Slower-Paced French Way (Camino Frances) Pilgrimage

Spain
Pilgrimage
Self-Guided
Panoramic view from Via de la Plata trek

Slower-Paced French Way (Camino Frances) Pilgrimage

Prices

From $1,025USD

Difficulty

Self-Guided

Hotels

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Highlights

Enjoy the Camino Frances pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela at an easier pace

Walk through peaceful forests of pine and eucalyptus, crossing ancient bridges as you soak up the stunning Spanish Landscape.

Savor local delicacies in traditional villages and hamlets, from octopus to sugared doughnuts and world famous Arzúa cheese.

Visit the beautiful church at Portomarín that was moved stone by stone by local residents to protect it from the flooding of the original village.

Collect your well-earned certificate at the pilgrims’ office at Santiago, to cherish alongside your memories of this wonderful walking holiday.

This self-guided walking holiday is perfect for those nature lovers who prefer to take their time to deeply appreciate the beauty of the Spanish countryside.

Covering the final 100 km of the French Way (Camino Francés), you will walk an average of 12 km per day through the stunning Galician landscape. This is a great pilgrimage for first-timers or families.

The Camino Francés is steeped in history, leading pilgrims on their spiritual journey to Santiago de Compostela for nearly a thousand years. You will walk in the footsteps of ancient travelers, savoring delicious local cuisine and appreciating the sights and sounds of Spain as you enjoy this historic walking route at your own pace.

Slower-Paced French Way (Camino Frances) Piligrimage Itinerary

Day 1 Arriving to Sarria

Today you will arrive at your hotel in Sarria. Once you’ve checked in you will enjoy a delicious dinner to prepare you for your pilgrimage that starts tomorrow.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Sarria
Distance
None
Meals
Dinner

Day 2 Walk to Morgade

After breakfast at the hotel, you will follow the ancient pilgrim’s path from Sarria to Morgade. There’s plenty of architecture for you to enjoy, from gorgeous medieval bridges to pretty Romanesque churches. Joining a winding path beneath the trees, you will cross a gurgling stream and pass by the traditional farm buildings that travelers have walked by for hundreds of years. Arriving in Morgade, you can check into your hotel for the night where you will indulge in your well-earned dinner.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Morgade
Distance
11 km
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 3 Walk to Portomarín

Starting the day with breakfast in your hotel, you will set off for the beautiful town on Portomarín. Portomarín is a unique destination on the Camino Frances, technically just 50 years old after the original town was flooded by the reservoir. You can visit the church of San Juan which was lovingly moved stone by stone by the residents, and in autumn months you might catch a glimpse of the old town’s ruins in the depths of the river Miňo! After exploring Portomarín you will have dinner at your hotel.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Portomarín
Distance
9 km
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 4 Trek to Ventas de Narón

Refreshed by a good night’s sleep, you will enjoy breakfast at the hotel and get ready for today’s walk to Ventas de Narón. Breathe in the smell of pine as you meander through the forests and picturesque hamlets along the way. Check out the beautiful Santa María de Castromayor church in Ferreiros, a hamlet which was built by blacksmiths to serve the pilgrim’s horses on the Camino de Santiago. You will have dinner at your Hotel in Ventas de Narón.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Ventas de Narón
Distance
11 km
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 5 Walk to Palas de Rei

After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, you will continue your pilgrimage to the town of Palas de Rei. Stopping at the famous cross by the Ventas de Narón chapel, you can contribute to the famous box of notes where pilgrims post messages about their journey. Relish the scent of the Eucalyptus trees as you follow the gently sloping trail.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Palas de Rei
Distance
11 km
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 6 Walk to Melide

The scenery on the Camino Frances will be particularly beautiful today. You will push on to the small town of Melide, famous for its ‘pulpo a feira’, a traditional octopus dish. Today you will reach the point where many different routes to Santiago converge, giving you the opportunity to meet pilgrims that have travelled far and wide to reach this stage of the trail. Don’t forget to sample the town’s famous glazed doughnuts!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Melide
Distance
14 km
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 7 Walk to Arzúa

After the gentle terrain of the day before, you will prepare yourselves for some steeper climbs. The terrain is more challenging today, but you will be rewarded with breathtaking scenery and the gorgeous medieval town of Ribadiso. You will spend the night in Arzúa, where you can taste its world-famous local cheese.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Arzúa
Distance
14 km
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 8 Arriving at Salceda

Today’s walk is relaxing and easy-going after the slightly more challenging route the day before. Listen to the birds singing in the trees as you enjoy the nature of rural Galician forests. Your hotel is in the small hamlet of A Salceda, where you can enjoy a delicious dinner after a reflective day in the peaceful countryside.

Overnight Location
Hotel in A Salceda
Distance
10 km
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 9 Walk to O Pedrouzo

You will continue to experience the lovely rural atmosphere as you walk though forests and traditional hamlets. Before arriving at O Pedrouzo, you can visit the legendary fountain at the St Irene chapel which is said to have healing powers. After enjoying a meal at your hotel, you could take an evening walk to the Romanesque-Gothic church of St Eulalia to enjoy the age-old tradition of pilgrim’s mass.

