Camino in Style7 Days & 6 Nights 4.9 Read 11 reviews
- Walk the final 100km of the Camino Frances in style
- Stay in beautiful boutique hotels and "pazos" along the way
- Feast on delicious Galician gourmet cuisine
- Arrive in Santiago at a relaxed pace in time for the Pilgrim's Mass
- Finish your walk with a stay in the iconic Parador hotel in Santiago
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.
Pilgrim Trail | You will follow a historic pilgrimage trail, in the footsteps of generations of travelers
This trip is suitable for:
Solo Travelers, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, First Timers
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Foodie Adventures
- Spiritual Journeys
- Personal Growth
- Elegance & Unique Stays
- Historical Journeys
- Most Popular
Activity Level & Terrain
This walk is graded moderate overall and includes daily walks of 10-28 km per day. You can expect to walk for between two and eight hours each day. Whilst the days are quite long the paths you are following are mainly flat and the terrain is easy. It is also possible to shorten the longest day with an optional transfer (paid locally). You will follow a mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths. In addition to the printed route notes you will receive in your travel pack, you will also have access to our Macs Adventure App, allowing you to follow the route on richly detailed mapping on your smartphone.
The Camino is very easy to follow. The route is marked with yellow painted arrows and a yellow shell on a blue background. The detailed travel pack we supply includes a detailed guidebook including maps, a detailed information pack for planning and preparing for your Camino, detailed instructions of how to find your overnight accommodation and everything you need for your Camino.
In addition to the printed route notes, you will receive in your travel pack, you will also have access to our Macs Adventure App, allowing you to follow the route on richly detailed mapping on your smartphone.
6 Nights accommodation is included in stylish boutique hotels and country manor houses (pazos) close to the route of the Camino. You will always have a private room and en-suite bathroom. The accommodations we have chosen will make your Camino just that extra bit special with their focus on service, special little touches and elements of luxury!
If the listed hotels are not available we will offer alternatives of as close a standard as possible. There will be a reduction in price for your tour if this is the case which we will work out based on availability.
Single Rooms & Solo Walkers
This trip is available to solo travellers to start on any day. You will need to pay a supplement for a single room (which is available on the Included tab of this tour).
A light continental breakfast is included each morning. Evening meals are included every day apart from Day 1 and you can expect delicious Galician cuisine in wonderful restaurants including the Restaurante O Mirador in Portomarin with its terrace overlooking the River Minho and the intimate Restaurante O Curro Da Parra serving the freshest market cuisine. All the restaurants have been chosen for their reputation for serving the most delicious food and fantastic service. On the first day in Lugo you are free to choose from the many local restaurants.
- 6 Nights accommodation in stylish hotels and country manor houses
- 6 Breakfasts and 5 Evening Meals
- Transfers to and from Santiago Airport
- Baggage Transfers
- Transfers as per the itinerary
- A detailed information pack including guidebook, route notes, maps and local information
- 24/7 emergency telephone support
- Travel to/from Santiago.
- Lunches, snacks or drinks
- Evening meal on Day 1
- Travel insurance
- Personal Equipment
- Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
- Additional nights’ accommodation
When To Go
You can start your Camino in Style on any day of your choosing between March and October. As some of the accommodations used have limited rooms, we recommend booking this trip as far in advance as possible. April, May, June, September and October are the busiest months for walking the Camino and also some of the nicest months due to slightly cooler temperatures. July and August can get very hot.
Weather and Climate
The weather on the Camino will change slightly as you travel from the Pyrenees over to Galicia. The spring months of April and May tend to offer nice mild conditions for walking although the nights can be quite cold at this time of year and there can be quite a lot of rain in the region of Galicia at this time. The summer months of July and August can get very hot and humid. The autumn from late September through to October offers cooler temperatures again although daylight hours start to become less at this time. The region of Galicia in particular experiences higher rainfall than the rest of Spain so you should come prepared with waterproofs!
Getting to the Start
The closest airport to Lugo is Santiago. From the UK Ryanair fly direct to Santiago from Stansted and Easyjet fly direct from Gatwick. From outside the UK, you can fly to Santiago via Paris with Vueling or from Madrid with Ryanair. From the US it is possible to fly to Santiago via Madrid with Iberia, American Airlines or Lufthansa.
Private Transfers: We include a private transfer from Santiago Airport to your accommodation in Lugo. A transfer is also included to take you back to the airport at the end of your stay.
Baggage transfers are included (max 20kg per person). Your main bag will be transferred each day between your overnight accommodation so that you only need to walk with a day pack.
The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.
Pilgrim Passport and Compostela Certificate
The Compostela certificate is a certificate that pilgrims can get in Santiago after having completed the last 100km of the pilgrimage route to Santiago. This can be for any of the various routes leading to Santiago (Frances, Norte or Ingles, for example). As we provide a transfer from Pedrouza to Lavacolla on this particular itinerary this means that technically you will not have walked the full final 100km. If you would like to walk the entire route then just let us know and we can take this transfer out for you but this would mean a longer walk that day of around 30km.
Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Restoration
Please Note - due to restoration works on the interior of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, the Pilgrim Mass has been moved to an alternate location in 2019. For more information please read our blog post - Santiago de Compostela Cathedral Restoration 2019
Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, lightweight clothes, waterproofs and a day pack.
We suggest you book as far in advance as possible as the Camino is extremely popular. Numbers can rise by up to 100,000 people. We will always try and accommodate late booking requests.
The average daily distance of our Camino tours are between 20 and 25 kilometres and you can expect to walk for between five and eight hours each day. You should do as much walking as possible prior to your walk as this will simply add to your enjoyment.
