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Camino de Santiago from Sarria

French Way from Sarria Superior

Tour Description

Walk the French Way in style

If you wish to have a more comfortable and pleasant experience on the French Way, we can upgrade your accommodations and include extra services.

Walk the best well known and social part of the Camino with Galiwonders.com. The Camino Francés is walked by thousands of pilgrims from all over the world ever year, and the most popular route. 60% of the Pilgrim Certificates issued each year, are given to pilgrims who have walked the French Way. Moreover, it is the Camino de Santiago route we can see on the movie “The Way”.

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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 is the starting point of this adventure, the beginning of the last section of the French Way.

Sarria – Portomarín (22 km)

First walking of the last 100 km of the French Way: pilgrims walking this route will discover religious constructions such as Romanesque churches, small hamlets, and the amazing landscapes of the countryside of Galicia region. The path will take us to Portomarín, one of the most picturesque villages on the Camino Francés.

Portomarín – Palas de Rei (25 km)

The walking day from Portomarín to Palas de Rei is divided by the Ligonde Mountains, and the Rivers Miño and Ulloa. There is a combination of paved roads and rural paths. There are a few examples of Romanesque churches along the way.

Palas de Rei – Arzúa (29 km)

The walk from Palas de Rei to Arzúa (29 km) is the longest of the last 100 km of the Camino Francés. For these reason, we offer the possibility of staying overnight in Melide. Melide also a very popular spot on the Camino, all pilgrims who stay there try the delicious octopus. It is said to be the best of Galicia region! If you continue to Arzúa, we strongly recommend you to buy some cheese, it is delicious!

Arzúa - Pedrouzo (20 km)

There are almost 40 km from Arzúa to Santiago, that is why it seems more logical to break up the stretch in two, and stay in O Pedrouzo (or Rúa, Amenal or Lavacolla). The walking day from Arzúa to O Pedrouzo is quite comfortable, through unpaved paths, and easy ups and downs. Most of the time, close to the Road N-547. Entre Arzúa y la catedral de Santiago median casi 40 kilómetros y lo más lógico y prudente es dividir el tramo en dos jornadas haciendo parada y fonda en Santa Irene u O Pedrouzo. El Concello de Arzúa cede el testigo al de O Pino en un trayecto cómodo, con pendientes más fáciles y por pistas siempre cercanas a la N-547.

Pedrouzo – Santiago (20 km)

The leg from O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela is the last one of the French Way. It is quite peaceful, through unpaved rural paths, oak & eucalyptus woods. Once at the Airport (Lavacolla) pilgrims will approach the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela. The highlight of the walk? Monte do Gozo. From this point the landscape will become more urban, as we approach our final destination: the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Superior Category Accommodations on Camino de Santiago from Sarria

Superior Hotels

Typical in the large cities along the El Camino. They can be family hotels or international hotel chains. They are perhaps the most expensive alternative, although you can find different price levels according to the category and services they offer.

Boutique Hotels

These are small accommodations characterized by having few rooms and providing personalized attention. They are hotel concepts with a modern style and their own character.

National Paradores of Spain

This is a public hotel chain that manages a network of almost 100 charming hotels distributed throughout the Iberian Peninsula. The establishments are located in buildings of cultural interest and great historical value, and stand out for their scenic, artistic or natural interest (including ancient palaces, monasteries, fortresses, convents, fortresses…).

Rural tourism lodgings

Rural houses, pazos, inns, rectories, castles, monasteries, farmhouses… These are historic buildings of great architectural and patrimonial value. So much so, that this characteristic sometimes gives them the status of “luxury accommodation” despite of the fact that they are often rustic constructions in which natural stone and wood predominate.

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Touristic information

The French Way of St. James from Sarria is one of the most famous routes of the Camino de Santiago, as it comprises the last 116 kilometers of the French Way. This means that those who walk it meet the minimum 100 kilometers necessary to obtain the Compostela at the Pilgrim’s Office in Santiago.

Every year, more than 350,000 people from all over the world decide to walk this incredible pilgrimage. The French Way from Sarria is the most popular, as according to the Pilgrim’s Welcome Office in Santiago, some 96,124 people made this route in 2019, which is 27% of the total number of pilgrims who arrived in Santiago de Compostela that year.

This route has a special significance, as it was the first itinerary of the Camino de Santiago declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and the first European Cultural Itinerary. It also stands out for its diversity of landscapes and its extraordinary wealth of monuments, culture and gastronomy.

Where does the French Way from Sarria Superior pass through?

The French Way from Sarria is one of the most popular points of the Camino de Santiago and runs through the autonomous community of Galicia, more specifically the provinces of Lugo and A Coruña.

Sarria

Sarria

Located in Lugo, Galicia, Sarria is one of the most popular points of the French Way of St. James. Here thousands of pilgrims decide to start the pilgrimage every year to make the popular route, Sarria to Santiago de Compostela. This Galicia town is located about 100 km from Santiago de Compostela, the minumum distance necessary to obtain the Compostela.

