Camino de Santiago from Ourense (Via de la Plata)

  • Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Grade
  • Start / Finish Ourense / Santiago de Compostela
  • Distance 111,5 km / 69,4 miles
  • Trip Style Self Guided
  • Availability
    All Year Round
  • Availability
    All Year Round
  • Price From $701

Overview

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.

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    Itinerary

    Services

    Included

    • Accommodation in hotels and country cottages
    • Rooms with private bathroom
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transport 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
    • Free cancellation due to Covid-19
    • Taxes

    Excluded

    • Unspecified lunches and dinners
    • Unspecified transfers
    • Personal equipment

    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

    The nearest option is Vigo Airport, approximately 1 hour from Ourense. 

    There are also the options of Santiago de Compostela Airport or A Coruna Airport, from where you can take a train to Ourense in a journey of 1 hour and 30 min and 2 hours, respectively. 

    For the return from Santiago de Compostela, take a bus or taxi to the city airport.

    FAQs

    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.

    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.