This tour is designed for all those who want to take the path in complete autonomy as it includes all the necessary services to walk through it without worries. The Camino de Santiago, while quite demanding, is within everyone’s reach. If you get tired or for any eventuality along the way there are several points where you can contact a taxi that will take you to the next stage in a few minutes. It is also practically impossible to get lost as all the paths are marked either with a yellow arrow or with the figure of a shell , the legendary symbol of the journey. There is a variety of accommodation facilities ranging from simple accommodation such as small guesthouses, 1 * or 2 * hostels or hotels to ‘charming’ accommodation such as old farmhouses or completely renovated country houses. Despite the abundance of accommodation facilities it is always advisable to book in advance as most of the structures have a limited number of rooms and finding one, especially in high season, could be challenging. It is not necessary to be guided by a religious motivation to take this journey: many people do it for a spirit of adventure, for the love of nature and art, to meet other people from all over the world or for personal challenge. Whatever the reason that prompts you to set out, it is a unique experience that will remain indelibly scratched in your memory. At the end of the journey you will also be given the ‘Compostela’: a certificate in Latin issued by the Pilgrim’s Office of Santiago certifying that at least 100 km have been covered.
“Caminante, no hay camino. Se hace el camino al andar ”A.Machado
Free departures, minimum 2 participants.
Departure from Italy to Santiago, by scheduled flight (the ticket is not included in the participation fee). Arrival, meeting with the local driver and transfer to Sarria. Overnight
After breakfast we leave for Barbadelo, where you can admire the exceptional Church of Santiago, declared a National Historic Monument. The path follows in the direction of Rente for a path that winds through Mercado da Serra, a humble village where Jews used to rush to negotiate and give goods to pilgrims, the centers of Rente, Brea, Ferreiros, Rozas and Vilachà, a rural village of peasants where the ruins of the Loio Monastery are preserved, cradle of the Knights of the Order of Santiago. Arrival in Portomarin, a medieval town that was flooded by the construction of an artificial dam. The church of San Nicolás (today San Juan), as well as other buildings were moved from stone to stone in their current location. When the water level allows it, you can see the remains of the ancient bridge and the ruins of the village at the bottom of the basin. </p
After breakfast, we continue the pilgrimage to Palas del Rei crossing Gonzar, Castromayor, so called because it was the site of a pre-Roman "castrum" whose traces give an idea of how "Celtic" Galicia could have been. The route winds through Hospital de la Cruz, Ventas de Naron, Lameiros where you can visit the Church of San Marco, and Ligonde, an ancient station on the way as evidenced by the cross that indicates the place where a pilgrim cemetery once stood. continue to Ebbe, Albergo, Portos Lastedo and Valos before reaching Palas del Rei, a town with remote origins dating back to pre-Roman times, part of the Celtic fortresses.
After breakfast, the route continues as you enter the province of A Coruna. You pass through the centers of San Xulian, Pontecampana, Casanova, Coto, Leboreiro, which preserves an ancient Roman road in excellent condition. The path continues, winding through Furelos Melide, a place famous for the Galician octopus as well as being the point where the French and the northern paths from Oviedo meet. Continue to Carballal, Ponte das Penas, Raido, Bonete, Castaneda, Ribadiso to finally reach Arzua, a city very famous for its cheese making, about 40 km from Santiago.
After breakfast, continue the journey through Las Barrosas, where you can visit the characteristic chapel of San Lázaro, Calzada, Calle, Salceda Brea and Santa Irene, where there is the homonymous hermitage dedicated to the Portuguese martyr with a Baroque source of healing water. The route ends with the crossing of A Rua and finally Pedrouzo, where you can visit the baroque parish dating back to 1718 which contrains the statue of the Madonna delle Nevi, patron saint of the city.
After breakfast, we set out for the last stage of the journey. You pass through the centers of Burgo, Arca, San Anton, Amenal, San Paio and Lavacolla, a town where pilgrims in ancient times used to wash and change before entering the city of Compostela. Subsequently, the itinerary crosses Villamalor, San Marcos and Monte do Gozo, the first hill from where the landscape stretches to Santiago and the towers of the Cathedral. Its name (Monte della Gioia) derives from the emotion felt by the pilgrims seeing the finish line. We cross the last village before the finish line, San Lazaro, and then finally arrive in Santiago de Compostela. The city owes its name to the Apostle Santiago, whose remains were found here in the 9th century. This discovery quickly led the place to become the most important pilgrimage point in Europe. The whole city grew up in the shadow of the Cathedral erected in the place where it was found. We will walk through its wonderful historic center to the beautiful Obradoiro square. Once here, tradition has it that pilgrims ask for three wishes from the statue of the seated Apostle, in the Portico de Gloria. Behind the same column is the statue of Maestro Matteo (the builder) to whom tradition wants three "heads" to be given to transmit his knowledge and talent. Then we will go to the crypt where the sepulcher of Santiago is kept and finally we can embrace the statue of the Saint.
Breakfast and free transfer to the airport. Departure for Italy, by scheduled flight (the ticket is not included in the travel participation fee). Arrival and end of the trip.
Tariff per person, starting from:
|Departure||Cat. Hotel Basic||Cat. Hotel Charme|
|Double||Supplement single||Double||Supplement single|
|From 1 April 2021 to 31 October 2021||€ 520||€ 190||€ 630||€ 270|
(B / L / D): B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = Dinner
Half board supplement:
** To participate in this trip you need an identity card valid for expatriation with 6 months of residual validity.
For the ‘basic’ category there will be small 1 * or 2 * hotels, simple and basic hostels or guesthouses, but always in double rooms with private bathroom and breakfast with coffee / infusion, pastry and fruit juice. In the ‘charme’ category there are lovely farmhouses, old farmhouses or renovated and very welcoming country houses. In these structures, breakfast will be abundant with the addition of eggs or cold cuts, yoghurt and fruit … you have to start the morning with energy! In Santiago, in both categories, there will be a good 4 * hotel, a reward for the fatigue faced during the Camino.
*** Sometimes the accommodations provided are a short distance from the final point of the stage: just call the hotel and in a few minutes a car will come to pick you up and the next morning will bring you back to the same point for the continuation of the walk.
*** Upon arrival you will be given the credential. Card that, along the Way, you will have to stamp (at least twice a day) in any bar, shop, authorized accommodation … you will find them everywhere. After that you have to go to the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrim’s Office to prove that you have done at least 100 km and get the Compostela.
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Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
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