Friday, 10 May 2019

My Camino 2019

Image result for Pilgrims stamp caminoCamino De Santiago

Walking last 115 Km of the France Way

May 2019
Image result for map of last 100km of camino de santiago

Day 1

Arrival from UK - LHR-MAD, MAD-SAN

Airport Bus to City

Local Meal
Cervecería Gambrinus
5Euro for a Main Dish
Tapas with drink

Bus Tickets to Lugo/Sarria

1st night 18th and luggage storage and Friday 24th
Hotel Rey Fernando GBP 42

C. Fernando III El Santo Nº 30, 6º, Santiago de Compostela, La Coruna, 15701, Spain

Day 2

Cloudy Morning
Sunny Afternoon


Pilgrims Passport - Monastry
Pulpo lunch

Albergue San Lázaro (twin room) check in by 22.00
Calle San Lázaro, 7, Sarria, 27600, Spain -
Phone: +34982530626
Day 3

Cold/Misty Start
Sun/Cloud warm afternoon/evening
Sarria to Portomarin WalkArrow: Slight curveWalk23.19 Km

After your night in Sarria, expect a calm walk through pretty villages and peaceful hamlets
under the shade of oak trees and along quiet country roads. Along the way, you will spot
many Galician traditional ‘hórreos’ (granaries). Visit the beautiful Romanesque church in
the village of Barbadelo. Your destination for the night is the town of Portomarin.

Pilgrims Menu 10Eur
3 courses/ 1/2 Bottle wine

Stopwatch 9 Hrs 00 Mins
Portomarin on 20 May Mixed Dormitory - pay at hostel €10 ea
Albergue Ferramenteiro check in by 20.00
calle chantada 3, Portomarin, 27170, Spain -
Phone: +34 620 99 79 64

Day 4

Misty start/Sunny Hot afternoon
Portomarin to Palas de Rei WalkArrow: Slight curveWalk25.98 Km

After your night in Portomarin, your Camino will cross the river Miño (Galicia’s longest river)
and rise uphill steadily towards the Serra de Ligonde. You will pass nice hamlets such as
Gonzar and Ventas de Narón. Stop to visit the Romanesque Church of Santa María in
Castromaior and the Romanesque church in Eirexe, with its portal featuring a sculpture of
Daniel with animals, as well as Pilgrim Santiago.
Stopwatch 8 Hr 30 Mins

Pilgrims Menu 10 E
3 courses/glass wine
Palas de Rei on 21 May - twin room with shared bathroom €40 to be paid at hostel
O Cabalo Verde check in by 18.00
Travesia da Feira 2, Palas de Rei , 27200, Spain -
Phone: +34 679 91 11 86

Day 5

Sunny Hot Day
Palas de Rei to Arzua WalkArrow: Slight curveWalk31.86 Km

After your night in Palas de Rei, the Camino trail continues downhill, passing the village
of Casanova and the delightful village of Leboreiro. You should take a break in the lively
market town of Melide (454m), where you should try octopus, Galicia’s most classic dish,
in one of the many ‘pulperías’. The Camino crosses several streams and follows a forest
track bringing you to the village of Boente and the church of Santiago. Next is the pretty
medieval hamlet of Ribadiso and finally the town of Arzúa (389m), famous for its local
cheese. In Arzúa, you should visit the churches of Santa María and A Magdalena.

Stopwatch 10 Hrs 15 Mins
22 May in Arzua, booked 2 bunk beds Mixed Dormitory
Abergue O Santo check in by 21.00
Rua Xose Neira Vilas 4, Arzúa, 15810, Spain -
Phone: +34981500957
Day 6
Sunny Day
Arzua to Pedrouzo WalkArrow: Slight curveWalk20.4 Km

After your night in Arzúa, your Camino will take you through pretty woods, sleepy
villages and across streams for most of the day. The chapel of Santa Irene, with its
unique statue of Santiago, is worth a visit. En-route, don’t miss the lovely hamlet of
Rúa (310m) where you can choose to stay tonight and split this walking day. The rest
of the route to Amenal is along a mix of good and calm country roads and forest tracks.

