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The Camino De Santiago (Way Of St. James) - The French Way (to Santiago)

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7 days
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€ 540

Beginning in Sarria and finishing in Santiago de Compostela the Camino, or Way of Saint James, crosses the hilly lands of Galicia. One of the most beautiful parts of the Camino, and of course the most rewarding! Every day, during the walk, you are guaranteed a high level of comfort and gastronomy. The Camino is extremely well marked, with the “Scallop Shell” showing you the way. This section requires a reasonable level of fitness. However, it’s a highly rewarding walk including numerous cultural highlights.

Day 1. To Sarria
You will be booked in a hotel in the heart of the lively town of Sarria. The rooms are en-suite.
Day 2. Sarria to Portomarin (6h 23km +230m -300m)
Today is the most peaceful part of the Camino, offering shady oak woods, pretty villages, quiet country roads and many churches with statues and frescoes. The village of Barbedelo (580m) has a beautiful Romanesque church that is worth a visit. The next significant village is Ferreiros, passing by long narrow rectangular “stones on legs” typical of the region. When you arrive in Portomarin (550m), be sure to visit the bakery to try the local speciality: the “Torta de Santiago”, mmm!
el camino, self-guided walking trek in spainDay 3. Portomarín to Palace do Rei (6h15 23km +340m -140m)
From the village, the Camino crosses the river Minho and climbs steadily uphill for half of this leg of the journey. On your way, you will be crossing Gonzar and passing the Romanesque Church of Santa María, Castromaior. The calm of the Galician Cemetery in Ligonde on a sunny day is a rest in itself. In Eirexe, the handmade Romanesque portal of the church is a beauty and features a sculpture of Daniel and animals, as well as Santiago de Peregrino inside. You will then arrive in Palas do Rei (565m).
Day 4. Palace do Rei to Arzùa (7h 28km +140m -340m)
Note that there is an option to split this day (with overnight in Melide), thus making the stage for two days instead (15km + 13km)
Today, the Camino continues slightly downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the charming paved street village of Leboreiro. Coming to Melide (454m) you can stop in one of the many restaurants to try their famous squid. Later today, the Camino will follow a forest track and cross several streams bringing you to the village of Boente with its church of Santiago, the medieval village of Ribadiso, and finally Arzùa (389m). This small town has 2 churches that you can visit, Santa María and La Magdalena.
NOTE: If you wish to take your time, we can split this walking day in 2 (15km & 13km), staying overnight in the bustling market town of Melide. Here you will stay in a charming 2* hotel in front of the "Refugio de Peligrino", in the centre of the town.
Day 5. Arzùa to Rùa-O Pino (5h15 18km +50m -130m)
This shaded section of the Camino will pass through woods, along streams and through sleepy villages. Take your time and visit the chapel of Santa Irena, with its unique statues of Santiago. The rest of the way to Rua/Opino is on a good and quiet country road. This will be your last night before Santiago. Rúa (310m) is an intermediate stopping point that is less crowded than others before Santiago. Enjoy a good night’s sleep remembering the way you travelled. The last stretch is about to begin…
santiago de compostella, self-guided walking in spainDay 6. Rúa to Santiago de Compostela (5h20 19km +150m -186m)
You are nearly there. You can feel civilization taking over again as the Camino pass by Amenal. The next stage will be Lavacolla where pilgrims traditionally washed in the river before reaching Santiago de Compostela. The tall eucalyptus trees will accompany you to Monte del Gozo (368m) and its huge modern sculpture - from here you can see the Cathedral of Santiago. You are on the “Mount of Joy” and you can start your final descent to Santiago de Compostela (264m, population 80000). Finally, you reach the place of most interest in Santiago; its Cathedral. Partly Romanesque and partly Baroque, this wonder will amaze you. You can take some time to visit it before settling down in your luxurious hotel for the last night of your walking holiday. With the spirit of Saint James nearby, the memories of your trip will buzz around your head.
Day 7. Santiago de Compostela
After breakfast we bid you farewell. If you wish to stay in the area, we recommend that you:
- Take your time and visit the magnificent historic centre.
- Continue with us along the wild "Camino Fisterra" (Finisterre Way), and stay overnight in the 2* hotel in the light house!
- Visit the sandy coves and beaches of the West coast. Unique, remote, unspoilt, and not touristy. You will be amazed... Ask us!

The best accommodation is booked on the way with a combination of 1*, 2** and 3*** hotel with en-suite room at each stage. Half Board except no dinner in Sarria and in Santiago (days 1 and 6).

Price: 540 Euro/person
Price with split Day 4 (total of 7 nights): 610 Euro/person

Single room supplement:
150-170 Euro

inn to inn hiking vacations in spain, camino trailThe price includes

Luggage transferred from hotel to hotel, room en-suite, half-board during the hike (except in Sarria and Santiago), detailed walking notes and maps and pilgrim passport.

The price excludes
Flights, Insurance (recommended), Drinks, dinners in Sarria and Santiago and transfer from/to airport.

How to get to the beginning of the trip:
1 - Santiago airport to Lugo 16h10, 18h40 (1hr45). See web in English: www.empresafreire.com
2 - Lugo to Sarria (30mins). Many buses a day, until late. www.monbus.es and look for "Horarios" on the left. Monbus operate a direct service to Sarria at 6pm (3h), but from the Bus station (20' from the airport). (www.monbus.es "Horarios" on the left)
3 - Airport transfers: Santiago to Saria (130 Euro for up to 4 pax)

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