Camino de Santiago: Via de la Plata (The Silver Way)

48 days / Self-guided walking

Seville to Santiago de Compostela

Via de la Plata (The Silver Way)

Beginning in the hauntingly beautiful city of Seville, the Via de la Plata, also known as the Silver Way, stretches 1000 km and is the longest route of the Camino de Santiago. With fewer pilgrims along this less travelled path, the expansive countryside becomes your constant companion.

TRIP STYLE

Self-Guided Walking

DURATION/LENGTH

48 days/1000 kms

DATES

Any date to suit you

START/END POINT

Seville to Santiago de Compostela

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Challenging Walk

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The Via de la Plata follows an old Roman course crossing all the Spanish territory to Santiago de Compostela. Along the way, it winds through some of the best-preserved Roman sites in Europe, such as Mérida and Caparra.  Commencing in Andalucia, in Spain’s south, this well-marked Camino was traditionally travelled by North African Christians during the middle ages. As you begin your journey out of Seville through the olive groves and orange trees, you will pass a region famous for its ‘jamon iberico’ as you head north the World Heritage-listed town of Salamanca, regarded as one of the most impressive Renaissance cities in Europe.

The Via de la Plata is known for its quietness, which also adds to its charm and tranquillity. It’s generally quite easy walking, though there are some longer stretches due to a lack of accommodation in more remote areas, and there are of course some ups and downs too. A truly underrated Camino, the Via de la Plata is a fantastic option for pilgrims who want open landscapes and time to reflect.

Day 1 | Arrive in Seville

Welcome to Seville, the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region. The city is famous for its flamenco dancing – particularly in the Triana neighbourhood – and major landmarks include the incredibly ornate Alcazar castle complex and the 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza. The Gothic cathedral, too, is magnificent and hosts the tomb of Christopher Columbus. The days in Seville can be long and hot, best spent enjoying tapas and sangria in the shade of an atmospheric bar. Seafood is a speciality here, as are stewed meats, pork in whiskey and bull’s tail.

Day 2 | Seville – Guillena | 22 km / 5 hours

Leaving one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, you head out of your Via de la Plata pilgrimage from the heart of Seville at Saint Mary’s Cathedral. Once you are out of the city limits, the walking is easy all the way to Guillena.

Day 3 | Guillena – Castilblanco de los Arroyos | 18 km / 4–5 hours

Enjoy a gentle walking day spoilt by the surrounding landscapes. Castilblanco de los Arroyos is home to the Miguel Fisac Municipal Theatre, a beautiful avant-garde building made of structural cubes with about 5000 inhabitants.

Day 4 | Castilblanco de los Arroyos – Almaden de la Plata | 28 km / 7 hours

Today you’ll head well and truly into cattle country, walking through pastures and fields as well as the Berrocales Natural Park. Though this is a long day of walking, the terrain is relatively comfortable.

Day 5 | Almaden de la Plata – El Real de la Jara | 14 km / 3–4 hours

The Extremaduran path begins as you leave the unforgettable region of Andalusia. Breaking this otherwise longer section from 34 km to the shorter stay at the 14 km mark, El Real de la Jara is an ideal spot for nature lovers. The village has several spots where you can enjoy views of the beautiful surrounding countryside of the Via de la Plata.

Day 6 |El Real de la Jara – Monesterio | 20 km / 4–5 hours

Rise and shine and cross pastures, agricultural and cattle fields to arrive in Monesterio. This is the perfect place to find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about cured Iberian ham. It even has a Museum of Ham dedicated to this famous product.

Day 7 | Monesterio – Fuente de Cantos | 21 km / 5 hours

Though this isn’t an overly long day on the Via de la Plata, there are many stretches without shade so prepare well. It’s worth noting that there are limited places to replenish your water, so be sure to take an extra litre.

Day 8 | Fuente de Cantos – Zafra | 25 km / 6–7 hours | Optional rest day in Zafra

A pleasant, almost flat walk today. Your destination, Zafra, is also known as Little Seville. It’s located right at the heart of Baja Extremadura on a plain at the foot of the steep, rocky mountains of Sierra de Castellar. It’s a lovely place to spend an extra day resting before you continue on the Via de la Plata.

