A little bit of History
The Camino SanabrÃ©s or Camino MozÃ¡rabe is actually the direct route to Santiago from the pilgrims who came from the south of the Peninsula. These took the VÃa de la Plata and in Zamora, or more concretely in Granja de Moreruela, they deviated towards the West avoiding going to Astorga (LeÃ³n), which is where the Via de la Plata ends and where it connects with the French Way. This route was also used by the Galician reapers who came down to Castile during the harvest season.
The Camino SanabrÃ©s is located on the northwestern area of the Iberian Peninsula, which path departs of the town of Granja de Moreruela (Zamora) and continues in the provinces of Orense and A CoruÃ±a. If you want to do only this way, it is recommended to start from the city of Zamora, since logistically speaking it is more accessible than Granja de Moreruela, and they are only 1 or 2 more stages.
The Camino SanabrÃ©s does not present complicated stages, and there is a sufficient number of hostels to play with the distances and plan stages as we like.
The first stages from Zamora have the typical landscape of the plateau with plains that seem endless. Farther north, when entering the Sanabria region, the landscape changes and becomes more mountainous and steeper, with a maximum level close to 1300 meters of altitude of the Padornelo.
The best season
As far as meteorology is concerned, the best season to carry out this route is spring or autumn, since in summer it is very hot and in cold winter. If we talk about the influx of pilgrims, in winter this road is quite lonely. The largest influx of pilgrims is in the spring without saturating the pilgrim hostels.
The signaling is good. Always with the yellow arrows and in Galicia with the typical cairns. In some section of Orense we also find original sculptures that indicate the direction.
Pilgrim hostels and other accomodations
The average distance between towns with a pilgrim hostel is 11.3 km (January-2019). In recent years, new pilgrim hostels have been created that allow people to play with distances. For example, stage A GudiÃ±a-Laza of 34 km was almost inevitable, and there was no possibility of staying overnight anywhere else on the route. However, a pilgrim hostel was installed in Campobecerros that allows shortening this stage.
In summer the climate is hot and dry, especially in the first part of the route. The area of ââSanabria, north of the province of Zamora, is somewhat cooler and wetter. In the Orense area, and even though we are already in Galicia, it is less rainy and it is also very hot. In winter, however, the weather is cold, not being difficult to find snow in some sections of Sanabria and mountains, as in the Padornelo.