Duration:

17 Days / 16 Nights

Distance:

180 km / 112 mi

Difficulty:

Medium

Start / End

Madrid - Santiago

2017:
4390 €

Single room supplement 690€

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Andalusian Camino - Hiking Spain from South to North

We carefully designed this exclusive route, off-the-beaten-path and only offered by Marly Camino. An extraordinary Camino that combines the opportunity to walk and appreciate the Spanish culture and legacy. You will be hiking in Southern Spain as We will dig into different aspects of Spanish culture with its diverse and rich heritage drawing from Iberian, Roman, Arabic, Jewish, Celtic and Christian cultures. This unique Camino takes us on a journey from southern to northern Spain covering 180 kilometers divided into 12 stages representing the different aspects of Spanish culture including visits in Granada and the world-famous palace of La Alhambra, Córdoba with its amazing Mosque and the ancient Roman capital of Mérida.

Meals

All breakfasts and 12 dinners are included in this tour. We have carefully selected the included meals so you can have a taste of the most typical, most delicious, local cuisine. Most lunches are not included to provide more flexibility during the day and so you can experiment on your own. You can stop and eat something along the way, or have lunch at the end of the daily stage.

Vegetarians, vegans, or those with a special diet (eg. gluten-free) can always find suitable options. Just let us know beforehand and we will be happy to accommodate your needs.

Accommodation

All of our accommodations are hand-picked to give you the best possible experience! We will stay in majestic Paradores, wonderful 4-star hotels and charming Galician manors, usually in beautiful rural areas. We will walk in many different regions of Spain and experience different accommodations. All our accommodations have a private en suite bathrooms. You can be sure to receive personalized attention and excellent service from the owners, who will make you feel more than at home.

Walking

You walk at your own pace. There is no one you have to follow or walk with. We have meeting points along the way where our support vehicle will be waiting with snacks, fruits and water. We also offer assistance for any unexpected circumstances or simply to relieve muscular pain or cure blisters.

If you do not want to keep walking for any reason, you can hop on the support vehicle. You mustn't worry about getting lost as the yellow arrows always show the way. Moreover, on the Camino you are never alone. After the daily walk we can visit the jewels that surround us each day.

Before and After

Before: Our Camino starts in the city of Madrid, which enjoys easy access internationally. We offer activities in Madrid and its surroundings for those interested. We recommend arriving at least one day before the starting date. Ask us about our competitive prices in Madrid's NH Paseo del Prado where we meet the first day!

After: Our tour ends in Santiago de Compostela on the last day at around 1:00 pm. Transportation back to Madrid is NOT included. We offer optional add-on activities once the tour is finished like culinary activities in Santiago or our recommended one-day trip to Finisterre. You can join one of our activities, stay in Santiago on your own, or leave on the last day of the tour. We'd be happy to book extra nights for you.

You can fly or take the train back to Madrid or elsewhere. The Santiago-Madrid flight is 1 hour long, and the train trip is 6-10 hours long. There are plenty of short flights throughout the day to Madrid and other cities. You can book online or through your travel agency. We would be happy to make recommendations.

Means and Assistance

Vehicle and guide

A vehicle and guide for logistical support will be available during the entire route. It shall be of help not only for the pilgrims in transit but for the transport of luggage and to cover any other needs that might arise along the way. It will have fruits, snacks, water, medicine, first aid kits and everything necessary for unexpected situations.

Luggage transferred

The luggage will be transferred from one hotel to the next using the support vehicle. For the walk you can take a small/medium backpack for a camera, water bottle, and personal belongings. You can use the one we provide, or bring your own.

Mobile phones

Mobile phones with a spanish line will be handed out for the period of the tour for every 2 or 3 pilgrims. This will allow you to communicate with the driver or guides for any reason at all times. The number can also be given to family members back home to receive phone calls.

Packing list

We will send you a packing list with recommendations on what to bring along on your trip, along with a ‘Guide to Your Camino’ which answers questions regarding laundry, tip, and other useful topics.

