Spain walking holiday, Leon to Santiago de Compostela

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Responsible tourism: Spain walking holiday, Leon to Santiago de Compostela

Environment

Apart of the historic and social aspects of this wonderful walking holiday, this route is 100% environmentally friendly. As most the walk goes through the countryside, and as the route during high season is very popular, it important to maintain the route clean and ready for the next pilgrims. We request our guests not to litter, as garbage can make up a serious environmental problem for the route and the impressions for future pilgrims.

All of our travels are individual, tailor-made vacations, which basically give our guest the chance to discover Northern Spain their way.
In many aspects Northern Spain is less developed, tourism wise, than southern Spain. This is, however, a considerable competitive parameter, as the experiences get unique. We spend a lot of time finding the most interesting, most knowledgeable and most service-minded partners in the area, to help us to give our guests truly exceptional holiday in Northern Spain.

Using this approach, we are able to offer whale-, brown bear-, bird- watching, fishing from a fishing boat, collecting and preparing local food and gastronomy with ecological products, sustainable wine-tourism etc. Each local person assisting us, is truly enthusiastic about his/her field and by working with these people, we support the activity, the animals, the park or the local community, as most of the guides as well are archaeologist, ornithologist, geologist, restaurant owner, local farmer etc.

We are proud to be able to develop and support small societies and not least enthusiastic people that make a difference, and that support and commits to our environmental values.

Community

Our guests typically look for a different experience and an alternative to large-resort-commercial-travels. The peacefulness, the small villages, the local food, “secret” beaches and amazing mountain hikes and not least 100% customized pilgrimage are keywords in our philosophy and daily work visiting and discovering new places for our guests.

All of our guest receive, prior to departure, a comprehensive guidebook describing norms and hint, how to get the most out of their holiday.
In this guidebook we describe our recommendation on where to find local craftwork, where to find smaller interesting museums as well as tips for the larger ones.
We describe as well how to experience things, which are impossible to find for foreigners, like how and where to witness the local wildlife in a respectful manner.
Local gastronomy is an important part of the local culture, and across Northern Spain, the variety is great and very exciting. We intent always to be up-to-date on the best local restaurants, and we guide you through local dishes, wines etc.

Our office is located in the heart of Northern Spain, in the old historic town of León. Our prime focus is to show our guests the most authentic, most beautiful and loveliest parts of Northern Spain. We always share our guest’s experiences with the hotel and other collaborations partners we work with, to help develop local tourism into a sustainable and healthy destination, that is differentiated from similar areas in Spain, Italy and France. Its important for Us to give our guests an experience that is not reachable in other parts of Europe, though showing the real local life and hidden places. We cant wait to welcome you to Northern Spain.

3 Reviews of Spain walking holiday, Leon to Santiago de Compostela

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Reviewed on 28 Oct 2017 by

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


Crossing the Pyrenees on the first day, from St.John pied de port to Roncevalle. Also battling through a bit of a snow storm when going over the mountains from Rabanal del Camino to Molinaseca and passing the famous iron cross en-route. San Juan de Ortega is a good place for an overnight in a tiny hamlet with a big church.

Pamplona on Palm Sunday, (processions of young men dressed in sheep skins and wearing cow bells and long pointy hats), and Logrono on Maundy Thursday. Penitant's procession at latter city is quite impressive as well as crossing the border from Leon/Castille into Galicia. The chocolate museum in Astorga and the Plaza Obradoiro in Santiago were also amazing.

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


Book accommodation ahead, not too bad when I did the trip in April/May, but the major towns do seem to be full during religious festivals such as Easter. Also, as you get closer to Santiago, and especially from Sarria onwards the available spaces in hostels and hotels tends to fill very quickly from early afternoon onwards. If you can afford it, get your main luggage sent on ahead and carry only a day pack, can be a bit of a killer with a large back pack. Train for it by doing a lot of road walking with a lot of hill work. I met people who had trained in a gym and they had problems with the grim reality of the actual experience of road walking. Wear a good pair of boots with thick soles, they don't have to be expensive ones, I bought mine from Aldi for less than £20 and they did me very well for 500 miles and i did not have a single blister. Bit of a job to get them on or off though as they fit very well. There are many sections of rough stony track and trainers will not past muster on it. Water bottles most important and can be filled at fountains en-route and keep one empty for the wine fountain at the Irache monastery.

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


The tour benefited many of the towns and small villages on the route. Travellers on the Camino are preventing them from dying off and in some places it is reviving them.

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


A very good experience. Met a lot of people and saw places that were well worth the effort to visit.

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2017 by

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


Most of it. The beautiful countryside, lovely little villages, friendly people, and many of the hotels were beyond all expectations.

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


Walk only 20-25 km. Any more is too much. Have your pack transported between hotels and carry a day pack, it does make the journey easier. And go with the flow- no early starts in Hotels in Camino Norte, earliest breakfast was at 9am. It doesn’t get dark until late and you have all day to walk. Stay 3 days at Bi-Terra Hotel and break that journey into 20 km days, not 30 kms. The dinners there are the best in Spain and the people there are just lovely. I was told the Finistère was the most beautiful part- but most of Camino Norte was just as beautiful and quieter- so if doing this again, I would stop the journey at Santiago.

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


Yes

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


Just wonderful, I want to do it again!

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2016 by

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


Beautiful scenery, wonderful walking, the friendship of fellow walkers/pilgrims.

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


Book a rest day in one of the beautiful Spanish cities you'll pass through.

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


Unemployment is high in Spain so tourism is a big source of jobs.

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


I had a brilliant time and will be going back to complete the rest of the Camino pilgrimage next year. It'll be with the holiday provider again, their flawless
organisation did all the hard work and left me to simply enjoy the walking.

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