Walk the French Way Final Stage with Rozanna Purcell

Walk the French Way Final Stage with Rozanna Purcell2020-07-15T15:28:21+00:00

Project Description

The Hike Life Camino

Walk the French Way Final Stage with Rozanna Purcell

Sarria to Santiago (115 Km)

€550 per person

Depart From: Sarria
Destination: Santiago
Duration: 7 Nights
Difficulty: Moderate

The Hike Life Camino

*Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic our planned Hike Life Camino Walk with Roz Purcell for July 9th 2020 has been has been postponed. Our new provisional date for this trip is July 1st 2021. We will confirm dates and any itinerary/price changes when further travel information becomes available. If you have an enquiry about your current booking for this trip please contact info@uwalk.ie.

July 1st 2021*

Roz Purcell, bestselling cookery author and entrepreneur has a passion for healthy food and a healthy lifestyle. Roz runs The Hike Life series for budding hikers and walkers of all levels of fitness and this July she is leading The Hike Life group on the Last Stage of the French Way with Uwalk.ie.

For hundreds of years pilgrims from across the globe have walked the Camino De Santiago from the various trails across Europe. The Camino, for many, is a journey of self discovery which will leave it’s travellers with memories to last a lifetime. The Camino de Santiago, or The Way of Saint James, is a series of ancient walking routes, which culminate at the Santiago de Compostela, home to one of the most beautiful cathedrals ever built. Many walk the Camino as a religious pilgrimage but many also embark on this journey for spiritual reasons and to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life. Join Roz and The Hike Life group as they walk the French Camino Way from Sarria to Santiago over 5 Days and then relax and explore the beauty of Santiago for their final 2 days.

Camino French Way, Final stage Itinerary:

Sarria to Santiago
5 Days Walking & 2 Nights in Santiago

Day 1:  Sarria.
After making your way to Sarria you could possibly visit the old town. Choose to sample some of the local cuisines in one of the restaurants in Sarria.

The Medieval Bridge Puente outside the Town of Sarria in Galicia

The Medieval Bridge Puente outside the Town of Sarria in Galicia

Day 2: From Sarria to Portomarín, (23Km)
This first stage goes through different towns where you can visit some Romanesque churches along paths and forest tracks. On reaching Portomarín we have the opportunity to visit the Romanesque church of St. Nicholas and this pretty village with its peculiar history.

The Hike Life Camino with Roz Purcell and Uwalk San Juan Romanesque church, Portomarín

San Juan Romanesque church, Portomarín

Day 3: From Portomarín to Palas de Rei, (23Km)
First we descend to the reservoir and then we’ll start climbing the hill to the Monte San Antonio, from where we will reach the villages of Toxibó and Gonzar. Then we will go through different villages and small towns like Hospital de la Cruz, Ventas de Naron and Eirexe until Palas de Rei.

The Hike Life Camino with Roz Purcell and Uwalk Palas de Rei

A pilgrim arriving in Palas de Rei

Day 4: From Palas de Rei to Arzúa, (29Km)

When leaving Palas de Rei we’ll have a nice walk through forests to Coto. About noon we’ll reach Melide, halfway along this stage, where you can taste the octopus in one of its typical local cuisine restaurant called “pulpería”. Then across eucalyptus forests we will reach the village of Boente, from where we’ll walk to the village of Ribadiso before reaching Arzúa.

The Hike Life Camino with Roz Purcell and Uwalk Camino pilgrims walk through a eucalyptus forest near Boente

Camino pilgrims walk through a eucalyptus forest near Boente

Day 5: From Arzúa to Lavacolla, (29Km)

This stage also goes through eucalyptus forests and brings us even closer to our destination.  We’ll pass through different towns, including Santa Irene and Arca.

Day 6: Lavacolla to Santiago de Compostela, (12Km)

As we get closer to our destination we pass through the Monte del Gozo, whose name comes from the joy felt by the pilgrims when seeing the city for the first time.

Day 7 & 8.  In Santiago de Compostela

Spend 2 days visiting this beautiful city, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.  Why no visit the market town, Plaza de Abastos or one of its museums e.g. the Museum of Pilgrimages and the Cathedral Museum. Then it’s time to make your way to the airport for your journey home.

