Northspain | Camino de Santiago | Art & Culture



  • Day 01: After arriving at the airport and travelling to the centre of Bilbao, we will stay near the estuary, very close to the Guggenheim Museum. We will walk around the city’s historical centre, visiting the Cathedral and the busy surrounding streets. We will enjoy a dinner of pintxos in the city’s lively bars, where gastronomy is turned into art.

  • Day 02: We will spend the morning visiting the Guggenheim Museum, seeing its interior and the surrounding sculptures and fountains. We leave the city of Bilbao and the Basque Country and travel inland through Rioja wine territory. We join up with the French Way of St James and visit the winery, discovering the mythical towns and villages along the Way, such as Santo Domingo de la Calzada. We then move on to the city of Burgos.

  • Day 03: Today, we will enjoy an interesting walk around the historical centre of Burgos and make a detailed study of its Gothic cathedral, the Gate of Santa María and the story of the legendary Cid Campeador. Following the Way of St James, we will stop off at small villages, such as Castrojeriz and Frómista, where we will visit the Romanesque church of San Martín. We are now on our way to León and will enjoy a brief look at the city.

  • Day 04: We will wander around inside the historic walls of the Gothic cathedral and the Basilica of San Isidoro. We will walk around the historical centre, the ‘Barrio Húmedo’, which is laden with tradition and gastronomical treasures. And, with León behind us, we arrive at the Roman town of Astorga. This small town offers visitors its Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace, by Gaudí. We then cross the Mountains of León and come to the nice, quiet village of Molinaseca.

  • Day 05: Our first stop of the day is to see the Castle of the Knights Templar in Ponferrada, in the farming district of El Bierzo. We cross the vineyards, taste the wine of the Bierzo designation of origin at one of the wineries and continue through Villafranca on our way to O Cebreiro in the farmlands of Galicia. Here, we discover the legend of the Holy Grail in a village with houses that have circular layouts and straw roofs. We go down to the town of Sarria after visiting the Benedictine Monastery of Samos.

  • Day 06: Now, we can feel like real pilgrims and leave the town of Sarria on foot. We will soon be surrounded by beautiful countryside. We then continue our journey to Portomarín and visit the church of San Nicolás on the banks of the River Miño. We follow the Way of St James and visit Melide, which is famous for its octopus, and El Monte do Gozo, from where we can see the towers of the cathedral. We enter Santiago on foot and walk to the cathedral and Praza do Obradoiro.

  • Day 07: A local guide will show us the sights of Santiago and its historical centre, sculpted in granite. We will visit the interior of the cathedral and its plazas; we will walk along the busy streets known as Rúa do Franco and A Raíña and see the pretty marketplace. We will also see how important university life is in the city by visiting the Fonseca Hall of Residence. We will have time to wander around the city before dinner, which will be Galician food served in one of the city’s lively restaurants.

  • Day 08: After breakfast, we travel to the airport of Santiago and that marks the end of our services.




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