The Camino de Santiago is an previous pilgrimage path to the tomb of Apostle St.James. The historical past of the Camino goes again to the ninth century when the precise tomb of the Apostle was found. The first formally documented pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela was made by the king of Asturias and Galicia Alfonso II within the ninth century on the Camino Primitivo or the Original Way from Oviedo to Santiago. In the Middle Ages reputation of the Camino elevated considerably which resulted in constructing new bridges, marking the route and common enchancment of the infrastructure.
The reputation of the Camino began reducing within the 17th century by the 19th century the pilgrimage grew to become principally non-existent. The Camino de Santiago began gaining again its reputation in the course of the 20th century. According to the statistics from the Pilgrim’s Attention Office in Santiago in 2018 327 000 pilgrims arrived in Santiago de Compostela, 88 000 of them began in Sarria.
Walking the final 100km on the Camino Francés vs strolling the final 100km on another Camino
Sarria just isn’t the one possibility of strolling the required minimal of 100km to Santiago to be able to get the Compostela, actually, you possibly can stroll this 100km on another Camino route e.g. Camino Portugués, Vía de la Plata, Camino Inglés, Camino Primitivo or Camino del Norte (the final two merge with the French Camino in Melide and Arzúa respectively).
For those that wish to stroll the final 100km on the extra off the overwhelmed observe Camino listed here are some choices;
If you aren’t too frightened about ending in Santiago and getting the Compostela you can begin in Santiago and stroll to Finisterre (89km) or Muxía (86km) or each (115km), complete distance will probably be simply over 100km (relying on which one you stroll). You received’t get the Compostela for this route however you may get the Finisterrana in Finisterre and Muxiana in Muxía.
If I had to decide on a path to stroll the final 100km I’d go for the Camino Inglés from Ferrol. Its complete distance is 116km which is precisely the identical distance as from Sarria to Santiago, the primary distinction right here is that you just truly get to complete the whole Camino. The surroundings on the English Way is similar to the final a part of the Camino Frances; Galician forest, fields, and hills however there are fewer folks. There are municipal and personal albergues, resorts, eating places on the way in which, the route is well-marked and it’s attainable to rearrange baggage supply service.
Need to know in regards to the Camino from Sarria
For the final 100 km you want two stamps per day in your Credential, one stamp you get on the place you keep (it may be an albergue or a resort each place on the Camino has its stamp), the second stamp you may get in a restaurant, restaurant, bar or a church on the way in which. If you need, you possibly can put extra stamps in your Credential there are not any limits.
This half is the busiest and essentially the most crowded on the Camino de Santiago in season be able to see a whole lot of pilgrims.
It’s attainable to stroll the Camino with no backpack you possibly can ship it day-after-day from albergue (resort) to albergue utilizing a supply service. A regular worth is 4-5 Euro per backpack per stage.
Don’t overlook to strive native specialties on the Camino; Pimientos de Padron (fried inexperienced peppers, not spicy), Pulpo a la Feira or Pulpo a la Gallega (cooked octopus tentacles) and Tarta de Santiago (St.James’ cake). You can discover these dishes in most eating places on the Camino.
If discovering lodging of the way in which and arranging baggage switch by your self seems like an excessive amount of of a mission you possibly can at all times ebook the Camino by an organization they usually’ll organize every thing for you, it’ll be dearer however simpler.
Spain like most European international locations has 2 spherical pronged retailers (Type C/F) in the event you come from the US, Canada, UK, Australia or New Zealand you’ll want an adapter to cost your gadgets.
If you wish to purchase a guidebook for the Camino we are able to suggest A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino de Santiago (Camino Francés) 2019 by John Brierly we used his guides for a number of routes, they’re straightforward to make use of, very detailed and useful.
To allow you to to plan your Camino journey we’ve created downloadable PDF recordsdata: Camino de Santiago from Sarria – strolling levels and Places to remain on the Camino Frances (Sarria – Santiago half).
Best time for strolling the final 100km
Heat just isn’t the largest downside in Galicia it is perhaps fairly heat in July and August. From our expertise rain is extra of an issue right here May to September weather-wise is the perfect interval for strolling. The finish of August the start of September is the busiest time on the Camino Frances. The second half of May and June are in all probability the perfect months for strolling; the climate is sweet (it’d nonetheless rain), the times are lengthy and there should not too many individuals.
