Camino de Santiago from Sarria

French Way | Sarria to Santiago in 5 stages

El Camino Francés | Sarria a Santiago

Tour Description

Walk the last 100 km of the French Way

Enjoy the French Way, the best well known and social part of the Camino with Galiwonders. The French Way is the most popular among pilgrims every year, and it is also the leading topic of many movies, books and documentaries.

You will be able to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the countryside of Galicia, and taste its wonderful cuisine during your journey; also, you will be able to meet many other fellow Pilgrims from all around the world along the way.

+ Leer más

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

Check in

Arrival to Sarria, beginning of the last 100Km of the French Way.

Sarria – Portomarín (22 km)

The peaceful route from Sarria to Portomarín will take you through small villages, lovely landscapes and past Romanesque churches. At the end of the stage (22Km) you will arrive in Portomarín, which is one of the most beautiful villages of this part of the Camino.

Portomarín – Palas de Rei (25 km)

Today you will start walking through a pine forest, and the route will take you through many picturesque hamlets. The most interesting Romanesque church you will find is Santa María de Castromayor, after Portomarin. By the end of the stage you will get to Palas de Rei, one of the most emblematic stops of the French Way.

Palas de Rei – Arzúa (29 km)

This is the longest stage, Arzúa is 29 km away from Palas de Rei. For this reason, many pilgrims decide to stay in Melide, a small town which is halfway. One of the most interesting points is the medieval town of Ribadiso, just before Arzúa, one of the pilgrim´s favorite places. Once you get to Arzúa we recommend you taste the local typical cheese!

Arzúa-Pedrouzo (20 km)

The walk will take you through eucalyptus forests, charming villages and across small rivers. We strongly recommend you visit the Chapel of Santa Irene, which is a very common stop among pilgrims. Pedrouzo is quite small and during high season most of the accommodation can be fully booked. But do not worry, we have many different options in the area, which are also very popular.

Pedrouzo – Santiago (20 km)

Finally, we get to the last walking day of the Camino. You will be able to observe from the top of the hill, “Monte do Gozo”, the lovely city of Santiago de Compostela, and its beautiful cathedral, your ultimate goal. Many pilgrims stop there just before descending, recalling the best moments of an adventure that is about to finish. When you get to Santiago do not forget to go to the Pilgrim’s Office with your Pilgrim Passport if you want to get your “Compostela” (Pilgrim Certificate). If you still have some energy left, we recommend you continue your route to Muxía – have a look to the Camino Finisterre- Muxía.

Check out

Check Out Santiago.

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

The French Way from Sarria in 5 stages is one of the most popular routes of the Camino de Santiago. It runs through Galicia, specifically through Lugo and A Coruña over a length of 106 km, the minimum required to obtain the Compostela on arrival in Santiago.

Where is the French Way from Sarria in 5 stages?

Sarria

Sarria in the French Way from Sarria in 5 stages
Located in the province of Lugo, Sarria is a popular starting point for pilgrims, as it is the last stage before the final 100 km to obtain the Compostela.

Located in Lugo, Sarria is one of the most popular starting points of the French Way. This Galician town is about 100 km from Santiago de Compostela, the minimum distance needed to obtain the Compostela.
Here you can visit dolmens and petroglyphs around the town that show the human presence in the area since prehistoric times.

Portomarín

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

Palas de Rei

Located in the region of Ulloa, Palas de Rei is closely linked to the Camino de Santiago, being an important stop on the French Way. Its history is closely intertwined with the military culture with numerous forts and valuable pieces of silver.
With a wide variety of services, this town offers pilgrims the opportunity to recharge their batteries and get to know its cultural heritage before setting off on their journey to Melide.

Arzúa

Arzúa in the French Way from Sarria in 5 stages
Arzúa calls itself the “land of cheese” in reference to the cheese made from cow’s milk with the Arzúa-Ulloa designation of origin.

Also known as “the land of cheese” in reference to its cheese with designation of origin Arzúa- Ulloa, this municipality preserves a great variety of Romanesque monuments, buildings formerly destined for pilgrims and stately homes. Of particular note is the Chapel of La Magdalena, a former hospital for pilgrims, and the Church of Santiago de Barbadelo, of Romanesque origin and dedicated to the apostle.

O Pedrouzo

Also known as “A Rúa do Peregrino”, it is a small village located in the province of A Coruña. It is located on 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 on the French Way from Sarria in 5 stages

Church of Santa Mariña in Sarria

This example of Galician Romanesque architecture dates from the 12th century. The Romanesque church of Santa Mariña dates from the 12th century. Its austere but majestic façade, with semicircular arches and sculptural details on the columns, reflects the spirituality and devotion of the period. 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 in French Way from Sarria in 5 stages
This Romanesque-style building dates from the 12th century and its rose window is, proportionally, the largest in Galicia.

This church, whose origin dates back to the 12th century, was formerly located in the old quarter of Portomarín but was rebuilt in a higher location to prevent it from being submerged under water.
Its bell tower is one of its most notable features, offering panoramic views of the Belesar reservoir and the surrounding area.

Pambre Castle in Palas de Rei

Considered to be the best preserved example of military architecture in Galicia, this castle was built in the 14th century by Gonzalo Ozores de Ulloa, a Galician nobleman.
Nowadays, it has an interpretation centre with projections and information about the castle and can be visited, offering visitors the opportunity to explore its medieval architecture and enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding area.

Ribadiso Bridge in Arzúa

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

Parish Church of Santa Eulalia de Arca in O Pedrouzo

Built in the 18th century in neoclassical style, this church houses numerous images and a very significant altar in the shape of a scallop, as it is one of the most emblematic symbols of the Camino.

It is an important point of reference for pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago as O Pedrouzo is, together with Monte do Gozo, the last stop for pilgrims before their arrival in Santiago de Compostela.

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

Our costumers reviews

El Camino Francés | Sarria a Santiago

TOUR SUMMARY

DISTANCE: 106 Km
STAGES: 5 Stages
DURATION: 6 Nights
DIFICULTy: 3/5
START: Sarria
PRICE: desde 470€

Why book with Galiwonders?

Taylor-made Camino

We will design an itinerary tailored to your needs, preferences and budget and book all services for you. You enjoy the road.

We are on the Camino

Galicia is our home. We have traveled all the routes of the Camino and we have direct contact with the service providers on the Camino.

We are also travellers

We speak several languages, have lived abroad and have years of experience organizing trips for people from all over the world.

An unforguettable experience

Hundreds of pilgrims repeat year after year the experience of traveling with us. We want you to be one of them. And that is why we will strive to make your trip unique and unforgettable.

If you have any questions or want to plan your Camino de Santiago trip, our team will assist you in a personalized way!

Discover other tours

Request your itinerary
Fill up the form and get your itinerary in your email adress in 24-48h.
Solicita tu itinerario
Rellena el formulario y recibirás el presupuesto en tu email en 24-48h.
×

Atención comercial | Commercial Attention

×