Pilgrims Walking the Camino

 Camino francés last 100 Ks tour

sarria ⇒ Santiago de Compostela

With over 60% of all Pilgrims walking this Way to Santiago, Camino Francés is, without any doubt, the most well-known, historically significant and iconic of all the Caminos. Paolo Coelho’s bestseller “The Pilgrimage” and Martin Sheen’s Movie “The Way” are set on this Camino, and its unparalleled diversity of landscapes, superb infrastructure and fantastic comradery of Pilgrims from allover the World make walking this Camino a truly unique and amazing experience.

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The French Way, or Camino Francés, is the most popular of the many routes to Santiago de Compostela. Saint Jean Pied de Port – a charming town on the French side of the Pyrenees – is the beginning of this fascinating 800 km. (500 mi.) long journey across Northern Spain.

The French Way leads you across the majestic Pyrenees mountains into the charming hilly countryside of Navarra and on into the fertile wine region of La Rioja. Then, pilgrims enter the vastness of the wide-open Meseta: its endless grasslands and dramatic cloud movements in the sky allow for some epic, panoramic vistas. Having crossed the Meseta, the Camino now winds up the passes of another mountain range – the Montes de León, with the enchanting El Bierzo region lying in its valley. The last ascent summits at O Cebreiro and also demarcates the entry into Galicia – the land of strong Celtic tradition, mystical forests, foggy mornings and an absolutely unique, mysterious feel.

The French Way became the main route for pilgrims in medieval times and, to this day, its historical and cultural riches never seize to fascinate thousands of pilgrims from around the World. Picturesque villages and towns of medieval charm, vibrant, contemporary cites and countless tales and legends of miracles – all of these complement the natural landscape diversity along the Way. Blended with the superb infrastructure and – last but, most definitely, not least – the great comradery among Pilgrims, these make the Camino Francés an absolute highlight.

In the 11th century, the first waves of pilgrims reached their height, and King Sancho III of Navarra established a Way over the Pyrenees to Nájera – the ancient Capital of Navarra. The Royal Cities of Pamplona, Burgos and León became connected by the Camino Francés, and thousands of pilgrims contributed to these regions’ economy and left their lasting cultural imprint.

The medieval pilgrims impacted the regions of Northern Spain very strongly, and many traces of that time can still be found along the French Way. When foreign traders, craftsmen and artists settled along the Camino Frances, many Spaniards would simply refer to them collectively as “Franks”, although certainly not all settlers belonged to that ethnic group. But the term stuck – and that is how the Camino Francés got its name.

It is true, however, that especially the superior Frankish craftsmanship and architectural knowledge shaped many cities along the Camino. The movement of pilgrims also rendered a strong economic stimulus. Bridges and other aspects pf infrastructure were put in place, and numerous hospitals were founded along the way to treat pilgrims that had gotten ill. Cities like Logroño, Burgos and Santo Domingo de la Calzada owe their size and prestige partly to their location along the Camino Francés. Over time, many towns along the way acquired Christian relicts and constructed churches, while also more and more miracles were reported to have been witnessed in various locations.

The French Way has remained the most popular among the routes to Santiago to this day, with over 60% of all pilgrims to Santiago walking this trail. In 1993, the Camino Francés became inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage for its historic and cultural significance.

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Starting in Sarria, this Tour offers the journey of the last 100 Km along the iconic French Way, passing through the picturesque lands of Galicia and culminating at the arrival to the Cathedral of Santiago.

Averaging some 23.6 km. (14.7 mi.) per hiking day across mostly easy to walk terrain, this Tour is very well-paced and it does not require any above-average fitness. If you’ve only got a week of free time and you wish to spend it – alone or with a friend – enjoying scenic outdoors, great food and a magical city at the journey’s end, this Tour, ranking among top 3 most popular ones among our Pilgrims, would be a great choice!

tour details

Tour Type: Self-Guided

Availability: March through October

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  • March 01 – June 15: Regular Season
  • June 16 – August 15: High Season
  • August 16 – October 31: Regular Season

Blackout Dates: May 1 – May 31, 2022

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Duration: 8 Days Total / 5 Days Walking

Total Distance: 117.9 km. (73.3 mi.)

Average distance: 23.6 km. (14.7 mi.) / Day

Prices (per person):

Double Room:
Starting at € 360

Single-Occupancy Room:
Starting at € 540

What’s Included:

7 nights in single / double room

En-suite facilities

English-speaking emergency assistance
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Your full digital Travel Info Package
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We are proud to be working together with hand-picked, high quality and mostly locally owned and operated service providers.