Day 9 | Zafra – Villafranca de los Barros | 20 km / 5 hours

Villafranca de los Barros is full of entertainment and known as the ‘City of Music’.  It’s a quaint and atmospheric town with some seriously impressive architecture.

Day 10 | Villafranca de los Barros – Almendralejo | 17 km / 4 hours

Enjoy a nice flat stage of the Via de la Plata to Almendrlejo, the site of a battle and massacre in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War. Today this town is more famous for its bodegas (Spanish wine houses), of which many now combine as restaurants that serve excellent food in addition to their tipple of local house speciality.

Day 11 | Almendralejo – Merida | 29km / 7 hours

Continuing along the flat path, you’ll reach the town of Merida that has a very interesting history. It has been populated since prehistoric times, as demonstrated by a prestigious hoard of gold jewellery that was excavated from a girl’s grave in 1870. It’s a fascinating place to potentially spend an extra day on the Via de la Plata, as it shares a long history with the rest of Latin America, the cuisine from the region of Extremadura shows great tradition and excellence with some hidden culinary gems.

Day 12 | Merida – Aljucen | 17 km / 4–5 hours

On this stage you can appreciate the Natural Park of Cornalvo and its numerous Roman archaeological remains. To break up the long journey, which has a number of ups and downs, we recommend a stop in Aljucen instead of adding a further 19 km to the next possible accommodation.

Day 13 | Aljucen – Alcuescar | 19 km / 5 hours

Climb straight up for about 300 metres before settling into an easy stroll for the rest of your day on the Via de la Plata. Just before arriving in Alcuescar, there’ll be an opportunity to visit the hermitages and the Church of Santa Lucia del Trampal.

Day 14 | Alcuescar – Aldea del Cano | 15 km / 4 hours

To avoid a 38-kilometre day, we’ve divided this stage so you can simply enjoy the walking and not worry about the stress and strain of a lengthy day. It also gives you time to explore Caceres the following day without rushing in and out of town.

Day 15 | Aldea del Cano – Caceres | 23 km / 6 hours

With the exception of one big hill, it’s a gentle walk to Caceres, which was founded by the ancient Romans. It also contains widespread evidence of subsequent occupation by many different cultures. Its old town, Ciudad Monumental, has a mix of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, with cobbled medieval streets, fortified houses and palaces. Encircled by 12th-century Moorish walls, it also has around 30 towers, some occupied by nesting storks.

Day 16 | Caceres – Garrovillas de Alconetar | 25 km / 5 hours

Stretch your legs in the splendid countryside of the Via de la Plata before reaching the impressive square of Garrovillas de Alconetar, which has been declared a Monument of National Historic and Artistic Interest.

Day 17 | Garrovillas de Alconetar – Canaveral | 19 km / 5 hours

Continue through Extremadura Province, a dry land with gentle hills that sometimes seems to be inhabited by more cerdos ibericos (dark brown pigs typical of the region) than people. The gaps can be quite large between villages, which gives you time to enjoy open landscapes of crop fields and vines, cork oak forests and wildflowers all year round.

Day 18 | Canaveral – Galisteo | 28 km / 7 hours

A long day with plenty of variety, the path rises and falls and is somewhat mountainous at times – though these stretches are never too pronounced or long. Galisteo is a beautiful walled town and if you take a walk around the ramparts you’ll be rewarded with good views over the town and its surrounding area.

Day 19 | Galisteo – Carcaboso | 11 km / 3 hours

It’s very flat leaving Galisteo and only a short distance as it’ll be a stop of convenience to break up the longer stage. The charming town of Carcaboso is part of the historical Via de la Plata and still has some of the 2000-year-old ‘Miliarias’, or Roman stone posts. You can find them near the 17th-century Iglesia de Santiago.

Day 20 | Carcaboso – Zarza de Granadilla | 32 km / 7–8 hours

Today’s walk combines beautiful countryside with a long history. After leaving Carcaboso, we follow the Canal del Jerte before starting a long climb up. We then start to see evidence of the Roman Empire and soon we walk through the magnificent, 2000-year-old Arco de Caparra.

