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Sarria to Santiago de Compostella

2020 Camino Guides

zarifi

New Member
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camino frances
We would like to walk from Sarria to Santiago de Compostella over 6 days of walking. Looking for an itinerary for this? can anyone recommend one and the best places to stop over in? Would greatly appreciate any feedback thank you
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF last 150 to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2022)
We would like to walk from Sarria to Santiago de Compostella over 6 days of walking. Looking for an itinerary for this? can anyone recommend one and the best places to stop over in? Would greatly appreciate any feedback thank you
That is a lovely section to walk, and you will find that places to stay are many and varied! No need for an itinerary as such, as it will depend on how far you are comfortable to walk each day. Unless you are walking in peak period, you should find plenty of places to stay,
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(2012) Le Puy/CF (2015) Portugues (2017) Norte (2018) CF (2019)
@zarifi, welcome to the forum https://www.gronze.com/camino-frances will help you plan your stages and choose your accommodations.

My favourite Albergues are the ones where I lay my weary head. Your requirements may differ; required standards of accommodation are so personal. There are a multitude of options between Sarria and Santiago.
Truer words have not been spoken. As I have written there are wonderful albergues that check all the boxes ahead of time that because of people and circumstances became just another albergue for me. I remember staying in the Muni in Baamonde on the Norte. It was a nice and clean and simple albergue. It was really there or keep walking. It was really cold and was raining. There is a garden but with the rain and cold it was not really enjoyable. Of course there were was a kitchen but s usual nothing to cook with. After dinner I returned from dinner and met a German man. We were the only two in our room. It was so F87king cold that night. We were both sleeping in all our clothes. It was actually colder in the room than it was in the street. But he and I had so much fun bitching and complaining and being cold that I actually ended up having a decent night's sleep and a memory for a lifetime. So who knows where the great moments will come!
 

Owenmc

Owen, Dublin, Ireland
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2011
Finisterre2011
Portugues 2015. Muxia 2015
Norte 2017
Tunnel Route 2018
(Primativo 2020)
We would like to walk from Sarria to Santiago de Compostella over 6 days of walking. Looking for an itinerary for this? can anyone recommend one and the best places to stop over in? Would greatly appreciate any feedback thank you
Try this, this was our itinerary 3 years ago. We prefer cheaper hotels rather than albergues.
Buen Camino!



Sarria ; Hotel Mar de Plata ; https://www.hotelmardeplata.com/hotel/
Sarria to Portomarin, 20 Km ; Pousada de Portomarin ; https://ie.hotels.com/ho406477248/pousada-de-portomarin-portomarin-spain
Portomarin to Palas do Rei, 27 Kms ; La Cabana https://complejolacabana.com/en/
Palas do Rei to Melide ; 15 Kms ; Hostal XANEIRO ; http://www.hotelsearch.com/hotel/xaneiro-ii-melide.es.html
Melide to Arzua ; 14 Kms ; Hotel Suiza ; http://www.hsuiza.com/
Arzua to Arca ; 19 kms ; Pension Maribel ; http://www.pensionmaribel.com/
Arca to Santiago; 20 Kms ; Hotel Avenida ; http://www.hotelesavenida.com/es/hotel.html
 

janejanie

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
none
Hello everyone, i have just started reading this. I was so proud to make the decision to walk the last 110k. But then saw all the comments about how busy it was , and negativity towrds doing the last part.

I was hoping for a personal journey without booking stays in advance and going with the flow.

I was also hoping for some hours of solitude, this seems like neither of theses plans are realistic?
How busy is this part? do you get any moments alone?
Do i have to book hostels in advance??
Disappointed from Devon!
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
Hello everyone, i have just started reading this. I was so proud to make the decision to walk the last 110k. But then saw all the comments about how busy it was , and negativity towrds doing the last part.

I was hoping for a personal journey without booking stays in advance and going with the flow.

I was also hoping for some hours of solitude, this seems like neither of theses plans are realistic?
How busy is this part? do you get any moments alone?
Do i have to book hostels in advance??
Disappointed from Devon!
If you are looking for hours of solitude, you should either walk mid-winter or walk a different, lonlier route.
 

janejanie

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
none
I feel determined to still go ahead.
Will it be ok to make my way and stop and find accommodation as I go , or would you recommend booking ahead?
Also if i do not go through an organized walking party and do this on my own for charity, how do i get the “Compostelacertificate, ?
 

