EASY CAMINO DE SANTIAGO ITINERARY
DAY 1 – SARRIA
On the first day of your holiday you will make your way to Sarria. We recommend flying to Santiago de Compostela airport and taking the bus to Lugo, then a local bus to Sarria. Let us know if you’d like us to organise flights for you and/or private transport from Santiago Airport.
DAY 2 – WALKING FROM SARRIA TO MORGADE – 12KMS
Your first day walking the Camino de Santiago from Sarria is quite easy and you will be walking 12kms to the hamlet of Morgade along oak woods and quiet country roads. You will be crossing the medieval bridge of Ponte Aspera and the Romanesque Saint James Church in Barbadelo.
DAY 3 – WALKING FROM MORGADE TO PORTOMARIN – 10KMS
From Morgade the Camino trail continues to the small village of Ferreiros and along country roads mainly downhill until you reach the bridge over the River Mino. Across the river and up the steps you will enter the town of Portomarin, which was moved from the valley in the 1960s when the river dam was built.
DAY 4 – WALKING FROM PORTOMARIN TO VENTAS DE NARON – 13KMS
Today we leave Portomarin behind, cross the River Mino again and walk uphill towards Gonzar and the Castromaior with its lovely Romanesque Santa Maria Church and nearby ‘castro’ village.
Your stop for the night will be the hamlet of Ventas de Naron.
DAY 5 – WALKING FROM VENTAS DE NARON TO PALAS DE REI – 12KMS
Today you have an easy walking day ahead from Ventas de Naron, passing small hamlets such as Eirexe and Lestedo across the Serra de Ligonde. Your stop for the night is the market town of Palas de Rei.
DAY 6 – WALKING FROM PALAS DE REI TO MELIDE – 15KMS
Wonderful forest and country trails await today as you leave Palas de Rei behind. About 3kms from Palas, you will pass the pretty hamlet of San Xiao do Camino with its wayside cross and Romanesque Church.
Spot the iconic Galician granaries known as ‘horreos’ which are used to store grain and a constant feature in rural Galicia.
More Romanesque churches, farmland and country lanes make today’s journey. Your stop for the night is Melide, famous for its ‘octopus’ restaurants so make sure you taste this traditional dish.
DAY 7 – WALKING FROM MELIDE TO ARZUA – 14KMS
From Melide, the Camino continues today to the market town of Arzua, famous for its ‘tetilla’ cheese. You will walk along country lanes and pass the lovely hamlet of Ribadiso with its medieval bridge.
DAY 8 – WALKING FROM ARZUA TO RUA – 18KMS
From Arzua, the Camino de Santiago trail takes pilgrims again through more woodland and quiet little hamlets in rural Galicia.
Don’t forget to stamp your pilgrim passport twice each day, you can do that at churches (stop at the Santa Irene Chapel with the figure of St James), cafes, shops and hotels and guesthouses.
The trail to the pretty hamlet of Rúa, your stop for the night, offers pilgrims a good mix of country roads and forest tracks.
DAY 9 – WALKING FROM RUA TO LAVACOLLA – 11KMS
Today you have an easy walking day ahead, along forest tracks and small hamlets to the tiny village of Lavacolla, in the outskirts of Santiago.
DAY 10 – WALKING FROM LAVACOLLA TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – 10KMS
Today is your last day walking the Camino de Santiago and you can sense the excitement.
From Monte do Gozo you will catch your first glimpse of Santiago Cathedral.
As you walk down the steps into Praza de Obradoiro this is the culmination of your Camino journey: you have arrived at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. This is a wonderful and emotional moment for pilgrims, a day to remember, enjoy it!
DAY 11 – EXPLORE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
After your Camino walk, it is time to discover the wonderful city of Santiago de Compostela. The UNESCO World Heritage Site Old Town can be easily explored on foot, enjoying its vibrant atmosphere.
Don’t forget to request your Compostela certificate at the Pilgrims Office.
After a visit to the Cathedral and its treasures, head to the Abastos Market where you will find all the Galician delicacies on display from seafood and fish to cheeses, meats, vegetables and sweet treats.
The market is the city’s second most visited attraction and there are lovely cafes and bars nearby, where you can enjoy a cafe con churros, a glass of wine or sit down for lunch.
Read our blog post: Things to do and see in Santiago de Compostela
DAY 12 – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA AIRPORT
Today it is time to say goodbye to Santiago de Compostela as your Camino adventure comes to an end… for now. Many pilgrims return to the Camino to experience different routes and walk various stages each year. Maybe you will be one of them!
Our Easy Camino de Santiago self guided tour is flexible and can be tailored and adapted to your requirements, talk to our travel experts for advice.