Camino Francés (The French Way)

Palas de Rei - Arzúa

28 km Difficulty
This is a long section and includes many ups and downs. Accordingly, some might prefer to divide it in two and spend the night in Melide or in one of the local hostels in the villages in-between. The route leaves Palas de Rei through Campo dos Romeiros and proceeds towards the villages of Carballal and San Xulián.

It then continues with some uphill walking until the province of Lugo is left behind to enter A Coruña through O Coto, 8.5 kilometres away from the day’s starting point.  There are some villages along the way, as well as industrial areas and rural paths, until you reach the medieval bridge adjoining Furelos and Melide, where the pilgrims walking on the Primitive Way meet those taking the French Route.

Melide marks the exact mid-point of this day’s journey.  Notable sites include the renovated pilgrim hospital that is now the Museo da Terra and the Convent of Sancti Spiritus. There are also many restaurants where people can try octopus prepared the Galician way, simply boiled and seasoned with olive oil, salt and red pepper.

The path becomes milder after this, with lighter ups and downs, as it heads towards Ribadiso. In Ribadiso there is a hostel by the river.  I It is a wonderful place to take a break in the shade before completing the remaining 3 km to Arzúa. Here pilgrims coming from the North Way from Boimorto meet those on the French Way in another merging at the parish of Santa María de Arzúa.

Arzúa is famous for its delicious cheese and its pilgrim-hosting history, with many chapels, churches, manors, and pilgrim’s  pousadas worth visiting. 
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Tips from our postmen and women

. Vanesa Rocha, Correos of Arzúa

" you come to Arzúa on the 8th and 22nd of each month, pilgrims can see the traditional open market selling locally grown produce. .  In addition, the first week-end of March is the Festa do Queixo (Cheese Festival), which holds tastings of the different varieties of cheese from around here and other areas.  Other events include eco-fairs, the honey festival, and the like... most of them dedicated to showcasing the large array of wonderful produce found here”. Vanesa Rocha, Correos of Arzúa.

 

We transfer your rucksack

So that you can travel light along the Camino de Santiago

 

We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from your accommodation at one stage to the next!! This way, your walk is more comfortable, your bag is lighter and you can enjoy every step of the Camino. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.

 

Bicycle transportation services 

We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point

 

Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any branch of Correos. Once you finish the Camino de Santiago you can go to the nearest post office and send it back home again. Your bicycle will be insured and we package your bike without disassembling it.

 

Luggage transfer

For everything you want in or out of your rucksack 

 

With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point along the Camino (hostels, hotels, branches of Correos, etc) so that you have your personal belongings when you arrive. You can therefore have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you carry along the Way. You can also send back whatever you have in your daily rucksack that you no longer need.

 

Prepaid Card

So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino 

 

Correos offers a prepaid card that is not linked to a bank account. In this way, you can defort walk the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You only have to put the money on the card that you are going to need and then top up again if your balance is low. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.

 

 

Stamping Your Credential

So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport 

Branches of Correos along the Camino de Santiago stamp your Credential or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of these stamps represent important tourist attractions from that particular place to help you remember your jorney.

 

 

Sending parcels along the Camino de Santiago 
 

Send your parcels without having to go along to a branch of Correos!

 

You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred branches of CORREOS located along the Camino de Santiago and additionally from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodation from where you can send parcels any time of the day. This service will help you to get rid of things from your luggage that you no longer need. You can also buy souvenirs or some typical products without having to worry about carrying them with you. 
 

 

 

Lockers in Santiago

So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city

Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike or trekking pole before you go into the Cathedral or you can wander around Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.

 

Correos Branches

To help you with anything you may need 

 

We have over 150 branches of Correos along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.