All pilgrims have their preferred Camino de Santiago route. Whether because it is the only thing they have done, because it is the most spiritual, the one less traveled, which is with best views… We also have our favorite Way and this is the French Way, without a doubt.
But this post is not about our favorite route, is about the section of entry into Santiago de Compostela. In Wayandgo! we think as the most beautiful, being from Santiago and being pilgrims, is easy for us to choose the last stage of the Portuguese Way as our recommendation to reach Santiago from the south instead of the entries by the French Way, Via de la Plata or English Way.
We have chosen the stage from Padron to Santiago de Compostela for several reasons: landscapes, historical, point of departure and arrival from jacobean significance, typical Galician religious and civil architecture, services during the stretch, etc…
We started out from Padron, who became a symbol for millions of pilgrims arriving continuously until Compostela and then descended even to this town, since “who goes to Santiago and will not Padron, or make the pilgrimage or do not”. In fact we are creating a product for traveler from Santiago to get the Padronía. Others, on the contrary, as we have on our website, make today called Route Maritime and emulating their ancestors landed here to continue way to the tomb of the Apostle.
Down to the bridge by the river Sar and after surrounding the facade of the church of Santiago, continued a few steps and cross the river again to enter Iria Flavia, formerly important bishopric it ceased when the body of the Apostle was discovered and earning the favor of Compostela. Then we find the church of Santa María de Adina, before the Visigoth period but with multiple renovations to the XVIII. In annex cemetery is buried Camilo Jose Cela.
We will walk parallel to the N-550, we cross it, we turned, and walked steadily to reach Escravitude. Traversing this nucleus by national road we pass the magnificent and magical baroque Sanctuary from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, which is said to be a miniature of the typology of the Cathedral of Santiago, by its staircase and facade. The legend tells of the healing properties of water that springs at the base of the access stairway and its construction was encouraged by the donation of a farmer who went to Santiago and that by drinking this water recovered from his sickness.
We walked up to Picaraña and entered Faramello, where it is an important example of civil architecture of Galicia: Pazo do Faramello, which is visitable with a reservation you can make on our website. For an hour and 1/2 the owner and direct heir teaches you the exterior of the manor, explaining its history and recovery efforts being undertaken. On the bottom of the Pazo do Faramello and across the river passes the primitive route which legend has it that led the ox-cart carrying the remains of the Apostle to Compostela.
From now on stage hardens a bit. Ramps lead up Rua de Francos, village where is possible to deviate 2.5 km to Castro Lupario, another Jacobean present in the traslatio scenarios where Queen Lupa lived. Today it is unrecognizable and although overgrown, are trying to recover the importance of the enclave. We passed the church of San Martiño and immediately got a rough cross referenced among the oldest in Galicia.
We went through O Milladoiro and later got to Agro dos Monteiros, the “Monte do Gozo” in the Portuguese Way. It is situated at 262 meters high and is the highest point in the Portuguese Way in Galicia, and gives us the first glimpse of Santiago and the towers of the cathedral. In this area there is a perhaps more crowded variant, which passes in front of the Clinical Hospital of Santiago and enters the city by the Santa Marta until later converge in the Rosalia de Castro street with the other route, which we show below.
We walked down the paved trail and several paths that are short cut to Rocha Vella, where today the remains of the famous Castillo da Rocha, Parish of Conxo and already belongs to the Concello of Santiago to the old church of Santa Maria are situated with a beautiful love story enclosed inside
And only a couple of kilometers remaining to reach our goal and arrows are not so easily visible. Fully urban streets of this area flow into Avenue Rosalia de Castro and Juan Carlos I. We pass the Pilar church and climbed the stairs to the Alameda where it is one of the most famous city sculptures: the two Marys, Cesar Lombera work . A zebra crossing more and we finally arrived at the Porta Faxeira, one of the entrances to the historic center of Santiago.
The route of the Portuguese Way to the cathedral runs along the Rua do Franco, Santiago’s most lively and full of bars, restaurants and souvenir shops. We entered the Obradoiro square and up the view come to see the coveted trophy we wanted from the beginning of our Camino Portuguese. Now it only remains stay in the middle of the square, lying on the backpack and start to dream.
After climbing the steps of the cathedral, admire the Portico of Glory, to embrace St. James and down to his grave, we go to the Pilgrim Office. The new building is located at Rua das Carretas, down in front of the Hostal de los Reyes Catholics, to Fisterra Road exit by the way, and turning to the right. Here we will put the final stamp on the credential and give us the Compostela and if we want, in exchange for 3 euros, the Certificate of Distance, where day and the starting point of the pilgrimage, the kilometers appears, besides the day arrival and the route which has sojourned.
Now what we do in Santiago? First of all enjoy our challenge, reflect on the importance of what we have achieved and squeeze the most of our time spent in the City of the Apostle. In this spirit we invite you to visit our website where you have more information to make your experience in Santiago de Compostela close with a gold brooch living the Camino de Santiago.
