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Day 1: Arrival at St Jean Pied de Port

Saint Jean Pied de Port, is situated in the Basque country at the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. A beautiful village, akin to a Fairy-tale scene. Cobbled narrow streets, with white stone houses with red wooden windows and doors. Walk across the spectacularly beautiful bridge leading you out of the village towards the Pyrenees Mountains. The beginning of the French Way of Camino de Santiago, the start of your Pilgrimage.

Make sure you wander the streets of St Jean Pied de Port and soak up the French charm. Try some local French cuisine before passing over the Pyrenees mountains into Sapin. Then make a point of joining the pilgrims’ mass in the evening, a great way to connect with other Pilgrims and mark the start of your journey.

Take advantage of your hotel room to relax and have a good nights sleep before beginning your Camino. You have a huge first day in front of you!

Note: In St Jean Pied de Port there are some great outdoor products shops for Pilgrims, a chance before you begin to pick up any last-minute items you may have missed.

Day 2: Saint Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles 24.5km

Today is a long and difficult day especially since it is the first. Before setting out check the weather forecast in the pilgrim’s office at the top of the main street, 39 Rue de la Citadelle. You will be advised of an alternative route if the weather is dangerous however ultimately it is your call as to what direction you choose.
Walk through the village across the bridge and head to the mountains for a very steep climb.  Starting at 172m above sea level, passing Huntto and Orisson before reaching Vierge de Biakorri (statue of Madonna)at 1.095m.  She sits on top of a rock protecting the shepherds of these beautiful mountains.

Continue to climb the Pyrenees through Lepoeder mountain pass at 1.430m, then a 480m descent to Roncesvalles at 950m, crossing a beautiful beech forest.

Roncesvalles is the primary starting point for pilgrims, mainly Spaniards. Visit St James chapel and the Royal Collegiate Church of Saint Mary.

Day 3: Roncesvalles to Zubiri 21.5km

Today’s stage begins in Roncesvalles, almost 1000m above sea level, and ends in Zubiri, at 526m. You will mainly be on undulating downward tracks, however, you will climb two small mountain passes, Mezquiriz and Alto de Erro.
At the peak of Alto de Erro, you will begin a difficult descent. This section is very rocky and needs your complete attention.

If you have knee problems it may be advisable for you to enjoy the view from the top then jump in a Taxi to Zubiri.
Do not be a hero, listen to your body, it is not a defeat if you can’t manage this section, it is simply smart management. You have to take care of your body, you have a long way to go. For those that are physically ready the difficulty is compensated for, by breathtaking views.

Zubiri is a quaint village on the Arga River. There is a wonderful Romanic bridge Puente de piedra waiting for you to cross it. After you cross the bridge take some time on the river’s edge to soak your feet in the cool water.

Buen Camino

Day 4/5: Zubiri to Pamplona 21km

Today you will follow the Arga River on what is essentially an easy day. You will pass through many small villages on paths through woods and on roads. Crossing from side to side of the Arga River over several beautiful old bridges.
In Irotz you cross via the Roman bridge of Iturgaiz to the next town Zabaldika where you will find a picnic area close to the road.

At this point there are two possible routes: the original Camino de Santiago or continuing to follow the river through Huarte, both will lead to the same junction a few kilometers along. For the last 5 km, you will cross into the urban area of Pamplona.

Pamplona is the capital of Navarre province in northern Spain home to Gothic-style churches including fortresslike San Nicolás. Here you will enjoy your well-deserved rest day. There is so much to see and do in this magnificent City.

Buen Camino

Day 5: Rest Day Pamplona

Pamplona is the first major city on the Camino. Famous for its Running of the Bulls festival, Sanfermínes, taking place in July. Have a coffee in the beautiful Café Iruña in Plaza del Castillo, with its incredible art deco interior where Ernest Hemingway spent many of his days.
The Cathedral, Town Hall and Citadel are the three main historical sites to visit in Pamplona.
Pamplona is very popular for its incredible “Pintxos” generally a slice of bread with an unimaginable wide variety of toppings. You will find the most popular Pintxos restaurants in San Nicolas, San Gregorio, Navarreria and Estafeta streets.

Day 6: Pamplona to Puente La Reina 24km

Today you will enjoy walking out of Pamplona through beautiful parks until Cizur Menor. Here you start your climb to Alto del Perdón (Hill of Forgiveness). There is a steep ascent to the iconic sculpture of Pilgrims by Vicente Galbete. On one of the figures, you can read: “Donde se cruza el camino del viento con el de las estrellas.” (Where the path of wind crosses with the stars). From this point, an incredible panoramic view of Pamplona and the Pyrenees is before you. Both up to the north with Navarra plains and down to the south.

After Alto del Perdón you face 3-4km of a difficult stony, steep descent.

Another Iconic point on your way from Pamplona to Puente la Reina is the church of Santa Maria de Eunate, built-in 1170. An unusual example of Romanesque architecture which has been declared a national monument. Standing in solitude in the middle of a flat open landscape. Approximately 2 km off the Camino however well worth the extra walking if you have the energy. There is a legend of a tradition whereby those who walk around the building three times are freed from their sins!
Note: ask a local for directions to avoid getting lost.

Finally, you will arrive at Puente la Reina. A magnificent medieval village with its perfectly balanced 11th Century stone bridge. Crossing the river Arga it truly is a sight to behold.

On Rua Mayor, the main street of this village you will discover the architectural delights, historical buildings, and churches of St James and St Peter.

Buen Camino

Day 7: Puente la Reina to Estella 22km

Today you will leave over the medieval Puente la Reina Bridge (Queen Bridge). You will pass through three beautiful towns on hilltops: Cirauqui, Lorca, and Villatuerta.
After Cirauqui you will walk on an old paved Roman road, one of the best-preserved along the Camino.

For the rest of the day, you will pass through rolling farmland, small towns, and villages, mostly along meandering tracks until you reach the end of your walk at Estella (Lizarra, in the Basque language). A charming historic city of 13,000 inhabitants, known for its passion for music and theatre as well as its impeccable cuisine.

Buen Camino

Day 8: Estella to Los Arcos

Not the most inspiring start to your day as it will be spent mainly on busy roads. However, you will soon arrive at Bodegas Irache the famous Navarra winery. Here you will find a free wine fountain, yes you read correctly. A wine fountain especially built for pilgrims.

Close by is the Monastery of Irache declared a national monument in 1887.
The exit of Irache leads you to vineyards, cereal fields, small pinewoods and streams. Later climbing to Villamayor de Monjardin on a hilltop. From there to Los Arcos you have 12km without any village and very little shade. Therefore you will need plenty of water and something to eat to keep up your energy.

Arriving at your destination Los Arcos an ancient town with a blend of history, art, folklore, and gastronomy.  Visit the beautiful Iglesia Santa Maria.

Buen Camino

Day 9: Los Arcos to Logrono 28km

There are three very different landscapes today. At first from Los Arcos to Torres del Río it is quite a flat walk. Then Torres del Río to Viana, up and down for several km. Finally Viana to Logroño through an industrial suburban area.

In Torres del Río you’ll witness an architectural wonder the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, an eight-sided 12th-century building associated with the Knights Templar. Next passing through Viana a well-preserved historic town you will find fascinating mansions, palaces, and churches that tell tales of its history. From here you will head to Logroño, where at the entrance you will pass over the Ebro River. The main river in Spain crosses the country from the mountains in the North, close to the Atlantic Ocean, to meet the Mediterranean Sea in the South of Catalonia.

Logroño is the capital of La Rioja Region, the most famous Spanish wine region. Look out for Laurel Street, an experience in itself. Tapas in Logroño are some of the best in Camino, don’t miss out! Choose a Tapas bar and treat yourself to an afternoon Tapa and Rioja Wine.
You can visit the city with its old town, historical Cathedral

Buen Camino

Day 10: Logrono to Najera 29km

Before leaving Logroño pack some snacks and plenty of water in your backpack. You have 13km before you arrive in the next town Navarrete, with very few opportunities to stock up in between.

The first part of the day is spent walking out of the city, as in Pamplona. After about 2 km you will begin to walk through open parkland and through beautiful vineyards. Then over soft hills and valleys to your first stop Navarrete, a 12th-century town, built by the ‘Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. Here you will find the fabulous Baroque Church of the Assumption of Mary.

Today is long yet not very challenging. You face two moderate mountain passes, Alto de la Grajera and Alto de San Antón, with several sections close to the highway, not a Pilgrims favorite. However, walking through vineyards is impressive.

Your final destination is Najera. The town is built on the banks of  Najerilla river. Along its banks, you will find the Monasterio de Santa María La Real constructed in the 11th Century.

Buen Camino

CC-Day 11: Najera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada 21km

Today you have a few mountain passes mainly with soft undulating ground.

You will see a change in landscape from vineyards to cereals fields. After a while when passing through the village of Azofra you will find yourself on quiet country roads. To the South on your left is the La Demanda Mountain.

On the road from Najera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada before arriving at your destination you will walk up a steep hill to Cirueña where you will walk past the Rioja Alta Golf Course. Many Pilgrims stop here for a rest.
Santo Domingo de la Calzada (Saint Dominic of the Road) is a beautiful medieval town. Its name refers to the founder, Dominic de la Calzada who dedicated his life to improving the physical route for the pilgrims and built a pilgrim’s hospital (now the Parador) and a church that has now evolved into the Cathedral.

Buen Camino

Day 12: Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Belorado 22.5km

The beginning of today’s walk is along a road close to the main N-120. You then turn into the first village of Granon, your last village in La Rioja.
In 2km you will reach the border heading into Castilla. From here you will pass through many small villages before arriving in Belorado, a quiet town in the province of Burgos. With a large medieval plaza, Plaza Mayor. There are several shops and restaurant terraces for you to enjoy.

Buen Camino 

Day 13: Belorado to San Juan de Ortega 24km

Today begins closely near the N120 eventually crossing onto a dirt path into Tosantos.

Heading out of Tosantos you come across the 12th century Ermita de Nuestra Señora de Peña, which has literally been dug out of the mountain.

Continuing on your way from Belorado to San Juan de Ortega is a small incline to Villafranca Montes de Oca. Here you begin a long ascent to the Oca Mountains. Crossing through gorgeous woodlands of fragrant oak, juniper, ash, and pine trees. The last mountain range before the Meseta, taking you all the way to San Juan de Ortega.

San Juan de Ortega is a beautiful small hamlet in the middle of the mountains. Here you will find Iglesia de San Juan de Ortega. The church is an example of late Romanesque art, constructed during the 12th and 13th centuries.

Buen Camino

Day 14/15: San Juan de Ortega to Burgos 26km

After heading out of San Juan de Ortega you will soon find Ages. With its Iglesia de Santa Eulalia. After 2km you reach the next village, Atapuerca. Here is located the Iglesia de San Martin. From this point, you are three kilometers away from where 800,000-year-old human remains were discovered. The oldest human remains in Europe!

Finally arriving in Burgos a large city where you can witness the walls of an old castle or the Museum of Human Evolution. Definitely, the main attraction of the city is its magnificent French Gothic Cathedral of St Mary. Boasting 3 main doorways flanked by ornamented bell towers. Inside the tomb of El Cid (Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar), the 11th-century military commander. Also, the Chapel of Condestable, is decorated with figures of saints.

Here you will enjoy a rest day where you can relax and revive. There are plenty of shops and services. Take advantage of this opportunity to buy anything you need and wash your clothes. Enjoy the sites and have a slow-paced day and early night.

Buen Camino 

Day 15: Rest Day Burgos

Burgos is a spectacular, historically rich City. Boasting many ancient remains throughout.
with one of the most extraordinary Gothic Cathedrals in the whole of Spain (declared a World Heritage site by Unesco in 1984). Located in Santa Maria Plaza built over a period of 200 years. Combining French Gothic, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles, definitely deserves a visit.
Other points of interest are the famous Puente (bridge) San Pablo built in the 13th century. Lined with Statues of Castilian noblemen from the Middle Ages. The arch of Santa Maria is a stone relic from the 14th century. Paseo del Espolon and Monasterio de las Huelgas, and so much more!
You can also visit a futuristic-looking building, the Museum of Human Evolution with remains, dating back 800,000 years.
While you are there try some unusual local Gastronomical treats. The famous blood sausage Morcilla. Lechazo, wood oven slow-roasted lamb, and queso (cheese) de Burgos, a white soft cheese eaten with a glass of local wine.

