Start: Ourense End: Santiago de Compostela
Arrival in Ourense independently. If you arrive early you can visit the cathedral or just wonder around the cobbed streets of the old town. Ourense is known as the "City of burgas" - the burgas are thermal springs-. Ourense cannot be understood without water: its rivers, its fountains and - most specially- its thermal mineral and therapeutic waters. Discover the tradition of the thermal baths that has been in the city from its very origin.
As you leave town today, you immediately start with a steep ascent of 375m. Then you get an introduction to typical Galician countryside as you follow quiet lanes and gravel roads through woods and rural hamlets; going up and down continuously but without any major ascent until the end, as you approach your cosy rural hotel in Cea.
NOTE: option of travelling with luggage to Sartédigo avoiding the first 5km of ascent as you leave town
Challenge: 7,5 -8 hrs, 22,5 km; 720m ascent, 350m descent
Long but very rewarding stage through vast woods and hilly and scarcely populated countryside that literally culminates with the visit of the Cistercian monastery in Oseira. Santa María la Real de Oseira is a monastery from the 12th century surrounded by a beautiful landscape. The splendor years of this monastery lasted until the 14th century, when its importance started declining. But during the 20th century there was a renewal in the monastery that brought it back to life. Currently there are more than a dozen monks who live here and elaborate a well-known herbal liquor; the "Eucaliptine".
At the end of the day transfer back to Casa Manoso.
Challenge: 5- 5,5 hrs, 14.4km, 550m ascent, 330m descent OR 7,5 hrs, 19,7 km, 740m ascent, 500m descent via Oseira Monasteiro.
After 2 strenous days, today you mainly walk downhill along quiet tarmac lanes and dirt roads south of the highway AP-53 that you will have to cross once. There are no shops along the way but a very conveniently located bar/restaurant located half way, near the train station at Lalín. At the end of the day, your host will pick you up in Ponte Taboda and drive you to their classic Galician manor house from the early 18th century. They have a pool and their own vegetable garden. Dinner is again included today
Challenge: 6,5-7 hrs, 18,8 km, 360m ascent, 670m descent
Your host will bring you in the morning to the village of Silleda, where you can do some shopping before starting another long day. Today is quite varied, including numerous small ascents and descents; and a particularly steep one, shortly before you reach your modern but welcoming hostal in Vedra. Unfortunately there is quite some tarmac-walking today but with hardly any traffic.
Challenge: 6,5 hrs, 22,1 km , 475m ascent, 740m descent
Your last stage will lead you to Santiago and it starts again with a steep ascent, but then you follow soft and undulating dirt roads and tarmac lanes through a landscape that stays significantly rural until you cross the ringroad just 3km south from the centre of town. But even then, one gem is awaiting before you reach the old town centre in Santiago: the Romanesque Collegiate of Santa Maria La Mayor y Real de Sar, in Piñeiro.
Challenge:6,5 hrs, 19,2 km, 580m ascent, 320m descent
Today your programme ends after breakfast.
All hotels of this trip are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
You can find the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked.
Extra overnight: You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.
Located in the city centre, this hotel offers comfortable, functional and elegant rooms. Recently renovated, will all the amenities and a very welcoming staff.
In the very heart of the villa of San Cristovo de Cea, just on the Via de la Plata, you can find this charmin rural hotel. Welcoming owners and a privileged environment that will make your stay something to remember.
A rural hotel built in a former house from the 18th century, that includes spectacular gardens, their own green garden, swimming pool and playground. A true gem hidden in inland Galicia, very close to the Camino Sanabrés.
It is a modern and comfortable hostel, located near the Via de la Plata and only 15 km from Santiago de Compostela. All rooms have TV, air conditioning and free Wifi. They have a nice restaurant and bar, as well as a private parking.
A hotel in which every detail has been thought of. Located only about 25m from the traditional Food Market of Santiago, the Belvís park and the "Puerta del Camino": one of the entries to the old quarters of Santiago and the entry of the French Way.
This program is bookable form the 1st of May to the 31st of October, subject to availability.
From these aiports either train or bus will be the best option to get to Ourense.
GPS tracks are available upon request