Day 21 | Zarza de Granadilla – Banos de Montemayor | 25 km / 6 hours

The landscape of the Via de la Plata becomes more arid today and we begin to see the Sierra de las Candelaria ahead in the distance, meaning we are leaving the Extremadura basin behind us. We spend most of the day walking gently uphill until we reach Banos de Montemayor, and after the day spent on your feet, you can treat yourself to the magical Roman thermal waters of the town!

Day 22 | Banos de Montemayor – Calzada de Bejar | 12 km / 4 hours

A steep climb up to start the day, well rewarded with expansive views of Banos de Montemayor. You’ll then head downhill on a well-preserved stretch of the Roman road, lined with chestnut, beech and oak trees. The last leg to Calzada de Bejar is uphill, offering open views to the beautiful valley of Rio Cuerpo.

Day 23 | Calzada de Bejar – Fuenterroble de Salvatierra | 20 km / 5 hours

More paved road segments today, providing memories of the ancient Roman times. The landscape still looks dry as you head further into this high tableland, but it is easy to find shade from oak trees along the wall-lined tracks.

Day 24 | Fuenterroble de Salvatierra – San Pedro de Rozados | 28 km / 7 hours

Continuing the Via de la Plata through the high plateau, you’ll spend most of the day on good tracks through the country. The main difficulty of the day is climbing up Duena Peak (1140 metres) but, as usual, the good views of the Meseta from the top are worth it. Finish through oak woodlands and farmlands to reach San Pedro de Rozados.

Day 25 | San Pedro de Rozados – Salamanca | 24 km / 5–6 hours | Optional rest day in Salamanca

The last day of this section offers little shade but the open landscape and great views over the countryside will surely distract you, as will the excitement of arriving in Salamanca, a wonderful lively city on the Via de la Plata, that’s full of history.

The perfect place to enjoy an extra day, Salamanca is the capital of Salamanca province, part of the Castile and Leon region. With a history dating back to the Celtic era, it’s known for its ornate sandstone architecture and the Universidad de Salamanca, which was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988.

Day 26 | Salamanca – Calzada de Valdeunciel | 15 km / 4 hours

Though you may at first be reluctant to leave Salamanca and its lively buzz, you’ll soon be in the rhythm of the road again and the Camino’s scallop shells will lead across flat, cultivated lands and along seemingly endless red-earth tracks as you continue your journey on the Via de la Plata.

Day 27 | Calzada de Valdeunciel – El Cubo de la Tierra del Vino | 21 km / 5 hours

Today’s walk is strikingly similar to yesterday’s, following the path through crop fields and red-earth tracks. There’s some undulation en route to El Cubo de la Tierra del Vino, your destination at the end of a short day to break up the longer section of this stage.

Day 28 | El Cubo de la Tierra del Vino – Zamora | 32 km / 8 hours

Tackle a steady ascent for approximately 5 km before the long downward walk to Zamora. Zamora is famous for its 24 Romanesque-style churches of earlier centuries and noted as the best museum of Romanesque-style churches in all of Europe.

Day 29 | Zamora – Montamarta | 19 km / 5 hours

Enjoy some very comfortable walking to Montamarta and the Monastery of Santa Maria, the latter of which is a Gothic church from the 12th century with superb architecture. The front of the building is still fully intact while the back is fully deconstructed, which makes the building even more impressive.

Day 30 | Montamarta – Granja de Moreruela | 24 km / 5– 6 hours

Today on the Via de la Plata, continue walking through more or less the same back drop as yesterday, eventually arriving in the tiny village of Granja de Moreruela.

Day 31 |Granja de Moreruela – Tabara | 25 km / 6 hours

An easy walking day to Tabara, today you’ll find things a little greener with a few more trees.

Day 32 | Tabara – Camarzana | 30 km / 7–8 hours

A fairly flat walk today and an interesting one as you come to an area where the Camino runs through a plateau set between the Elsa River and Rio Tera. With this bisection, there is suddenly a lot of vegetation surrounding you.

