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Pilgrimage Route to Santiago de Compostella


Pilgrimage Route to Santiago de Compostella
Galicia Spain
For a great many reasons, the Route of Santiago de Compostela is a special case within the context of Spanish heritage. It is an historic road which is partially comprised of ancient routes used in previous periods (mostly pre-Roman and Roman) and which has remained in use for over 1200 years, naturally with periods of splendour and decadence. Today it is once again a cultural and religious landmark exercising influence over a large proportion of the north of Spain, linking it to the rest of the European continent. The Camino de Santiago (translated: the Way of St. James or Jakob Trail) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) in Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain.

We have been offering trips on these routes for a few years now as walking and cycling trips, but finally have we now also have the opportunity to take you on some of these ancient routes on horseback.

The Way of St. James has existed for over a thousand years. It was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times, together with Rome and Jerusalem, and a pilgrimage route on which a plenary indulgence could be earned. Legend holds that St. James's remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain where he was buried on the site of what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela.
One of the major merits of the "Jacobean" route down through the ages was having served as a place of meeting and dialogue between Europeans, leading some to even refer to this route as a veritable European "thoroughfare".

There are many different routes that lead to Santiago - we have chosen the 3 most important and interesting ones for you.


French Route

The French Way/Camino Frances is the most traditional of all the pilgrims’ ways to Santiago and the best known internationally. The route, which was established in the late 11th century, crosses the North of the Iberian Peninsula, through the Basque Country, Navarra, La Rioja, Castilla y Leon and Galicia regions of Spain. Starting in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, at the foothills of the French Pyrenees, the French Way runs through Northern Spain, from East to West, all the way to Santiago de Compostela, in the Northwestern corner of the country.
Our 7 day Ride starts in O Cebreiro, with longer options starting from Astorga (10 days) or Longorno (21 days)

Northern Route
The origins of the pilgrimage way to Santiago, which runs along the northern coasts of Galicia and Asturias date back to the period immediately following the discovery of the tomb of Saint James the Apostle around 820 AD. The routes from the old Kingdom of Asturias were the first to take the pilgrims to Santiago. The coastal route was as busy as other, older ways, long before the Spanish monarchs proclaimed the French Way (El camino Frances) to be the ideal route, and provided a link for the Christian kingdoms in the north of the Iberian Peninsula. This endorsement of the French Way did not, however, bring about the decline of the Asturian and Galician pilgrimage routes, indeed the stretch from Leon to Oviedo enjoyed even greater popularity from the late 11th century onwards. Among the thousands of pilgrims who travelled to Santiago via the Northern Way, one figure who stands out is Saint Francis of Assisi. Reports suggest that he made the pilgrimage to San Salvador in Oviedo and Santiago de Compostela in 1214.
Our 7 day Ride starts in Mondonedo with an option of an 8 day trip from Ribadeo


Portuguese Route

From the mid 12th century, the veneration of Saint James and the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela – considered one of the bastions of European culture – had far-reaching effects in Lusitanian lands. For centuries, the Portuguese people participated enthusiastically in this collective experience – supported by monarchs, members of the nobility and the high clergy. Indeed, from the 12th century up until the present day, much of Portugal's road network has seen the comings and goings of pilgrims heading from towns and cities all over the country – Lisbon, Santarem, Coimbra, Porto, Braga, Chaves – to their goal of Santiago de Compostela. Their motives were strictly religious, yet thanks to this steady flow of movement between Portugal and Galicia, cultural, economic and intellectual exchange also flourished. The hospitality offered to pilgrims by those stationed along the route is proverbial; the practice was started in the Middle Ages by the monks and clergymen serving the hospitals founded by the monarchs and nobility. This tradition is kept alive today by the inhabitants of the towns scattered along the Way and by the inkeepers at pilgrims' hostels.
Our 7 day Ride starts in Barcelos with options for a 8 day trip from Braga and a 9 day trip from Porto (all in Portugal)




Progressive Ride (no camping)
Suitable for riders over 210 lbs

Meeting: Santiago
Airport: Santiago de Compostella
Transfer: Trip Starting Point
Riders: Min 4 riders
Max 14 riders

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    Pilgrimage Route to Santiago de Compostella
    Tour Code: IT-SPGA01
    7 days / 6 nights ~$0.00
    Dates : April to Oct

    Trip Rating :
    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    ABeginner
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    BNovice
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    CIntermediate
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    EAdvanced
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
       
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
       
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
       
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
       
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
       
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
       
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
    A 2016 07/18 - 08/07 21d / 20n 21 day ride, AP - French Rou... 4 /14 Expired
    M 2016 08/06 - 08/14 9d / 8n 9 day ride, AP - Sea Route (... 4 /14 Expired
    N 2016 08/06 - 08/12 7d / 6n 10 day ride, AP - Sea Route ... 4 /14 Expired
    O 2016 08/06 - 08/12 7d / 6n 7 day ride, AP - Sea Route (... 4 /14 Expired
    P 2016 08/06 - 08/11 6d / 5n 6 day ride, AP - Sea Route (... 4 /14 Expired
    F 2016 08/20 - 08/27 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP - Portuguese ... 4 /14 Expired
    D 2016 08/20 - 08/25 6d / 5n 6 day ride, AP - Portuguese ... 4 /14 Expired
    E 2016 08/20 - 08/26 7d / 6n 7 day ride, AP - Portuguese ... 4 /14 Expired
    G 2016 08/20 - 08/28 9d / 8n 9 day ride, AP - Portuguese ... 4 /14 Expired
    H 2016 08/20 - 08/29 10d / 9n 10 day ride, AP - Portuguese... 4 /14 Expired
    C 2016 09/03 - 09/09 7d / 6n 7 day ride, AP - French Rout... 4 /14 Expired
    B 2016 09/03 - 09/12 10d / 9n 10 day ride, AP - French Rou... 4 /14 Expired
    A 2016 09/03 - 09/23 21d / 20n 21 day ride, AP - French Rou... 4 /14 Expired
    A 2016 09/14 - 10/04 21d / 20n 21 day ride, AP - French Rou... 4 /14 Expired
    B 2016 09/14 - 09/23 10d / 9n 10 day ride, AP - French Rou... 4 /14 Expired
    C 2016 09/14 - 09/20 7d / 6n 7 day ride, AP - French Rout... 4 /14 Expired
    C 2016 10/01 - 10/07 7d / 6n 7 day ride, AP - French Rout... 4 /14 Reserve
    B 2016 10/01 - 10/10 10d / 9n 10 day ride, AP - French Rou... 4 /14 Reserve
    A 2016 10/01 - 10/21 21d / 20n 21 day ride, AP - French Rou... 4 /14 Reserve
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    Pace: Moderate with some difficult terrain a...
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    Airport: Santiago de Compostella
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