Starting from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French side of the Pyrenees, the Camino Frances covers some 800 kilometers heading west across the North of Spain. Many will take 6 to 8 weeks walking the Camino de Santiago in its entirety, whilst others spend a week or two on the final section through Galicia.
Take 7 days or 7 weeks out of your busy life and lose yourself on the Camino
Starting from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French side of the Pyrenees, the Camino Frances covers some 800 kilometers heading west across the North of Spain. Many will take 6 to 8 weeks walking the Camino de Santiago in its entirety, whilst others spend a week or two on the final section in Galicia.
There are many options for your journey. You can tackle the full Camino as one complete journey, or break it up into smaller sections to be completed at your leisure, year on year. We will create a personalised itinerary designed specifically around your needs and interests.
Why Walk the Camino?
Pilgrims and secular travellers alike come to Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago for many reasons; spiritual enlightenment, adventure, freedom or the camaraderie of the road. Encounter many people from across the world - teh msot special facet of the Way that will make your experience special.
The Camino Experience
The Camino de Santiago de Compostela was proclaimed the first European Cultural itinerary by the Council of Europe in 1987 and a World Hertiage Site. For more than one thousand years, the route has played a role in the interchange of European culture.
The Camino de Santiago has preserved the most complete material record in the form of ecclesiastical and secular buildings, settlements both large and small, and civil engineering structures. Some 1,800 buildings along the route, both religious and secular, are of great historic interest. There is no comparable Christian pilgrimage route of such extent and continuity anywhere in Europe: the other two pilgrimage routes, to Jerusalem and Rome, are only recognizable in a very fragmentary fashion.
The main Camino cities of Pamplona, Leon and Burgos are spread at equal intervals along the road to Santiago de Compostela, with many small hamlets, villages and towns peppered in between. Many festivals take place through the year and you may be lucky enough to encounter one on the Way.
We are regularly requested to organise the popular Galician section of the route that covers the final 100+km , and makes you eligible for the Compostela certificate. The region of Galicia is the green corner of Spain with its lush meadows support many family-run dairy and beef farms. The wooded paths and lanes here have an enchanted quality, as you wind your way through green valleys with steep sides, through ancient villages and across stone bridges steeped in Camino history and legend.
Camino Gastronomy and Wine
With an abundance of small hotels and inns along the way, you can enjoy hearty, fresh local cuisine as enjoyed by pligrims for over a thousand years.
Every town on the Camino has a variety of lively plazas with bars and restaurants, so there's plenty of opportunity for you to enjoy the Spanish gastronomy and the variety of world-famous Spanish wines.
Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Galicia's capital city has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985, Santiago de Compostela is the destination of the Way of St James, one of the major centres of medieval history in Europe.
From Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, millions have walked to Santiago along many Caminos. Around the Cathedrai, which is a masterpiece of Romanesque art, the centre is a magnificent old town worthy of one of Christianity's greatest holy cities.
Earn the Compostela Certificate by Completing the Final 100km of the Camino de Santiago
In practice, this means walking the Camino Frances from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela in 6 or 7 days. However many people choose to walk the traditional 9 - 11 days journey from the scenic hilltop village of O Cebreiro in the Galician mountains.
You can also earn your Compostela by walking the last 100 km of other Ways to Santiago such as the Camino Portugues from Tui, or the Via de la Plata from Ourense.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like us to create a different, personalised itinerary designed specifically around your needs and interests.
The following is our most popular 7-day itinerary starting at Sarria on the Camino Frances:-
Day 1 - Arrival in Spain and Transfer to the Camino
Arrival and transfer to Sarria on the Camino Frances, a highly popular pilgrims' starting point for the Camino de Santiago. Stay overnight in Sarria.
Day 2 - Sarria - Portomarin, 23 kms
Today's walk is spread equally between quiet country roads and natural pathways, passing through many small hamlets that seem to blend seamlessly one into the next.
