Sarria Spain

Sarria Spain: The Start of the Final Stage of the Camino Frances

With a population of just over 13,000, Sarria can feel very busy and noisy after the last few days in the remote countryside, though minor compared to arriving in Santiago de Compostela.

The town and the route from here are traditionally very busy due to many pilgrims starting at this point, (pilgrims must walk 100km to receive the Compostela).

Sarria first appeared in records during the 6th century, however, there is evidence of an earlier Roman settlement. The town was repopulated by Bishop Odoario of Lugo after the reconquest in the mid 8th century.

Sarria on the Camino

Albergue Xunta, c/ Mayor, 79, €6, 40 beds, W, D, K, Cred, Tel: 660 396 813,, open all year

Albergue Los Blasones, c/ Mayor, 31, private, €10, 40 beds, W, D, K, Bike, Tel: 982 530 666, Web:, open Mar to Nov inc.

Albergue Casa Peltre, Escalinata da Fonte, 10, private, €10, 22 beds, W, D, K, @, Bike, Tel: 606 226 067, Web:, open Mar to oct inc.

Albergue Mayor, c/ Mayor, 64, private, W, D, K, @, Bike, Tel: 685 148 474, Web:, open Apr to Oct inc.

Albergue Monasterio de la Magadalena, Avenida de la Merced, 60, private, €10, 100 beds, K, V, @, Bike, Tel: 982 533 568, Web:, open Mar to Oct.

Albergue Oasis, Camino de Santiago a Tricastela, 12, private, €10, 27 beds, K, @, Bike, Tel: 982 535 516, 605 948 644, Web:, open Mar to Nov inc.

Albergue O Durmiñento, c/ Mayor, 44, private, 210, 43 beds, W, D, V, @, Tel: 982 531 099, open: Apr to Nov.

Albergue San Lazaro, c/ San Lázaro, 7, private, €10, 30 beds, W, D, @, Bike, Tel: 982 530 626, Web:, open Apr to Oct.

Albergue Dos Oito Marabedis, c/ Conde de Lemos, 23, private, W, D, K, Bike, Tel: 629 461 770, , open May to Oct inc.

Albergue Don Alvaro, c/ Mayor, 10, private, €9, 40 beds, W, D, V, K, @, Bike, Tel: 982 531 592, Web:, open Jan 10th to Dec 18th.

Albergue Internacional, c/ Mayor, 57, private, €10, 43 beds, M, W, D, B, @, Bike, Tel: 982 535 109, Web:, open all year.

Albergue Barbacoa del Camino, c/ Esqueiredos,1, private, €8, 18 beds, W, D, K, @, Bike, Tel: 619 879 476, Web: , open all year.

Albergue A Pedra, 19 Camino Vigo, private, €10, 23 beds, W, D, K, M€9, Bike, Tel: 652 517 199, 982 530 130,, open all year, some double rooms.

Alma do Camino, Rúa de Calvo Sotelo, 199 – Bajo, private, €9, 96 beds, W, D, K, @, Bike, Tel: 629 822 036, Web:, open Feb to Dec 15th inc.

Albergue Obradiro, Calle Mayor, 49, private, €8, 30 beds, W, D, K, @, Bike, Tel: 647 209 442, Web:, Easter to Oct inc.

Albergue Credencial, Rúa do Peregrino 50, private, €9, 28 beds, W, D, V, @, Tel: 982 876 455, Web:, open all year.

Albergue Puente Ribeira, Rúa do Peregrino, 23, private, €9, 50 beds, W, D, @, V, Bike, Tel: 698 175 619, Web:, open Mar to Oct inc.

Albergue Matias, Calle Mayor, 4, private, €10, 40 beds, W, D, @, V, Tel: 982 534 285, open all year.

From Sarria, there are many backpack services until Santiago that offer to carry your bag to your next hostel.

Beware of feeling superior to all the new pilgrims that start walking here, it is an easy feeling to develop when you have already been walking for nearly 700 km (435 mi)- they may need as much help as anyone else.

The oldest part of the town is built on the side of the hill and because the railway was built to the side of the town the old quarter has remained fairly intact.

Church of Santa Marina was first constructed in the 12th century, it has however been completely replaced by a large stone modern building with some interesting murals.

The Parish Church of El Salvador dates from the 12th century, with various 14th-century Romanesque reconstructions.

The Castle was started in the 14th century, however, there is little left as it was destroyed in the 1467 civil war.

The castle was reconstructed in 1670 by the Conde de Lemos, but was abandoned and fell into ruin; the stones from the ruins were used to build streets and sidewalks. However, one tower has been reconstructed.

Convent de la Magdalena Sarria

The 13th century Convent de la Magdalena grew from Italian pilgrims who founded a hermitage in the 12th century.

