Camino Sanabrés

Camino Arrow368km – 13 stages

Camino Sanabrés

The Camino Sanabrés is the 368km route that officially starts in Granja de Moreruela and passes through Ourense. For pilgrims who want to do the last 100K of this camino, Ourense is a great starting point!

Luisa’s maternal roots are in this area of Galicia. The village of O Carballiño is unfortunately 10K off the camino. If you want to have a great resting day – contact us, we’ll be glad to be your host and show you around if we’re in town!

In the tab ‘Stages’ you will find the stages as shared on the Eroski site. We found them to be very accurate on the lengths. They also have very complete and nicely written narratives on each part, however, the narratives are in Spanish. If you want to read (also very nice) descriptions of each part in English you can use the interactive map above from elcaminosantiago.com. Just click on the symbol in the upper right corner: open map symbol. It will open up the interactive map in Google Maps and you’ll be able to zoom in and click on any way mark. This will open up a small window where you can read the narratives created by elcaminosantiago.com. Great resource!

If daily stages of more than 15/20 km are simply not your cup of tea, just look at the itinerary in each stage and choose your daily endpoints. You can use the name of those locations to search for a place to stay (see tab ‘Where to stay’). In addition, please remember: most people do not walk any of the caminos in one ‘holiday’. They simply take one or a couple of stages each time they have some time off. Take it easy – not everyone needs to walk 800 km to discover their true self…

In the tab ‘Where to start’ you will find information on the most common (and less common) places to start, including some information on how to get there.

Stage 1 Granja de Moreruela – Tábara

25,3 km – 3 albergues

Km 0: Granja de Moreruela (Albergue, Bar, Shop)

Km 18,2: Faramontanos de Tábara (Possibility of overnight stay in the Social Cultural Center, Bars, Shops, Pharmacy)

Km 25,3: Tábara (All services)

Camino Sanabres Stage 1

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Stage 2 Tábara – Santa Croya de Tera

22,5 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: Tábara (All services)

Km 14,6: Bercianos de Valverde (Social bar in the upper floor of the town hall)

Km 22,5: Santa Croya de Tera (Albergue, Bar, Shops, Pharmacy)

Camino Sanabres Stage 2

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Stage 3 Santa Croya de Tera – Rionegro del Puente

27,5 km – 5 albergues

Km 0: Santa Croya de Tera (Albergue, Bar, Shops, Pharmacy)

Km 0,5: Santa Marta de Tera (Albergue, Bars, Shop)

Km 11,5: Calzadilla de Tera (Albergue, Bar, Shop)

Km 13,7: Olleros de Tera (Albergue, Bar, Shop, Pharmacy)

Km 21,5: Villar de Farfón (Albergue of Craig & Dorothea)

Km 27,5: Rionegro del Puente (Albergue, Bars)

Camino Sanabres Stage 3

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Stage 4 Rionegro del Puente – Puebla De Sanabria

40,5 km – 4 albergues

Km 0: Rionegro del Puente (Albergue, Bars)

Km 9,4: Mombuey (All services)

Km 13,9: Valdemerilla

Km 17,4: Cernadilla

Km 19,3: San Salvador de Palazuelo (Albergue)

Km 22,6: Entrepeñas (Rural house)

Km 25,5: Asturianos (Albergue, Bars, Pharmacy)

Km 28,6: Palacios de Sanabria (Bar)

Km 31: Remesal

Km 34: Otero de Sanabria

Km 36,3: Triufé

Km 40,5: Puebla de Sanabria (All services)

Camino Sanabres Stage 4

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Stage 5 Puebla De Sanabria – Lubián

28,5 km -3 albergues

Km 0: Puebla de Sanabria (All services)

Km 9,7: Terroso

Km 11,9: Requejo (Albergues, Bars, Shop)

Km 21: Padornelo (Hostel, Bar-Shop)

After 1,5 km we arrive at a point where a detour has been created due to construction activities. Don’t take the official detour stating ‘to Hedroso and Lubián via the ZA-106 (at KM 23). Just follow the signs on the wooden boards. Follow the service road for about 1,5 km and you will see a sign to a path that goes down at your left. After about 12 meters, pass through the tunnel and yet another tunnel a few meters down. After that second tunnel you take the path to the left. Again, just follow the signs.

