The Camino de Santiago is an outdated pilgrimage path to the tomb of Apostle St.James.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 primary 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 Unique Method from Oviedo to Santiago. Within the Center Ages recognition of the Camino elevated considerably which resulted in constructing new bridges, marking the route and basic enchancment of the infrastructure.
The recognition of the Camino began reducing within the 17th century by the 19th century the pilgrimage turned mainly non-existent. The Camino de Santiago began gaining again its recognition in the midst of the 20th century. In keeping with the statistics from the Pilgrim’s Consideration Workplace in Santiago in 2018 327 00zero pilgrims arrived in Santiago de Compostela, 88 00zero of them began in Sarria.
Strolling the final 100km on the Camino Francés vs strolling the final 100km on some other Camino
Sarria isn’t the one choice of strolling the required minimal of 100km to Santiago with a purpose to get the Compostela, the truth is, you may stroll this 100km on some other 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 many who wish to stroll the final 100km on the extra off the crushed observe Camino listed here are some choices;
- Valença/Tui on the Camino Portugués – 124km to Santiago
- Lugo on the Camino Primitivo – 102km
- Baamonde on the Camino del Norte – 102km
- Ferrol the start line of the Camino Inglés – 116km
- Ourense on the Through de la Plata (Camino Sanabrés) – 105km
In case you are not too anxious about ending in Santiago and getting the Compostela you can begin in Santiago and stroll to Finisterre (89km) or Muxía (86km) or each (115km), whole distance shall be simply over 100km (relying on which one you stroll). You received’t get the Compostela for this route however you will 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 whole distance is 116km which is strictly the identical distance as from Sarria to Santiago, the principle distinction right here is that you just really get to complete all the Camino. The surroundings on the English Method is similar to the final a part of the Camino Frances; Galician forest, fields, and hills however there are fewer individuals. There are municipal and personal albergues, resorts, eating places on the best way, the route is well-marked and it’s potential to rearrange baggage supply service.
Must 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 lodge each place on the Camino has its stamp), the second stamp you will get in a restaurant, restaurant, bar or a church on the best way. If you would like, you may put extra stamps in your Credential there aren’t any limits.
This half is the busiest and probably the most crowded on the Camino de Santiago in season be able to see a whole bunch of pilgrims.
It’s potential to stroll the Camino and not using a backpack you may ship it daily from albergue (lodge) to albergue utilizing a supply service. An ordinary value is 4-5 Euro per backpack per stage.
Don’t neglect 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 could find these dishes in most eating places on the Camino.
If discovering lodging of the best way and arranging baggage switch by your self appears like an excessive amount of of a mission you may at all times ebook the Camino by way of an organization and so they’ll prepare the whole lot for you, it’ll be costlier however simpler.
Spain like most European international locations has 2 spherical pronged retailers (Sort C/F) when 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 Information to the Camino de Santiago (Camino Francés) 2019 by John Brierly we used his guides for a number of routes, they’re simple to make use of, very detailed and useful.
Greatest time for strolling the final 100km
Warmth 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 Might to September weatherwise is one of the best interval for strolling. The tip of August the start of September is the busiest time on the Camino Frances. The second half of Might and June are most likely one of the best months for strolling; the climate is sweet (it would nonetheless rain), the times are lengthy and there should not too many individuals.
For those who stroll this route low season October – April you would possibly get various rain and even snow in January – February.
Price of the Camino de Santiago
Lodging. The most cost effective choice is municipal albergues a mattress in certainly one of them prices 5-6 Euro. Non-public albergues are costlier 10-12 Euro per mattress however they’re smaller and extra comfy. A single non-public room prices 25-30 Euro, a double room – 35-40 Euro.
Meals. Menu del Día or Pilgrim’s Menu is the most well-liked set meal on the Camino you will get it for lunch and generally dinner. It’s a set menu that features a starter (normally soup, salad or pasta), the principle dish (meat, rooster, fish, vegetarian, egg and bacon, and so forth.), bread basket, a drink (beer, home wine, cooldrink or water) and dessert or espresso. The typical value is 10 Euro. Breakfast (espresso, juice, croissant/sandwich/toast) is between Three and Four Euro.
Purchasing. It’s cheaper to purchase meals in a grocery store and prepare dinner for your self, particularly when you’re a few individuals cooking collectively, simply ensure that the place you’re going to remain has a kitchen. To purchase meals for lunch and dinner will price 6-Eight Euro per particular person common.
Baggage switch. 3-5 Euro per backpack per stage, for five days it’ll be kind of 25 Euro per particular person.
