On this trip you will cover the last 110 kilometres of the Vía de la Plata from Ourense, a stretch also known as the Sanabrés Way.

You will begin your adventure in a city with a great importance in the Camino de Santiago, which since its beginnings has soothed the feet of the pilgrim with its thermal and mineral-medicinal waters. A city that invites you to lose yourself in the stone labyrinths of the old town, stroll along the banks of the river Minho and contemplate its seven bridges, symbols of the city.

It is a long forgotten Way, little travelled and at the same time, surprising. You will discover one of the most important medieval monasteries in Galicia, the Monastery of Santa María de Oseira, located in a beautiful natural setting. The gastronomy also plays a fundamental role in this itinerary, being the jewel in the crown the famous cocido de Lalín.


Travel Itinerary

The truth is that starting the Vía de la Plata from Ourense is a luxury. This city, crossed by the river Minho, has its maximum identifier in the multiple bridges that cross its flow to unite the two parts of the city. You can visit its Cathedral, in which the Portico del Paraíso stands out, a tribute to the Pórtico de la Gloria of Santiago de Compostela. You can also visit the convent of San Francisco and its very well preserved old town, full of leisure, atmosphere and good food. Finally, every good pilgrim visits the thermal baths of the city, some of which, such as Chavasqueira, are free of charge. We assure you that there is no better start to the Camino than a relaxing bath and a zen atmosphere like the one offered by these thermal baths. Are you ready to find out?

Well dear pilgrim, after enjoying yesterday getting to know the beautiful Ourense, today the adventure finally begins, here we go! Today you will go deep into the province of Ourense to go to a small village that has earned its place on the map and its recognition: San Cristovo de Cea. Did you know that the best bread in Galicia is made here? That’s right, the bread from Cea even has its own Denomination of Origin. Too bad bread is a perishable product and you can’t take a bunch of balls with you! Nevertheless, we hope you enjoy today and prepare a good sandwich for tomorrow’s stage.

This second stage is characterized for being the longest and hardest of this route, something that will be rewarded due to its great scenic and monumental interest. Until Castro Dozón you will have two alternatives of trip, the official one that will take you to Cotelas, and the unofficial one that will divert you until the wonderful Monastery of Oseira and that increases in 5 kilometers the stage. Despite the distance, we recommend taking the second option to enjoy the beauty of the Monastery, known as the “Galician Escorial”, due to its monumentality. From this point, to get to Lalín you will find a series of natural paths that cross parishes and small villages.

Once in Lalín, you can’t leave without eating the extraordinary Galician stew that they prepare in this area, considered one of the best in Galicia. Here you can also visit the church of Goiás, a Romanesque temple built in the 12th century.

Starting the route from the centre of Lalín, you will have to follow the milestones and arrows to reach the Pontiñas river walk, an extremely pleasant stretch for pilgrims. After crossing the industrial estate of Lalín, the path alternates to the left with the road, passing by the medieval bridge of Taboada. This section of the Camino is really interesting, both for its monumental richness and for its natural and environmental beauty. You will find the Romanesque church of Santiago de Taboada where you can stamp your credential; after passing by the Pazo de Trasfontao before reaching Silleda, all that remains is to cross the bridge over the river Toxa to reach the end of the stage, in Bandeira.

Bandeira is the second largest town in the municipality of Silleda. The Vista Alegre Cultural Centre is one of the most outstanding heritage buildings in the centre. You are in the ideal place to taste the traditional Galician empanada, the typical dish of the town.

Today you will leave Bandeira by the national road to continue along a dirt track to Dornelas, with its magnificent church. The route continues alternating road and dirt track until San Miguel de Castro and Taberna do Seixo, where you can stamp your credential and recharge your batteries before starting the descent to Ponte de Ulla. From here you will follow the same national road to the river Ulla, stopping at the chapel of Nuestra Señora de Gundián, of great devotion in the area. After crossing the old bridge over the river Ulla, you will say goodbye to the province of Pontevedra and enter A Coruña through Santa Cruz de Rivadulla, where the stage will come to an end.

In Santa Cruz de Rivadulla your path crosses one of the most popular routes for lovers of vegetation during the winter season: the route of the camellias. The pazo of Santa Cruz de Rivadulla has one of the most exotic and interesting gardens in Galicia. Of course, one of the jewels of the botanical walk is the camellia and its many subspecies, how many will you be able to distinguish?

Today we recommend leaving early to make the most of the day in Santiago. During the first three kilometres of the stage you will walk under lush forests until you reach Lestedo, where you can take a detour to the Pico Sacro, which has impressive panoramic views of the area. After reaching A Susana, you will be in the municipality of Santiago. The Way enters the city through the Sar district and, after crossing its Roman bridge, goes up through Castrón Douro to enter the historic centre through the Mazarelos Arch. Savour your last steps through the old town of Compostela and enjoy your triumphal entry into the Plaza del Obradoiro. Congratulations!

