Pilgrimage Route

Galicia Spain: (IT-SPGA01)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/spain_galicia_st_james_way_ride.aspx

Introduction
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 splendor 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 innkeepers 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)

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a progressive ride so nights are spent in different locations.

Description
Accommodations will be in small hotels, guesthouses and rural inns along the way - most will have private bathroom facilities.
Free Wi-Fi internet and laundry facilities are available in almost all accommodations on the trail.

French Route Accommodations Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1 : Hotel in Najera
Night 2 : Hotel in Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Night 3 : Hotel in Villafranca montes de oca
Night 4 : Hotel in Burgos 
Night 5 : Hotel in Hornillos 
Night 6 : Hotel in Puente Fitero
Night 7 : Hotel in Carrión de los condes 
Night 8 : Hotel in Moratinos
Night 9 : Hotel in Burgo Rainero 
Night 10: Hotel in La Virgen del Camino (horses stay in Leon)
Nights 11 & 12: Hotel in Rabanal del Camino
Night 13: Hotel in Ponferrada
Night 14: Hotel in VillaFranca Del Bierzo
Night 15: Hotel in O Cebreiro
Night 16: Hotel in Samos
Night 17: Hotel in Portomarín
Night 18: Hotel in Palas de rey 
Night 18: Hotel in Arzúa
Nights 20 & 21: Hotel in Santiago de Compostella

Hotel in Najera
This hotel is housed in a historic building dating back to the 17th century and located in the old quarters of Najera. The hotel offers 15 bedrooms that feature a full bathroom, air conditioning, heating internet and a safe. Common areas include a lounge with a TV and the dining room.

Hotel in Santo Domingo de la Calzada
This hotel offers 32 guestrooms all fitted with a TV and private bathroom. There is a free Wi-Fi zone and a lounge where guests can relax or read a book.

Hotel in Villafranca Montes de Oca
This accommodation used to be a hospital for the pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. It was built in 1377 and was then converted to a hotel. The rooms are tastefully decorated and all come equipped with a TV and private bathroom. WiFi access is available I shared areas.

Hotel in Burgos
This modern hotel offers well-equipped bedrooms with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi access, a TV and private facilities. Laundry facilities are available at this property for a small fee.

Guesthouse in Hornillos
This lovely guesthouse provides simple accommodations with ensuite bathroom and a TV. Free WiFi is available in public areas. There is an outdoor terrace and a small garden where guests can relax.

Guesthouse in Puente Fitero
This guesthouse offers simply furnished bedrooms fitted with internet access, a TV and private facilities. Guests are welcome to relax in the shared lounge or outdoor terrace.

Hotel in Carrión de los Condes
This small hotel has a lovely façade and offers excellent accommodation in the heart of Carrion de los Condes. Each room is simply decorated and features private bathroom, a TV and free Wifi internet. The hotel also has a shared lounge and laundry facilities (extra charge).

Hotel in Moratinos
This small rural hotel offers simply furnished bedrooms with free heating and air conditioning, Wi-Fi access and a TV. Some rooms have a private bathrooms and other rooms share a bathroom. Each room has a window with views of the surroundings. There is a TV lounge as well as a garden with seating area and a hot tub. Laundry facilities are available at this property for an extra charge.

Guesthouse in Burgo Ranero
This charming rural accommodation offers 17 comfortable bedrooms, all fitted with a TV, heating, private bathroom and free WiFi. It is possible to do your laundry here for a small fee.

Hotel in La Virgen del Camino
This hotel offers basic accommodation with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, private bathrooms and a TV. Laundry services are available for an extra fee.

Hotel (option 1) in Rabanal del Camino
This small country hotel provides visitors with 16 simply furnished bedrooms. Each room has its own bathroom. Shared areas include a TV lounge and a small patio. There are laundry facilities available for an extra fee.

Guesthouse (option 2) in Rabanal del Camino
This charming country house has 6 simply furnished bedrooms. Each room features satellite TV, private bathroom and free Wi-Fi. There is also a shared lounge and a small terrace.

Hotel in Ponferrada
This hotel is located in the heart of Ponferrada. It provides comfortable rooms with air conditioning, private bathroom, a safe and free Wi-Fi access.

Hotel in VillaFranca Del Bierzo
This charming hotel is located on the main square of the city and provides comfortable bedrooms. Each room is fitted with free WiFi, satellite TV, air conditioning/heating, a safe and private bathroom. In addition, there is a shared TV room and laundry services are available (for a fee).