If you stroll this route low season October – April you may get numerous rain and even snow in January – February.
Cost of the Camino de Santiago
Accommodation. The least expensive possibility is municipal albergues a mattress in considered one of them prices 5-6 Euro. Private albergues are dearer 10-12 Euro per mattress however they’re smaller and extra comfy. A single personal room prices 25-30 Euro, a double room – 35-40 Euro.
Food. Menu del Día or Pilgrim’s Menu is the preferred set meal on the Camino you may get it for lunch and typically dinner. It’s a set menu that features a starter (normally soup, salad or pasta), the primary dish (meat, hen, fish, vegetarian, egg and bacon, and many others.), bread basket, a drink (beer, home wine, cooldrink or water) and dessert or espresso. The common worth is 10 Euro. Breakfast (espresso, juice, croissant/sandwich/toast) is between Three and 4 Euro.
Shopping. It’s cheaper to purchase meals in a grocery store and prepare dinner for your self, particularly in the event you’re a few folks cooking collectively, simply be certain the place you’re going to remain has a kitchen. To purchase meals for lunch and dinner will price 6-8 Euro per particular person common.
Luggage switch. 3-5 Euro per backpack per stage, for five days it’ll be roughly 25 Euro per particular person.
Transport. Train Madrid to Santiago 33 Euro a technique. One approach flight to Santiago from Madrid with Ryanair (in the event you purchase it upfront) is about 15-20 Euro with out check-in baggage. It’s dearer and longer to get to Santiago from Barcelona, by practice it takes about 10 hours, there are some flights for 20-30 Euro a technique.
Laundry. 3 Euro per load for laundry, 3-4 Euro per load for drying. The machines are fairly huge you possibly can share a load between two or three folks which is cheaper and higher for the surroundings. I personally washed socks, underwear, and shirts by hand day-after-day and each 4th or fifth day did a machine laundry (I used dryer solely as soon as).
My detailed funds breakdown for the final 116km/5 days
- Accommodation (5 nights) – 84 Euro, Three nights in dormitories and a couple of nights in personal. If you keep on with dormitories the price may be as little as 50 Euro.
- Eating out – 45 Euro, 1 Menu del Día, many sandwiches and tortillas
- Food procuring – 47 Euro
- Coffee, wine, beer – 10 Euro
- Laundry – 3 Euro
- Transport – 72 Euro; practice Madrid-Santiago-Madrid – 66 Euro. Bus Santiago-Sarria – 6 Euro (on-line low cost). Note! I took solely Santiago-Madrid practice I arrived in Sarria strolling as I began the Camino in St.Jean Pied du Port.
Total: 261 Euro or 52 Euro per particular person per day together with transport, lodging, meals, and many others. If you employ baggage switch add 5 Euro to your day by day funds.
Accommodation on the Camino
There are several types of lodging on the Camino you possibly can keep in shared dormitory rooms which would be the least expensive possibility or in personal rooms in resorts or visitor homes/pensions relying in your funds. Special hostels for pilgrims on the Camino are known as albergues, they are often municipal (backed by the municipality, the most cost effective possibility) or personal (a bit dearer however normally with higher services).
Albergues normally have one or two huge rooms with a number of bunk beds every, shared bogs and showers and a shared kitchen. Sometimes dearer personal albergues have regular single beds as an alternative of bunk beds. An albergue is principally is hostel with dorm beds and shared services. Municipal albergues are completely for pilgrims to have the ability to keep there you need to current your Credential (pilgrim’s passport). Private albergues let anyone keep; pilgrims, vacationers, college students, and many others.
Municipal albergues services
- Hot bathe
- Kitchen (normally)
- Washing machine (typically)
- Blankets (normally however not at all times)
- Wi-fi (normally)
Private albergues services
- Hot bathe
- Kitchen (normally)
- Washing machine (normally)
- Blankets (normally)
If you reasonably keep in a non-public room than in a dormitory there are many resorts and visitor homes or pensions alongside the Camino. It’s dearer however undoubtedly extra comfy. When we stroll the Camino we attempt to combine albergues and resorts and keep a few times every week in personal, It is perhaps not an enormous situation in the event you stroll for lower than every week however if you stroll an extended route that takes a month you get fairly uninterested in staying in dormitories.