You are in Santiago! Feel happy and proud to have completed your Camino de Santiago. Now we just need to pick up the Compostela certificate and enjoy an incredible day getting to know the Galician capital.

Congratulations! You have completed the last stretch of the Via de la Plata from Ourense. This last day you are in charge, you can go back home or enjoy one more day in Santiago. And how beautiful is Compostela.

Did you know that all roads end in Finisterre? If you feel like walking and you have 5 more days, we encourage you to complete the 5 stages that separate Santiago to Finisterre. The most magical and spiritual route that hides real treasures such as Ponte Maceira, one of the most beautiful villages in Spain or the extraordinary sunset of the Finisterre lighthouse.

Map of the Way

Type of accommodation


Services included

7 days / 6 nights accommodation7 days / 6 nights accommodation
Luggage transfer during the stagesLuggage transfer during the stages
Complete documentationComplete documentation
Pilgrim’s CredentialPilgrim’s Credential
24 hour emergency telephone assistance24 hour emergency telephone assistance
Travel insuranceTravel insurance

Optional Services

ServiceIn hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Ourense
BreakfastBreakfast45€ per person
MP (Breakfast and dinner)MP (Breakfast and dinner)130€ per person
Supplement for single roomSupplement for single room95€ per single room
Extra nightExtra night55€ (sing. room) / 70€ (doub. room)
Breakfast Breakfast
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Ourense 45€ per person
MP (Breakfast and dinner) MP (Breakfast and dinner)
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Ourense 130€ per person
Supplement for single room Supplement for single room
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Ourense 95€ per single room
Extra night Extra night
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Ourense 55€ (sing. room) / 70€ (doub. room)


Frequently Asked Questions

In this modality you will do the Camino de Santiago at your own pace and you will only have to worry about choosing the route you like the most, the type of accommodation and your departure date. If you choose this option you will travel alone or with the people that appear in your reservation, and you will have all the services included so that you only have to worry about walking and enjoying the experience.
The Way of Saint James on your own includes the following services
  • Accommodation
  • Luggage transport
  • Dossier with information about the stages
  • Pilgrim's credential
  • 24-hour helpline
  • Travel insurance
In addition, you can customize your trip by adding the following optional services
  • Breakfast or half board
  • Private transfers to the start of the stage from Santiago de Compostela or from the airport.
  • Extra night at the beginning or end of the stage
Unlike the group trips, no bus service, guide or support vehicle is included between stages. But you will have a 24-hour hotline where you can contact us in case of any problem or unforeseen event, which we will solve quickly.
Yes, you will have total freedom to choose your departure date. However, if you want to do your Camino de Santiago in the months of December, January and February, we recommend that you check availability before making your reservation. At this time of year most accommodation is closed and many services may not be available.
In your travel documents, you will find the names of the accommodations assigned to you, as well as their contact telephone number and location.   As a general rule, all accommodation is located in the centre of the different towns along the Pilgrims' Route to Santiago de Compostela, without the need to deviate too far from the route. But sometimes, due to lack of availability, it is possible that some accommodation may be a little far from the village or even in neighbouring towns.   For all the accommodations that are at a considerable distance from the route of the Camino, we will provide you with a free taxi service that you can use to get to your accommodation and return to the Camino the next morning.   In any case, these are exceptions that we will inform you at the time of booking.
Luggage transport service by default is included in all our trips and it is not necessary to request it. You will be able to do the Camino de Santiago without your luggage on your back with the peace of mind that your suitcase will be at your next accommodation on your arrival.   Along with your credential you will also receive stickers, which you must cover with the requested information and stick it in a visible place on your suitcase.   Once you have arrived at your accommodation, we recommend that you ask at reception where you can leave your luggage. You will have to leave your luggage at the indicated place first thing in the morning for our carrier to pick it up. This way, when you arrive at your next accommodation your luggage will already be there.
We have a taxi service that you can hire whenever you need it. You can hire it, for example, to go from the airport to the start of your Camino, or to go from Santiago to your starting point to pick up your car once you finish the stage.   The price of the transfers will depend on the distance from your point of origin to the destination. If you have any questions about this service do not hesitate to contact us.
We include a compulsory insurance with each trip that will cover you for any inconveniences that may arise during the Camino de Santiago. We will send you the insurance policy together with your travel documents.
The basic travel insurance included in our packages has a wide coverage against unforeseen events, with which you will also have guaranteed medical assistance and numerous benefits that you can consult in the General Conditions of Travel Insurance.
In your travel documents you will find an emergency telephone number where we are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This way you will travel with peace of mind knowing that one of our companions will help you to quickly solve any problem, incident or doubt that you may have along your Camino de Santiago.
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