Hotel in O Cebreiro
This hotel is housed in an old jail that was rehabilitated in 2002. Each of the 5 bedroom is tastefully decorated and includes private facilities. There is free Wi-Fi access at this property.

Hotel in Samos
This small hotel is surrounded by nature. The rooms are simple and comfortable and all feature a full bathroom, a TV and an internet connection. There is also a small patio.

Guesthouse (option 1) in Portomarín
This rural accommodation aims at being as environmentally friendly as possible. It uses renewable energy and has a small garden with fruits and vegetables for the restaurant. The rooms all come equipped with AC, free Wi-Fi access, a TV and full private bathrooms.

Hotel (option 2) in Portomarín
This is Portomarin’s oldest hotel, which was constructed in 1962 and fully refurbished in 1992. The interior decoration features many antiques. It has 32 bedrooms all fitted with a TV, free Wi-Fi access and private bathroom. There is a small garden with an outdoor swimming pool and laundry services are available for a small fee.

Guesthouse in Palas de Rey
This charming country house offers comfortable bedrooms featuring a rustic décor and modern facilities (TV and free Wi-Fi). Some rooms have shared bathroom while others have ensuite facilities. The property has a lovely garden with many trees and a patio as well as a cozy lounge.
Laundry services are available for an additional charge.

Guesthouse in Arzúa 
This charming guesthouse dates back to the 19yh century and was restored in order to provide guest with comfortable accommodations. The exposed stones give a charming rustic atmosphere to the bedrooms. Each room is equipped with air conditioning, a TV and a private bathroom. Guests can relax in the small garden with a seating area and a Jacuzzi.
Free Wi-Fi access is available in public areas and laundry services are possible for an additional fee.


Portuguese Route Accommodations Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1: Hotel in Vila do Conde
Night 2: Hotel in Barcelos
Night 3: Hotel in Ponte de Lima
Night 4: Hotel in Tuy
Night 5: Hotel in Pontevedra
Night 6: Hotel in Soutomaior
Night 7: Hotel in Padron
Nights 8 & 9: Hotel in Santiago de Compostella

Hotel in Vila do Conde
This hotel benefits of an excellent location, by the Ave River and offers panoramic views from its rooftop terrace. The rooms are comfortable and all feature air conditioning, a TV, internet access and private bathrooms. Hotel amenities include am indoor heated swimming pool, a fitness center and a spa. Laundry services are also available for an extra fee.

Hotel in Barcelos
This hotel is located in the heart of Barcelos’ city center. Accommodations are simple and comfortable and come equipped with standard hotel facilities (ensuite bathroom, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and TV).

Hotel in Ponte de Lima
This hotel has a modern design and offers 30 simply furnished bedrooms. The hotel is surrounded by a park with many trees, allowing for a quiet stay. The rooms all include a private balcony, air conditioning, Wi-Fi internet, a TV and a private bathroom. The hotel facilities include a spa and laundry services (extra cost).

Hotel (option 1) in Tui
This hotel has 64 spacious bedrooms that all have free Wi-Fi access, air conditioning/heating, a full private bathroom, a safe and a TV. The hotel facilities include a small gym.

Hotel (option 2) in Tui
This historic building is a perfect example of Galician architecture. It welcomes guest in elegantly furnished bedrooms with air conditioning, cable TV, free Wi-Fi access and private facilities. The hotel also has beautiful garden with great views of the surrounding and a big outdoor swimming pool. Laundry services are available at this hotel at an extra cost.

Hotel (option 1) in Pontevedra
This hotel is located in the heart of Pontevedra’s city center and offers 85 simple and comfortable bedrooms. Each room comes with temperature control, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi access and private bathrooms. Laundry services are available at this hotel at an extra cost.

Hotel (option 2) in Pontevedra
This small hotel is located in the historic quarter of Pontevedra. The 22 bedrooms are simply furnished and all feature a TV, free Wi-Fi access, air conditioning and private bathroom.

Hotel in Soutomaior
This small hotel is ideally located close to the historic Castle of Soutomaior. It offers 14 bedrooms, all equipped with a bathroom, heating, and a TV. Wifi is available in shared areas.

Guesthouse (option 1) in Padron
This charming was built during the 18th century and has been welcoming guest for over 30 years. The interior features exposed stones and wood and the décor includes many antiques. Each room has its own bathroom as well as a TV and internet access.