Day 33 | Camarzana – Mombuey 32km | / 7 –8 hours

Though today is quite uphill, it is still very manageable walking. The vegetation turns to scrub and bushlands as you approach Mombuey with the reward of great views of the Sierra de la Cabrera in the distance.

Day 34 | Mombuey – Puebla de Sanabria | 32 km / 8 hours

Leaving Mombuey, the Camino heads to more open landscapes with some shade en route provided by the obliging oak trees. There’s some more uphill in the mix today and it’s also the last time we cross the Rio Tera.

Day 35 | Puebla de Sanabria – Lubián | 31 km / 8 hours

Starting with a short, quiet stroll to Requejo – some 12 km down the path – you’ll cross over the Rio Castro then on to a gradual climb and natural paths through pine and oak woodlands.

Day 36 | Lubian – A Gudina | 32 km / 8–9 hours

Welcome to Galicia, an autonomous community of Spain and home to Santiago de Compostela. This is a challenging day as the Via de la Plata moves through woods and farmlands with steep ups and downs for the duration of the day. The path also runs through charming villages and it is, overall, a beautiful walk before entering A Gudina.

Day 37 | A Gudina – Campobecerros | 20 km / 5 hours

An absolutely stunning day for scenery!  Staying around 1100 meters for most of the walk before the final descent into Campobecerros, you’ll pass through remote Galician hamlets with plenty of breathtaking views. This is by no means an easy stage of the Via de la Plata, but it is extremely rewarding.

Day 38 | Campobecerros – Laza | 15 km / 4 hours

The Via de la Plata route keeps the views coming as you pass through two charming hamlets called Portocomba and As Eiras. The day finishes nicely with a shady, paved, downhill road to Laza.

Day 39 | Laza – Vilar de Barrio | 20 km / 5 hours

Start the day with a very long climb out of Laza through low pines and heather until you reach Albergueria and its incredible stone balconies. End your day on the Via de la Plata with a gentle walk down on the other side of the mountain, which will deposit you in Vilar de Barrio, a village nestled at the foot of the mountains on a large plain.

Day 40 | Vilar de Barrio – Xunqueira de Ambia | 14 km / 4 hours

A relatively easy walking day through farmlands and modern villages, alternating between oak woods, eucalyptus trees and fabulous open landscapes. You’ll eventually arrive in Xunqueira de Ambia, which has a 12th-century monastery.

Day 41 | Xunqueira de Ambia – Ourense | 22 km / 5 hours | Optional rest day in Ourense

Leaving Xunqueira de Ambia means leaving the quietness of the isolated mountains behind. Today’s destination is Ourense, the third-largest city in Galicia. This lively town is packed with pedestrianised streets lined with bars and restaurants that serve up some of Galicia’s traditional cuisine, like pulpo (octopus) and Galician stew, not to mention a range of mouth-watering local wines. Ourense is famous for its hot springs and is a popular destination for tourists wishing to bathe in its rejuvenating geothermal waters.

Ourense is the perfect place to take a rest day on your Via de la Plata journey. The city’s 13th-century Ourense Cathedral is a highlight and located in the medieval Old Town, where one could spend an entire day wandering the narrow, twisting streets. It’s also worth visiting the iconic Ponte Roman, with its trademark arches, which spans the River Minho.

Day 42 | Ourense – Cea | 20 km / 6 hours

Ourense marks the final 100 kilometres to Santiago de Compostela, a wonderful stretch along any Camino path. Departing Ourense, make your way to the village of Cea, which is known for its famous ‘pan de Cea’ bread. Feel free to stock up once you arrive – you’re going to need all the carbs you can find!

This is the most challenging stage of the Via de la Plata pilgrimage and there are two routes to choose from. Pilgrims can either tackle Canedo, which involves a difficult climb on asphalt, or the Tallamancos route, which we recommend. This will take you on a long, steady climb along some lovely cobblestone roads past the village of Tallamancos and its Santa Maria Church. You’ll then walk past Sobreira and cross a 13th-century bridge over the Barbantino River before arriving in Cea.

Day 43 | Cea – Dozon | 21 km / 5 hours

Begin the day by walking along shaded paths in the stunning, peaceful countryside. You’re likely to have plenty of time to yourself, sometimes interrupted by friendly locals who are keen for a chat. Make your way to the 13th-century Mosterio de Oseira Monastery, then continue along a quiet rural road until you reach the village of Dozon, at which point you’ll have crossed into the province of Pontevedra.

