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Sanabrés Way from Ourense in 7 days

Distance
Difficulty
Stages
Duration
106 km
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5 steps
7 days
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385 €

Cloister Collegiate Church of Sar, on the access to Santiago de Compostela from the Camino Sanabrés.
Welcome to the Sanabrés Way. Since the discovery of the remains of St. James, Christians and Mozarabs from the south of the Iberian Peninsula have followed the Silver Way to reach Compostela, arriving in Astorga to connect with the French Way. Many, however, took a detour through Sanabria to reach the goal by crossing the interior of Ourense in a southeast-northwest route known as the Southeast Way or Camino Sanabrés. The last 100 km coincide with a city, Ourense, founded in Roman times and which is, in addition to being the thermal capital of Galicia, a destination to discover. Do you dare?
Travel along the great variant of the Silver Route
If you are looking for tranquillity and solitude, this is your Camino.
Discover Ourense and inland Galicia
Cloister Collegiate Church of Sar, on the access to Santiago de Compostela from the Camino Sanabrés.
Camino Sanabres
SB02

Sanabrés Way from Ourense in 7 days

Distance
Difficulty
Stages
Duration
106 km
●●●○○
5 steps
7 days
Travel along the great variant of the Silver Route
If you are looking for tranquillity and solitude, this is your Camino.
Discover Ourense and inland Galicia
from 385 €
Welcome to the Sanabrés Way. Since the discovery of the remains of St. James, Christians and Mozarabs from the south of the Iberian Peninsula have followed the Silver Way to reach Compostela, arriving in Astorga to connect with the French Way. Many, however, took a detour through Sanabria to reach the goal by crossing the interior of Ourense in a southeast-northwest route known as the Southeast Way or Camino Sanabrés. The last 100 km coincide with a city, Ourense, founded in Roman times and which is, in addition to being the thermal capital of Galicia, a destination to discover. Do you dare?

The recipe for great journeys

Natural, historical and ethnographic heritage, spectacular gastronomy, good company, slow pace and time for time. These are the ingredients with which we design trips in Viando. Are you staying at home? 

Is this trip for me?

Type of trip: Half distance
Journeys to savour slowly, with the best of each space and that indescribable sensation of overcoming your own limits.
Type of services: Standard
Carefully selected tourist class accommodation based on our experience on this route, combined with services specifically designed for your trip.
Travel style: On your own
Programmes designed so that you can travel the route on your own, at the pace set by your steps. Full autonomy and the peace of mind of knowing that we are with you if you need us.
Physical demands: Hiking
Routes of small or medium physical demand, of medium distance (20-30 km / day) and surfaces that facilitate walking, and that can be covered autonomously.

Services included

Accommodation
monitored

Full documentation

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24h travel assistance

Advanced travel insurance

VAT and taxes

And also...

Private transfers
Breakfast
Half board (dinners)
Cancellation insurance

Free if you book through our website

Private transfers
Reinforced breakfasts
Half board (dinners)
Cancellation insurance

Itinerary

Day 1. Discover Ourense, centre of the Sanabrés Route

Your adventure on the Camino Sanabrés will start in Ourense, where you will arrive on your own the day before the first stage. We recommend that you do it as soon as possible because Ourense has a lot to see. For starters, a cathedral that is a delight and that holds the Portico del Paraíso, brother of the famous Portico de la Gloria and erected by the Matthean workshop only a few years after finishing the one in Compostela. But Ourense is much more. Here you can bathe in its publicly accessible hot springs, marvel at the old town or stroll along the banks of the river Minho, the most important river in Galicia. Good options to warm up for what awaits you the next day.

Standard accommodation: Hotel Alda Estación Ourense or similar

Day 2. Stage Ourense - Cea

Distance: 22.9 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
Accommodation: Cea

This Camino Sanabrés, also called Variante Sanabresa for being a detour of the Vía de la Plata that goes to Compostela through the interior of Galicia without the need to go to Astorga, is one of the itineraries to be discovered. Many pilgrims start it in Ourense, thus making the last 100 km required by the chapter to grant the Compostela. But not only for that. Ourense is one of the Galician cities with the greatest historical and artistic heritage, and is also the thermal capital of Galicia. In addition, this stage will leave you in Cea, a place that has become famous for its magnificent bread, and very close to one of the main Cistercian monasteries of Galicia: Oseira, which is well worth a visit.

Standard accommodation: Casarellos House or similar

Day 3. Stage Cea - Lalín

Distance: 27.2 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
Accommodation: Lalín

From the lands of Cea, dominated by the old monastic manor of Oseira, the Sanabrés Way that we started in Ourense reaches in this stage one of the main towns of Galicia: Lalín. This is the longest stage of this route, which crosses the Deza region, whose valley is descended in the last stretch. You will leave the province of Ourense behind to enter the province of Pontevedra. A route through the green and mountainous Galicia that exists beyond the cities and the estuaries.

