Start: Leon Finish: Santiago de Compostela
Physical rating: Moderate / Challenging
Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements
Tour code: MWC
Group size: 6 - 16
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The Camino de Santiago de Compostela across northern Spain is one of the world's oldest pilgrimage routes. Also known as 'The Way of St James', it originated in the region of Galicia where the tomb of the Apostle James the Great was discovered in the 9th century. The way is marked by the symbol of the scallop shell and the grooves that join together are said to represent the many different routes pilgrims take to reach Santiago. The Gothic cathedrals, medieval monasteries and miles of beautiful rural scenery make this section of the ancient route so popular.
Accommodation Name: Hotel Campus San Mames
Meals: No Meals
Trip starts in León; here we may have time to visit the city's beautiful
gothic cathedral and stroll around its charming winding narrow streets before
having a trip breifing and our first meal as a group.
Accommodation Name: Hotel Gaudi
We head into the countryside riding across the plains of Castilla through
cultivated countryside and quaint villages, with adobe houses and wine caves.
We will take lunch in Hospital del Orbigo and on entering the village we
cross a stunning mediaeval bridge (one of the longest pilgrimage bridges in
Spain). We then ride the final 15km to the beautiful walled town of Astorga,
with views of the mountains of León in the distance.
Accommodation Name: Hostal El Palacio
Today's ride is the most beautiful of the trip as we leave the Castillan
plains behind and climb gradually into the mountains of Leon to the Monte de
la Cruz de Ferro (1505m). En route we pass through Castrillo de los
Polvazares, known for its very special architecture created by strong orange
coloured stone. After riding through the charming mountain village of Acebo
(the main street is a straight line of beautiful balconied houses) we enjoy
the rest of our descent into Molinaseca, with stunning views of the
Accommodation: Centro de Turismo Rural El Capricho de Josana
The highlight today is the ride to the beautiful town of Villafranca with
stunning views across the green valleys of Galicia and wooded mountains of
Leon. After the first easy and mainly flat 25km through vineyards we have a
short climb to Villafranca, which is worth a look for its many monuments and
picturesque town square. Then after having lunch in Villafranca we will
cycle about 20 km to the always green and peaceful rural valley of Herrerias
de Valcarce in the foothills of Monte O’Cebreiro.
Location: O Cebreiro
Accommodation Name: Hotel Oca Villa de Sarria
After breakfast we will cycle to the top of the mountain and the small
village of O'Cebreiro. This climb is one of the most challenging of the
tour as we ascend 650m over 8 kilometres, the climb is a very gentle ascent
with a steady gradient and we will break it up with plenty of stops. At the
top we will be able to appreciate wonderful views of the valleys that
surround this peak and admire the charming slate roofed black houses.
From O’cebreiro, as we enter Galicia, the landscape changes dramatically
and the area is populated by a number of traditional agricultural villages.
Each family has small plots of land, which they cultivate for their own
vegetables and we will pass by many of the locals working the land and
tending to their cattle. As well as a change in culture, landscape and
language, the gastronomy of Galicia is famous for using products of high
quality and preparing them in simple, but delicious ways. We have lunch in
Samos, home to one of the oldest monasteries in Spain, and cycle through
chestnut forests to Sarria.
Accommodation Name: Hotel Complejo la Cabaña
Today's ride runs through beautiful rural Galician countryside and along
tree-lined paths to the town of Portomarin, which was rebuilt on a hilltop in
the 1950's in order to construct a reservoir. After lunch, a 13km climb,
followed by a welcome 12km downhill, takes us to Palas de Rei, a small town
full of the pilgrim spirit. As usual, during the climb there will be plenty
of stops opportunities to take pictures and everyone is welcome to ride at
the preferred pace.
Location: Monumento de Monte do Gozo
Accommodation Name: Hotel La Salle
Our final day involves a number of short ascents and descents towards Monte
de Gozo. From here, as pilgrims have done for centuries, we wind our way
through the city’s streets and crowds to Plaza del Obradoiro, dominated by
the impressive cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
We then move onto the Pilgrim's Office for those who wish to obtain the
'compostela' (certificate of accomplishment).
Location: Santiago de Compostela
After breakfast the trip ends in Santiago de Compostela.
All breakfasts are included.
Breakfasts will be continental style with cold cheese, meats and bread, as
well as pastries, tea and coffee.
Vegetarians: Please be aware that a meat and fish diet is the norm in
Northern Spain. Many vegetarians have not experienced any problems, however
please be prepared to be flexible. Please note that mealtimes in Spain are
later than in many other countries; dinner is usually taken between 21:00 and
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No vaccinations are obligatory.
Minimum 16 years old people can go on this tour.
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