Guided Pilgrimage Camino de la Reconquista
El Camino de la Reconquista – Camino del Norte – Lebaniego – Primitivo – Frances
walking distance: 143 kilometers (90 miles)
value: €4.500 per person in double occupancy rooms
single supplement: €1.300
DATES (Click date for sign up!)
April 10, 2023 Last 3 spots
June 5, 2023 FULL
From the ancestral Basque Country to the Infinite Cantabria, and from the Natural Paradise of Asturias to the Galicia of Santiago, along the Cantabrian Sea, we will sail to the 8th Century, following paths marked by unique symbols of our history. We will start in the Basque Country, along the North Way. Between the blue of the Cantabrian Sea and the green of the mountains we will enter the Lebaniego Way, crowned by the Lignun Crucis in the Monastery of Santo Toríbio de Liébana. From the Cathedral of the Savior, home of the Holy Shroud, in Oviedo, we will follow the Coastal Way to the mythical French Way, the jewel of the crown of the Jacobean Paths. A unique way, between the sea and the mountain, loaded with historical symbols and marked by unique and unforgettable flavors!
- 24 hours per day English-speaking guide assistance
- 12 nights in hand-picked accommodations
- 12 dinners and all breakfasts
- 3 Guided Visits: San Sebastián, Bilbao and Santiago de Compostela
- Support vehicle provided during the entire tour
- Ground transportation
- Luggage Transfer between accommodations during the walking tour
- Mobile phones with Spanish line
- Pilgrims Kit
- Botafumeiro Ceremony
- Photos of the entire Tour
- Celebration Dinner
The Camino de la Reconquista is walked during a 12 day period. We have divided the journey into days of similar length, and deliberately tried to leave the last day a bit shorter than the others so that we arrive in Santiago de Compostela with enough time and energy to get to stroll around town before our celebration dinner. Below is the city to city itinerary, but please note that specific hotels vary between dates and are therefore not published here. They are provided at the time of booking, along with a more detailed schedule that you can share with your friends and families.
DAY 1 – San Sebastián
We’ll be meeting in the lobby of our hotel in San Sebastian at 3pm. San Sebastian is considered the most beautiful city of Spain and we’ll have the chance of getting to know it better by the hands of a local guide. Later, we’ll have the chance of taste the best of the Basque cuisine…
Accommodations in San Sebastian
DAY 2 – San Sebastian – Orio – 16,5 km or 10 mi
Leaving from the unforgettable Playa de la Concha we head to Monte Igueldo where we’ll be rewarded with amazing views over San Sebastian and its bay. With the sea on our right and the mountains on our left, we cross beautiful rural paths where sheep, goats, horses and cows lazily graze. After reaching the pitoresque village of Orio, we head to Bilbao, capital of the Basque Country and home of the unmissable Guggenheim Bilbao Museum.
Accommodations in Bilbao
DAY 3 – Galizano – Santander – 12 km or 7,5 mi
We start walking from the emblematic Gothic Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asumpción, dating from the 16th century, in the lovely village of Galizano and head toward the sea. Surrounded by the sound of the waves and the seagulls, we walk along the shore and the sandy beach. A wonderful day to have your swimming suit on! Like in the medieval times, we’ll take a barge and reach the magnificent Santander by sea…
Accommodations in Santillana del Mar
DAY 4 – Playa Luaña – Gerra – 16,5 km or 10 mi
From the beautiful Luaña Beach we head to Comillas, known in ancient times as the Archbishops Village, and home of the impressive Capricho de Gaudi, the whim of the amazing Catalan architect. In the beautiful old town of Comillas we find the impressive Church of San Cristobal, from the 17th century, built literally by the townspeople who, due to a confrontation with a Duke of the Infantado, put aside one day a week to work on this building.
Accommodations in a very special place in Potes
DAY 5 – Pendes – St Toribio de Liébana Monastery – 10 km or 6.25 mi
Today is a very special day! From Pendes, known by their extraordinary goat cheese and their impressive centennial chestnut trees we’ll head to the fairy tale village of Potes. Founded in the 9th century, it’s a picturesque village built in stone, in the confluence of the Deva and the Quiviesa rivers is today considered Spanish Historical Heritage. 3 km ahead, is the Franciscan Monastery of Liébana, where the Lignum Crucis is held. After visiting this special place we’ll head to another: the unique Sanctuary of Covadonga, built in the mountain and where the Christian Reconquer started!
