FRENCH WAY LAST 100KM

Last 100 kilometre of the French Camino for students

Roban el Códice Calixtino

 The students will walk as a group the last 100 kilometres of the French Way of the Camino de Santiago, confirmed as the Leading European Cultural Itinerary by the Council of Europe in 1987 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

 They will literally retrace the steps of historic characters like Charlemagne, the Catholic Monarchs, King Charles I, Saint Francis of Assisi and tens of thousands of people seeking self-realisation and discovery.

 Their pilgrim credentials will be stamped at all five stages on a document that provides proof of their status as pilgrims as they make their way through the Galician towns and villages along the Way.

 They will discover at first hand Galicia’s history, art, culture, traditions and gastronomy, as well as the principal identifying traits of the rural world in this hospitable land.

 They will feel the sensation of arriving on foot in Plaza del Obradoiro and reach the cherished goal in Santiago de Compostela, one of the greatest pilmigrage sites of the world and Christendom.

 In the pilgrims’ office in Santiago, after showing their duly stamped credentials, they will receive the Compostela, a document that certifying that they have walked at least the last 100 kilometres of the Camino.

 They will enjoy a journey back in time through the streets of Santiago’s Historic Centre, listed as a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site in 1985 and one of the most interesting and richest architectural compositions in Europe.

 They will enter Santiago Cathedral, they will also visit the apostle’s relics and discover the art treasures that the cathedral has collected over the centuries, like the Codex Calixtinus.

 They will attend the Pilgrim Mass, they will witness the hypnotic dance of the Botafumeiro, and they will discover the Pórtico de la Gloria, the culmination of Romanesque art.

 But above all else, they will recover the noble art of being here and now.

Viaje fin de curso en el Camino de Santiago francés para estudiantes

DURATION 7 days / 6 nights
TOTAL DISTANCE 115 Kilómetros
STARTING POINT Sarria
ENDING POINT Santiago de Compostela
TIME OF THE YEAR From March to November
MINIMUN GROUP OF PARTICIPANTS 25
OUR SERVICES
Private coach transfer from/to Santiago Airport
Accommodation nights in a private hostel
Special breakfast
Dinner in country restaurants 
Farewell dinner in San Martín Pinario monastery
Picnic bag (one per stage)
Accompanying guide throughout the trip
Pilgrim Kit (credentials, pilgrim shell and travel documents)
The appearance of an historical character during the Camino.
Luggage transfers between stages
1 tree planted in a stage
Compostela certificate
Pilgrim Mass and flight at the Santiago´s Cathedral
Private guided tour of Santiago´s Old Quarter
Travel and accident insurance
24 hour assistance

Day 1

  • Arrival in the village of Sarria.
  • Check-in at the private hostel.
  • Our expert guide welcomes us to the Camino.
  • Delivery of the Pilgrim Kit (including pilgrim credentials, pilgrim shell and the travel documents).
  • Welcome dinner in a restaurant in Sarria with local products.
  • Accommodation in Sarria.

Sarria was a Roman settlement repopulated in the 8th century by Bishop Odoario of Lugo. King Alphonse IX of León also helped this city with the construction of some remarkable buildings before passing away in 1230. Nowadays the village is an excellent place to start an amazing adventure.

Day 2

  • Breakfast in a restaurant in Sarria located 100 m from the hostel.
  • Briefing of the stage by our guide.
  • Delivery of the picnic bags.
  • Beginning of stage 1: Sarria – Portomarín (22.4 Km).
  • Picnic – Lunch en route.
  • Arrival in Portomarín and check-in in the private hostel.
  • Free time to freshen up and relax.
  • Guided tour of Portomarín’s historic quarter.
  • Dinner in a restaurant in Portomarín.
  • Accommodation in Portomarín.
The village of Portomarín where you are going to sleep, is not the same as the one that the pilgrims discovered in the Middle Ages, as that one lies under the water of a reservoir at the foot of the current village, which one was built in 1960. The impressive walled church, built in the 12th century by the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, was dismantled stone by stone and moved uphill to its actual location. The same happened with the council house balcony and the Romanesque facade of the Church of San Pedro.

PORTOMARIN CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

Day 3

  • Breakfast in a restaurant in Portomarín.
  • Briefing of the stage by our guide.
  • Delivery of the picnic bags.
  • Beginning of stage 2: PortoMarín – Palas de Rei (25 Km).
  • Picnic – Lunch en route.
  • Arrival in Palas de Rei and check-in at the private hostel.
  • Free time to freshen up and relax.
  • Guided tour of Pambre Castle, our finest example of a medieval fortress in Galicia.
  • Dinner in a restaurant in Palas de Rei.
  • Accommodation in Palas de Rei.
The name of Palas de Rei dates back to an ancient legend which says that the Pambre Castle was built by the Visigoth King Witiza. In the Middle Ages, the village was surrounded by numerous small towns that depended on agriculture and livestock farming. This area is also renowned for its many small Romanesque churches.

