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Camino de Santiago - pilgrims' scallop shells
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Highlights

  • Walking the last 100km of the Camino de Santiago
  • The pilgrim's mass at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
  • Collecting your Compostella from the Pilgrim's Office in Santiago
  • Forging lifelong friendships with fellow pilgrims from all over the world

Walk the classic final stage of the Camino de Santiago, covering the last 100km of the Camino de Santiago over six walking days. This breaks up the longest day (usually 28km) between Palas de Rei and Arzua.

By adding an extra night you will have more time and energy to embrace all that the final stage of Camino Frances has to offer. The gentle rolling hills of Galicia, charming villages with pretty churches, outstanding local cuisine, and the friendliness of the locals all combine to create a truly unforgettable experience of rural Spain.

DAY 1: Arrive Sarria

Sarria is a small town in Galicia and the last place from which you can start your Camino and collect your Compostela.  You can take a local bus or we can arrange a private transfer from Santiago to reach Sarria.  Alternatively, you can take the train up from Madrid.  For more information see the travel information tab for this tour. 


DAY 2: Walk to Portomarin

Setting off for Portomarin you pass Sarria Castle, with its one remaining tower, the rest destroyed in the peasants’ uprising against the aristocracy in the 15th Century.


Much of today you will be walking along shady tree-lined roads and pathways, this morning passing through pretty small hamlets such as Cortinas and A Brea, before reaching the stone marker; a photo opportunity before taking the first step on the final 100km to Santiago. 


The Camino ascends to a high point at Pena dos Corvos; at 660m you will enjoy panoramic views over a reservoir, before descending into the lush Rio Mino valley, to Mercadoiro and into Portomarin. 


Walk: 22km, 6 hrs


DAY 3: Walk to Palas de Rei

Leaving Palas de Rei the Camino crosses the Minho river then steadily climbs upwards, before passing through the settlement of Gonzar and Castromaior, where you’ll find the tiny Romanesque Church of Santa Maria.


Continue along country roads edged by bright yellow gorse, pine and oak trees to reach the high point of today’s walk at Sierra de Ligonde (750m), descend to the ancient hamlet of Ligonde, once a popular resting point along the Camino. You then cross the Alto Rosario, and then descend to the village of Palas de Rei.


Walk: 24km, 6 hrs


DAY 4: Walk to Melide

Depart Palas de Rei  and make your way to Melide which is famous for pulpo galega galicias—a delicious octopus dish.


Today’s walk crosses shallow river valleys and pathways through woodland.  San Xulian do Camino is a classical Camino village with its tiny 12th Century church dedicated to Saint Julian.  Cross the provincial border to the hamlet of O Coto, before traversing a medieval bridge edged by woodland to the quintessential Camino village of Leboreiro.


The day ends by travelling through the little village of Furelos where you will pass over a medieval bridge (thought to be one of the best pieces of civil architecture on the Camino Frances) before entering your resting place for the night, Melide.


Walk: 15km, 4 hrs


DAY 5: Walk to Arzua

Leaving Melide behind today’s walk takes you to the “cheese town” of Arzua.


Most of today’s walk is on a mix of soil and stone paths interspersed with small roads leading from village to village. The majority of walking is gentle  ascents and descents with the exception of the steep incline into Arzua from Ribadiso.


Notice as the shaded forests of oak and chestnut give way to eucalyptus and pine.  Relax on the river banks at Ribadiso, before ascending to Arzua.


Walk: 13km, 3.5 hrs


DAY 6: Walk to Rua

Upon leaving Arzua perhaps pick up some of the region’s delicious cheese for lunch.  Continue through the old quarter of the town as the walk leads past sturdy oak trees which give way to lush meadows. 


Visit the medieval shrine at Santa Irene, dedicated to a martyr saint from Portugal and the Baroque fountain of healing waters.


Throughout the day you’ll be walking through different villages: Brea, Calzada, Rua and A Calle; the meaning of which is synonymous with ‘Camino’.


Walk: 19km, 4.5 hrs


DAY 7: Walk to Santiago

A poignant last day’s walking on this iconic Camino path leads first to San Paio and Lavacolla.  It was traditional for pilgrims to wash in the river at Lavacolla before reaching Santiago. Tall eucalyptus trees sway in the wind as you make your way to the ‘Mount of Joy’ of Monte del Gozo (368m).  From here, catch sight of your goal—the impressive spires of Santiago de Compostela’s cathedral.


As you walk into the city, marvel at the architecture and unique atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Walk: 20km, 5 hrs


DAY 8: Onward travel

Check-out of your hotel and make your own way to the airport.


Additional nights:

We strongly suggest that you add an additional night to your trip in Santiago so that you are able to attend the Pilgrim's Mass at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela which takes place at noon each day. A highlight of any journey on the Camino.


Extensions:

Many people continue choose to continue their Camino to  Finisterre, we can organise this for you too. Have a look at the Camino Finisterre itinerary on our website.

Accommodation

Our Camino tours include high quality hotels and inns close to the route of the Camino. You will always have a private room and en-suite (attached) bathroom.


