French Camino Walking: Sarria to Santiago (self-guided)

7 days walking the last 115 km of the French Way: from Sarria to Santiago

While Saint Jean Pied de Port on the French side of the Pyrenees is the official starting point of the French Way, the most popular starting point is the town of Sarria, 115 km away from Santiago, since it can be done in one week and it gives you the option of getting the official Compostelana Certificate of pilgrimage on arrival to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

The last section of the French Way from Sarria to Santiago through the green rural Galicia is also where you have most chances to meet other pilgrims and where you can really feel the spirit of the Camino.


  • Day: 1 - Arrival in Sarria

    Arrival at the Galician town of Sarria. There are public transport options to get to Sarria from Santiago de Compostela or A Coruña airports, but they are complicated and we recommend you contract a private transfer with us. A taxi for up to 4 people would cost 105€ and would pick you up from the airport gate and take you directly to your hotel in Sarria.

    With its Celtic origins, Sarria was a major medieval centre for pilgrims. The ancient atmosphere can still be felt in the beatiful old quarter streets. Walk around town and get your first stamps on your Pilgrims passport.

  • Day: 2 - Sarria - Portomarín (23 km/14 miles)

    Start walking up and down the hills of Galicia through forests and rural landscape to reach the town of Portomarín over the River Miño. This town has the peculiarity that it was moved in 1962, when a reservoir was built in the River Miño leaving the old town under the water. The old church was moved stone by stone to the new location. This church is a good example of a fortress church with towers and battlements, very typical of the military orders that guarded the Camino in the middle ages and protected the pilgrims from thieves. 


  • Day: 3 - Portomarín - Palas de Rei (25 km/16 miles)

    Today`s walk starts with a prolonged uphill up to the village of Ventas de Narón; once there, the walk starts to be more gentle. There will be plenty of places to stop along the way to enjoy a break, a picnic and to talk to locals and other walkers. The stage ends in the town of Palas de Rei, where you can really feel the ambience of the Camino since there are many walkers staying here.   

  • Day: 4 - Palas de Rei - Arzúa (28 km/17 miles)

    Today you will be walking a very beautiful stretch of the Camino. You will cross roman bridges and several rivers mostly through delightful woodland to get to the town of Melide, famous for its bars where they sell octopus cooked in Galician style. Melide is also where pilgrims from the Camino Primitivo (Oviedo way) join the main Camino Francés. Continue up to Arzúa, famous for its local cheese. 

  • Day: 5 - Arzúa - Rúa (17 km/11 miles)

    Today's stage is a little bit shorter. You will be walking amongst woodland, meadows and small orchards, and passing through many small and charming villages. 

  • Day: 6 - Rúa - Santiago de Compostela (21 km/13 miles)

    Today is the last day walking and you will make your way through forest and rural areas to the famous Monte do Gozo, from where you will be able to see for the first time the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. From here you only have 5 more km to the Plaza del Obradoiro, where all pilgrims celebrate their longed arrival surrounded by the beautiful facade of the Cathedral, old stone buildings, like the Parador de los Reyes Católicos, and the town hall.

    Do not forget to get your Compostelana (certificate in Latin of your pilgrimage).

  • Day: 7 - Return or extra nights in Santiago de Compostela

    Your tour finishes after breakfast.

    If you need a transfer to the airport of Santiago, a taxi costs 21€ and it can be easily arranged with your hotel.

Prices and Dates

Prices (per person)

  • Person in double/twin room: 718€
  • Single Supplement: 130€
  • Arrival transfer (from Santiago Airport to Sarria): 130€ (up to 4 people)

Extra nights in Santiago (standard hotel):

  • 43 € per person in double room
  • 75 € per person in single room


What's included: 

  • 6 nights accommodation in comfortable standard hotels on the Camino itself with en-suite facilities.
  • Half board with 6 reinforced breakfasts and 5 three-course dinners including drinks (the dinner in Santiago is not included).
  • Luggage transfers between accomodations.
  • Detailed maps and itinerary description.
  • Pilgrim Passport.
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  • Botafumeiro. Santiago de Compostela
  • Catedral de Santiago de Compostela
  • Pilgrim passport


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