Compostela Guided-Group Camino, “French Way”

If you have dreams of walking Camino de Santiago yet don’t feel totally comfortable going alone, then our Guided-Group Camino (6-12 people) is for you. Accompanied by the owners of the business, therefore, you can be certain that “What we promise, we deliver”.

Feel total freedom and independence.

Knowing we have you covered you are free to just “be”. You have a guide and group of like-minded people there along the way. Ultimately your safety and well-being are of the utmost importance to us.

Group-Camino benefits.
  • We have a meet and greet on the first night for an opportunity to get to know who you are sharing the way with.
  • Guide walker on the first few days.
  • Guide available 24 hours for emergencies
  • Share a few meals as a group. Dining in amazing local restaurants. Together you will indulge in diverse gastronomical delights washed down with vino of the region(included!).
  • For those that wish to dive deeper spiritually Personal Support Sessions with Jennifer will be available at your request. Make the most of your Camino experience.
Walking the famous last 100km of Camino de Santiago

Walking from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela (115km). Noted as the most scenic section of the “French Way”. Known for its diversity in landscape. Be swept away by the sights and sounds as you meander through lush vegetation and rolling hills. Breathe in the fresh air while passing waterways and distant mountain ranges. Certainly, the historical landmarks and quaint villages will fuel your imagination of times gone by. Then Imagine yourself as a King or Queen as you pass over a Roman bridge or walk an ancient, cobbled path. Be humbled as you enter Cathedrals that have survived the ravages of life yet still stand with spectacular architecture and stories from times gone by.

Connect daily and enjoy the Spanish hospitality

Meet the locals who feed and house you on your journey. There is no more intimate way to understand a culture than to walk on their land through the villages and cities of their hearts.

Relish in meeting Pilgrims from every corner of the world.

Greeting one another with Buen Camino. Share stories, a meal, or drinks on a terrace at the end of a long day with group members or friends you have met along the way.

Compostela Certificate

Our Compostela Camino allows you to achieve a Compostela Certificate. If this is a dream of yours then you are required to stamp your Credencial Passport twice a day. Commencing with the first accommodation. Beyond that many bars, restaurants, and churches offer stamps along the way.

An achievement realised

Here CELEBRATIONS will unfold! You have achieved walking the last 115km of an iconic pilgrimage.

Arriving in Santiago de Compostela where, in 1985, the city’s old town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This alone is worth the effort you have made, a spectacular city with so much to offer.

Buen Camino!

 

Fisterra the “End of the world” 

Certainly, for some, the legends of the past will see you wanting to finish in Fisterra. Consider continuing on our Ocean Extension Camino.

  • Difficulty: Rest day
  • Length: km.
  • Hours: h.

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.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 22 km.
  • Hours: 6h.

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.

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Length: 25 km.
  • Hours: 7h.

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.

 

 

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 15 km.
  • Hours: 4h.

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

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 14 km.
  • Hours: 4h.

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.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 19.5 km.
  • Hours: 5h.

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.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 20 km.
  • Hours: 5.5h.

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!

  • Difficulty: Rest day
  • Length: km.
  • Hours: h.

On Day 8: Santiago de Compostela,  you will have your last breakfast as a Crossroads Travel Customer and the last day with your group. Some of you will have forged connections along the way and face the Camino farewell moment to newfound friends.

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

Buen Camino!

End of our Services.

Day 8 Santiago de Compostela
The group arriving into Santiago cathedral

2023

TBC

Inclusions Compostela Guided Group Camino

  • 7 nights’ Superior accommodation, preferably rural and boutique hotels
  • Private bathrooms in all rooms
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 3 Special Crossroads Travel Meals (wine included)
  • Maps of your accommodation location
  • Luggage transfer daily (1 x 20kg bag per person)
  • Pre-trip Camino guidance and planning
  • 2 support guides daily on Camino
  • Support vehicle daily
  • Guide Walker in some stages.
  • 1 x 1-1 Personal Support Sessions (at your request)

Welcome pack:

  • Pilgrim’s passport
  • Camino shell
  • Luggage tags
  • Full Camino walking guidebook with maps
  • Camino Journal with Pen
  • Other goodies for your Camino

Not Included:

  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Single supplement
  • Additional bags transfer (will incur additional costs)
  • Any meal not specified in Inclusions list
  • Any other item not specified in Inclusions list
  • Flights/Transfers/Extra Accommodations.

Extra Services:

  • Airport transfers from the start point and end destination
  • Extra nights’ accommodation at the start point and end destination
  • Extra luggage transfer or storage
  • Fisterra experience: Tour from Santiago to Fisterra return 2 days

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!

At Crossroads Travel our focus is to ensure your comfort after a long day of walking. Hence we have carefully and extensively researched accommodation options on Camino. 

Our choice is based on location.

We personally book your rooms for this reason we know exactly where they are located. Being in the vibe of Camino amongst the other pilgrims, restaurants, bars, and cafes is our primary aim.

Note: There are a few extraordinary options off the Camino. We will discuss this with you when booking.

Next, we want you to be welcomed and taken care of.

Meeting regularly with the owners/management to discuss our client needs ensures your hosts have direct personal contact with us. If any need arises we can manage it immediately. 

Finally, we choose accommodation preferably in charming, iconic hotels and rural Casas.

The number of stars is not our criteria. A comfortable room and a private bathroom come first. Although, yes, we do throw in a few nights with lots of stars for a bit of indulgence. After all, you deserve to have a soak in a spa. Likewise, an indoor pool doesn’t hurt.

Book 60 days in advance

Because Camino de Santiago is a very unique destination with limited quality accommodation ON Camino. Consequently, we advise booking a minimum of 60 days in advance.

Examples of our chosen accommodation.

Images below are examples of what you can expect from your booking. Tailor-made packages are available if you wish to stay 5-star all the way. 

ARRIVING at SARRIA:

These are the main options

From Barcelona:

  1. Fly to Santiago (1:50 h). From Santiago take the bus to Sarria (2:45 h)

From Madrid:

  1. Fly to Santiago (1:15 h). From Santiago take the bus to Sarria (2:45 h)
  2. Take the train to Sarria (6:00 h)

Taxi from Santiago Airport to Sarria:

We offer this service for pilgrims arriving at Santiago Airport.

Price (up to 4 pax) = 255 AUD

 

 Info
  • From - To: Sarria to Santiago de Compostela
  • Length: 115 km
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Cost: $2,045
  • Dates:

    2023

    TBC