The Camino de Santiago is an previous 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 Authentic Approach 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 lowering within the 17th century by the 19th century the pilgrimage turned principally 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 will not be the one choice of strolling the required minimal of 100km to Santiago to be able to get the Compostela, in truth, you’ll be able to 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 individuals 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 By way of de la Plata (Camino Sanabrés) – 105km
In case you are not too fearful 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 can be simply over 100km (relying on which one you stroll). You gained’t get the Compostela for this route however you may 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 precisely the identical distance as from Sarria to Santiago, the primary distinction right here is that you simply really get to complete all the Camino. The surroundings on the English Approach is similar to the final a part of the Camino Frances; Galician forest, fields, and hills however there are fewer folks. There are municipal and personal albergues, inns, eating places on the best way, the route is well-marked and it’s doable 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 resort each place on the Camino has its stamp), the second stamp you may get in a restaurant, restaurant, bar or a church on the best way. If you’d like, you’ll be able to 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 tons of of pilgrims.
It’s doable to stroll the Camino and not using a backpack you’ll be able to ship it day-after-day from albergue (resort) to albergue utilizing a supply service. A typical value is 4-5 Euro per backpack per stage.
Don’t overlook to attempt 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’ll find these dishes in most eating places on the Camino.
If discovering lodging of the best way and arranging baggage switch by your self feels like an excessive amount of of a mission you’ll be able to all the time guide the Camino via an organization they usually’ll prepare all the things for you, it’ll be costlier however simpler.
Spain like most European nations has 2 spherical pronged retailers (Kind C/F) in the event you come from the US, Canada, UK, Australia or New Zealand you’ll want an adapter to cost your units.
If you wish to purchase a guidebook for the Camino we will 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 straightforward to make use of, very detailed and useful.
Finest time for strolling the final 100km
Warmth will not be the most important drawback in Galicia it may be fairly heat in July and August. From our experience rain is extra of an issue right here Could to September weatherwise is the most effective interval for strolling. The tip of August the start of September is the busiest time on the Camino Frances. The second half of Could and June are in all probability the most effective months for strolling; the climate is good (it’d nonetheless rain), the times are lengthy and there usually are not too many individuals.
For those who stroll this route low season October – April you would possibly get numerous rain and even snow in January – February.
Value of the Camino de Santiago
Lodging. The most cost effective choice is municipal albergues a mattress in one in all them prices 5-6 Euro. Personal albergues are costlier 10-12 Euro per mattress however they’re smaller and extra snug. 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 may get it for lunch and generally dinner. It’s a set menu that features a starter (often soup, salad or pasta), the primary dish (meat, rooster, fish, vegetarian, egg and bacon, and many others.), 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.
Buying. It’s cheaper to purchase meals in a grocery store and prepare dinner for your self, particularly in the event you’re a few folks 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 individual common.
Baggage switch. 3-5 Euro per backpack per stage, for five days it’ll be kind of 25 Euro per individual.
Transport. Prepare Madrid to Santiago 33 Euro a method. A technique flight to Santiago from Madrid with Ryanair (in the event 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 prepare 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 massive you’ll be able to share a load between two or three folks which is cheaper and higher for the setting. I personally washed socks, underwear, and shirts by hand day-after-day and each 4th or fifth day did a machine laundry (I used dryer solely as soon as).
My detailed finances breakdown for the final 116km/5 days
- Lodging (5 nights) – 84 Euro, Three nights in dormitories and a couple of nights in non-public. For those who keep on with dormitories the associated fee might be as little as 50 Euro.
- Consuming out – 45 Euro, 1 Menu del Día, many sandwiches and tortillas
- Meals buying – 47 Euro
- Espresso, wine, beer – 10 Euro
- Laundry – Three Euro
- Transport – 72 Euro; prepare Madrid-Santiago-Madrid – 66 Euro. Bus Santiago-Sarria – 6 Euro (on-line low cost). Notice! I took solely Santiago-Madrid prepare I arrived in Sarria strolling as I began the Camino in St.Jean Pied du Port.
Whole: 261 Euro or 52 Euro per individual per day together with transport, lodging, meals, and many others. For those who use baggage switch add 5 Euro to your day by day finances.
Lodging on the Camino
There are several types of lodging on the Camino you’ll be able to keep in shared dormitory rooms which would be the least expensive choice or in non-public rooms in inns or visitor homes/pensions relying in your finances. 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 often with higher services).
Albergues often have one or two massive 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 a substitute of bunk beds. An albergue is principally is hostel with dorm beds and shared services. Municipal albergues are solely for pilgrims to have the ability to keep there you must current your Credential (pilgrim’s passport). Personal albergues let anyone keep; pilgrims, vacationers, college students, and many others.
