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Walk the Camino de Santiago

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Tour style - Active & Adrenaline, Trekking/Hiking

8 days

If you’re looking to conduct your own pilgrimage – along a route filled with the beautiful countryside and rustic villages of Northern Spain – start here, at the Camino de Santiago. In this eight-day trip, you’ll complete the last 100km of the pilgrimage route to Santiago and receive a "compostela" certificate when you’re finished to prove your accomplishment. Refuel with tasty Spanish food and take the time to stop and smell the flowers – it’s active but at a slower, more picturesque pace.
  • Day 1 Lugo

    Arrive at any time. Welcome meeting this evening

  • Days 2-6 Sarria/Portomarín/Palais do Rei/Melide/Aruza/Amenal (5B)

    A short bus ride brings us to the city of Sarria, where we start our trek. Sarria, a small medieval mountain city of about 12,000 inhabitants, is a major centre of services on the French Route in Galicia. The old part of the city is filled with beautiful old buildings and has a castle from the 14th century. The cathedral of Santa Marina, constructed in a modern style, has a tall steeple on its chapel tower. The old part of the city is wonderful and can be seen easily on foot before heading downtown to the newer part of the city, where the majority of the commerce and merchants are located. Sarria has all the amenities for the weary pilgrim. On Day2, we start hiking from Sarria to Portomarín covering about 23 km over the course of the day. We pass through many lovely towns along the way and may choose to have a picnic in places such as Barbadelo, Renta or Ferreiros. We spend the night in the riverside city of Portomarin. Portomarin sits in a beautiful setting on the shores of the Miño River and has about 2200 inhabitants. The old city is formed of two neighbourhoods, San Nicolas and San Pedro, with the new city having only been constructed in 1960. Portomarin served an important post throughout the Middle Ages, as it has a huge bridge over the river as well as a hospital. The impressive cathedral/fortress is called San Nicolas, and was constructed by the horseman-monks of the San Juan of Jerusalem Order in the 12th century. This was then taken apart stone-by-stone and reconstructed in the main plaza where it now sits. It is extremely significant in the history of this region, and stands now as an interesting example of pre-Roman architecture. The cathedral of San Pedro was also taken apart and reconstructed after being moved from the outskirts of town. The Chapel of the Virgin is another interesting architectural site as it is constructed on top of an old medieval bridge. Sarria to Portomarín Approximate distance: 23km/14.2mi Estimated hiking time: 6 hrs Ascent: 230m (754 ft) Descent: 300m (984 ft)

  • Day 7 Santiago de Compostela (1B)

    Our walk continues on from Portomarin as we leave early in the morning on Day 3. Today’s walk is a mix of ups and downs and again the scenery is fantastic. This entire area was very important in the middle ages and has a rich history. The history of Palas de Rey is made up of a mixture of cultures and times. It is a growing town of about 5000 inhabitants and has long served as a meeting point for pilgrims who would regroup together before tackling the last leg of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. The church of San Tirso has a beautiful romantic-era doorway and façade, and is the only vestige that remains of the towns past. However, the artistic wealth remains, in the forms of other churches of the city, as well as the castles of Pambre and Felpos. Palas de Rey has plenty to offer the pilgrim in its numerous shops and cafes. Portomarín to Palas de Rei Approximate distance: 22km/13.6mi Estimated hiking time: 6 hrs Ascent: 633m (2,077 ft) Descent: 407m (1,335 ft)

  • Day 8 Santiago de Compostela (1B)

    Walking through the lush green valleys of Galicia, we continue our pilgrimage westwards. Covering about 15 km today, we will again pass through many lovely villages and towns along the way, offering ample opportunity for rest stops and time to pick up any needed supplies. We will eventually arrive at Meilde, where we spend the night. Take a break in the lively market town of Melide (454m), and try octopus, Galicia's most classic dish, in one of the many 'pulperías'. Palas de Rei to Melide Approximate distance: 15km/9.3mi Estimated hiking time: 4 hrs Ascent: 553m (1,814 ft) Descent: 723m (2,372 ft)

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