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Camino Frances

Camino Frances ~ 72 miles (116 km) ~ 6 days' walking

EasyWays’ first walking venture on mainland Europe was introduced last year: the Camino Frances, part of the Camino de Santiago, or St James’ Way in English, through the countryside of Galicia, in Northern Spain.

St James’ Way can take numerous routes through Spain, some starting as far away as France or Portugal, all ending at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The entire Camino Frances starts from Saint Jean Pied de Port in France, 800 km from Santiago, over the French border. EasyWays proposes starting from Sarria on the Camino Frances route for 6 days’ walking in rural Galicia through small villages, alongside river banks and eucalyptus forests, to end at the magnificent Cathedral City of Santiago de Compostela. According to tradition, St. James’ remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to be buried in northern Spain, where the cathedral now stands.

The symbol of the Camino is a scalloped shell. There are a number of legends about the significance of the shell. It also served practical purposes for pilgrims who used the shell to scoop up water to drink. Today, you will see the shell on signposts to guide you on the way. Many walkers wear a shell to identify themselves with the Camino and it remains a popular souvenir of a memorable, and sometimes spiritual, walking holiday.

A Compostela is a certificate of accomplishment given to pilgrims on completing a minimum of 100 km of the Way. Your official Pilgrim Passport be available to pick up at your first overnight hotel. On the Way, have your passport stamped with the official St. James stamp at least once a day in hotels, restaurants, bars or churches, to provide you with an authentic and original record of where you ate and slept on the route. On arrival in Santiago, you can then present your passport to receive your Compostela from the Pilgrim’s Office.

The Botafumeiro is the famous giant thurible or censer in Santiago de Compostela cathedral. The Botafumeiro is a 1.5 metre high receptacle containing coal and incense. During the church mass, it is tied to a rope hanging by the altar and set in motion with great precision, forming an impressive 65-metre long arched trajectory along the cathedral, a ritual which has been taking place at least since the 12th century.

If you want to see the Botafumeiro in use, the easiest way is to attend pilgrim mass in Santiago on a Friday evening at 7.30pm, so you should plan your walk to be in Santiago on a Friday. It is also used on special dates throughout the year such as Christmas Day and Saint James Day. Whenever St. James’s Day – 25th July – falls on a Sunday, the cathedral declares a Holy Year. Depending on leap years, Holy Years occur in 5, 6, and 11 year intervals. The next will be 2021.

The Camino Frances route is available from March until October.

Interested in our Camino Frances walk, fill in our enquiry form.

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Route Terrain
Moderate to Strenuous

Route Signposting
Waymarked

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Camino Frances ~ 72 miles (116 km) ~ 6 days' walking

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Fixed Price - £450 per person

Single supplement - £155

Included

  • 7 nights’ accommodation for 2 people sharing in private inns with en-suite shower/wc
  • Breakfast
  • Door to door baggage transfer - maximum 18 kg per bag
  • Maps with location details for each accommodation
  • Travel information to the start and from the finish of the walk
  • Official Pilgrim Passport
  • All local taxes
  • Emergency support in Spain

Not Included

  • Flights to and from Santiago Airport
  • Private transfer from Santiago Airport to Sarria at the beginning of the walk: £105.00 (EasyWays will be happy to arrange this for you)
  • Return transfer from Santiago to Santiago Airport on day of departure: £20.00 (EasyWays will be happy to arrange this for you)
  • Evening meals, packed lunches and drinks
  • Travel insurance

Customise My Walk

 

You may choose to complete the walk in 5 days, by missing out the overnight at Melide and walking 16 miles (26 km) in one day. You can also stay an extra night at the start and end of the walk, in Sarria or Santiago. Simply let us know at the time of booking. Explain any changes you require in the Comments section of the Enquiry Form. We will recalculate the price of your holiday based on the changes you make and will confirm the price before any payment is requested. The final amount you pay may be lower or higher than our Fixed Price, depending on the options you choose.

Stages and Distances
Sarria
14 miles – 22.5 km
Portomarín
15.5 miles – 25 km
Palas de Rei
9 miles – 15 km
Melide
7 miles - 11 km
Arzúa
14 miles – 22.5 km
Perdruozo
12.5 miles – 20 km
Santiago de Compostela


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