The Camino Frances from Ponferrada

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The Camino de Santiago from Ponferrada

Distance: 93 Km

Duration: 6 days / 5 nights

Meals: Half Board or Only Breakfast

Accomodation: Hotels and Country Cottages

Price: From 371€ per person

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Section 7 of the French Way: Section 7 of the French Way, from Ponferrada to Sarria, begins in the beautiful city of Ponferrada, with its imposing Templar Castle, and finishes in the city of Sarria in Galicia, which is also the most popular starting point of the Camino de Santiago.

Once we leave Ponferrada we will head to Villafranca del Bierzo, a small beautiful mountain town surrounded by idyllic countryside. Next we will tackle a steep climb that will take us to the mountains of O Cebreiro.

O Cebreiro is a beautiful mountain village of great natural beauty. Once we pass O Cebreiro, we will continue on our Camino de Santiago journey through rural Galicia, following forest trails until reaching Sarria. We can take an alternative route to get to Sarria that will enable us to visit the impressive Monastery of St Julian of Samos. Have an unforgettable time on the Camino de Santiago from Ponferrada!







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Camino de Santiago Itinerary from Ponferrada

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Ponferrada

Once we reach the city of Ponferrada, we will have the opportunity to visit its beautiful old town and the Templar Castle, in addition to trying some of the wonderful local cuisine that comes from the surrounding mountains, such as the ‘botillo’ (meat-stuffed pork intestine) and some of the best meats in Spain. 

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From Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo – 17km

We will walk through the spectacular region of El Bierzo, nestled among the mountains. If we are travelling in summer, then we will have the chance to eat some of the area’s delicious cherries. The rest of the year, we can try the different cured meats and other local delicacies. In Villafranca del Bierzo we recommend visiting the Romanesque Church of Santiago. This Church has a “Door of Forgiveness”, which only opens during Holy Years.

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From Villafranca del Bierzo to O Cebreiro – 28km

This route will be one of the most complicated sections on our journey to Santiago, as we will have to climb more than 1,000 meters along the valley of the Valcarce River before reaching the beautiful town of O Cebreiro. We must be ready to tackle this challenge!

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Optional: From Villafranca del Bierzo to O Cebreiro spending the night in Herrerias – 21km y 9km

We can divide this route into 2 sections (21 km and 9 km) and sleep in the small village of Herrerías, which offers spectacular views of the mountain.

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From O Cebreiro to Triacastela – 19km

From O Cebreiro we will pass through the ‘Serra de Rañadoiro’ mountains, and once we’ve crossed Alto do Poio we will descend to the village of Triacastela.

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From Triacastela to Sarria – 21km

Of the two possible options, the SAN XII route offers an amazing passage along narrow forest trails that run through theoak forests that are so typical of the Galician region. On the other hand, if we want to visit Samos and its impressive monastery, we have to walk through the valley of the Ouribio River.

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Sarria

In Sarria we will get the chance to visit the town center where we will find beautiful churches, chapels, monasteries and pilgrim hospitals. Sarria’s main street, Rea Maior, has a quaint atmosphere, and is a great place for getting a coffee. We recommend visiting the Church of Santa Mariña with its evocative pilgrim mural, the Castle and Fortress of Sarria, as well as the Monastery of La Magdalena.

Camino de Santiago Accommodations from Ponferrada

Accommodation in hotels, country homes, guesthouses, traditional Galician homes and charming hostels.

All rooms have a private bathroom and all the necessary facilities to ensure your comfort. Our accommodations have been selected to guarantee your rest and relaxation so that you have a pleasant stay along the Camino de Santiago.

All of the accommodations that we offer are personally checked on-site by our team. We also double check them by referring to the opinions of our customers.

Since we work with quality accommodations that have limited capacity, the exact name of the accommodation will be provided 30 days before the start of the Camino de Santiago.

