This guide is the product of a collaboration of pilgrims. It is based loosely on the 2010 CSJ guide authored by Rebekah Scott and myself, and the last half-decade has been maintained by Laurie Reynolds based on her own experiences as well as the experiences of several pilgrims who have shared their knowledge in the Camino de Santiago Forums.

It is the first in a series of guidebook/apps to the tertiary routes to Santiago, crowd written and community-sourced.

0.40km → O Cerdeiro
To end of camino: 
116.60
Altitude: 
290
2.80km → Montecelo
To end of camino: 
116.20
Altitude: 
290
To end of camino: 
113.40
Altitude: 
290

The little hamlet of Diomondi has a jewel of a Romanesque church, San Pelagio de Diomondi. It is an architectural highlight of this Camino. The church is easy to find. When you come to the modern bench and shelter, the Camino begins its descent. To see the church, just stay on the road for a few meters. The thousand-year-old cow heads carved above the side doors are a sweet salute to the creatures in the fields all around. After many years of scaffolding, the episcopal palace attached to the church seems to have been repaired. We have no information about possible visiting hours,...

The Road: 

At the shelter, the Camino leaves the road and turns to the left, beginning to descend the many switchbacks of the codos (elbows) of Belesar, a 2.5 km stretch of steep, broken pavement with remnants of the old Roman Road. The 17th century chronicler of his route home from...

5.50km → Chantada
To end of camino: 
111.00
Altitude: 
218

Turn right at the bottom of the descent. A hundred meters or so ahead, after the bridge, is a marina-bar restaurant, Abaceria o Batuxo. It appears open after some sporadic closings.

Boat tours stop here periodically; a ride up and down this beautiful, terraced river valley will ease your feet and show you a piece of Camino few pilgrims ever see. Information at http://www.lugotierra.com/cs/rutas_fluviasis.asp

After crossing the río Miño, begin a steep ascent, which takes you on and off the road several times. You will pass two restaurant/wineries. The first...

The Road: 

After crossing the río Miño, begin a steep ascent, which takes you on and off the road several times.

After passing the wineries, the camino takes you down to a small river and a mill and then up the hill back on the road for a while, when you get to the third winery, the Camino...

Photo of Belasar on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Belasar on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Belasar on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
0.00
Altitude: 
218

Nice shaded rest area near the church.

The Road: 

From San Pedro to Chantada is mostly downhill and on the side of the road. Cross the río Asma, and the Camino continues into the old part of Chantada.

1.60km → Centulle
To end of camino: 
105.50
Altitude: 
489

This town’s arcaded streets are lined with elegant portals and mansions from the 15th and 16th centuries.

When you cross the bridge into town, Piolindo is the first bar on the right. It has been reported as having good food, and the manager Rachel is very helpful. Highly recommended by two separate pilgrims! Rachel will help you find your way to the place you want to stay. The next establishment, Bar do Río, is on the left with a very nice terrace looking over the river.

Bar Lucus, under the arches near the tourist office, was the only restaurant in...

The Road: 

The path crosses over a mountain and past the landmark Hermitage of Monte Faro. On this stretch are several beautiful petos de las ánimas, medieval crossroads shrines with striking sculpted images of the souls in purgatory. The little slot was there so the faithful could make monetary...

Accommodation in Chantada

Pension

1

Pensión Yoel
Pension
Lugo, 13
Hotel

2

Hotel Mogay ⭑
Hotel
Antonio Lorenzana, 2

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Photo in Hotel Mogay on the Camino de Santiago
3.50km → Boán
To end of camino: 
103.90
Altitude: 
801
0.80km → Lucenza
To end of camino: 
100.40
Altitude: 
801
2.60km → Penasillas
To end of camino: 
99.60
Altitude: 
801
5.10km → Alto de Faro
To end of camino: 
97.00
Altitude: 
691

There is another peto de ánimas here. Penasillás, a town of 18 people and surely as many or more dogs (none menacing, however), offers a fountain of cold spring water. The wise pilgrim will fill up here for the climb up a logging road toward the Monte Faro shrine. There is also a bar here, Cantina o Peto, which seems to be opening earlier now that pilgrim traffic has picked up. Officially, it is supposed to open around 10 am, but 2019 pilgrims have found it open as early as 9. It also has a stamp for your credential. If closed, one pilgrim urges others...

