Camino Francés (The French Way)

Sarria - Portomarín

23 km Difficulty
The town of Sarria, in the province of Lugo, is for many the starting point of the French Way or Camino Francés, as this town marks the 100 kilometres needed to attain the Compostela certificate. To exit you have to cross the bridge of A Áspera and walk parallel to the railway tracks for 1 kilometre towards Barbadelo, up the most difficult hill of the day.

With over 4 kilometres now behind, the route continues towards an area with creeks and passes through the villages of Peruscallo and Lavandeira, and then ascends another, gentler hill at Ferreiros.  You are now in the heart of the so-called Ribeira Sacra after some 13 kilometres. Once you are in the municipality of Paradela, there will be many ups and downs, but the surrounding landscape makes up for any difficulties. The scenic Belesar.Dam especially stands out.

When the dam was built, the old village of Portomarín was flooded, so the church and other buildings were moved, stone by stone, to their present location. In times when the rainfall is low, you can still see the ruins of the old village and the bridge on the bottom of the reservoir.

You enter Portomarín by crossing the long bridge and climbing the stairway of As Neves, leading to the chapel of the same name. The chapel is located on an arch of the old medieval bridge. The staircase is a favourite place for pilgrims to take a picture when they arrive in the village to celebrate the end of the day’s journey. One can spend a pleasant afternoon or evening in this village on the main square, by the church, where there are many lively establishments with a wonderful atmosphere where locals and pilgrims meet. There is also a leisure area by the dam.
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Tips from our postmen and women

 Laura López, Correos of Sarria.  
 
“Paradela is a good place to get your strength back by trying some of the delicacies prepared in their bakeries with traditional methods and recipes”. Laura López, Correos of Sarria.
 
 
 
 
 
Teresa López, Correos of Portomarín.
“In Portomarín, you cannot miss the village centre with its porticoes and the church with the numbers on the stones from its reconstruction in the current location still visible. You can also visit the Pousada de Portomarín, an old parador with great views, or go on a tour around the dam on a catamaran, organised by the Club Náutico. As for food, both eels (fried, stewed or in empanada) or the “Piedras de Portomarín”, a sweet with dark chocolate and whole almonds, are worth a try”.Teresa López, Correos of Portomarín.

 

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.