PALAS DE REI CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

Day 4

  • Breakfast in a restaurant in Palas de Rei.
  • Briefing of the stage by our guide.
  • Delivery of the picnic bags.
  • Beginning of stage 3: Palas de Rei – Arzúa (28.8 Km).
  • Picnic – Lunch en route.
  • Arrival in Arzúa and check-in at the private hostel.
  • Free time to freshen up and relax.
  • Guided tour of the Arzúa-Ulloa Cheeses and Galician Honey Centre, providing an insight into the connection between these two products and Galician rural culture and traditions..
  • Dinner in a restaurant in Arzúa.
  • Accommodation in Arzúa.
This village is famous for its cheese-making. The pilgrim can find different traces of the Way of St James, Santiago Church and the Magdalena Gothic Chapel.

ARZUA CAMNO DE SANTIAGO

Day 5

  • Breakfast in a restaurant in Arzúa.
  • Briefing of the stage by our guide.
  • Delivery of the picnic bags.
  • Beginning of stage 4: Arzúa – O Pedrouzo (19.1 Km).
  • Picnic – Lunch en route.
  • Arrival at O Pedrouzo and check-in in the private shelter.
  • Free time to freshen up and relax.
  • Galician traditional instrument workshop.
  • Dinner in a restaurant in O Pedrouzo.
  • Accommodation in O Pedrouzo.
With an artisan past and current capital of a livestock parish, O Pedrouzo in the recent years has become the last stop for the walkers recharge their batteries before the imminent arrival in Santiago.

O PEDROUZO CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

Day 6

  • Breakfast in a restaurant in O Pedrouzo.
  • Briefing of the stage by our guide.
  • Delivery of the picnic bags.
  • Beginning of stage 5: O Pedrouzo – Santiago de Compostela (20 Km).
  • Picnic – Lunch en route.
  • Arrival in Plaza del Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela.
  • Group photo.
  • Check-in at the private hostel.
  • Free time to freshen up and relax.
  • Guided tour of the Santiago’s Old Town, listed as a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site.
  • Pilgrim Mass and flight of the Botafumeiro.
  • Farewell dinner in the Benedictine monastery of St. Martin Pinario, founded in the 10th century.
  • Accommodation in Santiago.
It is the final destination, dreamt by every pilgrim and also the site of one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in Christendom. Santiago has one of Europe’s best conserved monuments, in a setting that evokes ancient times. A stroll around Santiago de Compostela means countless treasures: palaces, monasteries, temples and squares, but also the local hospitality. They are used to welcoming travellers from all the Caminos.

SANTIAGO ITINERARIO

Day 7

  • Breakfast in private hostel in Santiago.
  • Visit to the Pilgrims’ Visitor Centre, where they will give us the Compostela.
  • Return to point of departure.

SARRIA - PORTOMARÍN

Distance: 22,40km
Approximate duration:5 hours 30 min
Difficulty: low

It is a low profile stage that reveals Galicia’s most rural aspects. Throughout the day, we will discover countless Romanesque villages, country paths, myriad chestnut and oaks, fascinating water flows, medieval bridges and rural walkaways, as well as some of the famous “corredoiras”, that will bring us from village to village and many hórreos (structures made of stone or wood, elevated off the ground by pillars, used for storing crops).

Passing by the village of Vilachá, we will see the ruins of Loio Monastery, founded there in 1170. Also the Order of the Santiago Knights, an order destined to protect pilgrims from possible Muslims attacks, as the Templars knights did.

A magnificent end to the stage in Portomarín, at the foot the reservoir of Belesar, formed by the River Miño. Among pilgrims, the flight of steps leading to Portomarín is the most famous on the Camino.

HighlightsRomanesque Church of Barbadelos, Monastery of Loio, Romanesque Church of Ferreiros and Church of San Nicolás.

Map and profile of the stage

PORTOMARÍN - PALAS DE REI

Distance: 25 km 
Approximate duration: 6 hours
Difficulty: Average

In this stage of the Camino flows in its majority by a comfortable path that winds in parallel with the national road. It is characterized by its sections with gentle rise and falls. Also excellent examples of Celtic forts and Romanesque churches entertain the way.

