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Bienvenido a Sarria! Welcome to Sarria.
The beginning of the Camino for some and the feeling that the end is near for others. Sarria is the most important stop along the French Way after Santiago de Compostela. It is located 111 km from the Plaza del Obradorio, Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. The Pilgrim monument at the top of the hill is the proof of that that.
You access to the town from the Escalinata Mayor. Recommendation: Take a picture in front of the thirteenth century steps before climbing up the stair.
You will then arrive at Rua Mayor, in the heart of the town where locals and pilgrims stay. This Rua is full of interesting buildings with balconies and window galleries of the XIII and XIX century.
All over the village, in some small squares and street junctions you will find the Cruceiros, religious monuments formed by a stone cross, pillar and steps.
You should visit the Church of Santa Marina, in the old market square. This Romanesque structure holds the town clock and the image of San Xoán, patron saint of Sarria. In the evening of 24th June, San Juan Day, you will be able to see the famous “bonfires” from several spots in the town. Also pay attention to the many pilgrim murals all over the town.
Follow the walk until the antique hospital de San Antón and the Torre de la Fortaleza. The tower stands 15 meters height and from the top you can see a good view of the region. You can go up the tower by a lateral open staircase.
Next stop is San Salvador Church, in front of Torre de la Fortaleza. There are some interesting medieval iron works and stone insignias.
El Monasterio de la Magdalena, the town’s most important monument. Ever since the 13th century this building has been used to shelter pilgrims. You can not leave Sarria without going inside of the cloister with Gothic features.
Going down the old Camino Real, you arrive at Rivera of the Sarria River. A place where is worthwhile to have a break with the walk. At Area Recreativa Do Chanto, you will find a relaxing, peaceful time and good energy for the rest of the Camino.
If you love the world of antiques, you will enjoy the Barrio de San Lazaro, a stroll around Rúa del Porvenir, visiting its local artisan stores. This street is known for hosting the largest concentration of antique dealers in Galicia.
Enjoy Sarria and Buen Camino!
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Wow I love that last picture! I’m leaving in a few short weeks to start my camino adventure. Wish me luck 🙂
The Rider said:
At the bottom of these stairs in Sarria is an excellent camping shop with all the equipment that might be needed for the final stretch. I bought John Brierleys guide there, and wish I had it much sooner!
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