Snowdonia Walking Holiday with 53 Degrees North
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Join us and the 53 Degrees North Adventure Club to experience an invigorating hike along the last 100km of the Camino. On this walking holiday, we’ll capture the essence of the Camino, by walking stunning terrain and learning the fascinating history all in the company of an expert walking guide and fellow hikers. Our journey will start in Sarria, we’ll walk along the last 100km of the Camino Francés and make our way towards Santiago de Compostela, where we’ll receive our ‘Compostela’ certificates and have time to explore the magic of Santiago’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From meeting fellow 53 Degrees North Adventure club members to soaking up the unique atmosphere of this famous journey, this is sure to be a holiday to remember. This holiday is ideal for experienced walkers, with an average walking distance between 18-28 km per day.
Time to start our adventure on the Camino de Santiago. Let's depart Dublin on our flight to Santiago airport. On arrival, we will be met by our local expert guide and travel to our hotel in the heart of the lively city of Lugo. Lugo, located in the north west of Spain, is the only city in the world to be surrounded by completely intact Roman walls, which reach a height of 10 to 15 metres along a 2,117-metre circuit ringed with 71 towers.
Let's depart our hotel for our coach transfer to Sarria where we will begin our pilgrimage along the French way and the Last 100K of the Camino de Santiago. Expect a peaceful walk in shady oak woods, pretty villages and on quiet country roads. The village of Barbedelo (580m) has a beautiful Romanesque church that is worth a visit. The next significant village is Ferreiros. When we arrive in Portomarin (550m), let's chill out on one of the numerous terraces of the main plaza before returning to our hotel.
Length: 23km / Approximate duration: 6 hours
Today let's return to Portomarin to continue our journey. From the village, the Camino crosses the river Minho and climbs steadily uphill. On our way, we will be crossing Gonzar and passing the Romanesque Church of Santa María, Castromaior. The calm of the Galician Cemetery in Ligonde on a sunny day is a rest in itself. In Eirexe, the Romanesque portal of the church is a beauty and features a sculpture of Daniel and animals, as well as Santiago de Peregrino inside. We will then arrive in Palas de Rei (565m).
Length: 23km / Approximate duration: 6 hours and 15 minutes
Let's check out of our hotel in Lugo and transfer by coach to Palas de Rei where our third walking day will begin. Today, the Camino continues slightly downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the charming village of Leboreiro. Later today, the Camino will follow a forest track and cross several streams bringing you to the village of Boente with its church of Santiago. Then the medieval village of Ribadiso, and finally Arzùa (389m). This small town has 2 churches that we can visit, Santa María and La Magdalena. Afterwards, continue to Santiago de Compostela where we will check in to our hotel, which will be our base for the remainder of the trip.
Length: 28km / Approximate duration: 7 hours
Let's begin our morning with a coach transfer to Aruza, where we will begin our walk for the day. This shaded section of the Camino will pass through woods, along streams and through sleepy villages. Take our time and visit the chapel of Santa Irena, with its unique statues of Santiago. The rest of the way to Rua/Opino is on a good and quiet country road. Rua (310m) is one of the less crowded stopping points before Santiago de Compostela.
Length: 18km / Approximate duration: 5 hours and 15 minutes
The next stage will be Lavacolla where pilgrims traditionally washed in the river before reaching Santiago de Compostela. The tall eucalyptus trees line your way to Monte del Gozo (368m). From the "Mount of Joy" we can see our goal the Cathedral of Santiago! After a descent to the city (264m) we will be able to witness this UNESCO World Heritage Site up-close. Marvel at the architecture and relish the wonderful atmosphere in this cultural and spiritual Mecca. We have completed the Last 100km of the Camino de Santiago!
Length: 19km / Approximate duration: 5 hours and 20 minutes
This morning let's enjoy a half day city tour of Santiago de Compostela's historic centre, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. The famous cathedral borders the main plaza of the well-preserved old city. Let's wander through the streets as our local expert guide shows you all the main highlights!
You will have an afternoon and evening at leisure to spend in Santiago de Compostela as you wish. Your local guide will be happy to suggest activities to suit your taste. Or why not unwind with some tapas at one of the many authentic restaurants that line the streets?
Today, our holiday comes to an end. After breakfast, we will depart the hotel for our transfer to Santiago airport to catch our flight home. We hope you will take away fond memories from your trip.
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your TD active guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
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