Camino de Santiago Frances, Spain

Camino de Santiago

Adventure Holidays to Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of Saint James, once offered plenary indulgences to medieval wayfarers. These days, a new kind of pilgrim is tackling the trail…

Undulating a magnificent 500 miles, the full length of the Camino is a beast, born from the days when the only way to travel was on foot or, for the stupendously wealthy, horseback. It was a punishing undertaking: a means of earning your place in heaven by making both a spiritual journey and a worldlier one to the Santiago de Compostela, believed to be the final resting place of the apostle St James. 

Today’s pilgrims vary. Some are seeking a digital detox, away from the pressures of life; some want the challenge and the accomplishment of taking on one of the world’s ancient, iconic routes; for some, the lure of gothic cathedrals, medieval monasteries and gently rolling countryside is simply too strong to resist. All agree that arriving beneath the imposing Portico de la Gloria at the entrance to Santiago de Compostela’s UNESCO Cathedral is momentous. 

 

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Camino de Santiago Adventure Holidays

Traditionally tackled with no more than a decent pair of shoes and a sense of purpose, the new generation pilgrims undertaking the challenge have more options than ever before. Take on the trail on foot, and you’ll saunter through rich forests, golden oat and barley fields, rubbing shoulders with every type of pilgrim along the way. Those who prefer two wheels to two feet will be delighted to know that The Way is open to cyclists. Who knows what the medieval pilgrims would have made of lightweight, silvery bike frames flashing in the Spanish sunlight as they pedalled past on their way to the next night’s accommodation, but it is an ideal way to cover more distance along the route. 

The camaraderie of the trail is world-renowned, and whether you want to go self-guided and meet the flow of people along the way or join a small group to make a merry band of travellers is up to you. Every pilgrimage is personal. If you want to share the experience with your own group, as a fundraiser or just a close-knit friendship group, but with the benefit of an experienced leader, you could even organise a private adventure. 

For all pilgrims there’s the chance to complete your compostela – the pilgrim’s passport, stamped at every place you wind up at the end of the day to lay your head. For premium departures, the standard of sleeping arrangements is high – self-guided walkers stop off at converted C13 monastery, an exquisite Galician stately home lovingly restored from its previous dilapidated state and what was once an old Spanish parsonage, set in its own breathtaking landscaped gardens. Premium departures of Cycle the Camino de Santiago stay in what is hailed as the oldest hotel in the world, the Parador de Santiago. Starting life as a Royal Hospital in 1499, this is a far cry from the faceless luxury of ordinary five star hotels. The four cloisters hide a stately courtyard bordered with pillared walkways and inside, the vaulted stone ceilings and oil paintings convey an ancient grace and character. Whilst many other hotels can compete for luxurious surrounds, few can hold a candle to its heritage.

Your words, not ours…

What a lovely walking holiday! I enjoyed the beautiful gentle scenery, abundance of wild flowers, the history, the food, wine, meeting people from other countries… ” Ewa Krystek recently travelled on our Camino de Santiago Trek.

An excellent opportunity to walk the Camino de Santiago in relative comfort, enjoying the surprisingly varied and striking scenery of one of Spain's less visited areas.” Arthur Caves loved his Camino de Santiago Trek.

An excellent trip with glorious weather - we were so lucky! Two fab guides, great cycling, amazing food and mucho vino tinto! Thoroughly recommended…” Victoria Loxley had a great time cycling the Camino de Santiago in June.

 

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