The Road: 

The next five km steadily ascend to the Monte Faro. Eventually you reach an asphalt road with a monolith. Continue on this road.

Photo of Penasillas on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
0.00
The Road: 

One of the Amigos groups has an alternative route for those who wish to avoid the ascent, or at least some of it. From Penasillás you can take a series of secondary roads that pass through Mouricios, Ferreiros, Mundín, San Vicente.

...

13.00km → Rodeiro
To end of camino: 
91.90
Altitude: 
1168

Atop this tall mountain is a beloved regional shrine, the Ermita de Nosa Señora do Monte do Faro. It is considered the geographical center of Galicia. Although an ascent to this place was almost certainly not part of any historical ancient Camino, we recommend a detour, if only for the views – all Galician provinces are visible from the high point (though you are unlikely to be able to distinguish which is which!). If you want to totally avoid the ascent to the Monte Faro, you can take a paved road from Penasillás. This option is described further on.

The Road: 

After several km walking on paths and unpaved roads after Penasillás, the Camino merges with a paved road. If you plan to go up to the Alto and its ermita, look for stone steps on the left. These steps take you off the Camino and ascend on the grass past the crosses...

Photo of Alto de Faro on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Alto de Faro on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Alto de Faro on the Camino de Santiago
5.10km → Penerbosa
To end of camino: 
78.90
Altitude: 
638

As you come into Rodeiro, cross the river. You emerge on the square with the Casa do Concello (town hall – stamp, but only open till 2 pm). The Camino leaves to the right of the Casa do Concello, and not up the hill through town. You will find the first arrows taking you out of town near the monument to the wheel, located in a prominent roundabout.

Rodeiro’s romanesque church dates to the 12th century.

Bar Desito highly recommended for tortilla española.

 

Notice: 

No services on the camino into Lalín. Be sure to carry plenty of water and food for a picnic lunch. Some pilgrims stay on the highway, which has a few bars and is a few kms shorter than the Camino. This highway option, though not too pleasant, is safe since you will always be on an...

The Road: 

Leave Rodeiro on the PO-5330, the main road west, for about 2km. A mojón stands along the road across from a rabbit-processing factory, COGAL, directing you to the right onto a paved road towards Puente Limpio. It soon becomes a dirt path and meanders...

Accommodation in Rodeiro

Private

1

Albergue - Pensión Carpinteiras
Private
Galicia, 62

28
12€
Pension

2

Pensión O Guerra
Pension
Clínica, 6
Photo of Rodeiro on the Camino de Santiago
2.80km → A Penela
To end of camino: 
73.80
Altitude: 
594
Photo of Penerbosa on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
71.00
Altitude: 
594
1.00km → Laxas
To end of camino: 
68.80
Altitude: 
582
8.10km → Palmaz
To end of camino: 
67.80
Altitude: 
553
2.40km → Lalín
To end of camino: 
59.70
Altitude: 
594
6.50km → A Laxe
To end of camino: 
57.30
Altitude: 
519

Ethnographic museum looks interesting: http://museoetnografico.net/museo-etnografico/ Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10-2 and 4-7 pm.

Something is always happening in downtown Lalín (some pilgrims encountered a trotting competition, others have come across little specialized weekend markets of artisanal cheese, organic foods, etc). A life-size bronze hog stands in the main street, a tribute to the area’s culinary mainstay.

Lalín is famous for its cocido– a dish that serves up greens, potatoes, garbanzos, broth, and assorted stewed pork bits in a great...

The Road: 

The Camino leaves Lalín on the Pontiñas River walk. The path (with both a paved and unpaved option) is accessible at various points throughout the town. If you are unsure, just ask; everyone knows where it is. The name in Spanish is Paseo Fluvial.

To get to the river...

