Spain is one of the most visited countries in the world. It offers top-notch destinations like Barcelona, Sevilla, Madrid, Costa del Sol, Costa Brava, Ibiza, and so much more. Even though geographically it is tiny compared to China, you Will need months of traveling to truly capture its essence.

Time does not allow us to show you months worth of Spain, so we are only gonna scratch a surface that is not common for the average tourist in Spain. We will get trek in the Camino de Santiago Norte!

INTRODUCTION

Originally, this path, or “camino,” was used as a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in the northwestern part of Spain from all over Europe. Legend says that when the remains of  James, one of Jesus Christ’s twelve apostles, were discovered in what is now Santiago de Compostela in the 9th Century, many people throughout Europe began their pilgrimage from their home to Santiago

Now, not only religius people walk this path, but people from all walks of life and from all over the world. Even though there are many “caminos,” we will go to one that is not as popular as the Camino Frances (French trail). We will trek for a week in the Camino Norte, in the region of Asturias.

Asturias is breathtaking. It has a beautiful coastline and a lot of our camino will be passing through the rugged, coastal hills and mountains of the area. Its vilages are charming and are unique in architechture. Their regional dishes and wines are to die for as well. You’ll get a chance to stop along the villages to have local wines, ciders, beers, cheeses, hams and pastries.

Although trekking will be our main focus during this trip, we will get to spend a couple of days in Madrid, its capital. Madrid is full of life! You can always see people outside drinking coffee or a “caña” (beer on tap) in many of its charming cafés and bars. Also, the food here is to die for so we will explore some of the food scene as well. Lastly, the cultural aspect of Madrid will include a visit to one of the most famous museums, El Prado, a live Flamenco performance, and a day tour to beautiful Toledo. This adventure has it all!

THIS TWELVE-DAY TRIP FEATURES

DAY 1

Arrival to Madrid International Airport and/or meet everyone else in the center of Madrid.

DAY 2

Discover Madrid and see why it has become one of Europe’s most beloved capitals. 

From world-class museum, to lush parks, exquisite monuments and vibrant avenues, Madrid is a true jewel.

Fall in love with Parque del Buen Retiro

Important and beautiful monuments and squares:

Plaza Mayor, Plaza de los Cibeles, Puerta de Alcala, Royal Palace and Gran Via. 

DAY 3

Visit Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage town close to Madrid and experience Spanish culture through food and dance

Experience a night of beer and tapas and a flamenco live performance 

DAY 4

Drive up to Aviles from Madrid, explore this charming town and get ready for our trek

SEVEN DAYS OF TREKKING IN ASTURIAS

DAY 5 to DAY 11

Trek 130 kilometers from Aviles to Muros de Ribadeo.

We will have a day in the middle of the trek to relax in a village next to a beautiful beach. Our feet will thank us!

Follow the shell signs

In this part of Spain it rains a lot, so the area is covered wish lush forests. 

Some of the best coastal sceneries are located here…

Pass thru charming villages along the way

Enjoy some local delicacies and drinks

Some nice buildings, monuments and places of interest along the way

HIKE INFO:

A total of 110-130 kilometers will be trekked over a seven-day period with one day in the middle to relax. Each day we will trek between 18 and 30 kilometers. It’s a long hike, but you won’t gain much elevation, making it easier. You will carry your bag along the way, so you will carry only what is needed. You can leave the rest in Madrid. 

DAY 12

You can find a flight out of Madrid at any time on Day 12. Trip is officially over!

PRICE: 875 EUROS / 990 USD

*275 EUROS / 315 USD deposit (included in the price) is required upon signing up. The full payment must be made by June the 13th, 2019. 

In case of a cancellation, the deposit is not refundable after June the 13th, unless a replacement is found.


A MINIMUM of 5 participants is required to organize this trip. Should the trip be cancelled due to a low number of participants, changing weather conditions or other unforeseeable factors, all guests receive a full refund. 

MAXIMUM group size: 15 guests

  • This allows us to give you a more pleasant and intimate experience.

Accepted payment methods:

  1. Wechat Pay

  2. Alipay 

  3. Paypal

  4. Transfer/deposit to Bank of China

INCLUDED:

  • ALL accomodation throughout the trip
  • Our stay will be in private guesthouses and/or hotels 

About 2,000 total km to visit Toledo, then travel to Avilés then come back to Madrid from Ribadeo

Live flamenco performance at famous “Casa Patas” venue

The best thing about Madrid is that most places of interest are walking distance, but if we do use the metro, we will cover that. 

Roundtrip taxi from Ribadeo to Playa de las Catedrales (If it’s the right time to visit)

NOT INCLUDED:

You are responsible for the costs of tickets to and out of Madrid, Spain. “Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suarez Airport” doesn’t have any direct flights with Guangzhou or Hong Kong’s Airports. We suggest you find the cheapest/best and most convenient connetion. Trip.com and Skyscanner are great websites to check for tickets.

