The Camino de Santiago from Sarria in 5 stages

The Camino de Santiago from Sarria in 5 stages

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.

Itinerary

French Way from Sarria
French Way from Sarria

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.

Discover how to get to Sarria on your own.

Day 2. Stage Sarria - Portomarín | 22.0 km

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.

French Way from Sarria. Bridge over the river Furelos, in Melide.
French Way from Sarria. Bridge over the river Furelos, in Melide.

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.

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