The French Way

Stage: Sarria - Portomarín

  • Length 22.2 Km
  • Difficulty Medium-High
  • Estimated Duration 4h 40min

The French Way leaves Sarria by the bridge of A Áspera, on the route to Barbadelo.

Passing through oak groves and meadows, it enters the municipality of Paradela and then descends to the banks of the River Miño where it crosses the bridge which leads to the town of Portomarín.

Sarria- Barbadelo

  • Length 4.4 Km
  • Difficulty High
  • Estimated Duration 1h 05min

The exit from Sarria involves passing the Parish Church of Santa Mariña, the Church of El Salvador, the tower of the former wall and the Convent of A Madanela. After leaving the built-up area a steep hill leads down to the bridge of A Áspera.

Once the bridge is crossed, it is necessary to follow the railway lines for approximately 1 km. We then cross the railway line in order to climb the hardest hill of the stage and then go along a flat route to Barbadelo, where the Church of Santiago can be visited.

An alternative route straight to Ferreiros bypassing Barbadelo.

Barbadelo- Ferreiros

  • Length 9.1 Km
  • Difficulty Low
  • Estimated Duration 1h 50min

The Camino continues towards Rente along a roadway in a very good state, passing Mercado da Serra, Leimán and Peruscallo, where an area of streams begins and where there are stone sidewalks and paths in order to avoid getting wet.

Once past Lavandeira, Casais, A Brea and Morgade, there is a hard climb to Ferreiros, the first town of the  Ribeira Sacra of Lugo.