Day 44 | Dozon – Lalin | 17 km / 4–5 hours

Fuel up at breakfast with plenty of coffee before you start your morning walk with a climb to the top of a hill for amazing views of the surrounding Galician landscape. The rest of the day continues in typical Via de la Plata fashion; quiet roads, forest paths and scenic, rolling countryside. Lalin is a small market town known for its traditional ‘cocido’, which is the premier Galician winter dish. It’s a chickpea stew with pork shoulder, ear and rib, as well as chorizo, potatoes, cabbage and whatever other parts of the pig are thrown in. Definitely one for the meat lovers! There’s even a festival – the Festa do Cocido – held in February that’s dedicated to the stew and the greater importance of the pig to the region.

Day 45 | Lalin – Silleda | 16 km / 4 hours

Enjoy a short, pleasant stage as you walk along undulating terrain through woodlands, farmlands and small villages. There are plenty of peaceful places to stop for a snack or picnic along the way. You’ll eventually enter Silleda, a village famous for both its cattle and agricultural fairs, including the Semana Verde, or Greek Week. It’s also home to Europe’s largest roofed street and close to the Fervenza do Toxa, which is one of Spain’s tallest waterfalls.

Day 46 | Silleda – Ponte Ulla | 20 km / 5 hours

Begin todays leg of the Via de la Plata with an easy stroll towards Banedeira, a town famous for its tasty empanadas. We won’t judge if you spend a bit of time sampling the local goods. The day continues downhill through farmlands and villages and, just before descending, there’s an old castle that’s worth visiting for its 360-degree panoramic views. Ponte Ulla is known for its bridges, with an old Roman bridge allowing you to cross into town and – to your right as you descend – the Gundian Bridge, which was built in 1948 and lays claim as Spain’s highest railway bridge. It crosses the Ulla River between two cliffs and is a magnificent sight.

Day 47 | Ponte Ulla – Santiago de Compostela | 22 km / 6 hours

The final day of any pilgrimage is bittersweet and today is no exception. With pilgrims streaming into Santiago de Compostela from all parts of the country, the quietness of the Via de la Plata means you’ll enjoy a final chance for reflection as you approach Santiago Cathedral. Leaving Ponte Ulla, you’ll first climb towards Pico Sacro, with its Ermita de San Sebastian and breathtaking views. The last couple of kilometres to Santiago de Compostela are still relatively rural and it can be hard to imagine that you’re so close to a city. But yes, you are, and you’ll follow the narrow streets of the city to the square at Santiago Cathedral, where pilgrims sit and gaze up at the skyline-dominating towers.

Take some time to appreciate the moment before collecting your Compostela (certificate) from the nearby pilgrim’s office then it’s time to check-in to your accommodation and, most importantly, celebrate! Santiago is fantastic city with a real buzz about it. There are plenty of restaurants and bars lining the streets of the Old Town and they are generally packed with locals and pilgrims, all smiling, all eating and drinking, all enjoying this special, World Heritage-listed place.

Day 48 | Finish in Santiago de Compostela

Unless you’d like to keep on walking and continue your journey on to Finisterre, your pilgrimage along the Via de la Plata comes to an end today after breakfast.

 

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Inclusions

  • 47 nights accommodation, all carefully selected to enhance your Camino experience
  • Private en-suite facilities
  • Daily luggage transfers from hotel to hotel (1 x 20kg bag unless indicated otherwise)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Information packs with route maps and instructions on how to locate hotels
  • Luggage identification tags
  • Pilgrim’s passport
  • Emergency contact details and 24/7 local on-the-ground support
  • Pre-departure and ongoing support from Australian office

Optional Inclusions

  • Three-course dinners with local wine
  • Suggested rest days as outlined in itinerary or if required
  • Upgraded accommodation including paradors, country properties and premium/high-end styles
  • Private vehicle transfers to the trip’s starting point
  • Single supplement for your own room
  • Additional night’s accommodation before or after trip (please advise at time of booking)

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Travel to trip’s starting point
  • Transfers not already outlined in detailed trip itinerary
  • Lunches

Accommodation

We know from personal experience that a good night’s rest can make or break a trip, which is why we carefully hand-select all our accommodation. We ensure that our knowledge and firsthand experience of the best places to stay is passed on to all our walkers.