Hotel (option 2) in Padron
This beautiful historic property dates back to the 16th century and used to be the place where the archbishops of Santiago came to relax. The complex is set on a huge parcel of land including gardens and woods. The interior is tastefully decorated and mixes perfectly history with comfort. The air-conditioned rooms all come with a TV, private bathroom and free Wi-Fi. Guests are welcome to explore the many public areas including lounges, gardens and the outdoor swimming pool.


Sea Route Accommodations Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1: Hotel in A Guarda
Night 2: Hotel in Baiona
Night 3: Hotel in Vigo
Night 4: Hotel in Pontevedra
Night 5: Hotel in Cambados
Night 6: Hotel in Vilagarcía
Night 7: Hotel in Padron
Nights 8 & 9: Hotel in Santiago de Compostella

Hotel in A Guarda
This rural accommodation offers simply decorated bedrooms featuring free Wi-Fi access, air conditioning, a safe and a TV. The property has a garden with farm animals and an outdoor pool. From the garden, you have amazing views of the surroundings.
Laundry services are available for an additional charge.

Hotel in Baiona
This 300 year-old country house has been recently restored and offers rustic bedrooms, each with a unique décor. All air-conditioned rooms feature garden views, a TV and private bathroom. Public areas include a garden with an outdoor pool and a dining room and library. Free Wi-Fi is available at the property.

Hotel in Vigo
This small hotel offers simple accommodations with ensuite facilities, a TV, free Wi-Fi and air conditioning.

Hotel (option 1) in Pontevedra
This hotel is located in the heart of Pontevedra’s city center and offers 85 simple and comfortable bedrooms. Each room comes with temperature control, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi access and private bathrooms. Laundry services are available at this hotel at an extra cost.

Hotel (option 2) in Pontevedra
This small hotel is located in the historic quarter of Pontevedra. The 22 bedrooms are simply furnished and all feature a TV, free Wi-Fi access, air conditioning and private bathroom.

Hotel in Cambados
This charming stone house dates back to the 15th century and is surrounded by a garden and vineyards. The building was restored but the original Galician architecture was kept. All of the 11 guestrooms are tastefully furnished and come with air conditioning, private bathroom and a TV. Guests are welcome to explore the gardens or relax in the lounge, where there is free Wi-Fi access.

Hotel in Vilagarcía 
This hotel offers great views of the ocean thanks to its idyllic location, just on the seaside. The rooms are modern and feature air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, internet access, a TV and ensuite facilities. You can go for a swim in the outdoor swimming pool or soak the sun on the patio.
Laundry services are available for a small fee.

Guesthouse (option 1) in Padron
This charming was built during the 18th century and has been welcoming guest for over 30 years. The interior features exposed stones and wood and the décor includes many antiques. Each room has its own bathroom as well as a TV and internet access.

Hotel (option 2) in Padron
This beautiful historic property dates back to the 16th century and used to be the place where the archbishops of Santiago came to relax. The complex is set on a huge parcel of land including gardens and woods. The interior is tastefully decorated and mixes perfectly history with comfort. The air-conditioned rooms all come with a TV, private bathroom and free Wi-Fi. Guests are welcome to explore the many public areas including lounges, gardens and the outdoor swimming pool.


North Route Accommodations Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1: Hotel in Ribadeo
Night 2: Hotel in Mondoñedo
Night 3: Hotel in Abadín
Night 4: Hotel in Vilalba
Night 5: Hotel in Friol (horses stay in Baamonde)
Night 6: Hotel in Friol (horses stay in Sobrado dos Monxes)
Night 7: Hotel in Arzua 
Nights 8 & 9: Hotel in Santiago de Compostela

Hotel in Ribadeo
This elegant hotel has 42 guestrooms with a simple décor and modern facilities such as flat-screen TV, private bathroom, free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. The hotel also has a small garden, a patio and a lounge.

Hotel in Mondoñedo
This small rural hotel has 17 bedrooms each with a unique décor. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, heating and ensuite bathrooms. There is a small garden with nice views over the surrounding mountains as well as a lounge where guests can relax.

Guesthouse in Abadín
This small guesthouse offers comfortable bedrooms fitted with a TV, private bathroom and free Wi-Fi access. There is also a lounge where guests can meet and chat.

Hotel in Villaba
This hotel offers accommodation in a historic Galician tower and a stone building annex. The rooms are decorated to remind guest of the medieval origins of the complex but all feature modern amenities such as air conditioning, private bathroom, free internet connection and flat-screen TVs. The hotel amenities include a small garden, a wellness center and laundry facilities (extra charge).

