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Women's Camino Trail Trip

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Summary

Our Women Want Adventure experience will be an authentic Pilgrimage advneture. We will set off early each day, and on average we will walk 20kms daily. On our first day in Ponferrada, we will register as Pilgrims, collect our Scallop shell (which identifies us as Pilgrims) and our Credencial del Peregrino (which must be stamped at least daily to identify us as valid Pilgrims). 

On the last day of our walk, at Santiago, we will apply for our Compostela. This is the ancient certificate we receive (in Latin) which proves our Pilgrimage. We will also attend the Mass in Santiago. Both these experiences are high points of our trip.

To begin this trip, all the women in the group will meet at Hotel Temple Ponferrada at 5pm on Thursday 19th September, 2019.

The Hotel is just 1km from the bus station and minutes from the ancient and imposing 12th Century Knights Templar Castle (The Knights Templar were the religious sect which guarded the Camino in days gone by).

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The experience of walking an ancient and revered Pilgrimage
  • Taking time out from our hectic lives to walk, think, communicate, experience, talk, share
  • Unexpected ancient buildings, history in action
  • Receiving your Compostela
  • Celebrating your amazing achievement in Santiago
  • Delicious local food and dining 

 

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Details

The Camino de Santiago is known in English as the Way of Saint James. It is a prilgrimage to the shrine of the apostle Saint James in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in north western Spain, where legend has it that the remains of Saint James are buried. For over a thousand years pilgrims have followed its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth.

In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in walking “The Way”. For the modern day Pilgrim walking offers the chance to slow down from the hectic pace of modern life, and revert to a gentler, more reflective rhythm.

Walking often gives rise to insights, as distractions are less and you have time to explore and notice the landscapes in more detail. Walking is also an intimate activity, and conversation tends to flow easily with any walking companions.

The camaraderie amongst walkers is many people’s favourite experience of their Camino, not to mention the simplicity of the daily routines and leaving behind outside worries. 

In fact, your new worries just become your potential blisters on your feet!

* All prices are per person and listed in Australian Dollars (AUD). All prices shown are GST inclusive where applicable.

Itinerary

Meet in Ponferrada - Thursday 19th September Accommodation: Hotel Temple Ponferrada How to Get to Ponferrada from Madrid: The average journey time between Madrid and Ponferrada is 4 hours and 44 minutes and the fastest journey time is 4 hours and 3 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 3 trains per day travelling from Madrid to Ponferrada. The first train from Madrid to Ponferrada departs at 10:15. The last train from Madrid to Ponferrada departs at 17:30. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services. Travel time is about 41/2 Hours Go to: https://www.trainline.eu/train-times/madrid-to-ponferrada
Ponferrada to O Cebreiro Today we drive to OCebreiro, a total of 53 km. In order to warm up our legs we complete two warm up walks today. In Ponferrada we visit the beautiful and historic Knights Templar Castle. In OCebreiro we visit the Ethnographich Museum and the Traditional Celtic houses called Pallozas and the Royal Church St Marys Meals: Try the Local cheese Quiexo.
OCebreiro to Triacastella Walking distance: 21km Accommodation: Complex Xacabeo Albergue
Triacastella to Sarria Walking distance: 19km Accommodation: Albergue la Casona De Sarria
Sarria-Portomarin Walking distance: 23km Accommodation: Casona da Ponte
Portomarin-Portos Walking distance: 20km - Ruins! Visit ancient Castro ruins just past the cafe Castro meier Accommodation: A Pasa de Formiga (Ants Way) Afternoon side trip to Villar de Donas 5 km
Portos-Melide Walking distance: 19km Accommodation: Albergue Melide
Melide Arzua Accommodation: La Casona de Nene Meals: Included: Long lunch at Ribadiso de Baixo Walking distance: 15 + 5km side trip to Castillo de Pambe at Casanova (which we may prefer to drive and make it a 15 km rest day
Arzua to Pedrouzo Arca Walking distance: 20km Accommodation: Pension 23 (Pension Vinte e tres)
Pedrouzo Arca to Santiago Walking distance: 20km Accommodation: Hospederia San Martin Pinario
Santiago! Accommodation: Hospederia San Martin Pinario Attend Midday Mass Farewell dinner
End of the tour Transport to Santiago Airport Walking distance: none!

Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • 11 Breakfasts, 2 lunches and 11 dinners
  • 11 nights accommodation in twin or triple share, bed and breakfasts
  • Experienced female Women Want Adventure Leader (Sue Thodey
  • First Aid
  • Baggage transfer between hotels
EXCLUDED:
  • Airfares
  • Items of personal nature, such as laundry and postage
  • Backpacks
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance (compulsory) you will need to provide your policy number to us prior to departure 
  • Snacks for the trail (we buy over there)
  • Tips
  • Telephone charges back home
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary 
  • Additional activities 

Grading

Grading: Moderate

Women can expect around 6 hours of walking each day in mild (temp range on average is 11-25C) conditions. There will be dirt trails, lots of forested paths, quiet roads and some busy roads. The distances are long, however it is easy walking. Women should feel comfortable walking distances of up to 20km each day. We will, however, have a vehicle with us, and you will able to be transported if you are tired. The car will only be a phone call away!

It is important to walk regularly before heading off on this trip. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable experience you will have. The best way to train is to walk at least 2 times per week for distances of around 5-10km with some hills.

If you have hiking boots, wear them in so they are comfortable and will not cause you blisters. 

Note* Not everyone wears hiking boots on the Camino. We recommend a waterproof hiking shoe or even a running shoe which is waterproof. It's best to bring two pairs of shoes with you. 

Use the day pack you will wear on the Camino trail in your practice walks and enjoy your pre-training with friend.

Reviews

Lynette Murray 17/07/2018
    5 / 5 rating

I'm so glad I said YES to this experience.

Incredible experience to walk the Camino Trail with a group of fun, supportive women. The food is incredible, the company fabulous and the trails walked filled with culture and stories.

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