy strolling through the historic center, drinking a fresh beer accompanied by a delicious tapa, dancing and singing in a foliada, or trying some of its traditional liquors, among a thousand and one things that this small but great city offers.
Santiago de Compostela
This is a day of farewells for many, the end of a road, and why not, the beginning of many. The last day will dawn with a road more in your lives, but not a road of miles, but of experiences, emotions and new friendships, a journey that will project into your lives and help you to continue walking free towards your own goals.
* After leaving the accommodation our services will be over.
THIS TRIP INCLUDES
- 8 days/ 7 nights in the chosen accommodation
- Backpack transfer service (1 package – máx. 20 kg.)
- Credencial (Pilgrim’s passport)
- Telephone assistance service 24/7
- Travel assistance insurance
- PRIVATE SHELTERS
- Extra night in Santiago: 25 €/pax
- Single room supplement: 110€/pax
- Extra night in Santiago: 70€ double room / 55€ single room
- Breakfast: 50€/pax
- Half Board: 145€/pax
- HOTEL OR SUPERIOR ACCOMMODATION
- Single room supplement: 140€/pax
- Extra night in Santiago: 90€ double room / 70€ single room
- Breakfast: 55€/pax
- Half-Board: 165€/pax
- PRIVATE TRANSFER (CAPACITY 4 pax)
- From airport to Sarria: 125€
- From Santiago to Sarria: 135€
- 215 € pax private shelters
- 350 € pax hostels
- 435 € pax Hotel or superior accommodation
Accommodation in Private Shelters
The rooms are arranged in bunk beds, from 8 to 10 people approximately. The mattresses are of good quality, blankets and disposable cushions are provided. The bathrooms and showers are divided by gender and the facilities are equipped with kitchen, laundry, leisure rooms, etc. It has the perfect facilities to rest. It is the most authentic option to do the French Way from Sarria.
Accommodation in private hostels and guesthouses
The option most demanded by our pilgrims. If what you are looking for is intimacy and a familiar treatment we recommend this option. Rooms with private bathroom, simple, comfortable and without great luxuries, but very cozy. You can choose between double, double, triple or even quadruple rooms for those who travel with their families. Our personal recommendation to do the French Way from Sarria.
Hotels and high quality accommodation
Do you want a quality bonus? We put at your disposal the best hotels and rural houses in which we assure you the maximum rest and comfort after each stage. You can choose between single, double or triple rooms. Some have a swimming pool, garden and large common areas. A plus of comfort for the French Way from Sarria.