Walking the Camino de Santiago

 Walk through beautiful scenery including meadows and woodlands on one of the world’s most ancient pilgrim routes.
 
Explore small Spanish towns and villages and discover the amazing local cuisine in specialist Galacian pulperias.
 
Stay in a diverse range of properties including restored parish houses, converted water mills and stylish farmhouses.

Prices per person and subject to change.

Your walk begins in Leon and, in keeping with the theme of pilgrimage; you walk each day along farm tracks, paths and country lanes. Stay in an astonishingly diverse range of properties including restored parish houses, converted water mills and stylish farm houses. Everyone on the Camino has a “Pilgrim Passport” that is stamped along the way to qualify for a certificate from the official Pilgrim Office in Santiago.

Includes

10 nights accommodation, breakfast daily and eight dinners, rail ticket between Madrid and Leon, Route notes and maps

Departs

Daily from April – October

 

Day 1 - Leon
Arrive at your historic hotel in the heart of Leon. Masses of restaurants and tapas bars on your doorstep, so we’ve left you free for dinner tonight.
Day 2 - Leon - Molinaseca
After a guided tour of Leon’s magnificent Cathedral and receiving your Pilgrim Passport, we provide a 1 hour transfer to Cruz de Ferro, the highest point on the Camino, marked by a pre-Roman cross. The Camino winds downhill through fragrant pines where once the Nights Templar protected pilgrims from bandit attack. A path lines with wild chestnuts cherries, peppers and fennel leads to riverside Molinaseca, where you’ll be well looked after by your hosts Noemi and Javier.
Day 3 - Ambasmestas - O'Cebreiro
After a short transfer (30 mins), you ascend the Rio Valcarce valley, climbing into moody oak woods strung with lichen and strewn with early purple orchid. O’Cebreiro is an 11th Century village in the heart of the Cordillera Cantabrica. Walk to the viewpoint above the village for a perfect sunset and views over four ranges of hills before a transfer back to your hotel in Ambasmestas.
Day 4 - Triacastela - Sarria
After a short transfer we drop you off at Triacastela. As the Camino meanders between heather clad villages overlooking the Monastery of Samos, you can hear the bells ringing! On reaching Sarria – the antiques capital of Galicia, you’ll be whisked to Javier and Raquel’s elegant country rectory, (10 mins), complete with chapel and al fresco dining patio.
Day 5 - Sarria - Portomarin
A Roman bridge leads out of Sarria up the Celerio Valley, where you’ll traverse the hamlets of the southern flank of the Sierra del Paramo. Descend into Portomarin – the original village was drowned by the Belesar Reservoir, and houses still shimmer below the surface! This evening, meet Mario, the hotelier and enjoy wine from his vines, before a waterside stroll after dinner.
Day 6 - Portomarin - Lestedo
Drop into Portomarin’s church then follow the Torres stream passing between cornfields lined with ox-eye daisies. Stamp your pilgrim passport in country churches dedicated to the Order of St James before arriving at your beautifully restored rectory.
Day 7 - Lestedo - O Coto
Country lanes lead past fortified farmhouses into the hillside town of Palas del Rei (Palace of the King) as you enter the province of A Coruña. You’ll pass typical raised Galician granaries and chickens scamper across narrow streets as you enter vineyards, with views east to the Montes del Vacaloura.
Day 8 - O Coto - Arzua
First stop is Melide – a thriving country town with tavernas brimming with locals enjoying Galician seafood in specialist pulperias (octopus restaurants!). Drop into the Romanesque church to admire the frescoes, before lanes lined with bright yellow celandine bring you into the lively market town of Arzua. Continue on to your elegant manor house, surrounded by tranquil countryside, just outside the town.
Day 9 - Arzua - Rua
Arzua’s colonnaded streets lead into open country where local farmers wear berets as they tend vines and build haystacks with pitch forks as your route rises and falls through river valleys crossing rushing streams. This evening you can marvel at Javier’s breathtaking converted water mill, where original machinery has been turned into spectacular period features!
Day 10 - Rue - Santiago De Compostela
Excitement mounts as you set off towards Monte do Gozo, the Mount of Joy, where pilgrims of old caught their first glimpse of the spires of Santiago. It is certainly busier these days! On reaching Santiago’s historic centre, congratulations are everywhere as a steady stream of pilgrims reach journey’s end below the Cathedral’s spectacular Baroque facade. Drop into the Pilgrim Office to collect your certificate if you wish, before checking into our historic hotel near the old marketplace, still a riot of colour!
Day 11 - Santiago De Compostela
Enjoy Santiago and the Cathedral before taking a taxi to the airport (pay locally approx 15 euro). Or stay on for extra nights to attend the Pilgrim Mass (at 12 noon) before exploring this beautiful city.

 

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