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Sarria to Santiago: Last 100 km Camino de Santiago Itinerary

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Are you thinking of walking the Camino de Santiago from Sarria? If so, you’re in the right place.

Located approximately 72 miles (115 km) from Santiago de Compostela, Sarria is the most popular starting point for pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago. In fact, over a third of pilgrims start their pilgrimage in Sarria!

Why is Sarria so popular? Firstly, it’s relatively easy to complete, free from any major inclines, rocky pathways, and the like. You can also walk from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela in as little as 5 days if you’re particularly fit or crunched for time. It goes without saying that this is great for those with limited vacation time. Lastly, walking the Camino Frances from Sarria, Spain qualifies you for a Compostela certificate which shows that you officially completed the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James)!

We’ll go more into detail on all these topics and more in this guide to walking the Camino Santiago from Sarria to Santiago! Let’s begin.

Sarria to Santiago Route Overview

Pilgrim walking on the road to Santiago
Pilgrim walking on the road the Santiago by jarcosa

The way from Sarria to Santiago is a relatively easy walk, consisting of rolling hills through forests, farms, and little villages and towns. Of course, there will be the fair share of cobblestone and road walking, as well. But, over 60% of the walk is on footpaths or gravel roads.

Along the way, you’ll find lots of cafés, bars, and restaurants at which you can stop to take a coffee or eat. In fact, there is a stop every few miles/kilometers along this stretch.

A part of the popular Camino Frances route, it’s a great section to walk to capture the essence of what the Camino is all about, meet other pilgrims, and enjoy the beautiful Galician countryside.

All these advantages make Sarria a great place to start your own Camino!
We do advise you to be careful though — after this week on the Camino Frances from Sarria, it’s very likely you’ll get bitten by the Camino bug! In other words, you’ll be well into planning your next Camino before you’ve even set foot in your front door. But don’t worry, our ultimate guide can help you choose your next route!

Sarria at a Glance

Pilgrim entering Iglesia San Salvador in Sarria, Spain
Pilgrim entering the Iglesia San Salvador in Sarria, Spain on the Way of St James by bepslabor

Sarria is a lovely town located in Lugo, Galicia, Spain. It’s well known for its mix of old and new: 13th century structures and modern apartments sit almost side by side, it seems. With a population of around 13,200 (2021), it’s easily navigable by foot. In fact, we recommend you spend a few days exploring, eating at its diverse restaurants, and getting any last minute supplies you need for the Camino. 
For more on this magical town, see our Ultimate Guide to Sarria, Spain.

Things You Should Know About Walking Sarria to Santiago de Compostela

Stone marker in Galacia on the Camino de Santiago
Stone marker in Galicia on the Camino de Santiago by Photitos2016

It goes without saying that Sarria is a neat town. But, before starting on the Camino Frances, there are a few things you should know.

Sarria-Santiago is known to be crowded

As mentioned, Sarria to Santiago is the most walked section of all the Camino de Santiago routes. This is due mainly to the fact that walking the last 100 km is the shortest distance needed to obtain a Compostela (official certificate).

You will find many other pilgrims along the route, which may be a comfort to some! To accommodate all the pilgrims, this section can feel markedly more crowded and commercialized. However, if you have nothing to compare it to, you may not notice.

In order to have some quiet time, you can always choose to stay off-stage (not in line with the guidebooks’ recommendations) as much as you can.

Where to get a Pilgrim’s Passport in Sarria

In order to stay at pilgrim’s hostels and get your Compostela, you’ll first need to pick up a pilgrim’s passport (credencial). You’ll carry the credencial with you on the Camino. Each day, you’ll get stamps from accommodations, restaurants, churches, and other points of interest to document your journey.

You may purchase a paper passport ($2/€2) at most albergues or at the Iglesia Santa Marina, where you can also attend mass and receive a pilgrim’s blessing before you leave.

Please note that in order to get the Compostela certificate for your pilgrimage, you must get two stamps per day from Sarria in your pilgrim’s passport. (We found that many businesses left the stamps out for pilgrims between Sarria and Santiago, so it was very easy to find two or more stamps each day.)

The best time for walking

Sarria is located in Galicia, which is cooler and wetter than what might typically be thought of as Spanish weather! Thus, late spring and early fall are great times to walk the Camino. The summer months, particularly July-August are the most crowded times on the Camino.

Find out more in our full guide on the best time to go on the Camino.

