WAY OF SAINT JAMES: LOW DIFFICULTY (110 Kms – 10 Stages)
This is the perfect way for you if you prefer to walk more slowly and discover every little corner of the path.
If you are one of those pilgrims who feel a bit insecure about walking an average of 20 kilometres a day, this route is for you. With the distribution of stages of the Easy Way, you will walk an average of 12 kilometres a day. In addition, as you get to know the mythical villages of the stages of the French route from Sarria, you will get to know other small villages on the way. It is possible to combine some short stages of the Easy route with the classic stages depending on your needs.
A perfect way to savour every moment, stop to enjoy nature, contemplate each place and practice photography.
Arrival in Sarria
Once you have arrived in Sarria on your own and have settled into your accommodation, you can enjoy the village’s pilgrim atmosphere by strolling through the cobbled streets of the old town, or relaxing on one of the terraces on the Paseo del Malecón. A day to rest, get mentally prepared and live an unforgettable experience.
Good Way pilgrims!
Sarria – Morgade
In this first stage, the route runs through lively rural roads and small villages. On leaving Sarria, you will cross the Pequeno River over the Ponte Aspera medieval bridge towards Vilei (Barbadelo). The road will continue passing through several small villages until it reaches Morgade, where you will find the milestone at kilometre 100.
Morgade is a small village with very few inhabitants, famous for being the place on the French route from which there are 100 kilometres to Santiago.
Morgade – Portomarín
Shortly after starting this second stage, you will arrive in Ferreiros, where you will be able to visit its Romanesque church dedicated to Santa Maria. Today’s route continues between two rural areas full of small villages. At A Parrocha, you can make a detour southwards to Loio, to visit the remains of its old monastery and pre-Romanesque church. In the historical place of Loio, the order of Santiago was founded in the 12th century with the aim of protecting the pilgrims. The stage ends by crossing the Belesar reservoir to Portomarín.
Portomarín, a town born at the foot of the Miño River, is a place as beautiful as it is peculiar. It is a town that had to be relocated from its original location to a higher point in the valley, due to the construction of the Belesar reservoir on the Miño river that caused the flooding of the old town site. If you have a day with good lighting, you can see the remains of the old Portomarín at the bottom of the river. In this small and busy village you will have the opportunity to enjoy the local gastronomy, moments of relaxation and rest.
Portomarín – Ventas de Narón
In this third stage, Portomarín is abandoned in the direction of Toxibó, a small village without services. Unlike the previous stages, there are fewer villages in this section. After passing Gonzar, Castromaior and Hospital da Cruz, you will have reached the end of your stage in Ventas de Narón. In Castromaior you can make a short detour to visit the castro.
In Ventas de Narón, you can visit the small chapel of A Madalena, guarded at the entrance by a wooden door carved with the cross and the shell of the pilgrim and a chalice.
Ventas de Narón – Palas de Rei
At this stage the succession of small villages in chains will bear witness that the road is reaching the central nucleus of Palas de Rei. You will be able to see the Lameiro cross at Ligondes and the church of Vilar de Donas, declared a National Monument in 1931.
In Palas de Rei, where you will have all the services, you will only have to worry about resting and discovering the wonders of the village. A place with castrex roots, Palas de Rei has several archaeological remains such as mamoas, dolmens or castros, which are witnesses of this culture.
Palas de Rei – Melide
It is a stage of progressive slopes with little difficulty in which you will walk through small villages that evoke past times. You will finish your stage in Melide, capital of the Galician octopus. In any of its many pulperías you will be able to taste this delicacy of the Galician gastronomy.
In Melide, you will have the occasion to appreciate the Cruceiro dated like oldest of Galicia; and between one and thousand patrimonial monuments, you will be able to visit the Museum of the Land of Melide, whose building was an old hospital of pilgrims who was founded on 1502.
Melide – Arzúa
Despite being a short stage like the previous ones, it requires a little more effort because it has more unevenness. However, we assure you that the effort will be worth it when you are surrounded by a wonderfully dense forest of native trees. Without a doubt, you will receive your reward when you arrive at Ribadiso de Abaixo, where you can swim in the river and enjoy the beautiful landscape and the magical environment that accompanies this small village.
Once in Arzúa you will have all the services to refresh yourself and rest. You should not miss the typical cheese to which they give their name: Arzúa-Ulloa Denomination of Origin; accompanied by other typical products of the area.
Arzúa – Salceda
This is a simple stage, of very low difficulty, in which you leave Arzúa in the direction of Pregontoño. At the height of A Peroxa you will cross one of the most beautiful forests of native vegetation (oaks and chestnuts) on the way.
In Salceda or A Salceda, you will enjoy the peace and quiet of a rural village.
Salceda – O Pedrouzo
During this day, the route heads for O Pedrouzo, a town in the municipality of O Pino. O Pedrouzo is a very special stage point, as it is the last place of the classic stages before reaching Santiago de Compostela. You will enjoy an enthusiastic pilgrim atmosphere.
O Pedrouzo – Lavacolla
It is perhaps the least attractive stretch of the French route. The road runs between paved and wooded tracks, surrounding the airport until it reaches Lavacolla.
However, today you will experience the joy and excitement of being just one more day away from Santiago de Compostela.
Lavacolla – Santiago de Compostela
This last stretch of the road does not present any difficulties. It is advisable to get up a little early to enjoy the route in peace and to arrive early at the pilgrim’s mass to make the most of the day in Santiago de Compostela. When you arrive at Monte do Gozo, you will discover the reason for the name of this place: the tickling, that pleasant sensation that will invade you when you see the towers of the cathedral from afar, closer and closer. As you descend towards the city, the blisters and tiredness will disappear until they disappear completely at the most magical moment of the whole Way: the entrance to the Obradoiro Square.
You have arrived in Santiago de Compostela, the city where rain is art. After having stamped your credentials on each stage and having collected your Compostelas, after all the effort, it is time to enjoy the city. We hope you will enjoy strolling through the historic centre, enjoying a fresh beer accompanied by a delicious tapa, dancing and singing in a foliada, or trying some of its traditional liquors, among the thousand and one other things that this small but great city has to offer.
Santiago de Compostela
This is a day of farewells for many, the end of a journey, and why not, the beginning of many. The last day will dawn with one more journey in your lives, but not a journey of miles, but of experiences, of emotions and of new friendships; a journey that will be projected into your lives and will help you to continue walking free towards your own goals.
Thus ends the French Way from Sarria.
*After leaving the accommodation, end of the service.
THIS TRIP INCLUDES
- 12 days / 11 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
- HOSTELS AND HOTELS
- Single room supplement: 170€/pax
- Extra night in Santiago: 70€ double room / 55€ single room
- Breakfast: 75€/pax
- Half Board: 215€/pax
- PRIVATE TRANSFER (CAPACITY 4 pax)
- From airport to Sarria: 125€
- From Santiago to Sarria: 135€
- 335 € pax Private Shelters
- 485 € pax Hostels and Hotels
The perfect choice if you are travelling alone, have a small budget or want to experience the Camino 100%. The hostels are the perfect accommodation to meet other pilgrims. They have mixed rooms organized in bunk beds, bathrooms separated by sexes, equipped kitchens, laundry and common areas where you can relax and rest. It is the most authentic option to do the French Way from Sarria.
Hostels and Hotels
The option most in demand 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 big luxuries, but very cosy. 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.