This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Sarria. To help you make friends with Sarria before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Located in the country's northwest region, Sarria, Galicia, Spain, is a popular place to begin the “Camino de Santiago” (in English, the “Way of St. James”), the most famous pilgrimage route in Europe with many different ways to reach the final destinations Santiago de Compostela and Finisterre. It has been very popular for centuries with believers, spiritual people trying to find themselves, and enthusiastic hikers. You can follow various path such as the Portuguese way, the English way, and the French way. Sarria is most populated town in Galicia on the so-called French way. The best time to go hiking is between March and October. The area is relatively wet and rain showers in the summer are quite common too. In the summer months, June to August, the daily maximum temperature reaches more than twenty-six degrees Celsius. So be prepared for the heat and the rain if you decide to explore the area in summer time.
Due to the big amount of tourists hiking to Santiago de Compostela, there are several budget hostels in Sarria, Galicia, Spain. Apart from usual hostels in Sarria, Galicia, Spain, there are other budget options available, such as private apartments, cheap hotels, and guesthouses. Most hikers come in summer, so be prepared and plan ahead if you want to book a bed in a Sarria, Galicia, Spain hostel, because it can become busy in the peak season. However, if you are spontaneous and flexible, you can find additional hostels and cheap accommodations in the next bigger town Lugo, around thirty kilometers away.
Particularly interesting is the “Festas de San Xoán,” a five-day festival with a wide range of workshops, concerts, and other activities to celebrate the summer solstice near the end of June in the traditional Galician way. The town is closely connected to the Way of St. James and offers some sights in the centre as well. In the town centre, some beautiful small churches can be visited such as the worthwhile Iglesia Santa Marina de Sarria. Since this town is popular with tourists that walk the French way to Santiago de Compostela, it offers numerous restaurants and premises to try out the local cuisine or international dishes. The prices vary depending on the sort of restaurant you prefer.
Written by local enthusiast for Sarria hostelsFlo