Accommodation in Lalín

Private

1

Albergue Lalín Centro
Private
Observatorio, 8

20
10€
Pension

2

Pensión Las Palmeras
Pension
Areal, 8

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Pensión Las Palmeras
Hostal

3

Hostal Caracas
Hostal
Corredoira, 32

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Caracas
Hotel

4

Hotel Villanueva ⭑⭑
Hotel
Corredoira, 84

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Villanueva ⭑⭑

5

Hotel Pontiñas ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
da Ponte, 82

Booking.com
Photo in Hotel Pontiñas on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Lalín on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Lalín on the Camino de Santiago
Photo of Lalín on the Camino de Santiago
Altitude: 
519

Accommodation in Bergazos

1.90km → Prado
To end of camino: 
50.80
Altitude: 
471

Meals available at a bar a bit further along the main road. Buses to Santiago from Ourense stop here.

At the albergue in A Laxe, the Camiño de Inverno joins the Camino Sanabrés. From here the Camino is well marked and well trodden to Santiago. The following towns and distances will give you all you need to plan your remaining days. The most obvious stages are from A Laxe to the albergue in Outeiro (34 km) and from there to Santiago (17 km, allowing for plenty of time to get to the pilgrims’ mass).

The Road: 

Shortly after leaving A Laxe, you will pass the Pazo de Bendoiro, a restored manor house with its spa treatments and swimming pool.  Beautiful but pricey, single room with breakfast reported 63 € in 2019.

The camino takes you into the woods and ascends to a lovely old...

Accommodation in A Laxe

Xunta

1

Albergue de peregrinos de A Laxe
Xunta
A Laxe, 21

28
8€
1.40km → A Laxe
To end of camino: 
52.20
Altitude: 
495
5.60km → Transfontao
To end of camino: 
48.90
Altitude: 
455
Photo of Prado on the Camino de Santiago
2.00km → Silleda
To end of camino: 
43.30
Altitude: 
455

Accommodation in Transfontao

Private

1

Albergue Turístico Trasfontao
Private
Trasfontao, 7

13
10€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Turístico Trasfontao
7.10km → Bandeira
To end of camino: 
41.30
Altitude: 
490

Bar Gerardo just before entering town is recommended.

On the main street of Silleda, the Bar Toxa offers an occasional pulpo (only on Tuesday) and Ribeira Sacra wine special when you see the pulpo-boiler set up outside the front door. Inexpensive rooms are available upstairs. 15€ in 2018. Mixed reviews.
The farmacia here is known to double its prices for foreign pilgrims.

 

The Road: 

The last 40km to Santiago is through pleasant Galician farmland. It is close enough now that the proximity to the roads and major highway interchanges means lots of crossings. The way from here is well marked and easy to follow.

Accommodation in Silleda

Private

1

Albergue Turístico Silleda
Private
Venezuela, 38

20
8€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Turístico Silleda

2

Albergue El Gran Albergue Silleda
Private
Antón Alonso Ríos, 18

20
7€
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue El Gran Albergue Silleda
Association

3

Albergue Santa Olaia
Association

28
7€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Santa Olaia
Casa Rural

4

Casa Novas Hostelería
Casa Rural
Campo, 19

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Casa Novas Hostelería
Hotel

5

Hotel Ramos ⭑
Hotel
San Isidro, 24

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Ramos ⭑

6

Hotel Vía Argentum ⭑⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Outeiro, 52

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Vía Argentum ⭑⭑⭑⭑
5.10km → Dornelas
To end of camino: 
34.20
Altitude: 
355

Good food and warm company at Bar Arume, which is located up the hill on a side street soon after you enter Bandeira. Sandwich vegetal recommended.
Bar Plazoleta, just over the road from the Hostal Conde Rey, in a small square, is also great.

Hostal Victorino, tel. 986 585 330

The Road: 

Cross to the right side of the road as early as is convenient, at the end of town the camino veers right and trying to cross at that point is dangerous.

