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This is the most popular section of the Camino, walking approximately 135km from Sarria, enough to qualify you for the 100km required to allow you to collect your Compostela in Santiago.
The level of difficulty is moderate – the rolling hills in this part of Galicia are similar in many respects to the Irish countryside.
Dates and Cost:
- April 9th – 16th. (Saturday – Saturday)
- €585 pps (not including flight).
- Single Supplement €175.
All our escorted walks are with an Irish guide – the emphasis is on having fun while experiencing the Camino at your own pace!
- 7 nights’ accommodation in ensuite rooms on a B&B basis.
- Airport transfers from Santiago to Triacastela and from Santiago to Santiago airport for the return flight to Dublin.
- Bag transfer each day.
- Pilgrim Passport (Issued by Camino Society Ireland – the only official Irish pilgrim passport).
- Your Camino Groups host will accompany the group for the week.
- A one year only Camino Groups walking top – to celebrate the Año Santo of 2022.
- Detailed walking notes and accommodation maps.
- Flights are not included in the prices, but as a licensed and bonded travel agency, we can book your flights separately for you if required. Tip – the earlier you book, the cheaper it will be.
- We recommend that you have adequate travel insurance in place for your trip. We can provide this separately if required.
Saturday, April 9th, Day 1
- Fly from Dublin to Santiago. Transfer to Triacastela for overnight.
- Triacastela is a lovely village to from which to start – simply a vino or two in the narrow lower street (no cars here!) to whet your appetite for what lies ahead!
Sunday, April 10th, Day 2
- Walk from Triacastela to Sarria. Today, you have a choice of two routes!
- The “San Xil” route is the shorter of the two options at 19km and is wonderfully rural and peaceful – it gets a bit busier from Sarria.
- The Samos route is longer at 22km but the stunning Benedictine monastery in Samos itself makes the extra kms worthwhile!
Monday, April 11th, Day 3
- Walk 22km to Portomarín, getting your first sense of the typical Galician farms that you walk through. Portomarín has a fascinating history, the original town being flooded by the development of a major hydroelectric plant further along the Miño river.
- The town as you find it today was relocated above the water levels of the flooded plain. The church was reconstructed brick by brick from the original!
Tuesday, April 12th, Day 4
- Walk 24 km to Palas de Rei. By now, you will have begun to notice the ubiquitous Horreos – stone and wooden structures that were used to store corn and keep it away from pesky rodents! Now mostly ornamental, the Horreo is as much a symbol of Galicia as the scallop shell is of the Camino.
Wednesday, April 13th, Day 5
- Walk 29km to Arzúa. This is your longest and toughest day – but when you make it to Arzúa, you know you’re well on your way. The second half of the day is hilly, but the picturesque hamlet of Ribadiso helps to ease away thoughts of weary limbs.
- You also pass through the town of Melide, the self-styled Galician capital of pulpo (octopus). You have to try some!
Thursday, April 14th, Day 6
- Walk 19km to Pedrouzo. Don’t let the shorter distance completely fool you! There are still some hills to be negotiated as you pass through some more small hamlets and farmyards. Pedrouzo itself is a small town that has grown in the last couple of decades, now serving as a satellite town for the city of Santiago. You will see the placenames of Arca, Pedrouzo and Pino intermingled – they all refer to the same town!
Friday, April 15th, Day 7
- Walk 20km to Santiago. After skirting around the airport near Lavacolla, you will arrive at Monte de Gozo about 5km from Santiago. This marks the traditional spot where pilgrims would wash themselves in preparation for their arrival into Santiago. Nowadays, it is a great gathering spot for groups to meet up, before walking into Santiago together.
- Congratulate yourself on your achievement – now’s your chance to collect your Compostela from the Pilgrim Office and to enjoy all that Santiago has to offer.
Saturday, April 16th, Day 8
- Free time in the morning in Santiago before your transfer to Santiago airport for return flight home.