Dates:

  • Apr 25 - May 11, 18
  • Oct 02 - Oct 18, 18

Our Andalusian Way includes:

  • Private Van Support & Luggage transfer
  • All breakfasts, drinks and snacks
  • Mobile phones with a Spanish line
  • Pilgrims' Kit
  • Travel insurance for the entire tour
  • Guaranteed BOTAFUMEIRO ritual (Santiago only)
  • Carefully selected en suite accommodation
  • English-speaking guide assistance
  • Informational program and route map
  • Photos of your Camino
  • Farewell dinner and surprise
  • Value added Tax (VAT)
  • Twelve Dinners
  • Typical Manchegan Welcome Lunch
  • Dinner with Flamenco Show
  • Equestrian Show
  • Guided visits in Granada, Córdoba, Merida and Santiago de Compostela

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1

Meet in Madrid
Transfer to Granada

Welcome! - We will meet at the lobby of Madrid's NH Paseo del Prado hotel at 8:30 am. We head to Granada in our van, first stopping in Puerto Lápice, province of Ciudad Real, where we see landscapes described in Cervante's world-famous literary work “El Quijote”, and visit the notorious “Venta del Quijote” where Don Quijote was knighted. We will visit the town's main square, symbol of traditional Manchegan architecture as well as the Venta itself and its museum before enjoying a typical lunch. We continue to Granada where we will enjoy a marvellously delicious welcome dinner.
Night in Granada

Day 2

Day in Granada
Light walking

A local guide takes us on a visit starting in the Convent of the Comendadoras de Santiago, starting point of the Mozarabic Way in Granada, to proceed on to the Alhambra and historic city center. In the afternoon we will take a stroll from the Albaicín to the Mirador de San Nicolás, from where we will enjoy a beautiful view of the Alhambra. We will then make our way to the famous neighbourhood of Sacromonte where we will be treated to a delicious dinner accompanied by a flamenco show in an authentic gypsy cave.
Night in Granada

Day 3

Los Cortijos - Moclín
11 km / 6.8 mi

We leave Granada behind to begin our Way on foot. Today millions of olive trees will accompany us through many typical towns like Los Olivares, from where we will begin our ascent to Mochín, a town that is situated atop a spectacular rock formation and that was the last castle to fall under Christian rule before the definitive conquest of Granada. After we reach Moclín we will be transferred to Córdoba in our private vehicle going by towns with beautiful castles such as: Alcalá la Real, Baena y Alcaudete.
Night in Córdoba.

Day 4

Day in Córdoba
Light walking

This morning we visit the Caliphate of Cordoba's ancient capital, Medina Azahara, located on the outskirts of the city. We will start in its stunning visitor center and proceed to the ruins of the city with a local guide who will explain every detail of this amazing palace-city. We return to Córdoba to enjoy lunch where we choose in its ancient jewish quarter and historic area. After lunch we will visit the city's spectacular Mosque. In the evening we will be treated to a beautiful equestrian show in the royal stables and enjoy a traditional dinner.
Night in Córdoba

Day 5

Villanueva del Duque - Ermita de la Virgen de Guia
14 km / 8.7 mi

Today we will walk our last stage in Andalusian lands. We exit Córdoba crossing its mountain range on our way to Merida to walk the day's stage surrounded by lovely meadows dotted by holm oaks where we will see a large number of cows and sheep, fruit of this region's cattle industry. Today we enter the region of Extremadura as we make our way to the city of Mérida, ancient Roman capital of the province of Lusitania.
Night in Mérida.

Day 6

Day in Mérida
Light walking

Full day in which we will visit the archeological remains of Emerita Augusta accompanied by a local guide. The city is sprinkled with Roman aqueducts, temples, arches as well as Spain's best-preserved amphitheater. We will also visit the National Museum of Roman Art, designed by the famous architect Rafael Moneo, which holds all of the archeological treasures found in the city and other sites in the peninsula.
Night in Mérida.

Day 7

Alcuescar - Puente Romano
13 km / 8 mi

We exit Mérida to walk along the “Via de la Plata”, following the path of the ancient Roman road that united Emerita Augusta (Mérida) with Astúrica Augusta (Astorga). We will walk along beautiful meadows dotted by cork and holm oaks then pass through the village of Casas de Don Antonio with its medieval bridge. We can also admire the original Roman milestones that marked the path. After being transferred to the city of Cáceres, a World heritage site, we will enjoy a free afternoon to rest or stroll through its wonderful historic centre.
Night in Cáceres

Day 8

Carcaboso - Ruinas de Cáparra
13 km / 8 mi

Today we will walk our last stage in Extremadura, beginning in the town of Carcaboso and passing by the most beautiful meadows in the Via de la Plata. We will go by bull-breeding ranches, where the famous fighting bulls are prepared, until we arrive at one of the most famous landmarks in this Camino, the ruins of the Roman city of Cáparra, where the Camino goes under its famous first-century arch. After this stage we will be transferred to the city of Salamanca, birthplace of Spain's most important university since the 13th century.
Night in Salamanca

Day 9

El Cubo de Tierra del Vino - Villanueva de Campean
13.5 km / 8.4 mi

Today we will notice a change in the landscape as we enter Castilian lands. Endless grain fields, with ancient vineyards all along the stage, typical of Castillian Camino stages, will make us feel the solitude of being a Pilgrim surrounded by an infinite horizon. This stage in the land of Zamora will, no doubt, have us reflecting on the wide variety of landscapes that we have encountered on our journey.