Your journey will be booked through, and your Travel Package will include all the information you will need to access your lodging locations and to process your check-in.

Optional Add-ons:

Luggage transfer on walking days

Breakfasts (subject to availability)

Lodging for additional night(s) stays

Airport transfers
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If you wish to walk your Camino Stages with a light backpack, carrying only the basic necessities, we will be happy to arrange for your luggage to be forwarded from one hotel to the next on your walking days.

Breakfasts are not available everywhere, and they are often served late, starting around 8 am. However, if you wish to include brekfasts, we will be happy to do so, where possible.

Spending an extra night in a given town throughout your journey is often a good idea: you give your body a rest, relax and enjoy exploring the town. In Santiago, two nights are included in most of our Tours by default as we believe it’s the least a Pilgrim would need to enjoy the City; however, you have the option to opt out of it.

We will be happy to arrange for an airport shuttle transfer for you from your airport of arrival to the starting point of your journey. The same goes for the departure, unless you end your journey in Santiago and fly out of Santiago Airport. In that case, a taxi can be easily arranged for the time of your choice directly at the Reception Desk at your Hotel.

What’s NOT Included:

Flighs

Travel Insurance

Tour guide

Meals
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We do not book flights, nor organize any rail or commercial busline travel. However, if you need assistance in deciding how to get to and back from your Camino Tour, we will be happy to give you assist you with tips and ideas!

We strongly recommend to all our travelers to get a Travel Insurance; however, we do not sell any such policies. For our international clients, it is best to get a policy in their country of residence, as some countries offer insurances only to their own residents.

This is a date-flexible tour; therefore, it is self-guided – no Tour Guide will be accompnying you. If you are interested in joining a Group Tour with a Tour Guide, please check our Guided Tours page. (Note: our Guided Tours take place on set dates that are planned ahead.)

tour itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Sarria

Your travels bring you, at last, to the town of Sarria – the starting point of your Camino. Many pilgrims start their Camino here, for the distance from Sarria to Santiago is just over 100 km. This entitles the Pilgrims who walk this Trail to receive their Compostela (Certificate of Pilgrimage Completion) at the Pilgrims’ Office in Santiago. Starting tomorrow, be sure to get at least two stamps per day in you Pilgrim’s Credencial, as the Pilgrims’ Office staff will check them as proof of your Certificate entitlement. But, for now, check in in your hotel, enjoy your evening in Sarria’s quaint Old Town, and get ready for tomorrow – for Your Camino!

Day 2: Sarria – Portomarín • 25 km. (15.5 mi.)

As you leave Sarria, take your time to enjoy the gorgeous medieval bridge at the very end of town. The Camino will then lead you up a forested hill and, once you reach its top, spaces will become wide-open and you will enjoy some lovely Galician countryside panoramas. The mornings here – as in many places in Galicia – tend to get quite foggy, which adds a special note of mystery and magic to be enjoyed by those who hike out early. Today’s terrain will please your eyes with lovely forested pockets, fields to meander across, charming little brooks to cross, and inviting places in cute villages to stop in. However, most of the time, the influx of pilgrims starting from Sarria is usually noticeable, and from here at the latest, the Camino becomes quite lively. Today’s stage ends in the town of Portomarín. In the 1960s, it was decided that this town, originally situated in the river valley, had to make way for a new reservoir and be moved just up the hill. The two medieval churches were dismantled stone by stone and put back together in their new location. As you walk across the bridge into town, the remains of the old village of Portomarín down in the valley can still be seen when the water levels are low, giving the whole panorama a kind of a tolkienesque feel.

Distance: 25 km. (15.5 mi.)
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Day 3: Portomarín – Palas de Rei • 23.9 km. (14.9 mi.)

A hilly forested path outside Portomarín eventually levels with the road until the village of Gonzar. Afterwards, a very gradual but lengthy ascent up the Sierra de Ligonde renders some truly picturesque, far-away vistas on the quaint Galician countryside. For the remaining half of today’s journey, the Camino levels off as it leads you past small, sleepy villages and beautiful green fields on to the town of Palas de Rei, where you can relax and enjoy the many wonderful culinary options to start getting to know the wonderful Galician cuisine.

