- 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.
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
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.
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 mix 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 don't 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.
A light continental breakfast is included each morning. This 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 and you can get a pilgrims menu for about 10 Euros, which includes 3 courses, wine and water!
Hotel Alphonso IX - Sarria
An ideal hotel to start your pilgrimage. A four star hotel with modern facilities in a new building located just beside our partner, Tee Travel's office.
Pousada Portomarin - Portomarin
The Pousada de Portomarin is a former Parador built in 1962, expanded, renovated and converted in 1992 to a comfortable 3 star hotel.
Casa Benilde - Palas de Rei
Set in a quiet pedestrian area in the center of Palas de Rei, away from the noises of the road, the Hotel Casa Benilde offers you modern and welcoming installations, equipped with all the services you need.
Casa Teodora - Arzua
Teodora's great-grandchildren, brothers Jesus and Gabriel, together with their partners, strive to continue the family business that started in 1910, offering quality services with personal attention.
Hotel O Pino - Rua
Hotel O Pino is a small and charming rural hotel that offers 15 comfortable rooms. All rooms are exterior and carefully tended, which makes each one different and special.
Hotel O Tafona - Santiago
When you enter in A Tafona do Peregrino, you realize that it's not a conventional hotel, it is bursting with personality and wonderful, friendly service to match.
You can start your Camino on any day of your choosing between February and Mid November.
Time of Year
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
Getting to Sarria / from Santiago
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.
- 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.
- Access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App
- Emergency support from our local and UK offices in the event of a problem.
- 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.
- Additional nights accommodation.
- Single supplements.
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.