Day 16: Burgos to Hornillos del Camino 21km

During the days ahead you will walk through cereal fields, in a land with extreme temperatures, scorching in the summertime and freezing in winter.
Limited shade and villages are available to you here, ensure that you have water and food for the day. Don’t forget to take your essentials hat and sunscreen.
Today’s walk is quite flat, only 20km for about 5 hours. You will have a nice rest in Hornillos, a tiny village, one of many old medieval villages you will visit in the coming days. A great place to immerse yourself in the ancient atmosphere of the way.

Buen Camino

Day 17: Hornillos del Camino-Castrojeriz

Today we have a short walk again, 20km along two small plateaus up to Hontanas. At the end of the day, before arriving at Castrojeriz, you will pass the old Pilgrims Monastery and Hospital of San Antón.

Castrojeriz is a pretty town, with a curious 9th-century hilltop castle, worth a short visit, and beautiful old houses. The village is 2 km Long! Pay attention as you walk through you may not want to walk that far to explore it later.

Day 18: Castrojeriz-Boadilla del Camino

Those who love solitude, silence, and endless fields will relish in this section. A unique and unforgettable stage.
When leaving Castrojeriz, we find in front of us the impressive Alto de Mostelares. The highest point in Meseta. A problematic steep ascent of 145m in 1.7Km.
It’s worth the effort, for at the top of the hill you will admire one of the many beautiful views on the Camino. An incredible landscape of crop fields with no end, in every direction.
Finish your day in Boadilla Del Camino, a cute small village in the middle of nowhere. There is limited accommodation in Boadilla. If there is no availability, you will finish in Frómista, 6 km ahead. (This will be discussed with you at the time of booking).

Day 19: Boadilla del Camino-Carrion de los Condes

With Frómista in front of you, you will walk along a stretch of an 18th Century Canal, the Canal de Castilla. It is a beautiful microclimate in this dry land. An oasis where you will enjoy 5 Km with trees, water, ducks, and other animals during these days.
In Frómista, visit the beautiful 11th-century Church of St Martin.
A simple, flat stage today in Tierra de Campos (Fields Land). A region in the middle of Castilla where you will find no shade and not many villages. Prepare yourself with enough water, sunscreen, and a hat.
Pass through Villalcázar de Sirga which is declared a national monument, home to the XIII Century Templar church of Santa Maria la Virgen Blanca.
Finishing your day’s walk at Carrión de Los Condes with its many historical sites and churches.

Buen Camino

Day 20: Carrion de los Condes-Terradillos de los Templarios

Leave Carrión de Los Condes by crossing the 16th-century bridge and passing the 10th-century Benedictine San Zoilo Monastery. From here the Camino de Santiago is reasonably straight and follows an old Roman road known as the Via Aquitania, alternatively known as the Calzada de los Peregrinos.
Today you have another stage with endless straight paths in the Castilian steppe. From Carrión de Los Condes to Calzadilla de la Cueza you have the longest stretch on Camino (17km) without any villages and almost no shade. (remember: water, cap, and sunscreen).
At times you will find makeshift Bars, a welcome sight, however, you cannot rely on this happening so stock up. The most exciting thing along this road will be the haystacks! An extra special time for reflection and contemplation.
Pass the remains of the 11th-century pilgrim hospital of Terradillos de los Templarios.

Terradillos de los Templarios is a small humble village, with not much else to do but rest.

Buen Camino

Day 21: Terradillos de los Templarios – Bercianos del Real Camino

Today we follow through dirt tracks in little valleys. Passing through Sahagún quite a big village, full of ancient monuments. With its well-known Romanic Church of San Lorenzo, worth a visit. This town was once the seat of high religious power.
Before arriving at Sahagun you will find the sign depicting the halfway mark of the Camino!
In Calzada del Coto, the route diverges, but you will follow the Real Camino Francés to Bercianos del Real Camino for your overnight accommodation.

Day 22: Bercianos del Real Camino – Mansilla de las Mulas

Your Camino leaves the expansive ‘Tierra de Campos’ behind and continues across grain and cereal crops. Leading pilgrims to the plateau of León. The whole stage continues through straight paths, with little shade, take advantage when you find it.
You have 27 km with only two villages in the middle, El Burgo Ranero, and Reliegos.

From Reliegos, with only 6km to go, you can almost see Mansilla de las Mulas a small walled enclave, founded in 1181. Intimately connected to the Camino hence its seven churches, a house for pilgrims, three hospitals, and two monasteries.

Day 23: Mansilla de las Mulas–Leon 

Leaving Mansilla de las Mulas to Leon you leave behind the high plateau setting of the remote Meseta and continue your journey to the spectacular city of Leon. You will walk along busy roads for most of the day.
Your approach to the city of León will see you passing through residential suburbs and industrial areas. From Portillo Hill onwards you will spot the beautiful city of León ahead with its stunning Cathedral.

CC – Day 24: Leon rest day

You have now walked 470 km in 21 days! your body deserves a rest day to charge your batteries.

Leon is a lively Unesco Heritage listed City one of the largest on Camino de Santiago. So much to see and do. Many churches and cathedrals noted for their architecture and art can be discovered in Leon. Among them is the Gothic 13th-century Cathedral de Leon. Indeed a spectacle of beauty with its towers and flying buttresses.  Also boasting Romanesque architecture of the 10th-century, Basílica de San Isidoro. Known for its frescoes and royal tombs.  Then a must-visit, Casa Botines, a neogothic-styled building designed by Antoni Gaudi.
Famous for its facade of carved skulls and scallops is the Parador Hotel in the city center. Indeed a visit there will leave you speechless.
Once you have done your touristy visits head to Barrio Húmedo and Barrio Romántico, both close to the Cathedral, are known for food and fun! full of narrow streets and plazas. Here socialising and gastronomy are on the agenda. A time to rest and enjoy a variety of taverns, bars, restaurants, and terraces,
If you are struggling with any of your walking equipment this is a good time to update. There are several outdoor shops and a large department store Corte Ingles to cater to your needs.

Buen Camino

Day 25: Leon – Hospital De Orbigo 

From León to Hospital de Órbigo you have 33 km. The exit from León is 8 km through the city streets, to the monument of La Virgen Del Camino, marking the end of the city.
Many Pilgrims take a bus or a taxi, to Virgen Del Camino to start their day from there. This, of course, is your choice, making it 25km to Hospital de Órbigo.
When in Virgen Del Camino you enter the off-road Camino path. Here you must choose between the historic Camino through Villadangos Del Páramo (full of industrial and residential areas) or the alternative Camino through Villar de Mazarife. We suggest this alternative as it takes you off the national road to a more rural option, again your choice. Both options take you to Hospital de Órbigo a flat and manageable stage.
When you arrive at Hospital De Orbigo you will cross the magnificent stone medieval bridge the town is famous for. It has nineteen arches with the Río Órbigo (river) flowing through only three. A bridge reserved for pedestrians only. You will also find in this Templar Town a 12th Century Church.

Day 26: Hospital De Orbigo – Astorga

Enjoy an easy short walk today only 16.5km. Meander of hills and enjoy the landscape.
Reaching Astorga, a pretty hilltop city.

Visit its ‘pink’ cathedral, designed by Antoni Gaudí (the famous Catalan architect). Constructed in 1471, it also now houses a museum.

Then there is the fabulous Episcopal palace, a sight to behold. Also the monumental city walls, are a testament to times gone by.
Astorga is well known for its famous chocolates and “Las Mantecadas (cupcakes) de Astorga”.

CC – Day 27: Astorga – Rabanal Del Camino 

Start your way towards León Mountains on paths where you will be surrounded by heather, oak, and broom. The ascent is soft and progressive up to Rabanal Del Camino.
Witness to your left, for several days, the magnificent view of “El Teleno”, the highest mountain summit in León Camino. 2,188m above sea level, escorting you towards Galicia.
Passing through several beautiful villages, Santa Catalina de Somoza and El Ganso.
Soon you will reach Rabanal Del Camino 1,150m high, a beautiful little town where you can eat the famous and very hearty Cocido Maragato.

Buen Camino

Day 28: Rabanal Del Camino – Molinaseca 25km

A spectacular stage, however it is very unpredictable weather generally cold most of the year. Take something warm in your backpack.
You will have a difficult steep ascent to the beautiful village of Foncebadon. A lost village in the middle of the mountain. Continue to climb to “Cruz de Ferro”(Iron Cross) 1.504m, which is the most symbolic milestone in the entire Camino. A bit further you find the “Collado de las Antenas” 1.515m, the highest point on the French Camino. Of course take some time to enjoy the stunning view.
Start your descent to the lush area of El Bierzo. You will experience a challenging descent to Molinaseca, probably the hardest on Camino together with the decline to Zubiri, encountered at the very beginning. The most difficult section is between the Collado down to Acebo. Please take your time and take care of your ankles and knees. In bad weather, we suggest walking the road instead of the way.
You will enter Molinaseca crossing its beautiful Romanesque Pilgrim’s Bridge, a picturesque town that looks a little like a movie set, sitting at the foot of the mountain. Its narrow streets and historic buildings are spectacular.

Buen Camino

Day 29: Molinaseca – Cacabelos 

In just 7.7km you will find yourself walking into Ponferrada the last big city on the way to Santiago de Compostela. The 12th-century Templars Castle is especially worth visiting here if you have the time.

Leaving Ponferrada you will pass through the village of Compostilla, a former mining town. Columbrianos in next closely followed by Fuentes Nuevas and Camponaraya.
From Camponaraya to Cacabelos you will walk through beautiful vineyards. This is the heart of the well-appreciated El Bierzo wine region.
Arriving in Cacabelos you walk past the Hermitage of San Roque. If it is open pop in, it has been turned into a quirky little museum of sorts. Wander through the village and admire the clever street art. At the end of the main road, you will come to Iglesia de Santa Maria de la Plaza.
While here try another hearty speciality of this land, El Botillo.

Day 30: Cacabelos – Ambasmestas 

Today you continue in the beautiful El Bierzo. Passing through Villafranca Del Bierzo, with its beautiful castle and the church of Santiago. Here you can admire the “Puerta Del Perdón” (Forgiveness Gate) which only opens during Holy Years.
You may hear a change in the language of the people with locals speaking Galician. This is the original language of Galicia and bordering regions. Your route passes through the ranges of ‘Os Ancares’ finishing your day in Ambasmestas or Vega de Valcace, depending on the best available accommodation. There you can see the motorway bridge, 100m above.

Day 31: Ambasmestas – O Cebreiro 

From here to Santiago you walk mainly through a landscape with oak, beech, chestnut, and gum trees.
Today you face the iconic milestone of the Camino, the feared climb up to O’Cebreiro, at 1.330m. From Vega de Valcarce, at 630m you climb 700m in 12 km. The hardest section is between Las Herrerias and La Laguna, 500m in 5.5 km. You cross the border between Castilla and Galicia and realise the day was well worth every step, the views are spectacular.
O’Cebreiro is the first village in Galicia, a delightful hilltop hamlet. From here we have a spectacular 360º view. This image will remain in your mind forever.

O’Cebreiro is an iconic location for its outlook, church, legends, and its “Pallozas”, typical Galician construction, round stone houses with a straw roof.
After a hard days’ walk, you will enjoy the specialties of this land: Pulpo (octopus) and the local Cebreiro cheese.
Make sure you get to the Pilgrims Mass whether you are religious or not the Mass here has a special spirit as does this land.

Buen Camino

Day 32: O Cebreiro – Triacastela 

Today you cross into Galicia, through the “Ancares” Mountains.
It’s important to consider that you are walking in a land where fog, wind, and low temperatures are frequent in all seasons and particularly in winter. You find Initially you will be climbing moderate but frequent steep sections up to Hospital de la Condesa. With a difficult, challenging, incline up to Alto de Poio 1.337m. The highest point in the Galician section of Camino. When there you will encounter the pilgrim statue and enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. From the Alto, you will continue to Fonfría and from there you have a long walk downhill, 9 km to the town of Triacastela. The first stop on the Galician section of the Camino with around 1000 inhabitants. There are regularly more Pilgrims than locals in the town, a great place to rest after your days of climbing mountains!

