Camino de Santiago from Sarria

French Way Easy | From Sarria in 10 stages

The French Way

Tour Description

The French Way Easy: walk at your own speed

Don’t you feel ready to walk more than 20 km per day? Do not worry, that is no problem at all!

With the French Way Easy Tour, you will be able to complete the last 100 km of the Camino Francés in 10 walking days, so you will walk an average of 12 km per day. Sounds achievable, doesn’t it?

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Experience details

Included Services

Lodging in private room with private bathroom
Luggage transfer between stages
Half board: breakfast and dinner
Travel insurance
Walking notes
Pilgrim passport
24/7 telephone assistance

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Sarria - Morgade (12 km)

From Sarria to Morgade, you will enjoy the most rural side of Galicia region. You will see Romanesque Churches and other nice spots.

Morgade – Portomarín (9 km)

Today you will be able to discover one of the most beautiful towns on the French Way: Portomarín. It’s reservoir has a nice story behind it. Would you like to know it?

Portomarín – Ventas de Narón (11 km)

The walk will start through pine forests and picturesque hamlets. You will see the church of Santa María de de Castromayor, just after Portomarín.

Ventas de Narón – Palas de Rei (11 km)

After walking through small paths and rural areas, the way will take us to one of the most emblematic spots on the French Way: Palas de Rei.

Palas de Rei – Melide (14 km)

Some Pilgrims do all the way from Palas de Rei to Arzúa (28 km approx.) and others prefer to stay in Melide, that is in between both places. We recommend this last option, as Melide is a good place to try one of the most renowned dishes in Galicia: octopus.

Melide – Arzúa (14 km)

Today we will see one of the most interesting points of the route: Ribadiso, a medieval town just before Arzúa. Once there, we recommend you to try the local cheese, a delicacy!

Arzúa – Salceda (10 km)

This is a relaxing walk, through pine forests and rural areas. A Salceda is a small hamlet on the way to O Pedrouzo.

A Salceda – O Pedrouzo (9 km)

Nice walking day, through small rural areas, forests, and hamlets.

O Pedrouzo – Lavacolla (10 km)

Only 10 km to get from O Pedrouzo to Lavacolla. Today we will walk close to the airport, and we will start to feel Santiago de Compostela on the horizon.

Lavacolla – Santiago (10 km)

And today is finally the last walking day of the French Way: from Lavacolla to Santiago de Compostela. As you will start in Lavacolla (only 10 km far to Santiago) you will have enough time to enjoy all the highlights of the stretch. For example: Monte do Gozo. This place marks a special moment for reflection. What to do once in Santiago? -Visit the Pilgrims’ Office to get the Certificate -Go to the Pilgrim’s Mass at the Cathedral -Visit the Obradoiro Square, the Alameda, and walk around the old quarter of the city.

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Standard Category Accommodations on Camino de Santiago from Sarria

1* and 2* hotels

These hotels offer private rooms with private bathrooms as well as other additional services that may vary depending on the type of category: restaurant service, television, room service, dry cleaning, ironing service, etc. It is common to stay in this type of hotels in the cities along the Camino.

Hostels and pensions

These accommodations have the necessary services to cover the basic needs of cleanliness and rest at a more moderate price than the hotels . Officially, hostels and guesthouses are 1-star accommodations. However, this rating should not be taken into account when evaluating the level of comfort and quality of their services.

Trip cancellation insurance
Upgrade to superior room
Extra night at the beginning of the tour
Extra night at the end of the tour
Private transfer airport-starting location
Private transfer Santiago-Airport
Other private transfers
Organized visits and excursions
Pilgrim massage

Route map

Touristic information

Where does the French Way from Sarria in 10 stages go?

The French Way from Sarria in 10 stages is one of the most popular routes of the Camino de Santiago and runs through the autonomous community of Galicia, more specifically the provinces of Lugo and A Coruña. This route has a length of 106 kilometers and is especially known for being the minimum stretch required to obtain the Compostela, the pilgrimage certificate, because it exceeds the 100 kilometers required.