In Sarria you can visit dolmens and petroglyphs around the town that show the human presence in the area since prehistoric times.

Portomarín

It is a town located in the province of Lugo. It was a crucial point in the Camino de Santiago during the Middle Ages, because in this small rural town the pilgrims crossed the Miño River in boats to continue their pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

One of the most significant milestones in the history of Portomarín occurred in the 1960s, when it was decided to build a reservoir on the Miño River to generate hydroelectric power. This implied that Portomarín would be submerged under the waters of the reservoir. As a result, the town was moved to a higher and safer location. To preseve its history and heritage many of its historic buildings, including the Church of San Nicolás, were dismantled stine by stone and rebuilt in the new location.

Palas de Rei

Also located in the province of Lugo, this minucipality has medieval origins, as it was founded at a crossroads that formed part of the network if trade routes and pilgrimage routes that converge in Santiago de Compostela. The town has a series of churched and religious monuments that reflect its history linked to the pilgrimage. The Church of San Tirso, of Romanesque origin, is one of the main examples.

Arzúa

 

Arzúa in the French Way from Sarria in 5 stages

Arzúa is a town located in the province of A Coruña. With the rise of pilgrimages in the Middle Ages, pilgrim hospitals were built in this town, such as the hostel of Ribadiso de A Ponte or the Convent of Magdalena, which provided assistance to pilgrims. Since the 20th century, this town owes its economic development to the expansion of the diary industry and the production of cheese and its derivatives. It is also one of the best known points of the French Way due to its proximity to Santiago de Compostela.

O Pedrouzo

Also known as “A Rúa do Peregrino”, is a small village located in the province of A Coruña. It is located in the last stage of the French Way. Its history is closely related to the path of the Camino de Santiago and the flow of pilgrims over the centuries.

Places and monuments to visit in the French Way from Sarria Superior

Church of San Nicolás in Portomarín

Church of San Nicolás in Portomarín

This church was built in the 12th century. Formerly the church was located in the old town of the valley of Portomarín, but during the construction of the Belesar reservoir in the 1960s it was dismantled stone by stone and rebuilt in a higher location to prevent it from being submerged under the waters.

Castro of Castromaior

This castro, located in Castromaior, is in the stage between Portomarín and Palas de Rei. It will allow you to enjoy a panoramic view of the right bank of the Miño river. It also has an intricate system of moats, walls, ramparts and palisades surrounding the access to the settlement.

The castro has been conditioned for the visit of tourists and curious people interested in archaeology. In addition, restoration and conservation work has been carried out at the archaeological site to preserve its structured and allow visitors to better understand its history.

The Cabazo and the Church of Santa María de Leboreiro

The Church of Santa maría has a Gothic style, although characterictic concepts and decorative motfs of the Romanesque style persist. On its façade there is a sculpture of the Virgin in high relief and just opposite is the facade of the old pilgrims’ hostel founded by the Ulloa family in the twelfth century.

In front of the church is the Cabazo, which is a basket-shaped granary that was used to store corn, like a primitive hórreo. This building is a sample of traditional Galician engineering, which is adapted to the enviroment and the needs of conservation of the crop.

Ribadiso Bridge

This bridge of medieval origin dates back to the 12th century and has been an essential crossing point for pilgrims along the Camino over time, as its stategic location over the river Iso contributes to its historical importance. It consists of a single semicircular arch and is built with granite masonry.

Hermitage of San Andrés in O Pedrouzo

The Hermitage of San Andrés is of medieval origin and dates from the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries. It is built in the Mudejar style and has a solid and massive appearance. Inside, the sculpture of San Andrñes and a baroque altarpiece from the 17th century stand out. Its architecture and location in a natural environment highlights the coneection between faith, history and nature that characterizes the experience of the Camino de Santiago.

Alternative places to discover on the French Way from Sarria

Monforte de Lemos

Located in the Ribeira Sacra, land where the mencía grape reigns, is this town that still preserved echoes of the great city it was the Middle Ages. Monforte de Lemos also preserved medieval walls of the old castle of San Vicente and treasures an impressive Parador de Turismo that houses the palace of the powerful Counts  of Lemos.

You can visit it on your arrival in Sarria, as it is located half an hour’s drive from the center of the town.

Lugo

The city of Lugo is located in the province of the same name, although its origin dates back to Celtic times, the city lived its period of maximum splendor during the Middle Ages. Lugo is today a contemporary city that still preserved elements of this period integrated with the city. The Wall of Lugo, which borders the city, its Cathedral, the Domus del Mitreo or its Roman bridge are some of them.

You can visit Lugo on your way through Portomarín, as it is only 28 minutes by car from the center of this town.

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: 5 Stages
DURATION: 6 Nights
DIFICULTy: 3/5
START: Sarria
PRICE: desde 750€

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