Sarria to Santiago in short stages

11 days/10 nights | Self-guided | 116 km to Santiago | Walking

This walking tour of the Camino de Santiago, planned in short stages of 9 mi (15 km) making the daily route more bearable, will allow you to spend more time to savour the Camino highlights at your leisure. It’s ideal for those pilgrims who are not used to walking long distances.

Please note: the following itinerary is subject to slight modifications due to hotel availability, weather, festivals & other occurrences.

Itinerary

Day 1 Sarria (D)

Arrival in Sarria. Meals included: Dinner
After arriving in Santiago’s airport a private transfer will take you to your family-run hotel in Sarria, from where you will commence your pilgrimage. In the evening, enjoy a substantial dinner (D) paired with fine wine.

Day 2. Walk to Ferreiros (B, D)

13.3 Km or 8.26 mi.
Start your pilgrimage after a hearty breakfast (B). Depart Sarria by the Rúa Maior regarded as one of the most beautiful stages of the Way; with small villages scattered along the way.

Day 3. Walk to Gonzar (B, D)

16.5 Km or 10.2 mi.
En route to Portomarín you’ll pass the 100 km marker (only 100 km until Santiago de Compostela!), a milestone for pilgrims who travel the Camino.

Day 4. Walk to Palas de Rei (B, D)

16.9 Km or 10.5 mi.
Passing through small villages decorated with cruceiros (carved stone crosses that mark the way to Santiago) and containing only three or four houses, descend gradually through Eirexe and Ligonde to Palas de Rei; you’ll meet other peregrinos on the trail.

Day 5. Walk to Melide (B, D)

15.1 Km or 9.4 mi.
After departing Palas de Rei stop to admire the tiny 12th century church dedicated to St. Julian – one of the many Romanesque treasures along the Camino. Walk the rural paths to Coto and from there it is an easy walk to Melide over the beautiful medieval bridge at Furelos. At Melide, other pilgrims’ trails merge with the Camino Frances, and you are likely to see more peregrinos from here to Santiago de Compostela.

Day 6. Walk to Arzúa (B, D)

14.3 Km or 8.9 mi.
Another 15 km over hills and beautiful vistas. Depart Melide and trace the Camino as it weaves along country lanes and ancient stone pathways called corredoiras. Farmers tend their fields and the chimes of cow bells accompany the sounds of your footsteps. At lunch, be sure to try the creamy cows’ cheese from Arzúa and empanada; a light crusty pastry-pie filled with beef or tuna.

Day 7. Walk to A Salceda (B, D)

11.0 Km or 6.8 mi.
Very short stage, no rush today. Take some time this morning to visit Arzua, the last large town you will visit before Santiago. Visit the local parish Church of St James and the ruins of the Convent of La Magdalena. The church, rebuilt in 1955, has two statues of Santiago one as a pilgrim and the other as the Moorslayer. The exit from Arzúa involves a downhill walk on stony terrain.

Day 8. Walk to O Amenal (B, D)

13.0 Km or 8 mi.
After a leisure breakfast enjoy another short walk to give your legs a rest before your last stage to Santiago. Today’s section of the Camino will take you past vegetable patches, meadows, forests and tranquil villages. In the village of Santa Irene, you can stop to visit the small Romanesque chapel dedicated to the saint of the same name, St. Irene.

Day 9. Walk to Santiago de Compostela (B, D)

16.7 Km or 10.3 mi.
Well done peregrinos! Arriving in the Obradoiro Square, in front of the immense Cathedral, is an exciting moment, and after performing the traditional pilgrim rituals inside the Cathedral, continue to your hotel for a well-earned rest! Enjoy tonight a wonderful dinner at one of Santiago’s best and most charming restaurants to celebrate and recount tales of your pilgrimage! This small but cozy bistro is located in a typical house in the historic heart of Santiago, close to the Mercado de Abastos – Santiago’s fresh produce market – where the Chefs shops daily.

Day 10. Santiago de Compostela (B)

Rest day
After a relaxed breakfast, enjoy a free day to explore this wonderful UNESCO designated city. We suggest you take the time to discover the gems of the Cathedral at a leisurely pace. Pilgrims’ Mass at the Cathedral starts at noon, and if you are lucky you may view the Botafumeiro, the giant incensory swung by the priests high above the nave after Mass, on selected days.

Optional activities:
Guided tour of Santiago’s Cathedral and the Old Town, UNESCO World Heritage (3h)
Day trip (guided) to the Costa da Morte, Finisterre adn Muxía (8h, lunch included)

Day 11. Departure (B)

Airport transfer
It’s time to farewell Santiago and continue with your onward arrangements. Meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel for your private transfer to Santiago’s Airport. Adiós Galicia!

What’s included

  • All accommodation, all rooms en suite
  • All breakfasts (B) and 9 dinners (D)
  • Luggage transfers between the stages
  • Arrival & departure transfer from/to Santiago airport
  • Route directions and maps
  • Pilgrim’s passport
  • Phone assistance 24 h

What’s not included

  • Airfare to and from Spain
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

BOOK THIS TOUR

Short stages

Walk the last 100 km in short stages (9 mi or 15 km), ideal for those pilgrims who are not used to walking long distances.

Handpicked accommodation

10 nights in 2 and 3-star standard hotels and pensions, inns, and relaxing country homes all with private rooms and en-suite. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food (all dinners included on walking days).

The Compostela

This itinerary qualifies you for the Compostela certificate upon your arrival to Santiago. The Compostela is the official certificate issued by the Catholic Church for completing the last 100 km of the Camino on foot.

Service from start to finish

Luggage transfers, airport transfers, and 24-hour support, from the moment you arrive to Spain until the very last minute before your departure, in case you run into any unexpected delays or issues while traveling.

Value

We are a local travel company, we live in Spain and we create and conduct all of our tours by ourselves. We don’t subcontract third-party agents or representatives so our programs do not include additional operating costs.

Duration 11 days. Price per day €115
*Price per person in double accomodation
Optional single supplement +€330
All Taxes and VAT included
Price may vary with group size (the bigger the group, the lower the price)
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