Transport. Practice Madrid to Santiago 33 Euro a method. A technique flight to Santiago from Madrid with Ryanair (when you purchase it prematurely) is about 15-20 Euro with out check-in baggage. It’s costlier and longer to get to Santiago from Barcelona, by practice it takes about 10 hours, there are some flights for 20-30 Euro a method.
Laundry. Three Euro per load for laundry, 3-Four Euro per load for drying. The machines are fairly huge you may share a load between two or three individuals which is cheaper and higher for the surroundings. I personally washed socks, underwear, and shirts by hand daily and each 4th or fifth day did a machine laundry (I used dryer solely as soon as).
My detailed price range breakdown for the final 116km/5 days
- Lodging (5 nights) – 84 Euro, Three nights in dormitories and a pair of nights in non-public. For those who stick with dormitories the price could be as little as 50 Euro.
- Consuming out – 45 Euro, 1 Menu del Día, many sandwiches and tortillas
- Meals purchasing – 47 Euro
- Espresso, wine, beer – 10 Euro
- Laundry – Three Euro
- Transport – 72 Euro; practice Madrid-Santiago-Madrid – 66 Euro. Bus Santiago-Sarria – 6 Euro (on-line low cost). Be aware! I took solely Santiago-Madrid practice I arrived in Sarria strolling as I began the Camino in St.Jean Pied du Port.
Whole: 261 Euro or 52 Euro per particular person per day together with transport, lodging, meals, and so forth. For those who use baggage switch add 5 Euro to your every day price range.
Lodging on the Camino
There are various kinds of lodging on the Camino you may keep in shared dormitory rooms which would be the least expensive choice or in non-public rooms in resorts or visitor homes/pensions relying in your price range. Particular hostels for pilgrims on the Camino are referred to as albergues, they are often municipal (backed by the municipality, the most affordable choice) or non-public (a bit costlier 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. Generally costlier non-public albergues have regular single beds as an alternative of bunk beds. An albergue is mainly is hostel with dorm beds and shared services. Municipal albergues are completely for pilgrims to have the ability to keep there you must current your Credential (pilgrim’s passport). Non-public albergues let anyone keep; pilgrims, vacationers, college students, and so forth.
Municipal albergues services
- Scorching bathe
- Electrical energy
- Kitchen (normally)
- Washer (generally)
- Blankets (normally however not at all times)
- Wi-fi (normally)
Non-public albergues services
- Scorching bathe
- Electrical energy
- Kitchen (normally)
- Washer (normally)
- Blankets (normally)
For those who 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 costlier however positively extra comfy. Once we stroll the Camino we attempt to combine albergues and resorts and keep a couple of times per week in non-public, It is perhaps not an enormous subject when you stroll for lower than per week however once you stroll an extended route that takes a month you get fairly uninterested in staying in dormitories.
My recommendation when you’re planning to stroll the Camino in peak season from Might to September ebook non-public lodging a minimum of a few days prematurely. In my expertise of strolling in September, generally it was tough to discover a non-public single room on arrival the whole lot was absolutely booked.
What to pack for the Camino de Santiago
An important factor to recollect is to not pack quite a lot of stuff when 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 positively going to want. For those who’re planning on utilizing baggage switch service you may pack as a lot as you would like (word that normally your baggage is restricted to 20-25kg per particular person). You could find an in depth packing checklist for the totally different seasons for women and men in this submit ↓↓↓.
Baggage supply service on the Camino
It’s potential to rearrange baggage switch from door to door daily. 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 title, telephone quantity and 4-5 Euro for supply. Courier comes within the morning to select up the backpacks. Often by the point you arrive on the subsequent place your baggage is already there. Be aware! Often you must telephone or ask on the reception to telephone the evening earlier than to rearrange the supply.
Attending to Sarria
Madrid might be one of the best metropolis to fly into, there are a lot of transport choices from there. For those who’re beginning the Camino in Sarria the best choice shall be to fly to Santiago. A return flight from Madrid with Ryanair will price from 30 Euro (when you ebook prematurely particularly in season), this fare doesn’t embrace check-in baggage. A practice experience from Madrid to Santiago is 30 Euro a method, examine, could be booked on-line. There are flights from Barcelona as effectively for about 50 Euro return. A practice or a bus from Barcelona to Santiago isn’t the best choice, it takes 10-12 hours an exhausting journey (we did it as soon as).
From Santiago you may take a bus to Sarria, it takes 2h45min. and prices 12 Euro generally they’ve particular reductions when you purchase on-line (6 Euro). There are lots of flights to Santiago from totally different cities in Spain and Europe. You probably have a global flight you may fly to Madrid or Barcelona first after which catch an area flight to Santiago.