Camino de Santiago Services from Ponferrada

INCLUDED SERVICES

Accommodation in hotels, traditional Galician homes, country homes, and charming hostels.

Rooms with private bathroom.

Meal plan of your choice.

Luggage transport between stages.

Complete itinerary of the route.

24 hours Telephone assistance on route.

Assistance vehicle in case of emergency.

Informative dossier on the Camino de Santiago.

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ADDITIONAL SERVICES

Additional single room: €110 per person.

Extra night in Sarria: €55 per person.

Transfer from Sarria to Ponferrada: €140.

Travel assistance insurance: €18 per person.

Cancellation insurance: €12 per person.

About the Camino de Santiago from Ponferrada

We will talk next about one of the most charming routes of all along the Camino de Santiago. We refer to the stretch between the magnificent cities of Ponferrada and Sarria. It is part of the Camino Frances and is one of the preferred route by pilgrims.

We will tell you about the reasons why it is worth doing, and we will give you all the information necessary to complete it. Remember that with Santiago Ways it is possible to do it all year round with the best company.

Why do the Camino de Santiago Frances from Ponferrada?

1.- Historical heritage: One of the reasons to make the route on the Camino from Ponferrada to Sarria is its great historical heritage. This is distributed throughout the route and, especially at its point of origin, Ponferrada.

En Ponferrada

Later, in the places of interest section, we will talk about it more in detail. However, we can let you know that you will pass through the environments of the Middle Ages kept in a very good state of conservation.

2.-Infrastructure: From Santiago Ways, we always say that the Camino Frances is endowed with the best infrastructure. In fact, this goes from the quality of its roads to good signposting that it has and offers all the services for the provision of all pilgrims.

This makes it the favourite route for pilgrims and especially for those who dare to make the Camino de Santiago for the first time.

3.-Environment: the natural landscapes with which this section of the Camino de Santiago counts on are spectacular. There are many mountain sections that will offer unforgettable views throughout the year. That is why it is always a good reason to enjoy all the beauty of this route.

Information about the route of the Camino de Santiago from Ponferrada to Sarria

Sarria starts the last stretch before arriving in Santiago de Compostela. So the Camino Frances from Ponferrada to Sarria is the penultimate part of the route. It is a good starting point for those who have not even decided whether to do it completely or to do so only until they reach Sarria.

It is section 7 of the Camino Frances and runs entirely through Galicia and its generous forests. It has a total length of 93 kilometres divided into 6 stages. Within its heritage are the remains of the Templars, for whom this pilgrimage route was sacred. That's why we encourage you to relive the history with the aid of Santiago Ways.

The most reserved routes on the Camino de Santiago from Ponferrada to Sarria

Besides the Camino de Santiago French from Ponferrada to Sarria, there are two other very popular routes within this alternative. We want to talk to you about them in case you haven't decided which one you want to do.

We want to remind you, first of all, that with Santiago Ways you can do any of these routes throughout the year. It is also possible to adjust the service you want to choose between breakfast or breakfast and dinner among the options available.

Camino Frances from Saint Jean Pied de Port

The Camino from St Jean Pied de Port is the most popular among French pilgrims. It starts in this picturesque village and culminates in the Spanish city of Pamplona. It is especially popular during the month of July, when they take advantage of their arrival in Pamplona coincides with the feast of San Fermín. It is a route of 66 kilometres divided into 5 stages.

Camino Frances from Sarria

The route from Sarria is the one that continues onto the one we commented from Ponferrada to Sarria. As we have said, it is the last stretch of the Camino Frances which makes it very crowded, precisely because there are many pilgrims who want to experience the feeling of completing their journey in Santiago de Compostela.

It has a total length of 111 kilometres divided into 7 stages with its corresponding 6 nights. With Santiago Ways, it is possible to spend them in the best hotels along the route.

Route of the Camino Frances from Ponferrada

Maps of the Camino Frances from Ponferrada

We offer you the maps related to the route of the Camino Frances from Ponferrada to Sarria. We do so that you can have as much information as possible and you can get an idea of the places you'll be going to see and the wonders you'll find on your way.

