The last hundred kilometres of the Camino de Santiago are meant to be the “classic” section of the popular pilgrims route, which leads through half of Europe. Along this part you cross Galicia, the green and westernmost province of Spain. A diversified landscape, pleasant temperatures and friendly people accompany you, while the Galician cuisine pampers you with regional delicacies from the countryside and sea. Enjoy it with a glass of local Ribero white wine.
Take your time, to visit the biggest cultural places of interest. The goal of all pilgrims, Santiago de Compostela, together with its outstanding cathedral is also the last station and highlight of your journey. While eating a “Tarta de Santiago” (cake with almonds) you’ll look back on your walking week along the Camino.
Day to Day Itinerary
The first part of your walking tour leads you through Santiago de Barbadelo, where we recommend visiting the romantic church. The church from the 12th century has wonderful porches, which are decorated for instance with flowers and scallops. Via Brea with its 100-milestone the path leads to Ferreiros. After the visit of church Santa Maria de Ferreiros you continue to famous pilgrimage village Portomarin. Walking time: approx. 4,5 hrs.
After your start in Portomarin you walk up to Monte S. Antonio and afterwards down to Toxibo and Gonzar, to church Santa Maria. Through green landscapes and past many romantic churches the route leads you into the small town of Palas de Rei. It is not definitely proved if Palas de Rei was a royal official residence in former times, the visit of the frescoes in church San Tirso is worth it anyway. Walking time: approx. 5,5 hrs.
The pilgrimage path leads you through bewitching landscape, and past Leboreiro with its old pilgrims hospice to Mélide, where you can try the Galician delicacy “Pulpo á feira” (calamari). In the next village you reach, in Castañeda the lime for the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela was kilned. Via Ribadiso de Baixo, a village with rich pilgrim history you reach Arzùa, your goal for today. Walking time: approx. 5,5 hrs.
The next to last part of your pilgrim journey to Santiago de Compostela passes many small villages, which are located hidden in eucalyptus forests. Finally you reach Lavacolla, the starting point of the last section to Santiago. Walking time: approx. 5 hrs.
Now the path is leading you via river Rio Lavacolla, where pilgrims wash themselves before meeting the apostle to San Marcos, the last village before you reach Santiago. You can see the cathedral already from afar. Via mountain Monte do Gozo with memorial remembering of the visit of pope Johannes Paul II. you walk down into the city of St. James. Walking time: approx. 2,5 hrs.
Loop tour and visit of the impressing and antique cathedral of Santiago, a popular place of pilgrimage for Christians, with more than 75.000 pilgrims visiting yearly. Before you explore the historic old city, which is part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage, you should participate at the impressing pilgrim Mass.
A hilly path leads you through the green landscape of Galicia with numerous eucalyptus forests and cornfields. The route leads along walking paths and forest roads as well as along quiet side roads. This last 100 km of the Camino de Santiago has daily stages of up to 5.5 hours so you should be in good shape.
Adequate hiking gear is required.
A mix of small country hotels and family run Inns, some a little basic but all clean and comfortable. Accommodation is based on double room occupancy with private en-suite facilities. Throughout the trip there are plenty of opportunities to taste not only the excellent local food but also the many famous wines of the region.
Daily departures possible from April through October.
|Price per person||CAD||$850|
|Single room surcharge||$275|
|Half board meal plan (minimum 3 courses)||$175|
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Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
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Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment