Spain: The Celtic Way to Santiago
Take a walk in the footsteps of the past
“Take a walk in the footsteps of the past”
The Camino or the Way of St James as it is also known, is the name given to the numerous pilgrim routes established in the Middle Ages that lead to the burial place of Saint James in cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Lifestyle Journeys offer you the choice of two routes, either the Celtic Camino or the French Camino.
Legend has it that the stars of the Milky Way were created by the dust kicked up by those walking their Camino pilgrimage; your journey will follow in the footsteps of these tens of thousands of pilgrims who have walked this path since the Middle Ages, and who continue to do so today. Go on your own personal pilgrim walk! Each day is spent walking for several hours along the route, giving you the opportunity to take in the breathtaking rural scenery, and feel the overwhelming spirit of the ancient pilgrims who have left their invisible imprint on the trail.
You will sample first-hand the fascinating culture of Spain, including its unique customs and exquisite regional food and wine. You’ll take pleasure staying in small hotels and country farmhouses that have been carefully chosen to give you a true flavour of Spanish life, as well as an opportunity to meet local people – and experience the local entertainment!
An authentic Spanish experience, the Celtic Way to Santiago starts in a beautiful town called Oviedo located in the Asturian region. Over the course of the first week we traverse the coastal route crossing over on parts of what is known as the “El-Norte”, the northern camino. There are many camino ways to Santiago de Compostela. This one has you trekking into sleepy fishing villages that are tucked into the side of stunning cliffs where you will get to taste exquisite seafood and its famous cider along with many other delicacies.
What is the difference between the Celtic Way to Santiago and the French Way to Santiago?
Both are magical tours with special highlights. Travelling the French Camino you traverse through the Castille region famous for its stunning open plains of wheat and poppy fields before you cross into the Galician region which is commonly known as Green Spain. You also get to experience the crossing of the mountain pass of O’Cebreiro (1300m) located in the province of Lugo.
Travelling the Celtic Camino means you get to experience the contrast between the coastline and the inland route. You cross over parts of what is known as the El Norte Camino (Camino of the north). The wonderful thing about this coastline is it is still so very untouched with many days where you don’t see another bus of tourists! Little fishing villages and the rugged coastline is absolutely spectacular!
It is a personal choice as to which tour is the most suitable for you. Once you have decided that you wish to go on your own pilgrimage then piece by piece as it is meant to, your journey will unfold.
Sense of Renewal
Lifestyle Journeys gave me travel with a difference, a sense of renewal and met my dreams, it challenged me beyond my wildest expectations. I landed in a place I didn’t know existed and was transformed by it. My experiences on the Camino have enabled me to set the course of my life for the next 15 years.
Wonderful Camino Adventure
We have just today, arrived home from our wonderful adventure and we wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our Camino, the places we stayed at were superb, Ricardo is the consummate host and guide and his stories, knowledge of local history and sense of fun and adventure all ensured we had the best possible time and captured wonderful experiences. We will remember this trip for the rest of our lives and can’t thank you enough for the work that goes into successfully running something special like this.
Meticulously Organised Tour
A really very thoroughly and well researched two week holiday and meticulously organised by Lifestyle Journeys. The guide was excellent – no other word for it. The fine attention to quality and detail was evident in every respect throughout. Accommodation absolutely charming, lovely local food, wonderful walks both coastal, rural and in the hills! When blisters or aching became too much taxi’s were called. An absolutely delightful experience.
Memories of a Lifetime
Just getting back into real life after my trip to Spain. Thank you so very much for a great trip. I had the best time. The people we travelled with were great and Riccardo was the best guide. The countryside was beautiful and the accommodation was fantastic. All the little surprises along the way made the trip even better. The food and wine were top notch. I have been telling everyone what a great travel company you are to deal with. You made the trip so easy and a memory of a lifetime. I have started saving for the next one. Thank you again for a really fantastic trip.
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