In the year 813 in Galicia a hermit named Paio (Pelayo) discovered the tomb of Saint James (Santiago) in the city of Compostela. According to the legend Santiago the Apostle came to Spain to evangelise the northern part of the Iberian peninsula. Since its discovery the Apostle’s tomb has become a sacred site attracting pilgrims and non-pilgrims from all over the world. The Camino de Santiago or Road to Santiago has been declared by UNESCO of World Heritage importance, and in addition to its spiritual significance, it holds other historic values, such as having been the backbone of European cultural unity.
SUGGESTED ITINERARY - from 399 p.p. sharing
Arrive in O Cebreiro. Please note that transport to O Cebreiro is not included but can be arranged as an optional extra.
You can visit the church of Santa María del Cebreiro (9th C) where in the 13th century it is said a miracle happened. See also traditional Celtic pallozas (ancient homes) which still survive.
Overnight in O Cebreiro.
Continue via Samos, lovely little village dominated by the impressive Monastery of Samos. Nine kilometres, always by asphalt, separate Triacastela of the Monastery of Samos, passing by the small towns of San Cristóbal, Lusio, Renche and San Martín el Real.
Overnight in Samos.
The pilgrim leaves Samos by the highway where the traveller takes a track to the right, after passing by the small localities of Pasáis and Perros and few kilometres from Sarria, the way is united to the variant that comes from Triacastela by San Xil.
Crossing the bridge aver the Sarria river you’ll raise finally outside staircase, already in the old inner city.
Overnight in Sarria.
Continue to Portomarin, where you'll enjoy a magnificent views of the river Miño. Portomarín is a new town (the old one having been submerged beneath the waters of the Belesar reservoir) with a lovely church; San Nicolas.
Overnight in Portomarin.
Continue to Melide, where the church of San Pedro and the medieval bridge are worth seeing.
Overnight in Melide.
Continue to Arzua where you can see the church of Santiago de Arzua and the pazo or country manor of San Lazaro.
Overnight in Arzua
Today the pilrim reaches O Pino. In this small municipality also called Arca, capital of the council, is necessary to emphasize a Roman bridge on the Mera river.
Overnight in O Pino (Arca)
Arrival to Santiago de Compostela, the third most important place of pilgrimage after Jerusalem and Rome. Around the magnificent Plaza del Obradoiro, you can find an ensemble of splendid buildings such as the dominating Cathedral of St. James (11th century, Baroque facade) and the Parador de Los Reyes Catolicos (once an inn and a hospital for sick pilgrims), with a Plateresque facade. Other fine buildings too numerous to mention include the Convent of San Martiño Pinario, in Baroque style with a Plateresque façade.
Overnight in Santiago de Compostela.
Return to your point of departure.
From 399 euros p.p. sharing a double room.
Flights are not included and must be booked by client. The most convenient airports for this itinerary are Santaigo de Compostela and A Coruña.
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