The Camino Sarria to Santiago (or Way of Saint James) is the most popular section of the entire Camino de Santiago. This section, the Camino Sarria to Santiago, is perfect for those pilgrims who want to experience the essence of the Camino.
During your Camino Sarria to Santiago, you will have the opportunity to venture off on many pleasant hikes, all while getting to enjoy the wonderful local cuisine. This route is ideal for meeting other pilgrims and immersing yourselves in the incredible natural setting that will accompany you throughout the entire Camino de Santigo.
Your Camino Sarria to Santiago departs from the Galician town of Sarria, which is located about 100 km away from Santiago de Compostela. The distance of the Camino Frances from Sarria to Santiago is around 100 km, which is the minimum distance required for pilgrims to receive the traditional “Compostela” certificate, verifying they have done the Camino.
During your Camino Sarria to Santiago you will walk through beautiful forests, farmlands and rustic villages following trails and paths that are surrounded by stonewalls. You will be able to admire the beautiful green landscape that is so characteristic of Galicia. At the end of this stage we will reach our destination: Santiago de Compostela.
In Santiago de Compostela you can receive the “Compostela certificate” and visit the city’s beautiful old town, which has been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Here is the daily program of your Camino Sarria to Santiago!
After arriving at the airport you go to Sarria. Once you arrive in Sarria, you can visit the town centre where you can discover churches, chapels, monasteries and hospitals of pilgrims that will connect you from the first day with the essence of the Camino de Santiago. The main street of Sarria, Rúa Maior, has a picturesque atmosphere where we suggest you enjoy a good coffee during the afternoon. It is advisable to visit the Church of Santa Mariña with its evocative pilgrim mural, the Castle and the Fortress of Sarria, as well as the La Magdalena Monastery. Now get some rest, tomorrow your Camino Sarria to Santiago starts!
For your first day of walking on your Camino Sarria to Santiago, you will have a quiet route through beautiful villages under the shade of oak trees along extensive rural roads. Along the trail you will find traditional Galician barns. It is advisable to visit the Romanesque Church in the village of Barbadelo. After you cross the river Mino and climb the stairs, you can relax in the village Portomarin.
Once you leave the beautiful town of Portomarín, the Camino Sarria to Santiago crosses the River Miño and you will begin the ascent towards the Serra de Ligonde. You will pass through charming little villages such as Gonzar and Ventas de Narón. Take a rest at the Romanesque Church of Santa María de Castromaior and the Romanesque Church of Eirexe where you can see a sculpture of the Pilgrim of Santiago.
The Camino Sarria to Santiago on this journey will start on the descent and take you inside beautiful rural trails to Coto. You will continue uphill and downhill through beautiful places like that formed by the River Iso, in Ribadiso. Your next destination is Melide, where you can eat the best ‘pulpo’ of Galicia. Try it!
The next stage on your Camino to Sarria to Santiago goes to Arzua. You walk through meadows to the cobbled passage of the River Catasol and let yourself be seduced by the beauty of the landscape, almost like a postcard. Once in Arzúa, try its famous local cheese, as well as visit the churches of Santa Maria and A Magdalena.
On this stage of the Camino Sarria to Santiago you will start walking downhill and then pass through beautiful forests, quiet villages and several streams throughout the day. When you are in A Calle de Ferreiros you should take an exit to the right and cross the village of Boavista. You will have the opportunity to visit the Chapel of Santa Irene, with its famous statue of Santiago, just before making the last stretch of the stage before entering A Rúa.
Once you leave A Rúa, the next point on your route will be O Pedrouzo. Once there, you will have to take Calle Concello and, when you pass by the football field, turn left onto a dirt track. You will cross San Paio, just after bordering Santiago Airport and, a little further on, you will pass in front of the Church of Lavacolla. You will continue the pilgrimage to Monte do Gozo from where you can contemplate the majesty of the Cathedral of Santiago.
When arriving in Santiago, you will be able to admire its rich local architecture and delight in its historic centre declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. If you want to attend the Pilgrim’s Mass, in Santiago de Compostela, start your route very early in the morning so that you will have finished your Camino before noon.
After breakfast you can enjoy the pilgrim town for a while before your journey home starts. If you want to extend your Camino Sarria to Santiago with an extra day in Santiago de Compostela, let us know. It’s definitely worth it!