When we start the Camino de Santiago from Sarria, 114 km separate us from Santiago. When we arrive, after 5 comfortable stages, we will have fulfilled the requirement of the Compostela, the document that certifies those who make the pilgrimage on foot to the tomb of the apostle.
Ahead lies a green landscape dotted with villages, towns and elements of architectural, ethnographic and cultural interest. And the chance to meet other people who, like you, are on pilgrimage following the way of the stars. This section of the French Way is the one that most people do. And it is no coincidence.
▌Day 1. Arrival at Sarria
To start your Camino de Santiago from Sarria you will have to get to this Galician town on your own or in one of our optional private transports.
The village has become famous as one of the most popular starting points of the modern French Way. Thousands of pilgrims start their journey here to reach Compostela by fulfilling the requirement of the last 100 km on foot.
Apart from touring the town, if you have time, we recommend a short trip to the neighbouring monastery of Samos. One of the Galician monastic jewels, which you can discover from the monks themselves.
Distance: 22 km. Duration: 5 hours. Accommodation: Portomarín
This stage of the French Way does not disappoint either the first-time pilgrim or the experienced walker. In fact, it is the start of the Camino for many, because Sarria is the closest town to the last 100 km of the French Way, the minimum to get the longed-for Compostela.
A stage marked by beautiful landscapes of meadows and lush forests of oak and chestnut trees, which you will cross along tracks, paths, medieval bridges, rustic footbridges and corridors. And small villages of houses scattered throughout the stage.
▌ Day 3. Stage Portomarín - Palas de Rei
Distance: 24.7 km. Duration: 6 hours. Accommodation: Palas de Rei
The third day will be marked by the presence of the Ligonde mountain range, which divides the section in two: first, a continuous ascent to the village of Ligonde, and then a descent from there to Palas de Rei.
We recommend two visits during this stage: the church of Vilar de Donas, which was the seat of the powerful Order of Santiago that protected medieval pilgrims on this part of the road, and Pambre Castle, one of the few that survived the peasants' Irmandiñas Revolts.
But if you are one of those who prefer to focus on gastronomy and take advantage of the afternoon to rest, there is no doubt that the cheese Protected Designation of Origin Arzúa-Ulloa and a good plate of traditional octopus á feira will delight your palate at the end of the stage.
▌ Day 4. Stage Palas de Rei - Arzúa
Distance: 28.7 km. Duration: 7 hours. Accommodation: Arzúa (Melide option)
This stage of the Camino de Santiago from Sarria is known as "leg-breaker" for its constant ups and downs, and it is also one of the longest. But don't worry. Thousands of people do it every year without major problems.
Our recommendation is that, if you have more than a week, you should spend a night in Melide, so that you can make this stretch more bearable and enjoy the charms of the area. Not only in terms of heritage, but also in terms of culture and gastronomy.
If you go with just enough time, we do not want to discourage you, many pilgrims who have a tighter time to make the last kilometres of the road opt for the full route. In both cases, we have a good schedule for you and you will find us on the other end of the phone if you need us.
In any case, you should not leave Melide without tasting its famous octopus, especially in its preparation á feira, the most popular in Galicia.
▌ Day 5. Stage Arzúa - O Pedrouzo
Distance: 19 km. Duration: 4.5 hours. Accommodation: O Pedrouzo
Another day marked by the presence of marvellous landscapes between forests and meadows that will accompany you throughout the stage. However, you are getting closer to Santiago, and that means that the sections parallel to the road will have more traffic, and you will see a more humanised landscape.
At the end of the stage you will find yourself in O Pedrouzo, a tiny village that has grown in recent years in the heat of the Camino de Santiago itself, as you can see, and which offers a special hospitality to walkers.
▌ Day 6. Stage O Pedrouzo - Santiago de Compostela
Distance: 19.1 km. Duration: 4.5 hours. Accommodation: Santiago de Compostela
Finally, the last stage of the French Way! This stage takes you to the Plaza del Obradoiro from where you can contemplate the impressive cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Many people end their Camino here.
Others, on the other hand, will continue on to Fisterra to contemplate the edge of the ancient world. Whatever your case, we are sure that this last stage will not leave you indifferent.
You will feel the first stirring of the heart on your arrival at Monte do Gozo, from where you will be able to see the towers of the cathedral just 5 km away. It doesn't matter where you're from, how far you've walked, or how many times you've walked the route: it continues to impress and create a mood of jubilation that will accompany you until you reach the tomb of the apostle.
▌ Day 7. Discover Compostela
The last day of this Camino de Santiago from Sarria is a tribute to your efforts. After a well-deserved and refreshing rest, you will have the whole day free to explore the Holy City: its Cathedral and the rest of its monuments.