Day 33: Triacastela – Sarria 

You have a decision to make today. There are two options to get to Sarria: Through San Xil valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in Camino (7km shorter), or, through Samos, where you walk along the valley of the river Ouribio, with magnificent oak and chestnut trees and the impressive Samos Monastery.
Whatever decision you make, you’ll get it right.
At the end of your day, you arrive in Sarria, a large town, with about 15,000 inhabitants. You will notice from here an influx of Pilgrims. This is due to the last 100 km rule of the Compostela. It is here that tour companies and groups in buses hop on and off the Camino to do short walks and get stamps.
A Camino fact, around 40% of French Camino pilgrims arriving in Santiago every year start the pilgrimage here in Sarria. Do not fear though, you will find as the groups only do small sections, there are still stretches where you will have times of peace and tranquillity.

Day 34: Sarria rest day

Today is the day for a well-earned rest in a modern bustling town with plenty of shops, hotels, restaurants, and bars.
No bag to place in the foyer, have a sleep in, eat a hearty breakfast then visit the old quarter. Grab yourself a map of the city, amble along Rua Major. Take your time to visit all of the historic delights this city has to offer. Visit Iglesia de Santa Mariña, Monasterio de la Magdalena, medieval bridge Ponte Aspera, Capilla de San Lazaro and Torre de la Fortaleza, the only remains of a once impressive castle, just to name a few.

ENJOY YOUR DAY!

Day 35: Sarria – Portomarin 22km

Today you face a beautiful stage through Galician bushes, pretty villages, and hamlets along with traditional “hórreos” (granaries). In Pina dos Corvos you will enjoy wonderful views of Belesar reservoir and the surrounding countryside.  From here there is a steep descent into Portomarín where you cross the Miño River over its modern bridge into Portomarín.
The remains of the medieval town of Portomarín disappeared under these reservoir waters in the 1950s. Franco (Dictator) decided to build a hydroelectric dam 40 kilometers downriver and flooded the town of Portomarín. The most important monuments; the churches of San Nicolás, San Pedro, and some of the cherished 16th and 17th-century manor houses or Pazos.  Stone by stone high above the river the people transported the buildings creating the new village of Portomarin. The square in the centre of town boasts most of the historic monuments including the Pazo Del Conde da Maza.

Day 36: Portomarin – Palas de Rei

Today’s walk passes through similar landscapes to yesterday. You exit from Portomarin crossing the river Miño, Galicia’s longest river, then you begin a steady uphill walk from 350m to 725m for 12km. A challenging yet not difficult section on and off the road.
In Ventas de Narón, you pass the small 13th century Ermita de Santa María Magdalena built by the Knights Templar. Soon after in Castromaior the circa 4BC to 1AD Roman ruins, are well worth the short detour off the Camino.
Your destination Palas de Rei, known as Palace of the King due to a king residing there. A small country town with plenty of shops, bars, and cafes. Most of town life revolves around the Plaza del Concello. Visit la Iglesia de San Tirso originally built in the 12th to early 13th century. It has undergone numerous changes over the centuries with the only original part of the church, the Romanesque doorway.

Day 37: Palas de rei – Arzúa

Today you will find yourself walking downhill for most of the way. And crossing many creeks.

Reaching Melide about halfway into your day. A mandatory town to stop and enjoy the most famous Pulpo (octopus) in Galicia.

Two of the most renowned octopus restaurants in Galicia are found here, Ezequiel and Garnacha.

After a hearty lunch find yourself winding your way in and out of pine and eucalyptus forest. Soon you have a steep descent into Ribadiso da Baixo.
Finally arriving at the town of Arzúa, the most significant city (6,000 inhabitants) before Santiago. Famous for its local cheese Queixo Arzúa-Ulloa.

Visit the 14th-century Capilla de la Magdalena, all that is left of a former Augustinian monastery.

Day 38: Arzúa – O Pedrouzo 19.5km

A comfortable stage, quite flat, along prairies and bushes. Alternating between track and county lanes, passing through several small hamlets.
Continue on woodland paths, passing a monument to Guillermo Watt who died at this spot, a day from completing his Camino. Reaching Alto de Santa Irene, the high point of today, with a good picnic and rest area.
O Pedrouzo is a small busy town with plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars. The last stage of the Camino before entering Santiago de Compostela.

Buen Camino

Day 39: O Pedrouzo – Santiago de Compostela 20km

Today you face your last walking day on Camino!
The first half runs through a rural landscape, similar to prior days.
From Lavacolla you walk through the airport, highways, urban and residential areas. Then you reach Monte do Gozo (Mount of Joy) 5km before the city center. From here you will glimpse the spires of the Cathedral in Santiago.
The entrance to the old city of Santiago (100,000 inhabitants) is stunning, an incredible walk through the historic city streets leading you under the Arco del Obispo where you make your triumphant entrance into the Plaza del Obradoiro, Congratulations!
This night is one of celebration, the City will be brimming with Pilgrims and Locals alike enjoying the local cuisine and wines. Sharing tales of their Camino and for many saying farewells to their Camino Friends.
*Don’t forget to go and get your Compostela. The location will be noted on your daily map

Buen Camino

Day 40: Santiago de Compostela – rest day

Enjoy your last day and explore this Historic City with its many specialised Tapas bars and restaurants, meet other pilgrims with whom you have shared joys and sorrows during so many days, some of them you will never meet again others will be friends for the rest of your life and some of you will have found love!
If you were late arriving yesterday you can attend the midday pilgrims mass and look around the famous Cathedral of St. James which forms the city’s heart and watch the collection of pilgrims arriving into the square as they finish their epic journey as you did yesterday.
The end of this unique experience, unless of course, you are heading to Fisterra!

Buen Camino

Day 1: Leon

Your Camino begins in Leon, one of the most beautiful cities in Castilla. Situated in the vast Meseta (plateau) region in Spain.

Explore this beautiful city and the incredible Gothic cathedral. Renowned for its spectacular stained glass windows.

Visit Barrio Húmedo and Barrio Romántico the two main districts of the city.  Full of narrow streets and plazas, with a variety of taverns, bars, restaurants, and terraces. Both districts are near the Cathedral.

Enjoy a meal and then have an early night to ensure you are rested and ready for your first day of walking Camino de Santiago!

Day 2: Leon – Hospital De Orbigo

From León to Hospital de Órbigo you have 33 km. The exit from León is 8 km through the city streets, to the monument of La Virgen Del Camino, marking the end of the city.

Many Pilgrims take a bus or a taxi, to Virgen Del Camino to start their day. Making it 25km to Hospital de Órbigo. This, of course, is your choice.

When in Virgen Del Camino you enter the off-road Camino path, here you must choose between the historic Camino through Villadangos Del Páramo (full of industrial and residential areas). Or the alternative Camino through Villar de Mazarife. This alternative takes you off the national road to a more rural option, again your choice.

Both options take you to Hospital de Órbigo, a flat and manageable stage.

When you arrive at Hospital De Orbigo you will be greeted by the sight of the magnificent bridge the town is famous for. It has nineteen arches with the Río Órbigo flowing through only three and is reserved for pedestrians only. You will also find in this Templar Town, a 12th Century Church.

 

Day 3: Hospital De Orbigo – Astorga

Today is an easy short walk only 17km.

When reaching the pretty hilltop city of Astorga visit its ‘pink’ cathedral. Built in 1471 it now houses a museum. Also, the fabulous Episcopal palace designed by Antoni Gaudí, (the famous Catalan architect). Find and walk past the old city walls.

Astorga is well known for its famous chocolates and “Las Mantecadas (cupcakes) de Astorga”.

Day 4: Astorga – Rabanal Del Camino

Heading towards Galicia on paths where you will be surrounded by heather, oak and broom. The ascent is soft and progressive up to Rabanal Del Camino.

You will be humbled by the landscape with the magnificent view of “El Teleno” in this section.  Your companion to the left of you for several days. The highest mountain summit in León at 2,188m above sea level.

You will pass several beautiful villages,  Santa Catalina de Somoza and El Ganso and feel as though you are in a time gone by.

Soon after reaching Rabanal Del Camino 1,150m high, a beautiful little town where you can eat the famous and very hearty Cocido Maragato.

Day 5: Rabanal Del Camino – Molinaseca

A spectacular stage, cold most of the year. Take something warm in your backpack.

You have a hard steep ascent to the beautiful village of Foncebadon.  A lost village in the middle of the mountain. Continue to climb to “Cruz de Ferro”(Iron Cross) 1.504m, which is the most symbolic milestone in the entire Camino. A bit further you find the “Collado de las Antenas” 1.515m, the highest point on the French Camino. Take some time to enjoy the stunning view.

Start your descent to the lush area of El Bierzo. Experience a challenging descent to Molinaseca, probably the hardest in Camino together with the decline to Zubiri. The most difficult section is between the Collado down to Acebo. Please take your time and take care of your ankles and knees. In bad weather, we suggest walking the road instead of the way.

You will enter Molinaseca by crossing its beautiful Romanesque Pilgrim’s Bridge. A picturesque town that looks a little like a movie set sitting at the foot of a mountain. Its narrow streets and historic buildings are spectacular.

Day 6: Molinaseca – Ponferada

After 5 days of walking, today is a very easy and short walk into Ponferrada. The last big city on the way to Santiago de Compostela.

Take advantage of being in a city if you have any need to update your gear. Have a well-deserved rest. The 12th-century Templars Castle is especially worth visiting here.

Day 7: Ponferada -Cacabelos

Leaving Ponferrada you will pass through the village of Compostilla. A former mining town, then reaching  Columbrianos closely followed by Fuentes Nuevas and Camponaraya.

Finally arriving in Cacabelos you walk past the Hermitage of San Roque. If it is open pop in, it has been turned into a quirky little museum of sorts.

Wander through the village and admire the clever street art to the end of the main road you will come to Iglesia de Santa Maria de la Plaza.

This is where you will rest tonight

Day 8: Cacabelos – Ambasmestas

Today you continue in this beautiful area of El Bierzo. Passing through Villafranca Del Bierzo, with its beautiful castle and the church of Santiago. You can admire the ‘Forgiveness Gate’, Puerta Del Perdón which only opens during Holy Years.

You may hear a change in the language with locals speaking Galician, the language of Galicia and bordering regions. Your route passes through the ranges of ‘Os Ancares’ finishing your day in Ambasmestas or Vega de Valcace, depending on the best available accommodation. There you can see the motorway bridge, 100m above.

 

Day 9-Ambasmestas-O’Cebreiro

From here to Santiago you walk mainly through landscape of oak, beech, chestnut and gum trees.

Today you face the iconic milestone of the Camino. The feared climb up to O Cebreiro at 1.330m. From Vega de Valcarce, at 630m you climb 700m in 12 km. The hardest section is between Las Herrerias and La Laguna, 500m in 5.5 km. You cross the border between Castilla and Galicia and realise the day was well worth every step, the views are spectacular.

O Cebreiro is the first village in Galicia, a delightful hilltop hamlet. From here we have a spectacular 360º view. This image will remain with you forever. O Cebreiro is an iconic location for its outlook, church, legends and its “pallozas”, typical Galician construction, round stone houses with a straw roof.

After a hard days’ walk, you will enjoy the specialities of this land: Pulpo (octopus) and the local Cebreiro cheese.

Make sure you get to the Pilgrims Mass whether you are religious or not the Mass here has a special spirit as does this land.

 

Day 10: O Cebreiro – Triacastela

Today you initiate your journey in Galicia, through the “Ancares” Mountains.

You are walking in a land where fog, wind and low temperatures are frequent in all seasons, particularly in winter. Ensure you prepare for your day.

You find moderate yet frequent steep sections up to Hospital de la Condesa. With a hard, challenging, steep incline up to Alto de Poio 1.337m, the highest point on the Galician section of Camino. Here you encounter the pilgrim statue and enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

From the Alto, you will continue to Fonfría and from there you have a long walk downhill, 9 km to the town of Triacastela. The first stop on the Galician section of the Camino with around 1000 inhabitants. There are regularly more Pilgrims than locals in the town, a great place to rest after your days of climbing mountains!