In Sarria and Santiago you will stay in 3 star hotels, the other nights will be in a mixture of rural hotels and hostels all with private rooms and en-suite bathrooms.


Single Rooms

Single rooms are available, although a supplement is payable. The price for a single room is available on the Included tab of this tour and in the booking engine.


Meals

A light continental breakfast is included each morning, which can sometimes just be coffee, bread and orange juice.


Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Every place you stop will have evening meals available, you can get a pilgrims menu for about 10 Euros which includes 3 courses, wine and water!

Availability

You can start your Camino on any day of your choosing between February and Mid November. 


Time of Year

The Camino is best enjoyed from February to Mid November. You can start on any day that suits you, subject to availability.


April, May, June, September and October are the most popular months for walking the Camino. July and August can be very hot.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo travellers to start on any day. You will need to pay a supplement for a single room (which is available on the Included tab of this tour).


We do not arrange for solo walkers to room together but one of the joys of the Camino is the many people you meet so you will rarely walk alone.


Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate and includes daily walks of 19-28km so
you will be walking for between 5 and 8 hours each day. The trail
consists of a mixture of dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The Camino is very easy to follow. The route is marked with
yellow painted arrows and a yellow shell on a blue background. The
detailed travel pack we supply to you includes a detailed guidebook
including maps, a detailed information pack for planning and preparing
for your Camino, detailed instructions of how to find your overnight
accommodation and everything you need for your Camino.



Baggage Transfers

Baggage transfers are included (max 20kg per person). Your main bag will
be transferred each day between your overnight accommodation so that
you only need to walk with a day pack.


Pilgrim Passport

The Pilgrim Passport is issued by the Church of St James, you will find this in your pack waiting for you at your first hotel. Alternatively, you can obtain one at the start of your walk in the Pilgrims’ Office or the local church in town. You need to get the passport stamped in churches, restaurants and hotels along the way. At the end of the walk in Santiago you can obtain your Compostela Certificate (only if you have walked the last 100km).


Clothing & Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, lightweight clothes, waterproofs and a day pack. Read our kit list for the Camino for more detailed packing advice.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Getting to Sarria / from Santiago

By Air:


From the UK Ryanair fly direct to Santiago from Stansted and Easyjet fly direct from Gatwick. From outside the UK, you can fly to Santiago via Paris with Vueling or from Madrid with Ryanair


Private Transfers:


We are able to arrange taxi transfers for you in Spain (bookable in advance at a supplement); these include from Sarria/Santiago to Santiago Airport/O’Cebreiro/Sarria/Vigo Airport/A Coruna. Please get in touch to enquire about how we can help with transfer arrangements in Spain.


By rail from Madrid city centre to Sarria


If you are flying into Madrid, you can take the train directly to Sarria. It takes around 7-9 hours. You can check this on the RENFE website, but please note that on the website you have to book the train to Lugo (and get off at the stop before which is Sarria). German Rail (Deutsche Bahn) has a useful website for looking up train travel throughout Europe.


To reach Madrid city centre from the airport you can take a train, a bus or the underground (see Madrid Airport's website)


From Santiago Airport to Sarria by bus and train


From Santiago city centre, catch the bus to Monforte de Lemos – timetables are available at http://www.alsa.es/


Then from Montforte de Lemos it is a very short train journey to Sarria by train – timetables are available at http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/index.html (Sarria is small so you will find your accommodation easily).


You can also travel from Santiago Airport to Sarria by road; you will need to change buses in Lugo. The Santiago-Lugo route runs between the airport and the city of Lugo with stops in the towns of Arca, Ferreiros, Arzúa, Mélida, Palas de Rei and Guntín. From the airport, departures are at 07:10, 09:25 (except Saturday and Sunday), 11:10, 12:55 (except Sunday), 16:10, 18:40 and 20:10 h (except Saturday). Please check for the most recent information on the Santiago Airport website and/or the Monbus website.


Empresa Freire run buses from Santiago to Lugo – please visit their website for timetables http://www.empresafreire.com/html/ingles/seccion3a.php


**Top Tip! As websites are not always available in English - use google chrome as your web browser, and use the ‘translate’ function (right click on the page then click ‘translate’)**


From Santiago Airport to city centre and vice-versa


From Santiago you can arrange a private transfer through Macs Adventure, to ensure a smooth end to your Camino. Alternatively, a bus runs between the airport and Plaza de Galicia in Santiago, stopping at different points in the city (Pazo de Congresos, Capilla San Lázaro, the bus station, the railway station, Rúa da Rosa, and others). From the airport the bus departs from 00:00 to 23:30, every half hour (duration 20 mins). Please see the Santiago Airport website for current timetables.


From Santiago to Madrid by train


If you would prefer to travel by rail, you can take a train (fast trains are available, 6h30 duration approx.) from Santiago to Madrid with RENFE.


By Bus within Spain


There are good bus connections from Santiago to other cities within Spain – see http://www.alsa.es for bus schedules.

Included

  • 7 Nights accommodation in small rural hotels and hostels, twin/double rooms with en-suite W/C.
  • Baggage Transfers
  • A detailed information pack including route notes, maps and local information for your party.
  • Camino guide book including detailed maps.
  • Emergency support from our local and UK offices in the event of a problem.