The cost of the Camino Frances from Sarria

The cost of doing the Camino Frances from Sarria varies depending on the type of accommodation you stay at each day. A good estimate for doing the Camino from Sarria is $43 (€40) per person per day. This is the rate if you plan to sleep in hostels and eat at cafes and restaurants. Of course, if you use the luggage transfer system, stay in hotels, and do laundry in the machines (as opposed to handwash), you’ll end up spending more.
See our full breakdown of costs on the Camino.

Accommodation on the Camino from Sarria

Sign pointing to Albergue Espiritu Xacobeo
Sign pointing the way to Albergue Espiritu Xacobeo in O Pedrouzo (Photo from Booking.com)

As Sarria can be quite crowded, more and more pilgrims are choosing to pre-book their accommodations in the high season.

However, this really isn’t necessary if you’re flexible. There are many places to stay along the route, even if it’s not your top choice. Booking 1-2 days in advance is sufficient during the busier periods.
Note, that if you pre-book, you cannot stay in any of the public albergues. If that’s something that you want to do, keep that in mind. Read all about albergues here.

What to pack for the pilgrimage

Backpack with Camino Shell
Backpack with Camino Shell by Mercedes Rancaño

Packing for the Camino is an important part of the pilgrimage, perhaps second only to training physically. Since you will only spend about a week on the trail, it’s not as important to have “all the right gear” as when you’re doing the longer routes.

That being said, here are the things you do want to splurge on…

  • A good pair or trail running shoes or comfortable running shoes — Although trail runners are the preferred shoe for the longer Camino routes, you may be able to get away with a pair of good running shoes on this section. The Hoka Speedgoats or Bondis (my everyday shoe) are a good choice as well as the New Balance 880, 990, or 1080s. However, keep in mind that shoes are an investment, and you can continue to wear them for many more miles! Go with what fits you well.
  • A well-fitting backpack —  If you’re going to carry all your gear, we typically recommend around a 40L backpack. This allows for lots of space as you won’t pack it full. However, if you’re going to have your luggage transported (see below), you can also use a high quality day pack. The Osprey Daylite is a good choice.
  • Travel Insurance — Even though it’s just a week on the trail, you’ll want to protect your trip and yourself! We like World Nomads.

We go into more details on what to pack for the Camino, here!

Luggage transfer on the route

If you do not want to carry all your gear, there are many different luggage transportation options from Sarria to Santiago. Simply tell the company which accommodation you’re staying at, and leave your bags at the designated area in your albergue or hotel each morning. When you arrive to your next albergue, your bag will be waiting for you!

Luggage transfer typically costs about $5.35 (5€) per bag per day.

Where to stay in Sarria

Room at Hostel Alfonso IX in Sarria
Room at the Hostel Alfonso IX in Sarria (Photo from Booking.com)

There are many options for accommodation in Sarria, whether you want to hop right into hostel life, or spend a few nights in a hotel while enjoying all the things Sarria has to do.

Here are our top picks for where to stay in Sarria.

Best Hotel: Hotel Alfonso IX: Arguably the most popular hotel in Sarria, the Hotel Alfonso IX is basic but clean, has bathtubs in which to soak, and is located near a peaceful garden in walking distance to the town center. Check prices & book.

How to get to Sarria

Before you start the Camino de Santiago from Sarria, you’ll need to get there! The easiest way to get to Sarria is to fly to Santiago de Compostela (SCQ) and to take a bus directly to Sarria.

However, there are some other ways to get to Sarria. Here are some of the best options.

Closest Airports to Sarria

Here are some of the airports near Sarria, Spain.

  • Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ)
  • Oviedo (OVD) 
  • A Coruna (LCG)
  • Vigo (VGO)
  • Madrid-Barajas International Airport (MAD)

Upon arrival in these cities, you can catch a train or bus (or a combination) to Sarria.

Getting to Sarria by train

Sarria’s train station is a 10-15 minute walk to the center.

  • Santiago de Compostela: 3.5-5.25 hrs, $19-$26 (€33-43). Train ride includes a long layover in Ourense.
  • Madrid: 4 hrs, 40 minutes, $35-45 (€33-43). Train departs Madrid-Chamartin once daily.
  • A Coruña: 2 hrs, 22 min, $13-17 (€12-16). Train from El Burgo-Santiago leaves twice daily.
  • Vigo: 3.5-5 hrs, $9-13 (€8.50-12). Several departures times leave from Vigo Urzaiz.

Buses to Sarria

The bus is often the easiest, cheapest, and most direct option to get to where you’re going.

  • Santiago de Compostela: 2 hrs, 6 min, $6-12 (€5-11). MonBus operates once daily, leaving Satnaigo mid-morning. Book bus to Sarria.
  • Oviedo: 5 hrs, 4 min, $26-36 (€25-34). This is the fastest option; there are other buses that take about an hour longer.
  • Vigo: 3.5-6 hrs, $13-36 (€12-34).