Hotel in Friol
This country hotel is set in a building that was built over 200 years ago and that almost completely disappeared until the actual owner decided to save it and transform it into a charming accommodation. Simple natural materials such as wood and stones were used in order to keep the original rustic charm. In total, there are 9 tastefully decorated bedrooms that all come equipped with private facilities, free Wi-Fi access and a TV. Visitors are welcome to relax in the small garden or in the cozy lounges.

Hotel in Arzúa
This small hotel offers 26 elegant bedrooms that all come fitted with a TV, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi access and full private bathroom. It has a small outdoor patio with nice views.


For all trips, we use one of the following hotels in Santiago de Compostella:
- Option 1: This beautiful hotel is ideally located on a hillside, offering great views over the city. It has a big garden with an outdoor swimming pool and even a small chapel. The rooms are elegantly decorated and all feature air conditioning/heating, a safe, a TV, free Wi-Fi access and an ensuite bathroom.
- Option 2: This modern hotel is offering comfortable and well-designed accommodations, all with air-conditioning, private facilities, a safe box, cable TV, and free WiFi. In addition, the hotel has a small garden with an outdoor swimming pool and a small gym.

Room Occupancy
If we are unable to find another rider to share the room with you, the single supplement fee applies.


Meals
All meals are included with this trip and you will have the opportunity to try traditional Galician dishes in local restaurants.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to all dietary restrictions with prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Horses

We mostly use pure Spanish horses as well as Arabian crosses. All horses have been trained to be quiet and easy-going.

Pace
We typically cover up to 30km in a day with approximately 6-7 hours in the saddle. The hours are broken up by one break in the morning and another for lunch, however we can stop again if necessary. The ride is set at a slow pace, giving you the opportunity to experience the pilgrimage as it first took place in the Middle Ages. There are some opportunities for trotting and cantering.

Itinerary

French Route
Northern Route
Portuguese Route
   -  Route Map

Sample-Itinerary: French Route

The regular 7-day trip begins in O Cebreiro.  If you are looking for a longer ride - there are options to start from Astorga (10 days) or from Logrono (22 days).

Day 1:
  The French Route enters Galicia from el Bierzo going up into the mountains of O Cebreiro ar 1300 meters elevation - the Province of Lugo. On the summit of O Cebreiro, we find the historic village, that has adapted to the harsh climate conditions of being high in the mountains. This village represents a notable ethnographic space, very much characteristic of the northeast Iberian Peninsula.
Here our riding tour starts. We ride out from O Cebreiro, continuing along the mountainside near the sierras of Os Ancares and O Courel. In the afternoon we arrive to Padornelo, where we spend the night at the Hostal da Condesa.

Day 2: 
After reaching the O Poio (1337 m) at the maximum elevation of the French Route, we ride in the direction of Fonfria. From here, we can enjoy a beautiful green panorama until we reach Triacastela.

Day 3:
  From Triacastela, the pilgrim route continues direct until Sarria, taking us through old villages with great Saint James tradition: Balsa, San Xil, Montan, Pintin, Calvor and San Mamede do Camiño. Or we may arrive via Samos, with it's pretty landscapes and crossing over Sarria´s river, or San Cristovo and San Martiño, and also one of the oldest Occident monastery.
Either trail we take, we will arrive to Sarria, which is the most populated locality of the French Route at 7,000 .

Day 4: 
Then departing from here, the route will now cross the A Aspera´s bridge on the way of Barbadelo. Through woods, meadows and agricultural lands we arrive in Paradela. We continue downward until the Miño´s river. To enter in Portomarin, it is necessary to cross over the 1960's bridge to pass by the Belesar´s Dam. There we can explore the ruins of old Portomarin.
Through Gonzar´s village, the route continues in the direction of Castromaior, Ventas de Naron Lameiros, to Monterroso. Along the trail here we will find examples of old traditions everywhere.

Day 5: 
The route will take us through the lands of Palas de Rei and leaves via Ulloa, famous for its delicious cheese and other traditional products. We ride on to Pambre´s Castle, one of the rare feudal castles of Galicia to be saved from the fury of the “Irmandiños" battles. We eventually enter the A Coruña´s province, via Leboeira and Furelos, crossing an immense medieval bridge.

