Camino Section # F7

Galicia Spain: (ZZ-HK-ESCAM07)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/spain_hiking_camino_santiago_french_route_7.aspx

Introduction
Galicia Spain
This Camino Walking Tour explores the seventh section of the Camino Frances / French Way, the most traditional of all the pilgrims’ ways to Santiago de Compostela and the best known internationally.

Starting in the mountain-hugging town of Ponferrada and finishing in Sarria, a bustling market town, this Camino crosses the magnificent O Cebreiro Mountains before winding down to a more gentle terrain.

O’Cebreiro is a megalithic village with round stone houses, with an amazing church, Santa Maria Real, where you can find the most important religious remains of Galicia (the miracle of Santo Milagro with a Chalice and Paten turning into the body and blood of Jesus Christ). The Chalice and Paten are the symbol of Galicia and are on the Galician Flag. The remains of Don Elias Valina Sampredo, the father of the modern Camino and ‘inventor’ of the yellow arrow, are also in the Church.

Everyday, during the walk, you are guaranteed a high level of comfort and gastronomy. The Camino de Santiago is clearly marked with the Scallop Shell showing you the way. This walk can be physically demanding and requires a reasonable level of fitness. However, it’s a highly rewarding walk that includes numerous cultural highlights.

Accomodation

Accommodations
Our accommodation is selected based on a number of criteria, including location, comfort, services, price and character.
Please note, in case of non-availability of the below mentioned Hotels on the requested dates, similar ones will be used.

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1: Hotel in Ponferrada
Night 2: Hotel in Villafranca del Bierzo
Night 3: Hotel in O Cebreiro
Night 4: Guesthouse in Triacastela
Night 5: Hotel in Sarria

Ponferrada - Bierzo Plaza
The Aroi Bierzo Plaza opened in 2009 and is in the heart of Ponferrada, by the town hall. Its attractive rooms all offer free Wi-Fi access and air conditioning. The hotel is set in a historic building with elegant arches. Most rooms have a balcony, and all are en suite.

Villafranca del Bierzo - Casa Mendez
Overlooking the River Valcarce, 500 m from the center of Medieval Villafranca del Bierzo, Hostal Restaurante Méndez is on the Santiago Pilgrimage Route. The country-style heated rooms feature a satellite TV and have a private bathroom.
A laundry service is offered and free Wi-Fi is available in public areas.

O Cebreiro - Hotel O'Cebreiro
The hotel is located in a building rehabilitated in 2002 and which had previously been a jail and town hall. It has 5 double rooms with full bathroom. All rooms have exposed stone, abuardillado ceiling and chestnut wood creating a cozy atmosphere for relaxation and rest. Wi-Fi is available at this property.

Triacastela - Casa David
This pension offers comfortable and clean rooms. There are different types of rooms available: single, double and triple. All rooms have bathroom, heating, TV and free WiFi. The house also has a garden and outdoor rest area, as well as a covered terrace with TV. It has a washing machine and dryer available.

Sarria - Alfonso IX
Hotel Alfonso IX is a modern hotel in the center of the town of Sarria, on the popular Camino de Santiago. The hotel has its own fitness center and pool. Surrounded by gardens and close to the river, this well-equipped hotel features a lovely natural setting.
The hotel has a total of 57 rooms, 2 Junior Suites and 1 Luxury Suite, spread over 3 floors. All rooms feature internet access, air conditioning / heating, ensuite bathroom with hairdryer, safety box, TV and a phone.


Meals:
Breakfasts and 3 dinners are included. Breakfast are eaten at the hotels and evening meals in the restaurant’s hotel or a restaurant nearby. It is usually a set menu.

Special diets and dietary restrictions:
We can only request dietary requirements to our suppliers for the following diets:
– Diabetic - Suitable for reduced sugar, hyperglycemic, hypoglycemic and carbohydrate controlled meal requests.
– Gluten Intolerant/Celiac also known as low gliadin, non-tropical sprue, Celiac disease, low wheat, wheat free, gluten restricted diet. A Gluten Intolerant Meal eliminates all foods prepared with wheat, rye, barley and oats.
– Vegetarian  (No meat – no fish). Nuts may be used as a protein substitute.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - Subject to changes

On our trips you are guaranteed a high level of comforts and gastronomy. The Camino is clearly marked with the “Scallop Shell” showing you the way. The walking can be physically demanding and will require a reasonable level of fitness. However, it’s a highly rewarding venture that includes numerous cultural highlights along the way

