Camino Real - Pilgrim Trail
The Camino is probably the friendliest, most inclusive walking route in the world, with groups forming instantly when pilgrims from all over the world take to the route and no section exemplifies this more than the final stretch from Sarria to Santiago. The joyful camaraderie on this busy section adds to the gentle beauty of the rolling hills of Galicia, the outstanding local cuisine and friendliness of the locals to make this an un-missable long distance walk.
The final stage of the Camino Frances is an evocative and heart warming walk through the Spanish region of Galicia. It leads you though the final 100km of the Camino Frances which enables you to collect your Compostela certificate on arrival in Santiago.
The towns that break your walk along this stretch are small and rustic and offer a real snapshot of what Galician life is all about. The route is peppered with charming old churches and ancient religious relics that give the walk even greater significance and we strive to book accommodation that is the best available in town, with clean, comfortable rooms and friendly, welcoming local hosts.
Day 1: Santiago > Sarria Arrive Santiago de Compostela Airport where you are met and driven to your hotel in Sarria for overnight.
Day 2: Sarria > Portomarin Much of today you will be walking along shady tree-lined roads and pathways, this morning passing through pretty small hamlets such as Cortinas and Abrea. Distance walked: 22km.
Day 3: Portomarin > Palas de Rei The Camino crosses the Minho river then steadily climbs upwards, before passing through the settlement of Gonzar and Castromaior. Continue along country roads edged by bright yellow gorse, pine and oak trees. Reach Eirexe then cross the Alto Rosario, and then descend into the village of Palas de Rei where you will overnight. Distance walked: 24km.
Day 4: Palas de Rei > Arzua Today's walk crosses six shallow river valleys and pathways through woodland. Cross the provincial border to the hamlet of O Coto, before traversing a medieval bridge edged by woodland to the quintessential camino village of Leboreiro and on to Arzua. Distance walked: 28km.
Day 5: Arzua > Rua Throughout today you'll be walking through different villages: Brea, Calzada, Rua and A Calle; the meaning of which is synonymous with 'Camino'. Distance walked: 19km.
Day 6: Rua > Pedrouzo A gentle day today to help you recover before you approach Santiago tomorrow.
Day 7: Pedrouzo > Santiago It was a tradition for pilgrims to wash in the river at Lavacolla before reaching Santiago. Tall, eucalyptus trees sway on the way to the 'Mount of Joy' Monte de Gozo. From here the spires of Santiago de Compostela's cathedral come into view. Walk into the city and marvel at the fascinating architecture and unique atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Collect your Compostela certificate on arrival.
Day 8: Santiago Check out of your hotel.
• Transfer from Santiago airport or railway station to Sarria • Accommodation in small rural hotels with breakfast daily • A detailed information pack including route notes, maps and local information • Transportation of one piece of luggage per person (maximum 18kg) • Camino guide book
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Departs Daily (on request basis)
Daily (on request basis)
Booking conditions Full payment required at time of booking
Full payment required at time of booking