Welcome to the Sanabrés Way. Since the discovery of the remains of St. James, Christians and Mozarabs from the south of the Iberian Peninsula have followed the Silver Way to reach Compostela, arriving in Astorga to connect with the French Way. Many, however, took a detour through Sanabria to reach the goal by crossing the interior of Ourense in a southeast-northwest route known as the Southeast Way or Camino Sanabrés. The last 100 km coincide with a city, Ourense, founded in Roman times and which is, in addition to being the thermal capital of Galicia, a destination to discover. Do you dare?
▌Day 1. Discover Ourense, the thermal capital of Galicia
Your Camino Sanabrés will start in Ourense, where you will arrive on your own the day before the first stage. We recommend that you do it as soon as possible because Ourense has a lot to see. For starters, a cathedral that is a delight and that holds the Portico del Paraíso, brother of the famous Portico de la Gloria and erected by the Matthean workshop only a few years after finishing the one in Compostela. But Ourense is much more. Here you can bathe in its publicly accessible hot springs, marvel at the old city or stroll along the banks of the river Minho, the most important river in Galicia. Good options to warm up for what awaits you the next day.
▌Day 2. Stage Ourense - Cea
Distance: 22.9 km. Duration: 5:30 hours Accommodation: Cea
This Way, which is the variant of the Vía de la Plata that goes to Compostela through the interior of Galicia without going to Astorga, is one of the itineraries to be discovered. Many pilgrims start it in Ourense, thus making the last 100 km required by the chapter to grant the Compostela. But not only for that. Ourense is one of the Galician cities with the greatest historical and artistic heritage, and is also the thermal capital of Galicia. In addition, this stage will leave you in Cea, a place that has become famous for its magnificent bread, and very close to one of the main Cistercian monasteries of Galicia: Oseira, which is well worth a visit.
▌Day 3. Stage Cea - Lalín
Distance: 27.2 km. Duration: 6:30 hours Accommodation: Lalín
From the lands of Cea, dominated by the old monastic manor of Oseira, the Sanabrés Way that we started in Ourense reaches in this stage one of the main towns of Galicia: Lalín. This is the longest stage of this route, which crosses the Deza region, whose valley is descended in the last stretch. You will leave the province of Ourense behind to enter the province of Pontevedra. A route through the green and mountainous Galicia that exists beyond the cities and the estuaries.
▌Day 4. Stage Lalín - A Bandeira
Distance: 22.4 km. Duration: 5:30 hours Accommodation: A Bandeira
We welcome you to a new day of peaceful pilgrimage, unhurried and without the hustle and bustle of other routes. In this stage you will cross the lands of Trasdeza and the river that gives it its name — the Deza — to continue in search of Compostela. You will stop first, however, in a small village built at the foot of the old Camino Real that linked Santiago with Ourense, and through which transited, among others, the wine of the region of O Ribeiro, highly appreciated in the city of the apostle in the Middle Ages, as attested by the Codex Calixtinus. When you get to A Bandeira, be sure to order an empanada, one of the most popular preparations of the Galician gastronomy. And if you're hungry for more, nearby is the monastery of Carboeiro, rescued from ruin a few years ago and set in stunning surroundings.
▌Day 5. Stage A Bandeira - Outeiro
Distance: 16.9 km. Duration: 4 hours. AccommodationOuteiro de Vedra
Penultimate stage of this Sanabrés Way from Ourense before reaching Santiago de Compostela. A route without great difficulties and with few kilometres that allows you to enjoy the landscape with the calm that it requires and to stop in Ponte Ulla to taste its wine and its famous "Sanabrés" wine. augardiante - a liqueur made from the skin (bagasse) of the grape. And not only that. Under the columns of the immense Gundián bridge, built to carry the railway to Compostela, is said to be the submerged monastery of San Salvador da Cova.
▌Day 6. Stage Outeiro - Santiago de Compostela
Distance: 16.5 km. Duration: 4 hours. Accommodation: Santiago de Compostela
Few sensations can compare to entering Compostela after walking for days. Sometimes even for weeks. Doing so along the Camino Sanabrés or Camino Mozárabe also has the advantage of allowing you to do so at the foot of Pico Sacro (Sacred Peak), one of the places most closely linked to the Jacobean tradition. In the tradition, Queen Lupa lived in its caves and on its slopes it happens a part of the history of the translatio — the bringing of the remains of the apostle to Gallaecia and his burial in what today is the third holy city of Christianity along with Rome and Jerusalem. Have you got everything ready for this last stage?
▌Day 7. A day to get to know Compostela
This last day is a well-deserved tribute to your efforts. After resting, 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. Or, if you already know Santiago, you can opt for one of the full day programmes we offer to complete your trip. You still don't know the Coast of Death, Finisterre and Muxía?
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.
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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