Lodging in Sarria
For those who’re going to stroll the Camino within the peak season (Might-September) and going to reach in Sarria after lunchtime I’d suggest reserving a spot to remain beforehand. There are lots of albergues, hostels and visitor homes within the city however I’m certain you’ll be capable of discover a mattress to sleep however if you wish to keep in non-public reserving prematurely is very really helpful.
Albergues and resorts in Sarria
The place to get the Pilgrim’s Passport (Credential) in Sarria
Each 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 when you’re planning to remain in municipal albergues as they’re completely for pilgrims. Non-public albergues and resorts don’t require it. You will get a Credential in Sarria in Church of Santa Mariña de Sarria, Monastery La Magdalena, some non-public albergues promote Credentials as effectively.
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 may go to your lodge and go away it there or go to the bags storage which is 5min. away from the sq. in entrance of the Pilgrim’s Workplace, there you may go away your backpack for 24 hours for Three Euro.
Pilgrim’s Mass takes place daily at 12 pm within the Cathedral. Be aware! 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 must go to the Pilgrim’s Reception Workplace situated on Rúa das Carretas avenue, 5min. stroll from the cathedral. You go there first and take a quantity relying on the season you would possibly anticipate 30min. to a few hours. You don’t have to take a seat and wait there you may 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 title and the date it was issued.
If you would like extra customized paper you will get the Certificates of Distance (each could be obtained on the similar time) which has extra private particulars e.g. how far you walked, the place you began and so forth. It prices Three Euro.
Strolling phases on the Camino Francés from Sarria
- Whole distance – 116km
- The time required – 5 days
- Strolling floor – 45km asphalt, 71km footpath/gravel street
- Whole ascent (over 5 days) – 2373m
- Whole descent – 2587m
- Common 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 non-public rooms).
- Lodging choices – municipal and personal albergues (hostels), resorts, visitor homes.
- Route marking – yellow arrows and shells painted on timber, partitions, floor, and so forth. and distance poles that present what number of kilometers are left to Santiago.
Day 1. Sarria to Portomarín
- Distance – 22km
- Time – 4h20min.*
- Strolling on asphalt – 13km
- Strolling on the street – 500m
- Ascent – 496m
- Descent – 570m
- Issue degree – 2 out of 5
*All given instances don’t embrace stops on the best way, it’s pure strolling time. I stroll fairly quick I’d counsel including 1-2 hours to my instances (relying in your health degree).
For those who begin in Sarria and it’s the primary strolling day for you I strongly suggest to take it simple, cease for relaxation on the best way, drink sufficient water and don’t attempt to chase after different walkers. There shall be some pilgrims who’ve been strolling for weeks and they’re positively in higher strolling form since they’re already used to it.
On the best way, there shall be a few locations (farms) promoting native home-made merchandise like jams, bread, cheese and so forth. the whole lot could be very recent and engaging.
- A pleasant and peaceable countryside surroundings; chestnut and oak forest, small farms and villages, wheat fields.
- A phenomenal city of Portomarín with its cozy streets, inviting eating places, an attention-grabbing church and gorgeous views over the lake Embalse de Belesar. A really attention-grabbing factor in regards to the city is that in 1963 it was utterly flooded, some historic buildings like
San Nicolás Church or Chapel de la Nieves have been moved larger uphill the place you will discover them these days.
- A straightforward strolling day with a number of brief ascents and descents largely within the first half.
- A rocky and steep descent simply earlier than Portomarín.
Lodging 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 needed 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.
Extra lodging choices in Portomarín
Day 2. Portomarín to Palas de Rei
- Distance – 25km
- Time – 4h30min.
- Strolling on asphalt – 3km
- Strolling on the street – probably not strolling on the street however various strolling on the gravel path subsequent to the street
- Ascent – 580m
- Descent – 431m
- Issue degree – Three out of 5
It was a pleasant strolling day a bit more durable and longer than Day 1 with many locations on the best way to cease for lunch or espresso. A lot of the route goes by way of the forest and fields generally subsequent to the street with only a few automobiles.
- Stunning 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.
Lodging 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 non-public room. They’ve non-public rooms as effectively. The albergue is about 400m away from the Camino however near the grocery store and a few eating places.
Extra lodging choices in Palas de Rei
Day 3. Palas de Rei to Arzua
- Distance – 29km
- Time – 5h30min.
- Strolling on asphalt – 11km
- Strolling on the street – 0km
- Ascent – 588m
- Descent – 724m
- Issue degree – Three out of 5
It’s the longest day on the Camino from Sarria to Santiago when you don’t really feel sturdy sufficient you may cut up it into two days, stroll 15km to Melide, keep there, eat pulpo, relaxation and the subsequent day stroll the remaining 14km to Arzúa.