If you want, we can also help you with this. And, if you have time, we have some complementary activities that may be of interest.
Shared rooms and bathrooms
Price per person in double room
Overnight stay in the type of accommodation of your choice
During the Camino, good night's sleep and rest are essential. Here are images of the types of accommodation we use to book on this route.
Palas de Rei
Santiago de Compostela
Frequent Asked Questions
Can I choose the dates I want?
Yes, in our programmes you choose the starting date. The Camino de Santiago can be done all year round, although in January and February many accommodations are closed for rest, so if you want to do it in those dates, we recommend you that you consult us first.
Where are the accommodations?
Most of the accommodation is located next to the Camino, at the place where you will finish your stage. When you make your booking we will generate for you the documentation with the exact address and other location data.
If the available accommodation is more than 1.5 km from the Camino, we will provide a transfer at no extra cost to you.
How does the transport of luggage between accommodations work?
In our programmes we include the option of hiring a luggage transfer service, with a limit of 1 piece of luggage of up to 15 kg per person. There is the option to increase the number of items, but this is not usually necessary. In addition, we will give you luggage identifiers (similar to those at airports) so that you can leave your backpack with the accommodation staff, properly identified, and the shuttle will pick it up there. It is important to do this before 9:00 am, so that our team can take it to the next accommodation before your arrival. In addition, if you plan to travel with more luggage than the Camino, we can also transport the luggage you are not going to use to your last accommodation, so that you can then continue your journey.
What do private transfers consist of?
Although the Camino is done on foot or by bicycle, you may need a vehicle from the airport to the starting point of your pilgrimage or to make a trip to a place of interest near the end of your stage. In these cases, we provide you with private transport vehicles whose price varies depending on the distance. You can see it among the options by clicking on "Book now".
What is travel insurance?
By default and compulsory, all our programmes include travel insurance with specific coverage for the Camino de Santiago. You can see the details in the section Insurance of our website.
What does 24-hour assistance mean?
All our programmes include a 24-hour telephone support service, should you need help at any time during your experience. This means that you can also contact us outside office hours (when you are on pilgrimage).
How do I make a reservation?
If you want to make a reservation for this programme, click the button I want to book my Camino. When you do so, you will be taken to a form where you can indicate the starting date, the type of accommodation and a series of optional services. The final price of the booking is shown in the top right-hand corner, according to the options you indicate. Once you have configured your trip, click on "Add to cart". Once you have done this, we will ask you for your personal details and to select the method of payment. You can pay by bank card or by Bizum (both are secure payments and we will not have access to your bank details).
Once we receive your request, you will automatically receive a proof of purchase and within 48 working hours we will contact you to confirm the details of your booking and provide you with the documentation.
What if I can't find the programme I need?
In Proguías we also work with tailor-made programmes (short stages, intermediate rest days, itineraries different from those proposed, etc.). If you are looking for a Camino that meets your needs/preferences, you can ask us for a quote here.
I have done part of the Camino de Santiago with Proguías, specifically from Roncesvalles to Logroño. My Camino has been a unique, emotional and unforgettable experience. I am very grateful to Proguías and especially to Alba for helping me to prepare it, with great enthusiasm, and for feeling accompanied throughout the journey. Next spring, without a doubt, I will do it again with them, from O Cebreiro to Santiago. Thank you very much!
We would like to thank Proguías (specifically Alba, as she was the permanent contact, even in hours and days out of hours), the attention, kindness, empathy and ability to work to make us feel at home. We started to enjoy the route from the first day we contacted you, it was all very easy and uncomplicated.
The experience was great in every way. The accommodation was perfect, the luggage transport, the contact and follow up with you all ideal. The weather was unbeatable and the trail very easy to walk, with clear signage and beautiful at every turn.
It is impressive what a small agency like this can do. Fluid and direct communication, without promising the impossible and always with the truth up front. Some bigger companies could learn something.
Juana Bermúdez Cea
The wonderful organization of the trip has greatly enhanced the experience of our journey. Any problems that have occurred (which have been minimal) have been solved quickly and efficiently. I have travelled with peace of mind. The experience with you has been 10 out of 10 and I will recommend it, and of course I will count on you for my next trip.
My experience has been very good. You have been very attentive at all times. The accommodation was very good and very close to the way itself. I can't say anything bad about it. A hug and thank you for everything.
Manuel Fernández Doallo
I wanted to do the Camino de Santiago, but I didn't want to walk so many kilometres. So I contacted Proguías and they took care of everything with professionalism and exquisite treatment.
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