Your accommodation along the Camino is booked in advance, on a twin-share basis with private facilities, and chosen to make your pilgrimage experience as rewarding as possible. You may be staying in a refurbished farmhouse, some of which have been in the same family for centuries, or perhaps a boutique hotel with a chef who would not be out of place in a Michelin-starred restaurant. There are unique properties scattered throughout the different routes including converted monasteries, lighthouses and tiny B&Bs with the most generous hosts you could possibly imagine. Best of all, you’ll always have private en-suite facilities. Wherever you end up, you’ll be well looked after, warm and comfortable and, most importantly, ready to tackle the next day’s walk.

Single supplements are also available so you can enjoy your room with private en-suite. This supplement will apply if you are travelling alone or if there is no gender-share option. You can request a shared room through Wandering the World at the time of booking, however this is not guaranteed.

There are opportunities to upgrade to more luxurious lodgings in many places along the Camino. These are perfect for celebrating special occasions and milestones, or even to enhance your entire journey. We can recommend some very special, unique places to indulge in the Camino hospitality in spectacular style, so please ask us about these options when booking.

Food & Dining

The local cuisine is a definite highlight of your walk. The Camino regions are famous for their culinary delights, and you’ll end up exploring the destination using not only your feet, but also your taste buds.

Breakfast at your place of accommodation is usually continental style and may include cereals, yoghurt, bread, pastries, ham, tea, coffee and juices.

Lunch – at your own expense – will depend on where you are on your walk and what is available. It’s often purchased at a local café or bar, with choices along the trail perhaps including Spanish omelette (tortilla Espanola), tuna empanadas, soups or sandwiches (boccadillo). Alternatively, you may wish to enjoy a picnic in a perfect spot along the path.

Evening meals are a hearty, three-course affair known as the ‘pilgrims’ menu’. These usually consist of a salad or soup to start, followed by a choice of a meat or pasta dish, then finishing with a dessert. This is always accompanied by a bottle of local wine, of course. On occasion, the owner of the accommodation may be in the kitchen preparing the house special, which will not disappoint.

Most evening meals are included on guided group trips, and for self-guided itineraries Wandering the World can include as many evening meals as you wish. We may strongly recommend this in some places because it’s either been a long walking day or there are limited choices available in certain destinations. We can share our advice and talk to you about this at the time of booking. We can accommodate most dietary requirements, so please let us know in advance.

THE WALKING

This trip is a self-guided itinerary, ideal for groups and independent travellers who prefer to navigate in their own way and their own time.

You will be provided with an information pack including easy-to-read maps and instructions, complete with directions to guide you on the well-marked paths and tracks. On the Camino, you will be following the yellow arrows and Camino scallop shells, while the Chemin is marked with red and white stripes. This information pack will be available at your joining hotel on the first day of your trip.

TRIP GRADE

Challenging – This itinerary is designed with more experienced walkers in mind, covering an average of 20–25 km per day, or approximately 7–8 walking hours. Longer pilgrimages will generally have some longer days of over 30 km, as per the itinerary. Surfaces may be uneven at times with regular ascents and descents, sometimes in more remote areas. A good base level of fitness and experience in walking is recommended. Whatever your previous experience, preparation and training make all our walks more enjoyable.

LUGGAGE TRANSFERS

Wandering the World arranges a daily luggage transfer to maximise your comfort and enjoyment, so all you need to carry is a day pack. Luggage allowance is one bag per person of no more than 20 kg (13 kg on the Chemin). Your luggage must be left in the reception of your hotel before breakfast (8 am) each day.

Please note:

  • It is essential to attach the bag tag provided to ensure your luggage is delivered to your next accommodation.
  • Only one bag will be moved each day and additional charges will apply if your bag is heavier than 20 kg (13 kg on the Chemin).
  • Should you require special arrangements for additional luggage transfers, these can be made ahead of time and must be paid as part of your final payment to Wandering the World.