Ponferrada - Villafranca del Bierzo

Mapa Ponferrada a Villafranca del Bierzo

Map stage from Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo

Villafranca del Bierzo - O Cebreiro

Mapa Villafranca del Bierzo a O Cebreiro

Map stage from Villafranca del Bierzo to O Cebreiro

O Cebreiro - Triacastela

Mapa de O Cebreiro a Triacastela

Map stage from O Cebreiro to Triacastela

Triacastela - Sarria

Mapa de Triacastela a Sarria

Map stage from Triacastela to Sarria

Profile of the Camino Frances from Ponferrada

We will talk to you about the profile of the Camino Frances de Santiago from Ponferrada to Sarria. In this part, we will focus on the altitude of the route, its highest points, as well as the difficulty linked to both points. We can say that the first part takes place practically without any climbs.

However, the most pronounced ascent occurs between Hospital and O Cebreiro, with a climb of about 600 meters. The reward comes later between Fonfría and Triacastela when we make the descent.

Then there is a small ascent and finally, we begin to make our descent. Except for that stretch, there is no particularly hard part. On the other hand, you have to remember that the good condition of the road along the Camino Frances makes it easier for us.

Ponferrada - Villafranca del Bierzo

Perfil de Ponferrada a Villafranca del Bierzo

Profile stage from Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo

Villafranca del Bierzo - O Cebreiro

Perfil de Villafranca del Bierzo a O Cebreiro

Profile stage from Villafranca del Bierzo to O Cebreiro

O Cebreiro - Triacastela

Perfil de O Cebreiro a Triacastela

Profile stage from O Cebreiro to Triacastela

Triacastela - Sarria

Perfil de Triacastela a Sarria

Profile stage from Triacastela to Sarria

Stages on foot from Ponferrada to Sarria

We offer you below the different stages on foot that make up this section of the road. We do so that you have all the information possible about the organization of the whole route.

How long does the Camino Frances from Ponferrada take?

The Camino Frances from Ponferrada has a total length of 93 kilometres spread over 6 stages with 5 nights. This makes it a good choice for Easter or for any other long weekend that occurs throughout the year.

Semana Santa en Santiago de Compostela

This duration may vary if, for example, we feel like staying longer while looking at a particular place. There is always that risk taking into account the beauty of the places we pass through.

Best time to do the Camino Frances from Ponferrada to Sarria

Although it is true that choosing the time of year to complete the Camino de Santiago is a personal choice, it is also true that there are advantages and disadvantages in every season. That is why we have decided to show the various months of the year below with their relative advantages and disadvantages.

January

In January the temperature is low, however, it is a good time thanks to the days that we have left over from Christmas. Apart from that, the beauty of the whole environment during this month is another of its charms.

February

In February the temperatures increase a little. There is more risk of precipitation precisely because of evaporation. However, with good foresight, it is always possible to avoid their influence.

March

In March, you can notice the presence of spring. The fields we will go through will be tinted by a symphony of colours that makes this month a good alternative.

April

April is Easter. It is a period of time which is more than enough to be able to complete the route of the Camino de Santiago from Ponferrada to Sarria.

May

In May, the risk of precipitation increases. However, the temperature is already spring like and the beauty of the landscape will accompany us.

Triacastela

June

June is a good month for those who can take their holidays early, just starting the summer. We avoid with this any possible crowds and at the same time, the climate will accompany us very well.

July

This is one of the most popular months because it coincides with the festivities of Santiago de Compostela (from 15th to 31st July) as well as with those of Pamplona on July 6th.

Fiestas del Apostol Santiago

August

It is still one of the months with the largest influx on the Camino. It's nice weather and the temperature is fresh. Plus, it's when most people have more free time available. With Santiago Ways, the topic of overcrowding is not a problem.