Overnight Location
Hotel in O Pedrouzo
Distance
9 km
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 10 Walk to Lavacolla

As the end of your walking holiday approaches, you will arrive in Lavacolla. Now a much more industrial area, Lavacolla was historically known as the pilgrims washing place. Tired travelers would clean themselves in the stream for their arrival at Santiago after hundreds of kilometers on the trail. After a hearty dinner you can have a good night’s sleep to prepare you for the final stage of the French Way.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Lavacolla
Distance
10 km
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 11 Santiago de Compostela

Congratulations! Today you will arrive at the Cathedral of Santiago, where you can partake in traditions like visiting the crypts and Apostle’s relics. Look out for the cathedral’s spires from the heights of Monte de Gozo where you can reflect on your achievements before descending to the ancient place of worship. You can also attend the pilgrims’ mass, get your Certificate from the pilgrims’ office, and explore the old quarter of the city.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Santiago
Distance
10 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 12 Departure day

After a restful sleep at your hotel in Santiago, you will eat one last breakfast as a pilgrim of the French Way. It’ll be a bittersweet farewell to your Spanish walking adventure as you reflect on the experience and look forward to sharing it with your loved ones.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Slower-Paced French Way (Camino Frances) Piligrimage and Dates

This self-guided walking tour to Santiago de Compostela is always run as a private tour for your group only. The price always depends on the number of people sharing a room.

Prices below are per person:

  • Price per person staying in double room: from $1,025USD*

* Pricing for this tour depends on travelling dates. Please click the Book Now button below to get the exact pricing for your trip dates.

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Accommodation on Slower-Paced French Way (Camino Frances) Piligrimage

You will stay at a different hotel every night, as you reach each milestone of the French Way. Your accommodation is extremely popular amongst other pilgrims, offering a warm and friendly atmosphere after a day of walking. The rooms are double occupancy, so single travelers will pay a supplement unless they can be paired with another single traveler in the same situation.

All the hotels you will stay in are 2 and 3 stars, providing modern conveniences to ensure you have a pleasant and comfortable stay.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $250USD to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

Hotel DP Cristal in Sarria

A budget-friendly hotel, DP Cristal rests on the outskirts of Sarria directly off the Camino and is walking distance to notable attractions.

Hotel Casa Morgade in Morgade

Set alongside the Camino in the quiet countryside, this traditional auberge offers pretty views and great eats at the onsite restaurant.

Hotel Pensión Mar in Portomarín

Feel at home in Portomarín and enjoy 5-star service that includes welcoming staff and coffee, tea, and snacks available 24 hours.

Hotel O Cruceiro in Ventas de Narón

Perfect cozy spot to lay your head in quiet environs, with friendly staff and an excellent restaurant offering delicious meals at great value.

Pensión A Fonte in Palas de Rei

Centrally located within Palas de Rei, top-rated restaurants and attractions are within walking distance.

Hotel Carlos 96 in Melide

Make friends in Hotel Carlos 96’ buzzing bar and restaurant and sleep in comfortable, spacious rooms complete with modern amenities.

Pensión Rua in Arzúa

Close to a supermarket and hiking supply store, Pensión Rua offers compact rooms and is a convenient stop en route to Santiago de Compostela.

Hotel Turistico Salceda in Salceda

Relax and enjoy the modern conveniences in a beautifully restored old home complete with a to-die-for restaurant menu.

Pensión Pedrouzo in O Pedrouzo

Off the main thoroughfare, Pensión Pedrouza is a modern hotel with large, quirky-colored rooms that overlook quiet greenery.

Hotel Garcas in Lavacolla

Basic rooms featuring nice views of rolling countryside and conveniently close to the Santiago airport.

Hospedería San Martín Pinario in Santiago

Perfectly located near Praza do Obradoiro and other notable attractions, as well as a host of restaurants, enjoy your stay in this historic building.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Slower-Paced French Way (Camino Frances) Piligrimage?

Meals

11 breakfasts and 10 dinners are included.

Accommodations

The accommodation for 11 nights along the tour is included.

Transportation during the Tour

This tour includes luggage transfers only.

Also Included

  • 24/7 phone assistance
  • Walking notes
  • Pilgrim Passports

Not included

  • Guide services
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Transport
  • Anything not stated as ‘included’
  • Extra accommodation charge for arriving to Santiago one night before St. James Day (July 25th)

Optional Extras

  • Private accommodation
  • Extra night in Sarria before the tour
  • Extra night in Santiago after the tour
  • Pilgrim massage in Santiago

Frequenty Asked Questions about Slower-Paced French Way (Camino Frances) Pilgrimage

How hard is the French Way Easy tour?

We rate this tour as a 2 / 5. You will be walking up to 14 km daily. This is the perfect itinerary for first-timers who have a moderate level of fitness. All guests should have experience walking at least 14km (9 miles) before attempting this pilgrimage.

Do I need a Visa to travel to Spain?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on this holiday?

11 breakfasts and 10 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Sarria to start this tour?

You can get to Sarria by flight, bus, or train.

Where does the French Way Easy tour end?

The tour ends in Santiago de Compostela

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Spain?

Check with your family doctor.

Will I get lost without a guide?

The route is well maintained and clearly marked, and you will also be provided with detailed maps. However, you will also be given a support number that you can call at any time should you need any help or advice.

Are there any travel restrictions for Spain?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Spain for this tour?

The best time to travel to Northern Spain for this walking adventure is spring and autumn, though the tour can be completed year-round. Summer is the most popular time, but it can be quite warm.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 2 / 5. You will be walking up to 14 km daily. This is the perfect itinerary for first-timers who have a moderate level of fitness. All guests should have experience walking at least 14km (9 miles) before attempting this pilgrimage.


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