Day 6:
In Melide, which is considered the geographic center of Galicia, we will taste the best Galician octopus you can find! Soon the French Route becomes urban and we will meet the villages Boente, Castañeda, Arzua, Ribadiso.
In Arzua, the French Route meets the pilgrims coming from the North. From Arzua, we cross through eucalyptus, oaks and beautiful meadows. We circle the little villages of Calzada, Salceda, Rua, the last being O Pino, before we finally arrive to Santiago.

Day 7:
In Santiago, 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. We will visit of course the city and its cathedral!
We will accompany you to the airport or corresponding train station after the ride ends!

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


Note: The 10 day trip from Astorga, follows the same itinerary as above, but the first three days are spent in Astorga, Molinaseca Ponferrada and VillaFranca Del Bierzo.

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Sample-Itinerary: Northern Route - also called Camino del Norte or Coastal Route
Our regular 8-day ride starts at Mondoñedo, the 9-day ride starts in Ribadeo or Vegadeo.

The Northern Route is one of the longer branches of the network of ancient pilgrim routes. It runs for some 825 km from the French border at Irún, through San Sebastian, Bilbao, and Santander to join the French Route at Arzua. 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.

The 9-day ride starts in Ribadeo. It is 170 km from Ribadeo to Santiago. The Galician section of this route is signposted between Ribadeo and Santiago with milestones with a ceramic scallop shell. Ribadeo, an important touristic place and community, is considered the starting point of the northern road entering Galicia. Ribadeo serves as a liaison between the shrines of Oviedo and Santiago. This village was built between the 13th and 18 Century for the "defense of the Cantabrian coast".
From here we ride to Obe and onwards to the mountain of Santa Cruz.  The northern path leads to Lourenzá, Cubelas, Vilamartín, Vilanova, and Gondán Curveiro. At the exit of the village of Vilanova de Lourenzá,  the old northern St. James Way goes on towards "brea" : this way comes from Asturias in the direction of Lugo and the medieval bridge of Pasa Tempo, it leads to Mondoñedo.

Our regular 8-day ride starts at Mondoñedo, 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.
In the area of ​​the city is the monastery of San Martino de Vilalourente, also known as Picos Os (18th century). Vilalba is as beautiful as the city of Lugo, and helps to set a shorter route to Santiago de Compostela. This medieval road leads out of Mondoñedo to rise to the small towns of San Caetano, Valiñadares and Mariz. The medieval route continues 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. From Abadín the trail crosses through Terrra 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 towards Santiago and then to the tiny village of Frances O.
From here we ride on to ace Chozas and reach Vilalba. From there, the route continues to Bahamonde. To go out from Bahamonde, we must take the N-VI highway, which runs parallel to the tram to the river and Parga. Finally we will arrive in Santa Leocadia de Parga. The trail then goes on to Santiago de Ponte Leijosa Miraz, and Marco Pedramaior the Pías. From here we reach Esgueva in Sobrado dos Monx (A Coruña) and Carelle. The northern route is ultimately united with the French way in Arzúa.

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

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Sample-Itinerary: Portuguese Route 
Our regular 7-day route starts in Ponte de Lima and it takes 187 km to get to Santiago. You can also opt to start from Barcelos for an 8-day trip or take the 10-day route that starts in Portugal at the town of Porto riding 240 km.

This route, from Portugal to Spain, follows the Atlantic coast of northern Portugal and Galicia.  Being a coastal route, the trail does cross numerous river drainages as they approach the Atlantic resulting in a series of ups and downs. Generally the route is through agricultural land but this is interspersed with pine and eucalyptus forests. It does not have any high mountain passes, with the highest elevation at about 275 meters. Alleged to have existed since the Middle Ages, the route begins at the Miño (Tui) and is filled with historic bridges, country chapels, sanctuaries, stone crosses, ancestral homes and ancient cities on the way to the grave site. The main attractions and cultural depth of this tour go beyond the ancient architecture.