September

The month of September starts to bring the autumn. Everything is dyed in its magnificent colours and the romantics generally decide that this is their month. It is necessary to be cautious, and before starting our journey consult the weather forecast closely to avoid possible rains.

October

The month of October usually brings an increase in rainfall but, at the same time, an idyllic environment full of greens, yellows and browns.

November

Temperatures drop and there may be precipitation. However, the influence of winter begins to change such a beautiful landscape.

December

It is a month chosen more and more by those who want to use Christmas to complete their pilgrimage and enjoy the beauty that we can find throughout the route and, especially in the towns and cities.

Guide to the places you cannot miss on the Camino Frances from Ponferrada to Sarria

We have selected some places of special interest to the pilgrim with the intention that you yourself do not miss during your journey. They include not only some places of touristic interest and historical heritage but also others of gastronomic interest.

We also include the best hotels, precisely those where you will stay to rest as you deserve.

Places of interest

Ponferrada

The city from which we start, is by itself, enough reason to make this section of the route. With its majestic castle and spectacular historic complex, this city is one of the best preserved since the time of the Middle Ages, when it was founded by the Templars.

There is no better way to start our route to Sarria and even continue from Sarria to Santiago.

Monasterio de Santa María de Carracedo

Two rivers, the Burbia and the Valcarce, converge in the mountain village of Villafranca del Bierzo. It has several monuments of beautiful architecture from the Middle Ages. For example, the Monastery of Santa Maria de Saracena or its imposing Museum of Natural Sciences, an old palace that is in a perfect state of conservation.

Imagen del monasterio de Santa Maria de Carracedo

O Cebreiro

This magnificent mountain village preserves the purest Galician and Celtic style. With its small houses and a cosy grey stone atmosphere, O Cebreiro is another of the obligatory stops along the Camino Frances from Ponferrada.

Iglesia de Santa Mariña de Sarria

The last point of our pilgrimage, Sarria, also has a lot of cultural and historical interest. For example, it has a castle and the Church of Santa Marina in Sarria. Two examples of the Middle Ages that you can't miss.

Iglesia de Santa Marina en Sarria

Where to sleep – The best hotels

With Santiago Ways, you can have the peace of mind that you will stay in the best hotels and with the care you deserve and rest as you need. We'll introduce you to them below.

Where to eat – The best restaurants

Doce Torres: The Doce Torres restaurant in Ponferrada is a good place to make our first homage before starting our journey. It has specialities of the land (always in season) prepared with great care and with excellent service.

Casa García: Located in the village of O Cebreiro, this restaurant offers a high-quality product at a more than affordable price and with good servings. In other words, it perfectly meets Galicia's reputation for the generosity of its gastronomy.

Casa del Barrio: In Sarria, we can find this place which, despite lacking in superficial luxuries, offers us a high-quality gastronomic experience at a very affordable price.

Origin of the Camino Frances from Ponferrada to Sarria

The Camino from Ponferrada to Sarria shares its origin with the Camino Frances. In fact, this route took prominence ahead of the Camino Primitivo or the Camino del Norte as the Reconquista was advancing.

The Camino Frances became a more attractive alternative because it was easier to complete than the north, much more rugged.

It should be remembered that, originally, the Camino de Santiago was not just a pilgrimage route but also a trade route. It gave economic dynamism to the whole region and made the north of Spain prosper. Thanks to the Camino de Santiago many of its magnificent villages have managed to survive.

The Camino de Santiago from Ponferrada with Santiago Ways

Ideal footwear for the Camino from Ponferrada

Other sections of the Camino de Santiago Frances

Other users’ opinions about the Camino Frances desde Ponferrada

And so you can get to know first-hand the opinions of other people who have already made this route with us, we show them below. In Santiago Ways, we always try to take care of those who trust us as well as possible.

