About This Walk
Walk the French Way Final Stage Group Departure
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 the Uwalk.ie 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 the final 2 days.
- From Sarria to Santiago is the most popular section of the entire Camino de Santiago
- Enjoy mouth watering local cuisine
- Sarria is 100km from Santiago, which is the minimum distance required for pilgrims to receive the “Compostela” certificate
- The main street of Sarria, Rúa Maior, has a picturesque atmosphere where we suggest you enjoy a good coffee during the afternoon.
- Varied landscapes with forests, farmlands and rustic villages
- Beautiful green landscape that is characteristic of Galicia
- In Santiago de Compostela you can visit the beautiful old town, which has been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site.
- After finishing in Santiago, you can continue walking to Finisterre, it will take 3 – 4 more days.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Price of €550 person includes
- Meet and Greet on arrival (For those who take Aer Lingus flight or arriving at 16.30 that day)
- Transfer by private coach to hotel in Sarria. (For those who take Aer Lingus flight or arriving at 16.30 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 at 14.00)
- Single Room supplement: €145pp
- Travel Insurance: €30
- Optional Day trip to Finisterre from Santiago: €30
Non Refundable booking deposit of €150 per person
Balance due 8 weeks prior to departure which can be paid in installments.
- Transfers are available on day of arrival for flights arriving in at 16.30 and day of departure at 14.00.
- 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.
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.
Camino Travel Tips
- 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.
- Bring runners or ideally flip flops for evening time to give your feet at chance to breath & recover
- Pack a sports bottle & fill it each morning before you leave the hotel at breakfast
- Bring spare (dry!) socks in your backpack
- 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.
- 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.
- Buy a scallop shell on your first day & attach it to your rucksack
- A poncho is fantastic for any wet days to keep you, your clothing & your bag dry
- 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 Bring
- 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!
- Baseball Hat
- Gloves & Warm hat for Spring / Autumn
- Sports clothing – we found sports leggings were very comfortable or good quality walking trousers.
- Breathable waterproof walking jacket
- Hiking Socks
- Water Bottle
- Rucksack (approx. 20litre) Ideally a bag with adjustable top & bottom front straps
- Plasters including Blister Plasters
- Epsom Salts (most of the hotels we use have a bath)
- Kinesiology Tape – great for strapping minor leg injuries
- Sun Protection