Good variety of lodging
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Check-out of your hotel and make your own way to the airport.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
You can start your Camino on any day of your choosing between February and Mid November.
The spring months of March and April tend to offer nice mild conditions for walking although the nights can be quite cold at this time of year and there can be quite a lot of rain in the region of Galicia at this time. The summer months of July and August can get very hot and humid. The autumn from late September through to October offers cooler temperatures again although daylight hours start to become less at this time. The region of Galicia in particular experiences higher rainfall than the rest of Spain so you should come prepared with waterproofs!
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.
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.
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.
In addition to the printed route notes you will receive in your travel pack, you will also have access to our Macs Adventure App, allowing you to follow the route on richly detailed mapping on your smartphone.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, we do not offer group trips as independent self-guided trips are a much better way to experience the Camino.
You can start on any day of your choosing between February and mid November, subject to availability.
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.
A mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths. The route is well marked and easy to follow.
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.
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.
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.
Public transport and taxis are available, if you are need of support contact us and we will be more that happy to help.
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.
We strongly suggest that you have travel insurance which covers you for cancellation, curtailment, illness or injury before and during your trip.
Good variety of lodging
For me the enjoyable thing was, mixing with so many different people of various nationalities, hearing their good & bad experiences. Understanding why they wish to solo walk rather than in a group, and experiencing the variety of accommodations and local cultures on the walk.
This experience was life-changing, and I thank Mac's Adventures for making it all happen!
Park City, Utah USA
Walked the Camino de Santiago with a friend. Every aspect of the pilgrimage walk was superbly organised. Good hotels in the right places. Luggage forwarding and taxi transfers all went exactly as planned, allowing for us to focus on and really enjoy the walking experience.
From the moment of first contact with MACS adventures, we were dealt with in a personal, yet professional and highly efficient and helpful way. Nothing was too much trouble and questions were answered swiftly and in an informed way. The folk who responded to us obviously knew what they were talking about and were keen to make our trip as enjoyable as possible.
Paul the Pilgrim
From start to finish macs adventure and tee travel were fantastic, information given was so useful . Absolutely everything from taxi and baggage transfers to quality of accommodations was excellent. I traveled with my 18 year old son who loved every minute , the time we spent together was very special and we shared so many beautiful sights and experiences . At times we were absolutely exhausted and I suffered with terrible blisters , but we pushed on , with the help of the great people we met on the way. We then had the great honour of collecting our Compostela which was very emotional. A great well organised value for money experience, I would highly recommend.
Jon no sticks
I have dreamed of walking the Camino for decades. Life has not been easy recently and I would never have found the time or energy to research and organise everything necessary. Messing about late one night, I stumbled on Macs Adventures quite by chance. I had an email and cheery phone message in response to my enquiry within twelve hours. My long held dream was confirmed as organised within three days. I cannot speak highly enough of the kindness, efficiency and helpfulness of Macs Adventures. I received detailed instructions in advance of travel. My questions were answered immediately. The accommodation was perfect - simple, clean, friendly. The baggage service was excellent. My twelve year old (birthday on the Camino!) son loved it as much as I did. We both had the time of our lives.
Had a fantastic time walking the final stage of the Camino. Amount of kilometers each day were manageable and all accommodations were good. I would certainly recommend walking the Camino in late October/November - weather was good and not too hot, and it was not so busy.
All the accommodations were wonderful, the people were fantastic, can not say enough good things about the trip.
Louise the walker
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