Our pilgrimage begins as we depart Atlanta for our overnight flight to Madrid, Spain.
Upon arrival, we will transfer to Sarria, stopping in Avila, the town associated with St. Teresa. In Avila we’ll visit the Convent of St. Teresa (site of her birthplace), as well as other places associated with St.
Teresa. Overnight Sarria.
A motor coach will be available at points along the following
walking segments for those who choose not to walk the whole route.
Today we begin our walk to Santiago de Compostela. Sarria to Portomarin (approximately 6 hours walk / 13.6 miles). Expect a peaceful walk in shady oak woods, pretty villages and on quiet country roads. The village of Barbadelo (580m) has a beautiful Romanesque church that is worth a visit. The next significant village is Ferreiros. When you arrive in Portomarin (550m), you can relax on one of the numerous terraces of the main plaza. Overnight Portomarin
Portomarín to Palas do Rei (approximately 6 hours and 15-minute walk / 15.5 miles). From the village,
the Camino crosses the river Minho and climbs steadily uphill. On your way, we will be crossing Gonzar and passing
the Romanesque Church of Santa María, Castromaior. The calm of the Galician Cemetery in Ligonde on a sunny day is a rest in itself. In Eirexe, the Romanesque portal of the church is a beauty and features a sculpture of Daniel and
animals, as well as a statue of Santiago de Peregrino inside. You will then arrive in Palas do Rei (565m). Overnight Palas
Palas do Rei to Arzua (approximately 7 hours walk / 18 miles). Today, the Camino continues slightly downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the charming village of Leboreiro. At Melide (454m), stop in one of the many restaurants to try some local specialties. Later today, the Camino will follow a forest track and cross several streams bringing you to the village of Boente with its church of Santiago. Then the medieval village of Ribadiso, and finally Arzua (389m). This small town has 2 churches that you can visit, Santa María and La Magdalena. Overnight Arzua
Arzua to Rua-O Pino (approximately 5 hours and 15 minutes / 11 miles). This shaded section of the Camino will pass through woods, along streams and through sleepy villages. Take your time and visit the chapel of Santa Irena, with its unique statues of Santiago. The rest of the way to Rua/O Pino is on a good and quiet country road. Rua 310m) is one of the less crowded stopping points before Santiago de Compostela. Overnight Rua O Pino
Rua to Santiago de Compostela (approximately 5 hours and 20 minutes / 12.4 miles). You are nearly there! The next stage will be Lavacolla where pilgrims traditionally washed in the river before reaching Santiago de Compostela. The tall eucalyptus trees line your way to Monte do Gozo (368m). From the “Mount of Joy” you can see your goal – the Cathedral of Santiago! After a descent to the city (264m, population 80,000) you will be able to witness this UNESCO World Heritage Site up-close. Marvel at the architecture and relish the wonderful atmosphere in this cultural and spiritual mecca. Overnight Santiago de Compostela
With a deeper love for our Faith and great memories of our pilgrimage, we will transfer to the Santiago de Compostela Airport where we’ll board our plane for our flight home.