Day11-triacastela-sarria

There are two options to arrive in Sarria: Through San Xil valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in Camino (7km shorter), or, through Samos, where you walk along the valley of the river Ouribio, magnificent oak and chestnut trees and admire the impressive Samos Monastery.

Whatever decision you make, you’ll get it right.

At the end of your day, you arrive in Sarria, a large town, about 15,000 inhabitants. You will notice from here an influx of Pilgrims. This is due to the last 100 km rule of the Compostela. It is here that tour companies and groups in buses hop on and off the Camino to do short walks and get stamps.

A Camino fact, around 40% of French Camino pilgrims arriving in Santiago every year start the pilgrimage here in Sarria. Do not fear though, you will find as the groups only do small sections, there are still stretches where you will have times of peace and tranquillity.

Day 12: Sarria rest day

Today is the day for a well-earned rest. Sarria is a  modern bustling town with plenty of shops, hotels, restaurants and bars.

No bag to place in the foyer, have a sleep in, eat a hearty breakfast then visit the old quarter. Grab yourself a map of the city, and amble along Rua Major. Take your time to visit all of the historic delights this city has to offer. Visit  Iglesia de Santa Mariña, Monasterio de la Magdalena, the medieval bridge Ponte Aspera, Capilla de San Lazaro and Torre de la Fortaleza, the only remains of a once impressive castle, just to name a few.

ENJOY YOUR DAY!

Day 13: Sarria – Portomarin

Today you face a beautiful stage through the Galician bush. Pretty villages and hamlets with their traditional “hórreos” (granaries). In Pina dos Corvos you will enjoy wonderful views of Belesar reservoir and the surrounding countryside. From here there is a steep descent into Portomarín where you will cross the Miño River over its modern bridge into Portomarín.

The remains of the medieval town of Portomarín disappeared under these reservoir waters in the 1950s. Franco (Dictator) decided to build a hydroelectric dam 40 kilometres downriver and flooded the town of Portomarín. The most important monuments, the churches of San Nicolás, San Pedro and some of the cherished 16th and 17th-century manor houses or Pazos were transported stone by stone high above the river to the new village of Portomarin. The square in the centre of town boasts most of the historic monuments including the Pazo Del Conde da Maza.

Day 14: Portomarin – Palas de Rei

Today’s walk passes through similar landscapes as yesterday. As you exit from Portomarin cross the river Miño, Galicia’s longest river, and then begin a steady uphill walk from 350m to 725m. For the next 12km, you have a challenging yet not difficult section on and off the road.

In Ventas de Narón, you pass the small 13th century Ermita de Santa María Magdalena. Built by the Knights Templar. In Castromaior the circa 4BC to 1AD Roman ruins are well worth the short detour off the Camino to reach them.

Your destination Palas de Rei, known as Palace of the King due to a king residing there, is a small country town with plenty of shops, bars and cafes, most of town life revolving around the Plaza del Concello. Visit la Iglesia de San Tirso originally built in the 12th to early 13th century. It has undergone numerous changes over the centuries with the only original part of the church, the Romanesque doorway.

Day 15: Palas de Rei – Arzua

Today is a long day, walking downhill for most of the way. Crossing many creeks where In the middle of your journey, you reach Melide. The famous Pulpo (octopus) of Galicia found in Melide is a mandatory stop.

Found here are two of the most renowned octopus restaurants in Galicia.  Ezequiel and Garnacha.

Most of the way from Melide to Santiago you will find yourself winding your way in and out of pine and eucalyptus forest. There is also a steep descent into Ribadiso da Baixo.

Finally, arriving in Arzúa, the most significant city (6,000 inhabitants) before Santiago. Famous for its local cheese Queixo Arzúa-Ulloa. Visit the 14th-century Capilla de la Magdalena, all that is left of a former Augustinian monastery.

Day 16: Arzua – O Pedrouzo

A comfortable flat stage along prairies and bushes. Alternating between track and county lanes passing through several small hamlets.
Continuing on woodland paths where you pass the monument to Guillermo Watt. He died at this spot a day from completing his Camino.

Reaching Alto de Santa Irene, the high point of today is a good spot to stop and enjoy the picnic and rest area.
O Pedrouzo is a small busy town with plenty of shops, restaurants and bars and the last stage of the Camino before entering Santiago de Compostela.

Day 17: O Pedrouzo – Santiago de Compostela

Today you face your last walking day on Camino!

The first half runs through a rural landscape, similar to days prior.

From Lavacolla you walk through the airport, highways, and urban residential areas. Then you reach Monte do Gozo (Mount of Joy) 5km before the city centre, from here you will glimpse the spires of the Cathedral in Santiago.

The entrance to the old city of Santiago (100,000 inhabitants) is stunning. This night is one of celebration, the City will be brimming with Pilgrims and Locals alike enjoying the local cuisine and wines, sharing tales of their Camino and for many saying farewells to their Camino Friends where you make your triumphant entrance into the Plaza del Obradoiro, Congratulations!

This night is one of celebration, the City will be brimming with Pilgrims and Locals alike enjoying the local cuisine and wines, sharing tales of their Camino and for many saying farewells to their Camino Friends.

*Don’t forget to go and get your Compostela. The location will be noted on your daily map

Day 18: Santiago de Compostela – Rest day

Enjoy your last day and explore this Historic City with its many specialised Tapas bars and restaurants. Meet other pilgrims with whom you have shared joys and sorrows during so many days. Some of them you will never meet again others will be friends for the rest of your life and some of you will have found love.

If you were late arriving yesterday you can attend the midday pilgrims mass and look around the famous Cathedral of St. James which forms the city’s heart. Watch the collection of pilgrims arriving into the square as they finish their epic journey as you did yesterday.

The end of this unique experience, unless of course, you are heading to Fisterra!

Day 1 Sarria

Make your way to your hotel in Sarria. Hopefully, you will have time to wander through the old city and enjoy a nice meal while in this iconic town. Have a good nights’ rest before you head off on the first walking day of your Camino.

 

Day 2: Sarria – Portomarín

Today you face a beautiful stage through the Galician bush. Pretty villages and hamlets with their traditional “hórreos” (granaries). In Pina dos Corvos you will enjoy wonderful views of Belesar reservoir and the surrounding countryside.

From here there is a steep descent into Portomarín where you will cross the Miño River over its modern bridge into Portomarín.

The remains of the medieval town of Portomarín disappeared under these reservoir waters in the 1950s. Franco (Dictator) decided to build a hydroelectric dam 40 kilometres downriver and flooded the town of Portomarín. The most important monuments, the churches of San Nicolás, San Pedro and some of the cherished 16th and 17th-century manor houses or Pazos were transported stone by stone high above the river to the new village of Portomarin where you will stay today. The square in the centre of town boasts most of the historic monuments including the Pazo Del Conde da Maza.

 

 

Day 3: Portomarín – Palas de Rei

Today’s walk passes through similar landscapes as yesterday. Exit Portomarin by crossing the river Miño, Galicia’s longest river. Begin a steady uphill walk from 350m to 725m for 12km. A challenging yet not difficult section on and off the road.

In Ventas de Narón, you pass the small 13th century Ermita de Santa María Magdalena built by the Knights Templar. In Castromaior the circa 4BC to 1AD Roman ruins, are well worth the short detour off the Camino.

Your destination Palas de Rei, known as Palace of the King due to a king residing there, is a small country town. With plenty of shops, bars and cafes, most of town life revolves around the Plaza del Concello. Visit la Iglesia de San Tirso originally built in the 12th to early 13th century. It has undergone numerous changes over the centuries with the only original part of the church, the Romanesque doorway.

Day 4: Palas de Rei – Melide

You will be walking downhill for most of the way and crossing many creeks. This is a short day allowing you to enjoy the sights and gastronomy of Melide. A pretty little village set on a river.

Melide is a mandatory stop to enjoy Pulpo (octopus) in Galicia. Together with a Ribeiro wine, this is a meal famous in the area. Two of the most renowned octopus restaurants in Galicia are found here, Ezequiel and Garnacha.

Day 5: Melide – Arzua

From Melide for most of the way to Santiago, you will wind your way in and out of pine and eucalyptus forest. Then there is quite a steep descent into Ribadiso da Baixo.

Soon after arriving at the town of Arzúa. The most significant city (6,000 inhabitants) before Santiago. Famous for its local cheese Queixo Arzúa-Ulloa.

Visit the 14th-century Capilla de la Magdalena, all that is left of a former Augustinian monastery.

Day 6: Arzua – O Pedrouzo

A comfortable stage, quite flat, along prairies and bush. Alternating between track and county lanes, passing through several small hamlets.
Continuing along woodland paths, passing the monument to Guillermo Watt. He died at this spot, a day from completing his Camino.

Reaching Alto de Santa Irene, the high point of today with a good picnic area to rest.
O Pedrouzo is a small busy town with plenty of shops, restaurants and bars and the last stage of the Camino before entering Santiago de Compostela.

Day 7: O Pedrouzo – Santiago de Compostela

Today you face your last day of walking on your Camino!

The first half of the day runs through rural landscape, similar to the days prior.

From Lavacolla you walk past the airport. On highways and urban residential areas. Then you reach Monte do Gozo (Mount of Joy) 5km before the city centre, from here you will glimpse the spires of the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.

The entrance to the old city of Santiago (100,000 inhabitants) is stunning. An incredible walk through the historic city streets leading you under the Arco del Obispo. Here you make your triumphant entrance into the Plaza del Obradoiro, Congratulations!

This night is one of celebration. The City will be brimming with Pilgrims and Locals alike enjoying the local cuisine and wines. Sharing tales of their Camino and for many saying farewells to their Camino Friends.

*Don’t forget to go and get your Compostela. The location will be noted on your daily map

Day 1: Santiago-Negreira

Leaving the city fringes of Santiago you very quickly find yourself back in a rural landscape. When you arrive at Sarela de Abaxio look back to the incredible view of Santiago the Cathedral an imposing and magnificent sight against the skyline.

This stage is very beautiful with eucalyptus, oak and pine bushes on gently rolling paths. You’ll climb towards Alto do Vento (Wind pass) the only difficulty on today’s path. Then continue through small villages eventually arriving at the Tambre river. Cross Ponte Maceira a 14th-century bridge before coming to the medieval town of Negreira. Take time to visit Pazo do Cotón, the country house of Cotón family, and Saint Mauro’s chapel.

Day 2: Negreira – Olveiroa

Today you face the most challenging stage in Fisterra Camino it is long 33km. There are quite a few steep stages to the day and you will have to spend some time walking on asphalt roads.

However, there are also beautiful forests and meadows. Passing through small villages with many old Galician granaries hórreos (constructions made from stone or wood, raised above the ground by pillars and meant for storing crops). They are unique to rural Galician architecture and a distinguishing trait of the landscape.

Once in Vilaserío then through to Santa Mariña, you have a constant hilly walk.  Reaching a steep climb to Monte Aro. This is the highest point in Fisterra Camino. Enjoy the fantastic panoramic view. The path then continues through Fervenza reservoir and Hospital then finally descending into Olveiroa where you will cross the Xallas River via Ponte Olveiroa to your destination today.

Day 3: Olveiroa – Corcubión

Today you will experience mostly gentle gravel paths through peaceful open spaces reaching Alto do Cruceiro da Armada. Here is where you enjoy your first glimpse of the ocean, the bay of Fisterra. Finally, you’ll have a steep descent to Cee then continue to the quaint Heritage-listed village of Corcubión where you’ll stay tonight.

Day 4: Corcubión – Fisterra

Today you will enjoy views over Cape Fisterra. Passing through San Roque then descending to Estorde. Hug the coast along Sardiñeiro and Langosteira Beach (an extraordinary sensation to walk on the sand, instead of land) and finally arrive at the vibrant village of Fisterra.

Another 4 km to reach the lighthouse where you will reach the 00.00 marker. Here you have the chance, if you plan your time, to sit and enjoy the sun setting at the end of the world.

Time to reflect on your Camino. Contemplate the completion of your challenge, where it is said you leave the old behind you and walk into your new life.

Congratulations!

