This walk is available from the start of March through to October. Regardless of when you travel there are often celebrations along the Camino, specific to the individual towns or regions. From Galician literature festivals to the nationwide celebrations of Semana Santa, walking the Camino is a colourful experience.
The route runs across northern Spain and through a variety of terrain, including some small mountains. This can make it very cold around the edges of the walking season. During the early and latter part of the season, conditions can be changeable from temperate warms days through to frosty mornings, cold days and very cool nights. From May to September, rainy days are less frequent and temperatures are steadily between 20-24 degrees, however, it is possible that you may experience a few cloudy days.
We grade this 215 km walk as Moderate to Challenging only due to the distances walked each day, day after day. Although the ascents look substantial nearly on all of the days, the elevation is spread relatively evenly over the days walk. This means you don’t really feel that you are walking up substantially. Except on the Grandes de Salime day. The Camino is a well-trodden route, so the trails are very well defined for the most part. You will follow an ancient pilgrim trail and therefore, whilst sections of the walk will take you deep into the picturesque countryside, you will also walk through an urban environment as you begin and this walk and alongside roads ( less so than the French Camino), as you follow the truest route possible.
You should be used to walking up to 28km with up to 800m of ascent and descent. On any typical day, you will hike on designated walking trails, farm and forest tracks and cover long sections in the open countryside. You will sustain climbs to hilltop towns, villages, and the rolling countryside. You will also walk on some roads, so please be mindful of all road users at all times.
A moderate active lifestyle makes walking more enjoyable, an exercise regime of 2 to 3 times a week is needed, in addition to your usual walks. The route is very well waymarked by the iconic scallop-shell markers and with many other walkers on the trail, it’s very easy to find your way.
For each of the walks, you will be provided with comprehensive daily walk notes, a map and the GPX tracks if you wish to use them for your own device.
HOW TO GET THERE AND AWAY
HOW TO GET THERE
The tour starts in Oviedo and finishes in Lugo. The Asturias Airport to the north of Oviedo is the closest airport; combining this with a taxi is the quickest way to reach Oviedo. But it is possible to fly into the following airports; Madrid and take a pleasant train ride or Bilbao Airport and take a bus (the train takes a lot longer). From Santiago de Compostela, it is a 5 hr bus ride or an 8 hr train ride.
From Madrid Airport train station, a 4 to 5-hour train journey connecting through Leon (changing once at Madrid Chamartin station). If travelling from Bilbao Airport, there is a bus journey which is around 4 hours. A private transfer can be arranged if you are flying in and out of Santiago de Compostela.
HOW TO GET AWAY
There is an excellent train network in Spain that can be used to get away from Lugo see trainline.com.
You could also make the 3 hr bus journey or a quicker taxi ride to Santiago de Compostela. There is an airport at Santiago de Compostela which can fly you to just about anywhere. Check Skyscanner or Kayak for flights.
We require that you have adequate travel insurance against potential losses, damage or injury, including cancellation costs and loss of luggage.
For all trips requiring international travel, you must have purchased travel insurance including medical evacuation coverage.
We also charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your walking holiday after we have confirmed it to cover costs incurred from our suppliers and in the office. See the FAQ section for more information.
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