Duration:

14 Days / 13 Nights

Distance:

163 km / 101 mi

Difficulty:

Medium

Start / End

Madrid - Santiago

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 and digging into different aspects of the Spanish culture; with its diverse and rich heritage drawn from Iberian, Roman, Arabic, Jewish, Celtic and Christian cultures. This unique Camino takes us on a journey from southern to northern Spain covering 163 kilometers divided into 11 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 11 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 Granada. We recommend arriving at least one day before the starting date. Ask us about our competitive prices in the Hotel Boutique Gar Anat 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 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.

Pilgrim's Kit

We prepare you for your walk by sending you a packing list with recommendations on what to bring along on your trip, and provide a small backpack with famous Pilgrim’s Kit (Click here to view) that includes: Your Pilgrim's Passport, the shell, a Marly Camino program with reflections and waterproof Route Map, a waterproof pouch, notebook, snacks and more!

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Our Andalusian Way includes:

  • Ten Dinners
  • Equestrian Show
  • Guided visits in Granada, Córdoba, Merida and Santiago de Compostela

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1

Meet in Granada
Light city walking

Welcome! We will meet at the lobby of our hotel in Granada at 11:00 am to set off on a wonderful guided visit of the majestic Alhambra Palace. In the afternoon we will take a stroll from the Albaicín to the Mirador de San Nicolás, after which we will explain all the logistics and information of your Camino during a wonderful welcome cocktail. We will finish our day with a delicious welcome dinner.

Night in Granada

Day 2

Los Cortijos - Moclín
8 km / 5 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 Moclín, 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 3

Day in Córdoba
Transfer to Merida

This morning we visit Cordoba's spectacular Mosque with a local guide who will explain every detail of this amazing palace-city. We will then leave Cordoba 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 4

Alcuescar - Puente Romano
13 km / 8 mi

We will enjoy a guided tour of Mérida, city whose Roman legacy is one of the most important in Spanish territory.
Then, our first stage begins walking along the Vía de la Plata, following the old Roman road that linked Emerita Agutusta (Merida) with Astúrica Augusta (Astorga). Transfer to Cáceres, World Heritage and free afternoon.

Night in Cáceres

Day 5

Carcaboso - Ruinas de Cáparra
13 km / 8 mi

We will walk our last stage in Extremadura, beginning in the town of Carcaboso and passing by 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. Then we will be transferred to the city of Salamanca, birthplace of Spain's most important university since the 13th century.

Night in Salamanca

Day 6

Tierra del Vino - Villanueva de Campean
13,5 km / 8.3 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 7

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

Our last stage before the last 100 km of the Camino will take us through a mountainous area, 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 8

Cudeiro - Cea
18 km / 11 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.

Night in Casarellos (Pontevedra)

Day 9

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 10

Castro Dozón - Taboada
23.5 km / 14.6 mi

Today's stage begins in Castro Dozon, 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 11

Taboada - Castro Seixo
19 km / 11.8 mi

In this stage we will walk again through the rural landscapes of Galicia, passing through typical villages with churches of Romanesque origin. Today we will walk among pines and eucalyptus to finally stay at the entrance of the province of A Coruña, where Santiago de Compostela awaits.

Night in Lalín (Pontevedra)

Day 12

Castro Seixo - Piñeiro
20.5 km / 12.7 mi

We will descend towards the Ulla River, which, according to legend, brought the remains of the Apostle Saint James to Galicia. Its bridge, an important communication hub, marks the boundary between the provinces of Pontevedra and A Coruña. We will visit the Pico Sacro, another important point in the legend of the relocation of the remains of Santiago to the peninsula. From its summit we can see our final goal and feel the energy of this magical mountain.

Night in Lavacolla

Day 13

Piñeiro - Santiago de Compostela
4.5 km / 2.7 mi

We are already at the gates of Santiago. Before entering the city we will pass next to the church of Santa Maria la Real do Sar, from the 12th century, which due to a fault in its foundations, is completely tilted. We will enter Santiago through the Arco de Mazarelos, the only survivor of the old city wall. Then we will arrive to the Cathedral to attend the Pilgrim's Mass. In the evening we will have a wonderful dinner and surprise to celebrate our arrival.

Night in Santiago

Day 14

Day in Santiago
Light city walking

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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