We start from Tui and come to a bridge that gives us a couple of options: we can continue over the bridge or take a detour path to the left. In the end, both trails will arrive to Madalena. From here we follow a Roman road and come to N-550, which goes to Redondela and the monastery Vilarella. The route will pass through the town, where we find the historic inn "Casa da Torre" a 16th century building. This is a well known hotel of the Portuguese Way.
As we leave Redondela, we ride past the railway bridge, right through the woods to Soutoxusto. Surrounded by pine trees, we ride through it and then climb down to the village of Sete Fontes. We will eventually arrive to Arcade, a place known for it's delicious seafood! Once you have had a good taste, we are off to the historic site Pontesampaio where the route crosses the river Verdugo and one of the greatest defeats of Napoleon's army during the Revolutionary War took place!
We ride on to more points of interest, like the St. James Bertola, as we approach Pontevedra. After reaching the city, the road will leads us to the square and across the street to Santina. The road runs parallel to the railway line Pontecabras and we ride under the pine and eucalyptus trees until we arrive to the church of Santa María de Alba. We find the trail of Casal de Eirixio and O Pino in the deciduous forests, which are located near the old mills. At the mill of Solleiros the road bends slightly to Valga and then we will ride in the direction of Padrón, in the Province of Coruna. We stop in Santiaguiño do Monte, which has a charming view, and a chapel dedicated to Santiago and an altar with the pictur of Santiago in one of the stones. In Santiago we enter O Obradeiro, where we can appreciate the principal entry of the Saint James Basilica. After the cathedral visit we will transport you to the Airport or train station, where our services will finish. Additional overnights can be arranged of course.

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

French Route   Northern Route   Portuguese Route   Top


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Rates and Dates for Pilgrimage Route

Rates include:

Accommodations, meals, 5 riding days, transfers.
Longer trip extensions are available on request (longest route is 21 days).

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    201922 day ride, AP- French Route from Logroño€6250$7500
  • B
    201910 day ride, AP- French Route from Astorgo€2900$3480
  • C
    20197 day ride, AP- French Route from O Cebreiro€1875$2250
  • D
    20199 day ride, AP- Portuguese Route from Viana do Castelo up the coast€3600$4320
  • E
    201910 day ride, AP- Portuguese Route from Porto€3000$3600
  • F
    20198 day ride, AP- Portuguese Route from Barcelos€2400$2880
  • G
    20197 day ride, AP- Portuguese Route from Ponte de Lima€2300$2760
  • H
    20196 day ride, AP- Portuguese Route from Tui€1800$2160
  • I
    201910 day ride, AP- North Route from Luarca€3000$3600
  • J
    20199 day ride, AP- North Route from Vegadeo or Ribadeo€2700$3240
  • K
    20198 day ride, AP- North Route from Mondoñedo€2400$2880
  • L
    201910 day ride, AP- Sea Route from A Guarda€3000$3600
  • M
    20199 day ride, AP- Sea Route from Baiona€2700$3240
  • N
    20197 day ride, AP- Sea Route from Soutomaior Castle€2100$2520
  • O
    20196 day ride, AP- Sea Route from Pontevedra up the coast€1800$2160
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2019 Single supplement, pp, per night 40 $50
2019 Transfer to/from Santiago for 4:00pm on Day 1 0 $0

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Alcoholic drinks. Entrance fees. Gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Santiago de Compostela
Airport: Santiago de Compostela
Transfer: Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ) or Railway station.

Climate:
                                    Santiago de Compostela area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

53

55

59

62

66

73

77

77

74

66

58

54

Average Low Temperature (°F)

40

40

42

44

48

53

56

56

54

50

45

42

Average High Temperature (°C)

12

13

15

17

19

23

25

25

23

19

15

12

Average Low Temperature (°C)

4

5

6

7

9

12

13

14

12

10

7

5

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

15

13

13

13

12

7

4

5

7

13

14

14

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The climate of Galicia is classified as Atlantic, with mild temperatures throughout the year. The north-east of Spain has an average rain fall comparable with that found in the UK and France with four distinct seasons, although with what most would view as an extended summer.

Santiago de Compostela, the capital city, has an average of 129 rainy days and 1,362 millimeters (53.6 in) per year (with just 16 rainy days in the three summer months) and 2,101 sunlight hours per year, with just 6 days with frosts per year. But the colder city of Lugo, to the east, has an average of 1,759 sunlight hours per year, 117 days with precipitations (> 1 mm) totaling 901.54 millimeters (35.5 in), and 40 days with frosts per year.

The more mountainous parts of the provinces of Ourense and Lugo receive significant snowfall during the winter months.

What To Bring:
This list is only a basic guideline for you...

TRAVEL
Travel documents and Trip Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

RIDING GEAR
English or Western riding attire - whatever you are most comfortable riding long distances in!
Comfortable and worn-in riding boots
A hard hat is not required, but always recommended for safety
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection
Rain proof coat

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cooler evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjamas
Light summer jacket
Trekking boots /comfortable shoes
Swimsuit
Bandana
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for the emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for any electric appliances
Camera and enough extras (films, batteries, memory cards etc)
Belt pack
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm
Small bar of soap
Flashlight