Camino French Way – Stage Five

Camino French Way – Stage Five2018-10-01T16:30:35+00:00

Project Description

Camino French Way –

Stage Five

Astorga to Sarria

(€495 per person)

Depart From: Astorga
Destination: Sarria
Duration: 7 Nights
Difficulty: Moderate

Astorga to Sarria

Journey through Galicia

Day 1

Astorga to Rabanal del Camino, 20 km approx.

Today we’ll enjoy the last stage in the plain Castilian Plateau before approaching Ponferrada and Galicia.

Day 2

Rabanal del Camino to Molinaseca, 25 km.

We leave the Meseta and go uphill to the famous Cruz de Ferro, a huge iron cross where it’s traditional for pilgrims to carry small stones to lay on the mound.

Then the Camino drops down to the cute village of El Acevo which has a long narrow street full of attractive old houses with overhanging balconies. We continue going downhill through Riego de Ambrós to Molinaseca. Before arriving in Molinaseca, we’ll cross the Roman bridge over the river Meruelo where pilgrims can take a refreshing bath in summer.

Day 3

Molinaseca to Villafranca del Bierzo, 30 km approx.

We leave Molinaseca to approach Ponferrada where we can visit the Templar castle. We leave Ponferrada and come closer to the region of El Bierzo, well known by its wines and its particular climate due to its geographical borders with Galicia and Asturias.

We will pass through different villages along the camino, like Cacabelos where we can visit a Wine cellar. Today’s stage runs along vineyards as we get closer to Villafranca.

When entering Ponferrada we can visit the church of Santiago next to which there is a pilgrims’s cemetery.

Day 4

Villafranca del Bierzo a O Cebreiro, 28km.

Today’s stage is the toughest after the Pyrenees as you will go from 600m to 1200m.

And will lead you through different towns before reaching the town of O Cebreiro. A former Celtic settlement where you will see the “Pallozas” reconstructed, typical round houses of Celtic origin.

Day 5

Cebreiro to Triacastela, 26 km approx. 

Today we will have two mountain passes, the Alto de San Roque and the Alto de Poio, the last high point before Santiago, at 1,337 meters. Then the camino goes gently downhill to Triacastela through small typical Galician villages like Viduedo.

Day 6

Triacastela to Sarria, 20 km approx.

When leaving Triacastela there are two options, one goes via Samos and the other runs along many villages and farms tracks.

Both routes will go through typical Galician forests full of oaks and chestnut trees as well as many typical Galician villages and yards. On arriving in Sarria you can visit the old town located at the top of the city.

Price includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation in private hotels / pensions
  • Daily baggage transfers
  • Walking Notes
  • Pilgrim Passport
  • Emergency support in the event of a problem

We have chosen popular family run hotels / pensions along the route. Accommodation is simple and follows the character of the area.

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