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 375 m. 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: 22.5 km, 6.5 - 7 hrs, 700 m ascent, 300 m 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, you will be picked up at the bar in A Gouxa by the owners of the comfortable rural accommodation in Casarelos, with garden and swimming pool.
Challenge: 19 km, 6.5 hrs, 670 m ascent, 450 m descent
Shorter route to A Gouxa: 15 km, 5.5 hrs, 600 m ascent, 350 m descent.
After 2 demanding days, with several steep climbs, 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 halfway, near the train station at Lalín. At the end of the day, you will enjoy this stage to the bridge A Ponte Taboda, built in 912 and still surrounded by a beautiful natural environment. Your host will pick you up and drive you to their classic Galician manor house from the early 18th century. They have a pool and their own garden where you can easily relax.
Challenge: 20.5 km, 6.5 hrs, 450 m ascent, 600 m 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.
You can order a taxi in Ponte Ulla to skip the last 2 km. Unfortunately, today there will be some tarmac walking, but with hardly any traffic.
Challenge: 24 km, 7 hrs, 480 m ascent, 760 m descent
Shorter route to Ponte Ulla: 22 km, 6.5 hrs, 430 m ascent, 730 m descent
Your last stage will lead you to Santiago and it starts again with a steep ascent to a charming chapel, but then you follow soft and undulating dirt roads and tarmac lanes through a landscape that stays significantly rural until you cross the ring road just 3 km 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: 19.5 km, 6.5 hrs, 550 m ascent, 520 m 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 very heart of the old quarter in Ourense, this hotel with a large family tradition, has renewed its facilities to create a new concept with an incomparable and relaxing atmosphere. Their welcoming staff will makes your stay unforgetable.
In the villa of San Cristovo de Cea, well known for its bread, you can find this rural hotel in an old stone building. that has been restored to house this small hotel. Welcoming owners, always ready to help the visitor, and a privileged environment will make your stay very special.
This comfortable traditional rural hotel, situated in the region of Carballino, is a group of stone buildings that recreates the traditional structure of the Galician rural society (main house, secondary houses, oven and hórreo ) with more of 100 years of antiquity.
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.
Modern and elegant hotel, with fantastic views to the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and next to Bonaval Park. It is located in a very quiet area and within walking distance of the old town and the lively area with a wide range of restaurants.
This program is bookable form the 1st of May to the 31st of October, subject to availability.
From these airports either train or bus will be the best option to get to Ourense.
On departure, you have the airport at Santiago de Compostela: Santiago de Compostela (SCQ).
GPS tracks are available upon request