While in Fisterra if you are a seafood lover it is a must-try. It is said that Galicia has the best seafood in the world.

Note; on the way to the lighthouse you can visit the municipal cemetery. Located on the edge of the coast, then as you continue the climb up Mount Facho you will find a shrine dedicated to Saint William. Also “Cama de San Guillermo” (Saint William’s Bed), a pit excavated in rock about the size of a human body. According to local legend women of the era laid to pray to the Saint for fertility. There are many myths and legends that all lend to this as a sacred site for fertility rituals that some still adhere to today.

Day 1: Leon

One of the most beautiful cities in Castilla, situated in the vast Meseta (plateau) region in Spain.

Explore this beautiful city with an incredible Gothic cathedral renowned for its spectacular stained glass windows.

Visit the two main districts Barrio Húmedo and Barrio Romántico. Both are located near the Cathedral. Wander the narrow streets and plazas. With a variety of taverns, bars, restaurants, and terraces you have an abundance of choices to relax and enjoy.

In the evening we will meet as a group for the first time (you will be advised of the location prior to arrival) to become familiar with your fellow pilgrims and discuss the days ahead of us. You will have a chance to ask any questions or concerns to ensure you are feeling ready for your Camino.

After this, we will enjoy a meal together before having a good nights’ rest to prepare for your first walking day on Camino de Santiago!

Day 2: Leon – Hospital De Orbigo 

Exiting a large city is not terribly exciting. An 8 km walk through city streets, to the monument of La Virgen Del Camino, marking the end of the city.

Virgen Del Camino has become a popular starting point for many Pilgrims. A short bus trip shortens the distance to Hospital de Órbigo to 25km. You are free to decide what you wish to do for this day. For those of you that wish to shorten the day, we will meet as a group at an agreed time in the foyer of your hotel to catch the bus to La Virgen Del Camino

When in Virgen Del Camino you enter the off-road Camino path. Here you have the choice between the historic Camino through Villadangos Del Páramo (full of industrial and residential areas). Or the alternative Camino through Villar de Mazarife. This alternative takes you off the national road through a more rural option. Both options take you to Hospital de Órbigo a flat and manageable stage.

When you arrive at Hospital De Orbigo you will be greeted by the sight of the magnificent bridge this town is famous for. Boasting nineteen arches with the Río Órbigo flowing through only three. The bridge is reserved for pedestrians only. You will also find in this Templar Town a 12th Century Church.

Day 3: Hospital De Orbigo – Astorga

Enjoy a short and not demanding day. Wandering over rolling hills.

When reaching the pretty hilltop city of Astorga visit its spectacular ‘pink’ cathedral. Built in1471 it now houses a museum. Also, the fabulous Episcopal palace designed by Antoni Gaudí, (the famous Catalan architect) is well worth a look as are the old city walls.

Astorga is well known for its famous chocolates and “Las Mantecadas (cupcakes) de Astorga”.

Day 4: Astorga – Rabanal Del Camino

Start your way on Mountain paths where you will be surrounded by heather, oak and broom. The ascent is soft and progressive up to Rabanal Del Camino.

To your left escorting you for several days, is the magnificent view of “El Teleno”. The highest mountain summit in León, at 2,188m.

You will pass several beautiful villages,  Santa Catalina de Somoza and El Ganso.

Soon after you will reach Rabanal Del Camino 1,150m high, a beautiful little town where you can eat the famous and very hearty Cocido Maragato.

Day 5: Rabanal Del Camino – Molinaseca

A spectacular stage, cold most of the year. Take something warm in your daypack.

Begin with a hard steep ascent to the beautiful village of Foncebadon, 5.5km. A village lost in the middle of the mountain. Continue to climb to “Cruz de Ferro” (Iron Cross) 1.504m, the most symbolic milestone of the entire Camino.

A bit further you find the “Collado de las Antenas” at 1.515m, the highest point on the French Camino. Take some time to enjoy the stunning view.

Start your descent to the lush area of El Bierzo. You will experience a challenging descent to Molinaseca. Probably the hardest in Camino together with the decline to Zubiri.

The most difficult section is between the Collado down to Acebo. Please take your time and take care of your ankles and knees. In bad weather, we suggest walking the road instead of the way.

You will enter Molinaseca crossing its beautiful Romanesque Pilgrim’s Bridge, a picturesque town that looks a little like a movie set, sitting at the foot of the mountain. Its narrow streets and historic buildings are spectacular.

Day 6: Molinaseca – Ponferrada

After 5 days of walking, today is a very easy and short walk into Ponferrada. The last big city on the way to Santiago de Compostela. Take advantage of being in the city. If you have any need to update any of your gear and have a well-deserved rest. The 12th-century Templars Castle is especially worth visiting here.

Day 7: Ponferrada -Cacabelos

Leaving Ponferrada you pass through the village of Compostilla a former mining town. Followed closely by Columbrianos then Fuentes Nuevas and Camponaraya.

Arriving in Cacabelos you walk past the Hermitage of San Roque. If it is open pop in, it has been turned into a quirky little museum of sorts. Wander through the village and admire the clever street art. At the end of the main road, you will come to Iglesia de Santa Maria de la Plaza.

In the evening we will meet as a group to share a dinner and some of our Camino stories. (You will be advised of location and time on the day)

Day 8: Cacabelos – Ambasmestas

Today you continue in this beautiful area of El Bierzo. Passing through Villafranca Del Bierzo, with its beautiful castle and the church of Santiago. Here you can admire the ‘Forgiveness Gate’, Puerta Del Perdón which only opens during Holy Years.

Notice a change in the language of the people with locals speaking Galician, the language of Galicia and bordering regions. Your route passes through the ranges of ‘Os Ancares’ finishing your day in Ambasmestas or Vega de Valcace, depending on the best available accommodation. There you can see the motorway bridge, 100m above.

Day 9: – Ambasmestas – O Cebreiro

From here to Santiago you walk mainly through a landscape with oak, beech, chestnut and gum trees.

Today you face the iconic milestone of the Camino, the feared climb up to O Cebreiro at 1.330m. From Vega de Valcarce, at 630m you climb 700m in 12 km. The hardest section is between Las Herrerias and La Laguna, 500m in 5.5 km. You cross the border between Castilla and Galicia and realise the day was well worth every step, the views are spectacular.

O Cebreiro is the first village in Galicia, a delightful hilltop hamlet. From here we have a spectacular 360º view. This image will remain in your mind forever. O Cebreiro is an iconic location for its outlook, church, legends and its “pallozas”, typical Galician construction, round stone houses with a straw roof.

After a hard days’ walk, you will enjoy the specialities of this land: Pulpo (octopus) and the local Cebreiro cheese.

Ensure to take the time to attend the Pilgrims Mass. Whether you are religious or not the Mass here has a special spirit as does this land.

Day 10: O Cebreiro – Triacastela

Today you initiate your journey in Galicia, through the “Ancares” Mountains.

Between O Cebreiro and Triacastela, you are walking in a land where fog, wind and low temperatures are frequent in all seasons and particularly in winter. Ensure you pack for the day to suit the weather conditions.

Moderate but frequent steep sections up to Hospital de la Condesa, are challenging today. Then an extremely steep incline up to Alto de Poio. Sitting at 1.337m, the highest point in the Galician section of Camino. The reward for your hard work is fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the iconic pilgrim statue.

From the Alto, you will continue to Fonfría and from there you have a long walk downhill, 9 km to the town of Triacastela. This is the first stop on the Galician section of the Camino. With around 1000 inhabitants there are regularly more Pilgrims than locals in the town. A great place to rest after your days of climbing mountains!

Day 11: Triacastela – Sarria

There are two options to arrive in Sarria

Through San Xil valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in Camino (7km shorter), or, through Samos, where you walk along the valley of the river Ouribio, magnificent oak and chestnut trees and admire the impressive Samos Monastery.

Whatever decision you make, you’ll get it right.

At the end of your day, you arrive in Sarria, a large town, about 15,000 inhabitants. You will notice an influx of Pilgrims from here. This is due to the last 100 km rule of the Compostela. It is here that tour companies and groups in buses hop on and off the Camino to do short walks and get stamps.

A Camino fact, around 40% of French Camino pilgrims arriving in Santiago every year start their pilgrimage in Sarria. Do not fear though, you will find as the groups only do small sections, there are still stretches where you will have times of peace and tranquillity.

Day 12: Sarria rest day

A well-earned rest in a modern bustling town with plenty of shops, hotels, restaurants and bars is the order of the day.

No bag to place in the foyer. 

Have a sleep-in, eat a hearty breakfast then visit the old quarter. Grab yourself a map of the city, and amble along Rua Major. Visit all of the historic delights this city has to offer. Iglesia de Santa Mariña, Monasterio de la Magdalena, medieval bridge Ponte Aspera, Capilla de San Lazaro and Torre de la Fortaleza, the only remains of a once impressive castle, just to name a few.

In the evening we meet as a group to share a meal. A wonderful traditional restaurant and a chance to catch up with the group and share Camino stories. (Location and time to be determined on Camino)

Day 13: Sarria – Portomarin

Today you face a beautiful stage through Galician bush. Pretty villages and hamlets with their traditional “hórreos” (granaries). In Pina dos Corvos you will enjoy wonderful views of Belesar reservoir and the surrounding countryside. From there in front of you is a steep descent into Portomarín where you will cross the Miño River over its modern bridge into Portomarín.

The remains of the medieval town of Portomarín disappeared under these reservoir waters in the 1950s. Franco (Dictator) decided to build a hydroelectric dam 40 kilometres downriver and flooded the town of Portomarín.

The most important monuments are the churches of San Nicolás and San Pedro. Along with some of the cherished 16th and 17th-century manor houses or Pazos they were transported stone by stone high above the river to the new village of Portomarin. The square in the centre of town boasts most of the historic monuments including the Pazo Del Conde da Maza.

Day 14: Portomarin – Palas de Rei

Today’s walk passes through similar landscapes as yesterday. As you exit Portomarin crossing the river Miño, Galicia’s longest river, you then begin a steady uphill walk from 350m to 725m. For 12km you face a challenging yet not difficult section on and off the road.

In Ventas de Narón, you pass the small 13th century Ermita de Santa María Magdalena built by the Knights Templar. In Castromaior the circa 4BC to 1AD Roman ruins are well worth the short detour off the Camino.

Your destination Palas de Rei, known as Palace of the King due to a king residing there. You find a small country town with plenty of shops, bars and cafes. Most of town life revolves around the Plaza del Concello. Visit la Iglesia de San Tirso originally built in the 12th to early 13th century. It has undergone numerous changes over the centuries with the only original part of the church, the Romanesque doorway.

Day 15: Palas de Rei – Arzua

Today you have a long day ahead of you.

Walking downhill for most of the way, crossing many creeks. In the middle of your journey, you reach Melide. A mandatory stop to enjoy the most famous Pulpo (octopus) in Galicia. Two of the most renowned octopus restaurants in Galicia are found here, Ezequiel and Garnacha.

From here pretty much most of the way to Santiago you will wind your way in and out of pine and eucalyptus forest. Eventually, you come to a steep descent into Ribadiso da Baixo.

Finally, arriving in Arzúa, the most significant city (6,000 inhabitants) before Santiago. Famous for its local cheese Queixo Arzúa-Ulloa. While there visit the 14th century Capilla de la Magdalena, all that is left of a former Augustinian monastery.

Day 16: Arzua – O Pedrouzo

A comfortable stage, quite flat, along prairies and bushes. Alternating between track and county lanes, passing through several small hamlets.
Continue on woodland paths, passing a monument to Guillermo Watt. A Pilgrim who died at this spot, a day from completing his Camino.

Eventually reaching Alto de Santa Irene, the high point of today. A good picnic and rest area.
O Pedrouzo is a small busy town with plenty of shops, restaurants and bars and the last stage of the Camino before entering Santiago de Compostela.

Day 17: O Pedrouzo – Santiago de Compostela

Today you face your last walk day in Camino!

The first half runs through rural landscape, similar to days before.

From Lavacolla you walk past the airport, near highways and urban residential areas. Eventually reaching Monte do Gozo (Mount of Joy) 5km before the city centre. From here you will glimpse the spires of the Cathedral in Santiago.