What do we do tomorrow? You no longer get up at 6 am, no longer have to search with a flashlight in your backpack where you put such a thing, no longer have to spread your feet with preparations of aloe vera and toxo, no longer you have to close behind you outside the hostel, … change the routine and know that nothing will be the same as these days back but … you know what? Never forget this experience and we recommend that you never stop walk: Santiago is not the goal, Santiago is the Way !!
Training to start the Camino de Santiago, even if you’re not fitted
Walk nearly 800 kilometers in a month, day after day, at first seems a challenge for great athletes but can successfully overcome by anyone. And speaking of doing 100 kilometers needed to get our Compostela and begin to experience the Camino de Santiago so can be made by anyone. But do not think why we should neglect our training for the Camino de Santiago before setting out.
First makes lack courage and will to prepare our mind and especially our body for the effort that the Way will require us. If you do sport usually is desirable, at least a couple of months earlier, walk with hiking shoes and backpack you´re going to take to the Camino to accommodate them. And if you do not practice sport you should start three months before progressive training in duration and intensity:
- First fifteen days, three or four times a week, you must walk without backpack by comfortable and flat places. At first they will be an hour to increase duration gradually until two hours or more. Along the Way you will not need to go fast, so do not fix a certain speed.
- During the next days continue with these walks but varying the route and increasing the duration someday. Now you can go including plots plains with ups and downs. At this point you should already training three hours easily you walk any terrain. Before walking do not forget to gently heat the joints and do not forget that the upper body is also moving and therefore spend a little attention to neck and arms primarily. Perform gentle stretches at the beginning of each output and greater dedication after exercise. With this will relax the muscles and avoid injuries, while we provide flexibility.
- The following month performed, if at all possible, two or three long walks on weekdays and during weekend make simple hiking routes. It’s very convenient to do them with shoes and backpack you are going to use during the Way and always with some weight.
- Third month you keep working as before but the last two weeks, without forcing too much but if pushing yourself a plus, a rising gap between 500 and 800 meters. Note that if this last days harden your feet the blisters it will be more difficult to appear. If you dare and you have time you can do a couple of days hiking 7-8 hours. We also recommend and according to your discretion, you do workouts with breaks every 2-3 hours, even with the midday meal on occasion, to see how your body responds when you let cool slightly. Or if you prefer to continuous stages if you decide to make your Camino on this way.
Remember that as you make your Camino de Santiago is your decision and that these are only recommendations but with these guidelines will have strengthened your heart, muscles and tendons, and you’re ready to enjoy this tremendous experience. Let your physical condition is not an excuse!
Training last recommendations:
Hydrate! It is important to drink during exercise and also feed on longer trips. No sugary drinks, energy, etc., are necessary … and do not forget your body recover at year-end.
Keep proper posture! You must walk upright facing forward or mainly way. But do not forget that you also heated neck at the beginning of the Camino, so enjoy the views and do not miss anything that happens around you.
¿Hands free or hikking sticks? Our best recommendation is to try both ways, especially when training in the last phase when we attack the sticks and with more weight in the backpack. We can take your hands free for walking as natural as possible. If the output is long, it can help a cane or, better yet, two. On sticks reduced to 20 or 30% overload legs. On this subject we could talk at length and we will do later.
Now you’re ready, so get going and Buen Camino!
Camino de Santiago: Where to stay in Sarria
Many of you you begin your French Way in Sarria to complete at least 100 kilometers needed to get the Compostela and many others pass by there though ye begun elsewhere.
Through the contact form or by social networks you ask us which are the best shelters to stay prior to starting the Camino de Santiago adventure. We will recommend our Ranking Accommodations in Sarria and will not be only shelters as there are many types of accommodations as pilgrims. We started!
Hostel the Blasones
Address: Rua Maior, 31, 27600 Sarria, Lugo
Phone: 600 51 25 65
It offers free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and rooms have bedding and the bathroom is shared and has a bath or shower. The property has a garden, terrace and bar. In addition, there are communal lounge, tour desk and free parking.
“The best thing is the location, just walk the way. An excellent treatment of hospitaleros, all very clean. Nice patio to relax. spacious bedroom and very comfortable ”
La Casona de Sarria
Address: Rua San Lazaro, 24, 27600 Sarria, Lugo
Phone: 982 53 55 56
La Casona de Sarria pet friendly accommodation with free Wi-Fi and a terrace. Some rooms have a seating area. All rooms have private bathrooms with bath or shower. They also have flat-screen TVs. The property features a shared lounge.
