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For many pilgrims on the French Route Sarria has become an exit point on their journey, as it fulfils some essential requirements for walkers.

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Located 114 kilometres from Santiago, this medieval location is the last place from which hikers can start their journey and still acquire the Compostela, assuming they are doing the route on foot or on horseback (100 kilometres is the minimum distance needed to get it). Therefore in the guide of the Camino of many pilgrims, Sarria is your starting point.

Also, from this point, there remain just five stages to reach the final goal, an ideal number for those who want to complete the journey in less than a week. In 2012 it returned to be the most popular point of departure for pilgrims, with more than 20% of all pilgrims beginning their walk in this location.  

In this council of Lugo the two possible deviations of the French Way converge, that which goes from Triacastela via Samos and another, which goes north via San Xil.

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On Calle Benigno Quiroga, on the route itself is La Peregrinoteca, one of the most comprehensive pilgrims shops on the route. On its shelves customers will find a multitude of guides, Jacobean books and, an ample range of clothes and accessories for walkers such as, ponchos, sandals, mountain boots, coats, shorts and trousers. They also have a high number of on-line customers and open from 07.00 until 21.30.

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