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This is the most popular section of the Camino, walking approximately 115km from Sarria, a little more than the 100km required to allow you to collect your Compostela in Santiago.
But this trip is more than just that – we will arrive into Santiago on St. James’ Day itself! More than any other day, there is a sense of celebration on July 25th – to arrive there in a Holy Year is a truly unique Camino experience.
2021 is the first Holy Year in 11 years – not since 2010 has this opportunity presented itself to pilgrims. Not quite Newgrange for the winter solstice – but you get the idea!
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:
- July 20th – 27th. (Tuesday – Tuesday)
- €595 pps (not including flight).
- Single Supplement €100 for anyone willing to share, €200 thereafter.
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 Sarria 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 Camino Groups walking top – the must-have fashion accessory of 2021!
- 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.
Tuesday, July 20th, Day 1
- Fly from Dublin to Santiago. Transfer to Sarria for overnight.
Wednesday, July 21st, Day 2
- 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!
Thursday, July 22nd, Day 3
- 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.
Friday, July 23rd Day 4
- 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!
Saturday, July 24th, Day 5
- 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!
Sunday, July 25th, Day 6
- 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 and enjoy all the celebrations of St. James’ Day!
Monday, July 26th, Day 7
- Free day in Santiago. A chance to collect your Compostela from the Pilgrim Office and to attend the midday pilgrim mass (there’s usually an English language mass in the evening).
- The historic centre of Santiago is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a beautiful place to wander or indeed to sip a café (or something a bit stronger!) and watch the world go by. The centre of Santiago is very compact and easily walkable – a treasure trove of beautiful buildings and winding streets.
Tuesday, July 27th, Day 8
- Free time in the morning in Santiago before your transfer to Santiago airport for return flight home.