Adventure French Way from Sarria with stop in Melide
The French Way from Sarria with a stop in Melide is a variation of our routes that has one more stage, so you can enjoy your experience for a couple more days, taking it all in at a more leisurely pace.
On this route we divide the longest stage from Palas de Rei to Arzúa, spending the night in
Melide. It is a beautiful road full of fairy-tale landscapes that are well worth wandering and exploring.
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Night at Sarria
Once you arrive in Sarria, we recommend that you take a stroll around the village and gaze upon its monuments and streets, where you can start soaking up the atmosphere of the Camino. This picturesque village has historical landmarks that are well worth exploring, such as the Monastery of the Magdalena and the Castle.
You can also relax in Chanto Park, or have a coffee in the village centre.
From Sarria to Portomarín
Night at Portomarín
Your Camino will begin with this stretch that runs alongside peaceful paths between centuries-old oak trees and historic granaries. The village of Portomarín is located on the banks of the Minho River and has lovely monuments worth visiting such as the Church of San Nicolás, renowned for having had to be moved to another location when its original site was flooded after the construction of the Belesar reservoir.
From Portomarín to Palas de Rei
Night at Palas de Rei
After leaving Portomarín behind, the Camino starts to climb as you ascend the Serra de Ligonde. You can visit the villages of Gonzar and Castromaior, where the beautiful Romanesque Church of Santa María is located. You will then continue downhill to Palas de Rei, site of the famous Pambre Castle, a well-preserved 14th century fortress that will transport you to a dream-like world.
Fron Palas de Rei to Melide
Night at Melide
On this route the longest stage is split into two different parts.
Once you leave Palas de Rei, the path starts to climb along beautiful trails until you reach Melide. Here you will find the famous octopus 'á feira' (boiled in copper cauldrons with potatoes and sweet paprika), which we highly recommend.
From Melide to Arzúa
Night at Arzúa
Due to the very few kilometres between you and your next stop, you can enjoy some of the charming villages along the Camino, such as Boente and Castañeda, until you reach Arzúa.
This town, famous for its cheese, gives its name to the designation of origin Arzúa Ullua.
From Arzúa to O Pino
Night at O Pino
This stage of the route begins with a descent that runs through magical forests and streams that create an idyllic landscape. This is quite an easy section, so you may like to take the opportunity to visit the Chapel of Santa Irene and the Church of Santa Eulalia de O Pedrouzo.
From O Pino to Santiago De Compostela
Night at Santiago de Compostela
When you leave O Pedrouzo, you will head towards the end of your journey via Lavacolla. You will then journey to Monte do Gozo, where you will be able to glimpse the towers of the cathedral on the horizon. You will arrive in Santiago through the neighbourhood of San Lázaro, winding down towards the historic city centre, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, until you reach Plaza Obradoiro, where you will finally see the Cathedral of Santiago from up close. If you like and managed to get an early start, you can attend the pilgrim's mass, celebrated at 12 noon.