Bradypus

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
Also if i do not go through an organized walking party and do this on my own for charity, how do i get the “Compostelacertificate, ?
Most people do not walk with an organized group. You need a credencial - a "pilgrim passport". You can get one in Sarria or from the Confraternity of St James in London or online from Ivar's store. You then make sure that you have this stamped at least twice per day. Usually one will be from wherever you sleep. The other can be from a church or a bar or many other places. Not hard to find. You then take it to the Santiago pilgrim office on your arrival and ask there for a Compostela. If it is busy then you take a numbered ticket and return later.
 

steve 217

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino frances planning via del la plata
Hello everyone, i have just started reading this. I was so proud to make the decision to walk the last 110k. But then saw all the comments about how busy it was , and negativity towrds doing the last part.

I was hoping for a personal journey without booking stays in advance and going with the flow.

I was also hoping for some hours of solitude, this seems like neither of theses plans are realistic?
How busy is this part? do you get any moments alone?
Do i have to book hostels in advance??
Disappointed from Devon!
Janejanie

Dont be disappointed or downheartened go and enjoy the Camino is an adventure you will have as much solitude or company as you desire .
You will not be shunned or thought less of because you walked from Sarria you have made a decision to fly to a foreign country and commit to what the way brings enjoy embrace and Buen Camino let the rest your worries, preconceptions and fears sort themselves out Enjoy!
 

Juspassinthrough

in our minds, we're vagabonds, you and I
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Inglés 2019
Leon-Sarria, June (2019)
Camino Aragonés (2023)
Hello everyone, i have just started reading this. I was so proud to make the decision to walk the last 110k. But then saw all the comments about how busy it was , and negativity towrds doing the last part.

I was hoping for a personal journey without booking stays in advance and going with the flow.

I was also hoping for some hours of solitude, this seems like neither of theses plans are realistic?
How busy is this part? do you get any moments alone?
Do i have to book hostels in advance??
Disappointed from Devon!
If you’re looking for a route that’s similar in distance, offers plenty of solitude and has reasonably good infrastructure, I’d consider the Camino Inglés, Ferrol to SdC. Did it in June of 19 and saw very few Pilgrims until Hospital de Bruma.
 

Mark McCarthy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2014 2015
Lourdes 2 SdC 2016
Sarria 2 SdC April&Oct 2016 & (April 2018)
Camino Baztan June 2017
For a six day split I would suggest:

Sarria to Portomarin 21.6 km

Portomarin to Lestedo 19.2 km

Lestedo to Melide 18.8 km

Melide to Arzúa 14.2 km

Arzúa to Pedrouzo 20.4 km

Pedrouzo to Santiago 19.6 km

As a more relaxed and "off-stage" Camino I would suggest the following 7 day Camino:

Sarria to Mercadoiro 16.8 km

Mercadoiro to Hospital da Cruz 16.2 km

Hospital da Cruz to San Xulián do Camiño 16.1 km

San Xulián do Camiño to Boente 16.4 km

Boente to A Calle 16.3 km

A Calle to Amenal 14.9 km

Amenal to Santiago 17.0 km

To avoid the crowds, I would suggest a lazy breakfast and leave each morning at 9 or even 9:30.

Buen Camino!
 

zarifi

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
camino frances
For a six day split I would suggest:

Sarria to Portomarin 21.6 km

Portomarin to Lestedo 19.2 km

Lestedo to Melide 18.8 km

Melide to Arzúa 14.2 km

Arzúa to Pedrouzo 20.4 km

Pedrouzo to Santiago 19.6 km

As a more relaxed and "off-stage" Camino I would suggest the following 7 day Camino:

Sarria to Mercadoiro 16.8 km

Mercadoiro to Hospital da Cruz 16.2 km

Hospital da Cruz to San Xulián do Camiño 16.1 km

San Xulián do Camiño to Boente 16.4 km

Boente to A Calle 16.3 km

A Calle to Amenal 14.9 km

Amenal to Santiago 17.0 km

To avoid the crowds, I would suggest a lazy breakfast and leave each morning at 9 or even 9:30.

Buen Camino!
Thank you so much , this is a great help to me.
 

