Camino inn to inn walking holiday
Description of Camino inn to inn walking holiday
Combine hand-picked highlights of three pilgrim routes across northern Spain, from the French border and the Basque coastline at San Sebastian to the incredible Cathedral of Santiago, traversing mountains and plains along the way.
Travel through the best of the northern Spanish countryside with just your day packs, as your luggage is taken on to your next comfortable hotel each day. Experience the changing scenery, terrain, culture and food in comfort as you make your way to Santiago de Compostela while we take care of the details.
|Day 1:||Fuenterrabia. Arrive at your beautiful accommodation on the French border, settle in and meet your guide for a walking tour of the fishing port town and a pintxos dinner, over which you can go over your walking route for the next few days.|
|Day 2:||San Sebastian. Leaving your bags with your driver, walk directly from your hotel over panoramic clifftops, climbing a wide ridge with mountain views to one side, the ocean the other. You can walk all or just part of the way to San Sebastian - your driver is with you for the week and can help speed up the journey if you like. Arrive in San Sebastian and walk along the beach before visiting one of the Michelin star restaurants or the lovely little bars in the old quarter.|
|Day 3:||Lekeitio. Take the dramatic coastal route of the Camino del Norte, admiring the amazing flysch formations en route to the lovely fishing port of Lekeitio, famous for its fish and seafood. Again, there are options for shorter or longer walks today, and your driver is always on hand should you need them.|
|Day 4:||Santillana del Mar. Walk your last piece of the beautiful coastline to the edge of Santander. Take the ferry over the bay and perhaps explore some of the town before your driver meets you for the short journey to Santillana del Mar, a town seemingly frozen in time full of gorgeous Baroque palaces and a stunning Romanesque church.|
|Day 5:||Liebana. Take time this morning to visit the site of the pre-historic cave paintings at Altamira, before turning inland to follow the Camino Vadiniense, a little know path into the high Picos de Europa massif. Follow a gentle route along the riverside or a more adventurous path over high mountain passes, and enjoy the views from your comfortable hotel, where you stay the next two nights.|
|Day 6:||Liebana. Hike through forests with the mountains in constant view to reach the monastery of Santo Toribio, home of what is said to be the largest piece of the Lignum Crucis, or True Cross. Continue to nearby Potes, a picturesque medieval town and a great spot for lunch.|
|Day 7:||León. Follow and old Roman path through the Cantabrian mountains to the historic city of León, where you have a private city tour before time on your own to enjoy the tapas bars and your amazingly well preserved 16th century accommodation.|
|Day 8:||Astorga. Walk from the village of Órbigo along the Camino Frances, through holm oak forests and open fields to the Via de la Plata, joining the other pilgrims to the important historic town of Astorga, home of Gaudi's Episcopal Palace.|
|Day 9:||Lugo. Watch the scenery transform as you head into Galicia, Spain's greenest corner. Stop for lunch in O’Cebreiro at an inn popular with pilgrims since the 9th century before continuing downhill to your converted palace in the old Roman town of Lugo.|
|Day 10:||Santiago. From Sarria you follow a traditional path lined with oak and chestnut trees, through pretty hamlets and wide open countryside. Watch the pilgrims increase in number as you hit the 100km mark, then meet your driver for the short cut to Monte do Gozo where you can walk the last 5km into Santiago de Compostela.|
|Day 11:||Santiago. Spend this morning with your guide wandering the beautiful city of Santiago, joining pilgrims celebrating a month's hard walking and enjoying the atmosphere, architecture and markets before time alone to explore more. Reward yourself this evening with a special tasting dinner at a local gourmet restaurant.|
|Day 12:||After a leisurely morning, make your way to the airport to meet your flight home - or ask us how to extend your adventure in Spain, or cross into Portugal.|
PlanetStarting in July 2019, we have been measuring every kilometer travelled as part of our holidays, plus every kilometer travelled to get there.
This lets us calculate the carbon generated and do something about it. To be sure that our travels are truly positive, for every carbon kilometer of your trip, we balance off a carbon mile.
PeopleWe know that our style of small scale travel, booked directly with your hosts, gives our holidays true character whilst also supporting local communities and helping to protect many areas of outstanding beauty and ecological importance.
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