Leon to Santiago de Compostela hiking vacation, Spain

“Tailor made two week walking vacation along the Camino de Santiago from León featuring a choice of accommodation, cultural recommendations and daily distances to suit all abilities and interest levels.”

Highlights

León | Astorga | Rabanal del Camino | Molinaseca | Villafranca del Bierzo | O Cebreiro | Tricastela | Sarria | Pontomarin | Palas de Rei | Arzúa | O Pedrouzo | Santiago de Compostela | Finisterre |

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Responsible tourism: Leon to Santiago de Compostela hiking vacation, Spain

Environment

Beside the historic and social aspects of this wonderful walking vacation, this route is 100% environmentally friendly. As most of the walk goes through the countryside, and as the route during high season is very popular, it is important to keep the route clean for other pilgrims. We request our guests not to litter, as garbage is a serious environmental problem for the route. Please make your own contribution to responsible tourism by staying on the marked paths and use reusable water bottles, which you can fill up for free at the water fountains along the way.

Our guests typically look for a different experience and an alternative to large-resort-commercial-travels. The peacefulness, the small villages, the local food, “secret” beaches and amazing mountain hikes and last but not least 100% customized pilgrimages are keywords in our philosophy.
A wonderful side-effect is that we assist developing local tourist-based economies by using their local taxi-services, local guides, bars, restaurants etc. by showing our guests local specialities and hidden places, that you will never find in “normal” guidebooks. Some of the hotel accommodations are located in historical buildings and the tourism helps to preserve them and their history.
Before starting your journey, you will receive a personal guidebook regarding the vacation, which takes in consideration the wishes of each traveler. E.g. if the traveler would like to visit small ecological wineries or discover the best examples of local architecture, our suggestions are all provided in the guidebook.

We are located in the heart of Northern Spain, in the old historic town of León. Our prime focus is to show our guests the most authentic, most beautiful and loveliest parts of Northern Spain. We always share our guest’s experiences with the hotels and other collaboration partners we work with, to help develop local tourism into a sustainable and healthy destination. Its important for us to give our guests an experience that is not reachable in other parts of Europe, through showing them the real local life and hidden places, which our guest would never have found without our help.

Community

A large part of our travels has a touch off (or is entirely) an active vacation, in the mountains or by the ocean. The wonderful and enthusiastic work, which is being done to protect and maintain wildlife and national parks is dependent from visitors and their financial support. Quality tourism means for us quality tourists, which are interested not only to see secret, hidden places, but also have the knowledge to understand what it takes to maintain these wonderful sights Northern Spain can offer.
We also offer activities which always respect nature and are guided by an expert, like whale-, brown bear-, bird- watching or fishing from a fishing boat. We also support local food and gastronomy with ecological products, sustainable wine-tourism etc. And we hope we add our part of improving each field and at the same time, maintaining the small-scale business authentic and “something special”.

3 Reviews of Leon to Santiago de Compostela hiking vacation, Spain

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Reviewed on 28 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Crossing the Pyrenees on the first day, from St.John pied de port to Roncevalle. Also battling through a bit of a snow storm when going over the mountains from Rabanal del Camino to Molinaseca and passing the famous iron cross en-route. San Juan de Ortega is a good place for an overnight in a tiny hamlet with a big church.

Pamplona on Palm Sunday, (processions of young men dressed in sheep skins and wearing cow bells and long pointy hats), and Logrono on Maundy Thursday. Penitant's procession at latter city is quite impressive as well as crossing the border from Leon/Castille into Galicia. The chocolate museum in Astorga and the Plaza Obradoiro in Santiago were also amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Book accommodation ahead, not too bad when I did the trip in April/May, but the major towns do seem to be full during religious festivals such as Easter. Also, as you get closer to Santiago, and especially from Sarria onwards the available spaces in hostels and hotels tends to fill very quickly from early afternoon onwards. If you can afford it, get your main luggage sent on ahead and carry only a day pack, can be a bit of a killer with a large back pack. Train for it by doing a lot of road walking with a lot of hill work. I met people who had trained in a gym and they had problems with the grim reality of the actual experience of road walking. Wear a good pair of boots with thick soles, they don't have to be expensive ones, I bought mine from Aldi for less than £20 and they did me very well for 500 miles and i did not have a single blister. Bit of a job to get them on or off though as they fit very well. There are many sections of rough stony track and trainers will not past muster on it. Water bottles most important and can be filled at fountains en-route and keep one empty for the wine fountain at the Irache monastery.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The tour benefited many of the towns and small villages on the route. Travelers on the Camino are preventing them from dying off and in some places it is reviving them.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A very good experience. Met a lot of people and saw places that were well worth the effort to visit.

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Most of it. The beautiful countryside, lovely little villages, friendly people, and many of the hotels were beyond all expectations.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Walk only 20-25 km. Any more is too much. Have your pack transported between hotels and carry a day pack, it does make the journey easier. And go with the flow- no early starts in Hotels in Camino Norte, earliest breakfast was at 9am. It doesn’t get dark until late and you have all day to walk. Stay 3 days at Bi-Terra Hotel and break that journey into 20 km days, not 30 kms. The dinners there are the best in Spain and the people there are just lovely. I was told the Finistère was the most beautiful part- but most of Camino Norte was just as beautiful and quieter- so if doing this again, I would stop the journey at Santiago.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Just wonderful, I want to do it again!

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Beautiful scenery, wonderful walking, the friendship of fellow walkers/pilgrims.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Book a rest day in one of the beautiful Spanish cities you'll pass through.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Unemployment is high in Spain so tourism is a big source of jobs.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I had a brilliant time and will be going back to complete the rest of the Camino pilgrimage next year. It'll be with the vacation provider again, their flawless
organisation did all the hard work and left me to simply enjoy the walking.

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