Standard accommodation: Hotel Alda Lalín or similar

Day 4. Stage Lalín - A Bandeira

Distance: 22.4 km
Difficulty: ●●●○○
Accommodation: A Bandeira

We welcome you to a new day of peaceful pilgrimage, unhurried and without the hustle and bustle of other routes. 100% Sanabrés Way. In this stage you will cross the lands of Trasdeza and the river that gives it its name - the Deza - to continue in search of Compostela. You will stop first, however, in a small village built at the foot of the old Royal Road that linked Santiago with Ourense, and through which, among other things, the wine of the region of O Ribeiro, highly appreciated in the city of the apostle in the Middle Ages, as the Codex Calixtinus testifies. When you get to A Bandeira, be sure to order an empanada. And if you're hungry for more, nearby is the monastery of Carboeiro, rescued from ruin a few years ago and set in stunning surroundings.

Standard accommodation: Hotel Victorino or similar

Day 5. Stage A Bandeira - Outeiro

Distance: 16.9 km
Difficulty: ●●○○○
AccommodationOuteiro de Vedra

Penultimate stage of this Sanabrés Way from Ourense before reaching Santiago de Compostela. A route without great difficulties and with few kilometres that allows you to enjoy the landscape with the calm that it requires and to stop in Ponte Ulla to taste its wine and its famous "Sanabrés" wine. augardiante - a liqueur made from the skin (bagasse) of the grape. And not only that. Under the columns of the immense Gundián bridge, built to carry the railway to Compostela, is said to be the submerged monastery of San Salvador da Cova.

Standard accommodation: Victoria Guesthouse or similar

Day 6. Stage Outeiro - Santiago de Compostela

Distance: 16.5 km
Difficulty: ●○○○○
AccommodationSantiago de Compostela

Few sensations can compare to entering Compostela after walking for days. Sometimes even for weeks. Doing so along the Camino Sanabrés, Camino del Sudeste or Camino Mozárabe also has the advantage of allowing you to do so at the foot of Pico Sacro, one of the places most closely linked to the Jacobean tradition. Queen Lupa used to live in its caves and on its slopes part of the history of the translatio - the bringing of the apostle's remains to Gallaecia and his burial in what is today the third holy city of Christianity along with Rome and Jerusalem. Do you have everything ready for this last stage?

Standard accommodation: Hospedería San Martín Pinario or similar

Day 7. A day to get to know Compostela

This last day is a well-deserved tribute to your efforts. After resting, you will have the whole day free to explore the Holy City: its Cathedral and the rest of its monuments. If you want, we can also help you with this. Or, if you already know Santiago, you can opt for one of the full day programmes we offer to complete your trip. You still don't know the Costa da Morte, Fisterra and Muxía?

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Frequently asked questions

What to expect from this tour?
The Sanabrés Way is a variant of the Silver Route and shares some characteristics with it. It is a more solitary route than others, although depending on the time of your journey you may meet other walkers who, like you, have ventured on this route. The profile includes changes in level and some high points, particularly in the vicinity of Castro Dozón. However, it is a route that anyone with a minimum level of fitness can do.
The Sanabrés Way is open all year round. Although it can be done in the middle of winter, taking into account a series of technical conditions (more information here), the most advisable time is usually the first half of autumn, when the weather is milder. It can also be done in summer, although in the Ourense area there can be high temperatures at this time. If you want to escape the heat, it is better to do it in spring or autumn.
All stages of this route can be completed on foot, so it is not necessary to have additional transfers. If you need transport to get to Ourense from Santiago or Vigo airport, or if you want to hire a transfer from Santiago to the airport for your return home, we can include them as an optional service.
On this route, accommodation is available in the standard category, which corresponds to hostels, guesthouses and simple hotels, without luxuries, but clean and in good condition. You can see more information about the categories of accommodation we use in Viando. in this link.

By default and compulsory, all our programmes include travel insurance with specific coverage for the Camino de Santiago. You can see the details in the section Insurance of our website. 

All our programmes include a 24-hour telephone support service, should you need help at any time during your experience. This means that you can also contact us outside office hours (when you are on pilgrimage). 

If you want to book this programme, you have the following options available a form where you can indicate the starting date, the type of accommodation and a series of optional services. The price will be updated according to the options you choose, so you have full control. Once you have configured your trip, click on "Book" to make the payment.

Once we receive your request, you will automatically receive a proof of purchase and within 48 working hours we will contact you to confirm the details of your booking and provide you with the documentation. 

In Viando we also work with tailor-made programmes (short stages, intermediate rest days, itineraries different from those proposed, etc.). If you are looking for a Camino that meets your needs/preferences, you can ask us for a quote. here.