The entrance to the old city of Santiago (100,000 inhabitants) is stunning. An incredible walk through the historic city streets leading you under the Arco del Obispo. Here you make your triumphant entrance into the Plaza del Obradoiro, Congratulations!

This night is one of celebration. The City will be brimming with Pilgrims and Locals alike enjoying the local cuisine and wines. Sharing tales of their Camino and for many saying farewells to their Camino Friends.

*Don’t forget to go and get your Compostela. The location will be noted on your daily map

Day 18: Rest Day in Santiago de Compostela

Enjoy your last day and explore this Historic City with its many specialised Tapas bars and restaurants

If you arrived late yesterday you can attend the midday pilgrims’ mass. Look around the famous Cathedral of St. James which forms the city’s heart. Watch the collection of pilgrims arriving into the square as they finish their epic journey as you did yesterday.

In the evening we will meet as a group to share our last night, last meal and Camino stories. Some of you will have developed a bond that will last a lifetime. For some, this is the end of this unique experience unless, of course, you are heading to Fisterra!

On Day 1: Sarria… hopefully, you have time to wander through the streets of Sarria and explore some or all of its sites.

There are many wonderful historical sites in Sarria, one of the most famous is Monastery A Madalena founded at the beginning of the 13th century as a pilgrim hospital by Italian monks of the Order of the Blessed Martyrs of Jesus, who were also pilgrims. if that is all you have time for it is not to be missed.

Day 1: Sarria

In the afternoon we will gather for the first time as a group (time and location to be confirmed prior to arriving).  Introductions and open discussion of what we have in front of us. We want to ensure that you are all prepared for the walking days ahead. After this, we will share our first meal together then have a not too late evening to ensure we are all rested and ready to walk.

On Day 2: Sarria – Portomarín, 22km you face a beautiful stage through Galician bushes, pretty villages and hamlets with its traditional “hórreos” (granaries). In Pina dos Corvos you will enjoy wonderful views of Belesar reservoir and surrounding countryside, from here there is a steep descent into Portomarín where you will cross the Miño River over its modern bridge into Portomarín.

The remains of the medieval town of Portomarín disappeared under these reservoir waters in the 1950s, Franco (Dictator) decided to build a hydroelectric dam 40 kilometres downriver and flooded the town of Portomarín. The most important monuments, the churches of San Nicolás, San Pedro and some of the cherished 16th and 17th-century manor houses or Pazos were transported stone by stone by the local community high above the river to the village of Portomarin that you will visit today. The square in the centre of town boasts most of the historic monuments including the Pazo Del Conde da Maza.

On Day 3:Portomarín – Palas de Rei, your walk of 25km passes through similar landscapes as yesterday. You exit from Portomarin crossing the river Miño, Galicia’s longest river. Then begins a steady uphill climb from 350m to 725m for 12km. This is a challenging yet not difficult section on and off the road.

In Ventas de Narón, you pass the small 13th century Ermita de Santa María Magdalena built by the Knights Templar. Soon off the Camino yet well worth the walk is Castromaior the circa 4BC to 1AD Roman ruins.

Your destination Palas de Rei, known as palace of the king due to a king having resided there, it is a small country town. With plenty of shops, bars and cafes you will discover most of town life revolves around the Plaza del Concello. Visit la Iglesia de San Tirso originally built in the 12th to the early 13th century. It has undergone numerous changes over the centuries with the only original part of the church, the Romanesque doorway.

 

 

On Day 4: Palas de Rei – Melide you will walk 14.5km mostly downhill, crossing many creeks. This is a short day allowing you to enjoy the sights and gastronomy of Melide.

Melide is a mandatory stop to enjoy the most famous Pulpo (octopus) in Galicia, together with a Ribeiro wine. We will have a late lunch together today in one of two of the most renowned octopus restaurants in Galicia Ezequiel or Garnacha. Of course, if Pulpo is not on your agenda there are other foods available.

Day 4: Palas de Rei - Melide
Pulpo, a speciality of Melide

On Day 5: Melide – Arzua 14km where pretty much most of the way to Santiago you will wind your way in and out of pine and eucalyptus forest. There will be quite a steep descent into Ribadiso da Baixo.

Finally, you arrive at the town of Arzúa. The most significant city (6,000 inhabitants) before Santiago. Famous for its local cheese Queixo Arzúa-Ulloa. Visit the 14th century Capilla de la Magdalena, all that is left of a former Augustinian monastery.

On Day 6: Arzua –  O Pedrouzo is a comfortable stage. Walking 19.5km of quite a flat terrain. Through prairies and bushes, alternating between track and county lanes. Passing through several small hamlets.

Continue on woodland paths, eventually finding a monument to Guillermo Watt who died at this spot, a day from completing his Camino. Reaching Alto de Santa Irene, the high point of today and a good picnic and rest area.

O Pedrouzo is a small busy town with plenty of shops, restaurants and bars. Indeed you have reached the last stage of your Camino before entering Santiago de Compostela.

On Day 7: O Pedrouzo –  Santiago de Compostela you face your last 20km walk day in Camino!

The first half runs through rural landscape, similar to days before.

From Lavacolla you walk through the airport, highways, urban and residential areas. Then you reach Monte do Gozo (Mount of Joy) 5km before the city centre, from here you will glimpse the spires of the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.

The entrance to the old city of Santiago (100,000 inhabitants) is stunning, an incredible walk through the historic city streets leading you under the Arco del Obispo where you make your triumphant entrance into the Plaza del Obradoiro, Congratulations!

This night is one of celebration, the City will be brimming with Pilgrims and Locals alike enjoying the local cuisine and wines, sharing tales of their Camino and for many saying farewells to fellow pilgrims met along the way.

We will meet for our last Crossroads Travel Meal together, a chance to share the triumph of having made it to your destination and achieved your Compostela!

Day 1: Tui

Day 1 in Tui is the starting point of your Portuguese last 100 Central Camino. Located on the bank of the Miño River, facing the Portuguese town of Valença. Take the time to explore the town while you are here.

Tui dates back to pre-historic times (20,000 BC). Boasting 2 Museums, one dedicated to archaeology and sacred art, and the other a diocesan museum. Visit the Romanic (11-13th century) Santa Maria Cathedral with Romanesque and Gothic period vestibules.

You are in the heart of the Rías Baixas coastal region of Galicia, you will find the seafood sensational make sure you try some!

Ensure that you get a good night’s rest to prepare for your first day walking the Portuguese Camino.

Day 2: Tui to O Porrino

On day 2 Tui to O Porrino, today there are two routes to choose from. Either on the original path taking you through the largest industrial region of Galicia, all roads and concrete. Or take the alternative route developed in 2013 that goes through the natural land of Las Gandaras.

Not long after walking through Ribadelouro, you will notice a sign on your left for the alternative route. Certainly, this is the more scenic route running along the Louro river a natural and peaceful environment.

Finally arriving in O Porino an industrial town well known for pink granite, the best bread in Galicia, and tasty mushrooms.

 

Day 3: O Porino to Redondela

On day 3 O Porino to Redondela, you will soon pass through Mos-Rua. Look out for Santa Eulalia church and its 82 m high tower.

After Mos, you have a very steep climb to Capilla de Santiaguiño (210 m ascent). Here you have the first views of Ria de Vigo estuary on the Atlantic Ocean. From there you will ascend to Redondela where the Portuguese Coastal Camino joins the Central Camino.

Redondela is the start of the spectacular Galician seafood. Some of the tasty offerings are Centollas (spider crabs), mussels, zamburiñas (scallops), turbot, and hake. Certainly, you can’t miss the opportunity to try some of the fresh local delights.

 

Day 4: Redondela to Pontevedra

On day 4 Redondela to Pontevedra, when reaching Arcade you will see oyster beds. Here the oysters are considered the best in Galicia.

Soon crossing the beautiful Pontesampaio medieval bridge. This is where Napoleon’s army suffered a great defeat (19th century).

Further on leads you to the Church of Santa Maria (12th century) with magnificent views over the Atlantic Ocean.

Finally arriving in Pontevedra. A monumental city boasting many historical delights. Some of which are Santa Maria la Mayor Basilica, Town Hall, Capella de la Verge Pelegrina, and Teucro square, they all deserve a visit.

Enjoy some famous oysters of Arcade with an Albarinho wine.

Day 5: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis

On day 5 Pontevedra to Caldas de Rei, you will be walking mostly through chestnut, gum, and pine groves. Quite pleasant surroundings with only short sections of road.

In Lombo da Maceira there is a statue of Santiago Apostol with his stick showing the way.

Between A Portela and Briallos, you will find a slight divert to beautiful Rio Barosa Waterfalls. Only 400m off Camino on your right, worth the extra short walk.

Caldas de Reis known for its thermal healing waters has developed as quite a popular tourist location since Roman times. Here you will see there are many wonderful old spa hotels with a relaxed atmosphere.

Umia river provides trout and lamprea.  Another specialty is zamburiña empanadas (pies) all appreciated when washed down with a good Albarinho wine.

Day 6: Caldas de Reis to Padron

On day 6 Caldas de Reis to Padron is a beautiful stage with plenty of bush sections. Heading upward to Santa Marina de Carracedo and then down to Padron.

In Pontecesures you cross paths with the Variante Espiritual arriving by boat from Vilanova de Arousa on the Ulla river.

In Padron visit the Santiago church and 1 km further on from Padron on Camino is Iria Flavia, an icònic village where legend says the remains of the apòstol Santiago arrived on a stone ship 2000 years ago also La Real Colegiata is remarkable, the tomb of Camilo Jose Cela, Nobel Prize winner of Literature and the museum-house of Rosalia de Castro, the main Galician poet all worth a visit today if you have the energy to save time tomorrow for your final destination.

A must-try specialty of the region while in Padron “pimientos de Padron” (little green peppers) fried and sprinkled with sea salt, now appreciated all over Spain. Other popular foods are octopus, cheeses, bread, chorizos, or empanadas.

Day 7 Padron to Santiago, your last day walking!

If you didn’t visit Iria Flavia yesterday perhaps you can make a little time to do that in the first stage of your walk today. Following on from there is mainly urban landscape.  Heading up to O Milladoiro and then down again into Santiago de Compostela.

Follow the arrows to your final destination, Praza do Obradoiro. Here you will admire the Cathedral de Santiago and its Romànic Portico de la Gloria (Glory’s Gate) built in the 12th century.

A moment that is bittersweet for most. You have achieved your goal yet also you have finished your adventure.

Many pilgrims celebrate the end of their Camino with a good “mariscada” (seafood plate). However, you might prefer to head to Rua do Franco for some “tapas” finishing with “Tarta de Santiago” the popular Galician tart.

CONGRATULATIONS!!
The Botafumeiro

A Pilgrim’s Mass is held at 12.00 and 19.00 daily. If you are lucky (or someone pays the fee, around 300€) you will see the Botafumeiro (weighing 60 kg) incense burning ceremony.

Day 1: Baiona

Day 1 in Baiona with its’ impressive fortress walls, Baiona is a wonderful busy seaside town to explore.  Once you have settled in there is a beautiful walk called El Paseo de Monte Boi.  This short looped walk is approximately 2km. You will find nice beaches and public chilling spaces all around the fortress.

Spend a little time perched on one of the medieval walls, dating from the eleventh century. soak up the best views in Baiona out to the crashing Atlantic waves. You will immediately feel as peaceful as your surroundings.

Once you reach the front of the castle there is a quiet beach nestled between the busy town and the castle walls. This leads to the possible next activity of the day, a dip in the Atlantic Ocean.

There is also a museum in honour of Caravel La Pinta (one of the 3 ships of the Colombus expedition to America) that arrived back in Spain in this town. worth a visit also.

Gastronomy

Definitely, the highlight of this region is the seafood. Consequently, fresh octopus, crabs, sea urchins, vernacles just to begin with.

Prepare for your walk

Make certain that you get plenty of rest tonight. Prepare your bag for tomorrow it is a long day.

Buen Camino!!

Day 2: Baiona to Vigo

Day 2: Baiona to Vigo will be your longest walking day on the Portuguese Coastal Camino. Although the day is long it is not difficult.  Reaching Sabarís you will cross a beautiful Romanesque bridge across the Groba river through to A Ramallosa.

