The French Way self guided walking holiday, Spain

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Responsible tourism: The French Way self guided walking holiday, Spain

Environment

The whole of the Camino de Santiago’s French Way was established as a UNESCO Worldwide Heritage site in 1993 and is therefore subject to strict regulations in order to preserve it.

By discovering the area in an environmentally-friendly manner (walking), you will have plenty of time to enjoy the peaceful nature along the Northern Way, while minimizing the impacts on the surrounding landscapes.

We avail of a Travelers Code of Conduct and as hikers by passion, we have strong ethics about respecting the places we go to and preserving their environment (e.g. not leaving any rubbish behind us during a day walk and using reusable water containers). We encourage our guests to act responsibly while travelling, sticking to designated paths and trails and not interfering with any wildlife or nature along the way.

All our documents are printed on recycled paper. Our staff also follow a number of environmental policies in the office e.g. using hard copies when necessary or switching off the lights when an area is not in use.

Community

The French Way (or Camino Frances) on this stretch runs through Galicia, and modern pilgrims will get a chance to embrace this Celtic culture as you walk from town to town at your own pace.

Santiago de Compostela was proclaimed the first European Cultural itinerary by the Council of Europe in 1987. This route from the French-Spanish border was – and still is – taken by pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela. Some 1,800 buildings along the route, both religious and secular, are of great historic interest. The route played a fundamental role in encouraging cultural exchanges between the Iberian peninsula and the rest of Europe during the Middle Ages. It remains a testimony to the power of the Christian faith among people of all social classes and from all over Europe.

On the walk you will pass through many towns and villages, some of which depend upon tourism from walking routes. We are committed to working with local hotels and restaurants only; we personally know each person we deal. Restaurants cook meals from local products only, and in this part of Spain, you should expect some nice and fresh seafood, but this region also produces some delicious local meat.

As we work with local and family run hotels and guesthouses, you will also get a chance to interact with local people, most of them being from the region of Galicia for generations and keen to share information about their land. This is a land of tradition which still hosts many typical “horreos” (traditional granaries) and medieval churches, as well as a region open to tourism with history and influences from both the sea and the rural countryside.

Every day, your luggage will be brought from hotel to hotel by Benjamin, our local transporter, who knows the area better than anybody else and will ensure your bags are transfered in a professional and timely manner. By dealing directly with local professionals, we also ensure them maximum benefits.

Reviews of The French Way self guided walking holiday, Spain

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


A series of images stick in my mind ... finishing a long uphill climb in the morning mists to be confronted with a huge field of sunflowers ... the Botafumeiro smoking & swinging in the cathedral ... the remarkable sense of being part of an unspoken community.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Walk lots before you go. The walking itself isn't hard, but the distances are more than most folks cover in sequential days. And the obvious -- make sure your shoes are broken in or you will absolutely pay. Beyond that -- relax & enjoy!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think so --

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Just absolutely loved it!

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The hotel the night before we arrived in Santiago was very charming and had great food. Finally sunny weather on the day we arrived in Santiago and the amazing experience of enjoying a weekend in Santiago, staying at the Parador.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The relaxation enabled by having the bags carried from hotel to hotel and having clarity on where you are staying. If you can afford it, stay at the Parador as a special reward and experience after the walk.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, we ate well and spent a reasonable amount. Plus we collected a few bags of rubbish from the trail each day.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A great experience, I intend to walk a few more weeks on the trail over the next years.

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