8-Day SELF-GUIDED WALK - VIA DE LA PLATA From Ourense to Santiago de Compostela


VIA DE LA PLATA - From Ourense to Santiago de Compostela 

With an average walking distance of 20kms per day, this Camino takes you on a superb journey
through peaceful villages and hamlets and magnificent tranquil countryside 

SELF -GUIDED - DEPARTURE DATE: On a date to suit  

TRIP LENGTH: 8 days/7 nights  BREAKFAST: Included daily 

EXTRA NIGHTS: Additional rest days can be added  OTHER: Luggage Transfer – 1 x 20kg bag per person

TRIP TYPE: Moderate

FROM PRICE (Dinners not included): Euro 875 per person twin share
FROM PRICE (Most dinners included): Euro985 per person twin share
All subject to availability  

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Euro325 DEPOSIT: AUD600 per person 


BACKGROUND

Starting in the beautiful thermal spa city of Ourense, this Camino walk, following the last 100km of the Via de la Plata, takes you on one of the most incredibly serene and peaceful pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela imaginable.

The Via de la Plata follows a course dating back to Roman times. It was also the route used by the Mozarabic (Christian) pilgrims during Moorish control between the 10th to the 12th centuries and by all those coming from the south of Spain, including those who arrived in Seville by sea from North Africa and other parts of the Mediterranean. And like all other Camino routes, it is a religious pilgrimage to the relics of Saint James the Apostle, believed to be interred in the grand old Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Yet even in those ancient times, many pilgrims were on the road for less lofty reasons and may have set out just to see the world and find adventure. Nowadays, some walk simply for health and rejuvenation, to experience the inspiring landscape, history and architecture, or to complete a spiritual or religious journey. It is rare to find a pilgrim who has not been transformed in some way by walking their Camino. For many, walking a Camino is a life changing experience.

The countryside from Ourense to Santiago de Compostela is extremely picturesque with winding rivers, lush farmlands and tiny villages and hamlets doting the landscape. The daily walk provides plenty of thinking. Walking the Camino is a chance to shake off your worries for another time and place, or if you like to ponder the larger questions as you build a daily routine of walking through inspiring landscapes. It provides thinking time to crystalise the 'where to from here', or if you prefer, to let go of conscious thought all together.

There is an enormous depth of history as well as everyday learning on the Camino, as people of all ages from all over the world come together to walk the paths that so many have done before them. The local people are proud of their country and culture, and readily offer their hospitality.

ACCOMMODATION

Your ‘Wandering the World’ team has secured accommodation in a mix of centrally located hotels and ‘casa rurals’ – Spanish privately owned accommodation. 

The local food is a highlight especially when ‘mama’ is in the kitchen preparing a three-course meal known as the pilgrim’s staple. 

For your convenience, your private accommodation is booked in advance, with a daily luggage transfer. This means you are carefree to enjoy your day, and the idea is to enhance the enjoyment of your walk.

ABOUT THE WALKING

You will be equipped with easy to read maps and instructions complete with directions to guide you on the marked paths and tracks, following the various scallop shell signs and of course, the famous yellow arrows.

Wandering the World takes care of all your accommodation and daily luggage transfer so you can relax and enjoy your journey.

There is at least a basic level of fitness required with some uphill stretches on a few days.

 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Day 1 /Night 1 
Arrive Ourense

Ourense’s old quarter has a beautiful 12th century cathedral and lively pedestrian streets with many bars and restaurants where you can taste Galicia’s traditional cuisine and Ourense’s local wine.

Day 2/Night 2
Cea Walking distance 20km - Approx 6 hours

You start your Camino in the city of Ourense and head towards Cea, a village known for its famous bread: ‘Pan de Cea’. The first stage is the most challenging, with a steady climb. You will pass the village of Tamallancos with its Santa María Church and baroque ‘pazo’ and, after Sobreira, you will cross the 13th century bridge over the Barbantiño River.

Day 3/Night 3
Dozon Walking distance 21km - Approx 6 hours

Today you will walk along shaded paths on the countryside, on your way to the 13th Century Mosterio de Oseira Monastery. You will then continue along a very quiet country road until you reach the village of Dozón, crossing into the province of Pontevedra.

Day 4/Night 4
Lalin Walking distance17km - Approx 5 - 6 hours

You start the day with a climb to the top of a hill with amazing views. You will pass farmlands and hamlets and continue your walk on the countryside until you reach Lalín.


Day 5/Night 5
Silleda Walking distance 15km - Approx 3 - 4 hours

Today is a pleasant short stage, walking up and downhill through woodlands, farmlands and small villages before entering Silleda, famous for its cattle and agricultural fairs, including the international Green Week (Semana Verde).

Day 6/Night 6
Ponte Ulla Walking distance 20km - Approx 5 hours  

Starting with an easy stroll towards Bandeira, a town famous for its empanadas (Galician pastry pies), the day continues downhill through farmlands and villages. Just before descending to Ponte Ulla, the old castle is worth a visit for its 360-degree panoramic views. In Ponte Ulla, take a closer at the Iglesia de Santa Maria da Magdalena and its very detailed Romanesque facade.

Day 7/Night 7
Santiago Walking distance 20km - Approx 5 hours 

Today is special because it is the last of the whole Via de la Plata route! Leaving Ponte Ulla you will first climb up towards Pico Sacro with its Ermita de San Sebastian and breathtaking views. The last couple of kilometres to Santiago are still quite rural and it is difficult to believe you are so close to a city. Finally, you reach Santiago a UNESCO World Heritage site with its world-famous Cathedral. You have arrived in Santiago de Compostela!


Day 8
Santiago

Santiago de Compostela is a special, rare city with a particular magic that can only be enjoyed by walking around its streets. Its historical centre has been designated a World Heritage Site and offers dozens of churches and religious buildings, including the impressive cathedral, which is both Baroque and Romanesque at the same time and contains the sepulchre of the Apostle St James (known in Spanish as Santiago).

The plazas of A Quintana, Praterias, Acibecheria and O Obradoiro escort the Cathedral and each one stands as an open-air museum. Plaza de O Obradoiro marks the location of the Hostel dos Reis Catόlicos, which is today a parador hotel, the office of the vice-chancellor of the city’s university and the Pazo de Raxoi, which is home to the regional government and the City Hall. The cathedral marks the beginning of Rúa da Raiña and Rúa Franco, which are laden with bars and restaurants where you can enjoy all the specialities of Galicia and, at the end of the street, the beautiful Paseo da Ferradura offers impressive views of the city on one side and the university campus on the other.

Another part of the historical centre contains the beautiful marketplace, which is of neo-Romanesque style. It is impossible to summarise the beauty of this great city in only a few lines.

Although the trip finishes after breakfast today, the memories of the Camino will live on.

Wandering the World hope you have had a journey of a lifetime and welcome your choice to wander with us again.


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PHONE: +61 (0) 402 910 552

EMAIL: Glenyce Johnson glenycej@wanderingtheworld.com.au

or Jane Reed janer@wanderingtheworld.com.au

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