We will start the walk crossing the reservoir of Belesar, to start a reasonable climbing up by the St. Anthony Mount, arriving then to the Romanesque church of St. Mary of Gonzar.

We will cross the village of Castromaior, where the fort with its name is located. It is one of the most relevant archaeological sites of the Iron Age in the northwest of the Península Ibérica and the village of Ligonde. This location is famous because of the old pilgrims’ hospital, which hosted the emperor Charles I and his son Felipe II, the best known pilgrims of the XVI century.

We will finally enter in the municipality of Palas del Rei, section protected since 1184 and for centuries by the knights of the Order of Santiago.

Highlighted monuments: The church of St. Mary of Gonzar, Cruceiro de Lameiros, the Castromaior church, the monastery of San Salvador de Vilar de Donas and the church of San Tirso.

Map and profile of the stage.

PALAS DE REI - ARZÚA

Distance: 28,80km 
Approximate duration: 6 hours 30 min 
Difficulty: Average

This stage the longest one in Galicia, across rough terrain. It is commonly known as the “leg breaker””, and is therefore a real challenge. The itinerary crosses the border of Lugo, before entering the province of A Coruña, in a landscape featuring meadows and a magical environment, like the River Catasol, Ribadiso da Baixo and Arzúa.

It is also a time to enjoy a quaint landscape with the fields that inspired the famous Galician writer Emilia Pardo Bazán in her novel “Los pazos de Ulloa” (1886).

We will leave Palas de Rei along Campos dos Romeiros, which is a traditional meeting point for pilgrims. After some uphill and downhill sections, we will arrive in A Ponte Campaña and then Casanova, following the path that leads to the province of A Coruña passing through O Coto and finally going down as far as O Leboreiro.

We will cross Furelos over the remains of a Roman road and a medieval bridge, before coming to the town of Melide, one of the greatest jewels on the French Way.

After Melide, we will cross Castañeda, where the pilgrims left the stones they brought from Mount Triacastela. These were used to build Santiago Cathedral.

We will continue through these fantastic enclaves, such as the river, just outside Arzúa.

Highlighted monuments: Santa María de Leboreiro Church, San Xoan Parish, Santa María de Melide Church and Ribadiso da Baixo bridge.

Map and profile of the stage.

ARZÚA - O PEDROUZO

Distance: 19.10km 
Approximate duration: 4 hours 30 min 
Difficulty: low

Pleasant and easy ground with few ups and downs, alternated with forest tracks lined with of oaks, fruit-trees and eucalyptus, that passes through fields of crops and a lot of villages with livestock farms. After all, we are in a Galician location known for its dairy and meat production.

This stage will also allow us to know the Magdalena chapel (XIV century) and the Santiago church. At the same time, we will cross many little typical Galician villages like Pregontoño, A Peroxa, As Quintas and A Calzada.

We will cross a village that had a pilgrims’ hospital and the Santa Irene Hermitage, which will bring us water from its baroque fountain. According to the pilgrim legend, it has healing powers for skin diseases.

We will sleep in O Pedrouzo, place with services to pilgrims. We will also take advantage of the afternoon to rest and prepare ourselves for our entry in Santiago de Compostela on the next day.

Highlighted monuments: The Magdalena chapel, the Santiago church, the Santa Irene hermitage and its baroque fountain.

Map and profile of the stage.

O PEDROUZO - SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Distance: 20 km 
Approximate duration:5 hours
Difficulty: low

It is probably not the most beautiful section of the trip nor the hardest from a technical point of view, but it is the most exciting because it includes the arrival in Santiago and the famous view of the Cathedral from the Mount Gozo.

We can say that it is a gentle path, like the previous stage, except for the rise to the village of San Marcos from Lavacolla, named like this because it was a stop the medieval pilgrims made to wash their clothes and themselves before arriving in Santiago.

From the Monte del Gozo watchtower we obtain the first panoramic of the destination. The last part is mostly urban and well signposted that it follows the historic trace through the Rúa de San Pedro, Porta do Camiño to go down to the Cathedral by the Saint door thanks to the Azabache one.

The Obradoiro facade is the end, but also the beginning. Congratulations pilgrims! Now, your real Camino is probably about to start.

Map and profile of the stage.

students testimonies

¿Porqué Santiago de Compostela?
Alojamiento en albergues privados del Camino para peregrinos y estudiantes
Apóstol Santiago, estatua de piedra
TIMETABLE BOTAFUMEIRO AND MASS IN THE CATHEDRAL OF SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Albergue de peregrinos en Sarria
Sellando credencial del peregrino