Accommodation in Bandeira

Xunta

1

Albergue de la Xunta de Bandeira
Xunta
Venezuela, 38

36
8€
Hostal

2

Hostal Conde Rey
Hostal
Xeral, 27

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Conde Rey
To end of camino: 
29.10
Altitude: 
300

In that place, a young Italian couple, Cristina and Andrea, has renovated a house and opened an albergue, called Casa Leiras 1866. It is directly on the Camino.

A 300 m detour down to the N-525 highway will take you to a bar/restaurant El Emigrante.

The Road: 

From Dornelas the camino descends to the Río Ulla, passing through San Miguel de Castro (5km) along the way.

Accommodation in Dornelas

Private

1

Albergue Casa Leiras 1866
Private
Dornelas, 8

10
12€
2.70km → Ponte Ulla
To end of camino: 
24.10
Altitude: 
255
To end of camino: 
21.40
Altitude: 
65

Día grocery store on the way out of town; stock up if you are going to the albergue in Outeiro. Excellent panadería and bakery in town right on the Camino, in the block or two after you cross the river.

Bar Ríos. Immediately across the bridge on your right. Tel. 981 512 305. Restaurant and rooms available. Room prices seem to vary by season, from 10-15-20 €, based on what pilgrims have reported. Food reported to be quite good. Menú del día 12€, with additional charge for wine after the first glass.

Pensión O Cruceiro da Ulla; tel. 981 512 665; info@...

The Road: 

The camino follows briefly a section of the N-525 as it leaves Ponte Ulla; this section can be a bit dangerous so keep an eye open for the two times it leaves the road. The first is to your left, so you’ll need to cross the road. The second is to your right which means...

Accommodation in Ponte Ulla

Private

1

Albergue-Pensión O Cruceiro da Ulla
Private
Vista Alegre

18
10€
Photo of Ponte Ulla on the Camino de Santiago
To end of camino: 
17.10
Altitude: 
210

A bar will deliver meals. Your best bet is probably to bring up food from the Día supermarket in Ponte Ulla.

 

The Road: 

From Outeiro the camino passes through Lestedo (3.7km), A Susana (bar, pharmacy) (3.4km), Aldrei (3.1km), and Santa Lucía (bar) (2.3km).

The camino enters Santiago from a neighborhood called Sar, named for the modest river that flows through it....

Accommodation in Outeiro (San Pedro de Villanova

3.40km → A Susana
To end of camino: 
13.40
Altitude: 
210

Good lunch specials at Restaurante Via de la Plata along the carretera.

The Road: 

The rest of the way is through the suburbs of Santiago, which display a mixture of modern construction and old stone houses, many of which are beautiful. The Camino crosses the railroad tracks very close to the spot where the RENFE train derailed in July 2013, killing 79 people and injuring many...

Accommodation in Lestedo (Boqueixón)

Hotel

1

Hotel Rural Casa de Casal
Hotel
Lugar de Cachosenande, 7

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Rural Casa de Casal
3.10km → Aldrei
To end of camino: 
10.00
Altitude: 
210

Accommodation in A Susana

Private

1

Albergue Reina Lupa
Private
Deseiro

14
14€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Reina Lupa
To end of camino: 
6.90
Altitude: 
210
To end of camino: 
4.60
Altitude: 
210

Accommodation in O Piñeiro (Santa Lucía)

Hotel

1

Hotel Santa Lucía
Hotel
Carretera N-525, km 2

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Santa Lucía
To end of camino: 
0.00
Altitude: 
250

Welcome to Santiago! There are a tremendous amount of things to see and things to do in Santiago de Compostela; you are encouraged to stay for at least one full day extra for exploring the web of streets, all of which seem to bring you back to the Cathedral.

Your pilgrim related business is likely to start in front of the cathedral, kilometer zero. A shell and plaque mark the spot in the center of Plaza Obradoiro (see below).

If you are interested in receiving your Compostela, the certificate of completion, you will need to visit the Pilgrim’s Office, which was relocated in...

Notice: 

One word of caution regarding accommodation is in order. If you are arriving in the high season, you are advised to make a reservation in advance. There have been several additions to the albergue roster in recent year but the numbers of pilgrims still exceed capacity in the high season.