Except for the Beer and Tapas night in Madrid, you are responsible for your own food and drink costs throughout the trip.

Even though Spain has a good health care system, you are responsible to purchase your own insurance in case of any emergency.

Many countries don’t need to have visa to enter Spain or the entire Schengen area of Europe (36 countries). It usually allows 90 days. But, make sure you do research before you sign up in case you need to apply for any kind of visa.

Chinese citizens definitely need to apply for visa before.

SCHEDULE:

*Arrive into Madrid’s International airport at any time. Everyone that joins should arrive on this day (unless important exceptions). You will have the address to join us in the center of Madrid.

9:00   – Breakfast 

9:00   – Museo del Prado

12:00 – Parque del Buen Retiro (snack and drinks available in the park)

14:00 – Lunch

15:00 – Explore madrid 

18:00 – Back to the Hotel 

20:30 – Beer and Tapas experience 

8:00 – Breakfast

9:00 – Leave to Toledo

10:30 – Explore Toledo  

14:00 – Lunch 

15:30 – Free time in Toledo

17:00 – Depart Toledo

20:30 – Dinner 

22:30 – Live Flamenco performance

7:00 – Breakfast

8:00 – Depart to Avilés

11:30 – Three-hour break in Leon  

13:30 – Lunch 

14:30 – Depart to Avilés

17:00 – Arrival in Avilés

20:30 – Dinner 

21:30 – Explore Avilés 

7:00 – Breakfast

7:30 –  Trek from Avilés to Muros de Nalon (23 kilometers)

15:00 – Arrival to Muros de Nalón. You can rest or explore the town. Dinner will be similar times while hiking.

7:00 – Breakfast

7:30 – Trek from Muros de Nalón to Soto de Luiña (16 kilometers)

13:00 – Arrival at Soto de Luiña

7:30 – Trek from Soto de Luiña to Cadavedo (24 kilometers)

16:00 – Arrival to Cadavedo

9:00 – Breakfast

10:00 – Free day to relax in Cadavedo. There are beaches around and you can explore the town.

7:00 – Breakfast

7:30 – Trek from Cadavedo to Luarca ( 17 kilometers)

14:00 – Arrival to Luarca

7:00 – Breakfast

7:30 – Trek from Luarca to La Caridad (28 kilometers)

17:00 – Arrival to La Caridad

7:00 – Breakfast

7:30 – Trek from La Caridad to Ribadeo (23 kilometers)

15:00 – Arrival to Ribadeo

16:00 – Possibly go to famous Playa las Catedrales if time permits

18:00 – Pick-up time. Back to Madrid. (let us know if you want to continue the trek on your own after this)

22:00 – Arrive to Madrid

*You are free to fly back home, continue exploring Madrid and Spain and/or Europe or do as you wish with your time. Officially, our Spanish Adventure together finishes here.

This schedule is tentative and we will follow it as closely as possibly, but please understand that during the trip it might change depending on weather, health and other circumstances. 

Q & A

Europe can be expensive, but it also can be cheap. For food in Madrid the average lunch or dinner meal will be about 11 Euros with a drink, bread, two dishes and usually dessert. But, food during the Camino de Santiago totally depends on how much you want to spend. Breakfasts and lunches could be as cheap at 3 Euros if you get bread with ham and cheese, coffee or a beer. For dinner you can always eat a “pilgrim’s meal” that is always very heavy and delicious and it runs from 7-11 euros, defpending on where you are on the camino. I usually includes a drink, bread, two dishes and a dessert. But, thoughout the camino you will find bakeries and supermarkets where you can simply buy the necessities and make or cook your own food to lower the costs. At times we can pitch in a few euros each and cook together in our hostels.

This part of the Camino is relatively easy, but it is long. We will be hiking from 17-28 kilometers per day, so keep that in mind. Other issues could arrive from hiking this long such as blisters on your feet, soreness in your legs and shoulders, and rashing (especially between your thighs. 

When you sign up we will tell you the recommended clothes to pack. But, it is very important that you pack lightly as you will be carrying your own backpack for seven days. It is recommended to pack about 5-10% of your body weight. You will have a chance to wash clothes throughout.

Madrid will be very hot and dry during this time. But, during our days in the Camino we will experience some rain and lower temperatures as the trail is coastal and in the north of Spain where the weather is more unpredictable.

In Madrid, we will most likely be on our own either in a hotel sharing with another person or possibly if we can find a good airbnb then we can get our own home. During the trek we will stay in private hostels and guesthouses. They are very clean, usually with a restaurant or kitchen available.

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