Sarria to Santiago group walk: June 9-16, 2022

See an ancient castro fortress, tour a church moved stone-by-stone up from a flooded town, and see the tomb of the Apostle Saint James — all in the Holy Year of 2022. At 114km from Santiago de Compostela, all pilgrims who walk from Sarria to Santiago’s cathedral can receive an official Compostela completion certificate. Our group tour covers the distance in six relaxed days of walking through gently undulating green hills and vales on wide paths with comfortable footing. With an abundance of services this is a perfect walk for a first-time pilgrim, who is rewarded with great food, lots of companionship, and the joyful experience of arriving in Santiago.

June 9, 2022 – Gather in Sarria, Spain: Over dinner in your hotel meet your guide, experienced pilgrim and musician Luke Brown, and meet your fellow pilgrim walkers who’ll join you for your upcoming days on the Camino.

June 10, 2022 – Sarria to Portomarín (23.0km/14.3miles): A mellow day spent walking among pastures, alongside centuries-old stone fences, and inside medieval churches. The walk ends in Portomarín, once a riverside village, now a modern town moved uphill to escape the encroaching hydroelectric dam reservoir on the Rio Miño. Tour the amazing church/fortress of San Xoán before your evening meal.

Luke Brown hosts this tour, and brings his guitar and musical talent as well as his pilgrim experience.

June 11, 2022 – Portomarín to Palas de Rei (25.3km/15.7miles): Shaded by eucalyptus trees, the wide path carries walkers past the amazing 2500 castro/fortress at Castromaior. End the day in Palas de Rei (Palace of the King), a village said to have been founded by the Visigoth King Witiza in the 8th c.

June 12, 2022, Palas de Rei to Melide (15.1km/9.4km) Melide, famous for is delicious pulpo (octopus), makes a perfect place to relax after a short and easy stage. After enjoying your midday meal, head to the 14th c San Pedro de Melide church in Melide’s old town and plan to relax in the afternoon before a delicious group dinner.

June 13, 2022 – Palas de Rei to Arzúa (14.5km/18.4miles): Sleep in before this short and easy stage, then refresh your feet along the way with a foot bath in the river at Ribadiso da Baixo. Continue on to your day’s end at Arzúa and enjoy the afternoon at a street cafe or exploring the back streets of this ancient and modern crossroads town.

June 14, 2022 – Arzúa to O Pedrouzo (19.7km/12.2miles): Anticipation begins to build as you near Santiago. The day is filled with walks among eucalyptus forests, through small clusters of dairy farm with their buildings gathered together into tiny villages, and on wide paths alongside the ancient roadway, now highway N-547.

June 15, 2022 – O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela (20.0km/12.4miles): Your final walking day, with two low hills separating your from your journey’s goal. Circumnavigate the Santiago airport on wooded pathways, stop at Lavacolla, the village historically linked with pilgrims making their final preparation for Santiago, and then walk through new Santiago into the old town with its cluster of historic buildings and churches. An early departure allows for attendance at the noon Mass in the Cathedral. Afterward, take your time to receive your compostela at the pilgrim office and to rest before the evening meal and celebration.

June 16, 2022 – Depart Santiago or Optional Tour of the City: Either depart Santiago or take the optional €25 morning city/cathedral tour with a local guide. Consider joining our June 17-22, 2022 walk to Finisterre and Muxia on the sparkling Atlantic Coast.

Published by SandyBrown

Pilgrim trek writer and guide.

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