Picture courtesy of the Tourist Office of Concello de Sarria
AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY: Galicia
DISTANCE TO SANTIAGO: 114 km
LINKS OF INTEREST
- Local Police: [+34] 982 530 850
- Health Center: [+34] 982 532 111
FESTIVALS & OTHER EVENTS
- San Xoán: the festival lasts five days, around the Feast of San Juan. Appointment of “Tamborileiro de Honra” (“Drummer of Honour”), parade of "Pampónigas", "Noite do Lume" with "Queimada" and "Fogueira" with concerts in the Campo da Feira de Sarria.
- “Noite Meiga”: at the headquarters of the Cultural Centre of Meigas e Trasgos-Parque do Chanto, a “witches night” is held on the night of the last Saturday in August. After midnight, a dance takes place, a recreation in which the "meigas" (witches) and the "trasgos” (goblins) dance around a bonfire to chase away bad omens, while a spell is sung to keep off evils and to let good luck prevail during the year.
Sarria is the most populated town in this section of the Camino in Galicia. It is 114 km from Santiago, which means that it is a valid starting point for pilgrims on foot, since the minimum distance to be covered before Compostela so as to attain proper pilgrim status is 100 km. Although it does not appear in the Codex Calixtinus, the history of this eight centuries-old town is linked by close ties to pilgrimages.
- Monastery of La Magdalena: also known as “Convent of La Merced”, this is one of the most emblematic buildings in Sarria. The complex stands out for the church, with a Plateresque façade, and the Gothic cloister.
- Church of Our Saviour of Sarria: a small parish church with Romanesque and Gothic elements from the 13th century. The façade is crowned with a belfry dating from 1860.
- Church of Santa Mariña de Sarria: the original 12th-century Romanesque temple was replaced by the current building in the 19th century, with its Gothic appearance, it stands out for the two-coloured stone and white façade and the paintings it holds. The tower, crowned with a tall pyramidal spire, houses the clock.
Track Sarria - Portomarín
NEARBY POINTS OF INTEREST
- Church of Santiago de Barbadelo: 3 km before Sarria and within the municipal area of Sarria. Dedicated to Saint James the Apostle, its origin dates back to the 10th and 11th centuries, since a monastery stood here next to which the church was built. To this day, only some original Romanesque elements remain, although the original structure of the apse was replaced by a rectangular design in the 18th century.