JoEllen

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2017
We would like to walk from Sarria to Santiago de Compostella over 6 days of walking. Looking for an itinerary for this? can anyone recommend one and the best places to stop over in? Would greatly appreciate any feedback thank you
I hate to be "Debbie Downer" here, but from my two experiences, that walk from Sarria to Santiago was my least favorite....primarily on the last walk (Fall 2019) because the increase in tour groups was phenomenal since my first walk in Spring 2017. I found one guide with 34 "pilgrims", a group from the US who actually had a bus staged along the way like a "hop on, hop off" tour, and very crowded roads and pathways. Now, most of them stayed in the small hotels, but there was a very large group of teens that occupied one of the best albergues in Palas de Rei. It seems that section is so popular because it's just a few days and is relatively easy to walk. If I had a short period of time available, I think I'd choose Pamplona - Logrono, or Burgos to Leon.....a little tougher maybe, but beautiful and peaceful.
 

Lance Chambers

Lance Chambers
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria (2015), SJPdP (2016), Burgos (2017), SJPdP (2018), Burgo (2019), SJPdP (2023?).
I have walked the Frances 5 times and will be returning for a 6th this April. But having said that can I suggest you will NOT have any problems this year finding accom as the Corona scare will cause many to delay their trip.

Sarria has a host of places to stay as does Portamarin, Palas de Rei (I always book a private room at the San Marco albergue so I can rest and relax for a few days. I also love exploring Palas de Rei), Arzua, and O'Pedrozo. Can I also suggest that Monte de Gozo will have beds available at any time? I now stay well outside of the centre at Albergue Acurario de Santiago de Compostela (http/www.acuariosantiago.com or reserva@acurariosantiago.com). They have lots of spaces for relaxing, cooking, eating, reading, etc. and coffee shops up on the main road [take a right when you get up to the main road. It's the little place to the left and just close to the bus stop. PS you get a free 'cake' when you get the coffee. Love it.]

Here's a basic map for you.

Santiago.jpg
 

Bradypus

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
I have walked the Frances 5 times and will be returning for a 6th this April. But having said that can I suggest you will NOT have any problems this year finding accom as the Corona scare will cause many to delay their trip.
I read an article in a Burgos website earlier this week mentioning a number of cancellations from overseas visitors. There was some optimistic prediction that a lot of the vacancies might be filled by Spanish tourists opting to remain closer to home rather than travelling abroad this year. Too early to say quite what the net effect will be.
 

Lance Chambers

Lance Chambers
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria (2015), SJPdP (2016), Burgos (2017), SJPdP (2018), Burgo (2019), SJPdP (2023?).
I read an article in a Burgos website earlier this week mentioning a number of cancellations from overseas visitors. There was some optimistic prediction that a lot of the vacancies might be filled by Spanish tourists opting to remain closer to home rather than travelling abroad this year. Too early to say quite what the net effect will be.
Most Spaniards, I understand, only do the Camino from Sarria as that is the minimum distance required to get the Compostela. This bit of paper gives you entry into heaven if it is buried with you and can be used to get jobs in Spain with greater ease as, apparently, it also gives the company that hires someone with a Compostela heavenly upvotes!

So if you're NOT starting in Sarria the rest of the trip from St Jean Pied de Port should be as wonderful as it normally is.

Please excuse the sarcasm!
 
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Lance Chambers

Lance Chambers
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria (2015), SJPdP (2016), Burgos (2017), SJPdP (2018), Burgo (2019), SJPdP (2023?).
I feel determined to still go ahead.
Will it be ok to make my way and stop and find accommodation as I go , or would you recommend booking ahead?
Also if i do not go through an organized walking party and do this on my own for charity, how do i get the “Compostelacertificate, ?
Given the fear of the Corona virus can I suggest that numbers will be down this year? Shouldn't be that hard to find accommodation.

I will be starting on 7th April from St Jean for my 6th Camino. Enjoy.
 

sillydoll

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2002 CF: 2004 from Paris: 2006 VF: 2007 CF: 2009 Aragones, Ingles, Finisterre: 2011 X 2 on CF: 2013 'Caracoles': 2014 CF and Ingles 'Caracoles":2015 Logrono-Burgos (Hospitalero San Anton): 2016 La Douay to Aosta/San Gimignano to Rome:
I feel determined to still go ahead.
Will it be ok to make my way and stop and find accommodation as I go , or would you recommend booking ahead?
Also if i do not go through an organized walking party and do this on my own for charity, how do i get the “Compostelacertificate, ?
The best way to avoid the crowds IS to book all of your rooms ahead! This allows you to get up later than the rest of the pack and start walking after breakfast. Many pilgrims race to get a bed in the next albergue, usually stop walking around lunch time, after which the paths are fairly deserted and you'll have lots of time for contemplation and reflection!
The Pilgrim Office awards a Compostela to every pilgrim who walks the last 100 km and professes a religious/spiritual reason. They don't give a tosh where you sleep, how your backpack gets there, or how long you've taken to get there. (In 2013 I led a small group of not-so-able pilgrims who stayed only in hotels, sent their luggage ahead and took 17 days to get to Santiago!)
 

