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Walking the Camino de Santiago from Sarria - Last 100km (Self-Guided)

Journey along the last 100 km of the Camino de Santiago, earning the prestigious ‘Compostela’ certificate. Explores historic trails, ranging from 18 to 29 km per day, leading from Sarria to the captivating Santiago de Compostela, offering a rich blend of history, scenic landscapes, and culinary delights.

  • Spain

  • 6 nights
  • Breakfasts & Three Dinners
  • Pilgrimage Routes

  • June - October


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Walking grade

Grade 6

The Camino de Santiago crosses northern Spain to Santiago in the north west province of Galicia.  Being a Grade 6 moderate holiday there are full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. Our longest day is on Day 4 at 30km (18 miles) taking us from Palas de Rei to Aruza but by then our legs should be nicely warmed up. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steeper and rougher ground. Some days will be less demanding but equally rewarding. Don't be put off by the ascents and descents as these are spread across the whole day. Starting at Sarria allows us to cover the 100km we need to be considered proper pilgrims.


Self-Guided Collection

Expertly planned, flexible walking itineraries, led by you, with accommodation, route plans, and luggage transfers all taken care of by us.


Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the remarkable El Camino Francés, an outstanding historic long-distance footpath.
  • Engage in life-changing experiences alongside pilgrims from around the world.
  • Discover a harmonious blend of cultural treasures, serene countryside, and delectable local food and wine.

Set off on a transformative journey along the renowned Camino de Santiago by immersing yourself in the captivating last 100 km / 62 mi—the essential stretch for earning the prestigious ‘Compostela’ pilgrimage certificate. Our meticulously curated self-guided itinerary traces the sacred St James' Way, leading you through five invigorating walks ranging from 18 km / 11 mi to 29 km / 18 mi per day. Commencing in the charming town of Sarria and culminating in the awe-inspiring Santiago de Compostela, this historical trail promises an unforgettable odyssey.

Indulge your senses as you breathe in the crisp, invigorating air and traverse the undulating green hills of Galicia. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of history as you wander through enchanting, pint-sized villages and pause to admire splendid historical monuments. Seek solace in the serene atmosphere of silent chapels, where the echoes of centuries past resonate.

At the conclusion of each day's adventure, replenish your energy with delectable local dishes that encapsulate the gastronomic essence of the region. Let yourself be swept away by the anticipation and camaraderie that accompanies a journey steeped in centuries-old tradition and shared by millions. Join the ranks of pilgrims who have found inspiration, renewal, and a profound connection with the Camino de Santiago. Your pilgrimage awaits, promising not just a physical trek but a soul-stirring experience through the heart of Spain's cultural and spiritual heritage.

  • Six nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis,
  • Luggage transport (1 piece per person, max. 18 kg)
  • Three Dinners.
  • Routes in digital format (.gpx) for GPS or mobile devices.
  • Access to route information on an app.
  • 24-hour telephone assistance.
  • Lunches and dinners not mentioned in the programme.
  • Flights.
  • Tourist Tax.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Transfers by public transportation.
  • Transport to first and from last accommodation.
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program.
  • Printed detailed route information (available at an additional charge of £30, and is available at your first hotel)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Sarria


Commence your Camino journey by arriving in Sarria, the pivotal 'gateway' to Compostela and the starting point for the crucial final 100 km to attain the official pilgrimage certificate. If you haven't secured your Pilgrims Passport beforehand, you can obtain one on-site.

For an enriching start, arrive early and explore the nearby Samos, a 6th-century monastery with a longstanding tradition of welcoming pilgrims since the inception of the Camino.

Day 2

From Sarria to Portomarín




Luggage transport Sarria to Portomarin included.

  • Time

    7 hours

  • Distance

    13.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


The initial leg of your Camino journey is more manageable than it seems, allowing you to quickly find your stride along tranquil country roads and secluded paths. Shaded stretches with tree-lined canopies offer relief on sunny days, and charming hamlets are seamlessly connected, making it feel as though you've just departed one as you enter the next. Numerous spots to pause for snacks and engage in camaraderie with fellow pilgrims await along the way.

Day 3

From Portomarín to Palas de Rei


Breakfast & Dinner


Luggage transport Portomarin to Palas de Rei included.

