Walk self-guided along this iconic pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela - the reputed final resting place of Saint James. Starting in Sarria, hike through the Galician hills and rural countryside along the Camino Frances, following the waymarker scallop shell signs.
Follow the legendary Camino de Santiago - Claim the pilgrim's certificate
Santiago de Compostela - The holy shrine of St. James and a lively town with fine architecture
Make the traditional stop at the spring in Lavacollato - Wash your hands and feet before arriving at Santiago cathedral
Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.
After making your own way to Sarria, you'll have the rest of the day free to relax and perhaps take a stroll through the town. There are public transport options available to get to Sarria. Alternatively, a private transfer can be organised for you from Santiago Airport (SCQ) or Coruna Airport (LCG). Please contact our self-guided team for further information.
After breakfast, a taxi will take you to Samos for the start of today's walk at the Monastery. Although founded in the 6th century, Samos Monastery found its wealth and popularity when it became part of the Benedictine community in the 10th century. It has welcomed pilgrims from the beginning and makes a fitting starting point of this tour along the Camino. From here you walk back to Sarria along dirt roads through small hamlets and woodlands. Today's walk is 15 kilometres long over mostly flat terrain and should take around 4.5 hours.
Setting off from Sarria today, your walk along the Camino is mainly along small, tree lined country roads and footpaths. Passing through many hamlets along the way, you'll have plenty of opportunities to stop for refreshments and rests, until you reach Portomarin, which is your destination for today and where you'll spend the night. Today's walk is 23 kilometres long with and should take around 7 hours.
The route today takes you from Portomarin to Palas de Rei and is mainly easy going through rolling countryside. There is a short, steep downhill section as you leave Portomarin along the main street, and a gentle uphill section near Monte San Antonio. When you eventually reach Palas de Rei you will be met and taken to your hotel. Today's walk is 26 kilometres long and should take around 7.5 hours.
You'll be transferred back to Palas de Rei for the start of one of the longest but technically very easy sections of the route, with no long steep ascents or descents. Pilgrims consider this section the start of the countdown to Santiago de Compostela, shortly after Coto you'll begin to see stones appearing at the side of the path with the distance to Santiago marked. Much of the day is shaded and shortly after Melide you will walk through an oak and eucalyptus forest. Todays walk is 29 kilometres long and should take around 7.5 hours.
A lot of today's section of the Camino runs along side the main road en-route to A Rua, but after finishing the relatively short distance you'll have just one more day of walking left before you reach the final destination of Santiago de Compostela. Today's walk is 18 kilometres long and should take around 6 hours.
The last section of your pilgrimage brings you back to modern life as you pass the regional airport, cross the highway, railway track and ring-road around Santiago. Nevertheless, it's still easy to imagine the sheer joy ancient pilgrims felt when they caught a first glimpse of Santiago and the spires off in the distance. Historically, those making the pilgrimage made one last stop at the spring in Lavacolla to wash their face and feet before presenting themselves to the Saint at the Cathedral on Plaza Obradoiro. TodaysToday's walk is 22 kilometres long and should take around 7 hours.
Today is left free for you to relax after completing your journey and to explore Santiago further.
After breakfast, the organised part of your holiday ends. There are public transport options to get you back to Santiago Airport (SCQ) or Coruna Airport (LCG). Private transfers are also available. Please contact our self-guided team for further information.
Overall, spring, early summer and autumn are ideal times for a Spanish trip - though the weather varies enormously from region to region. The high central plains suffer from fierce extremes, stiflingly hot in summer, bitterly cold and swept by freezing winds in winter. The Atlantic coast, in contrast, has a tendency to damp and mist, and a relatively brief, humid summer. The Mediterranean south is warm virtually all year round. Spain's Islands the Canaries and Balaerics experience very mild winters and warm summers making them ideal year round destinations.
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