- Melide a reasonably large city in comparison with the opposite locations on the best way. 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 focusing on 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 very good choice to complete the day when 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.
- Various strolling on asphalt, about 11km.
Lodging 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 situated proper on the Camino.
Day 4. Arzúa to O Pedrouzo
- Distance – 20km
- Time – 4h.
- Strolling on asphalt – 7km
- Strolling on the street – 2km subsequent to the street
- Ascent – 341m
- Descent – 468m
- Issue degree – 2 out of 5
To be sincere we’ve walked this half from Arzúa Three instances (the top of three Camino routes is similar) and by no means walked this final half in two days. We normally stroll in someday from Arzúa to Santiago however I do know it’s very far and never many individuals wish to torture themselves like this. So I cut up this present day into two.
Proper on the exit from Arzúa, there’s a cut up the precise 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 space marking disappears you´ll see the phrase Complementario as an alternative, don’t fear about it you’re nonetheless on the precise manner you’ll begin seeing distances once more after 2km or 3km.
Most a part of the day you stroll by way of the forest once in a while the Camino goes subsequent to the street however not for lengthy. There are lots of eating places and cafes on the best way to cease.
Some pilgrims with a purpose to make their final day shorter stroll all the best way 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 pals who stopped there for the evening it wasn’t good, there have been cockroaches and mice and it was sort 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 full distance from Arzúa shall be 29km and your final day shall be solely 11km to the cathedral.
- Stunning forest, small villages, fields.
- A number of ups and downs on the best way although nothing steep nor lengthy.
Lodging in O Pedrouzo
Day 5. O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela
- Distance – 20km
- Time – 3h50min.
- Strolling on asphalt – 11km
- Strolling on the street – 3km alongside a really quiet street with no automobiles
- Ascent – 368m
- Descent – 394m
- Issue degree – 2 out of 5
Many individuals begin the final day very early to make it to 12pm Pilgrim’s Mass when 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 automobiles, no homes, very quiet.
The second half from the airport and after Lavacollas 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. When you’re at Monte do Gozo the final 5km go very quick, you begin strolling by way of town and don’t actually discover the way you attain the cathedral.
- Forest at the start 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 Sq. and the cathedral, maintain 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 town and the final 5km are very quick.
Lodging in Santiago de Compostela
There are lots of locations to remain within the metropolis however lots of the cheaper locations are situated outdoors the historic middle. If you ebook a spot, ensure that it’s not too removed from the cathedral when you’re planning on doing some sightseeing or exit at evening. We’ve been to Santiago 7 instances and each time we stayed in other places (we like attempting 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 outdated style; a mattress, a desk, and a toilet but it surely’s an expertise by itself and also you received’t be capable of discover a cheaper non-public lodging so near the cathedral. Buffet breakfast is included within the value and it’s fairly good. It’s higher to ebook it a minimum of 2 weeks beforehand because it’s normally absolutely booked. In peak season (September, Might) I’d counsel reserving it even earlier. I booked my room Three weeks forward in September. The best strategy to ebook it’s through e-mail, they reply very fast (in a few hours).
2. Albergue Santiago KM0
The placement of this place is nice, subsequent to the cathedral, on the identical avenue because the Pilgrim’s Workplace (Three homes away) and at the start line of the Camino Finisterre. The albergue could be very comfy; a number of rooms with a few bunk beds and an hooked up toilet, a lounge space, and a small kitchenette. Every mattress has its personal gentle, energy socket, USB charger, and a locker. The workers right here could be very useful and pleasant. E 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 choice. The placement 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 appreciated it. Take note of their check-in hours, it’s someplace between 10.30 am and three.30 pm. E book right here.
Extra lodging choices in Santiago
Issues to do in Santiago after ending the Camino
After all, rejoice the top of the Camino. If you wish to exit to rejoice, Rua do Franco is likely one of the finest streets within the metropolis for it. There are a number of tapas bars with an enormous number of tapas and drinks. For many who 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 wonderful tapas and a glass of wine.
Do a day journey to Finisterre & Muxía from Santiago. For those who nonetheless have a few days in Santiago a visit to “the top of the world” is very really helpful particularly on a pleasant sunny day. Each locations Finisterre and Muxía are situated on the Atlantic coast and provide some nice views over the rugged cliffs and sandy seashores.
Go to 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 consists of entrance tickets to the museum.
Go on a day journey alongside the River Arousa and Rias Baixas. Go to the charming cities of Pontevedra, Combarro, A Lanzada and take a look at native wines and mussels. Go to of an area wine farm and wine tasting is included. Your complete journey takes about 10 hours, it’s a good way to spend a day having fun with one of the best of Galicia.
Really helpful books and guidebooks for the Camino