Madrid: 9 hours, 20 mins, $39-66 (€37-62). A long, but scenic bus ride.

Camino Frances from Sarria Stages

The following itinerary gives the suggested stages and recommended albergues (pilgrims’ hostels) for starting the Way in Sarria. You may shorten (or lengthen) each stage by staying “off stage,” meaning outside any of these larger towns.

Stage 1: Sarria – Portomarín

13.6 mi/ 21,9 km

Bridge into Portomarin over the Minho River
Crossing the bridge into Portomarin over the Minho River by bepslabor

The walk from Sarria to Portomarín is an easy first day on the Camino. There’s lots to look at as you pass several vendors selling painted shells and other trinkets. Today is a special day because you will see the official 100 km to Santiago distance marker! Make sure you don’t miss it — it’s about half way through the day, just past Ferreiros. It deserves a photo as it’s truly a moment to remember. You’re just 100 km from Santiago, and your journey is beginning!

After a few hours on winding paths, you’ll arrive at the Miño river. Overlooking it, Portomarín sits elevated on the other side. To get to the town, you must walk across a large bridge and head up some stairs, which are a particular challenge late in the day. But you can do it!

When you finally arrive in Portomarín, you’re in for a treat. The town has many albergues and hotels as well as a pharmacy, grocery store, and several eating establishments.

Pilgrim’s Tip: If you’d like to get a jumpstart on the trip, consider staying just outside of Sarria at Casa Barbadelo. We had a wonderful time there. Food was served all day, and they had a fantastic pool! You could also shorten your first day at Casa Morgade ($15/14€) or the Albergue de peregrinos de Ferreiros ($8.50/8€), which are about halfway to Portomarín.

Recommended Accommodation in Portomarín: Albergue PortoSantiago ($16/€14) | Ultreia ($37/€35) | Huellas Albergue-Turístico ($17/€16) | Albergue Ferramenteiro ($13/€12) | Albergue de peregrinos de Portomarín ($8.50/8€)

Stage 2: Portomarín – Palas de Rei 

15.1 mi/24,3 km

Sheep grazing along the Camino in Ventas
Sheep grazing along the Camino in Ventas de Naron by lkonya

From Portomarín, you’ll spend most of the day road walking mixed with jaunts in rural zones. It’s a bit of a climb early in the day after you leave Portomarín. Thankful, that doesn’t last too long, and the rest of the day is a bit of rolling hills.

On this stretch, you’ll pass several hamlets with gorgeous old churches and other interesting things to look at including more farm animals. There are plenty of places to stop for food and water, too.

Be sure to watch for cars any time you are near or need to cross the road.

Although Palas de Rei used to be an important city (rei means king, if that gives you any indication), today it’s relatively a small town. Still, this part of the route was tied to the Knights of the Order of St. James. You’ll find a 12th Century church here, Vilar de Donas, that was part of the monastery of the Order of St. James.

Recommended albergues in Palas de Rei: Albergue A Casiña di Marcello ($16/€15) | Albergue de peregrinos Os Chacotes ($8.50/€8) | Pensión San Marcos ($75/€71) | O Cabalo Verde ($27/€26) | Pensión KM66 ($53/€50)

Stage 3: Palas de Rei – Arzúa

17.96 mi/28,9 km

Roman bridge near Arzua, Spain
Roman bridge near Arzúa, Spain by MichaelPizzoliPhotgraphy

Stage 3 is a rather scenic walk into Melide. Here, the countryside is full of hórreos (elevated grain storage), bridges, and gorgeous stone buildings. You’ll pass through Melide, where you should stop to eat pulpo a la gallega, Galician’s famed steamed octopus.

After lunch in Melide, continue on the rolling hills to Arzúa. You may notice even more pilgrims on the road today as both the Northern Way and the Primitive Way merge with the French was in Melide.

You will come in contact with the N-547 highway multiple times on this stretch, crossing under it several times. Just before town, it’s another hill climb, making this the hardest day on the Camino from Sarria.

Arzúa itself doesn’t have much to see, but it is famous for its cheese. It holds a cheese festival in March.

It’s advisable to spend the rest of the day resting, doing laundry, or other chores. Don’t forget to get your passport stamped at the Church of Santiago de Arzúa.