My recommendation in the event you’re planning to stroll the Camino in peak season from May to September ebook personal lodging a minimum of a few days upfront. In my expertise of strolling in September, typically it was tough to discover a personal single room on arrival every thing was totally booked.
What to pack for the Camino de Santiago
A vital factor to recollect is to not pack lots of stuff in the event you’re planning to hold your backpack your self. The lighter it’s the simpler the stroll is. Take solely the required issues that you just’re undoubtedly going to want. If you’re planning on utilizing baggage switch service you possibly can pack as a lot as you would like (observe that normally your baggage is restricted to 20-25kg per particular person). You can discover extra particulars on what to pack for the Camino in our Camino de Santiago packing information.
Luggage supply service on the Camino
It’s attainable to rearrange baggage switch from door to door day-after-day. There are a few corporations that ship baggage on the Camino from Sarria e.g. Correos, Xacotrans, Pilbeo, and others. It’s a quite simple system within the morning you place your backpack/suitcase on the reception space with an envelope that incorporates the deal with of your subsequent place, your identify, telephone quantity and 4-5 Euro for supply. Courier comes within the morning to choose up the backpacks. Usually by the point you arrive on the subsequent place your baggage is already there. Note! Usually, you need to telephone or ask on the reception to telephone the evening earlier than to rearrange the supply.
Getting to Sarria
Madrid might be the perfect metropolis to fly into, there are a lot of transport choices from there. If you’re beginning the Camino in Sarria the most suitable choice will probably be to fly to Santiago. A return flight from Madrid with Ryanair will price from 30 Euro (in the event you ebook upfront particularly in season), this fare doesn’t embrace check-in baggage. There are flights from Barcelona as properly for about 50 Euro return.
A practice trip from Madrid to Sarria is 30-40 Euro a technique, it may be booked on-line. There are no direct trains from Barcelona to Sarria. In order to get there from Barcelona by practice you’ll have to take a practice Barcelona – Santiago first after which take a bus from Santiago to Sarria. The practice trip from Barcelona to Santiago is an exhausting journey, it takes between 10-12 hours, we’ve carried out it as soon as.
From Santiago you possibly can take a bus to Sarria, it takes 2h45min. and prices 12 Euro typically they’ve particular reductions in the event you purchase on-line (6 Euro). There are many flights to Santiago from completely different cities in Spain and Europe. If you’ve got a global flight you possibly can fly to Madrid or Barcelona first after which catch an area flight to Santiago.
Accommodation in Sarria
If you’re going to stroll the Camino within the peak season (May-September) and going to reach in Sarria after lunchtime I’d suggest reserving a spot to remain beforehand. There are many albergues, hostels and visitor homes within the city however I’m certain you’ll have the ability to discover a mattress to sleep however if you wish to keep in personal reserving upfront is extremely advisable.
Albergues and resorts in Sarria
Where to get the Pilgrim’s Passport (Credential) in Sarria
Every pilgrim wants the Credential with stamps (two stamps per day for the final 100km) from albergues, resorts, eating places or church buildings to get the Compostela in Santiago. You’ll want it in addition to a proof in the event you’re planning to remain in municipal albergues as they’re completely for pilgrims. Private albergues and resorts don’t require it. You can get a Credential in Sarria in Church of Santa Mariña de Sarria, Monastery La Magdalena, some personal albergues promote Credentials as properly.
Arriving in Santiago
The Camino finishes on the Cathedral de Santiago on the Plaza Obradoiro.
You’re not allowed contained in the cathedral with a backpack you possibly can go to your resort and depart it there or go to the baggage storage which is 5min. away from the sq. in entrance of the Pilgrim’s Office, there you possibly can depart your backpack for 24 hours for 3 Euro.
Pilgrim’s Mass takes place day-after-day at 12 pm within the Cathedral. Note! As for October 2019, the cathedral is below renovation and the Mass takes place in Iglesia de San Francisco at 12 pm.
