The official Camino does end at Santiago Cathedral, site of St. James’ tomb. But other traditions tell of a pre-Christian route to Finisterre, the End of the Earth, once considered the westernmost point in Europe. Perhaps those long-ago people travelled just for adventure, a desire to experience that special place. Perhaps they were searching for the wise teachers of hidden knowledge who might have had a school at the End of the Earth. Or maybe the Finisterre tradition is really from pilgrims who came to collect a scallop shell as proof of having completed their journey to Santiago.
Nowadays walkers have re-discovered the route to Finisterre and Muxia. Some people have never done the classic Camino. Some pilgrims need time to think about their Camino journey. Other pilgrims just can’t stop walking and yet others return years after their pilgrimage, wanting to complete their experience by walking from Santiago to the coast.
After Santiago the feeling of the trail changes. There are fewer pilgrims, less infrastructure, smaller villages. And with Santiago de Compostela behind instead of ahead, perhaps pilgrims walk not focused on reaching the big destination, but on the joy of walking. If that might be you, come join us to walk Santiago to the Sea.
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Not included: Travel to and from Santiago, guide gratuities, beverages, lunches and travel insurance. Some lunches will be at cafes where you can order an empanada/sandwich, other lunches may be picnics purchased at the hotels or with food from stores.
This trip is designed for women who are interested in traveling a traditional pilgrimage route on foot, who are able to enjoy walking four to six hours each day on consecutive days and want to experience the community of the Camino de Santiago beyond Santiago and hike to the sea. The trip is rated 3. Prior to beginning the trip, participants should be engaging in aerobic conditioning, such as walking vigorously up hills, jogging, cross country skiing or stair stepping for 30 - 45 minutes at least 3 - 4 times a week. Rating: 1 2  4 5.
This is not a typical hiking trip, although we are hiking every day. We are following an historic pilgrimage route and will be observing some of the pilgrimage traditions that have grown up along the Road over the years. The route includes a mixture of dirt roads, some paved roads, and some trail. In addition to hiking 4 to 6 hours a day, we will feast on local foods, chat with pilgrims from all over the world, and learn the lore and legends of the Road.
We will be staying in double occupancy rooms with ensuite bathrooms in different types of accommodation, typically mid-range family-run hotels that are chosen for their hospitality or proximity to the path. On 1 night there will be triple occupancy rooms at a boutique hotel.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
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