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Finding your own pace on the Camino
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Highlights

  • Walking the last 150km of the Camino to Santiago de Compostela.
  • The Pilgrim's mass at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
  • Collecting your Compostela the Pilgrim's office in Santiago.
  • Meeting fellow pilgrims, hearing their stories and travel tips along the way.

Walk the last section of the Camino through rural Spain ending up in the fabulous city of Santiago de Compostela. A wonderful section of the walk and just enough mileage to gain your Compostela Certificate.

This final stage passes through the sierra of Ranadoiro and descends into the valley to Triacastela. You pass through many hamlets dotted along cultivated land in the direction of the great river Mino to Portomarin.

Pine groves and Eucalyptus trees can be seen as you enter the farming region of Ulloa. As you enter the province of A Coruna the landscape changes as the woodlands begin to disappear and you will soon see the spires of the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela in front of you.

Please Note - Due to restoration works on the interior of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, the Pilgrim Mass has been moved to an alternate location in 2019. For more information please read our blog post - Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Restoration 2019

You can also download our free guide to the Camino Frances or visit our Online Camino information page to give you all the tools you need to get started on your Camino adventure.

DAY 1: Arrive O'Cebriero & Overnight

Enjoy a night in the picturesque village of O'Cebreiro before settling in to get ready for the start of your walk tomorrow.


DAY 2: Walk to Triacastela

The Camino descends from the mountains through a number of small villages to reach Triacastela, the town of the three castles. Although unfortunately none remain today.


Walk: 22km


Overnight: Triacastela


DAY 3: Walk to Sarria

You have two choices today. Either a longer walk via the Benedictine monastery at Samos or a shorter but hillier and more scenic route via San Xil.


Walk: 18km


Overnight: Sarria


DAY 4: Walk to Portomarin

Sarria is a major starting point for pilgrims and always bustling and busy. The route today follows lovely woodland paths and tracks to reach the cobbled streets and churches of Portomarin.


Walk: 24km


Overnight: Portomarin


DAY 5: Walk to Palas de Rei

The Camino continues through the rolling green hills of Galicia. Consider adding a detour to visit Villar de Donas, the ancient seat of the Knights of Santiago.


Walk: 24km


Overnight: Palas de Rei


DAY 6: Walk to Arzua

Today is a long day on the Camino, which can be split with an extra night at the medieval town of Melide. Pleasant walking takes you through a number of picturesque towns until you reach Arzua


Walk: 28km


Overnight: Arzua


DAY 7: Walk to Rua

Leaving the old quarter of Arzua the Camino 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


Overnight: Rua


DAY 8: Walk to Santiago de Compostela

Today you can look forward to a fabulous day walking to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The Camino leads first to San Paio and Lavacolla, where it was traditional for pilgrims to wash in the river 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. The final kilometres of your walk take you through the beautiful streets of Santiago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Walk: 18km


Overnight: Santiago


DAY 9: Onward Travel

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

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 & 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.


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. Each night will have evening meals available; you can get a pilgrims menu for about 10 Euros which includes 3 courses, wine and water!

Availability and Time of Year

You can start on any date that suits your travel plans and you will find up to date availability on our website. 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!


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

The Camino is available to solo walkers at a single supplement.


Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate and includes daily walks of 18 - 28km.


The walk is extremely well way-marked and you will also be supplied with turn by turn route notes and detailed maps so you will have no problem following the route each day.


On the Camino you will follow a mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The route is marked with yellow painted arrows but please take care at intersections.  There will always be other walkers around in case you are looking for help. A detailed information pack including route notes, local information and maps will be waiting for you at your first accommodation.


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

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.


Additional Nights

There is so much to see and do along the route that many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the walk either as a rest day or simply to do some extra sightseeing. If you are walking the whole route solo try not to add too many extra nights along the way as you will lose touch with those you have met.


Fewer Nights

It is possible to walk the Camino in less time but we would not recommend this.


Compostela/Pilgrims Passport

The pilgrim’s passport is issued by the church of St James, you can obtain one at the start of your walk in the pilgrim’s 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). For the other sections of the trail, the passport is used as a souvenir with all the colourful stamps you will receive.


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, 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 and sun screen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling 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 O'Cebriero

The best place to fly in and out from would be Santiago de Compostela. From Santiago you can either take a private transfer with Macs Adventure to O'Cebriero, or you can take a bus with ALSA to Piedrafita do Cebriero which takes around 2 and a half hours. From there you would take a short taxi journey up the hill to O'Cebriero


From Santiago you can fly back to the UK with Ryanair who fly direct to Stansted and Easyjetwho fly direct toGatwick.


From outside the UK, you can fly from Santiago to Paris with Vueling or from Madrid with Ryanair


Getting home from Santiago

The best place to fly in and out from would be Santiago de Compostela. From Santiago you can either take a private transfer with Macs Adventure to O'Cebriero, or you can take a bus with ALSA to Piedrafita do Cebriero which takes around 2 and a half hours. From there you would take a short taxi journey up the hill to O'Cebriero.


You can fly directly from Santiago back to the UK with Ryanair who fly direct to Stansted and Easyjet who fly direct to Gatwick.


Another good point to connect through to travel internationally is Paris. You can fly from Santiago to Paris with Vueling or from Madrid with Ryanair.

Included

  • Accommodation in small rural hotels and hostels, twin/double rooms with en-suite W/C.
  • Baggage Transfers
  • A detailed information pack for the group leader including route notes, maps and local information.
  • Camino guide book.
  • Access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App
  • Emergency support from our local and UK offices in the event of a problem.

Excluded

  • Return travel to France/Spain.
  • Lunches, snacks or drinks.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.

Extras

  • Additional nights accommodation along the way.
  • Single supplements.

Below you will answers to our FAQ's. If you are considering the Camino please download our Free Guide to the Camino.

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. That said if you are not at peak fitness you will find you will soon walk yourself fit.

What type of trails does the Camino follow?

A mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths. The route is marked with yellow painted arrows but please take care at intersections.  There will always be other walkers around in case you are looking for help.

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 especially in Holy Years (when 25 July is on a Sunday ) when numbers rise by up to 100 000 people. We will always try and accommodate late bookings but realistically you need to book at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

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.

What equipment do I need?

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.

When is the best time of year?

I would recommend April/May when the spring flowers are at their best and September/October when the colours are just lovely. June, July and August can be very hot if you are not used to walking in the heat while the temperatures can fall sharply in the winter with some accommodation closing down for the end of season.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

Public transport and taxis are available, if you are need of support our local partner in Spain will be more than 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.

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