Night in Zamora

Day 10

Palacios de Sanabria - Puebla de Sanabria
11 km / 6.8 mi

Our last stage before starting the last 100 kilometers of the Camino will take us through a mountainous area that is very different from previous days´ stages. We will see stone constructions built to withstand the harsh winters and different vegetation where oaks and beech trees start to appear. We will finish the stage in the town of Puebla de Sanabria with its amazing steep-walled castle. After the stage we will be transferred to the village of Allariz, a jewel of traditional Galician architecture with a lovely medieval historical center.
Night in Allariz (Ourense)

Day 11

Cudeiro - Cea
18 km / 11.2 mi

We begin walking the last 100 kilometres in order to obtain the Compostela certificate. From Ourense, we will follow the majestic "Camino Sanabrés", that has its origins in the shortcut Pilgrims would take on their Way to Santiago from the south. Surrounded by dense oak and chestnut tree forests, we make our way to the hermitage of San Marcos with its beautiful views of the Miño River valley. Walking through villages with Romanesque manors and churches, we will reach Cea, famous for its delicious bread which has been awarded Denomination of Origin.
Night in Casarellos (Pontevedra)

Day 12

Cea - Castro Dozón
19 km / 11.8 mi

We will begin todays stage with the incredible smell of the many wood-burning bread ovens that have produced the famous Cea bread for centuries as we make our way to the spectacular Cistercian Monastery of Oseira, founded in the 7th Century. The Camino will take us through beautiful rural landscapes and typical villages until we reach the plateau of San Martiño, which is very near our final destination of Castro Dozón.

Night in Casarellos (Pontevedra)

Day 13

Castro Dozón - Taboada
23.5 km / 14.6 mi

Today's stage begins in Castro Dozen, a town which owes its name to the typical Celtic towns that were originally located here and of which there are over two thousand scattered all over Galicia. We will again journey through rural landscapes alternating paved roads with dirt paths that take us closer to our final goal with each step.

Night in Lalín (Pontevedra)

Day 14

Taboada - Castro Seixo
19 km / 11.8 mi

On this stage we will again enjoy Galicia's beautiful rural landscapes dotted by lovely villages with Romanesque churches. Today we will walk amidst pine and eucalyptus tree forests until we reach the threshold of the province of A Coruña, where Santiago de Compostela awaits.

Night in Lalín (Pontevedra)

Day 15

Castro Seixo - Piñeiro
20.5 km / 12.7 mi

Today we will make our way to the Ulla River where, according to tradition, the boat that brought the remains of the Apostle arrived after its journey from the Holy Land. Its bridge, for centuries an important meeting point, marks the boundary between the provinces of Pontevedra and A Coruña. On this stage we will visit the “Pico Sacro” mountain, another very significant place in the legend of how the remains of the Apostle were brought to the peninsula. From its mountain top we can see our final destination for the first time as we feel this magical mountain's energy.
Night in Lavacolla

Day 16

Piñeiro - Santiago de Compostela
4.5 km / 2.8 mi

We are so close! As we walk, we will be able to make out the spires of the Cathedral for the first time, a sign that our pilgrimage is coming to an end. We will enter Compostela through the Arch of Mazarelos, last survivor of the ancient city walls. We will then go to the Cathedral to attend the Pilgrim's Mass, watch the Botafumeiro censer swing, and perform the traditional ritual of hugging the image of the Apostle Santiago. During the evening, we will enjoy an awesome farewell surprise and we will celebrate our arrival with a delicious dinner.
We will sleep in Santiago

Day 17

Day in Santiago
Walking city tour

We will wake up in Santiago and enjoy a guided visit of the city. The guide will take you through the main monuments and streets of the old city. You will be able to understand more about the history of the city and the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. To further understand the pilgrimage, we will enter the Cathedral to learn about its well-known traditions and rituals. Finally, we will enjoy some of the most spectacular views of the city, at the Cathedral's roof. Our tour comes to an end at about 1 pm. Your Camino through life begins!

OPTIONAL

Full-day Trip to Finisterre
Not Included in Price

If you would like to visit the famous light house of Finisterre, you will need to extend your stay in Santiago by one or two nights.
You will meet your local guide in Santiago and, in our private van we will head towards the lovely Coastal town of Muros, making a short stop in Alto de Paxareiras until we reach Ézaro. Finally we will arrive at Finisterre, the famous lighthouse. We will have lunch in Finisterre and head back to Santiago.

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