Spain: Camino de Santiago de Compostela, The Final 100km
The Camino de Santiago is an internationally renowned walking trail with many route options from different starting points. Our chosen route covers the final 114 kilometres of the French Way through the delightful Galician hills from the lovely town of Sarria westwards to the city of Santiago de Compostela with its imposing cathedral. It is the most popular section of the trail and deservedly so. Being over 100km long, the route qualifies for the Compostela, a certificate issued to any walker who has completed at least 100km of the Way.
People walk the Camino for many different reasons and we will undoubtedly hear many stories along the way and meet many interesting people. One of the joys of walking a long-distance path is the sense of achievement and the camaraderie that a shared goal engenders so prepare to return home with new friends! Her on a Hill is offering this break as a walking holiday and those who wish to take part for spiritual reasons are most welcome.
Please note that your main luggage is transported to the next location so that you only need to carry a day pack.
Itinerary (subject to change)
Day 1- Arrival in Sarria. Transfer from Santiago de Compostela airport to Sarria (1.5 hours). If flight times allow, you will have some free time to settle in before our evening meal. There will be a short briefing this evening so that you know what to expect from your holiday.
Day 2- Sarria – Portomarín ( 14 miles /23 kms) Leaving Sarria and the remains of its castle, the first day of our trek will take us along country paths and roads passing through a number of beautiful Galician hamlets as we go. Many of the paths go through woodland which offers welcome shade. At Pena de Corvos we will enjoy some stunning panoramic views before starting our descent towards our final destination for today, Portomarin. With a pretty square, lovely river and a cobbled main street, there is plenty of relaxation to be found here.
Day 3- Portomarín – Palas de Rei (16 miles/ 25.5kms) The route from Portomarin starts as a steady climb up out of the village and continues on a small road through a beautiful rural landscape scattered with farmhouses and churches. Palas de Rei is a small town and a lovely place to relax after our day of walking.
Day 4- Palas de Rei – Melide (9 miles / 15kms) Today is a shorter walking day and we pass through wonderful old villages reminiscent of times gone by. Our walk takes us through enchanting woodlands of eucalyptus and pine, across lovely streams and ends in Melide, famous for its octopus.
Day 5- Melide – Arzua (8.5 miles / 14kms) Our shortest day which takes us through meadows, varied woodland, gorgeous hamlets and plenty of places to stop for refreshments. Arzua is a larger town with a variety of shops and bars.
Day 6 – Arzua – Rua (11.5 miles / 18.5kms) Today’s route takes in gentle slopes through woodland alternating with stretches near the road.
Day 7- Rúa – Santiago de Compostela (11.5 miles / 18.5kms) Our day starts with a gradual incline which eventually leads to the top of Monte de Gozo . From here we have a panoramic view which includes our first glimpses of the city of Santiago de Compostela. From rural tracks we soon hit the outskirts of the city and head towards the magnificent cathedral, the centrepiece of the city and our ultimate destination. We will receive our trek certificate and then head to our hotel for a well-earned celebratory meal.
Day 8 – Free day in Santiago de Compostela to explore the city or perhaps attend the pilgrims’ mass at noon.
Day 9 – Transfer to Santiago de Compostela airport for return flight.
- £1120 in a shared twin ensuite room
- £1320 in a single ensuite room
Included in the price
- 8 nights Bed and Breakfast accommodation
- 8 evening meals with wine and water
- Pilgrim’s passport and Santiago certificate
- Baggage transfer each day (max 1 x 20kg bag)
- Transfer from Sarria airport at set times
- Transfer to Santiago airport at set times
- Flight to Santiago de Compostela
- Lunches - there are plenty of inexpensive options en route
- Personal expenses
- Discretionary tips