MADRID | ROYAL PALACE | SARRIA | GALICIA | SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
The last section of The French Way, the famous Camino Francés, from Sarria to Santiago is the most popular Camino trip and perfectly captures the essence of the Camino de Santiago. Our program begins in the Spanish capital of Madrid with two nights accommodation and a panoramic city tour including a visit to the Royal Palace.
Continue by train to Sarria where your journey incorporates the last 100km section of The French Way. Meet fellow pilgrims, discover local traditions and enjoy the unique atmosphere of it all, rewarding yourself with good food after a day walking in Galicia’s green countryside. The Camino will take you across woodlands, farmland and rustic hamlets, following tracks and paths lined by granite stone walls until you approach your final destination: the magnificent city of Santiago de Compostela. Get your Compostela certificate and explore the magic of Santiago’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Meet fellow pilgrims in Sarria
- Savour Galicia’s most famous dish; octopus
- Explore the hidden gems of Santiago’s Old Town
- Receive your Compostela certificate
- Total 8 nights accommodation
- 2 nights in Madrid at NH Collection Prado, SuperiorRoom ★★★★
- 6 nights basic accommodation during your guided Camino journey
- Panoramic city tour of Madrid including Royal Palace
- Breakfast daily, most dinners while on Camino
- Domestic Economy class Flight: Madrid – Santiago de Compostela
- Private transfers from airport, to train station
- Hotel taxes and service charges
Price as indicated valid April 11, 2020, based on two passengers travelling together. Subject to availability at time of booking. Camino itineraries are fully customizable. Blackout periods may apply.
International airfare not included. Minimum 2 passengers travelling together.
Some tour schedules vary based on seasonality.
**European city/tourist taxes collected locally unless otherwise indicated.
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Tour Code: EU2420A
MADRID Arrival in Madrid, private transfer to your hotel.
MADRID After breakfast, discover Madrid during a half-day shared sightseeing tour through the most popular avenues, streets and squares to admire Gran Via, Plaza de España, Calle Mayor and Cibeles Fountain. Visit the beautiful Royal Palace, built in the 18th-century which remains one of the best preserved palaces in Europe.
SARRIA Sarria is the most popular starting point of the Camino de Santiago with thousands starting their journey here every year. Explore the town centre where you will find churches, chapels, monasteries and seven pilgrim hospitals. The main street, Rúa Maior, has a nice atmosphere, where you can relax while enjoying a drink or bite in one of the nice cafes around. Visit the Igrexa de Santa Mariña with its evocative pilgrim mural, the castle fortress and the Magdalena Monastery.
SARRIA – PORTOMARIN Today, expect a calm walk through pretty villages and peaceful hamlets under the shade of oak trees and along quiet country roads. Along the way, you will spot many Galician traditional ‘hórreos’ (granaries). Visit the beautiful Romanesque church in the village of Barbadelo. Your destination for the night is the town of Portomarin.
Easy Walking Option: You can choose to split this walking day in two and stay in the hamlet of Morgade.
PORTOMARIN – PALAS DE REI Starting from the lovely village of Portomarin, today the Camino will cross the river Miño (Galicia’s longest river) and rise uphill steadily towards the Serra de Ligonde. You will pass nice hamlets such as Gonzar and Ventas de Narón. Stop to visit the Romanesque Church of Santa María in Castromaior and the Romanesque church in Eirexe, with its portal featuring a sculpture of Daniel with animals, as well as Pilgrim Santiago.
Easy Walking Option: You can choose to split this walking day in two and stay in the hamlet of Ventas de Narón.
PALAS DE REI – ARZUA Today, the Camino trail continues downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the delightful village of Leboreiro. You should take a break in the lively market town of Melide (454m), where you should try octopus, Galicia’s most classic dish, in one of the many ‘pulperías’. The Camino crosses several streams and follows a forest track bringing you to the village of Boente and the church of Santiago. Next is the pretty medieval hamlet of Ribadiso and finally the town of Arzúa (389m), famous for its local cheese. In Arzúa, you should visit the churches of Santa María and A Magdalena.
MELIDE The long walking day above, between Palas and Arzúa, can be split into two stages of 15km and 13km if you would like to walk at a more relaxed pace. You would stay overnight in a charming 2* hotel in the town of Melide. Our guided tour includes the split as default.
Easy Walking / Last 70km: Starts in Palas de Rei.
ARZUA – AMENAL Today’s Camino will take you through pretty woods, sleepy villages and across streams for most of the day. The chapel of Santa Irene, with its unique statue of Santiago, is worth a visit. En-route, don’t miss the lovely hamlet of Rúa (310m). The rest of the route to Amenal is along a mix of good and calm country roads and forest tracks.
Easy Walking Option: You can choose to stay in Rúa (18km) and walk to Lavacolla the next day (10km). Short Break Last 35km: Starts in Arzúa.
AMENAL – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA After Amenal, your next point of interest is Lavacolla in the outskirts of Santiago, where pilgrims used to wash themselves in the river in preparation for their arrival in Santiago de Compostela. Rows of tall eucalyptus trees line your journey to Monte do Gozo (‘Mount of Joy’ 368m) and it is from here that will catch your first glimpse of the spires of the cathedral in Santiago. When you arrive in the city (264m, population 80,000), explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site’s architecture and delight in the wonderful atmosphere of this spiritual and cultural city. With only 16km to walk today, you should be in Santiago in time for the pilgrim mass (12pm).
Easy Walking Option: You can choose to stay Lavacolla and walk to Santiago (10km). Superior Collection now including complimentary spa treatment in Santiago.
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Before you head back home, take time to explore the beautiful old town in Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO heritage site since 1985 and home to one of the oldest universities in Spain. Please ask us for additional nights, day tours of the historic centre or day trips to Finisterre or the Cíes Islands. Read our blog post: Top 10 things to do in Santiago de Compostela for ideas before your trip.
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