Km 28,5: Lubián (Albergue. Bar. Tienda. Farmacia)

Camino Sanabres Stage 5

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Stage 6 Lubián – A Gudiña

25 km – 1 albergue

Km 0: Lubián (Albergue, Bar, Shop, Pharmacy)

Km 12: A Vilavella (Hotel, Bar, Shop)

Km 15,8: O Pereiro (Bar-Pension)

Km 21,2: O Canizo (Bar, Shop)

Km 25: A Gudiña (All services)

Camino Sanabres Stage 6

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Stage 7 A Gudiña – Laza

34,5 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: A Gudiña (All services)

Km 4,5: A Venda de Espiño

Km 7,8: A Venda da Teresa (Water well)

Km 10,2: A Venda da Capela

Km 13,3: A Venda do Bolaño (Apartments, Water well)

Km 20: Campobecerros (Private albergue, Bar-Shop, Bar-Restaurant, Tavern, Pension, Rural housing)

Km 23: Portocamba

Km 28,4: As Eiras (Info center for pilgrims of the Ultreia Association)

Km 34,5: Laza (Albergue, Pension, Bars, Shops, Pharmacy)

Camino Sanabres Stage 7

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Stage 8 Laza – Xunqueira de Ambía

32,7 km – 3 albergues

Km 0: Laza (Albergue, Pension, Bars, Shops, Pharmacy)

Km 4: Soutelo Verde (Info center for pilgrims)

Km 6,9: Tamicelas

Km 12,2: Alberguería (Albergue, Bar)

Km 19,3: Vilar de Barrio (Albergue, Bars, Shops, Pharmacy)

Km 21,5: Bóveda

Km 27,7: Bobadela

Km 30,4: Cima de Vila

Km 32,7: Xunqueira de Ambía (Albergue, Bars, Shops, Pharmacy)

Camino Sanabres Stage 8

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Stage 9 Xunqueira de Ambía – Ourense

22,2 km – 2 albergues

Km 0: Xunqueira de Ambía (Albergue, Bars, Shops, Pharmacy)

Km 3,6: A Pousa (Bar, Small shop)

Km 8,7: Penelas (Bars)

Km 11,3: Pereiras (Bar)

Km 15,4: Reboredo (Bars, Shops, Pharmacy)

Km 18,2: Seixalbo (Bars, Shops)

Km 22,2: Ourense (All services)

Camino Sanabres Stage 9

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Stage 10 Ourense – Cea

22,1 km – 1 albergue

Km 0: Ourense (All services)

Km 6,7: Sartédigos

Km 12,3: Tamallancos (Bars, Shops, Pharmacy, ATM)

Km 13,1: Bouzas (Bar)

Km 18,1: Viduedo (Bar and Shop when you leave the village)

Km 22,1: Cea (All services)

Camino Sanabres Stage 10

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Stage 11 Cea – A Laxe

37,3 km – 3 albergues

Km 0: Cea (All services)

Km 4,5: Silvaboa

Km 8,7: Monasterio de Oseira (Albergue, Bars)

Km 11: Vilarello

Km 13,5: Outeiro de Coiras

Km 19,3: Castro Dozón (Albergue, Bar, Shop, Pharmacy)

Km 22,5: Santo Domingo

Km 27,3: Pontenoufe

Km 35: Donsión (Bar)

Km 37,3: A Laxe (Albergue, Bar)

Camino Sanabres Stage 11

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Stage 12 A Laxe – Outeiro

33,3 km – 8 albergues

Km 0: A Laxe (Albergue, Bar)

Km 2: Prado (Bar, Shop, Pharmacy)

Km 5,5: Taboada

Km 7,5: Transfontao (Albergue)

Km 9,5: Silleda (All services)

Km 11,5: San Fiz

Km 16,2: Bandeira (All services, Albergue)

Km 21,3: Dornelas (Albergue and bar Casa Leiras, well)

