Via de la Plata7 Days & 6 Nights 4.4 Read 11 reviews
- The porticoes of Ourense Cathedral which rival those of Santiago itself.
- Sense the history when taking the guided tour of the Monasterio de Oseria.
- Discovering the real Galicia as you wander through its beautiful countryside.
- Walking into the old town of Santiago and finishing your pilgrimage at the sublime cathedral.
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.
Pilgrim Trail | You will follow a historic pilgrimage trail, in the footsteps of generations of travelers
This trip is suitable for:
Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Spiritual Journeys
- Personal Growth
- Historical Journeys
Activity Level & Terrain
This walk is graded moderate and includes daily walks on average of 20 – 25 km per day. You can expect to walk for between five and eight hours each day and much of it is rather arduous walking with some steep inclines/declines. The Via de la Plata follows 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. We will send you a pre-departure info pack and guide book. A welcome pack including city maps will be waiting for you at your first accommodation.
This tour also has access to the Macs Adventure Navigation Smartphone App - we highly recommend using it, or at least having it on your phone ready to use should you ever be in any doubt about your direction.
The accommodation will be a mixture of rural hotels and guest houses all with private rooms and en-suite. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We do recommend that you book this trip early as the area is always popular and the hotels and inns do fill up early, especially in high season.
Solo Walkers & Single Rooms
The Via de la Plata is available to solo walkers at a single supplement.
A local continental breakfast is included each morning, which can sometimes just be coffee, bread and orange juice. Lunch and dinner are not included as standard 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!
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 route solo try not to add too many extra nights along the way as you will lose touch with those you have met.
It is possible to walk the Via de la Plata in less time but we would not recommend this.
- Accommodation in small rural hotels and hostels, twin/double rooms with en-suite W/C.
- Daily Breakfast
- Baggage Transfers
- Transfer on Day 3 from Cea to Oseira (can be removed)
- Pre-departure information pack with city maps.
- Camino guide book.
- GPX tracks and access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone Navigation App
- Emergency telephone support from our local and UK offices in the event of a problem.
- Travel to/from Spain.
- Lunches, snacks or drinks.
- Travel Insurance.
- Personal Equipment.
- Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.
- Additional nights accommodation along the way.
When To Go
This trip is available to start on any day from the beginning of March to the end of October. Option & extension prices will be displayed as part of the booking process.
Time of Year
The Camino Via De La Plata is best enjoyed from March to October but you can walk at any time of year. You can start on any date that suits your travel plans.
Getting to the Start
From here you can take the train down to Ourense which takes around 40 mins. You can check out the route on the RENFE website.
Getting from the End
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 distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes.
Pilgrim's Passport & Compostela
The pilgrim’s passport is issued by the church of St James. We include this in your welcome pack which you receive at your first hotel. Alternatively, 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. However, as the transfer we have included on Day 3 eliminates 10km this means you would not qualify for the Compostela Certificate. If this is important to you please let the local supplier know the night before that you will not require the optional transfer although this does mean a long walk on Day 3! For the other sections of the trail, the passport is used as a souvenir with all the colourful stamps you will receive.
Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Restoration
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.
Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sunscreen. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We can arrange for your bags to be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. This is an additional cost and is an option as part of the booking process.
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.
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.
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.
Public transport and taxis are available, if you are need of support our local partner in Spain will be more than 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.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive Ourense
You can fly into Santiago de Compostela from several points in Europe and then take a local train down to Ourense.
Ourense is a beautiful, compact city in the province of Galicia. It has a vibrant bar culture, outstanding cathedral and many other buildings of historical note. As the old city is quite compact, it is easy to see all the sights in a day.
Four star hotel with 39 rooms located in the center of Ourense, near the old quarter.
Centrally located, this 4 star hotel offers a comfortable start to your trip. The magnificent Ourense Cathedral and Puente Romano bridge are both approx. 900 metres walk from the hotel.
Climbing out of Ourense is about the most difficult part of the whole route, but once you are at the top there are some truly immense views to reward you.
The paths today are mostly tree-lined paths through the rich, green countryside until you reach your overnight stop in Cea.
595m ascent, 215m descent
Expect a warm welcome and a comfortable stay in this centrally located Pension.
In the morning you are transferred around 10km to the Monasteria de Oseira. This not only eliminates 10km on a long day, but allows you the time to take the tour around the Monastery which is one of the real highlights of the trip. As taking this transfer eliminates 10km it does mean you will not qualify for the Compostela Certificate - if this is important to you, please let our local partners know the night before you will not require the transfer.
After this, you are again going uphill for the first part, but the views are well worth the effort. The rest of the day is mainly walking through farmland until you reach your overnight of Estacion de Lalin.
420m ascent, 605m descent
Today’s walk is through the beautiful landscapes of Deza, a very famous Galician agricultural region. There are a couple of lovely little hamlets that you pass through on the way.
Your overnight stay is in the delightful town of Bandeira, famous for its empanadas, so you will be able to feast at night and pack a couple for a snack for the next day.
320m ascent, 450m descent
The Hotel Victorino is a hotel of dual nature, with an old part, fully refurbished to a high standard and a newly built, modern wing to compliment. The owners pride themselves on the warmest of welcome and outstanding hospitality.
Much of today is a downhill stroll through farmland and little villages. You will follow the lush landscape until you come to the old castle just outside Ponte Ulla, which offers spectacular 360° views.
In Ponte Ulla itself, it is worth a close inspection of the Inglesia de Santa Maria de Magdalena with its very detailed Romanesque façade. After this sightseeing, it is a couple of km until your overnight stop in Galegos.
325m ascent, 395m descent
This house, located 13Km. from Santiago de Compostela at the top of the Ulla River valley, was the residence of D. Antonio Lopez Ferreiro (1837 - 1910), canon of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, discoverer of the tomb of Saint James and one of the great Galician writers.
After a brief, beautiful climb, the last couple of kilometres into Santiago are so rural that it is difficult to believe that there is a city so close by.
However, before you know it, you will be walking into the glorious city of Santiago where your walk comes to an end in the shadow of the grand Cathedral.
325m ascent, 340m descent
The MV Algalia Hotel is one of the most beautiful boutique hotels in Santiago de Compostela. It encompasses great comfort and accommodation within a unique setting in this historic area. Rooms are fully equipped with the latest technology and comforts to appeal to walkers just completing the Camino.
The hotel is charming and a great stop for a couple of days to soak in the sights of Santiago, there is a great restaurant and splendid views over the park.
Only 25m from the traditional market, this house retains its natural charm of stone, wood and light, combined with modern materials. There is an elevator, WIFI throughout the hotel, LCD TV, room service, hair dryer, reading room and lounge.
Bid farewell to Santiago de Compostela and make your own way home.
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