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Camino de Santiago : Sarria - Santiago From 450€ Code: SC001

The last 100 kilometers

Walk the last 100 miles of the Camino de Santiago and earn the "Compostela", the official certification granted by the archbishop or the Chapter of Santiago to those who make the pilgrimage for religious reasons (whether or not during a Holy Year) .

The requirements for the granting of the Compostela are:

Travel by foot, bicycle or horseback a certain section of the Camino (at least the last 100km on foot, or 200km by bicycle or horse)

The accreditation of the section travelled is done by means of the Pilgrim's Credential, in which are placed the stamps or signatures of the parishes, hostels, shelters or representatives of the villages through which the route passes. Pilgrims who don't have a Credential may use in its place a letter from their parish, or a diary of the route with the signatures and stamps of each stage of the Camino.

In Santiago de Compostela the office for pilgrims is located next to the Cathedral, at 1 Rua do Vilar on the first floor (open from 10h00 to 14h00 and 16h30 to 19h00). This is where one receives the final stamp, and where the "Compostela" is issued.

  • Type of activity: Culture Spairience!
  • Destination: Sarria (España)
  • Duration: 7 día
  • Period/date: From April to October - 2014
  • Deposit: 140€
  • Accomodation: incluido
  • Lunch: opcional
  • Age: Between 10 and 70 years
  • Location: Sarriá - Lugo - Spain
  • Accomodation Included
  • Under 16s
  • Over 16s
  • Children
  • Groups
  • Families
  • Natural Environment

History and Tradition

James was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. His brother John was also an apostle, as well as being one of the four Evangelists.

He preached Christianity in the West and evangelized Spain. According to tradition, on the night of 2 January in the year 40 AD the Blessed Virgin appeared to him on the river Ebro in Zaragoza to comfort him, as he had been encountering difficulties in getting people to accept the Gospel. James built a small temple at that spot, which is now the site of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza.

When he returned to Palestine was beheaded by Herod Agrippa in around 44 AD. He was the first apostle to be martyred for his faith.

At the beginning of the ninth century the hermit Pelayo found unusual stars illuminating a place in the Libredón forest. He informed Theodomir, the bishop of Iria Flavia, who proceded to identify the site as the tomb of St. James and his disciples Athanasius and Theodore, and communicated this to King Alfonso II The Chaste. The King ordered the building of a modest Basilica (consecrated in 834) and a Monastery which was entrusted to the Benedictines.

Pope Leo is informed and the news spreads quickly throughout the Christian world. The site gradually becomes Compostela, the name deriving from "Campus Stellae" ("Field of Stars") in allusion to the stars that led to the discovery. In 899 a larger basilica, built by Alfonso III, is consecrated. The tomb of St. James becomes a reference point for all Christianity and the pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela begin.

In 1095 the Bishop of Compostela, Don Diego Gelmírez, petitions Pope Urban II to transfer the episcopal see from Iria Flavia to Compostela, converting it to the category "Apostolic" - the same category as the see of Rome.

The Codex Calixtinus or Liber Sancti Jacobi is a twelfth-century manuscript kept in the Cathedral of Santiago. It is divided into five books. The fifth book is the "Pilgrim's Guide", attributed to the French cleric Aymeric Picaud who describes in detail the sanctuaries on the route, the hospitality of the people, the food, springs, rivers, local customs, etc.

In 1122 Pope Callistus II institutes the Jacobean Holy Year. Pope Alexander III in his Bull "Regis Aeterni" (1179) grants the privilege in perpetuity of Jubilee (Holy Year) in those years when the festival of Santiago (25 July) falls on a Sunday, resulting in a frequency of 6, 5, 6 and 11 years (ie 1982, 1993, 1999, 2004, 2010, 2021, etc).

And thus begins the golden era of pilgrimages to Santiago. The sanctuary becomes the Christian world's most visited, ahead even of Rome and Jerusalem. Saints, kings, nobles, knights, burghers, craftsmen and farmers, with or without train, on foot or on horseback, undertake the pilgrimage to Compostela. An amazed ambassador to Ali Ben Yusuf Amir commented in the twelfth century: "There is such a multitude of pilgrims going to Compostela and returning, that there is barely any free space on the road to the West".

In 1879 the remains of the Apostle are rediscovered. In the previous year, Cardinal Paya y Rico had ordered some renovations to be made to the main altar of the Cathedral. On the night of 28 January 1879 workers drill into a vault and find a grave with the skeletons of three men. By means of the Bull "Deus Omnipotens" Pope Leo XIII announces the discovery to the entire Catholic world, thereby inspiring a new wave of pilgrimages to Santiago.

The city of Santiago de Compostela is declared a "World Heritage Site" by UNESCO in 1985.