  • Time

    8 hours

  • Distance

    15.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Stroll down the inclining main street from Portomarín, then transition to a leisurely ascent along a gentle track alongside the main road. Pause at Monte San Antonio, the highest point for the day, after crossing the N-540 at Hospital de la Cruz. The remaining journey unfolds with effortless walking through softly undulating countryside, including a pleasant 10-kilometer stretch on pavement. The last 3 km shift back to a dirt track as you approach the bustling pilgrims' hub of Palas de Rei.

Day 4

From Palas del Rei to Arzúa


Breakfast & Dinner


Luggage transport Palas de Rei to Arzúa included.

  • Time

    8 hours

  • Distance

    18 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Embark from Palas de Rei on an extended yet technically undemanding path, characterized by a lack of steep and prolonged ascents or descents. Engage in the customary pilgrim countdown with emerging stone markers indicating the distance to Santiago Cathedral. Traverse refreshing shaded areas as you leisurely make your way to Melide, a historic junction where the Original Way or ‘Camino Primitivo’ intersects with the popular French Route or ‘Camino Francés’. Beyond this juncture, relish the fragrant ambiance of eucalyptus trees and oak groves, advancing toward Arzúa and a well-deserved coffee... or a glass of local wine!

To shorten this lengthier stage, consider arranging a morning transfer to O Coto, saving 8 km along a busy road.

Day 5

From Arzúa to A Rúa


Breakfast & Dinner


Luggage transport Arzúa to A Rua included.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Initially appearing unremarkable with its seemingly monotonous stretch alongside the main road, this stage surprisingly evolves into one of the most thrilling days of the week. As the collective energy intensifies, you become part of a lively community of fellow pilgrims, all eagerly anticipating the journey's culmination. Despite its brevity, the day allows ample time to unwind at your hotel and harmonize with the tranquil surroundings.

Day 6

Arrival in Santiago de Compostela




Luggage transport A Rua to Santiago de Compostela included.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    13 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


 Burst back into modern life as you race past the regional airport and traversing the highway, railway, and ring-road, drawn by an immense, compelling force: Plaza Obradoiro. The urban commotion won't discourage you, and it remains effortless to envision the elation of ancient pilgrims upon catching sight of the distant spires. Traditionally, pilgrims pause at Monte do Gozo to set their sights before making a final visit to the spring in Lavacolla, cleansing their face and feet before reaching their revered saint.

Day 7

Final day



Your Self-Guided pilgrimage comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Extra nights can be booked to allow time to explore the city of Santiago.

Travel Details

Arrival in Sarria

The best way to reach Sarria is to fly into Santiago de Compostela airport and get a shuttle bus to the central bus station of Santiago (with Tussa buses)

From Santiago de Compostela bus station there are several buses per day to Sarria with a company called:  Monbus (Check www.monbus.es).

 You can book optional transfers from Santiago (SCQ) or A Coruña (LCG) airports to your first accommodation in Sarria or from last accommodation in Santiago to the airport.


Departure from Santiago de Compostela

There is a shuttle bus to Santiago de Compostela Airport from the centre of Santiago with different stops in the city (Check Tussa buses)


Accommodation information

Below is an example of the type of accommodation you will be allocated on this holiday. Your final accommodation list will be confirmed on your travel documents, these will usually be with you around two weeks prior to departure.

Hotel Restaurante Roma or similar

Hotel Roma offers accommodation with a terrace, private parking, a restaurant and a bar. Rooms are equipped with ensuite facilities, tolietries, hairdryer, desk, TV, heating and A/C  

Pousada de Portomarin or similar

Pousada de Portomarín offers lodging with amenities such as a fitness centre, complimentary private parking, a garden, and a shared lounge. This 3-star hotel includes a terrace and a bar, providing guests with free WiFi. Rooms are equipped with ensuite facilities, hairdryer, toiletries. minibar, free Wi-Fi, safe, phone and central heating. 

Casa Leopoldo or similar

This small bed and breakfast offers a homely feel as you settle in for the night. Dating back to the 60's this guest house offers rooms equipped with ensuite facilities, TV and free Wi-fi. 

Pazo de Santa María or similar

The hotel is located next to the fantastic Rendal Valley, This historic building has original stone walls and wooden beams. There are relaxing lounges, with a library and an open fireplace. The rooms at Pazo de Santa Maria are equipped with ensuite facilities with a hairdryer. 