“The exceptional treatment, delicious and hearty breakfast, all very clean. The house is kept in great detail and the ideal location. The house is beautiful, the dog they have is very cool and breakfast is the best I’ve had on the road. Ideal for those people who started the Camino de Santiago and do not really know where to go. They guided us, advised us where to stay, we got the credential ”
Hostel Bridge Ribeira
Address: Rua do Peregrino, 23 under, 27600 Sarria, Lugo
Phone: 982 87 67 89
The Hostel Puente Ribeira is located in Sarria, Sarria banks of the river, and offers dormitory rooms with free Wi-Fi. It is in full pilgrimage route of Camino de Santiago. The rooms have a seating area overlooking the river and garden. The Hostel Puente Ribeira has a garden, terrace, bar, communal lounge and tour desk. There is also free parking.
“Highly recommended and amiable staff. new and clean facilities, with everything you need, comfortable room. Central. friendly staff to ask any questions. To highlight the detail of having several wi-fi networks to ensure coverage in all rooms. Cafe with affordable prices ”
Address: Mayor, 64, 27600 Sarria
Phone: 646 42 77 34
The Mayor Hostel is located in Sarria, on the road to Santiago. It offers bright, rustic rooms, equipped kitchen, free Wi-Fi throughout and individual lockers. The rooms are decorated in brown tones. They feature stone walls and provide access to showers and baths. towels and linens are included. You can prepare meals in the shared kitchen, which is equipped with electric hob, microwave, toaster, refrigerator and cooking utensils. There is also a dining table, sofa and flat-screen TV. Laundry service is offered.
“I found it very good, with good and clean facilities. Very friendly and courteous always aware of the needs and concerns of the pilgrim. The unbeatable location. Fully recommended ”
Hostel O Durmiñento
Address: Rua Maior, 44, 27600 Sarria, Lugo
Phone: 982 53 October 99
The Hostel O Durmiñento is located in the center of the town of Sarria, in the corresponding French way of the pilgrimage route of Camino de Santiago part. This stylish hostel has a terrace with magnificent views of the city. The spacious rooms of O Durmiñento are brightly colored and have bunk beds and free Wi-Fi. There are several shared with hot water 24 hours a day bathrooms. The reception has a computer with free internet. It features a restaurant serving lunch and dinner traditional Galician dishes and there is also a terrace with tables and chairs where you can have a drink. packed lunches are provided on request.
“The beds were comfortable. The room was warm, not spend. The location was good, in the middle stage of the road, without deviations and the staff very attentive and friendly. The room with few beds, comfortable and clean bed with quilt. The owner made good recommendations, very attentive ”
So far our hostel recommendations and as you can see you are all private. In this case, we want to value the special characteristic of this type of shelters as generators of local business, as close as possible.
We continue with three establishments rather than its value, location, special beauty treatment or services deserve to be taken into account by the pilgrims who stay in Sarria.
Hotel Alfonso IX
Address: Rua Peregrino, 29, 27600 Sarria, Lugo
Phone: 982 53 00 05
The Hotel Alfonso IX is a modern hotel located in the center of Sarria, along the Camino de Santiago. It has fitness center and pool. This well-equipped hotel is located in a beautiful natural setting, ideal for hiking and horseback riding. It is surrounded by gardens and near the river. Roman Sarria route is full of historical monuments where you will find a road dedicated to typical craftsmen. Alfonso IX The restaurant serves delicious traditional Galician dishes and overlooks the garden and pool. The hotel also features a 24-hour reception.
“For pilgrims begin their way in Sarria. Well it located and spacious rooms. The staff is very friendly and the service impeccable. The restaurant offers a menu with lots of variety and good price, plus a fantastic deal ”
Rectoral de Goian
Address: Cabezares 8 LU-P-5710, 27614 Sarria, Lugo
Phone: 982 53 38 13
The Rectoral de Goian, a 10-minute drive from Sarria, occupies a cottage with stone walls dating from the eighteenth century. It is surrounded by lush gardens and offers rooms with heating and countryside views. The house has a decor that blends rustic and modern elements. The rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bathtub and free toiletries. In the morning a breakfast with homemade products is served. The 2 dining rooms, a lounge area and a games room. The Rectoral de Goian has free parking.
“The focus was very very warm. The place is spotless and very welcoming. Many details are very favorable attention. The location is a bit far but with the care and services, generates rather a relaxing experience in the field, particularly for those who make the road to Santiago one day is thus very favorable ”
Address: Rua Maior, 53, 27600 Sarria, Lugo
Phone: 982 87 64 87
Baran House offers accommodation, terrace and free Wi-Fi. Rooms have flat-screen TV, terrace or balcony, tea and coffee and a private bathroom with shower or bath. Some areas have a seating area. The property, which houses a gift shop, is located in Sarria and 29 km from Lugo. The property features private parking.
“It is a boutique 5 star quality hotel. The house has been recently renovated with excellent taste and quality, maintaining harmony between the past and the modern waiting for a demanding passenger. Located on the Pilgrim Street, a few meters from the church and surrounded by bars and restaurants of good level. The owners are very friendly and always willing to provide service and recommendations. The house has an exit through the back street that allows parking the car. In short, an excellent place! “