Yuko Fujita
Yuko Fujita
Celebrating 60th birthday, we walked 100 kilos for 10 days. No pain and no blisters. Santiago ways transported our luggage on time every day even we changed one of the hotel to Paradores. Taxis were always on time waiting for us. All hotels were clean, friendly and conveniently located. The food and buildings and history of each accommodations were all unique and wonderful! I will use Santiago ways for my next Camino. Andriana was very helpful. Thank you! Muchas Gracias!
Yana Mileva
Yana Mileva
We booked our "Camino" trip via this agency. Our agent was Vanessa and we are ecstatic with the service! The booking went very smoothly. All our questions were answered and all our wished addressed in a very quick manner. Actually, the agency had to ping us a few times via email and WhatsApp, as we were the ones too slow to answer them. They even made arrangements for us to take our dog on the trip and book the appropriate hotels. The luggage transfer was wonderful. We had a pickup from Santiago to our starting point on "Camino" that also worked perfectly. We can highly recommend the services of this agency. I have to admit that I have not compared prices and if there is something cheaper on the market, but the service we received here was impeccable. We had a wonderful trip and are planing to come back next year and walk another "Camino" again. Buen Camino everyone!
Peggy White
Peggy White
Walking the Camino was the best experience of my life! Partially because I had such a great support crew of Santiago Ways! I worked with Vanessa Veiga who organized my trip to suit my needs. When some details needed to be changed, she kindly worked with me to make it happen. My accommodations were all very different- from Casa Rurals to hostels to Pensions, but they were all excellent. The luggage transfer worked perfectly, too. I highly recommend this company to anyone planning to walk the Camino!
Tamir Shemer
Tamir Shemer
excellent experience with Santiago way team, all that was promised accomplished to the last detail , the transportation, the hotels choices , the path segment choice, the information provided ,the luggage transfer just a perfect vacation
mary ellen canal
mary ellen canal
Santiago Ways is the perfect agency to help you plan you Camino de Santiago.Since the first day that i wrote my email the response was very fast, gladly i began speaking to the agent Vanessa Viega and she made sure i had all the information and helped me plan everything, she was really great .i really enjoyed my Camino, i was looking forward for it and it did satisfied my expectations.This experience for me was the most special in my life, i am really thinking about doing it again starting in Portugal
Winston Fernandez
Winston Fernandez
I used Santiago Ways on my first Camino in March this year. The trail that I did was from Vigo to Santiago de Compostela. The experience was truly fantastic ….. mainly because of Santiago Ways.My contact person at Santiago Ways was Vanessa Veiga. Right from the onset Vanessa was extremely helpful , sensitive and very attentive to all my requests. She responded swiftly to all my mails. She selected the right hotels which were excellent and the luggage always arrived on time.I am planning my second Camino next April and I would continue to use Santiago Ways and in particular Vanessa. Thanks a million Vanessa and continue the good work to all the pilgrims who want to experience a true Camino.Winston FernandezKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Marion Tilley-Vyner
Marion Tilley-Vyner
Santiago Ways made it possible for me to do the pilgrimage. At 69 I did not like the idea of staying in a hostal, I like a bit of privacy and comfort! And I could not have done the walking while carrying my luggage. Adriana at Santiago Ways helped me work out my route and booked hotels and luggage transfers. Also, having them there in case I had any problems, was very reassuring. Adriana was only a phone call away. I recommend using Santiago Ways for anyone having doubts about doing the pilgrimage - they make it so much easier!
Tammy Shain
Tammy Shain
Vanessa was awesome and we loved Santiago Ways! We had a group of 8 college friends that were all around 50-years old. The deciding factor in choosing Santiago Ways was the group discount offered for groups of 6 or more. All other companies threshold for a discount was 10 people. Vanessa and the staff were awesome to work with throughout the process. We did the five day hike from Sarria to Santiago. We requested superior accommodations in places that were on the trail. The accommodations were top notch and 4 of the 5 places were directly on the trail. The exception was our night in Lavacolla in which we were .4 miles off the trail. It was our choice to stay in that location in order to have a shorter walk to Santiago on our final day so we could make the noon mass. We were pleasantly surprised at how clean each place was and they all had great bar and restaurant choices in close proximity - with the exception of Lavacolla so we recommend eating on-site - it was very good.
