Please tell me anything—anything!—about the section from just after Sarria to Santiago. And then on to Muxia and Finisterre.
I’m trying to plan to stay between main towns but really need help to know what not to miss, and whether there are any casa rurales/albergues with private rooms that are particularly special.
This section of the Camino has some great scenery and is nice to walk through. Expect to encounter a lot of people, I made strategies to avoid the crowds after Portomarin. I can understand why you want to walk the traditional Frances route, and I think that starting at Sarria might make that transition easier, as you haven't walked the quiet days leading up to it.
Across several Caminos we stayed in some nice places in that section.
Ferreiros - cant recall the name, a private albergue with themed private rooms. On the hill to the right, Ferreiros is a very small place. No kitchen facilities but their cafe was at the bottom just off the camino.
Lestedo - Hosteria Calistino (private rooms). A very new place, nice decor inside, and nice outdoor space.
Arzua - Bocanuite (apartment) Rua Rego da Rana, just down from the main road. Beautiful views and a private balcony. Nice facilities and centrally located.
Pedrouza - PR Una Estrella Pension - we had the penthouse at the top, (4 beds I think) but there are private rooms on the other floors. Nice views out over the countryside and a well stocked kitchen pantry included in the price. Air conditioned. A nice indoor/outdoor restaurant situated below.
Santiago - Blanco Apartmentos Turisticos (we've stayed there 3 or 4 times). Original stone building exterior with modern decor, and close to the cathedral and Post Office. Air conditioned.
Ive never stayed anywhere decent in Fisterra, so cant help you there, one place I got bitten by bedbugs, the other one had electrical issues, and the power kept going out to the building. Maybe third time I might get lucky. I liked Fisterra, it is a bit touristy but also very pretty, with a lively vibe, a great harbour and lovely beaches. We explored around for a couple of days.
I love Muxia, we didnt stay anywhere particularly memorable, but I love the vibe of the place. Its a quieter and smaller village than Fisterra. We saw a sea otter there and felt quite honoured as we dont have otters in NZ.
Apartments work well for when I walk with my husband, as they usually have a functioning kitchen. My husband is coeliac, so we try to cook for ourselves where we can. When Im on my own I tend more to albergues.