Accommodations in the Covadonga Sanctuary
DAY 6 – Covadonga Sanctuary – Oviedo – Sightseeing day
Today is a very special day!
The unique Sanctuary of Saint Maria La Real of Covadonga, built in the middle of huge mountains and where the Christian Reconquer started is beyond any description! It’s Neorromanic Basilica and the impressive church carved in the stone in the 8th Century, and over a beatifull waterfall and a lake, create a huge impact in all Pilgrims that visit it! It’s not only the most important religious site in Asturias: it’s where Spain was born!
We’ll end our day in Oviedo with a very special guided visit around the impressive old town.
Accommodations in Oviedo
DAY 7 – Oviedo to Escamplero – 12 km or 7.5 mi
We are in Asturias, the Spanish Natural Paradise and the land of the first Pilgrim of our history: Alfonso II! It’s from his statue and Oviedo’s magnificient cathedral that we’ll start following the king’s steps. To leave the ancient city we need to search on the floor for the beautiful bronze shells to, in a blink of an eye be surrounded by green beautiful mountains and a new painting on every turn of the way.
Accommodations in Ribadeo
DAY 8 – Abadin – Vilalba – 21 km or 13 mi
Galicia will receive us with open arms! The Camino leads us inland, where we will feel the sweet harmony between traditional rural villages, enchanted forest tracks and breathtaking views. The crown jewel of the day is the extraordinary 16th Century Campo de Cristo Cementery in Goiriz, that is a neogotic unique piece of art. We’ll end our day in Vilalba, a majestic city that holds an amazing medieval Palace: the Andrade’s Palace. It’s a Nacional Parador and it’s going to be our lodging for the night!
Accommodations at the Vilalba Parador
DAY 9 – Baamonde – Miraz – 15 km or 9.5 mi
After crossing the elegant gothic bridge over the Parga River we enter a magical oak forest where we find the unique San Alberte Chapel. Dating from the 14th century, this enchanted park invites us to a refreshing rest, after tasting the once believed to be miraculous waters flowing from the 2 pipe fount, constructed in the 18th century. Between ancient rural villages and beautiful forests, we reach Miraz, our goal of the day.
Accommodations in Melide
DAY 10 Arzua – Pedrouzo- 20 kms or 12,5 mi
Arzua is know for the cheese and we must try it!! From here we’ll enter the mythical Camino Francés and we’ll be able to meet much more Pilgrims. This part of path is the door into enchanting forests of chestnut and oaks, areas of cultivation and prairies where we will see sheep and cows grazing peacefully. We cross a multitude of villages, proud of their churches, cruceros and hórreos.
Accommodations in Portomarin
DAY 11 Pedrouzo- Santiago – 20 km or 12,5 mi
From Pedrouzo, we’ll pass the largest eucalyptus on the Camino, flooding us with its fragance, before arriving in Lavacolla, the ceremonial site of ancient rituals for Pilgrims. Shortly we’ll reach the legendary Monte do Gozo, (Mount of Joy) and we’ll be able to visit the unique Church of San Marcos. We enter Santiago by an ancient and well cared for medieval path carved by the journey of millions. The sounds of bagpipes welcome us to the Obradoiro square where the impressive Santiago de Compostela stands! The special Pilgrims Mass and the extremely touching ceremony of the Botafumeiro awaits!
Accommodations in Santiago
DAY 12 – Santiago de Compostela
In the morning, led by a local historian, we’ll have a guided visit around Santiago where we’ll learn about the history and legends of this historical city. You’ll have a free afternoon to stroll around the beautiful Santiago, to do some shopping and, we’ll meet againg in our hotel to enjoy our Celebration dinner!!
Leaving Santiago behind, renewed and more prepared for the beginning of the new journey ahead, the Portuguese Nobel Prize Saramago words will come to our mind: “The end of a journey is simply the start of another. You have to go back to the footsteps already taken, to go over them again or add fresh ones, alongside them. You have to start the journey anew. Always.”
Hoping that you have found what you need on this Pilgrimage, allow us to Thank You Very Much for the honor given of sharing this special moment of life with us and, please, know how sincerely we hope we may one day meet again!
Accommodations in Santiago