Camino de Santiago Trek
Trek one of the worlds oldest pilgrimage routes “The Camino de Santiago de Compostela” travellers have made their way across northern Spain to Santiago on ‘The Way of St James’ for over 1000 years. The route is marked by the symbol of the scallop shell, typically found on the Galician shores, and a long-standing tradition is to obtain the ‘compostela’, a certificate of accomplishment given to pilgrims upon completing the way; gained by walking at least 100km of the route, which you will complete on this trip.
Included in the price of the trip
All transfers in Spain
Accommodation – 2 nights in hotel, twin share, and 5 nights hostel accommodation.
Meals – breakfast
Qualified English speaking local guide
Adventurous Ewe leader for groups of 10+
Not included in the price of the trip
Your group flight will arrive late in the evening where you will be transferred to your hotel in Samos. There’s time to rest before your trek briefing the following 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 a number of traditional agricultural villages. You will visit the monastery of Samos (entrance not included), one of the oldest monasteries in Spain, and will then continue through ancient oak forests to the town of Sarria.
Trekking information: 200m ascent, 14km trek taking approx. 5-6 hours
Today will see you walking up and down the hills of Galicia to the town of Portomarin, which was rebuilt on a hilltop from its original location in the River Mino’s valley. This was done to escape flooding when a reservoir was constructed in 1962. The old church was moved, stone by stone, to its current location. Today’s section is along small country roads and country paths, it is generally tree lined and will provide good shade from the sun.
Trekking information: 250m ascent, 23km trek taking approx. 7 hours
Today will see you start with a steady ascent to the village of Ventas de Naron, where the terrain levels out. Along the way to Palais de Rei there are plenty of cafes where you can enjoy a break.
After lunch you will reach Portos and, time permitting, 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. This visit takes around 45 minutes. It then became the official burial place for the order in Galicia. The church is classified as a Spanish national monument due to the important artistic treasures contained within. There are tombs of knights of the Order of St James, a stone Retablo that portrays scenes of the Miracle of the Eucharist and the Descent from the Cross. The most spectacular items are the 15th century Gothic frescos that are rare in Spain. They portray the Annunciation and include two figures that are thought to be King Juan II and Queen Maria of Aragon.
Palas de Rei marks the half-way point of your trek where you will spend the night in a hotel, and really feel the spirit of the ‘Camino’ since many walkers also stop here.
Trekking information: 300m ascent, 25km trek taking approx. 5 hours
This is the longest day of walking though it is along a very picturesque stretch of the Camino, crossing several Roman bridges and passing mediaeval churches. Lunch will be in the small town of Melide, renowned for its delicious octopus with potatoes. Following your afternoon of trekking there is more culinary delights as you finish in Arzua which is famous for its cheeses.
Trekking information: 100m ascent, 28.5km trek taking approx. 7-8 hours
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.
Trekking information: 200m ascent, 19km trek taking approx. 5 hours
Your final day’s walk takes you climbing 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.
Trekking information: 50m ascent, 20km trek taking approx. 7 hours
Free morning in Santiago de Compostela before returning to the UK.
How big is the group?
Our minimum size group is 6 and a maximum of 14 per expedition leader
What will the accommodation be like?
The first and last night we will stay in a 2 star Hotel; twin share with en-suite washing facilities. Whilst on trek, we will be staying in comfortable hostels with dormitory style rooms. There is a restaurant, shop and shower facilities in the mountain hut.
Who will be leading the group?
We employ experienced and fully qualified English speaking guides to accompany and lead you. The guides are first aid qualified and have extensive experience in leading expeditions throughout the world. They will be ultimately responsible for the running of the itinerary and the safety of your group. They will be carrying full safety equipment and mountain first aid kits with them at all times.
Food matters – what’s provided?
All breakfasts are included.
Breakfasts in Spain usually consist of coffee with milk, toast with ham, olive oil, tomatoes, cheese and butter and jam. Bakery items such as pastries, fruit and juice are also popular. During this trip you can expect different variations of breakfast at the hotels and pensions we stay at but they will all include at least some of the standard breakfast items that are popular in Spain.
The land in north Spain is rich and produces almost everything one might want to eat from fish and seafood to good quality meat, vegetables and fruit. Your leader will recommend good places to eat. Sometimes it will be tapas, sharing some “raciones” as a group and sometimes you will be able to choose from the menu.
Lunch is not included, this is to give you more flexibility and also sample the local cuisine such as Tortilla de Patatas, a Spanish dish that is made of egg and potatoes, you will also have the option to buy a packed lunch or baguette in one of the many cafes along the route.
On the Camino de Santiago restaurants and bars offer a set menu called the “Menu del Pergrino” and offer 5 starters, 5 mains and dessert, coffee and drink for about EUR 10-15.
Vegetarians can be catered for, as are other dietary requirements although there may not be the same choice or variety as you have at home and please be prepared to be flexible. Please tell us in advance if you are vegetarian or need a special diet.
What is the Compostela?
The Compostela is a certificate of completion for all the Camino routes; there are a couple of conditions attached to the issue of them. You must have walked the last 100 km into Santiago and have two stamps per day to qualify
What shall I do about spending money?
We recommend you bring around €200 for drinks, meals, snacks and local staff tips.
There are ATM’s and money exchanges on arrival at the airport and you will have the opportunity to withdraw money during the trek from an ATM.
Weather & Safety
The weather during the spring and autumn months is generally sunny days and cool nights. However, conditions can change very quickly, What can start out as a good day can soon become very poor. It is very important to be well equipped and prepared for all conditions.
All our guides are first aid trained and carry fully equipped medical kits for serious medical emergencies.There are no compulsory vaccinations for Spain but we recommend you consult your GP before departure. A good level of fitness is required for this trek.
The first night you will stay in a 2 star Hotel; twin share with en-suite washing facilities. Whilst on the trek you will be staying in comfortable hostels with private dormitory style rooms for the use of our group. Your last night in Santiago will be in a 3 star hotel.
What do you do to protect the environment?
We are keeping to a small group so that we limit the impact we have on the surrounding environment. We will ensure that all rubbish is disposed of responsibly. We follow the local guidelines on cultural and environmental Protection and respect.
How to book your challenge
The easiest way to book your trip is online via the website, simply click Date and Availability, You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £150.00 at the time of booking.
It is possible to reserve a place on this challenge by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, however you will need to pay your deposit of £150.00 to confirm your place on this trek together with completing a booking form.
The full balance is required to be paid no less than 4 weeks prior to departure.