Day 3 - Portomarin - Lestedo, 20 kms
A day of varied terrain as you start skirting Belesar reservoir and climbing up through woodland before a further gentle climb to Alto do Rosario (Rosary Heights). A short descent takes you to your accommodation in Lestedo.
Day 4 - Lestedo - Melide, 19.5 kms
Today you will cross four river valleys mostly on pathways through woodland. In Melide, a medieval township with close links with the Jacobean pilgrimage, the French Way temporarily becomes an urban route. Visit the town's medieval centre and churches, and try Melide's local delicacy: Pulpo (Octopus).
Day 5 - Melide - Arzua, 15 kms
Today's walk takes you through meadows, oak and eucalyptus woodland through countless small hamlets, some of which bear names that echo their historical connections with the Pilgrim's way. This is the county of Arzua, a land with a strong dairy production and known for its delicious cheeses.
Day 6 - Arzua - Arca, 20 kms
Walk on natural pathways with good shade offered by trees. The Camino now becomes busier with pilgrims as we near the fabled city of Santiago.
Day 7 - Arca - Santiago de Compostela, 20.5 kms
The first part of your final stage into Santiago is through dense woodland. Enjoy the shade and peace -as you approach the city, aspahlt roads take over. After leaving the town of A Lavacolla, the Way approaches the Monte do Gozo (The Mount of Joy), a small hillock from which the pilgrim was able to see, for the first time, in the distance, the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago, hence the name of this spot.
Before you know it you descend into the urban stretch that will lead you to the heart of Santiago de Compostela's old town and on to the tomb of St James, housed in the stunning Cathedral.
A second night in Santiago de Compostela is highly recommended as there is so much to experience and enjoy.
Walking the full Camino Frances (approx. 800 kms)
Starting from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French side of the Pyrenees, the Camino Frances covers some 800 kilometers heading west across the North of Spain.
The major cities of Pamplona, Burgos and León are spread at equal intervals along the road to Santiago de Compostela, with many small towns, villages and monuments peppered in between. The entire route is burgeoning with culture, history and many sights to be seen.
For any traveller on the Camino, nourishment and refreshment becomes a major part of the daily routine. And also a daily reward. There are many places to enjoy good food along the way to suit all tastes and budgets. We also aim to cater for those with particular dietary needs.
Breakfast whether light or substantial can be topped up mid morning at cafes or bars - the Spanish "desayuno" is between 10 and 11 when cafes and bars fill with locals having their proper breakfast.
Lunches are often taken as picnics, with items of fresh local produce purchased each morning before you set out on the trail.
Dinner is not served until 8pm at the earliest earliest - so take advantage of the Spanish merienda of coffee, tea and pastries or early evening cerveza, copas de vino and tapas, once you have arrived at your daily destination.
Typical Camino Lodgings 1-3*
Hand-picked establishments are well known to our team and we have developed strong personal connections over the past 12 years. We prefer to work with comfortable, small, family run establishments on or close to the Camino. This can include a variety of traditional farmhouses, historic home and 1-3* equivalent inns and hotels. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
If your budget allows, we can suggest some superb accommodation upgrades, as we often work with the top-end establishments on the Camino. Sometimes this can mean a short transfer off the Camino but we can include your transfers both ways. Santiago de Compostela has a full spectrum of upgrades and luxurious establishments.
Types of Board / Meal Options
Our itineraries are mainly offered on Bed and Breakfast basis. We encourgae you to get out and about to try local dishes in the vicinity. Sampling the widest range of Spanish dishes and soaking up the local atmosphere is all part of the Camino experience. You'll be rubbing shoulders with international walkers and the local people in the bars and diners along the Way. If you prefer to have dinner prebooked, then in-house set menus are often available too. We can also arrange for you to half board accommodation along the way if you prefer to havbe everything booked and paid in advance.
Baggage Transfers between Accommodation
We recommend using the luggage transfer option. We will handle arrangements to move your baggage from inn to inn as you walk the Camino. All you have to carry is a light day sack with your Walk The Camino travel pack and essential items.
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