Highlights of the Santiago Self-Guided Walk

Resort: Highlights of the Santiago Self-Guided Walk
Operator: Exodus
Destination: Europe
Price From: £1425.00

Overview


Enjoy a real sense of achievement on this self-guided pilgrim walk from
Sarria to Santiago de Compostela.

On this seven-night walk, you’ll start in Sarria, a large town famed for
Galicia’s antique fairs. From here you’ll walk along farm tracks, paths and
country lanes, and through vineyards, stopping off at churches to admire the
frescoes and tavernas for lunch en route. Be sure to have your Pilgrim
Passport stamped in bars, hotels and churches along the way to qualify for a
certificate from the official Pilgrim Office in Santiago.

Highlights

* Walk along one of the most famous UNESCO pilgrimage routes in the world
* Excellent mix of accommodation, including a converted water mill, restored
parish houses and stylish farmhouses
* Poppy-sprinkled wheat fields, orchid-rich water meadows, pine-scented
woodland
* Share in a breathtaking 1000-year-old sense of achievement with other
walkers
* Pilgrim Passport to record your adventure en route.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Sarria

Arrive at your hotel in Sarria.* (Staying at Rectoral de Goian, Half Board)*

Day 2
Sarria to Portomarin

Today starts with a walk along the Roman bridge that leads out of Sarria up
the Celerio Valley. Cross through the hamlets of the southern edge of the
Sierra del Paramo then descend into Portomarin – the original village was
drowned by the Belesar Reservoir, and some remains still shimmer below the
surface! *(Staying at Casa Rural Santa Marina, Half Board)*

Day 3
Portomarin to Lestedo

Today you can visit Portomarin’s church before passing between cornfields
lined with ox-eye daisies as you follow the Torres stream. Stamp your Pilgrim
Passport in country churches dedicated to the Order of St James before
arriving at your beautifully restored rectory. *(Staying at Rectoral de
Lestedo, Half board)*

Day 4
Lestedo to O Coto

Walk along country lanes past fortified farmhouses into the hillside town of
Palas de Rei (Palace of the King) as you enter the province of A Coruna.
You’ll pass typical, raised Galician granaries, and see chickens scamper
across narrow streets as you enter vineyards, with views east to the Montes
del Vacaloura. *(Staying at Casa de los Somoza, Half Board)*

Day 5
O Coto to Arzua

Today’s first stop is the thriving country town of Melide, where you’ll see
locals enjoying Galician seafood in specialist pulperias (octopus
restaurants). Drop into the Romanesque church to admire the frescoes, before
walking to the lively market town of Arzua along lanes lined with bright
yellow celandine. Your final stop is the elegant manor house, surrounded by
tranquil countryside, just outside the town.* (Staying at Pazo de Santa
Maria, Half Board)*

Day 6
Arzua to Rua

Follow Arzua’s colonnaded streets into open country where local farmers wear
berets as they tend vines and build haystacks with pitch forks. Your route
will rise and fall through river valleys, crossing rushing streams. This
evening you’ll stay at Javier’s breathtaking converted water mill, where
original machinery has been turned into spectacular period features.*
(Staying at O Muino de Pena, Half Board)*

Day 7
Rua to Santiago

The finishing line is near! Set off towards Monte do Gozo (Mount of Joy)
today, where pilgrims of old caught their first glimpse of the spires of
Santiago. As you reach Santiago’s historic centre, the atmosphere is electric
as a steady stream of pilgrims reach their journey’s end below the
cathedral’s spectacular Baroque facade. Drop into the Pilgrim Office to
collect your certificate, before checking into our historic hotel near the
old marketplace – still a riot of colour!* (Staying at Hotel Virxe da Cerca,
Breakfast only)*

Day 8
Leave Santiago de Compostela

Leave Santiago de Compostela

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