Camino Frances Walking Tour

DAY 1: Arrival in Sarria

From your point of arrival, use the public transport information we provide to make the journey to Sarria.

DAY 2: Sarria to Portomarín

22km • 6 - 8 hrs • (↑) 510m

Leaving the lively town of Sarria behind, you pass through charming countryside along quiet country tracks and paths weaving through fields and woodland. The route passes through many peaceful, rural communities, offering countless opportunities for taking relaxing breaks at cafes, restaurants and “honesty stalls”. As you descend into the valley of the river Miño and cross over the Belezar reservoir you can often enjoy stunning views of Portomarin, a picturesque town that was rebuilt in the 1960s on a nearby hill after the original town was flooded.

DAY 3: Portomarín to Palas de Rei

24km • 6 - 8 hrs • (↑) 600m

Today you are following in the footsteps of Spanish kings and Roman emperors. After enjoying the morning views of the Embalse de Belezar and climbing through the woodland near Portomarin, the route guides you through small villages over the hills of the Sierra Ligonde. Here you pass two former pilgrim’s hospitals that are said to once have sheltered such illustrious guests as Charlemagne, Emperor Charles V and his son Phillip II of Spain. The walk then descends to Portos, where you have the option to take a detour to the ancient seat of the Knights of Santiago at Vilar de Donas. A final gentle ascent brings you to the little hill of Alto Rosario where pilgrims used to pray the rosary and from where you soon arrive in Palas de Rei.

DAY 4: Palas de Rei to Melide

15km • 4 - 5 hrs • (↑) 270m

A short day of easy, level walking along woodland paths and tracks. You pass through tiny settlements with ancient romanesque churches and over medieval bridges. All along the route little cafes invite you to stop for a snack or a coffee. Once you are in Melide, where the Camino Primitivo joins the Camino Frances, the traditional ‘pulperias’ will try to tempt you to sample one of Galicia’s specialities - pulpo (octopus).

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