Camino Francés: Sarriá - Santiago


The stretch throug Galicia from Sarria to Santiago is the most popular and by far most used Camino-section, which can be clearly seen by the number of pilgrims on this route. It's very charming to come into contact with people from around the world, all of them walking in the same direction and with the same goal in mind. Sarria is 115 km east of Santiago and is the minimum distance required to walk to obtain the Compostela of Santiago.

Sarria, is also a good starting point for the Camino because there are bigger towns with all the necessary facilities you might need along this route. On this route there are two really exciting excursions, one to the huge monastery of Samos, from where you can walk back along the Camino to Sarria, and the other to Lugo and ahead to the world's best preserved Roman city wall.

The first stages after Sarria are fairly hilly, but also some of the most idyllic on the whole Camino. Many have said that these stages are their favourites of the entire Camino - it is so beautiful. You'll pass small farming communities, with stone houses and cobbled paths, you'll walk along the fields where cows graze and through forests where all you hear is the river's murmur. Nature is the main attraction along this way until reaching Santiago de Compostela. This stunningly beautiful town exudes atmosphere in the Old Town's sector of winding streets. It's the perfect ending to your Camino de Santiago. Service functions are generally very good.

Possibility of dividing stages: Yes.

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? NOTE: nowhere, in any Camino, will steep cliffs be found next to path!

1: Very easy. Flat and without significant gradients. Good and normally wide paths.

2: Easy. Slightly hilly. Good and normally wide paths.

3: Medium. Hilly, possibly with longer distances between service facilities/cities. Good, sometimes narrow paths.

4: Medium/Hard. Longer, steeper climbs, perhaps with few servicefacilities/cities. Good, sometimes narrow paths.

5: Hard. Long gradient(s), possibly few facilities. Very hilly. Good, sometimes narrow paths.

Featured places: Portomarin, La Naturaleza, Santiago de Compostela, (Lugo), (Samos)

Distance: 116km. (73 miles)

The section profile

Camino de Santiago Francés Walk

Steps in this section walk

1.- Sarria - Pontomarin 23 km

2.- Pontomarin - Palas de Rei 25 km

3.- Palas de Rei - Arzúa 28 km

4.- Arzúa - O Pedrouzo 20 km

5.- O Pedrouzo - Santiago de Compostela 20 km

Camino de Santiago Francés by bike

Steps in this section by bike

1.- Sarria - Palas de Rei (47 km)

2.- Palas de Rei - Santiago (69 km)

* Remember you can always customize the stages of their journey

Including travel this stretch by bike