Day 1. Madrid—Burgos ‐ Sarriá
Breakfast. In the morning we depart for Burgos, a city that retains important remnants of its medieval splendour and boasts one of the most impressive Spanish Gothic buildings, namely its Cathedral, declared a World Heritage Site. Free time to have lunch and go for a walk. We continue to Sarriá where we will rest to start the first stage of the Way on foot the following day. Dinner. Accommodation
Day 2. 1st stage of the Way: Sarriá—Portomarín
Breakfast and we start the 1st stage of the way, emblematic due to its beautiful countryside and for marking km 100 of this ancient route. We will come across traditional villages and numerous water courses of great beauty, as well as some of its famous trails and woodland areas of chestnuts and oaks. During the stage we can admire, among other monuments, the Romanesque Church of Barbadelos, the Romanesque Church of Ferreiros, the Belesar Reservoir (Portomarín) and the San Nicolas Fortress-Church built by the knights of the Order of Saint John to protect the pilgrims. Arrival in Portomarín. End of the stage. Dinner. Accommodation.
Day 3. 2nd stage of the Way: Portomarín– Palas de Rei
Breakfast. We start the walk crossing the Belesar Reservoir by bridge. At the start there is a gentle ascent which concludes in the vicinity of Ligonde. This stage largely runs along paths, close to the road, or in some cases on asphalted areas. We will find several signs to indicate that we are on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, such as the famous crosses. We can highlight the Cruceiro de Lameiros cross. Arrival in Palas de Rei. End of the stage. Dinner. Accommodation.
Day 4. 3rd stage of the Way: Palas de Rei—Arzúa
Breakfast. We start this stage in the province of La Coruña where we will find woodland areas of eucalyptus and pine trees as well as numerous medieval bridges, such as those of Leboreiro and Furelos, one of the idyllic parts of the walk found in Ribadiso de Baixo close to Arzúa. For lovers of good food, Melide, famous for its octopus, is an essential stop for pilgrims and Arzúa gives its name to the designation of origin of its famous cheeses. The most interesting places that we will find include: Church of Santa María de Leboreiro, Church of Santiago in Boente, with a beautiful carving of a Santiago Pilgrim, Church of Santa Maria de Melide, Museum of Melide, Bridge of Ribadiso de Baixo and the Church of Santiago in Arzúa. Arrival in Arzúa. End of the stage. Dinner. Accommodation.
Day 5. 4th stage of the Way: Arzúa—Pedrouzo
Breakfast. This stage is on pleasant terrain that provides easy walking conditions, between woodland areas and with gentle slopes, alternated at times. It ends in Pedrouzo. End of the stage. Dinner. Accommodation.
Day 6. 5th stage of the Way: Pedrouzo—Santiago de Compostela
Breakfast and start of the stage. Finally, Santiago! The long-awaited finish line is only half a day away. As soon as we leave Pedrouzo we realise that the Way is nearly over and unwittingly our mood and spirit will soar with the excitement of the main event. There is no longer anything that the land can do to prevent us from achieving our goal. The happy walker discovers a city of stones darkened through the passage of time and persistent rain. Old streets with an aroma of wine and octopus are scattered throughout the old town. The cathedral represents the culmination of the Way and there rests the apostle, the reason why year after year hundreds of thousands of people go on a journey full of experiences that will create memories to last a lifetime. When we arrive in Santiago, we can obtain our “Compostela” certificate. Congratulations pilgrim. Now “your true way” will probably begin. Dinner. Accommodation.
Day 7: Santiago de Compostela
Breakfast. In the morning we will take a guided tour of this city visited by countless pilgrims since the Middle Ages. We enter the cathedral to see the tomb of the Apostle. At midday we will be able to attend mass in the cathedral where our group will be named during the homily. Free afternoon. In the evening, we have a special farewell dinner where we can try Pulpo a Feira (octopus), one of the most typical dishes from Galician gastronomy. Accommodation.
Day 8: Santiago de Compostela—End of our services
Breakfast. End of our services