Distance: 23.9 km. (14.9 mi.)
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Day 4: Palas de Rei – Castañeda • 25 km. (15.5 mi.)

More peaceful and beautiful Galician countryside is awaiting you today. Fields interchange with forests, and the terrain is not only pleasing to the eye, but also pleasant to walk. The magnificent medieval bridge over the River Furelos is the last larger one on the Camino Francés, and have the option to admire it from both sides. Consider having lunch in one of the famous Pulperías in Melide – the busy town toward the end of your day’s journey – here, you will get octopus served on wooden boards the traditional way: simply boiled, cut with scissors, accompanied by cooked potatoes and seasoned only with olive oil, salt and paprika. Pop into the charming little church of Santa María as you walk out of Melide to take a look at its well-preserved Romanesque wall paintings and its stunning altar dating back to the times of the Visigoths. The Camino will now take you into the beautiful Galician eucalyptus forests, passing a couple of more quaint villages until you reach you the end of your today’s in Castañeda.

Distance: 25 km. (15.5 mi.)
Difficulty: Easy

Day 5: Castañeda – O Pedrouzo • 25.5 km. (15.5 mi.)

Leaving Castañeda, you will have a few hills to go up and down, and you can reward yourself with an early rest stop just 3.5 km. (2.2 mi.) as you reach the absolutely delightful little village of Ribadiso: sit at its waterfront by the cute little medieval bridge and soak up the sheer serenity of the scenery. The Camino then leads you across the busy, larger town or Arzua before it plunges backs into the pleasant, peaceful Galician scenery. It is an easy walking day, and you will spend most of the rest of in on forest paths with occasional villages and patches of lush green grasslands in-between. The fragrance of eucalyptus will have become as familiar to your senses as the sight of these pretty trees’ tall and straight trunks. After the serenity of the forest, the atmosphere in the bustling little town of O Pedrouzo may seem a bit too busy, but it’s also worth enjoying it, as all the pilgrims are tingling with restlessness before the last Camino Francés’ stage tomorrow.

Distance: 25.5 km. (15.9 mi.)
Difficulty: Easy

Day 6: O Pedrouzo – Santiago de Compostela • 20.5 km. / 12.7 mi.

The Camino has yet just the perfect amount of beautiful scenery, peacefulness and calmness in store for you as you plunge into a beautiful eucalyptus forest right outside O Pedrouzo. As you pass a couple of villages, eucalyptus gives way to conifers, and you will find yourself walking alongside the Airport of Santiago – the feeling of reaching the journey’s end and the impending departure for home is often sensed quite strongly here. Walk up to the top of the Monte do Gozo – the Mount of Joy – and you will behold Santiago de Compostela for the first time!  Let the Camino guide you, one last time, into the heart of this magical City. Congratulations, dear Pilgrim: You. Have. Arrived. Celebrate, and enjoy!

Distance: 20.5 km. (12.7 mi.)
Difficulty: Easy

Day 7: Free Day in Santiago de Compostela

We strongly feel that, after this amazing journey, it is instrumental to spend (at least!) one full, extra day and another night in Santiago, which is why it is added in our program “by default” (though you can opt out of it). This is both the time and the place to unwind, to reflect upon and enjoy your journey’s end and, most importantly, to take it easy on yourself with your post-Camino re-entry into the big, wide World. Aside from that, the UNESCO-listed city of Santiago is full of incredible places to explore, and you can collect your very well-earned Compostela (Certificate of Completion) as well as attend the Pilgrims’ Mass at the Cathedral.

Day 8: Departure from Santiago de Compostela

Farewell, Santiago; farewell, Camino – and sage travels on your journey back home or to your next adventure! And here is another option well-worth considering: to continue the Camino on to Finisterre (the “End of the World”) and / or to Muxía – two stunning, mystical places on the majestic Atlantic coast.

¡Buen Camino!

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tour combination options

our camino francés: last 100 ks tour combines easily and seamlessly with:

Camino Finisterre

Santiago de Compostela ⇒ Finisterre

Starting at € 280

Distance: 90.5 km. (56.2 mi.)

Duration: 6 Days Total / 4 Days Walking

Difficulty: easy

Camino Finisterre – Muxía

Santiago de Compostela ⇒ Finisterre ⇒ Muxía

Starting at € 370

Distance: 119.3 km. (74.1 mi.)

Duration: 8 Days Total / 6 Days Walking

Difficulty: easy

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