GROUP SIZE

Wandering the World’s guided groups have a maximum group size of 12 participants. This small group size means that we have the flexibility to stay in a wider range of accommodations, can dine together in the evenings, have the freedom to walk alone or together, and there are more opportunities to get to know your travelling companions.

TRANSFERS/TAXIS

If, for any reason, you wish to shorten your walking day, there are options along the Camino and in the villages to arrange a taxi.

On some itineraries, there are times when Wandering the World may arrange a transfer for you or can do so at your request. This might happen where small villages do not have accommodation with private facilities, for example, or when we want to take you to a special country property that we know you are going to love. In this case, Wandering the World will either arrange a transfer for you or suggest a taxi.

Transfers on the Camino are common in parts. A simple procedure is outlined in your trip notes explaining the details of your private transfer, the designated meeting point and the agreed transfer time.

WEATHER

The weather and climate on the Camino can vary from country to country, region to region and, of course, from day to day. Each season has its own benefits, with long, warm and sunny days in spring and early summer, while early spring and late autumn tend to enjoy cooler walking temperatures. Some sections may be too hot for walking mid-summer, while others are more likely to be wet at certain times. The experts at Wandering the World can discuss your preferences and guide you when you are planning your trip.

Once you’ve started your walk, the weather can play an important role in your overall enjoyment of the journey. Checking the forecast can be a great help when planning your days. If you do strike hotter weather, leaving early to avoid the warmest part of the day will make a huge difference.

24/7 SUPPORT & CARE

Your information pack will include details of local emergency contacts and international contacts. We have local, on-the-ground support to provide any assistance you may require and we’ll also check-in with your hotel at the end of each day to ensure that you’ve arrived safely.

GETTING THERE / GETTING HOME

This itinerary begins in Seville and ends in Santiago de Compostela.

From your airport of choice there are bus, train and flight options as per the links below.

The closest airports to Seville are Madrid or Barcelona.  Seville is not an international transport hub, so the best options are to fly into Madrid or Barcelona and then take a flight or the AVE high speed train to Seville.

Train bookings are recommended.  Please note you can only book two months in advance of the date of travel.

From Madrid the AVE train runs direct to Seville (approx 2.5 hrs direct).

From Barcelona the AVE train runs twice a day (approx 5.5 hrs direct).

See the Renfe website for more information.

Bus:

ALSA

Monbus.es

Train:

RENFE   

The Train Line

Rail Europe

Comboios de Portugal  

Bus/Train :

Rome2Rio

Flights:

Vueling

Ryan Air

Iberia Express

Iberia:

TAP

BA

Easyjet

Alitalia

Also, check out: Skyscanner OR Spanish Airport Guide 

Getting from Santiago de Compostela

From Santiago de Compostela  there are bus, train and flight options as per the links above.

The airport is 11km from the city centre and there is a shuttle bus departing every 30 mins from Plaza de Galicia, the train station (Estación de Ferrocarril) and the bus station (Estación de Autobuses).  See www.empresafreire.com.

INSURANCE

Insurance is compulsory for everyone who travels with Wandering the World. The insurance policy must include cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability. Wandering the World recommends insurance coverage for cancellation to be taken at the same time your deposit is paid, as no exception to the cancellation provisions can be made.

BOOKING AND TRAVEL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Wandering the World’s full booking terms and conditions are available upon request and will also accompany your initial invoice for deposit.

“Seville is a magic place, with its narrow winding streets, nooks and crannies and the food behind every door. The barren countryside is rife with acorn-fed pigs, providing the highest-quality free range jamon. It’s not to everyone’s taste – neither is the bulls’ tail – but for me it was worth sampling and simply delicious. The last 100 kilometres into Santiago is muted as the prettiest – and I concur – but it was Manuel, the lord of the manor house we chose to stay on this path, who stole the show with his stories of walking the Camino over and over again. In his late 80s when I last visited, he was still sharp and full of local knowledge, keeping his audience silently captive as they hung off every word”.  Glenyce, Founder of Wandering the World.