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 (and money, honestly!) does not allow us to show you months 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!

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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 ony 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, it’s 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!

VISIT SOME OF MADRID ' S MOST IMPRESSIVE MONUMENTS

EXPERIENCE THE SPANISH CULTURE, TRADITIONS AND MUCH MORE....

HIKE SEVEN DAYS (130 KM) ON THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO NORTE IN ASTURIAS, NOTHERN SPAIN

PRICE

PRICE 875USD

Available payment methods :

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  3. International Bank Transfer 
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  1. All accommodation throughout the trip (guesthouses and/or hotels)
  2. Private van transportation  (over 2,000 total km to visit Toledo, then travel to Avilés then come back to Madrid from Ribadeo)
  3. Live Flamenco performance in famous “Casa Patas”
  4. English/Spanish/Chinese speaking tour leader
  5. El Prado Museum Entrance
  6. Beer and Tapas  night out!
  7. Metro  in Madrid
  8. Roundtrip taxi  from Ribadeo to Playa de las Catedrales
  9. Organization cost
  1. Flight Ticket  – You are responsible for the costs of tickets to and out of Madrid, Spain no matter where you are coming from in the world.
  2. Food and Drinks  (Except for the Beer and Tapas night in Madrid, you are responsible for your own food and drink costs throughout the trip).
  3. Insurance  – Even though Spain has a good and affordable medical system, you are responsible to purchase your own insurance.
  4. Visa costs  to enter Spain. Many countries don’t need to have visa to enter Spain or the entire Schengen Territories of Europe. It usually allows 90 days. But, make sure you research before in case you need to apply for any kind of visa to enter.

Q&A

Europe can be expensive, but it also can be cheap. The average lunch and dinner cost in Madrid is about 11 Euros with a drink, bread, two dishes and usually dessert. But, food during the Camino de Santiago will depend 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, depending on where you are on the camino. It basically includes a drink, bread, two dishes and a dessert. But, thoughout the camino you will find bakeries and stores 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 light as you will be carrying your own backpack for seven days. It is recommended to pack no more than 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 it’s 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 our own room in a hostel or possibly if we can find a good airbnb then we can get our own home. During the trek we will stay in government or local hostels meant for the pilgrims that are passing by. They have bump beds in big rooms, toilets and usually a kitchen.

HOW TO SIGN UP

315 USD deposit (included in the price) 
is required upon sigining up. The full payment mut be made by the 1st of July, 2018. 

In case you need to cancel, then the amount paid is not refundable after the 1st of July, unless a replacement is found.

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SCHEDULE

*Arrive into Madrid’s International airport at any time. Everyone that joins should arrive on this day (unless important exceptions).

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 Luia 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)

24:00 – Arrive to Madrid

* You are free to go 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

**Note that the schedule is not 100% written because when hiking long distances we will stop at different times of the day. So, during these stops one can eat or drink as they wish…there’s not specific time. 

DETAILED TREKKING ITINERARY

Let’s explore Avilés, Asturias. 

Our beginning spot for our trek.

The Way: The walk through Avilés, set upon a river, is pleasant with only one minor obstacle, a small steep climb. After a few kilometers we will encounter one of the steepest climbs of the Camino de Santiago, reaching 600m altitude.

We follow the shell all the way, the main symbol in/of the camino! It will guide us throughout.

The way: Passes through La Qunta de El Pito, which is known as the Versailles of Asturias. If open, we will go check it out. At some point we will relax for a couple hours at Playa de Concha de Artedo.

The way: Here there are two routes to take, a mountainous one (where there are no services or villages along the way) and the other one that has a mix of hills, roads and villages along the way. The local host will come at 7pm to our albergue to let us know about the options. The coastal route has really impressive views of the Cantrabrian Sea. Cadavedo is a village with a lot of “Indiana” architecture. These types of homes were built by people who had emigrated to the Americas.

Relax for a day in this beautiful village of Cadavedo. After three days of walking, a rest is needed. The area has some beaches to enjoy, amazing coastal views and you can hike a bit of the surroundings. 

The way: The camino passes through small villages along back roads and paths, but the last 6km we walk on a local road. On the way into Luarca take a pause to admire some famous “Indianos” homes. Also, Luarca has one of Spain’s most beautiful cemeteries. Luarca is a charming fishing port with nice restaurants, cafes and bars. In summer months, people come here to feel the chillness of this beach town.

The way: Leaving Luarca the camino climbs a bit. This section can be tricky because at times you have to walk on the road. You switch from countryside to road very quickly. La Caridad, legend says, earned its name from the way it treated the pilgrims in the 19th Century. “Caridad” means charity, so it was welcoming and helped the pilgrims on their way to Santiago. There are plenty of services in town for pilgrims.

The way:  This section of the camino is quite easy and flat. During this section we will be choosing between a very coastal path or a bit more inland at some points. The coastal one will be a couple more kilometers. Ribadeo is a charming town. . It is at the border of Asturias and Galicia. Here we can explore the town or if we have time we can go see the famous Playa las Catedrales 15 kilometers away, which is at its best when at low tide so we could walk through Huge natural pillars and arches.