To get the Compostela you need to go to the Pilgrim’s Reception Office positioned on Rúa das Carretas avenue, 5min. stroll from the cathedral. You go there first and take a quantity relying on the season you may anticipate 30min. to a few hours. You don’t have to take a seat and wait there you possibly can comply with the queue on-line.
You’ll want your Credential and passport or ID (for EU residents), it’s free. The Compostela incorporates your identify and the date it was issued.
If you need extra customized paper you may get the Certificate of Distance (each may be obtained on the similar time) which has extra private particulars e.g. how far you walked, the place you began and many others. It prices 3 Euro.
Walking levels on the Camino Francés from Sarria
- Total distance – 116km
- The time required – 5 days
- Walking floor – 45km asphalt, 71km footpath/gravel street
- Total ascent (over 5 days) – 2373m
- Total descent – 2587m
- Average price – 25-30 Euro per particular person per day (if staying in albergues in dormitories), 40-45 Euro pp. per day (is staying in resorts in personal rooms).
- Accommodation choices – municipal and personal albergues (hostels), resorts, visitor homes.
- Route marking – yellow arrows and shells painted on bushes, partitions, floor, and many others. and distance poles that present what number of kilometres are left to Santiago.
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Sarria – Portomarin
Portomarin – Palas de Rei
Palas de Rei – Arzua
Arzua – O Pedrouzo
O Pedrouzo – Santiago
Day 1. Sarria to Portomarín
- Distance – 22km
- Time – 4h20min.*
- Walking on asphalt – 13km
- Walking on the street – 500m
- Ascent – 496m
- Descent – 570m
- Difficulty stage – 2 out of 5
*All given instances don’t embrace stops on the way in which, it’s pure strolling time. I stroll fairly quick I’d counsel including 1-2 hours to my instances (relying in your health stage).
If you begin in Sarria and it’s the primary strolling day for you I strongly suggest to take it straightforward, cease for relaxation on the way in which, drink sufficient water and don’t attempt to chase after different walkers. There will probably be some pilgrims who’ve been strolling for weeks and they’re undoubtedly in higher strolling form since they’re already used to it.
On the way in which, there will probably be a few locations (farms) promoting native home-made merchandise like jams, bread, cheese and many others. every thing may be very recent and attractive.
- A pleasant and peaceable countryside surroundings; chestnut and oak forest, small farms and villages, wheat fields.
- A wonderful city of Portomarín with its cozy streets, inviting eating places, an attention-grabbing church and beautiful views over the lake Embalse de Belesar. A really attention-grabbing factor in regards to the city is that in 1963 it was fully flooded, some historic buildings like
San Nicolás Church or Chapel de la Nieves have been moved greater uphill the place you will discover them these days.
- An straightforward strolling day with a number of quick ascents and descents largely within the first half.
- A rocky and steep descent simply earlier than Portomarín.
Accommodation in Portomarín
I stayed in a non-public room at Pension Perez after being for Four weeks on the Camino and largely staying in albergues I actually wished to have some privateness. The pension is a bit away from the middle, about 3min. strolling. The room was good, clear and cozy with an ideal view over the river and the city.
More lodging choices in Portomarín*
*The full listing of lodging alongside the route you will discover in our free PDF file.
Day 2. Portomarín to Palas de Rei
- Distance – 25km
- Time – 4h30min.
- Walking on asphalt – 3km
- Walking on the street – not likely strolling on the street however numerous strolling on the gravel path subsequent to the street
- Ascent – 580m
- Descent – 431m
- Difficulty stage – Three out of 5
It was a pleasant strolling day a bit harder and longer than Day 1 with many locations on the way in which to cease for lunch or espresso. Most of the route goes by the forest and fields typically subsequent to the street with only a few vehicles.
- Beautiful Galician forest.
- A few stalls with fruit, snacks and funky drinks for a donation.
- 350m ascent in the course of the first half of the day.
- A few stretches of strolling subsequent to the street on the gravel path.
