The Camino Sanabrés is a variant of the Vía de la Plata (Silver Route), entering Galicia from the province of Zamora in Castile-León. The Galician portion of the Sanabrés has seven stages totaling nearly 200 kilometers (125 miles). There is an alternative section from A Gudiña that passes through Verín, Xinzo de Limia, and Allariz before joining the other route in Ourense. Ourense itself makes a perfect starting point: it is well connected to the rest of Galicia and Spain by bus and train and it is more than 100 kilometers from Santiago, meeting the requirement to receive a Compostela from the Pilgrim’s Office. I walked the Xinzo-Allariz and Allariz-Ourense in separate weekends to prepare for the Ourense-Santiago trek, which I completed during the Carnival holiday in 2014.