Sarria

Located in the province of Lugo, Sarria is a common starting point for pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. Its lively atmosphere, cobblestone streets and historic monuments, such as the church of Santa Mariña, offer an inspiring start to the journey. Pilgrims can stock up on everything they need before starting their journey to the city of Santiago de Compostela.

Morgade

After a long day’s walk from Sarria, Morgade stands as a quiet refuge in the middle of the Galician countryside. Its stone houses and green meadows invite pilgrims to rest and reflect on the journey ahead. Here, the peace and serenity of the natural surroundings offer a welcome respite before continuing the journey to Portomarín.

Portomarín

With a rich and fascinating history, Portomarín captivates pilgrims with its impressive church-fortress and panoramic views of the Miño River. This Galician town, which was moved stone by stone to avoid flooding, offers walkers a blend of medieval architecture and modern amenities, making it a highlight on the French Way.

Ventas de Narón

Located in a quiet rural area, Ventas de Narón is a small village that serves as an intermediate resting place for pilgrims on their way to Santiago. With its serene atmosphere and natural scenery, this place offers a welcome respite before continuing the journey to Palas de Rei.

Palas de Rei

Palas de Rei

As an important stop on the French Way, Palas de Rei is a town that combines history and hospitality for pilgrims. With a lively central square, a variety of services and traditional Galician architecture, this town offers walkers the opportunity to recharge their batteries and explore its cultural heritage before continuing on to Melide.

Melide

Famous for its pulperías, where you can taste the typical Galician octopus, Melide is a town full of charm and flavor on the Camino de Santiago. Its cobbled streets and cozy atmosphere invite pilgrims to enjoy a unique gastronomic stop before continuing to Arzúa.

Arzúa

Arzúa

Known for its delicious cheese, Arzúa is a Galician village that offers pilgrims a combination of tradition and modern comfort. With numerous services for walkers, as well as a variety of stores and restaurants, this place is ideal for resting and recharging before continuing on to A Salceda.

A Salceda

Located in a quiet rural setting, A Salceda is a village that provides pilgrims with a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere on the Camino de Santiago. With its picturesque views and local hospitality, this place offers walkers the opportunity to enjoy a refreshing break before the last stage to O Pedrouzo.

O Pedrouzo

With a mixture of excitement and anticipation, O Pedrouzo is the penultimate stop before reaching Santiago de Compostela on the French Way. With a variety of services for pilgrims, as well as accommodations and restaurants, this town offers walkers the chance to prepare physically and mentally for the exciting final stretch to the cathedral.

Lavacolla

Historically known as the place where pilgrims washed before arriving in Santiago, Lavacolla is a town that evokes a sense of purification and renewal on the Camino de Santiago. With its serene atmosphere and natural landscapes, this place offers walkers the opportunity to reflect on their journey before embarking on the last stage towards the holy city.

Places and monuments to visit on the French Way from Sarria in 10 stages

Church of Santa Mariña in Sarria:

This example of Galician Romanesque architecture dates from the 12th century. The church of Santa Mariña stands out for its structural simplicity and the elegance of its lines. Its austere but majestic facade, with semicircular arches and sculptural details on the columns, reflects the spirituality and devotion of the time. Inside, medieval frescoes and carved capitals offer a window into the sacred art of the region.

Church of San Nicolás in Portomarín

Church of San Nicolás in Portomarín

Rebuilt in the 12th century in late Romanesque style, the church of Santiago in Portomarín is a masterpiece of medieval engineering and architecture. Its imposing presence, strategically located on top of a hill, makes it a symbol of resistance and faith. The interior of the church, with its ribbed vaults and high altar, reflects the spiritual grandeur of the time.

Melide Bridge in Melide

Built in the 13th century, the Melide Bridge is an exceptional example of medieval engineering in Galicia. Its sturdy stone structure, composed of pointed arches and cutwaters, has withstood the passage of time and inclement weather.

Church of Santa María in Palas de Rei

Built in the 12th century in late Romanesque style, the church of Santa Maria is an architectural treasure in the town of Palas de Rei. Its impressive facade, decorated with blind arches and sculptural reliefs, reflects the spiritual richness and devotion of the time. Inside, visitors can admire a series of Baroque mural paintings and altarpieces, as well as a collection of liturgical objects and relics.

