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Northern Route on St James Way

Itinerary for Northern Route on St James Way

During the rides, breakfast is usually served around 8 am so that you can start riding at about 9 am. Along the way, you stop for a small break at 11 am. You then stop for lunch and siesta at about 2pm and start riding again around 4 pm, arriving at the accommodation for 6-6:30 pm.
Dinner is generaly served at 8:30 pm.

Sample Itinerary: Northern Route (AKA Camino del Norte or Coastal Route) - subject to changes

--This is only a guideline. the actual itinerary may vary depending on the time of year--

The scenery on this route is fantastic with fine coastal views. The terrain is quite hilly for much of the route, and you are often sent inland to reach a bridge over the numerous rivers.

Day 1: Arrival
Pick up from Santiago and transfer to Mondoñedo, where you will enjoy a nice welcome dinner.

Day 2: Mondoñedo to Abadín
Mondoñedo is one of the Galician dioceses with a large cultural tradition and one of the most unique historic villages of Galicia. In Mondoñedo, there are historic buildings such as churches, hospitals and palaces. The medieval route leads us through the valley of the river Valiñadares about Valina, and Pacios Lousada. Then we ride to Pé da Ponte, As Corgas and further on to Gontán and Pobecende - ending up in the village of Abadín.

Day 3: Abadín to Vilalba 
From Abadín the trail crosses through Terra Chá and through the parishes of Castromaior, and Goiriz Ponterroxal. Across a medieval bridge we cross the river and reach Arnela Castromaior. From here we cross the magnificent medieval bridge Ponte Vella, that leads us through uninhabited villages. The route goes to the tiny village of Frances O. From here, we ride on to Chozas and reach Vilalba, a beautiful city.

Day 4: Vilalba to Baamonde
Today's destination is Baamonde.

Day 5: Baamonde to Sobrado
To go out from Baamonde, we must take the N-VI highway, which runs parallel to the tram, to the river and Parga. The trail then goes on to Ponte Leijosa Miraz, and Marco Pedramaior the Pías. From here, we reach Esgueva in Sobrado dos Monx (A Coruña).
Day 6: Sobrado to Arzúa
Today's route goes through Carelle before ending in Arzúa, where the northern route is ultimately united with the French way.

Day 7: Arzúa to Santiago de Compostella
From Arzua, we cross through eucalyptus, oaks and beautiful meadows. We circle the little villages of Calzada, Salceda and A Rua. The pilgrim route reaches Lavacolla, near Monte do Gozo a little hill, offering for the very first time, the vision of the Santiago´s cathedral towers far away.

Day 8:
 Santiago de Compostella
Today, we will visit of course the city and its cathedral before we will accompany you to the airport or corresponding train station (departure around noon).

Note: The regular 8-day ride starts at Mondoñedo while the 9-day ride starts in Ribadeo or Vegadeo (170 km to Santiago).

Other options to ride the St James Way include:
French Route
Portuguese Route
Sea Route
Finisterre Route

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Northern Route on St James Way
Tour Code: IT-SPGA01-NR
7 days / 6 nights
Dates : March to October

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
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.
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.
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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Tack: English, Western can be arranged
Horses: Andalusian, Spanish and Arab/Spanish m...
Pace: Moderate with some difficult terrain a...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Santiago de Compostela
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