It ranks as one of the most rewarding walks in the world (James Michener rates it as one of the top 3 journeys). It’s a pilgrimage to many, but whatever your reason, you are likely to be transformed by the experience of walking this historic footpath. Starting from Villafranca allows you to walk through much of Galcia. Walking without heavy pack (we arrange transfer of your luggage), and with pre-arranged hotels (no need to compete for refugio beds), this itinerary will allow you to enjoy the walk without the stress of logistics. Having completed the camino many times, we know the secrets of making this trip special.
Villafranca del Bierzo
Villafranca del Bierzo, Spain
O Cebreiro, Spain
Palas de Rei
Palas de Rei, Spain
O Pino, Spain
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP
9 nights lodging
All breakfasts and 2 dinners
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits
Custom trips available and can start any date. Call or email for details.
ARRIVE / DEPART
Trip*: US $1850
Single Supplement: US $750
*This Randonnee Tour is a mix of Casual, Classic & Luxe accommodations.
You can reach Villafranca through Madrid.
Arrive to Villafranca del Bierzo. Most people arrive via Madrid; there are train and coach options. Our Area Manager will connect with you to give you an orientation and be your contact during the trip. Villafranca, located at the mouth of the Valcarce valley, was originally a community of Cluniac monks.
Villafranca del Bierzo to O’Cebreiro
From Villafranca, you will climb through unspoiled countryside of heather and broom, pines, chestnuts and oaks enjoying a magnificent view over the Valcarce valley up to El Cebreiro, famous for its pallozas, straw-roofed dwellings.
Walk 27.8 km
O’Cebreiro to Triacastella
Departing O’Cebreiro enjoy a long descent passing through Linares, Alto de San Roque, and Hospital da Condesa, perhaps one of the oldest hospitals along the camino ; there were 4 hospitals between O’Cebreior and Fonfria. After passing through the small hamlets of Filloval, As Pasantes and Ramil, you reach Triacastella (a name which means ‘three castles’). There were several hospitals here, including one that included a prison for riotous pilgrims, where you can still read graffiti left by them.
Walk 28.5 km
Triacastella to Sarria
There are two alternate routes between Triacastella and Sarria. The recommended one is longer but passes the beautiful monastery of Samos, one of the most ancient in Spain. During the Golden Age of Spanish art and literature, Sarria contributed some eminent names including the eminent writer and theologian Fray Luis de Grenada and sculptor Gregorio Fernandez, part of whose work can be admired along the camino.
Walk 17.3 or 21 km
Sarria to Portomarin
Begin your walk passing Barbadelo and other villages, through a varied landscape of oaks, chestnuts and fields enclosed by slate walls or chantos, indicating Celtic history. The terrain becomes more rugged until arriving at Portomarin, which overlooks the river Mino. The importance of Portomarin is demonstrated by the fact that three great military religious orders had headquarters there: The Knights of Santiago; Templars and Order of St. John of Jerusalem.
Walk 21.5 km
Portomarin to Palas de Rei
The landscape continues to change as the countryside becomes softly undulating with small oak trees, pines and gorse. You will see typical Galician horreos, built of wood or stone and raised storage for grain granaries which date back to the 12th century.
Walk 23.9 km
Palas de Rei to Arzua
After passing the villages of San Julian do Camino, Porto de Bois and Coto, you leave the region of Lugo and enter la Coruna via Cornixa and Leboreiro following an ancient medieval road. In Arzua is the convent of La Magdalena, a 14th century Augustinian foundation, and other monuments.
Walk 28.6 km
Arzua to O’Pino
Arzua to O’Pino of the camino pass through many small hamlets hidden amongst eucalyptus trees. You will see and feel a heightened excitement as Santiago nears. Your lodging tonight is a charming village inn with 7 guestrooms and a museum attached.
Walk 16.2 km
O’Pino to Santiago
After 12 days of walking, your anticipation will build as you make your way towards the completion of your pilgrimage in Santiago itself. Arriving to the main plaza, admire the Santiago cathedral and the many architectural gems of this city. Receive your compostela (a certificate of accomplishment for having walked the camino) and then reward yourself with a fine dinner in one of the many great restaurants (we will provide our favourites), or celebrate with the many pilgrims who will be with taking tapas drinking vino tinto in the streets around the main plaza.
Walk 22.2 km
Depart from Santiago. After breakfast at your hotel, you can depart at your leisure. If you have time, we suggest you consider the noon pilgrim mass where you can observe the tradition of the botafumeiro incense to bless pilgrims.
This is our newest discovery; a real charming, distinctive hotel with comfortable rooms, and located in the historical district on an atmospheric street.
This former town hall was renovated to a small hotel in 2002. It features 5 rooms, a cafe, and souvenir shop.
Continuing brightened seventeenth century manor situated in the "Camino de Santiago" 2 km from "Triacastela" and located around "Vilavella". Surrounded by a natural environment where ancient pilgrims carrying the limestone to grind in Arzúa and prepare the mortar for the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
A 3-star modern hotel with contemporary design situated on the river with an excellent restaurant.
*Luxe hotel also.
The Pousada de Portomarín is an excellent choice for a stay in one of the jewel-cities of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Whether you are staying for tourism in the area of Portomarín-Ribeira Sacra, or if it is to take a break from Camino de Santiago, our hotel will provide you with the comfort and rest you are looking for.
Situated 50 m from the church in the town center, this charming hotel holds 6 rooms and a Galician restaurant.
This charming 17th century mansion holds spacious rooms and relaxing lounges with many original features still in tact.
Housed in an old mill, this charming hotel enjoys a stunning rural location.It boasts beautiful and spacious rooms, decorated in the historical style, and modern facilities.
Situated just 150 m from the Cathedral, this 18th century Franciscan convent has been renovated into a luxurious, historic 4-star hotel with heated swimming pool.