The Way of St. James, stage 4

From O Cebreiro to Santiago de Compostela. Fourth and last stage of the Way wich takes place entirely in Galicia. We leave O Cebreiro, in the province of Lugo for 7 days after arriving in Santiago de Compostela.

Dificulty level

Medium

Landscape rating

High

Cultural rating

High

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Departure

O Cebreiro

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Arrival

Santiago de Compostela

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Duration

8 days – 7 nights – 6 riding days

PAX max per group

6 to 9 PAX

Accomodation

Hotels and Boutique Hotels hb.

Time of the year

May and October

Itinerary

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Day 1

Transport from Madrid airport to O Cebreiro (4h) airport pick up at 3pm

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Day 2

O Cebreiro – Samos

After breakfast we start the ride from tiny but spectacular, stone village O Cebreiro, muncipio Lugo located on 1300m and ride for 21 km through lush, green Galician hills with oak and chesnut trees, down to Tricastela where we stop for lunch. After lunch we continue  for 9 km along the beautiful camino through a forest, enjoying the genuine Galicia and its variety of tracks and country roads to village famous for its 6th century benedictine monastery – Samos, where we stop for diner and night.

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Day 3

Samos – Portomarin

After breakfast we start the ride15 km, mostly on concrete passing town of Sarria to Barbadelo, later after lunch we will pass mistic “100km” of Camino where many people start their walk and continue our 18km to new Portomarin, as an old – oryginal medieval village was floded by the waters of arificial lake  in 1960. We stay here for dinner and night.

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Day 4

Portomarin – Palas de Rei

After breakfast we ride up the hill for 16,5 km to Ligonde where we stop for lunch. Here you can see how tough a four-week pilgrimage was for medieval people as this place have well preserved pylgrim cementery that was used to a nearby part of pylgrim hospital.  After lunch we ride 8,5km to Palas de Rei where we stop for diner and night.

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Day 5

Palas de Rei  – Arzuga

After breakfast we start the ride from Palas de Rei, ride for 16 km crossing to muncipio A-Coruña and arriving to modern village of Melide famous for its octopus dish – where we lunch in the famous local Pulperia Ezequiel. After lunch we ride up and down the hill for 14 km to Arzua where we stop for diner and night.

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Day 6

Arzua – Monte do Gozo

After breakfast we ride 20 km through forests and villages from Arzua to O Pino Pedrouzo where we stop for lunch. After lunch we ride last 15 km before reaching our Santiago de Compostella crossing river Amenal and arriving to Monte do Gozo where pylgims cry of happiness finally seeing towers od Santiago Cathedral.  We stay for diner and night in nearby hotel.

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Day 7

Santiago de Compostela

On the last day we will enter the Obradoiro square, the monumental centre of Santiago de Compostela. We must start early start to enter the Plaza Obradoiro on horse before the crowds of piligims appear. We will ride through the city centre in and out the cathedral square. After the ride horses get loaded to the truck and return home and we can enjoy the Santiago de Compostella.

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Day 8

Santiago de Compostela – Madrid airportWe will drive to Valladolid on Friday afternoon (4.5 hours) and Saturday morning transfer to Madrid Airport (2h)

PS. If you wish to fly back from Santiago de Compostella please search for suitable flights that may be scheduled a day or two after the last programme day. Some of our clients prolong their stay in Santiago and fly when suitable flight are scheduled. We can not provide the Santiago airport transfer though.

This route includes

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Hotel, breakfast and dinner

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Single/double rooms

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Liability insurance

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Experienced Spanish and Spanish mix trail horses

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Guide and minibus transfer

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Picnic lunch

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Traditional Spanish saddle: Silla vaquera

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