During the 13th century, it was reconstructed in the Plateresque style as an Augustinian Monastery. However this history is disputed and some believe it was founded by the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, today however it is run by Mercedarian monks.

On the way out of Sarria sits the Hermitage de San Lazaro, this was a middle ages leprosarium. However, it has been replaced by a modern construction that has some interesting pilgrim mosaics.

Today’s Walk: 23.1 km (13.1 mi)Sarria to Portomarin Map

This is the main start for the last 100 km of the Camino de Santiago on the Camino Frances.

If you start your Camino de Santiago on the Camino Frances in Sarria, as many do, remember to have your Pilgrim’s Passport stamped twice each day if you want your Compostela on arrival in Santiago de Compostela.

If you don’t already have your Pilgrims Passport you can collect one here in Sarria at this Albergue in the Monastery of La Magdalena.

Today and for the rest of the way until Santiago, there is never a problem with food or water, it is rare that you are more than a few kilometers from a town or village. For example today you will walk through or pass beside 21 towns and villages.

A lot of pilgrims use Sarria as their start point, the reasons behind this is twofold. First pilgrims want to walk into Santiago rather than hike some other arbitrary 100 km (60 mi) or 5/7 days elsewhere along the Camino France.

Secondly, to receive a Compostela you have to walk at least the last 100 km or cycle the last 200 km (120 mi) and this is a convenient location to travel to.

Today’s section is along small country roads and a few country paths, it is generally tree-lined and will provide good shade in the sun. The map is marked with only the towns and villages that have albergues. There are hamlets every kilometer or so, it can seem like you have just left one village as you enter the next.

The route is easier than it looks on the elevation map and should take about 5 hours of easy walking.

Inside de la Magdalena Convent


Barbadelo Spain

3.4 km (2.1 mi), cafe, water

Albergue Casa Barbadelo, Vilei, private, €10, 23 beds, W, D, M, B, Bike, Tel: 982 531 934, Web:, open Easter to Nov inc.

Albergue Xunta, old school, €6, 22 beds, W, D, Tel: 660 396 814,, open all year

Albergue A Casa de Carmen, San Silvestre, private, 210, 32 beds, M, B, @, Bike, Tel: 982 532 294,, open unknown,

Albergue O Pombal, beside Xunta, private, €10, 8 beds, W, D, K, V, Bike, Tel: 686 718 732, Web:, open Apr to Oct inc.

Albergue 108 to Santiago, private, €8, 12 beds, W, D, @, Bike, Tel: 634 894 524, Web:, open all year.

Albergue Molino de Marzan, 3.5km past Barbadelo, private, €10, 16 beds, W, D, K, @ Bike, Tel: 679 438 077, Web:, open Apr to Oct inc.

In Barbadelo is the Church of Santiago de Barbadelo a Galician Romanesque church that dates from the 9th century with a single aisle. The main portal has four columns each crowned with capitals that support two archivolts with a variety of carvings that include crude human figures, plants, animals, and geometric motifs.

The Liber Sancti mentions Barbadelo twice providing evidence that the Camino Frances passed through this village, however, the area was noted for swindling pilgrims.


Peruscallo Spain

3.9 km (2.4 mi), there is a bar, restaurant, and water.


Morgade Spain

4.2 km (2.6), water, bar

The bar is attached to the hostel.

Albergue Casa Morgade, private, €10, 16 beds, W, D, B, M, Bike, Tel: 982 531 250, Web:, Apr to Nov inc


1.7 km (1 mi), water

Albergue Xunta, on main road, €5, 22 beds, W, D, Tel: 982 157 496,, open all year

Casa Cruceriro, €10, 18 beds, W, D, V, @, Tel: 639 020 064 or 982 541 240, Web:, open Mar to Nov

Ferreiros was known for a blacksmith that provided services to pilgrims for nails studs in boots and shoeing horses. The Church of Santa Maria de Ferreiros has a Romanesque facade from the 12th century.

A Pena

1.8 km (1.1 mi), water, bar

Casa do Rego, A Pena, 4, private, €10, 6 beds, W, @, Tel: 982 167 812, Web:,


Mercadoiro on the Camino

2.3 km (1.4 mi), water, bar

Albergue Mercadoiro, Aldea de Mercadoiro, 2, private, €10, 32 beds, W, D, M, Bike, Tel: 982 531 250, Web:, open Mid Mar to Mid Nov.


Approaching Portomarin

3.5 km (2.2 mi)

Albergue Casa Banderas, Marker stone 91.5km, W, D, @, M, B, Bike, Tel: 982 545 391, Web:, open Apr to Oct inc

It’s a 2.3-km (1.4 mi) walk from Vilcha to Portomarin.

Key: W = Washing, D = Drying, M = Menu, @ = Internet, K = Kitchen, B = Breakfast, V = Vending, Cred  = Credential

Sarria to Portomarin elevation map

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