Camino Francés (The French Way)

Portomarín - Palas de Rei

24 km Difficulty
From Portomarín you cross the dam and start a moderate climb up the Monte Santo Antonio towards Gonzar, located 8 kilometres away from the starting point. There is a church here (Santa María) and a public pilgrim’s hostel. The next village is Castromaior, where there is a Romanesque church and the remains of a pre-roman settlement (castro). 

After climbing to the village of Hospital you reach the C-535 motorway and you will have to follow it for 10 kilometres, passing through the Sierra de Ligonde, where the descent starts, precisely at the site of the hospital that gives this place its name. (Notable guests have included Emperor Charles I and his son Philip II.).

From here there are 8 kilometres left to finish the day’s journey. This stretch was protected in medieval times (since 1184) by the Knights of the Order of Saint James. A Brea follows, and then the recreation area of Os Chacotes marks the arrival at Palas de Rei. Highlights here include the church of San Tirso and the 12th-century church of Vilar de Donas, a historic and artistic monument that was part of a monastery of the Order of Saint James. 

Tips from our postmen and women

Juan Hidalgo, Correos de Palas of Reis.
“If you spend the afternoon in Palas, you can make a short excursion to Castelo de Pambre. It is some 5 kilometres away from the town proper, but it is worth seeing as one of the very few remnants of medieval military architecture in Galicia. The castle was built in the 14th century and was very relevant during the First Castilian Civil War of that century between Peter I and Henry of Trastámara. There are organised visits”. Juan Hidalgo, Correos de Palas of Reis.


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.