Accommodation in Palas de Rei
I stayed in Albergue Zendoira, it’s a non-public albergue with good services. The bunk beds listed here are actually huge, every mattress has curtains (which supplies you privateness), private gentle and energy sockets. Your mattress is nearly like a small personal room. They have personal rooms as properly. The albergue is about 400m away from the Camino however near the grocery store and a few eating places.
More lodging choices in Palas de Rei
Day 3. Palas de Rei to Arzua
- Distance – 29km
- Time – 5h30min.
- Walking on asphalt – 11km
- Walking on the street – 0km
- Ascent – 588m
- Descent – 724m
- Difficulty stage – Three out of 5
It’s the longest day on the Camino from Sarria to Santiago in the event you don’t really feel sturdy sufficient you possibly can break up it into two days, stroll 15km to Melide, keep there, eat pulpo, relaxation and the following day stroll the remainder 14km to Arzúa.
- Melide a fairly large city in comparison with the opposite locations on the way in which. It’s well-known for its pulpo a la Feira (cooked octopus’ tentacles served in olive oil and spices). It’s a must-try right here, there are a few pulperias (eating places specializing in the pulpo) proper on the Camino you received’t miss them.
- Ribadiso de Baixo – a tiny village about 2km earlier than Arzúa, is perhaps a superb possibility to complete the day in the event you don’t wish to keep in an even bigger and busier Arzúa. There are a few albergues right here together with one municipal.
- Many shorts ups and downs all through the day.
- Quite lots of strolling on asphalt, about 11km.
Accommodation in Arzúa
I stayed in Albergue Ultreia, the albergue itself was good however the Menu del Dia right here was the hit, it was top-of-the-line Menus I had on the Camino in the entire month. The services have been good, the place was clear and fairly comfy, it’s positioned proper on the Camino.
Day 4. Arzúa to O Pedrouzo
- Distance – 20km
- Time – 4h.
- Walking on asphalt – 7km
- Walking on the street – 2km subsequent to the street
- Ascent – 341m
- Descent – 468m
- Difficulty stage – 2 out of 5
To be trustworthy we’ve walked this half from Arzúa Three instances (the top of three Camino routes is identical) and by no means walked this final half in two days. We normally stroll in sooner or later from Arzúa to Santiago however I do know it’s very far and never many individuals wish to torture themselves like this. So I break up at the present time into two.
Right on the exit from Arzúa, there’s a break up the suitable route continues alongside the street, the left goes into the forest, we´ve at all times taken the left one to be away from the busy street. A few kilometers after Arzúa the gap marking disappears you´ll see the phrase Complementario as an alternative, don’t fear about it you’re nonetheless on the suitable approach you’ll begin seeing distances once more after 2km or 3km.
Most a part of the day you stroll by the forest every so often the Camino goes subsequent to the street however not for lengthy. There are many eating places and cafes on the way in which to cease.
Some pilgrims to be able to make their final day shorter stroll all the way in which to Monto do Gozo which is simply 5km outdoors of Santiago and keep there for the evening. We’ve by no means stayed there however from what I’ve heard from my associates who stopped there for the evening it wasn’t good, there have been cockroaches and mice and it was form of soiled. The place doesn’t look nice from the skin both we’ve by no means felt like staying there.
If you wish to stroll an additional distance I’d counsel strolling to Lavacollas which is 9km from O Pedrouzo, the whole distance from Arzúa will probably be 29km and your final day will probably be solely 11km to the cathedral.
- Beautiful forest, small villages, fields.
- Several ups and downs on the way in which although nothing steep nor lengthy.
Accommodation in O Pedrouzo
Day 5. O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela
- Distance – 20km
- Time – 3h50min.
- Walking on asphalt – 11km
- Walking on the street – 3km alongside a really quiet street with no vehicles
- Ascent – 368m
- Descent – 394m
- Difficulty stage – 2 out of 5
Many folks begin the final day very early to make it to 12pm Pilgrim’s Mass in the event you begin from O Pedrouzo at about 7.00-7.30am you’ll make it in time. The very starting of the stroll is gorgeous; inexperienced dense forest, no vehicles, no homes, very quiet.
