Walking the Via de la Plata from Ourense

  • 7 Nights
  • From 785 Per Person
  • Flights available (optional)
  • Spain
The Via de la Plata from Ourense self guided tour takes pilgrims off the beaten track, to one of the most beautiful paths into Santiago de Compostela. Galicia’s spa capital, Ourense is a delightful place to start your journey.

If you are looking for a trail less travelled with rural charm and peaceful forest and mountain tracks, this is the Camino walk for you!

You will be starting your Camino de Santiago adventure in Ourense, an enchanting city with a wonderful historic quarter and fantastic open air hot springs where you can relax and pamper your body and soul before starting your journey.

Along the Via de la Plata from Ourense, you will pass tiny little hamlets, farmland and lovely forests.

On your way you will stop in the charming village of Cea, ‘village of the good bread’, where you should try its famous artisan bread; and the majestic Romanesque Oseira Monastery which has been seeing pilgrims pass on their way to Santiago since the 12th century.

The Via de la Plata is a trail where you will enjoy the best of Galician country hospitality, staying in some fabulous country homes; and discover one of the most underrated and beautiful tracks into Santiago de Compostela.

Make sure you stamp your pilgrim passport twice per day to request your Compostela pilgrim certificate in Santiago. Once in Santiago, it is time to celebrate your achievement and explore this magnificent little city of history, culture and delicious gastronomy.

The Via de la Plata from Ourense self guided tour is flexible and can be tailored to your preferences. Talk to our travel experts for advice or to start planning your Camino trip.

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Walking the Via de la Plata from Ourense

The Via de la Plata from Ourense self guided tour takes pilgrims off the beaten track, to one of the most beautiful paths into Santiago de Compostela. Galicia’s spa capital, Ourense is a delightful place to start your journey.

If you are looking for a trail less travelled with rural charm and peaceful forest and mountain tracks, this is the Camino walk for you!

You will be starting your Camino de Santiago adventure in Ourense, an enchanting city with a wonderful historic quarter and fantastic open air hot springs where you can relax and pamper your body and soul before starting your journey.

Along the Via de la Plata from Ourense, you will pass tiny little hamlets, farmland and lovely forests.

On your way you will stop in the charming village of Cea, ‘village of the good bread’, where you should try its famous artisan bread; and the majestic Romanesque Oseira Monastery which has been seeing pilgrims pass on their way to Santiago since the 12th century.

The Via de la Plata is a trail where you will enjoy the best of Galician country hospitality, staying in some fabulous country homes; and discover one of the most underrated and beautiful tracks into Santiago de Compostela.

Make sure you stamp your pilgrim passport twice per day to request your Compostela pilgrim certificate in Santiago. Once in Santiago, it is time to celebrate your achievement and explore this magnificent little city of history, culture and delicious gastronomy.

The Via de la Plata from Ourense self guided tour is flexible and can be tailored to your preferences. Talk to our travel experts for advice or to start planning your Camino trip.

Itinerary

The Via de la Plata from Ourense self guided tour includes the following:

  • 7 nights in selected 3-star accommodation and guesthouses
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Luggage transfers on walking days, so your luggage will be delivered to your next stop (One 20kg luggage piece per person)
  • Pilgrim travel pack with holiday information, pilgrim passport and route notes
  • Transfers to accommodation when required

OPTIONAL

  • Flights
  • Dinners
  • Airport pick up
  • Hotel upgrades to boutique and luxury hotels or Paradores where available
  • Travel insurance
  • Talk to our team if you require additional services

VIA DE LA PLATA FROM OURENSE ITINERARY

DAY 1 – OURENSE

Today you will travel to Ourense city, the starting point for your Camino de Santiago adventure! It is easily accessible from Santiago de Compostela by train.

Take the opportunity to explore its lovely Old Town and many monuments including Roman bridge and As Termas hot springs. A relaxing session at one of the city’s open air thermal baths is a must; head to A Chavasqueira or Outariz.

DAY 2 – WALKING FROM OURENSE TO CEA – 22KMS

Today you start your Camino de Santiago journey in earnest, walking the Via de la Plata from Ourense, a city in the valley by the River Miño.