In 1987, the major routes of the Camino de Santiago (the "Way of St. James") are declared "The First European Cultural Route " by the Council of Europe, followed by the "Common Heritage of Humanity" declaration by UNESCO in 1993.

Pope John Paul II unterook the pilgrimage to Santiago the Compostela in the Holy Year 1982, and again in 1989 on the occasion of World Youth Day:

"I, Bishop of Rome and Pastor of the universal Church, from Santiago I send out, old Europe, a cry filled with love: find youself again, be yourself. Discover your origins. Regenerate your roots. Revive those authentic values ​​which made your history glorious and your presence beneficial in other continents. Rebuild your spiritual unity in an atmosphere of respect for other religions and genuine freedoms ... " John Paul II, Santiago de Compostela, 1982.

"For us, as for the pilgrims who have preceded us in the past, this Way expresses a deep spirit of conversion. A desire to return to God. A journey of purification and penance, of renewal and reconciliation." John Paul II, Santiago de Compostela, 1989.

You can walk with your backpack and let us reserve all your accommodation along the way.

As a second option we can also transport your luggage for you.

Your third option is to travel this part of the Camino as a group. The people participating are the most heterogeneous imaginable. Walking is done in small groups, with everyone going at their own pace. If you choose this option, you will have a support vehicle to carry your bags and luggage at your disposal, but most importantly, this vehicle can be used if someone needs it due to fatigue, in case of any incidents or if you require help of any kind. This option also allows you to avoid possible injury caused by being overweight, and to simply enjoy the journey as you travel along without haste or worries. Your accomodation is booked with half board when you choose this option.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Sarria  - Transfer from Santiago de Compostela to Sarria (for those arriving by plane) - Our guide will be at the hotel waiting for you. Dinner with the rest of the group (15 max.) Accommodation in Sarria. 

Day 2: Sarria - Portomarín (22 km). Breakfast from 7h15. We recommended you depart early. Everyone goes at their own pace to the following stop. Dinner and accommodation in Portomarín.

Day 3: Portomarín - Palas de Rei (24.5 km). Breakfast at the hour of your choice (please indicate this to the restaurant). We recommended you depart early. Everyone goes at their own pace to the following stop. Dinner and accommodation in Palas.

Day 4: Palas - Arzúa (27.8 km). Breakfast from 7h30 onwards. We recommended you depart early. Everyone goes at their own pace to the following stop. Dinner and accommodation in Arzúa.

Day 5: Arzúa - Rua (17.6 km). Breakfast from 8am. We recommended you depart early. Everyone goes at their own pace to the following stop. Dinner and accommodation in O Pino.

Day 6: Rua - Santiago de Compostela (18.8 km). Breakfast from 8am. We recommended you depart early. Everyone goes at their own pace to the following stop. Dinner and accommodation in Santiago.

Day 7: Santiago. Pilgrim Mass at 12h00 (it is advisable to be there at least 45 min before). Afternoon free for the return trip. 

End of our services

 

450€, A Option (Minimum 1 People) includes:

Bed and Breakfast Accomodation in a double room

Luggage transfer (one backpack or suitcase per person, maximum weight 15 kg)

Travel Insurance

 

24-hr telephone assistance for emergencies and incidents

 

700€, B option (Minimum 10 people) includes:

Transfer from Santiago de Compostela to Sarria for those arriving by plane

Support vehicle with guide / escort throughout the trip

Half board: (breakfast and dinner with water and wine included )

Luggage transfer (one backpack or suitcase per person, maximum weight 15 kg)

Travel Insurance

24-hr telephone assistance for emergencies and incidents

 

Not Included:

Transfer to point of departure

Return transfer

Lunch (midday meal) unless specifically requested

 

Concept Type Cost
A Option Included 450€
B Option Included 700€

Tips and Requirements

1. Don't forget your documentation - both personal and the Pilgrim's Credential.

2. Breathable and waterproof flexible boots with ankle support. Wear them before the trip to ensure that they are comfortable.

3. Comfortable walking clothes and outerwear according to season.

4. Sunscreen, hat or cap, and sunglasses.

5. A basic medical kit to deal with the consequences of the long walk, including needle, thread and disinfectant for blisters, plasters, paracetamol and insect lotion.

6. Good quality hiking backpack. 

7. Waistbag or small backpack for when you reach your daily destination.

8. Travel cutlery and knife for meals on the road.

9. Walking stick if desired.

10. A torch may well be useful.

11. A pack of cards could be a fun way to pass some time!

12. In summer avoid walking at the hottest time of the day. Rather get up at first light and start out as early as possible.

13. The entire Camino all the way to Santiago is marked with yellow arrows and stone markers. It is impossible to get lost.

14. When walking along public roads, always walk on the left shoulder to face oncoming traffic.

15. Don’t be discouraged by fatigue, there are also many hours of rest programmed each day. 

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