Cruceiro de Santo Alberte in Arzúa

This stone cruceiro, located on the outskirts of Arzúa, is an emblematic example of Galician sacred art. Built in the 17th century, the cruceiro represents the fusion of religious and pagan elements in the artistic tradition of Galicia. Its sculptural reliefs, depicting biblical scenes and sacred figures, offer a unique insight into popular spirituality in the region.

Ribadiso Bridge in Arzúa

This ancient stone bridge, built in the 14th century, is a testament to the skill and creativity of medieval engineers. Located on the Iso River, the Ribadiso Bridge has been a crucial crossing point on the Camino de Santiago for centuries. Its arched design and sturdy structure make it an architectural landmark on the route to Santiago.

Monte do Gozo

Pilgrims on the Northern Way

This mountain, located on the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela, is a place of great symbolic importance for pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. From its summit, walkers can catch their first glimpse of the towers of the cathedral, representing the end of their long journey and the fulfillment of their pilgrimage. At the base of the hill is the “Pilgrim’s Welcome” monument, commemorating the pilgrims’ arrival in the holy city.

Frequent questions

From Santiago de Compostela Airport

  • Car or cab: 116km with an estimated duration of 1 hour and 25 minutes.
  • Bus: Take the bus (LINE 6A) from Santiago de Compostela airport to the bus station. Frequency every 15′ and with an approximate duration of 45′. Another option is to take a cab to the station, with an estimated duration of 15′. Then, we must take a bus (monbus) to Sarria (1 hour and 50 minutes). For schedules and more information visit: https://tussa.org/ and www.monbus.es

From Madrid Airport

  • Car or cab: 500km with an estimated duration of 5h.
  • Plane: Take a flight to Santiago de Compostela, a 1h trip. Once at the airport take the bus (LINE 6A) from Santiago de Compostela airport to the bus station. Frequency every 15′ and with an approximate duration of 20′. Another option is to take a cab to the station, with an estimated duration of 15′. Then, we must take a bus (monbus) to Sarria (1 hour and 50 minutes). For schedules and more information visit: https://tussa.org/ and www.monbus.es 
  • Train: From T4 take the suburban train (LÍNEA C1) towards Chamartín (17′ trip). Once there, transfer to the train towards Sarria (journey time 4h and 30 minutes) To consult timetables and more information visit: www.renfe.com
  • Bus: From T4 take the bus to Lugo (ALSA), journey time 6h and 20 minutes. In Lugo transfer to the bus (MONBUS) to the Sarria stop, journey time 40 minutes.  For schedules and more information visit: www.alsa.es and www.monbus.es

From Porto Airport

  • Car or cab: 280km with an estimated duration of 3 hours.
  • Bus: Take a bus (REDE EXPRESSOS) to Santiago de Compostela, journey time 3h 45 minutes. Once there, transfer to the bus (MONBUS) to Sarria, journey time 1h and 50 minutes. For schedules and more information visit: https://rede-expressos.pt/es and www.monbus.es

FromOther nearby airports

  • From Vigo Airport: It is 160km with an estimated duration of 2h by car. Another option is to take the train (RENFE) from Vigo Guixar station to Ourense and there transfer to take the train to Sarria (total journey time about 5h). You can also take a bus (MONBUS) from Vigo Urzaiz station to Santiago, and once there, transfer to take a bus (monbus) to Sarria (journey time 1h and 50 minutes). For schedules and more information visit: www.renfe.com, www.monbus.es
  • From A Coruña Airport: It is 125km with an estimated duration of 1h and 20 minutes by car. Another option is to take the train (RENFE) from San Cristobal station to Sarria (2h and 30 minutes). You can also take the bus (ARRIVA) to Lugo and transfer to take a bus (MONBUS) to Sarria (total time 3h). For timetables and more information visit: www.renfe.com, www.monbus.es and https://arriva.es/es/galicia

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TOUR SUMMARY

DISTANCE: 106 Km
STAGES: 10 Stages
DURATION: 11 Nights
DIFICULTy: 1/5
START: Sarria
PRICE: desde 870€

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