The second half from the airport and after Lavacollas just isn’t my favourite half on the Camino there may be one lengthy stretch between Lavacollas and Monte do Gozo alongside the street that feels prefer it takes ages to stroll 4-5km. Once you’re at Monte do Gozo the final 5km go very quick, you begin strolling by the town and don’t actually discover the way you attain the cathedral.
- Forest in the beginning of the day.
- Arriving on the Cathedral with the sounds of the Galician bagpipe (from morning until late night there may be at all times a musician taking part in on the Palace Arch (El Arco de Palacio) a small tunnel that results in the Obradoiro Square and the cathedral, hold some change able to tip the bagpipe participant.
- There are a few ascents and descents on the finish of the stroll, a few of them are fairly steep however not lengthy.
- A stretch between 10 and 15km a bit monotonous, it at all times feels lengthy however after Monte do Gozo you enter the town and the final 5km are very quick.
Accommodation in Santiago de Compostela
There are many locations to remain within the metropolis however lots of the cheaper locations are positioned outdoors the historic middle. When you ebook a spot, be certain it’s not too removed from the cathedral in the event you’re planning on doing some sightseeing or exit at evening. We’ve been to Santiago 7 instances and each time we stayed elsewhere (we like making an attempt new issues).
Our favourite locations to remain in Santiago de Compostela
- Hospedaria Seminario Mayor a particular place for pilgrims to remain in Santiago
A symbolic place for pilgrims in Santiago, it has particular rooms for pilgrims for 25 Euro for a single room and 35 Euro for a double. The rooms are fairly modest and previous trend; a mattress, a desk, and a rest room nevertheless it’s an expertise by itself and also you received’t have the ability to discover a cheaper personal lodging so near the cathedral. Buffet breakfast is included within the worth and it’s fairly good. It’s higher to ebook it a minimum of 2 weeks beforehand because it’s normally totally booked. In peak season (September, May) I’d counsel reserving it even earlier. I booked my room Three weeks forward in September. The best technique to ebook it’s through e-mail, they reply very fast (in a few hours).
2. Albergue Santiago KM0
The location of this place is nice, subsequent to the cathedral, on the identical avenue because the Pilgrim’s Office (Three homes away) and at the place to begin of the Camino Finisterre. The albergue may be very comfy; a number of rooms with a few bunk beds and an hooked up rest room, a lounge space, and a small kitchenette. Each mattress has its personal gentle, energy socket, USB charger, and a locker. The workers right here may be very useful and pleasant. Book right here.
3. Pensión Residencia Fonseca
If you wish to keep in a non-public cozy and budget-friendly place proper subsequent to the cathedral that is the right possibility. The location is nice, the place is small, solely 6 rooms, very clear and cozy. There are two shared loos, a small lounge space with a microwave. I stayed right here for Three nights after the Camino Francés and completely preferred it. Pay consideration to their check-in hours, it’s someplace between 10.30 am and three.30 pm. Book right here.
More lodging choices in Santiago
Things to do in Santiago after ending the Camino
Of course, rejoice the top of the Camino. If you wish to exit to rejoice, Rua do Franco is without doubt one of the greatest streets within the metropolis for it. There are a number of tapas bars with an enormous number of tapas and drinks. For those that love seafood and fish I can suggest tapas bars Petiscos do Cardeal and Taberna do Bispo they’ve some scrumptious tapas. It’s not costly I normally paid between 6 and seven Euro for Three superb tapas and a glass of wine.
Do a day journey to Finisterre & Muxía from Santiago. If you continue to have a few days in Santiago, a visit to “the end of the world” is extremely advisable particularly on a pleasant sunny day. Both locations Finisterre and Muxía are positioned on the Atlantic coast and supply some nice views over the rugged cliffs and sandy seashores.
Visit the cathedral and its museum with a information and get to know extra in regards to the historical past of Santiago de Compostela. The tour takes about 2 hours and contains entrance tickets to the museum.
Go on a day journey alongside the River Arousa and Rias Baixas. Visit the charming cities of Pontevedra, Combarro, A Lanzada and take a look at native wines and mussels. Visit of an area wine farm and wine tasting is included. The total journey takes about 10 hours, it’s an effective way to spend a day having fun with the perfect of Galicia.
Recommended books and guidebooks for the Camino
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