|Take a look at a typical Camino de Santiago walk
Arrival Day collection from either Madrid or Santiago de Compostela airport
Walks in Spain is one of the few walking holiday
companies to collect their guests direct from Madrid
centre or Santiago de Compostela airport and transfer them to the start of the walk...at no extra charge (depending on your chosen week, please consult us beforehand)!
After leaving behind the Leon plateau, we approach
the foothills of the Leon Mountains where we spend
the first night of the tour in an 18th century residence
of the Earl of Tepa in Astorga. Walks in Spain will
provide a welcome dinner for all our guests along
with a briefing on the week ahead and a welcome pack.
* Madrid collection 10.30
The walking starts here! After a short warm up walk through the authentic Maragatan village of Castrillo de los Polvazares we drive to Foncebadon leaving the territory of Astorga and entering El Bierzo. The Camino climbs through rolling mountains to the 'Cruz de Ferro', a symbolic monument of a 5 metre tall bare trunk crowned with an iron cross sitting upon a heap of stones, and into the village of El Acebo where we will stop for lunch. The Camino winds it way down to the picturesque village of Molinaseca with its pretty riverside location and Romanesque bridge.
Molinaseca has been declared a 'Patrimonio Historico
Artistico' as much of its original architecture
has been saved. Our second night will be spent in
Molinaseca in a very comfortable, modern, rural
La Faba to Tricastela
A short magnificent drive through the narrow valley
of the river Valcarce, the second walking day starts
from the tiny village of La Faba. A gentle climb
along heather-banked paths takes you to O Cebreiro;
a village with its traditional thatched stone buildings
and an ideal stop off place for lunch. From O Cebreiro
surrounded by rounded peaks and towering mountainsides,
the trail passes through the sierra of Ronadoiro
and, after crossing the Alto do Poio, it descends
into the valley wherein lies Tricastela.
After refreshment in Tricastela we transfer you
to the pre Roman town of Sarria where we will be
staying for the night in the best hotel in town.
Sarria to Portomarin
Leaving the old town of Sarria, we pick up the Camino
passing through many hamlets dotted along areas
of cultivated land, grazing pastures and woodlands,
crossing the great river Mino to Portomarin. A short drive takes us to a magnificent restored farmhouse where the owners will serve up a delicious homemade dinner with wine.
Eirexe to Castaneda
We have selected the best and most interesting stages between Eirexe and Castaneda avoiding the noisy roads and built up areas. On entering the province of A Coruna we stop in
Melide famous for the galician speciality, pulpo
a la gallega, (octopus gallegan style) which can
be seen boiling in large copper kettles. After lunch
and a drop of Ribeiro wine the walk winds its way
through small, stone-walled fields passing churches
dating back to the 12th and 14th century to the
town of Ribadiso. A short drive through forests
of plain trees and eucalyptus takes us to a small
rustic hotel known as a Pazo for tonights stop over
and enjoy a fine meal cooked by our chef Joaquin.
Ribadiso to Lavacolla
The Camino continues with a beautiful walk through the rolling Galician hills passing small villages on the way and greeting the local Galicians as they wish us Bon Camino. A stop for lunch at a well known restaurant in Salceda followed by a choice of distances to end the day. Here we spend the night in a 17th century Manor House.
to Santiago de Compostela
Only 7 km and ahead in the distance the spires of
the famous cathedral rise up to welcome you. The
magical medieval city of Santiago awaits you. Here
you will arrive before lunch and check in at the
beautiful San Francisco Hotel Monumento (a converted
convent) in the heart of the historical centre of
the city. Leaving you with plenty of time to explore
the city, in the evening you are treated to a magnificent
farewell meal in our own private dining hall of
Sadly, the end of the tour.