Fiesta: 

The Feast day of Saint James is celebrated with a full week of music and dance, with a fireworks display in the Plaza Obradoiro on the evening of the 24th of July. The best views can be had from Obradoiro, or from Alameda park.

Accommodation in Santiago de Compostela at the end of the Camino Sanabrés

Xunta

1

Residencia de Peregrinos San Lázaro
Xunta
San Lázaro

80
10€
Private

2

Albergue La Estrella de Santiago
Private
Concheiros, 36-38

24
10-16€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue La Estrella de Santiago

3

Albergue Linares
Private
Algalia de Abaixo, 34

Booking.com

4

Albergue The Last Stamp
Private
Preguntoiro, 10

62
15-25€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue The Last Stamp

5

Albergue Acuario de Santiago de Compostela
Private
Estocolmo, 2

60
10-12€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Acuario de Santiago de Compostela

6

Albergue Monterrey
Private
Fontiñas, 65a

36
10-14€
Booking.com

7

Albergue Porta Real
Private
dos Concheiros, 10

24
10-15€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Porta Real

8

Albergue Mundoalbergue
Private
San Clemente, 26

30
16-18€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Mundoalbergue

9

Blanco Albergue
Private
Galeras, 30

20
12-20€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Blanco Albergue

10

Albergue Azabache
Private
Azabachería, 15

22
14-18€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Azabache

11

Albergue La Credencial
Private
Fonte dos Concheiros, 13

36
10-14€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue La Credencial

12

Albergue La Estación
Private
Xoana Nogueira, 14

24
13-15€
Booking.com

13

Albergue Santo Santiago
Private
Valiño, 3

40
10€
Booking.com

14

KM. 0
Private
Carretas, 11

38
20-26€

15

Albergue Meiga Backpackers
Private
Basquiños, 67

30
13-15€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Meiga Backpackers

16

Albergue Seminario Menor en Santiago de Compostela
Private
Quiroga Palacios

199
11-15€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Seminario Menor en Santiago de Compostela

17

Albergue Compostela
Private
Pedro de Mezonzo, 28

66
18€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Compostela

18

Albergue Turístico La Salle
Private
Tras Santa Clara

84
17-20€
Booking.com

19

Albergue SIXTOS no Caminho
Private
Fonte dos Concheiros, 2

40
15€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue SIXTOS no Caminho

20

Albergue Roots & Boots
Private
Cruceiro do Gaio, 7

48
15-18€
Booking.com
Photo in Albergue Roots & Boots on the Camino de Santiago

21

Albergue O Fogar de Teodomiro
Private
Algalia de Arriba, 3

20
15€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue O Fogar de Teodomiro

22

Albergue Basquinos 45
Private
Pedro de Mezonzo, 28

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Basquinos 45

23

Albergue El Viejo Quijote
Private
Fonte dos Concheiros, 48

22
13€
Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue El Viejo Quijote
Parochial

24

Albergue Fin del Camino
Parochial
Moscova

110
9€
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergue Fin del Camino
Association

25

Albergue de peregrinos Jaime García Rodríguez
Association
Estocolmo

150
8€
Pension

26

Pensión Pazo de Argra ⭑
Pension
Calderería, 37

Booking.com
Hostal

27

Hostal Alameda ⭑⭑
Hostal
San Clemente, 32

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hostal Alameda ⭑⭑

28

Hostal Mapoula
Hostal
Entremurallas, 10-3

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Photo in Hostal Mapoula on the Camino de Santiago
Hotel

29

Hotel Nest Style Santiago ⭑⭑⭑
Hotel
Doutor Teixeiro, 15

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Nest Style Santiago ⭑⭑⭑

30

Hotel Avenida ⭑
Hotel
Fuente de San Antonio, 5

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotel Avenida ⭑

31

Hospedería San Martín Pinario ⭑
Hotel
Pl. de la Inmaculada, 3

Booking.com
Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hospedería San Martín Pinario ⭑
Photo of Santiago de Compostela at the end of the Camino Sanabrés on the Camino de Santiago

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