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Camino de Santiago - The Last 100km
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Camino de Santiago - The Last 100km

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This is the most popular walking tour of the Camino de Santiago. Perfect for those looking to capture the essence of the Camino: a nice walk, good food and wine, discovering local customs, meeting fellow pilgrims and enjoying the unique atmosphere of it all. You won’t forget a single minute of it.

This section of the Camino de Santiago starts in Sarria and covers the last 100km of the Camino Francés, the minimum required to apply for your Compostela certificate. The Camino will take you across woodlands, farmland and rustic hamlets, following tracks and paths lined by granite stone walls. The green rolling landscape of Galicia is part of each day’s walk, until you approach your final destination: the mythical city of Santiago de Compostela. Get your ‘Compostela’ certificate and explore the magic of Santiago’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

This trip is ideal for experienced walkers, with the average walking distance being between 21-23km per day.

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Practical Information for this holiday

Walking Profile

Challenging: You have a good level of fitness and enjoy walking at a fast pace. Some previous hill walking experience is required.

Number of walking days: 5

  • Day 1 - 23km
  • Day 2 - 23km
  • Day 3 - 28km
  • Day 4 - 18km
  • Day 5 - 19km

 

A walking day is normally 5-7 hours with daily ascents likely to be 500m to 700m.

Currency
Euro €
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Flight Duration
Flight time is approximately 2.5 hours. 
Climate
Warm and dry summers and mild winters.
Food & Drink
Spain in general is a rather affordable country, and the general area of Santiago is an affordable place to holiday. Wine is particularly cheap due to its abundance, and eating out is also cheap. Fresh fish dishes and tapas are popular. There are many tapas restaurants in the area, where prawns, potatoes bravas, meatballs and many other mini dishes are popular.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.75
  • Beer: €2.00
  • Glass of wine: €2.50
  • Light Lunch: €6.00
  • Soft Drink: €1.65
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • Sun cream
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Walking shoes or boots
  • Camera
  • Light windcheater, long/short trousers, long/short-sleeved pullover
  • Walking poles 
Recommended Reading

Death of a Pilgrim by David Dickenson

To the Field of Stars by Father Kevin Codd

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 

Holiday highlights

Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela is the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia in northwestern Spain. The city has its origin in the shrine of Saint James the Great, now the city's cathedral, as destination of the Way of St. James, a leading Catholic pilgrimage route which originated in the 9th century. In 1985 the city's Old Town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Portomarin
The old village was put under water in order to create the Belesar reservoir for the Miño River in 1960s. The remains of ancient buildings are still visible in seasons when the dam is at low level. Some buildings were reconstructed in the new town, such as the Church of San Juan of Portomarin.
Mount of Joy
This hill in Santiago de Compostela is also called Monte de Gozo and is well known for being the place where the pilgrams get their first view of the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.

Practical Information for this holiday

Walking Profile

Challenging: You have a good level of fitness and enjoy walking at a fast pace. Some previous hill walking experience is required.

Number of walking days: 5

  • Day 1 - 23km
  • Day 2 - 23km
  • Day 3 - 28km
  • Day 4 - 18km
  • Day 5 - 19km

 

A walking day is normally 5-7 hours with daily ascents likely to be 500m to 700m.

Currency
Euro €
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +1 hour
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check requirements. 
Flight Duration
Flight time is approximately 2.5 hours. 
Climate
Warm and dry summers and mild winters.
Food & Drink
Spain in general is a rather affordable country, and the general area of Santiago is an affordable place to holiday. Wine is particularly cheap due to its abundance, and eating out is also cheap. Fresh fish dishes and tapas are popular. There are many tapas restaurants in the area, where prawns, potatoes bravas, meatballs and many other mini dishes are popular.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: €1.75
  • Beer: €2.00
  • Glass of wine: €2.50
  • Light Lunch: €6.00
  • Soft Drink: €1.65
  • Bottled Water: €0.50
Packing List
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • Sun cream
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Walking shoes or boots
  • Camera
  • Light windcheater, long/short trousers, long/short-sleeved pullover
  • Walking poles 
Recommended Reading

Death of a Pilgrim by David Dickenson

To the Field of Stars by Father Kevin Codd

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 -Travel to Spain

Full Day

Travel to Spain

Depart Dublin on your flight to Santiago airport. On arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel in the heart of the lively city of Lugo. Lugo, located in the north west of Spain, is the only city in the world to be surrounded by completely intact Roman walls, which reach a height of 10 to 15 metres along a 2,117-metre circuit ringed with 71 towers.

