Join us on our Compostela Guided Group Camino,

where you will experience the iconic last stage of Camino de Santiago

Walk 115 km across Inland Spain from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela, the minimum distance required to gain the Compostela Certificate, stamping your Credential Passport twice a day as a record of your achievement.

Galicia is a land noted for its diverse scenic landscape with lush vegetation, rolling hills, waterways, distant mountain ranges and quaint villages along the way.

Rich in gastronomy the jewels being: Veal and Seafood (probably the best in the world, due to special conditions of the sea) we will ensure you try it!  There are many incredible delights: Zorza (chorizo meat), Raxo (pig meat marinated with paprika), Lacon (natural ham served with oil and paprika), Trout, Eel, Octopus, Pork (local Celtic variety), Empanada Gallega, Cheese (Arzua and Tetilla), Wines (Ribeira Sacra, Albariño, Ribeiro), Tarta de Santiago (almond tart) and the Galician bread is particularly good!!

On this Group Camino, you will share 3 Crossroads Travel Meals with your group.

We have discovered some Extraordinary local restaurants where you will appreciate some gastronomical delights with wonderful local wines included!

A  chance also to catch up with the group and share your stories of the Way!

All along the Camino, you will connect with locals who feed and house you on your journey as only you can on a walking Travel Adventure. Enjoy the opportunity to meet Pilgrims from all over the world, a rare place where a backpack has you belonging and the greeting Buen Camino (Good Walk) will be a passing phrase you hear and say many times a day!

 

What you can expect 

Walking at your own pace, and a distance that is comfortable for you

Nothing to worry about your logistical needs are taken care of.

You have a support vehicle with 2 dedicated guides looking out for you.

A walking guide some days.

Your bag is transported and waiting at your destination.

Your superior accommodation is conveniently located on Camino with breakfast included.

You have your own private bathroom for personal comfort.

If you have Special Needs we offer

Tailor-Made – Group Packages  and  Tailor-Made – Individual Packages

Buen Camino!

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

Hopefully, you have had a chance to wander through the streets of Sarria and explore some or all of its historic sites.

In the afternoon we will gather for the first time as a group  (time and location to be confirmed prior to arriving)  for introductions and discuss what we have in front of us, and ensure that you are all prepared for the walking days ahead. After this, we will share a wonderful 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.

Today 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.

Today’s walk passes through similar landscapes as yesterday, you exit from Portomarin crossing the river Miño, Galicia’s longest river, you then 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 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 revolving 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.

Today’s stage you will walk downhill for most of the way, 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.

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

From here pretty much most of the way to Santiago you will wind your way in and out of pine and eucalyptus forest with 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 km.
  • Hours: 5h.

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 and 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.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 20 km.
  • Hours: 6h.

Today you face your last 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.

Today 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.

 

2020

From –  Sunday, April 26th                          To – Sunday, May 3rd – 8 Days

From –  Friday, September 11th                    To –  Friday, September 18th – 8Days

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

Crossroads Travel wants to ensure comfort at the end of your day.

We aim to use Superior Accommodation, preferably rural and boutique hotels.

  • We understand you want a touch of comfort along the way, private bathroom, comfy bed, breakfast included.
  • Your accommodation is handpicked. We know the people that house and feed you while you are on your Camino.
  • Your accommodation will be located on or as close as possible to the vibe of the Camino.

To ensure we are able to secure the best possible accommodation we advise you to book 60 days in advance, less than this we will do our utmost to secure the best available at the time of booking.

The images below are examples of our selected accommodation and what you can expect from your booking.

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)

 

 Info
  • From - To: Sarria to Santiago
  • Length: 115 km
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Cost: AUD$1,975
  • Dates:

    2020

    From –  Sunday, April 26th                          To – Sunday, May 3rd – 8 Days

    From –  Friday, September 11th                    To –  Friday, September 18th – 8Days