Alternative option 

Today you will find two options to arrive in Vigo. After crossing the bridge you will see the alternative route. Following green arrows to your left. This alternative route takes you along the coastline a far more scenic and enjoyable route to take. The original route will be spent on a lot of asphalt, the choice is always yours.

Walking along with the coastal option you will enjoy spectacular views of the Cies Islands.

Vigo is the largest city in Galicia (300.000 inhabitants) a visit to the city center in A Pedra district is a must.

Gastronomy

Next to Vigo’s harbour you can buy oysters from a local in the street and enjoy them in one of the bars with an Albarinho wine.

Day 3: Vigo to Redondela

Today on day 3 Vigo to Redondela you will exit Vigo along a popular path where locals run, cycle, or walk.

From this point, you will Leave the coastline. Your Camino then runs inland up to Redondela. Before long taking you through forests with beautiful views over the high, flat, and easy plateau trail system, called the Camino da Traida das Augas. Crossing over with the impressive Rande Bridge.

In Redondela your Camino joins the other Portuguese Camino routes from Porto and Tui. From here your way to Santiago becomes an inland Camino.

Gastronomy 

Once in Redondela, you must try the Galician seafood. To finish your day off perfectly make a choice: centollas (spider crabs), mussels, zamburiñas (scallops), turbot, hake, decisions decisions!

Day 4: Redondela to Pontevedra

On day 4 Redondela to Pontevedra, when reaching Arcade you will see oyster beds. Here the oysters are considered the best in Galicia.

Soon crossing the beautiful Pontesampaio medieval bridge. This is where Napoleon’s army suffered a great defeat (19th century).

Further on leads you to the Church of Santa Maria (12th century) with magnificent views over the Atlantic Ocean.

Finally arriving in Pontevedra. A monumental city boasting many historical delights. Some of which are Santa Maria la Mayor Basilica, Town Hall, Capella de la Verge Pelegrina, and Teucro square, they all deserve a visit.

Enjoy some famous oysters of Arcade with an Albarinho wine.

Day 5: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis

On day 5 Pontevedra to Caldas de Rei, you will be walking mostly through chestnut, gum, and pine groves. Quite pleasant surroundings with only short sections of road.

In Lombo da Maceira there is a statue of Santiago Apostol with his stick showing the way.

Between A Portela and Briallos, you will find a slight divert to beautiful Rio Barosa Waterfalls. Only 400m off Camino on your right, worth the extra short walk.

Caldas de Reis known for its thermal healing waters has developed as quite a popular tourist location since Roman times. Here you will see there are many wonderful old spa hotels with a relaxed atmosphere.

Umia river provides trout and lamprea.  Another specialty is zamburiña empanadas (pies) all appreciated when washed down with a good Albarinho wine.

Day 6: Caldas de Reis to Padron

On day 6 Caldas de Reis to Padron is a beautiful stage with plenty of bush sections. Heading upward to Santa Marina de Carracedo and then down to Padron.

In Pontecesures you cross paths with the Variante Espiritual arriving by boat from Vilanova de Arousa on the Ulla river.

In Padron visit the Santiago church and 1 km further on from Padron on Camino is Iria Flavia, an icònic village where legend says the remains of the apòstol Santiago arrived on a stone ship 2000 years ago also La Real Colegiata is remarkable, the tomb of Camilo Jose Cela, Nobel Prize winner of Literature and the museum-house of Rosalia de Castro, the main Galician poet all worth a visit today if you have the energy to save time tomorrow for your final destination.

A must-try specialty of the region while in Padron “pimientos de Padron” (little green peppers) fried and sprinkled with sea salt, now appreciated all over Spain. Other popular foods are octopus, cheeses, bread, chorizos, or empanadas.

Day 7 Padron to Santiago, your last day walking!

If you didn’t visit Iria Flavia yesterday perhaps you can make a little time to do that in the first stage of your walk today. Following on from there is mainly urban landscape.  Heading up to O Milladoiro and then down again into Santiago de Compostela.

Follow the arrows to your final destination, Praza do Obradoiro. Here you will admire the Cathedral de Santiago and its Romànic Portico de la Gloria (Glory’s Gate) built in the 12th century.

A moment that is bittersweet for most. You have achieved your goal yet also you have finished your adventure.

Many pilgrims celebrate the end of their Camino with a good “mariscada” (seafood plate). However, you might prefer to head to Rua do Franco for some “tapas” finishing with “Tarta de Santiago” the popular Galician tart.

CONGRATULATIONS!!
The Botafumeiro

A Pilgrim’s Mass is held at 12.00 and 19.00 daily. If you are lucky (or someone pays the fee, around 300€) you will see the Botafumeiro (weighing 60 kg) incense burning ceremony.

Day 1: Porto

On day 1 Porto if you have the time explore the narrow streets in the Ribeira district next to the river and its Cais da Ribeira (riverfront walk) is a must. As well as the Cathedral, Igreja y Torre dos Clerigos, Estacio de Sao Bento to name a few.

Admire the iconic D. Luiz I bridge between Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, where you can visit some of the most prestigious and historic Porto Wine Wineries (Calem, Sandeman, Ferreira, Ramos Pinto, Graham’s), make sure you enjoy a wine degustation.

A little bit further following the riverside, you will come to a small village Sao Pedro da Afurada with its colourful houses with tiled facades. Head there for a meal where you will find open grills on the street cooking up fresh seafood something not to miss.

Ensure to prepare for walking Camino on your last day, and have a good nights’ rest!!

PC-Day 2: Porto/Araujo to Vilarinho (Vila do Conde)

On day 2 Porto/Araujo to Vilarinho (Vila do Conde) the first 9 km runs through city suburbs and industrial areas. Many pilgrims avoid this section by catching the metro to Araujo to start their walk there. This is a personal choice you can make on the day.

Beyond that, you will walk mainly through urban areas along narrow roads. Be careful with local traffic it can be pretty dense in some sections.

Although there are no great sites of historical note there are many local sites to see and visit along the way.

Pass through Fajozes-Giao a small quiet town, very relaxing after bustling Porto. Visit Cruzeiro de Faozes and the 18th century Sao Pedro de Fajoez Church.

Arriving in Vilarinho or Vila do Conde.

This area has very little on offer for accommodation for this reason you must check your personal itinerary. Your day will be similar length regardless of where you start and finish.

Day 3: Vilarinho (Vila do Conde) to Barcelos

On day 3 Vilarinho (Vila do Conde) to Barcelos is quite a long stage. You will find it is not however terribly difficult.

A pleasurable walk taking you through rural areas. Passing through agricultural settings on dirt tracks and only a few local roads.
The highlight of today is the two Roman bridges you will cross. Both bridges are an important part of the linking of Porto to Galicia. First Ponte D. Zameiro, (or Ponte de Ave) an incredibly beautiful 12th-century medieval bridge. At the entrance of Sao Miguel de Arcos, you’ll cross the other beautiful medieval bridge.
While in the village of Arcos, you can admire the remarkable Church of Misericórdia
Finally arriving in Barcelos.

Day 4: Barcelos to Ballugaes

On day 4 Barcelos to Ballugaes, you walk through rural areas and small villages. Reaching Sao Pedro de Rates with its romànic Iglesia de San Pedro de Rates, the church of St Peter. Classified as a national monument built in the 9th century. 

Then crossing Monte Franqueira, before arriving at Barcelinhos. Here you will cross a medieval bridge at the entrance of Barcelos.

Barcelos is a beautiful town (120,000 inhabitants) famous for its “Galo” (rooster). A symbol of the whole country.

You can delight your tastebuds with the specialties of the region: Rojoes (made with pork), Galo Asado (roasted rooster), and Vinho Verde white wine of the region.

Take care to check your accommodation for tonight. There are limited options here and you may also stay in Cossourado.

Day 5: Ballugaes to Ponte de Lima

On day 5 Ballugaes to Ponte de Lima starting with a walk up to Vitorino de Piaes, with its Igreja Matriz. Then heading down to the valley of the Lima river passing the beautiful Capela (Chapel) da Nossa Senhora das Neves.

Finally arriving in the oldest town in Portugal Ponte de Lima. You enter into this monumental town crossing the Lima river over an updated roman bridge. The foundations date back to 1368. The charming town centre with its’ cobbled streets and many interesting historic sites.

The local specialities are based on pork, bacalhau and “lamprea” (lamprey), a sort of slippery eel that has teeth without a jaw.

Day 6: Ponte de Lima to Rubiaes

On day 6 Ponte de Lima to Rubiaes, you face a challenging yet very beautiful stage. With most of the day traversing through unpaved terrain. You’ll begin with an amazing path along Labruja river until Codecal where you’ll start the climb to Alto da Portela Grande de Labruja (400 m). This is the highest point on this Camino. The terrain is very steep, rocky ground, full of steps. Once you reach the top view is worth every step!

Descending down to Rubiaes a little village where the Romanic church of Sao Pedro de Rubiaes awaits your visit.

Today is the last chance to enjoy Bacalhau a Bras before crossing into Spain. If you happen to find yourself here in November lookout for “Angulas” (elvers/baby eels) An expensive delicacy of this area.

Day 7: Rubiaes to Tui

On day 7 Rubiaes to Tui you will cross the remarkable roman-medieval bridge at Rubiaes then wander into unpaved roads and hilly terrain.

Soon arriving in  Valenca do Minho the last town in Portugal. Stop to visit the magnificent Fortaleza (fortress) a splendid medieval wall surrounding the old city.

Here at Valenca you’ll cross the International bridge that links Portugal and Spain. Over the Minho river into Tui, Spain. Don’t forget to change your time to Central Europe timing 1 hour ahead.

Finally reaching Tui your stop for tonight a town dating back to pre-historic times (20,000 BC). Boasting 2 Museums, one dedicated to archaeology and sacred art and the other a diocesan museum. Of course, a visit to the romànic (11-13th century) Santa Maria Cathedral with Romanesque and Gothic period vestibules is a must.

Day 8: Tui to O Porrino

On day 8: Tui to O Porrino, there are two routes to choose from. Either continue on the original path taking you through the largest industrial region of Galicia, all roads and concrete. Or take the alternative route developed in 2013 that goes through the natural land of Las Gandaras.

Not long after walking through Ribadelouro, you will notice a sign on your left for the alternative route. Certainly, this is the more scenic route running along the Louro river a natural and peaceful environment.

Finally arriving in O Porino an industrial town well known for pink granite, the best bread in Galicia, and tasty mushrooms.

Day 9: O Porino to Redondela

On day 9: O Porino to Redondela, you will soon pass through Mos-Rua. Look out for Santa Eulalia church and its 82 m high tower.

After Mos, you have a very steep climb to Capilla de Santiaguiño (230 m ascent). Here you have the first views of Ria de Vigo estuary on the Atlantic Ocean. From there you will ascend to Redondela where the Portuguese Coastal Camino joins the Central Camino.

Redondela is the start of the spectacular Galician seafood. Some of the tasty offerings are Centollas (spider crabs), mussels, zamburiñas (scallops), turbot, and hake. Certainly, you can’t miss the opportunity to try some of the fresh local delights.

Day 10: Redondela to Pontevedra

On day 10 Redondela to Pontevedra when reaching Arcade, you will see the oyster beds of what are considered the best oysters in Galicia.

Cross the beautiful Pontesampaio medieval bridge where the great defeat (19th century) of Napoleon’s army took place.

Further on enjoy magnificent views over the Atlantic Ocean from the Church of Santa Maria (12th century).

Finally arriving in the monumental city Pontevedra. Boasting many historical delights not to be missed. Santa Maria la Mayor Basilica, Town Hall, Capella de la Verge Pelegrina, and Teucro square all deserve a visit.

Time to reward yourself with some of those famous oysters and a glass of  Albarinho wine to wash them down.

Day 11: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis

On day 11 Pontevedra to Caldas de Rei, you will be walking mostly through chestnut, gum, and pine groves. Quite pleasant surroundings with only short sections of road.

In Lombo da Maceira there is a statue of Santiago Apostol with his stick showing the way.

Between A Portela and Briallos, you will find a slight divert to beautiful Rio Barosa Waterfalls. Only 400m off Camino on your right, worth the extra short walk.

