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What’s included

  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option). If you are travelling land only, check with our office for joining time at the airport.
  • Single timed group airport transfers at the start and end of the holiday (flight inclusive option).
  • English speaking Spanish guide
  • Hotel/pension accommodation as described
  • All meals
  • A Pilgrim's Passport
  • Your luggage transported each day by vehicle
  • Vehicle support in case of injury, illness, etc.
  • Road transfers by private vehicle
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • The option of joining one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds.

Camino de Santiago - the Northern Way

Walking & Trekking

Spain | Walking & Trekking

New for 2018
Camino de Santiago - the Northern Way
Gentle / Moderate

Gentle: Suitable for people who enjoy easy-paced walks or exploring the countryside on foot.

Moderate: Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

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Grade: Gentle / Moderate ? Gentle / Moderate
Duration:  9 days from the UK  
On trek: 7 days

Flight inclusive from £1,775,
Land only from £1,595

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Walk the final stage of the Camino de Santiago to reach the great pilgrims’ city of Santiago de Compostela.

Highlights

  • Experience the tranquillity of the Camino del Norte in rural Northern Spain
  • Arrive at Santiago de Compostela - the culmination of 7 days and 160km of walking
  • Receive a Compostela Certificate when you successfully complete your pilgrimage
  • Spend two nights at the delightful Parador de Vilalba - a converted medieval tower
  • Visit magnificent medieval monasteries and cathedrals en route

Reviews          

The Camino del Norte has many treasures to discover; the friendly local people, the wonderful local delicacies at fabulous, atmospheric hotels such as Parador de Vilalba and Pazo Santa Maria, walking through rural Northern Spain through pretty forest trails, and of course, arriving at the imposing Santiago de Compostela, to complete the pilgrimage.
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This fine pilgrimage walk takes you along the final stretch from Ribadeo to Santiago, so you arrive at the famous Santiago de Compostela on foot. The Camino Del Norte is less busy than other sections of the Camino de Santiago so you can walk in relative solitude, quietly contemplating your pilgrimage, and taking in the lovely scenery of rural Galicia in Northern Spain. Highlights include sampling local cuisine, staying in some gorgeous hotels which ooze character, ambling along pretty forest trails, and of course, arriving at the impressive cathedral as the culmination of your journey.


At a glance

Grade: Gentle / Moderate
Gentle / Moderate

Duration:  9 days from the UK  
On trek: 7 days

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Santiago De Compostela

Accommodation types: Hotels And Pensions

Meal arrangements: 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners are included

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1
Fly to Santiago. Group transfer to Ribadeo.
2-4
Walk to Vilalba via overnight stops at Lournza and Abadin.
5-6
Walk from Vilalba to A Roxica. Visit the monastery of Sobrado des Monxes. Drive to Aruza.
7-8
Walk to O Pedrouzo and on to Santiago. Arrive at Santiago de Compostela.
9
Group transfer to Santiago airport. Fly to London.
Leader: Local leader, Camino de Santiago, Spain
Local leader, Camino de Santiago, Spain

Our Camino de Santiago holiday is led by professional Spanish guides who speak excellent English and who are very knowledgeable about the local history, flora and fauna.

Guides may include Íñigo Ayllón, a Professional Mountain Guide who holds degrees in Law and Mountain Sports. He dedicates his time to his passion, the mountains, working as a guide and as a legal adviser for activities in the natural environment. He is from Aragon and he speaks Spanish and English.


Camino de Santiago - the Northern Way Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Fly London to Santiago

    On arrival at Santiago airport there will be a single timed group transfer to Ribadeo to coincide with the timings of our flight inclusive option.

    Ribadeo is a pretty harbourside town set on the river that divides Galicia from Asturias. It has an attractive old town and a celebrated beach nearby where rocks form natural arches thought to resemble cathedrals.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Casona de Lazurtegui or Similar
  2. Day 2 - Walk from Ribadeo to Lourenza - 27.5 km, 6-7 hours.

    You begin your holiday hiking away from the coast. After walking through the town of Ribadeo, you head off on a rising forest trail. Most of the way to Lourenza is off road on very quiet farm tracks. You pass through the ever present eucalyputus trees and later, native trees. You may be lucky and spot hoopoes here. The countryside is very pleasant as you pass through farmland with rolling hills in the distance. Interestingly, the Camino waymarks are read oppositely to those in Asturias (the previous district). The direction of the route is indicated by the lines of the scallop that diverge.

    You pass through Vallamartin Pequeno and Villamartin Grande, Gondan and San Xusto, the latter two having albergue de peregrinos (pilgrims' hostels). Lourenza is home to a 10th century Benedictine Monasterio de San Salvador. It has an impressive Baroque façade and contains a museum of religious art. It is also famous for its 'fabas' - local beans.