French Route 7/8 - Walk From Ponferrada to Sarria - 96km

Day 1: Ponferrada- Start of your journey
You will be pre-booked into a traditional hotel in the heart of the town.
Meals included: none
Overnight in Ponferrada


Day 2: Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo
Today you will cross the region of Bierzo, a sunken plain nestled within a ring of mountains. It is a fertile land, whose agreeable climate allows the cultivation of many types of fruit and vegetables. In Villafranca, don’t miss the garden of the “Iglesia de Santiago”.
Distance: 23km  / approx. 6 hours (ascent: 100 m / descent: 90 m)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Villafranca del Bierzo


Day 3: Villafranca del Bierzo to O Cebreiro
Prepare for a challenging day with an ascent of 1000m. You will pass through the narrow valley of the river Valcace before tackling the ascent of O Cebreiro. Situated between the ranges of “Los Ancares” and “La Sierra do Courel”, this stage involves a steep climb in the course of only a few kilometers.
Distance: 30km  / approx. 7 hours (ascent: 900 m / descent: 30 m)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in O Cebreiro


Day 4: O Cebreiro to Triacastela
From O Cebreiro the trail passes through the “Sierra de Ranadoiro” (Ranadoiro Mountains) and, after crossing the Alto do Poio, it descends into the valley to the village of Triacastela.
Distance: 21km  / approx. 5.5 hours (ascent: 100 m / descent: 300 m)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Triacastela


Day 5: Triacastela to Sarria
Of the two Camino options, the “San Xil” Camino offers scenery that will uplift your spirits and encourage you on your way. It has many “Corredoiras” (narrow forest routes) with paved pathways that cut through typical Galician oak woods. If you wish to visit Samos, you will pass through the narrow valley of the river Ouribio, mostly following the road.
Distance: 19km  / approx. 5.5 hours (ascent: 80 m / descent: 830 m)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Sarria


Day 6: Sarria, end of the Camino
After breakfast we bid you farewell.
Meals included: Breakfast



Rates and Dates for Camino Section # F7

Rates include:

Accommodations in standard hotel (2-3*), All breakfasts, Luggage transfer, Detailed walking notes and map, Pilgrim passport & 24/7 customer service

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20206 day hike, MAP€530$600
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.13

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2020 Single supplement 130 $150
2020 Upgrade to 4* accommodation, dbl, pp 45 $55
2020 Upgrade to 4* accommodation, single 90 $105
2020 Upgrade to 5* accommodation, dbl, pp 185 $210
2020 Upgrade to 5* accommodation, single 260 $295
2020 Extra night, dbl, pp ~ Please inquire 0 $0

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 01/01 - 12/31 6d / 5n 6 day hike, MAP 1 /16 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Lunches and Dinners, Drinks & Airport transfers

Other Info
Meeting: Ponferrada
Airport: Santiago de Compostella
Transfer:

Climate:
                                                    Sarria area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

49

52

57

59

64

70

74

76

72

64

55

51

Average Low Temperature (°F)

35

35

37

39

44

49

53

53

49

45

40

37

Average High Temperature (°C)

10

11

14

15

18

21

24

24

22

18

13

10

Average Low Temperature (°C)

2

2

3

4

7

10

12

11

10

7

4

3

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

13

12

11

12

11

6

4

4

7

12

13

13

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The French Way in its entirety stretches from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela, and is divided into eight sections. Some of the most popular cities along the route include Pamplona, Leon, and Sarria. All sections of the Camino Frances stretch across the northern region of Spain, creating very seasonal weather.

Summer
Like most countries in the Western Hemisphere, Spain in summer can be very warm. In fact, from June to August the temperatures in this region average at around 27°C (80°F). The sun is shining for a majority of the days every month. However, in Sarria in particular, there is a higher chance of rain.

Fall
When the season turns to fall, the temperature on the Camino shifts as well. Temperatures cool to around 23°C (73°F) in September, 18°C (64°F) in October, and 13°C (55°F) in November. As the temperatures drop, there is also a higher chance of rain along the route. Like before, in Sarria specifically, there are more predicted rainy days than sunny days.

Winter
As winter hits the region, the temperatures drop drastically. Averaging around 9°C (48°F) or 10°C (50°F), the weather in the northern region of Spain is typically rainier.

Spring
In March, April and May, the temperatures slowly get warmer. With temperatures increasing from 13°C (55°F) in March to 18°C (64°F) in May, the days still have a tendency to be half rainy and half sunny.

What To Bring: