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About this trip

The Camino de Santiago or the Way of St. James, is a pilgrimage of Medieval Origin to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, in the Northwest of Spain. Since the IX century, people from all around the world have been walking to Santiago to see the remains of the Apostle Saint James.

The Camino de Santiago has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage for its important role in encouraging cultural exchanges between people from all over Europe and the world for many centuries. Today, more than a pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago is a unique experience and trip of a lifetime, with its routes attracting thousands of people from all over the world.

In 1987 the Council of Europe declared this route the ‘First Cultural European Itinerary’. Nowadays there are 8 different Caminos. The French Way, the one that we present in this project, is the most popular.

WHICH WERE THE MOST POPULAR CAMINOS IN 2019?

The French Way is the most popular way among the pilgrims that arrive at Santiago de Compostela, followed by the Portuguese Way. Nevertheless, in 2019 the third favorite route was the Portuguese Coastal Way, witch in 2018 was in the sixth position.

According to the available information from 2019:

– French Way: 189,937 pilgrims (54.65%)

– Portuguese Way: 72,357 (20.82%)

– Portuguese Coastal Way: 22,292 (6.41%)

– Northern Way: 19,019 (5.47%)

– English Way: 15,780 (4.54%)

– Primitive Way: 15,715 (4.52%)

– Via de la Plata: 9,201 (2.65%)

– Muxía-Finisterre: 1,548 (0.45%)

– Winter Way: 1,035 (0.3%)

– Other ways: 694 (0.2%)

WHERE THE CAMINO STARTS?

You can start your Camino at any stage along the official ways, but if you would like to apply for the certificate -Compostela-, pilgrims must walk at least the last 100kms of any Camino route or cycle at least the last 200kms.

The ten favorite places to start the Camino de Santiago in 2019 were:

– Sarria (last 114km of the French Way): 96.124 (27,66%)

– Jean Pied de Port (full French Way): 33.197 (9,55%)

– Oporto (Portuguese Way): 27.924 (8,03%)

– Tui (last 117km of the Portuguese Way): 22.814 (6,56%)

– Ferrol (full English Way): 15.097 (4,34%)

– Oporto (Portuguese Coastal Way): 11.421 (3,29%)

– León (French Way): 10.505 (3,02%)

– Valença do Minho (Portuguese Way): 10.490 (3,02%)

– Oviedo (full Primitive Way): 9.531 (2,74%)

– O Cebreiro (French Way): 8.367 (2,41%)

NUMBERS OF PILGRIMS 

In 2019, 347.578 people took any of the official routes of the Camino de Santiago. Most of the pilgrims chose to do it by walk, but they also chose other ways to do this pilgrimage.

– By walk: 327,281 (94.16%)

– Riding the bike: 19,563 (5.63%)

– Horseback riding: 406 (0.12%)

– Sailboat: 243 (0.07%)

– Wheelchair: 85 (0.02%)

**Please note, these adventures are planned far in advance, and sometimes things come up that are unforeseen or unplanned. With that forethought, know the group will be accompanied on this adventure by Keith, or Michelle, and/or My1FitLife Ambassador.

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Itineraries

Day 1

Date : October 9, 2021

Time : 12:00 am

Arriving in Madrid

Arrive Madrid International Airport - Welcome Dinner

MADRID → June 4th Arriving in Madrid at any time: Get a taxi to the hotel (Not Included Accommodation in Madrid Hotel: Hotel Emperador City center

Day Plan

6pm: Welcome Meeting
7:30 pm: Dinner at local restaurant

Day 2

Date : October 10, 2021

Discover Madrid

Discover Madrid Today is to get to know the amazing city of Madrid and introduce you to the Spanish culture, and rest before starting the Camino.
Day Plan

9,30 am - 1 1 pm:
Private City Tour 11 - 11,30pm:
Coffee Break
12 - 1pm: Private visit to the Royal Palace (included visit and entrance tickets) 1 - 8pm: Free time 7,30pm: Dinner at local restaurant --- Accommodation in Madrid Hotel: Hotel Emperad

Day 3

Date : October 11, 2021

Amalfi and Le Ferriere Hike

Travel to Lugo DAY 3 | LUGO → June 6 th Group transfer from Madrid to Lugo by train.

Day Plan
10am: Train from Madrid – 2,13pm Lugo (4h13mints)

Check in at the hotel
3- 4,30pm: Free time to eat l unch
6 - 8pm: Walking tour with a local expert guide along the Roman City of Lugo (included)
8pm: Dinner at local restaurant ---
Accommodation in Lugo Hotel: Mendez Nuñez https://hotelmendeznunez.com/en/ Loca tion : Historical Town

Day 4

Date : October 12, 2021

Lugo to Barbadelo

DAY 4 | PORTOMARÍN → June 7 th Hike The Camino Day 1 → 18km Private transfer from Lugo to Barbadelo . In the next few days, we will walk the last 100km of the French Way that goes from Barbadelo to Santiago de Compostela (Private bus included) Walk from Barbadelo to Portomarín (18 km) ---
Accommodation in Portomarín Hotel: Hotel Ferramenteiro de Portom arín https://www.hotelferramenteiro.com/en/index.php Loca tion : Town center Comments: This new hotel could be one of the best options in town ---
Day Plan 7,30 - 9,30pm: Dinner at local restaurant

Day 5

Date : October 13, 2021

Exploring Palas de Rei

DAY 5 | PALAS DE REI → June 8th Hike The Camino Day 2 → 1 7 km Private transfers from Portomarín to Gonzar by taxi van. This is to short the hike because the Hotel in Portomarin is located a few km from the actual trail of the Camino de Santiago. Walk from Portomarín to Palas de Rei (17km) ---

Accommodation in Palas de Rei In Palas de Rei there is not any great hotel in the town center, we will stay in a hotel a few km from the town. We will arrange private transfers for the group from Palas de Rei until the hotel, and we will eat dinner at the hotel.

Hotel: Parada das Bestas https://aparadadasbestas.com/ Loca tion : 5km from the town center --- Day Plan 7,30pm: Dinner at local restauran

Day 6

Date : October 14, 2021

Walk From Palas de Rei to Melide

DAY 6 | MELIDE → June 9 th Hike The Camino Day 3 → 1 5 km Walk from Palas de Rei to Melide (15 km) ---
Accommodation in Melide Hotel: Hotel Lux Melide

Day Plan 7,30 - 9,30pm: Dinner at local restaura

Day 7

Date : October 15, 2021

Walk from Melide to Arzua

DAY 7 | ARZÚA → June 10 th Hike The Camino Day 4 → 1 4 km Walk from Melide to Arzúa (14 km) ---

Accommodation in Arzúa Hotel: La Casona de Nené

Day Plan 7,30 - 9,30pm: Dinner at the Hot el

Day 8

Date : October 16, 2021

Walk from Arzua to Pedrouzo

DAY 8: PEDROUZO → June 11 th Hike The Camino Day 5 → 1 8 km Walk from Arzúa to Pedrouzo (18 km) ---

Accommodation in Pedrouzo Hotel: Hotel Rural O Acivro http://oacivro.com/?lang=en Loca tion : 3km from Pedrouzo Comments: Really beautiful and comfortable accommodation. ---

Day Plan 7,30 - 9,30pm: Dinner at local restauran

Day 9

Walk from Pedrouzo to Santiago

DAY 9: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA → June 12 th Hike The Camino Day 6 → 1 5 km Private transfer by Taxi from Pedrouzo - Lavacolla ( 5km to short the last hike and have some extra time to arrange activities or free time in Santiago) Walk from Lavacolla to Santiago (15 km) -- -

Accommodation in Santiago de Compostela Hotel: Hotel Virxe da Cerca https://pousadasdecompostela.com/hotel - virxe - da - cerca/?lang=en Location: Historical town ---

Day Plan 1,30pm: Lunch Santiago Free Time 4,30 - 6,30pm: Private Guide d Tour 7,30pm : Dinner at local restauran

Day 10

Explore Santiago Historical Town

DAY 10 | SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA →

June 13 th Day Trip to Finisterre (Private Tour) Day trip to Fisterra and the Galician Coast. We will depart from Santiago and make our first stop at the village of Muros, a lovely restored old town by the Atlantic Ocean. The next stop will be Ézaro, the only waterfall in Europe where fresh water pours directly into ocean. Enjoy a local lunch and try the tasty seafood and fish famous throughout Spain. Continue to Cape Finisterre, the westernmost point of continental Europe. Since ancient times, this place was considered by the Romans to be the End of the Earth. Enjoy the s tunning views of the cliffs, the brave waters of the Atlantic, and explore all around the lighthouse.

Finally, visit another essential point in the area, Muxía, a quaint fishing village well known for its Virxe da Barca sanctuary, a baroque building bui lt in the 11th - century chapel with a balcony facing towards the sea. After, we will return to Santiago de Compostela. Inluded: Transportation in a minibus ---

Day Plan 8,30am: Meet in the reception to attend to the Pilgrim’s Mass at the Cathedral. 9 – 10:
Pilgrim’s Mass 11,00am - 6pm Day Trip Finisterre
7,30 - 9,30pm: Dinner at local restaurant

Day 11

Day trip to Fisterra and the Galician Coast

DAY 11: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA Day trip to Fisterra and the Galician Coast. We will depart from Santiago and make our first stop at the village of Muros, a lovely restored old town by the Atlantic Ocean. The next stop will be Ézaro, the only waterfall in Europe where fresh water pours directly into ocean. Enjoy a local lunch and try the tasty seafood and fish famous throughout Spain. Continue to Cape Finisterre, the westernmost point of continental Europe. Since ancient times, this place was considered by the Romans to be the End of the Earth. Enjoy the stunning views of the cliffs, the brave waters of the Atlantic, and explore all around the lighthouse.

Finally, visit another essential point in the area, Muxía, a quaint fishing village well known for its Virxe da Barca sanctuary, a baroque building built in the 11th-century chapel with a balcony facing towards the sea. After, we will return to Santiago de Compostela.

Day 12

Departure Day

DAY 12: DEPARTURE DAY
Transfers to Airport and Depart. We will arrange taxis to go to the airport.
  • Airport transportation
    Madrid Airport International Airport Pick up and Drop off
  • Activity Transportation
    Private transportation for all activities indictated in Itinerary
  • Accommodations
    8 nights Accommodation
  • Meals
    Meals in itinerary
  • Activities Included
    All activités included in itinerary
  • Tips
    Tips to local providers (Hotels, drivers, local guides etc.)
  • Alcoholic beverages
    Additional alcoholic beverages not included in itinerary
  • Additional Meals
    Any additional meals/snacks not included in itinerary
  • Airfare
    Any Airfare NOT included in registration price
  • Travel Insurance
    REQUIRED ITEM- Not included

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