    You overnight in Pension Casa Gloria. As there is no restaurant in the pension, you'll dine out at a local restaurant.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Pension Casa Gloria or Similar
  3. Day 3 - Walk from Lourenza to Abadin - 24.5 km, 5-6 hours.

    You head into the hills today with lovely views of the surrounding countryside. It is about an 8.5 km walk into Mondonedo, which was once one of the seven capitals of the Galicia kingdom. Mondonedo is a lovely town with pleasant bars and cafes around the cathedral square. The Romanesque cathedral is a national monument, and it's worth sitting in one of the cafés opposite to admire its impressive facade. You walk uphill out of Mondonedo, and weave your way upwards past the villages of Barbeitas, Maariz, Paadin, San Vicenzo and Lousada before descending into Gontan.

    You continue to walk on a mixture of forest trails, farm tracks and quiet secondary roads, walking up to a pass. After the pass it's about 3 km to Abadin where you will spend the night. Abadin, the capital of the Concello, has a food store, pharmacy and some bars and restaurants.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Pension Casa Goas or Similar
  4. Day 4 - Walk from Abadin to Vilalba - 19 km, 4-5 hours.
    camino de santiago the northern way catherdral santiago de compostela.

    After walking through the town of Abadin, you continue on quiet roads for approximately 2.5 km and cross the River Adadin. You pass through the villages of Ponterroxal and Martinan. About 14 km from Abadin you pass through Goiriz which has a hostal, bar and restaurant. You later pass As Casonvas and A Casilla. Your walk today is on a mixture of forest trails, quiet rural roads and farm tracks, passing many farms - a perfect insight into life in rural Northern Spain. It's a pretty quiet, peaceful walk, just passing the occasional villager, farmer and pilgrim.

    For the next two nights you'll stay in the very impressive, Parador de Vilalba Hotel - a wonderful, 4 star hotel which has been converted from a 15th century castle, owned by the Andrade family, complete with tower. The restaurant where you'll dine in the evening is atmospherically situated in the tower. The hotel restaurant serves excellent food - try some of the local delicacies such as octopus, and a selection of local cheese. Their puddings are delicious too and with all that walking, you'll have earned the indulgence!

    Overnight iconOvernight: Paradore De Vilalba
  5. Day 5 - Walk from Vilalba to Baamonde - 21 km, 4½-5½ hours.

    A lovely walk today through the heart of the Terra Cha region of Galicia that is famed for its dairy produce - particularly its cheeses. Terra Cha means 'flatlands' and indeed your walk today has few undulations. It is also a good area for birdwatching and on the 2017 recce of this route, we saw hoopoe, black woodpeckers, white storks and chiffchaffs - our guide will help you spot and identify any birds or wildlife you encounter. After about 4 km of your walk you pass through the sleepy villages of Gabin and then As Turbelas. Shortly after you come to San Xoan de Alba (just over 6 km from Vilalba) where you'll find a medieval church. After the church you follow the Camino signs on a mixture of paved roads, dirt tracks and footpaths until you reach Saa which has a medieval bridge over the Labrada. Minor roads and dirt tracks take you through the villages of Penas, Contariz, Casanovas and Ferreira before you arrive at Baamonde. Baamonde contains the 14th century Church of Santiago, and also the museum (former home) of sculptor Victor Corral. From here you will be driven back to your hotel at Vilalba.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Paradore De Vilalba
  6. Day 6 - Walk from Baamonde to A Roxica - 4½-5½ hours. Drive to Sobrado dos Monxes to see the monastery and on to Arzua.

    You return to Baamonde to start the next stage of the Camino. After crossing the River Parga, you pass the 14th century Chapel of San Alberte. This is a very pleasant stretch for 5 km or so with gorse bushes, scrubland and a wide track with stone walls, before emerging onto paved roads through farmland countryside. The walk to Miraz from Baamonde is about 14 km long. Miraz has a bar and a couple of pilgrims' hostels. En route you pass through the villages of San Alberte, Toar, Bandoncel, Diga, Raposeira, Aldar and Seixon which has a bar and 12th century church.

    From Miraz you continue for approximately 6 km, with a pleasant uphill, off-road section. As the route from A Roxica to Sobrado dos Monxes is all on tarmac, we have arranged a vehicle transfer to take you to the monastery (25 km drive) and then onto Arzua where you'll stop for the night. The Santa Maria de Sobrado Cistercian Monastery, with its splendid Baroque frontage, has its origins in the 10th century as a twin family monastery and convent belonging to the family of Count Hermenegildo. It became a Cistercian Monastery in 1142. The way of life of the Cistercian monk is simple and austere, lived in an atmosphere of silence and separation from the world. They sell the deliciously sweet Dulce de Leche there, which was a firm favourite with our Spanish guides on the 2017 recce of this trip!