Overnight

Accommodation

4 star hotel in Lugo (3 nights)

Day 2 - Walking Day - Sarria to Portomarin

Full Day

Walking Day - Sarria to Portomarin

Depart your hotel for your coach transfer to Sarria where you will begin your walking tour. Expect a peaceful walk in shady oak woods, pretty villages and on quiet country roads. The village of Barbedelo (580m) has a beautiful Romanesque church that is worth a visit. The next significant village is Ferreiros. When you arrive in Portomarin (550m), you can chill out on one of the numerous terraces of the main plaza. Length: 23km / Approximate duration: 6 hours

Day 3 - Walking Day - Portomarín to Palace do Rei

Full Day

Walking Day - Portomarín to Palace do Rei

Depart your hotel for your coach transfer to Portomarin where your walking tour will commence. From the village, the Camino crosses the river Minho and climbs steadily uphill. On your way, you will be crossing Gonzar and passing the Romanesque Church of Santa María, Castromaior. The calm of the Galician Cemetery in Ligonde on a sunny day is a rest in itself. In Eirexe, the Romanesque portal of the church is a beauty and features a sculpture of Daniel and animals, as well as Santiago de Peregrino inside. You will then arrive in Palace do Rei (565m). Length: 23km / Approximate duration: 6 hours and 15 minutes

Day 4 - Walking Day - Palace do Rei to Arzùa

Full Day

Walking Day - Palace do Rei to Arzùa

Check out of your hotel in Lugo and transfer by coach to Palace do Rei where your third walking day will begin.Today, the Camino continues slightly downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the charming village of Leboreiro. At Melide (454m), stop in one of the many restaurants to try some local specialties. Later today, the Camino will follow a forest track and cross several streams bringing you to the village of Boente with its church of Santiago. Then the medieval village of Ribadiso, and finally Arzùa (389m). This small town has 2 churches that you can visit, Santa María and La Magdalena. Afterwards, continue to Santiago de Compostela where you will check in to your hotel, which will be your base for the remainder of the trip. Length: 28km / Approximate duration: 7 hours

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Santiago de Compostela (4 nights)

Day 5 - Walking Day - Arzùa to Amenal

Full Day

Walking Day - Arzùa to Amenal

Begin your morning with a coach transfer to Aruza, where you will begin your walk for the day. This shaded section of the Camino will pass through woods, along streams and through sleepy villages. Take your time and visit the chapel of Santa Irena, with its unique statues of Santiago. The rest of the way to Rua/Opino is on a good and quiet country road. Rua (310m) is one of the less crowded stopping points before Santiago de Compostela. Length: 18km / Approximate duration: 5 hours and 15 minutes

Day 6 - Walking Day - Rúa to Santiago de Compostela

Full Day

Walking Day - Rúa to Santiago de Compostela

The next stage will be Lavacolla where pilgrims traditionally washed in the river before reaching Santiago de Compostela. The tall eucalyptus trees line your way to Monte del Gozo (368m). From the "Mount of Joy" you can see your goal the Cathedral of Santiago! After a descent to the city (264m) you will be able to witness this UNESCO World Heritage Site up-close. Marvel at the architecture and relish the wonderful atmosphere in this cultural and spiritual Mecca. Length: 19km / Approximate duration: 5 hours and 20 minutes

Day 7 - Santiago de Compostela

Morning

Half day city tour

This morning you will enjoy a half day city tour of Santiago de Compostela's historic centre, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. The famous cathedral borders the main plaza of the well-preserved old city. You will wander through the streets as your local expert guides shows you all the main highlights!

Afternoon

At leisure

You will have an afternoon and evening at leisure to spend in Santiago de Compostela as you wish. Your local guide will be happy to suggest activities to suit your taste. Or why not unwind with some tapas at one of the many authentic restaurants that line the streets?

Day 8 - Return home

Morning

At leisure

You will have the morning free to do some last minute shopping and sightseeing at your leisure, before your afternoon transfer to Santiago Airport for your return flight home.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Mendez Nunez Hotel 4

The family-run Méndez Núñez Hotel boasts an unbeatable location in the heart of this beautiful, ancient walled city, just steps away from its historic, cultural and entertainment attractions. From the hotel's 6th floor terrace, guests can relax with a drink and enjoy views of the... read more read more read more

The family-run Méndez Núñez Hotel boasts an unbeatable location in the heart of this beautiful, ancient walled city, just steps away from its historic, cultural and entertainment attractions. From the hotel's 6th floor terrace, guests can relax with a drink and enjoy views of the Old Town and Cathedral.  

Hotel address
Mendez Nunez Hotel
RUA DA RAIÑA. 1
CP 27001
LUGO, LUGO (SPAIN)
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Hotel Gelmírez 3

This welcoming hotel has a contemporary design, with comfortable guest rooms decorated in restful tones.  Close by you'll find shops, cafes and restaurants, while Santiago's historic centre and famous cathedral are within a few minutes on foot. ... read more read more read more

This welcoming hotel has a contemporary design, with comfortable guest rooms decorated in restful tones.  Close by you'll find shops, cafes and restaurants, while Santiago's historic centre and famous cathedral are within a few minutes on foot. 

Hotel address
Hotel Gelmírez
C/ Hórreo, 92


Santiago de Compostela
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San Carlos Delicatessen Hotel 3

This charming hotel features modern rooms that have been decorated to reflect the culture of Galicia. Close by you'll find shops, cafes and restaurants, while Santiago's historic centre and famous cathedral are within a few minutes on foot.... read more read more read more

This charming hotel features modern rooms that have been decorated to reflect the culture of Galicia. Close by you'll find shops, cafes and restaurants, while Santiago's historic centre and famous cathedral are within a few minutes on foot.

Hotel address
San Carlos Delicatessen Hotel
C/ Horreo 106
15702 Santiago de Compostela
A Coruna
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* Some hotel facilities may be seasonally operated or under maintenance and therefore unavailable at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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