Stopwatch6 Hrs 50 Mins

Double room with private bathroom €65  to be paid at hotel
Pensión LO - check in before 17:30
Rua Mollaos nº 43, O Pedrouzo, 15888, Spain -
Phone: +34 608 98 91 00
Day 7
Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela WalkArrow: Slight curveWalk19.6 Km

After your night in Amenal, your next point of interest is Lavacolla in the outskirts of
Santiago, where pilgrims used to wash themselves in the river in preparation for their
arrival in Santiago de Compostela. Rows of tall eucalyptus trees line your journey to
Monte do Gozo (‘Mount of Joy’ 368m) and it is from here that will catch your first glimpse
of the spires of the cathedral in Santiago. When you arrive in the city (264m, population
80,000), explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site’s architecture and delight in the
wonderful atmosphere of this spiritual and cultural city. With only 16.5km to walk today,
you should be in Santiago in time for the pilgrim mass (12pm). After visiting Santiago
Cathedral and recovering from your walk, take time to explore this gem of a city, small
and vibrant. Its old town will enchant you. In Santiago the Compostela you will find not
only pilgrims but also locals and students, enjoying a few bites and socialising over a
glass of wine in the many bars, restaurants and cosy cafes.

Don't miss THAT view
As the crowds stick steadfastly to the Camino proper in the last few kilometres to Santiago, make
sure you don't miss one of the highlights. At Monte de Gozo most people walk up to the huge stone
monument made in honour of the Pope's 1989 visit, take a picture, then walk on. But they're missing
something special. Just 10 mins off the path (facing the Santiago direction walk to your left in virtually
a straight line and cross the road to walk slightly uphill) is the real Monte de Gozo. Meaning Hill of
Joy, it's from this spot where - since the Camino began - pilgrims would drop to their knees and weep
upon catching their first glimpse of the spires of Santiago de Compostela - their journey's end. It's now
marked with two pilgrim statues both pointing to Santiago and is the only place to get this view.
And yes, you're allowed to cry too...
Pilgrims Office

Stopwatch6 Hrs 05 Mins
Pilgrims' masses twice daily (12noon and 7.30pm)
Same hotel in Santiago one night
1st night 18th and luggage storage and Friday 24th
Hotel Rey Fernando GBP 37

C. Fernando III El Santo Nº 30, 6º, Santiago de Compostela, La Coruna, 15701, Spain

Day 8 Saturday 25th May and Day 9 Sunday 26th May  
Santiago is divided in two main districts: the Old Town (Zona Vella) and the New Town
(Zona Nova).
The Old Town with is winding granite streets, arches, squares and monuments has
been an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. Here you will find not only
Romanesque and baroque churches, museums and some of the oldest University
buildings but also many cosy cafes, traditional and contemporary restaurants,
interesting shops and some of the best nightlife too!
Rúa do Franco goes all the way to the Obradoiro Square and takes its name after the
French pilgrims that used to follow this street to get to the Cathedral. With adjacent Raíña,
this is the most famous street to go out for a few drinks with friends. Many bars and
restaurants along the Franco display their octopus, shellfish and other Galician delicacies
on their windows (vegetarians beware!) and most offer a free bite with
each drink: croquettes, tortilla or even tiger filet (not really tiger meat, by the way).
After a few wines with their bites, you probably won’t need any dinner, but if you are
still hungry, you can always order a few dishes to share.
Santiago’s food market has a rural chic feel: traditional stores run by ladies from
surrounding farms mix with stylish stalls. Modernity and tradition really live in harmony in
the Abastos area, with exciting new restaurants also opening their doors in recent years.
Here you will find some of Galicia’s best produce.
You can’t leave Santiago (or Galicia) without trying the land’s most iconic dish: octopus.
The Galicians call it octopus fair style (‘pulpo á feira’) as it used to be a dish eaten on
market day; while Spaniards like to call it octopus Galician style. Whatever your choice
of words, you must try it at least once before you go back home!


Rúa do Horreo 24
Santiago de Compostela
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