Mark McCarthy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2014 2015
Lourdes 2 SdC 2016
Sarria 2 SdC April&Oct 2016 & (April 2018)
Camino Baztan June 2017
Are you planning to stay in private rooms or albergues? Please message me if you want a list of accommodation that I like. Either way for this section I would strongly recommend booking in advance.
 

NorthernLight

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
I think those who start walking in Sarria are not always comparing the numbers like those who started earlier and have a basis of comparison.

You can find ways to gain solitude, just as it is possible to be alone in a crowd. Walk your own pace, decline offers from others to walk together. Start earlier or later than others.
You don’t mention when you plan to walk. May and Sept are busier than July.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese (2009) Norte (2016) Norte/Primitivo (2018)
Hello everyone, i have just started reading this. I was so proud to make the decision to walk the last 110k. But then saw all the comments about how busy it was , and negativity towrds doing the last part.

I was hoping for a personal journey without booking stays in advance and going with the flow.

I was also hoping for some hours of solitude, this seems like neither of theses plans are realistic?
How busy is this part? do you get any moments alone?
Do i have to book hostels in advance??
Disappointed from Devon!
Like everything else it depends on when you are walking. From May to September this part is very busy, almost a procession. However you can be as solitary as you need because no one imposes themselves on any other. The biggest threat are the well meaning fund raisers who have raised funding for various good causes in their home place and are a bit overwhelmed by their achievements some of which are quit remarkable and highly laudable. The walking is mostly easy with some really peaceful forested areas.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2014 & 2017
Camino Francigena, part off 2019
I have walked the Frances 5 times and will be returning for a 6th this April. But having said that can I suggest you will NOT have any problems this year finding accom as the Corona scare will cause many to delay their trip.

Sarria has a host of places to stay as does Portamarin, Palas de Rei (I always book a private room at the San Marco albergue so I can rest and relax for a few days. I also love exploring Palas de Rei), Arzua, and O'Pedrozo. Can I also suggest that Monte de Gozo will have beds available at any time? I now stay well outside of the centre at Albergue Acurario de Santiago de Compostela (http/www.acuariosantiago.com or reserva@acurariosantiago.com). They have lots of spaces for relaxing, cooking, eating, reading, etc. and coffee shops up on the main road [take a right when you get up to the main road. It's the little place to the left and just close to the bus stop. PS you get a free 'cake' when you get the coffee. Love it.]

Here's a basic map for you.

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Hi Lance
Love your attitude! You’ve reminded me of why I keep coming back to the Camino Frances. I too am doing an April start from SJPD. with a night booked at Orisson on the 18th.
Hope to see you along the way!
I am the Scotsman with the guitar
Regards Lindsay
 

Lance Chambers

Lance Chambers
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria (2015), SJPdP (2016), Burgos (2017), SJPdP (2018), Burgo (2019), SJPdP (2023?).
Hi Lance
Love your attitude! You’ve reminded me of why I keep coming back to the Camino Frances. I too am doing an April start from SJPD. with a night booked at Orisson on the 18th.
Hope to see you along the way!
I am the Scotsman with the guitar
Regards Lindsay
I'm a 70 y.o. with a bald pate, a long white beard, long greying hair and I hope to see you on the trail. Am arriving at St Jean on the 7th, April and will leave the next day but I only have 25 days to do the lot so I don't expect we will meet but I will look out for you.

Take care and Buen Camino.
 

SFGfan

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
‘13 Ponferrada-Finnesteri via Santiago
‘15 SJP-Burgos
‘18 Burgos-Ponferrada
Follow other pilgrims will be no problem. It’s very busy from Sarria on forth. Hope your not looking for solitude during this walk, otherwise I’d recommend another section. Nonetheless it’s beautiful from Sarria to Santiago.
 
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia (May 2016)
C. Frances (Sept 2017)
Camino Portugues (June 2019)
Actually, it won't be busy at all
Follow other pilgrims will be no problem. It’s very busy from Sarria on forth. Hope your not looking for solitude during this walk, otherwise I’d recommend another section. Nonetheless it’s beautiful from Sarria to Santiago.
Actually, it won't be busy at all.
 

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