Municipal albergues services
- Sizzling bathe
- Electrical energy
- Kitchen (often)
- Washer (generally)
- Blankets (often however not all the time)
- Wi-fi (often)
Personal albergues services
- Sizzling bathe
- Electrical energy
- Kitchen (often)
- Washer (often)
- Blankets (often)
For those who slightly keep in a non-public room than in a dormitory there are many inns and visitor homes or pensions alongside the Camino. It’s costlier however positively extra snug. Once we stroll the Camino we attempt to combine albergues and inns and keep a few times every week in non-public, It may be not an enormous subject in the event you stroll for lower than every week however once you stroll an extended route that takes a month you get fairly uninterested in staying in dormitories.
My recommendation in the event you’re planning to stroll the Camino in peak season from Could to September guide non-public lodging at the least a few days prematurely. In my experience of strolling in September, generally it was troublesome to discover a non-public single room on arrival all the things was totally booked.
What to pack for the Camino de Santiago
A vital factor to recollect is to not pack a number of stuff in the event you’re planning to hold your backpack your self. The lighter it’s the simpler the stroll is. Take solely the required things that you simply’re positively going to want. For those who’re planning on utilizing baggage switch service you’ll be able to pack as a lot as you would like (observe that often your baggage is restricted to 20-25kg per individual). You’ll find an in depth packing record for the completely different seasons for women and men in this put up ↓↓↓.
Baggage supply service on the Camino
It’s doable to rearrange baggage switch from door to door day-after-day. There are a few firms 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 accommodates the handle of your subsequent place, your title, telephone quantity and 4-5 Euro for supply. Courier comes within the morning to choose up the backpacks. Normally by the point you arrive on the subsequent place your baggage is already there. Notice! Normally you must telephone or ask on the reception to telephone the night time earlier than to rearrange the supply.
Attending to Sarria
Madrid might be the most effective metropolis to fly into, there are various transport choices from there. For those who’re beginning the Camino in Sarria the most suitable choice can be to fly to Santiago. A return flight from Madrid with Ryanair will price from 30 Euro (in the event you guide prematurely particularly in season), this fare doesn’t embrace check-in baggage. A prepare experience from Madrid to Santiago is 30 Euro a method, verify, might be booked on-line. There are flights from Barcelona as effectively for about 50 Euro return. A prepare or a bus from Barcelona to Santiago will not be the most suitable choice, it takes 10-12 hours an exhausting journey (we did it as soon as).
From Santiago you’ll be able to take a bus to Sarria, it takes 2h45min. and prices 12 Euro generally they’ve particular reductions in the event you purchase on-line (6 Euro). There are a lot of flights to Santiago from completely different cities in Spain and Europe. If in case you have a world flight you’ll be able to 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 (Could-September) and going to reach in Sarria after lunchtime I’d suggest reserving a spot to remain beforehand. There are a lot 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 extremely really useful.
Albergues and inns 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, inns, eating places or church buildings to get the Compostela in Santiago. You’ll want it in addition to a proof in the event you’re planning to remain in municipal albergues as they’re solely for pilgrims. Personal albergues and inns 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’ll be able to go to your resort and depart it there or go to the bags storage which is 5min. away from the sq. in entrance of the Pilgrim’s Workplace, there you’ll be able to depart your backpack for 24 hours for Three Euro.
Pilgrim’s Mass takes place day-after-day at 12 pm within the Cathedral. Notice! As for October 2019, the cathedral is underneath 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 road, 5min. stroll from the cathedral. You go there first and take a quantity relying on the season you would possibly look forward to 30min. to a few hours. You don’t have to sit down and wait there you’ll be able to comply with the queue on-line.
You’ll want your Credential and passport or ID (for EU residents), it’s free. The Compostela accommodates your title and the date it was issued.
If you’d like extra customized paper you may get the Certificates of Distance (each might be obtained on the identical time) which has extra private particulars e.g. how far you walked, the place you began and many others. 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 highway
- Whole ascent (over 5 days) – 2373m
- Whole descent – 2587m
- Common price – 25-30 Euro per individual per day (if staying in albergues in dormitories), 40-45 Euro pp. per day (is staying in inns in non-public rooms).
- Lodging choices – municipal and personal albergues (hostels), inns, visitor homes.
- Route marking – yellow arrows and shells painted on bushes, partitions, floor, and many others. 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 highway – 500m
- Ascent – 496m
- Descent – 570m
- Issue stage – 2 out of 5
*All given occasions 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 occasions (relying in your health stage).
For those who begin in Sarria and it’s the primary strolling day for you I strongly suggest to take it straightforward, cease for relaxation on the best way, drink sufficient water and don’t attempt to chase after different walkers. There can 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 can be a few locations (farms) promoting native home-made merchandise like jams, bread, cheese and many others. all the things could be very contemporary 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 fascinating church and gorgeous views over the lake Embalse de Belesar. A really fascinating factor in regards to the city is that in 1963 it was fully flooded, some historic buildings like
San Nicolás Church or Chapel de la Nieves have been moved increased uphill the place you’ll find 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 wished to have some privateness. The pension is a bit away from the middle, about 3min. strolling. The room was good, clear and comfy with an incredible 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 highway – not likely strolling on the highway however numerous strolling on the gravel path subsequent to the highway
- Ascent – 580m
- Descent – 431m
- Issue stage – 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 via the forest and fields generally subsequent to the highway with only a few vehicles.