Recommended Accommodation: Albergue Ultreia ($13/€12) | Albergue Vía Lactea ($16/€15) | Cruce De Caminos Arzúa ($16/€15)  | Albergue San Francisco ($16/€15) | Albergue Los Tres Abetos ($17/€16)

Stage 4: Arzúa – O Pedrouzo

11.87 mi/19,1 km

Bell tower of Santa Eulia Church
Bell tower of Santa Eulalia Chruch in O Pedrouzo, Spain by Bepsimage

On this rather comfortable stage, you pass through various forests, small towns, and meadows. Certainly, you’ll see your fair share of cows. Watch your step!

As you come into O Pedrouzo, you’ll be on a main roadway. Be sure to look both ways as you cross the street and stick close to the shoulders any time you’re near the roadway.

Shops, albergues, and restaurants line the way today, so be sure to stop and enjoy. There’s also a pharmacy in Salceda if you need one. If you’re traveling in spring or summer, there will be lots of blooming flowers to admire, too. We loved seeing all the varieties of hydrangea in early July!

The excitement of reaching Santiago is palpable now. Savor your last moments with new friends and a glass of wine before settling into bed for the big day tomorrow!

Recommended Accommodation in O Pedrouzo: Albergue Edreira ($13/€12) | Albergue O Burgo ($15/€14) | Albergue Mirador de Pedrouzo ($19/€18) | Pensión Arca ($74/€70) | Albergue Espiritu Xacobeo ($14/€13)

Stage 5: O Pedrouzo – Santiago de Compostela

5.65 mi/19.4 km

Pilgrim statues at Monte de Gozo
Pilgrim statues at the Monte de Gozo, just before reaching Santiago by Marteen Hoek

It’s your last day on the Camino de Santiago! Get up early, and head into Santiago de Compostela. You will get your first glimpse of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela from Monte de Gozo park, just 3.1 mi (5 km) away.

When you reach Monte de Gozo, take some time to explore the park and its sculptures. Then, descend into Santiago. Upon crossing the highway, you’ll come into the city, where a colorful sign adorned with ribbons welcomes you. But, your journey isn’t over yet. 

Continue about another hour along the sidewalk towards the historical center, following the yellow arrows. Surely, they are a bit harder to spot now that you’re in the city. Once you’ve come to the old city alleys that are lined with tourist shops, you’re almost there: standing in the Plaza del Obradoiro in front of the Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela!

When you’re done celebrating in the Plaza del Obradoiro, go to pick up your compostela. The Pilgrim’s Reception Office is down the street to the right if you’re facing away from the church. 

As an alternative, consider staying in Lavacolla (10.3 km from the church) or at the Albergue de Monte de Gozo instead of continuing into the city. We recommend doing this so that you can arrive at the Cathedral in the morning and attend mass at noon. It makes for a much shorter last day on the Camino de Santiago, which many pilgrims prefer.
Recommended Accommodation in Santiago: Parador de Santiago – Hostal Reis Catolicos ($137-254/€129-240) | Casa Douro ($62/59€) | Albergue The Last Stamp ($24/€23)  | Blanco Albergue ($16/€15)  | Albergue SIXTOS no Caminho ($19/€18)  | Hotel Atalaia B&B ($95/€18)

Sarria to Santiago Stages FAQ

How far is Sarria to Santiago de Compostela?

Sarria is located about 72 miles (115 km) from Santiago de Compostela.

How hard is the walk from Sarria to Santiago?

The walk from Sarria to Santiago on the Camino Frances is considered easy to moderate in some spots. It’s absent of any major inclines or descents, rocky paths, or similar. You’ll spend about 60% of the walk on paths and gravel roads, alternating between roads, towns, and the countryside.

How long does it take to walk from Sarria to Santiago?

It takes about 5-6 days to walk the Camino Frances from Sarria. You can easily split this into a “Camino lite” and walk it in 10-14 days, if you prefer.

How do you get from Santiago de Compostela to Sarria to start the Camino?

The best way to get to Sarria from Santiago de Compostela is by bus. Do note that the bus leaves once daily. Trains from Santiago are also available.

How do I hire someone to transport bags from Sarria to Santiago?Each accommodation will have information of which transportation companies are available, typically via brochures at the reception desk. If you’d like to arrange your transportation ahead of time, Jacotrans, Camino Facil, and Pilbeo (which has an app) are all reputable services.

Last words on Sarria to Santiago

Walking from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela has its pros and cons. That being said, it’s a great itinerary for those who’d like to walk for a week or less and get a Compostela certificate. We hope you found this Camino de Santiago from Sarria guide useful.

PS: If time allows, we highly recommend you spend some time in Santiago de Compostela. Gets started with our article, Things to do in Santiago after finishing the Camino.

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