Casa Do Acivro or similar

This hotel is situated on the last stage on the Camino. It has a selection of apartments and rooms in the guest house. The hotel has its own swimming pool and restaurant. Rooms are equipped with ensuite facilities, heating, air conditioning, TV and free Wi-Fi. 

Hotel Alda Bonaval or similar

Situated in a historic building, this contemporary and stylish hotel offers a tranquil setting with a view of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela towers and proximity to Bonaval Park. Nestled in a serene locale, it is just a short walk from the historic centre. Rooms are equipped with ensuite facilities, hairdryer, free Wi-Fi and TV. 

Trip Information

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Holiday Grade

The Camino de Santiago crosses northern Spain to Santiago in the north west province of Galicia.  Being a Grade 6 moderate holiday there are full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. Our longest day is on Day 4 at 30km (18 miles) taking us from Palas de Rei to Aruza but by then our legs should be nicely warmed up. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steeper and rougher ground. Some days will be less demanding but equally rewarding. Don't be put off by the ascents and descents as these are spread across the whole day. Starting at Sarria allows us to cover the 100km we need to be considered proper pilgrims.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

If your holiday does not include dinners (see itinerary) we recommend budgeting an additional £25-30 per day.

Currency in Spain

The currency in Spain is the euro. You may wish to take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM. Credit cards may not be accepted in smaller towns and rural areas.


Tips are not included in the holiday price. Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high.  We strongly recommend when receiving good service you make a tip to the local supplier.

Your Travel Details

Arrival in Sarria

The best way to reach Sarria is to fly into Santiago de Compostela airport and get a shuttle bus to the central bus station of Santiago (with Tussa buses)

From Santiago de Compostela bus station there are several buses per day to Sarria with a company called:  Monbus (Check www.monbus.es).

 You can book optional transfers from Santiago (SCQ) or A Coruña (LCG) airports to your first accommodation in Sarria or from last accommodation in Santiago to the airport.


Departure from Santiago de Compostela

There is a shuttle bus to Santiago de Compostela Airport from the centre of Santiago with different stops in the city (Check Tussa buses)

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

Should you have decided to book any overseas flight arrangements through us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.


After booking your holiday, expect to receive a confirmation and holiday information sheet soon after.

Once you've settled your balance, about 2 weeks before your holiday, you'll get instructions on how to log into your ActiveNav App. Grab your Apple or Android smartphone and head to the app store for a quick download. Once installed, the app grants you access to all route information and provides guidance on how to navigate it.

Around 2 weeks prior to your departure, you'll also get a destination manual & road book. This comprehensive guide includes detailed information on your walking route and interesting facts about the areas you'll stay in. Alongside, a trip voucher will confirm all the services booked for you, complete with the names and addresses of your hotels and other service providers. Be prepared to present this voucher as confirmation at your accommodations, and don't forget to bring along a valid form of ID.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.


In general all of our self-guided holidays are on a bed and breakfast basis with breakfast provided at your accommodation. Depending on the route you are walking and access to local services such as restaurants, cafes and supermarkets, your itinerary may include packed lunches, dinners or a mix of both. Please refer to the individual itinerary and what is included for accurate information.

Footwear & Kit List


Footwear is a walker’s personal choice; however, we suggest lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good, moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support and may be essential for some walks.

Luggage Transfers

On a self guided holiday, the days you walk from one property to another, your main luggage will be transferred for you as part of your holiday arrangements. This leaves you free to just carry what you need for the day. Please refer to your individual itinerary for which days your luggage will be transferred. Before you leave your accommodation in the morning, please speak with your host for where the luggage should be left and by what time. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Compass
  • Map case
  • Whistle
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Water bottle - at least 2 litre capacity (more may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat
  • Mobile
  • Power Bank for charging mobile if needed.
  • Phone charging lead

This list is not exhaustive, and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Spain

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information


Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Spain

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Spain. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.


Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.


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  • Flight duration

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Average weather

  • January


    Avg. Rain: 59mm

  • February


    Avg. Rain: 51mm

  • March


    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • April


    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • May


    Avg. Rain: 42mm

  • June


    Avg. Rain: 27mm

  • July


    Avg. Rain: 14mm

  • August


    Avg. Rain: 18mm

  • September


    Avg. Rain: 37mm

  • October


    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • November


    Avg. Rain: 69mm

  • December


    Avg. Rain: 69mm

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