Sandi Frost Steensma
Sandi Frost Steensma
We had an excellent experience on the Camino with Santiago Ways. We had 14 women and everything was wonderful. We enjoyed the hotels, loved the daily luggage transport and the food was terrific. Santiago Ways communicated throughout our trip. We felt well-supported when we needed to make changes. Thank you!!
Beatriz Beltranena
Beatriz Beltranena
Santiago Ways is excellent they exceeded my expectations!! they do a great JOB and we had a "Buen Camino" in part thanks to them... lovely hotels.. flawless bag transfers and great great service!!! I would totally recommend them and please look for Vanessa she is the best.
Jan Schubert
Jan Schubert
My family and I used Santiago Ways to organize our recent pilgrimage from Lisbon to Porto. They did an excellent job booking us (as much as possible) into wonderful, small, family-run hotels and coping with the many changes dictated by "group" travel. In addition, one of us was traveling by bicycle whilst the rest were walking, necessitating even more planning which Santiago Ways did with patience and grace. We recommend using Santiago Ways for Camino support and planning!!! Jan Schubert
Jill Scher
Jill Scher
My family and I (6 of us) just finished walking the Lisbon to Porto section of the Camino Portuguese. It was a wonderful experience for us. The hotels we were booked into were well chosen and the food was great. We also found the path to be well marked making way finding fairly easy. A great relief as we had heard it was not well marked. Our luggage was efficiently transferred each day and everything ran very smoothly. Thank you Santiago Ways! We would definitely recommend your services to our friends. Jill
Kenneth E. Nowell
Kenneth E. Nowell
Santiago Ways made my memorable hike trouble-free. I had excellent hotels, tasty breakfasts, dependable baggage forwarding, informative advance information, and a dependable drive to deliver me to Sarria. I really appreciate their attention to detail!
Margo Gosia Barker
Margo Gosia Barker
We booked our El Camino with Santiago Ways and we were very lucky to have Silvia as our agent. She did a fantastic job organizing our trip, always promptly responding to our inquiries, impeccable English, all accommodations that she arranged for us were great, and our luggage was always delivered to the next location timely, before our arrivals to sites. I would definitely recommend Santiago Ways and ask for Silvia to be your representative.
Patricia Bazán
Patricia Bazán
This trip changed my life in ways I could not describe! I knew the hiking was going to be a challenge, but Santiago Ways made it so easy to plan and execute. They are truly the best and I am already planning my next trip with Santiago Ways and would not think of going anywhere else. Silvia Rivera was particularly helpful in the planning, as she answered all my questions patiently, and help me through the process. Great job, Guys, and I will see you next year!
Roberto Canto
Roberto Canto
Have just finished El Camino de Santiago from Sarria with the help of Santiago Ways. They have been extremely accesible from day one. The transfer of the luggage throught the five days was impecable, always finding the luggage in the room on every stage of the way. The food and lodging was very acceptable. If I were to do it again I would not hesitate to contact them once more for their assistance! "Buen camino".
Edmee Flores
Edmee Flores
Our experience with Santiago Ways was flawless. We highly recommend this outfit for your Santiago way experience. A perfect 10!
Barbara Melinska
Barbara Melinska
Very nice experience. Good and professional organization.Nice and friendly environment during the event. Recommended 100 %. Saludos para Jose 😉
Hanna Ringel
Hanna Ringel
Simply put - an incredible experience! This agency looks after every last detail. I walked the last 100 km of the Camino with their help and I definitely want to go back soon and do a longer part of the route. When that happens (which I hope is soon) I'll definitely be using Santiago Ways again! Thanks for everything.
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