- Lovely Galician forest.
- A few stalls with fruit, snacks and funky drinks for a donation.
- 350m ascent throughout the first half of the day.
- A few stretches of strolling subsequent to the highway 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 massive, every mattress has curtains (which provides 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 highway – 0km
- Ascent – 588m
- Descent – 724m
- Issue stage – Three out of 5
It’s the longest day on the Camino from Sarria to Santiago in the event you don’t really feel sturdy sufficient you’ll be able to cut up it into two days, stroll 15km to Melide, keep there, eat pulpo, relaxation and the following day stroll the remainder 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 gained’t miss them.
- Ribadiso de Baixo – a tiny village about 2km earlier than Arzúa, may be a great choice to complete the day in the event 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 the most effective Menus I had on the Camino in the entire month. The services have been good, the place was clear and fairly snug, it’s situated proper on the Camino.
Day 4. Arzúa to O Pedrouzo
- Distance – 20km
- Time – 4h.
- Strolling on asphalt – 7km
- Strolling on the highway – 2km subsequent to the highway
- Ascent – 341m
- Descent – 468m
- Issue stage – 2 out of 5
To be sincere we’ve walked this half from Arzúa Three occasions (the tip of three Camino routes is similar) and by no means walked this final half in two days. We often stroll in sooner or later 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 at the present time into two.
Proper on the exit from Arzúa, there’s a cut up the correct route continues alongside the highway, the left goes into the forest, we´ve all the time taken the left one to be away from the busy highway. A few kilometers after Arzúa the space marking disappears you´ll see the phrase Complementario as a substitute, don’t fear about it you’re nonetheless on the correct method you’ll begin seeing distances once more after 2km or 3km.
Most a part of the day you stroll via the forest every now and then the Camino goes subsequent to the highway however not for lengthy. There are a lot of eating places and cafes on the best way to cease.
Some pilgrims to be able to make their final day shorter stroll all the best way to Monto do Gozo which is simply 5km exterior of Santiago and keep there for the night time. We’ve by no means stayed there however from what I’ve heard from my associates who stopped there for the night time it wasn’t good, there have been cockroaches and mice and it was form of soiled. The place doesn’t look nice from the surface 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 can be 29km and your final day can be solely 11km to the cathedral.
- Lovely 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 highway – 3km alongside a really quiet highway with no vehicles
- Ascent – 368m
- Descent – 394m
- Issue stage – 2 out of 5
Many individuals begin the final day very early to make it to 12pm Pilgrim’s Mass in the event 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 vehicles, no homes, very quiet.
The second half from the airport and after Lavacollas will not be my favourite half on the Camino there’s one lengthy stretch between Lavacollas and Monte do Gozo alongside the highway 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 via the town and don’t actually discover the way you attain the cathedral.
- Forest in the beginning of the day.
- Arriving on the Cathedral with the sounds of the Galician bagpipe (from morning until late night there’s all the time a musician enjoying on the Palace Arch (El Arco de Palacio) a small tunnel that results in the Obradoiro Sq. and the cathedral, hold 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 all the time feels lengthy however after Monte do Gozo you enter the town and the final 5km are very quick.
Lodging in Santiago de Compostela
There are a lot of locations to remain within the metropolis however most of the cheaper locations are situated exterior the historic heart. Once you guide a spot, ensure that it’s not too removed from the cathedral in the event you’re planning on doing some sightseeing or exit at night time. We’ve been to Santiago 7 occasions and each time we stayed somewhere else (we like attempting new things).
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 previous trend; a mattress, a desk, and a rest room however it’s an experience by itself and also you gained’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 guide it at the least 2 weeks beforehand because it’s often totally booked. In peak season (September, Could) I’d counsel reserving it even earlier. I booked my room Three weeks forward in September. The simplest technique to guide it’s by way of 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 road because the Pilgrim’s Workplace (Three homes away) and at the start line of the Camino Finisterre. The albergue could be very snug; a number of rooms with a few bunk beds and an connected 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 proper choice. The placement is nice, the place is small, solely 6 rooms, very clear and comfy. There are two shared bogs, a small lounge space with a microwave. I stayed right here for Three nights after the Camino Francés and completely favored 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
Things to do in Santiago after ending the Camino
In fact, have a good time the tip of the Camino. If you wish to exit to have a good time, Rua do Franco is without doubt 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 individuals 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 often paid between 6 and seven Euro for Three superb 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 tip of the world” is extremely really useful particularly on a pleasant sunny day. Each locations Finisterre and Muxía are situated on the Atlantic coast and supply 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 contains 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 check out native wines and mussels. Go to of an area wine farm and wine tasting is included. Your entire journey takes about 10 hours, it’s an effective way to spend a day having fun with the most effective of Galicia.
Advisable books and guidebooks for the Camino