    Tonight you'll stay in the best hotel of the whole trip. Pazo Santa Maria is a stunning, country-house hotel, oozing with character and charm. It's set in the most gorgeous rural location just outside Arzua, with lovely views. It was built in the 1700s for country noblemen. The rooms are beautiful - all individually and tastefully designed. The dining room is exceptionally cosy, with an open fireplace. The gardens are heavenly too - an absolute gem! Arzua is a market town and houses a church containing a 19th century medallion depicting Santiago's intervention in Clavijo. It's also famous for its delicious cheese!

    Overnight iconOvernight: Pazo Santa Maria, Aruza
  7. Day 7 - Walk from Arzua to O Pedrouzo - 19 km, 4-5 hours.

    Today, the Camino del Norte joins the other great pilgrimage route to Santiago - the Camino de Frances. This is a far busier trail so you will now be walking with more pilgrims; heightening the sense of expectation and giving a feeling of companionship as you trek together towards your final destination.

    The walk to O Pedrouzo takes you through small hamlets and forests, passing A Calzada, A Calle and Salceda. If you're feeling thirsty, A Brea has some bars, about 13 km from Arzua. You proceed on paved roads, following the Camino signs through Santa Irene, which has a couple of pilgrims' hostels, and Rua, before reaching O Pedrouzo. O Pedrouzo is a pleasant town with quite a few bars and restaurants. You'll dine out in one of the restaurants this evening.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Pension Lo, O Pedrouzo or Similar
  8. Day 8 - Walk from O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela - 20 km, 4½-5½ hours.

    Well this it is - the finale to your pilgrimage on the Camino del Norte. After just over a kilometre of walking outside of the town of O Pedrouzo, you can enjoy the last stretch of off-road hiking, on a footpath through forest, stone bridges and streams. It's mainly flat today, so not too taxing. You will doubtless feel a great sense of anticipation as you head towards your final goal alongside other pilgrims following their own quest. After about 8 km of walking you reach Labacolla, where pilgrims used to wash themselves in the river before arriving in Santiago. A further 8 km brings you to famed Monte de Gozo where you may get your first distant glimpse of the towers of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

    It takes a while from the busy streets leading into Santiago to reach the Cathedral. It is well worth the wait though as you approach it on quaint, narrow, cobbled lanes with lovely boutique shops, and plenty of restaurants and cafes. Following in the footsteps of hundreds of thousands of pilgrims through the ages, you make your way to Plaza del Obradoiro which is dominated by the Gothic façade of the Romanesque cathedral that houses the remains of St James the Great. Here, at the Cathedral's steps, you reach the culmination of your journey.

    Having successfully completed your pilgrimage, you can now claim your Compostela Certificate from the Pilgrim’s Office which your guide will help you with.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Montes or Rua Villar
  9. Day 9 - Transfer to Santiago airport. Fly back to London.

    After breakfast there will be a single transfer to Santiago airport which is timed to fit the group flight. Please check with the office for details.


2018

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Fri 18 May - Sat 26 May 2018Available£1595 Book£1775 Book
Fri 24 Aug - Sat 1 Sep 2018Available£1595 Book£1845 Book

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What’s included

  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option). If you are travelling land only, check with our office for joining time at the airport.
  • Single timed group airport transfers at the start and end of the holiday (flight inclusive option).
  • English speaking Spanish guide
  • Hotel/pension accommodation as described
  • All meals
  • A Pilgrim's Passport
  • Your luggage transported each day by vehicle
  • Vehicle support in case of injury, illness, etc.
  • Road transfers by private vehicle
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • The option of joining one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds.

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks other than tap water
  • Tips


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Camino de Santiago          

The Camino del Norte has many treasures to discover; the friendly local people, the wonderful local delicacies at fabulous, atmospheric hotels such as Parador de Vilalba and Pazo Santa Maria, walking through rural Northern Spain through pretty forest trails, and of course, arriving at the imposing Santiago de Compostela, to complete the pilgrimage.


Extend your holiday

There are many ways you can extend your holiday with Mountain Kingdoms: book extra hotel nights, relax at a beautiful beach resort, take a warm-up trek, arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as rafting, birdwatching or a safari.

We're happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 or email info@mountainkingdoms.com and we will be pleased to help.

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