Kayaking the Camino de Santigo sea route, Spain

Spend a week kayaking the Camino de Santiago in company of expert local guides who help bring this pristine marine environment to life. You’ll camp as you go on idyllic Galician shores, feasting on the freshest seafood, and leaving no trace as you paddle your way to Santiago de Compostela.
Kayak the Camino de Santiago, Galicia San Vicente do Grove Sea of Arousa Rianxo River Ulla Arousa Island Carreiron Natural Park Snorkelling Swimming Kayaking and camping in Galicia Cortegada National Park Padrón Santiago de Compostela Kayaking beginners welcome
Price
1270 excluding flights
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Duration
8 Days
Type
Small group
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7 nights: 5 campsite and 2 nights hotel (Santiago).
Daily breakfast. Incl.
transport from Santiago to starting point, meals during kayaking days, camping items, equipments for activities.
Personalized guidebook. Single room supplement: 220 euros.
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Description of Kayaking the Camino de Santigo sea route, Spain

Join a thrilling pilgrimage, kayaking the Camino de Santiago Sea Route between San Vincente do Grove and Padrón, as part of a small group fully guided by knowledgeable and experienced local guides.

This is believed to be the route taken by disciples as they returned the remains of Apostle Saint James to be laid to rest at the site of the Santiago de Compostela cathedral. You'll follow it for 77km along the Sea of Arousa, camping as you go at a succession of beautiful waterfront locales.

Your group, with numbers kept to a maximum of 20 so that you'll all know each other and your guides by the end of the week, will pause in some of the area's most attractive locations, including Carreiron Natural Park, Cortegada National Park and Arousa Island.

And it's certainly not just about paddling. Your guides will also ensure the group has plenty of time to enjoy swimming, snorkeling, fishing and the occasional beach BBQ along this magnificent coastline, which with its shallow bays, reefs and white sandy coves resembles the Caribbean at times.

Walking footwear will be needed, because the final leg of the trip, after paddling inland up the River Ulla to Padrón, is a 25km trek to Santiago de Compostela, where you will join those hiking pilgrims who began their journey on the 'Portuguese Route' as they approach the venerated cathedral. On arrival you'll be rewarded with a unique certificate for this kayaking pilgrimage, called the 'translatio'.

And naturally, the food along the journey is exquisite. In fact one of our guides is a renowned chef who loves to employ local specialities, especially the famously fresh seafood of Galicia. Luckily, the kayaking will ensure you have an excellent appetite!

New to kayaking? No problem. You don't need any previous experience with a paddle for this holiday, though a reasonable level of fitness to ensure you can keep up with the group, as well as being able to swim are necessary.

Your accommodation will be a mix of campsites and tents on the days spent kayaking, and hotels. All the equipment you'll need is provided, from kayaks to tents and inflatable mattresses, and our partner ensures you know well in advance anything else you should be packing.

Kayaking the Camino de Santiago is a unique and wonderfully scenic way to experience this iconic journey, and a small group tour means you can relax and enjoy yourself while all of the logistics are taken care of for you.

Price information

1270 excluding flights
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7 nights: 5 campsite and 2 nights hotel (Santiago).
Daily breakfast. Incl.
transport from Santiago to starting point, meals during kayaking days, camping items, equipments for activities.
Personalized guidebook. Single room supplement: 220 euros.
Make enquiry

Check dates

2022: 22 Aug, 5 Sep, 12 Sep

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Reviewed on 08 Aug 2019 by

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


Swimming in the clear blue sea , alighting on sandy beaches, getting fit kayaking , learning about Galicia,eating calamaris and enjoying the company of
Spanish people.

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


The tents are small - get one each and don't share... and if possible learn a little Spanish.

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


We were encouraged to pick up plastic floating in the sea and we ate at local restaurants.

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


Good fun and highly enjoyable.

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2018 by

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


The guides and tour owner made it a very special trip

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


Be prepared for the unexpected and be flexible. We had to camp in a forest as we couldn't make it to a scheduled stop.

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?


A brilliant holiday with great people at reasonable cost

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

Beside the historic and social aspects of this wonderful kayaking holiday, this route is 100% environmentally friendly. The kayak tour was designed to respect nature and the local marine environment. You will be accompanied by an expert local guide at all times who will guide you through the route and ensure that you, and the environment are protected. We request our guests leave the marine environment pristine, taking all rubbish with them to dispose of when back on land in the appropriate way.

Our guests typically look for a different experience and an alternative to large-resort-commercial-travels. We therefore steer clear of touristy areas and instead opt to include peaceful locations, small villages, good local food, "secret" beaches. On this trips, guests will camp - a form of accommodation which keeps carbon emissions and energy consumption low. As always, we ensure campsites are left clean and rubbish free. All our trips are 100% customized pilgrimages which take guests away from over-touristy areas and into undiscovered regions.

A large part of our travels has a touch off (or is entirely) an active holiday, such as this one in the ocean. The wonderful and enthusiastic work, which is being done to protect and maintain wildlife and national parks is dependent on visitors and their financial support. Quality tourism means for us quality tourists, which are interested not only to see secret, hidden places, but also have the knowledge to understand what it takes to maintain these wonderful sights Northern Spain can offer.

We also offer activities which always respect nature and are guided by an expert, like whale, brown bear and bird -watching or fishing from a fishing boat. All these activities are undertaken with a guide who will help inform guests of the most responsible ways to view wildlife etc.
We also support local food and gastronomy with ecological products, sustainable wine-tourism etc. And we hope we add our part of improving each field and at the same time, maintaining the small-scale business so it remains authentic and "something special".

People

We assist in developing local tourist-based economies by using their local taxi-services, local guides, bars, restaurants etc. by showing our guests local specialities and hidden places, that you will never find in "normal" guidebooks. Some of the hotel accommodations are located in historical buildings and the tourism helps to preserve them and their history.

On this trip, there will be plenty of opportunity to try locally caught and cooked seafood. We have included lots of kayaking stops in towns and villages so that guests may try the local cuisine and visit local producers.

Before starting your journey, you will receive a personal guidebook regarding the vacation, which takes in consideration the wishes of each traveller. E.g. if the traveller would like to visit small ecological wineries or discover the best examples of local architecture, our suggestions are all provided in the guidebook.

We are 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 hotels and other collaboration partners we work with, to help develop local tourism into a sustainable and healthy destination. Its important for us to give our guests an experience that is not reachable in other parts of Europe, through showing them the real local life and hidden places, which our guest would never have found without our help.

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