Excluded

  • Travel to Sarria/from Santiago.
  • Lunches, snacks or drinks.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.

Extras

  • Additional nights accommodation.
  • Single supplements.

Below you will answers to our FAQ's. If you are considering the Camino please download our Free Guide to the Camino. You will also find numerous Camino articles on our blog.

How fit do I need to be?

The average daily distance of our Camino tours are between 20 and 25 kilometers and you can expect to walk for between five and eight hours each day. You should do as much walking as possible prior to your walk as this will simply add to your enjoyment.

Can I walk the Camino solo? 

Yes, many of our guests travel solo. Although the nature of the Camino means that they soon join up with other pilgrims. There is a single room supplement payable for solo walkers.

Do you offer group trips?

No, we do not offer group trips as independent self-guided trips are a much better way to experience the Camino.

When can I start?

You can start on any day of your choosing between February and mid November, subject to availability.

Can I tailor-make my Camino tour?

Yes, although we find our standard itineraries are perfect for most walkers, we can add additional nights at any point of the Camino and tailor-make the trip to meet your needs.

What type of trails does the Camino follow?

A mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths. The route is well marked and easy to follow. 

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as far in advance as possible as the Camino is extremely popular. Numbers can rise by up to 100,000 people. We will always try and accommodate late booking requests. 

Can I walk with my bags?

Yes, some people prefer to walk carrying their own bags as a true pilgrim would have. You can select the option for removing the baggage transfers in Step 2 of the Booking Engine.

When is the best time of year?

Although you can walk the Camino most of  the year we would recommend April/May/June and September/October when the weather is at its best for walking. July and August can be very hot and are busy.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

Public transport and taxis are available, if you are need of support contact us and we will be more that happy to help.

Can I change my itinerary once I start walking?

Unfortunately we are unable to change your accommodation bookings and itinerary once you start walking as alternative accommodation is generally not available at such short notice.

Do I need travel insurance?

We strongly suggest that you have travel insurance which covers you for cancellation, curtailment, illness or injury before and during your trip.

No glitches along the Camino!

5

Very impressed by the accommodations and baggage transfers offered by MACs Adventures. All hotels were very clean, albeit basic in most instances, and most did not offer AC. Night time temperatures in October made sleeping comfortable. Breakfast offerings were plentiful. Our group was a group of four guys in mid 60's.

Pat the retired guy

Dallas, Texas

Almost perfect...

5

Our experience of the Camino was wonderful. The walking and experiencing the Camino itself is, of course, the main incentive. But it is very helpful to have many things organised for you - because we had limited time, and because of our age (65 and 69), we needed this level of help. Thanks to Macs for doing this seemlessly and effectively.

Michael and Denis

China

Thanks Macs

4

Flexibility to adapt to client needs. Excellent communication and organisation. Good balance in choice of accommodation. Maps provided and directions given generally excellent. It would be nice to see Macs marketing strategy encourage walker's environment responsible

Two Oz

Australia

Physical, Spiritual, Invigorating

5

A very well organised trip. The places we stayed were varied and interesting. All very clean and our cases were always there before we were. Cannot fault it.

Lucy

Liverpool

Very well organized!

5

Macs did a great job. Everything went according to plan and we were very well prepared. I highly recommend Macs!

TH

USA

Lovely experience in rural Galicia

4

Helpful walking maps and notes for each leg of the trip. Handy luggage transfers and pre-booked pit stops for each day allowed us to focus on walking and enjoying the journey, instead of worrying about logistics.

Revitalizer

Hong Kong

A wonderful experience

5

We had the most wonderful time on The Camino. It has been a life changing experience. The entire trip went without a hitch! The accommodations were magic! Way more than we expected. The hosts at each stay were so friendly and greeted us so warmly...they could not have been nicer. Thank you Nicola Allan for accommodating all our needs so smoothly. I would highly recommend this adventure and and gladly plan another trip with Macsadventures! Well done to all involved. Larry & Mary Pritchard, MaryChamuris, Toni Barille and Richard & Alison Briggs

Mary P

Pennsylvania, USA

Camino from Sarria to Santiago

5

The trip was wonderful. The organization of my trip and luggage and my accommodations was great. The places were clean and lovely; the people friendly and helpful. I felt safe and knew where to get help if I needed it. Great job!

MaryE

Bloomsburg

Fantastic walking holiday

5

Great trip organised really well by Macs adventure. They really know about their trips so can provide great advice and tips. Will definitely be booking again

Suel

Cheshire

Exceeded expectations

5

The last stage of the Camino exceeded my expectations. The countryside was beautiful and the hamlets and villages that we passed through were charming. Meeting fellow travelers from around the world added to an already wonderful experience. The accommodations, for the most part, were from good to wonderful. Loved Casa Leopoldo! The luggage transfer worked perfectly. The only disappointment was the hotel on our last night in Santiago. The bathroom had mold and the shower was broken.

Diane

San Diego, CA

Camino Final Stage - Sarria to Santiago - 8 Days

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