Km 26,2: San Miguel de Castro

Km 28,7: Ponte Ulla (All services, Albergue)

Km 33,3: Outeiro (Albergue)

Camino Sanabres Stage 12

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Stage 13 Outeiro – Santiago de Compostela

16,3 km – 15 albergues

Km 0: Outeiro (Albergue)

Km 4.1: Rubial (Lestedo) (Pharmacy, restaurant, bar, grocery shop, well, rural house)

Km 5.8: Deseiro de Arriba (Bar at 200 m of the Camino)

Km 7.6: A Susana (Bar at a couple of meters of the Camino, restaurant, pharmacy, grocery shop, well)

Km 10: Vixoi

Km 11,9: Piñeiro (bar, restaurant, well, accommodation)

Km 13,3: Angrois (Bars)

Km 16,3: Santiago de Compostela (All services)

Camino Sanabres Stage 13

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Booking.com

OUR PRIMARY SOURCE: BOOKING.COM

We always use booking.com. There are good things and less good things to say about this site, but the downsides are related to their very broad customer population (you get a lot of hostels in the results that are no way within walking distance. You can apply some filtering based on amount of km from the city center however.

There is one big advantage for us: the map on their site. Once you entered the name of the village (or nearest bigger city) and hit search you’ll get an overview of (lots of!) places to stay. If you scroll a bit down, you’ll see a little map. Click on it, and it will open up a bigger and interactive map with all the locations. Just look near where you are (don’t forget to zoom in to see more locations!), review the info, chose a place to stay and the best part: book it online and you’ll be sure to have a place to stay that night.

We didn’t book ahead (only when we were nearing Santiago as it was getting very busy in all albergues so we knew the hostels would get full soon too). However, it was nice to pull up the app of booking.com during breakfast and estimating where we would end up that day and to have some alternative plan B in case our first choice were to be fully booked.

They also have a filter you can apply to search for e.g. only inns, or… rural houses.We like to get comfortable once in a while…

Here’s an impression of their map for a search on ‘Arzúa’.Booking.com results for Arzúa on the French Way

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Google Maps

Occasionally, booking.com will not have many hostels near you because there are of course lots of small hostels that are not yet on booking.com. This seems to be the case with the example location we chose: Arzúa.

In this situation, we visit googlemaps.com, type a search for ‘hostels in [name of location]’ – Google will suggest immediately a ‘hostels near xxx’. Hit search and you’ll get the results.

Here’s an impression of their map for a search on ‘Arzúa’:

GoogleMaps results for Arzúa on the French Way

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Turgalicia

Once you are in Galicia, the best way to find places to stay is turgalicia.es (English version).

They are the official tourist information site by the local government (Junta de Galicia, in Gallego ‘Xunta de Galicia’). Obviously, it’s their duty to provide this information and being listed on that site is important and free for hostel owners.

This is how their site looks. In the right menu bar you should click ‘Municipalities’ and check the ones you need to search: for the Camino Francés that might be Lugo or La Coruña, where that route runs through. Once checked off the boxes, hit ‘accept’ in the municipality window and search in the same right menu.

use of turgalicia english site

Once you get the results page, hit the button ‘Map’ in the left upper corner menu.

Here’s an impression on their map search for places to stay in Arzúa – it not only gives an additional 10+ places to stay (you will need to zoom in) but it also indicates very well what type of lodging it is (rural houses are the nice green ones) and in the menu above the map you will find many more interesting things (things to see, things to do, etc). Needless to say you can click on each hit and get more information about the hostel.

Turgalicia results for Arzúa on the French Way

This is as far as we want to go with lists of albergues. If you really want a list to print-out, we can recommend you to visit the site of Eroski consumer, they also have pdf’s available, although like I said, the complete narratives are in Spanish. Here’s the direct link to the albergues.

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The Camino Sanabrés starts in Granja de Moreruela. To get to this starting point you’ll need to travel by bus or by car. You can find more resources at caminodesantiago.consumer.es

If you want to do the final 100K you’ll need to start in Ourense. You can get there by any means of public transport from any major city. The best and cheapest way will usually be the train. Check out your options at www.renfe.com.

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