From the magnificent Roman ‘Old Bridge’ in Ourense, pilgrims have two options but either way there is an initial steady climb to Castro de Beiro and after a relatively flat stretch, another more gradual climb into the lovely village of San Cristovo de Cea.

Cea is famous for its crusty wholemeal artisan bread and is known as ‘the village of good bread’, a delicious treat after the day’s walk. Interesting fact: there are 20 traditional bread ovens in this village of 2000 people.

In July, the village hosts a festival dedicated to its much loved bread.

DAY 3 – WALKING FROM CEA TO CASTRO DOZON – 19KMS

You don’t have a particularly long walking day ahead but the terrain is quite hilly and with ups and downs most of the day, passing tiny hamlets along the way and the beautiful 12th century Mosteiro de Oseira Monastery.

In Castro Dozon, you will be picked up to spend the night in a lovely country home ‘casa rural’ where you will experience the best of Galicia’s country hospitality.

DAY 4 – WALKING FROM CASTRO DOZON TO ESTACION DE LALIN – 17KMS

After breakfast you will be taken back to Castro Dozon to continue your Camino journey where you left it the day before.

From Castro Dozon, the trail continues across mountainous terrain, sometimes a bit challenging and bare of vegetation; until we start the descent into Pontenoufe down in the valley and then pass a few hamlets with their chapels and farmland on our way to Estacion de Lalin.

Lalin is an important market town and home to an annual food festival dedicated to the hearty ‘Cocido’ dish.

A traditional carnival and winter dish, the main ingredients of ‘Cocido’ are different cuts of pork meat such as ribs and chorizo, served with greens, potatoes and chickpeas; all boiled, seasoned and drizzled with olive oil.

After your walk you will be transferred to your accommodation for the night. 

DAY 5 – WALKING FROM ESTACION DE LALIN TO SILLEDA – 16KMS

From Estacion de Lalin to Silleda we have a short walking day of just 16kms, across rolling hills, farmland, through forests and small villages such as A Laxe and Taboada by the River Deza, on our way to Silleda. 

The market town of Silleda is known in Galicia as the centre of agricultural and cattle fairs; the biggest of them being the ‘Semana Verde’, or Green Week.

DAY 6 – WALKING FROM SILLEDA TO PONTE ULLA -20KMS

From Silleda to Ponte Ulla you will be happy to know the trail is mainly downhill, through little villages, farmland and green meadows. If you haven’t done so yet, try the delicious Galician savoury pastries, empanada, in Bandeira.

Your stop for the night is Ponte Ulla, named after its bridge. The old castle in Ponte Ulla is worth a visit for its 360-degree panoramic views, Iglesia de Santa Maria da Magdalena and its detailed Romanesque facade.

DAY 7 – WALKING FROM PONTE ULLA TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA – 21KMS

Today it is a very exciting day as you will be walking into Santiago de Compostela! Only 21kms separate the village of Ponte Ulla from Santiago. There is a big climb out of Ponte Ulla, heading for Outeiro but from then on, the trail is quite easy.

You will enter Santiago de Compostela by its famous Sar River. Congratulations, you have made it! Enjoy this special moment as you savour your achievement in the Praza do Obradoiro with pilgrims from all over the world. 

Remember to head to the Pilgrims Office to request your Compostela certificate.

DAY 8 – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Take your time to explore wonderful Santiago de Compostela, wandering the nooks and crannies of its historic old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Go for a stroll in the Alameda Park, sample Galicia’s delicious seafood and visit the Abastos market, the city’s bustling larder. 

For more information and travel inspiration read our TRAVEL BLOG.

It is time to say ‘until next time!’ as you head to the airport for your flight back home. 

The Via de la Plata from Ourense self guided tour is completely flexible and can be tailored to your needs, talk to our travel experts for advice.

  • Price quoted per person sharing, on a twin or double room with private bathroom
  • Single rooms available on request
  • A deposit is required to secure your booking
  • Please note this is a self guided Camino tour, if you are interested in joining a Camino guide group, you can find all the details on upcoming departures here: CAMINO GUIDED TOURS

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