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Women's Camino Trail Trip

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Summary

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

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). 

  • Meeting date: September 19th  (Thursday) at 6pm
  • Meeting place: Ponferrada in Northern Spain
  • Meeting location: Alda los Templarios accommodation
  • Finish date:September30th   (Monday)
  • Days: 12 days 
  • Nights: 11 nights
  • Total distance walking: 160km
  • Numbers: 12  
  • Grade: Moderate. Long walking distances
  • Travel insurance: Compulsory

 

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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

We meet at 6 pm in Hotel Alda Los Templarios. We will meet in the restaurant on the lower level. After getting to know each other we will walk down to Albergue de Peregrinos San Nicolas Flue, Calle de Lorna where we will register as Pilgrims and buy our �Credencial�. (We get our Credencial stamped at 2 places every day in order to receive our certificate in Santiago).You will need your passport and 2E for this. After this we will go for dinner and drinks (at either Meson Las Cuadras beside the castle, or Pizzeria Trastevere beside our accommodation).Please advise us on your arrival time to the hotel as we can check you in beforehand. Please give your taxi driver the address at the top of this itinerary.Taxi contact details:Radio Taxi Ponferrada 987009900 or www.radiotaxiponferrada.com Hotel Alda Los Templarios: Accommodation twin share with private facilities.
Travel: Ponferrada to O Cebreiro Meals: Continental Breakfast + dinner Accommodation: Venta Celta, twin share with private facilities Our checkout from Ponferrada Hotel Alda Los Templarius is 12 midday so after a leisurely breakfast we will have several hours to explore Ponferrada. For wonderful views and an amazing 12th Century experience we will visit the beautiful and historic Knights Templar Castle (Castillo de los Templarius). There are also ample last minute shopping opportunities in the square nearby, or just sit and watch the world go by with a cafe con leche (Spanish milk coffee � it�s wonderful!). A special local tour is included for the morning.At midday we will then travel by taxi to Villafranca del Bierzo where we stop to look at the ancient monuments and have lunch. We then drive to OCebreiro, a total of 53 km.In O Cebreiro we will have time in the afternoon to visit the Ethnographic Museum and the Traditional Celtic houses called Pallozas and the Royal Church St Marys where we can attend mass at 7 pm (optional). Our accommodation that night is in the cosy Pension Venta Celta right at the top of the mountain. Prepare yourself for mist and rain! We are at the highest point of our walk. Eileen (lovely lady at our hotel) will serve us traditionally Gallician food. You can try the local cheese Quiexo and tasty preserved meats and local wines.(O Cebreiro provides a wonderful foretaste of the distinctive Galician culture. The mountains of Galicia are the first objects in 5000 miles that the westerly winds across the Atlantic hit so expect wet changeable rainy weather at this very high place on the Camino.Local dining in O Cebreiro is Queso Cebreiro (cebreiro cheese). A typical dish is Cocido Gallego (Galician Stew), Lacon con Grelos (meat with greens) and Pote Gallego (galecian pot) or Octopus a Feira. Dessert: Filloas (crepes with sugar or Miel de Galicia (galician honey) and Queso de O Cebreiro with quince or honey.)
Walking: O�Cebreiro to Triacastella Meals: Continental Breakfast + dinner Walking distance: 21 km Accommodation: Complex Xacabeo Albergue We will start our pilgrimage early on Saturday, with wet weather gear in the tops of our packs. The walk down the mountain is famous for unsettled weather. Prepare yourself for either stunning scenery or fog!Triacestella means three castles but none have survived. However there is a carved relief of the three castles on the parish church. You can attend pilgrim mass daily at 6pm is you are interested.
Walking: Triacastella to Sarria Meals: Continental Breakfast + dinner Walking distance: 19km Accommodation: Hotel Alfonso or Albergue A Pedra, twin share with private facilities
Walking: Sarria to Portomarin Meals: Buffet Breakfast + dinner Walking distance: 23km Accommodation: Casona da Ponte: Accommodation twin share with private facilities. In Portomarin we overlook the river in our brand new accommodation!
Walking: Portomarin to Portos Meals: Buffet Breakfast + dinner Walking distance: 20km if you have the energy, visit the ancient Castro ruins just past the cafe Castro meier.Accommodation: Albergue A Pasa de Formiga (Ants Way): Two bunk rooms: one bunk room with 8 beds and a share bathroom: one room with 4 beds and a share bathroom.Tonight we are staying at a tiny hamlet called Portos. Our accommodation only holds 12 people, so husband and wife Pilar and Jesus are turning the whole hostel over to us. You will be staying in bunk beds tonight, so you will need to do � paper rock scissors� to decide who gets the top bunks. A Pasa has two bunk rooms: one bunk room with 8 beds and a share bathroom: one room with 4 beds and a share bathroom.Again we will be served delicious local food for dinner and breakfast.
Walking: Portos to Melide Walking distance: 19 km Meals: Continental Breakfast + dinner Accommodation: Albergue San Anton. Again we will be true pilgrims tonight, staying in dorm rooms and enjoying the local produce.
Walking: Melide to Ribadiso Walking distance: 10km Meals: Continental Breakfast + dinner Accommodation: Pension Ribadiso: Accommodation twin share with private facilities. We are only walking 10 km today to this idyllic location. Manolo the owner only built this pension last year. It is right beside the River Iso so you can soak your feet when you arrive, and then relax on the sun chairs outside the Pension.
Walking: Ribadiso to Pedrouzo Arca Meals: Continental Breakfast + dinner Walking distance: 23km (or 19km if you prefer a ride up the hill from Ribadiso to Arzua)Accommodation: Pension Lo: Accommodation twin share with private facilities Maria and Sonia, our hosts, are lovely young ladies who are happy to arrange dinner in if we prefer, or in a restaurant nearby. No need to decide till we get there and assess our energy levels.
Walking: Pedrouzo Arca to Santiago Meals: Buffet Breakfast + dinner Walking distance: 20 km Accommodation twin share with private facilities: Denike B&B What a great feeling to be there! We will queue to get our Certificate of Completion, visit the square, take photos and have a celebration drink at Costa Vella, which is next door to our accommodation.
Arrive at Santiago!Accommodation: Denike B&B:Meals: Buffet Breakfast + dinner Accommodation twin share with private facilities: Denike B&B After a late start and Buffet breakfast we will attend Midday Mass. After that there is time to explore the city or if you prefer an afternoon siesta or shopping for gifts for home. We will have our farewell dinner in the evening, probably at Bodequilla de San Roque.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast End of the tour Own transport to Santiago Airport Walking distance: none!

Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 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
  • Car hire for transport + back up if ladies don't wish to walk one day
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 
  • Morning coffee runs!

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. I recommend a waterproof hiking shoe or even a running shoe which is waterproof. Feel free to have a more in depth discussion with me as to what would be most suitable for you.

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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