Caldas de Reis known for its thermal healing waters has developed as quite a popular tourist location since Roman times. Here you will see there are many wonderful old spa hotels with a relaxed atmosphere.

Umia river provides trout and lamprea.  Another specialty is zamburiña empanadas (pies) all appreciated when washed down with a good Albarinho wine.

Day 12: Caldas de Reis to Padron

On day 12 Caldas de Reis to Padron is a beautiful stage with plenty of bush sections. Heading upward to Santa Marina de Carracedo and then down to Padron.

In Pontecesures you cross paths with the Variante Espiritual arriving by boat from Vilanova de Arousa on the Ulla river.

In Padron visit the Santiago church. Then 1 km further on from Padron on Camino is Iria Flavia, an icònic village where legend says the remains of the apòstol Santiago arrived on a stone ship 2000 years ago. Also, La Real Colegiata is remarkable, the tomb of Camilo Jose Cela, Nobel Prize winner of Literature, and the museum-house of Rosalia de Castro, the main Galician poet all worth a visit today if you have the energy to save time tomorrow for your final destination.

A must-try specialty of the region while in Padron “pimientos de Padron” (little green peppers). Fried and sprinkled with sea salt, now appreciated all over Spain. Other popular foods are octopus, cheeses, bread, chorizos, or empanadas.

Day 13: Padron to Santiago

Day 13 Padron to Santiago is your last day walking!

If you didn’t visit Iria Flavia yesterday perhaps you can make a little time to do that in the first stage of your walk today. Following on from there is mainly urban landscape.  Heading up to O Milladoiro and then down again into Santiago de Compostela.

Follow the arrows to your final destination, Praza do Obradoiro. Here you will admire the Cathedral de Santiago and its romànic Portico de la Gloria (Glory’s Gate) built-in 12th century.

A moment that is bittersweet for most. You have achieved your goal yet also you have finished your adventure.

Many pilgrims celebrate the end of their Camino with a good “mariscada” (seafood plate). However, you might prefer to head to Rua do Franco for some “tapas” finishing with “Tarta de Santiago” the popular Galician tart.

CONGRATULATIONS!!
The Botafumeiro

A Pilgrim’s Mass is held at 12.00 and 19.00 daily. If you are lucky (or someone pays the fee, around 300€) you will see the Botafumeiro (weighing 60 kg) incense burning ceremony.

Day 1: Porto

On day 1 Porto if you have the time explore the narrow streets in the Ribeira district next to the river and its Cais da Ribeira (riverfront walk) is a must. As well as the Cathedral, Igreja y Torre dos Clerigos, Estacio de Sao Bento to name a few.

Admire the iconic D. Luiz I bridge between Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, where you can visit some of the most prestigious and historic Porto Wine Wineries (Calem, Sandeman, Ferreira, Ramos Pinto, Graham’s), make sure you enjoy a wine degustation.

A little bit further following the riverside, you will come to a small village Sao Pedro da Afurada with its colourful houses with tiled facades. Head there for a meal where you will find open grills on the street cooking up fresh seafood something not to miss.

Ensure to prepare for walking Camino on your last day, and have a good nights’ rest!!

Day 2: Porto to Povoa de Varzim

On day 2: Porto – Povoa de Varzim, the first 11 km is through the suburbs and industrial areas of Porto, most pilgrims take the Metro (ticket not included in the pack) from Porto to Matosinhos, Mercado station, to reach the coastline and start walking from there.

Following the coastline, you’ll find some wooden walkways along the seaside path.

Cross the lift bridge over Leça river to Leça da Palmeira, where you’ll see the tide pool and Boa Nova lighthouse, the second-highest point in Portugal.

Pass through Vila do Conde where the highlights of today are Santa Clara Convent and the 18th century-long aqüeducte. In the town center, there are several buildings and monuments from the 16th century.

Just 3 km further  is your destination for today Povoa de Varzim (65,000 inhabitants)

Fish specialities are popular here. Taste the Arroz de Sardinhas (Sardine rice).

Day 3: Povoa de Varzim to Esposende

On day 3: Povoa de Varzim to Esposende, you’ll find plenty of wooden walkways along the coastline. Built to preserve the sand dunes, making for a relatively easy day.

In Agucadoura head slightly off the coast to Fao, where you’ll cross the iron bridge over Cadavo river.

On the other side, a short walk to your destination, Esposende is an old fishing village.

Day 4: Esposende to Viana do Castelo

On day 4 Esposende to Viana do Castelo you’ll walk inland.

Passing Antas you’ll cross the Neiva river on centuries-old stone slab platforms, we recommend you take it slowly and use walking poles.

From there you have a short steep ascent to Castelo de Neiva then on to Darque. Here you’ll cross the Lima river across the iron Eiffel bridge. Built by the famous French engineer who later built the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

On the other side, your destination for today Viana do Castelo a beautiful and historically rich town. Make sure you visit the old historic centre with extravagant buildings, cafe-lined plazas, and narrow streets.

Take the funicular railway to Santa Luzia Basilica where spectacular panoramic views of the town and the Atlantic coast will make the walk all the more worthwhile.

Bacalhau (codfish) and Polvo (octopus) are very popular.

Day 5: Viana do Castelo to Vila Praia de Ancora

On day 5  leaving Viana do Castelo to Vila Praia de Ancora you will have a choice between the official inland path or coastal path Senda Litoral hugging the coastline. The views are equally beautiful on either path. While it is your choice on the day possibly the weather may determine your choice.

Both paths are quite easy passing several seaside villages.

Well known for its beach Vila Praia is a particularly beautiful village.

Sea snails are one of the local specialties if you are adventurous.

Day 6: Vila Praia de Ancora to A Guarda your last day in Portugal

On day 6 Vila Praia de Ancora to A Guarda you again have the choice of two routes. From Moledo to Caminha the official Camino runs along a road. The optional path, a more gentle option, runs along the coast through pine bush.

Caminha is a medieval town situated on the Portuguese Minho riverside. Take some time out to admire Torre do Relogio, medieval gate and Igreja Matriz before you board the ferry to Spain!

Depending on the tides the ferry departs hourly(none on Mondays). Ticket price is about 1.50 to 2 Euro (not included in the pack). If the ferry is not sailing due to the tides there is always a fisherman with a small fishing boat ready to transport pilgrims. Generally charging around 5 Euro.

As you cross the border into Spain (Central Europe Time), make sure you change the time on your devices.

Heading to A Guarda along the ocean shore, you’ll walk around Santa Tegra a hill fort with ruins of an ancient Castro-Celtic settlement. Looking to the horizon is Galicia and behind you the Portuguese coastline. Here you can see how far you have come with spectacular views.

In A Guarda a visit to Praza do Relo and Santa Maria churches are especially nice.

Day 7: A Guarda to Oia

On day 7 A Guarda to Oia for the first km’s the route runs next to coastal rocks. Years ago owing to the tides and natural occurring Viveiro (tidal pools) developed. Local fishermen used them to preserve daily catches.

Spectacularly picturesque and a fairly easy stage today.

Finally arriving in Oia you will admire the icònic Monastery of Santa Maria. Founded in 1137 and Situated on the beach.

A wonderful way to finish your day, enjoy the delicious local lobster or crab.

Day 8: Oia to Baiona

Today on day 8 Oia to Baiona you will enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean.

Between O Serralo and Porto Mougas follow the arrows to avoid a dangerous section along the road.

There is a short difficult ascent between As Mariñas and Baiona, where you will walk inland. The view of Cabo Sileiro lighthouse and the first views of the Cies Islands in Ria de Vigo are a welcome distraction.

Baiona is a busy seaside town popular stop for tourists. Boasting a medieval historical center situated by the outlet of the Vigo Bay with impressive fortress walls.

Caravel La Pinta (one of the 3 ships of the Colombus expedition to America) arrived back in Spain in this town. Therefore there is a museum in its honour you might find worth a visit.

Also, plenty of special seafood to be enjoyed octopus, crabs, sea urchins, vernacles…

Day 9: Baiona to Vigo

Today on Day 9 Baiona to Vigo you have the option of two routes. On the original route, you will spend quite some time walking on asphalt. The alternative route hugging the spectacular coastline.

After walking through A Ramallosa cross the Miñor river on a wonderful Romanic bridge. After the bridge, you follow the green arrows to your left for the alternative route.

Your companion today, spectacular views of the Cies Islands.

Vigo is the largest city in Galicia (300,000). A visit to the city center in A Pedra district is a must. Next to Vigo’s harbour you can buy oysters from a local in the street and enjoy them in one of the bars with an Albarinho wine.

Day 10: Vigo to Redondela

On day 10 Vigo to Redondela you head out along a popular path with locals running, cycling or walking.

Today you will walk inland up to Redondela. Indeed beautiful views greet you over the high, flat and easy plateau trail system, called the Camino da Traida das Augas. Additionally, the impressive Rande Bridge that crosses over it.

In Redondela the Portuguese Coastal Camino joins the Central Camino. Thereafter your way to Santiago becomes an inland Camino.

In Redondela Galician seafood is on the menu. Centollas (spider crabs), mussels, zamburiñas (scallops), turbot, hake, decisions decisions!

Day 11: Redondela to Pontevedra

On day 11 Redondela to Pontevedra when reaching Arcade, you will see the oyster beds of what are considered the best oysters in Galicia.

Today you will cross the beautiful Pontesampaio medieval bridge. Imagine how it was when the great defeat (19th century) of Napoleon’s army took place.

Further on enjoy magnificent views over the Atlantic Ocean from the Church of Santa Maria (12th century).

Day 12: Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis

On day 12 Pontevedra to Caldas de Rei, you will be walking mostly through chestnut, gum, and pine groves. Quite pleasant surroundings with only short sections of road.

In Lombo da Maceira there is a statue of Santiago Apostol with his stick showing the way.

Between A Portela and Briallos, you will find a slight divert to beautiful Rio Barosa Waterfalls. Only 400m off Camino on your right, worth the extra short walk.

Caldas de Reis known for its thermal healing waters has developed as quite a popular tourist location since Roman times. Here you will see there are many wonderful old spa hotels with a relaxed atmosphere.

Umia river provides trout and lamprea.  Another specialty is zamburiña empanadas (pies) all appreciated when washed down with a good Albarinho wine.

Day 13: Caldas de Reis to Padron

On day 13 Caldas de Reis to Padron is a beautiful stage with plenty of bush sections. Heading upward to Santa Marina de Carracedo and then down to Padron.

In Pontecesures you cross paths with the Variante Espiritual arriving by boat from Vilanova de Arousa on the Ulla river.

In Padron visit the Santiago church. Then 1 km further on from Padron on Camino is Iria Flavia, an icònic village where legend says the remains of the apòstol Santiago arrived on a stone ship 2000 years ago. Also, La Real Colegiata is remarkable, the tomb of Camilo Jose Cela, Nobel Prize winner of Literature, and the museum-house of Rosalia de Castro, the main Galician poet all worth a visit today if you have the energy to save time tomorrow for your final destination.

A must-try specialty of the region while in Padron “pimientos de Padron” (little green peppers). Fried and sprinkled with sea salt, now appreciated all over Spain. Other popular foods are Octopus, cheeses, bread, chorizos, or empanadas.

Day 14: Padron to Santiago

Day 14 Padron to Santiago is your last day walking!

If you didn’t visit Iria Flavia yesterday perhaps you can make a little time to do that in the first stage of your walk today. Following on from there is mainly urban landscape.  Heading up to O Milladoiro and then down again into Santiago de Compostela.

Follow the arrows to your final destination, Praza do Obradoiro. Here you will admire the Cathedral de Santiago and its romànic Portico de la Gloria (Glory’s Gate) built-in 12th century.

A moment that is bittersweet for most. You have achieved your goal yet also you have finished your adventure.

Many pilgrims celebrate the end of their Camino with a good “mariscada” (seafood plate). However, you might prefer to head to Rua do Franco for some “tapas” finishing with “Tarta de Santiago” the popular Galician tart.

CONGRATULATIONS!!
The Botafumeiro

A Pilgrim’s Mass is held at 12.00 and 19.00 daily. If you are lucky (or someone pays the fee, around 300€) you will see the Botafumeiro (weighing 60 kg) incense burning ceremony.