GUIDED CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
Sarria. Portomarin. Palas Do Rei. Melide . Arzua . Amenal . Santiago de Compostela
If you’re looking to take on a pilgrimage – along a route filled with beautiful countryside and rustic villages of Northern Spain – start here, at the Camino de Santiago.
Our trip is comfortably paced over 8 days, guided by an expert who knows 'The Way', and the villages along it, intimately.
On completion of this walk, the final 60 miles of the historic pilgrimage route to Santiago, you'll receive a "compostela" to celebrate your accomplishment.
Refuel with tasty Spanish food and take the time to stop and smell the flowers – Purposeful Travel's Camino is an active vacation but at a manageable, more picturesque pace.
For those with concerns about their ability to walk the complete distance, it is always possible to use public transport to shorten the distance on a particular day, or take a day off.
Your giveback on this journey is Scooby Shelter.
8 days / 7 nights
From $1399 per person sharing
7 nights hotel and country cottage accommodation
with private bathrooms
7 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Daily backpack transportation
Pilgrim 'compostela' credentials upon completion
Detailed information on the Camino
24 hour phone assistance
Independent journeys - daily, April through October
Women-only group - October 8, 2022
Day 1 Sarria
On arrival in Sarria, you will have the opportunity to visit the centre of the town where you will find beautiful churches, chapels, monasteries and pilgrim’s hospitals.
Day 2 Sarria - Portomarin
You will start with a quiet walk through beautiful and quiet villages under the shade of oak trees along rural roads. We will visit the Romanesque Church in the village of Barbadelo.
Distance: 13 miles
Day 3 Portomarin - Palas de Rei
We will start the day crossing the River Miño and ascend towards the Serra de Ligonde. Walk through villages of Gonzar and Ventas de Narón. We'll visit the Romanesque Church of Santa María de Castromaior and the Romanesque Church of Eirexe where you can see the sculpture of a Pilgrim.
Distance: 15 miles
Day 4 Palas de Rei - Melide
Head west and continue the pilgrimage, passing through the lush green valleys of Galicia. Covering about 9 miles in 4 or so hours, the day again passes through many lovely villages and towns along the way, offering ample opportunity for rest stops and time to pick up any needed supplies before arriving in Melide.
Distance: 8.5 miles
Day 5 Melide - Arzua
Leaving Melide, the Camino crosses several streams and follows a forest track to the village of Boente with its church of Santiago. Next is the scenic medieval village of Ribadiso and finally the town of Arzúa. In Arzúa, visit the churches of Santa María and A Magdalena. (B)
Distance: 8.5 miles
Day 6 Arzua - Rua
Walk through pretty woods, sleepy villages and across streams most of the day. The chapel of Santa Irene, with its unique statue of Santiago, is worth a visit. Arrive at the lovely hamlet of Rúa. The rest of the route to Amenal is along a mix of good and calm country roads and forest tracks.
Distance: 11 miles
Day 7 Rua - Santiago de Compostela
Leave early in order to reach Santiago de Compostela in time for the pilgrim's mass. Walk the last part of the pilgrimage and enjoy the scenery before the baroque, painted towers of the cathedral come into view. Later, explore this fascinating city and sip some wine in a café to celebrate the incredible journey. Upon reaching our goal, the pilgrimage is not complete without a visit to the cathedral on the magnificent Plaza do Obradoiro, which houses the supposed tomb of St. James the Apostle.
Tonight celebrate your achievement with a victory dinner at a local restaurant.
Distance: 13 miles
Day 8 Depart Santiago de Compostela
After breakfast, depart at any time.