Camino de Santiago from Ourense (Via de la Plata)

  • Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish Ourense / Santiago
  • Distance116 km/ 72 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
    All Year Round
  • Availability
    All Year Round
  • Price From 807 €

For some, these are the last 100 km of the well-known Camino Sanabres or Camino de la Plata de Portugal, a route that begins on the Via de la Plata and that has Santiago de Compostela as its destination.

Explore the route that medieval pilgrims traced to avoid heavy snowfall in the mountains at O Cebreiro, heading to Santiago in winter times along the Camino Frances, and which has been a natural path of communication between El Bierzo and Galicia since Roman times.  

  • Explore one of the richest routes for landscapes, culture and gastronomy.
  • Relaxing in the thermal water fountains in the Roman city of Ourense, christened the "City of Gold".
  • Try the famous artisan bread in San Cristovo de Cea. 
  • Tour Lalin, the municipality with the most castros in Galicia, pre-Roman fortified villages from the late Bronze and Iron Ages.

Furthermore, by booking your Camino de Santiago from Ourense with Orbis Ways, you will stay in en suite rooms in charming hotels and country cottages and we will transfer your luggage between stages.

Itinerary

Services

Included

  • Accommodation in en suite rooms in charming hotels and country cottages
  • Daily Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers between accommodations
  • Camino de Santiago pilgrim credential
  • Information dossier with maps and routes
  • 24-hour telephone support
  • Assistance vehicle in case of emergency
  • Travel insurance
  • Sustainable travel, we compensate the CO2 emissions of your trip
  • Taxes

Extras

  • Cancellation insurance
  • Additional nights
  • Dinners
  • Picnics

Accomodation

General information

The accommodations with which we collaborate have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure the best comfort available.

Our team checks in situ the quality of all the accommodations offered, so that you have an unforgettable experience during your trip.

The accommodation that we will book for your trip will be selected taking into account our commitment to you: guaranteeing comfort, calm and enjoyment throughout your trip.

We work with quality hotels and country cottages with limited capacity, so we invite you to confirm your reservation as soon as possible.

The name of each accommodation will be provided to you a few weeks before your trip begins.

Room types

It is possible to book this journey in single, double or triple rooms.

All rooms have private bathrooms.

Map

Travel & Transfers

We recommend flying to Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ), as it is the closest airport to Ourense.

From Santiago, you can take a train to Ourense. The company that normally operates this route is Renfe.

If you can not find flights to Santiago de Compostela, the second option is to fly to Vigo Airport, a local airport that receives domestic flights.

At the end of your trip in Santiago de Compostela, we recommend flying from Santiago de Compostela airport , which is only 15 minutes from the city center. As there is always a big choice of taxis and bus lines running every 10 minutes to the airport, you will be able to return easily.

FAQs

Absolutely! Each traveller has included 1 piece of luggage that we will transfer between your accommodations. It's important that this piece of luggage meets the following criterias:

  • Maximum weight of 45 lbs (20 kg).
  • Must be only 1 piece of luggage without any attachments or accessories.
  • Should not contain valuables, fragile items, food or medications.
  • Must be correctly identified (booking reference of your trip and the full name of the trip holder).

The approximate luggage delivery time will be at 4:00 PM.

The route is catalogued with a medium-low difficulty level, where you will travel agricultural or earthy trails with demanding ascents and descents, on daily walks of approximately 23 km per day. 

For this reason, it is important that you are in good physical condition and have an active lifestyle. If not, we suggest preparing yourself with walks and/or cardio exercises approximately 2 months before starting the trip.

This route is for you if you like the great contrasts between nature, culture and history, as well as the most amazing natural, archaeological and landscape heritage of all the pilgrim routes.

It is also ideal for you if you enjoy trips with a spiritual and historical sense, the oceanic climate of the Atlantic and experiences by places of legends of Santiago the Apostle, while touring Roman cities and towns and trying out the variety of tapas, wines, "pinchos", sandwiches and typical Galician food.

Any time between March and October will give you an amazing experience. May is undoubtedly one of the best months to complete the route, as the temperatures are moderate, as is the influx of pilgrims.

In spring, mornings and evenings are usually cool and during the day the temperatures are pleasant. In autumn, the unrivalled landscape of the Via de la Plata route is dyed in sepia colours, which is a spectacle that brightens the route from start to finish.

We recommend that you book as soon as you are sure about your dates, as accommodation can fill up very quickly in this area.

Once you make your reservation we will send you all the detailed information about the specific equipment you need for this route, considering recommendations for shoes, boots, clothes and a day-to day backpack.

You can call us to arrange a ​private transfer​ for you.

If you prefer, you can also use ​public transport or local taxis​ to get to your next accommodation.

The pilgrim's credential can be found upon arrival at your first accommodation.

This credential must be stamped in churches, restaurants and hotels during your journey on the Camino de Santiago. At the end of the trip in the city of Santiago, you can obtain the Compostela that certifies you as a pilgrim.

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The administration was good before our trip and our questions were answered quickly. The accommodation was also good. We had no problems with the baggage transfer too.
Our group of 5 had a really great experience with orbis ways. Our contact person was helpful via email and via phone. Great accommodations and each host was helpful and generous with kindness.
I travelled last week to Madeira with Orbis Ways and it has been an amazing experience. Accommodations were exceptional, and everything was explained very well, apart from that the Island is amazing, must be seen at least once in a lifetime. Dinners were very good, with local fresh homemade food! Very recomending!!!
Excellent trip. Excellent communication with Orbis. Lovely accommodations. Luggage transfer was always done well and the overall trip was excellent. I cannot wait to do another walk in 2023 and will use Orbis ways 100%.
Few days ago I finished Camino Francés. Orbis Ways planned the trip for me, arranged my routes and accommodations as well as luggage transfers. Everything went smoothly from the beginning in St Jean Pied du Port until the end in Santiago. Rooms with private bathrooms that they booked for me were comfortable and clean and luggage transfers underwent without mistakes. My daily routes were well planned. In 34 days I had only two problematic situations with accommodations and their 24 hours assistance team solved them in few minutes. I enjoyed every minute of my Way. I am planning to return and do some other route - Norte and Portugués gor sure. Orbis Ways will be my choice again.
I did the wonderful walking holiday trip of 8 days Mont Blanc...the experience was incredible, from the beginning everything chosen in the dossier was beyond expectations, providing all the necessary information.I am very grateful for the wonderful and detailed attention of Jhonay. Also the accommodations chosen were very comfortable!I have no doubt that I will repeat as soon as I can, the routes are spectacular!
Orbisways did an outstanding job of planning our trip along the Camino de Santiago. The provided voucher provided excellent information, the accommodations were awesome, never had any confusion regarding travel details and the staff I worked with prior to our trip were kind and very efficient. I highly recommend OrbisWays and will definitely be traveling with them again!!
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