Yes, some people prefer to walk carrying their own bags as a true pilgrim would have. Please select the option for removing baggage transfers if you wish to do this.
Although you can walk the Camino at any time of year we would recommend April/May/June and September/October when the weather is at its best for walking. July and August can be very hot and are busy.
Public transport and taxis are available if you are need of support contact us and we will be more that happy to help.
Yes, many of our guests travel solo. Although the nature of the Camino means that they soon join up with other pilgrims. There is a single room supplement payable for solo walkers.
No, we do not offer group trips as independent self-guided trips are a much better way to experience the Camino.
You can start on any day of your choosing, subject to availability.
Yes, although we find our standard itineraries are perfect for most walkers, we can add additional nights at any point of the Camino and tailor-make the trip to meet your needs.
A mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths. The route is well marked and easy to follow.
Unfortunately we are unable to change your accommodation bookings and itinerary once you start walking as alternative accommodation is generally not available at such short notice.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive in Lugo
The typically Galician city of Lugo is just off the route of the Camino and is a fascinating place to start your trip. The only city in the world to be completely surrounded by intact Roman walls, Lugo is an intriguing place to explore with some amazing restaurants, a charming cathedral and the interesting Museo Provincial.
Stay overnight in a baroque palace dating back to the 18th century in a fantastic location right next to the Roman walls.
Lugo is easily accessible from Santiago airport and we include a private transfer to take you from Santiago to your accommodation in Lugo making sure you start your journey in style! (approx. 1h 30m)
The 18th century Pazo de Orbán sits in a fabulous location right next to the famous Roman wall of Lugo. Featuring elegant rooms with wooden floors and traditional décor, as well as a charming terrace and tavern, this lovely boutique hotel is a real hidden gem!
A short 40min transfer will take you to Sarria this morning where you will begin your Camino journey. Walk along shady tree-lined roads and pathways, passing through pretty small hamlets such as Cortinas and A Brea, before reaching the stone marker; a photo opportunity before taking the first step on the final 100km to Santiago.
As you arrive in Portomarin enjoy the Galician ambience as you stroll up the cobbled main street and end your day by relaxing in one of the cafés surrounding the square.
Your abode for the night is the lovingly converted country house, the Pazo de Berbetoros.
Pazo de Barbetoros is a beautiful old country house which has been lovingly converted into a stylish hotel. Relax at the end of your walk in the large interior garden surrounded by fruit trees and enjoy sipping on a glass of wine from their cosy café and being attended to by the extremely friendly staff.
Cross the Minho river then follow the Camino route as it climbs steadily upwards, then pass through the settlement of Gonzar and Castromaior, where you’ll find the tiny Romanesque Church of Santa Maria.
Continue along country roads edged by bright yellow gorse, pine and oak trees. Upon reaching the high point of today’s Camino at Sierra de Ligonde (750 m), descend to the ancient hamlet of Ligonde. After passing Eirexe you cross the Alto Rosario, and descend into the village of Palas de Rei.
Casa Leopoldo is a delightful historic home which has been converted into a charming family run small boutique hotel. With just six individual rooms this hotel offers a warm Galician personal touch. Delicious breakfasts including poached eggs with truffles are served in their gorgeous garden terrace.
Leaving Palace de Rei, you will soon reach San Xulian do Camino, a classical Camino village with a tiny 12th Century church dedicated to Saint Julian. After crossing the provincial border you pass through the hamlet of O Coto and village of Leboreiro. Perhaps stopping for lunch at the town of Melide, famed for its octopus dishes ‘pulpo Galega’.
The shaded forests of oak and chestnut give way to eucalyptus and pine before you ascend to Arzúa.
The Pazo Santa Maria is a real oasis on the trail. A historical manor house dating back to the 18th century, the hotel offers a massage service for those weary legs, a fantastic restaurant serving fine Galician cuisine and tranquil gardens in which to relax.
Leaving the old quarter of Arzua the Camino leads past sturdy oak trees, which give way to lush meadows. Visit the medieval shrine at Santa Irene, dedicated to a martyr saint from Portugal and the Baroque fountain of healing waters.
Throughout the day you’ll be walking through many small villages: Brea, Calzada, Rua and A Calle. On arrival in Pedrouzo, a transfer will meet you and take you to Lavacolla, where it was tradition for pilgrims to wash in the river before reaching Santiago.
Your home for the night is the Pazo Xan Xordo, a traditional Galician manor house featuring it’s own chapel and tranquil gardens.
A tranquil haven in Lavacolla, the final resting stage before reaching Santiago, the Pazo Xan Xordo features a elegant rooms, its own chapel, and real “olde world charm” in the Galician countryside.
A nice short final day means that if you set off early you can be in Santiago in time for the Pilgrim’s Mass at noon—a highlight of any journey on the Camino! As you leave Lavacolla, continue past swaying Eucalyptus trees to the ‘Mount of Joy’, Monte del Gozo from where you first catch sight of the impressive spires of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Before long you will reach Santiago where the experience of walking up to the Cathedral is one you will never forget!
The perfect culmination to your “Camino in Style” is an overnight stay in the luxurious Parador hotel located on Obradoiro Square right across from the Cathedral.
The Parador of Santiago de Compostela or “Hostal Reis Catolicos” is set in an exquisite 15th century building facing the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. An overnight stay here offers a wonderfully luxurious end to your Camino journey and an experience you will never forget!
After breakfast your walking holiday will come to an end. See the Travel Info section for some useful details for your onward travel.
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