Optional Excursion: Day trip to Finisterre from Santiago

Finisterre is known as the Edge of the World! Traditionally, this was the last stretch of the Camino and the final 0.0km waymarker where pilgrims used to finish their Camino journey and burn their clothes as they admired the spectacular sun sets of World’s End over the Atlantic Ocean. To those that would like to reach the edge of the world in comfort, we have arranged the perfect day trip to Finisterre for you. The group will meet in Santiago and the guided excursion will take you from Santiago de Compostela to the fishing village and Cape, stopping along stunning parts of the Costa da Morte.

Finisterre - The Edge of the WorldFinisterre – The Edge of the World

Note:

  • Transfers are available on day of arrival and departure for flights arriving/departing in at the same time as the Aer Lingus flights.
  • Rooms are based on twin share. Solo travellers can opt to be paired with other solo travellers for room sharing.
  • Accommodation is in 2/3 star hotels and pensions with private facilities. We have chosen popular family run hotels / pensions along the route. Accommodation is simple and follows the character of the area.

Price of €550 person includes

Includes:

  • Meet and Greet on arrival (For those who take Aer Lingus flight or arriving at the same time as the Aer Lingus flight day)
  • Transfer by private coach to hotel in Sarria. (For those who take Aer Lingus flight or arriving at the same time as the Aer Lingus flight that day)
  • Bed and Breakfast accommodation for seven nights based on sharing a twin/double room.
  • Accommodation in 2/3 star hotels and pensions with private facilities. We have chosen popular family run hotels / pensions along the route. Accommodation is simple and follows the character of the area.
  • Single room available at a supplement of €145pp
  • Walking notes
  • Pilgrims passport
  • Daily baggage transfers between hotels of one bag per person
  • Emergency support in the event of a problem
  • Transfer by private coach from hotel in Santiago (Transfer to airport departing city in the afternoon – time TBA)

Single Room supplement: €145pp

Travel Insurance: €30

Optional Day trip to Finisterre from Santiago: €30

What to Bring

  1. Hiking shoes with good grip or hiking boots (Runners are ok for some routes if the terrain is dry but it can be quite wet and muddy). Make sure you break them in!
  2. Poncho
  3. Baseball Hat
  4. Gloves & Warm hat for Spring / Autumn
  5. Sports clothing – we found sports leggings were very comfortable or good quality walking trousers.
  6. Breathable waterproof walking jacket
  7. Hiking Socks
  8. Water Bottle
  9. Rucksack (approx. 20litre) Ideally a bag with adjustable top & bottom front straps
  10. Plasters including Blister Plasters
  11. Epsom Salts (most of the hotels we use have a bath)
  12. Painkillers
  13. Kinesiology Tape – great for strapping minor leg injuries
  14. Sun Protection
  15. Vaseline
  16. Camera

Camino Travel Tips

  1. Break in your walking boots and socks to prevent blisters. It is also a good idea to have worn any clothing on long walks before you travel to make sure they are comfortable.
  2. Bring runners or ideally flip flops for evening time to give your feet at chance to breath & recover
  3. Pack a sports bottle & fill it each morning before you leave the hotel at breakfast
  4. Bring spare (dry!) socks in your backpack
  5. Get your pilgrim passport stamped in hotels, shops & restaurants along the Way. You must have walked 100km in order to receive your Compostela certificate of completion, in Santiago.
  6. If you have luggage transport booked with us, put your name on your luggage label and attach it to your case on the first morning. This will enable the driver to identify your bag and its destination each day.
  7. Buy a scallop shell on your first day & attach it to your rucksack
  8. A poncho is fantastic for any wet days to keep you, your clothing & your bag dry
  9. If you run out of battery on your camera / phone along the way, charge it in one of the many restaurants / cafes that you stop at. Just bring your adapter & lead. Or take a charged battery pack with you.

What to pack in your rucksack?

  1. Plasters (incl. blister plasters)
  2. Safety Pins
  3. Sun Cream
  4. Lip Protection
  5. Snacks (Protein Bars, Glucose sweets or take a few pastries from the breakfast buffet!)
  6. Hiking Poles (if required)
  7. Plastic Bags for wet clothing
  8. Spare socks & t-shirt depending on the weather
  9. Water Bottles
  10. Tissues / Wipes
  11. Antibacterial Hand Gel
  12. Camera (Charge your battery fully & make sure you’ve plenty of memory!)
  13. Mobile Phone
  14. Sun Glasses
  15. Pilgrim Passport
  16. Emergency Phone number (on travel documents)
  17. Hotel Voucher & Directions to hotel
  18. Spanish Phrasebook

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