Trek one of the world's oldest pilgrimage routes, “The Camino de Santiago de Compostela”, as you embark on a 130km journey through the beautiful landscapes of northern Spain.
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Travellers have made their way across northern Spain to Santiago on ‘The Way of St James’ for over 1000 years. By completing over 100km of the trail you will receive the ‘Compostela’, a certificate of accomplishment given to pilgrims upon completing the way.
You'll journey through the wonderful Spanish countryside and have the opportunity to discover Romanesque cathedrals, mediaeval monasteries and unspoiled rural scenery before you arrive at the historic Galician capital of Santiago de Compostela.
You will arrive in the evening and transfer to your hotel in Samos. There’s time to rest before your trek briefing in the morning.
Your week of trekking starts in one of the most unspoilt sections of the Camino, as you walk through the Galician countryside, populated by traditional agricultural villages. You will visit the monastery of Samos, one of the oldest monasteries in Spain, and then continue through ancient oak forests to the beautiful town of Sarria.
Today you will head to the town of Portomarin, which was rebuilt on a hilltop from its original location in the River Mino’s valley. Today’s section is along small country roads and paths, it is generally tree-lined and will provide good shade from the sun.
Starting with a steady ascent to the village of Ventas de Naron, you'll make your way to Palais de Rei. On reaching Portos, you can take a detour to the Romanesque Church of El Salvador which dates from at least 1184 when it was taken over by the Knights of the Order of St James. Palas de Rei marks the half-way point of your trek where you will spend the night in a hotel where many other 'Camino' walkers stop.
The longest day of your trek starts along a very picturesque stretch of the Camino, crossing several Roman bridges and passing mediaeval churches. You'll stop for lunch in the small town of Melide, renowned for its delicious octopus with potatoes. Following your afternoon of trekking, there are more culinary delights as you finish in Arzua which is famous for its cheeses.
Today’s walk to the village of Pedruozo involves a number of short ascents and descents through woods, fruit fields and eucalyptus. As Santiago draws ever closer, more pilgrims will cross your path, adding to the anticipation of reaching your goal, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
The final stretch! You'll climb up to the famous Monte do Gozo, where pilgrims traditionally took in their first views of the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. As part of the centuries-old tradition, you will make your way through the city’s streets and crowds to Plaza del Obradoiro, dominated by the impressive Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where most Fridays you can observe a mass service with the impressive “Botafumeiro” incense swinging.
Enjoy a free morning in Santiago de Compostela before returning to the UK.