The Camino de Santiago from Leon

Start / Finish:
León / Ponferrada

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Availability:
All year

105 km
Distance
5 days / 4 nights
Duration
Half Board or Only Breakfast
Meals
Hotels and Country Cottages
Accommodation
From 380€ per person
Price


Distance
105 km

Duration
5 days / 4 nights

Meals
Half Board or Only Breakfast

Accommodation
Hotels and Country Cottages

Price
From 380€ per person
Our Official License as a Wholesale Agency (Tour-Operator) allows us to work without intermediaries.

Section 6 of the French Way: Section 6 of the French Way, from León to Ponferrada, starts in the beautiful and lively city of León and ends in Ponferrada. Ponferrada was built by the Templars in the 12th century.

Throughout this section we will have the opportunity to visit the hilltop town of Astorga, which is well-known for its sweets and chocolates, along with the Astorga Cathedral and the Pilgrimage Museum.

Once we leave Astorga we will begin the climb to the mountains of León, along which we will cross through many rustic towns and small villages.

We will get the chance to place a keepsake on the Iron Cross, after which we will continue on our pilgrimage through the mountainous region of El Bierzo. Later on we will reach Ponferrada and pay a visit to its impressive castle built by the Templars.

Have an unforgettable time on the Camino de Santiago from León!

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Leon

In León we will have the opportunity to visit and walk through its historical center. León was the capital of the kingdom of Castile in the Middle Ages and is therefore an important historical landmark in modern day Spain.

León has been a point of passage for pilgrims along the Camino de Santiago for centuries. We also recommend visiting the Pulchra Leonina, also known as the “Sistine Chapel” of Spanish architecture.

We can also admire Gaudi’s architecture by visiting the Casa de los Botines, built in a neo-Gothic style, as well as the famous Hospital of San Marcos, which is currently a hotel.

Overnight: Leon

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From Leon to Mazarife

The flatness of this route makes it quite simple. We will walk among vast farmlands of grains, corn, potatoes and beautiful apple orchards.

Length: 17 km

Overnight: Mazarife

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From Mazarife to Astorga

Today we will go on a beautiful hike along trails and dirt paths to one of the most beautiful villages of the entire French Way,Hospital de Órbigo. In Hospital de Órbigo we can visit the famous photogenic “Puente de Órbigo” bridge. Here we can admire the town’s beautiful landscapes with the mountains of León in the background.

We will reach the beautiful hilltop town of Astorga where we can pay a visit to the Astorga Cathedral, the Episcopal Palace designed by Gaudi and the city walls. In Astorga we can also try some of their exquisite chocolates.

Length: 30 km

Overnight: Astorga

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Optional: From Mazarife to Astorga spending the night in Hospital de Orbigo

The route from Mazarife to Astorga is divided into 2 stages of 17 km and 14 km, meaning we can walk at a more relaxed pace. We will spend the night in the beautiful town of Hospital de Órbigo.

Length: 17 km and 14 km

Overnight: Hospital de Orbigo

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From Astorga to Rabanal del Camino

Today’s section will take place along the beautiful mountains of León and El Bierzo. Our walk will be surrounded by lushvegetation such as oaks, heather and broom trees.

Length: 19 km

Overnight: Rabanal del Camino

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From Rabanal del Camino to Ponferrada

Today’s section will take place along the beautiful mountains of León and El Bierzo. Our walk will be surrounded by lushvegetation such as oaks, heather and broom trees.

Length: 32 km

Overnight: Ponferrada

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Optional: From Rabanal del Camino to Ponferrada spending the night in Acebo

We can choose to divide the route from Rabanal del Camino to Ponferrada in 2 stages of 16 km each, in order to walk at a more relaxed pace. We will spend the night in a hotel in a charming village located on the Acebo Mountain.

Length: 16 km and 16 km

Overnight: Acebo

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Ponferrada

Once we reach the city of Ponferrada, we will have the opportunity to visit its beautiful old town and the Castle of the Templars.

We must also try some of the local cuisine that comes from the surrounding mountains, such as the ‘botillo’(meat-stuffed pork intestine) and some of the best meats in Spain.

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General information

All the rooms you book with Santiago Ways to make the Camino de Santiago have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure the best comfort.

Our team checks on site the quality of all the accommodation offered in order for pilgrims to live a comfortable and unforgettable experience on the Camino de Santiago.

Availability

When working with quality accommodations with limited capacity, the exact name of the accommodation will be provided 30 days before the start of the Camino.

All accommodation on the Camino de Santiago is subject to availability. In case we can't offer any of them due to capacity, we'll accommodate you in one of equal or better quality.

Single rooms

Single rooms are available subject to availability. Reservations must be made in advance and come at an additional cost.

Where am I going to stay?

All our accommodation has been selected to ensure tranquillity, rest and enjoyment during your Camino de Santiago:

León

León

Mazarife

Mazarife

Astorga

Astorga

Hospital de Órbigo

Hospital de Órbigo

Rabanal del Camino

Rabanal del Camino

Ponferrada

Ponferrada

Included Services

checkAccommodation in Hotels and Country Cottages.

checkRooms with private bathroom.

checkMeal plan of your choice.

checkLuggage transport between stages.

checkComplete itinerary of the route.

check24 hours Telephone assistance on route.

checkAssistance vehicle in case of emergency.

check Informative dossier on the Camino de Santiago.

check VAT.

Additional Services

checkAdditional single room: €120 per person.

checkExtra night in Ponferrada: €55 per person.

checkTransfer from Ponferrada to Leon: €140.

checkTravel assistance insurance: €18 per person.

check Cancellation insurance: €12 per person.

In order to resolve the doubts of all pilgrims, here we answer the questions that are most frequently asked when we receive your inquiries.

If you have any other questions, you can contact us and we will be happy to help you resolve all your doubts.

General Information

What is the best time to do the Camino de Santiago?

The Camino de Santiago can be started on any day of the year, always taking into account the weather and the season in which you want to travel, so that your clothes are the right ones.

How do I get to my starting point on the Camino?

The best way to get to the starting point of your Camino de Santiago is to arrive at the airport, train station or bus station nearest to the town from where you will start walking.

Once you confirm your Camino, you will send us the arrival information for your flight, train or bus and, from there, we organize a private transfer to the town where you should start your Camino.

Can I travel alone?

Yes, you can. All the routes on the Camino de Santiago are suitable for pilgrims to travel solo.

Also, whether you are travelling alone, or travelling accompanied but want to sleep in a single room, Santiago Ways offer this option to you.

We can book all your nights of accommodation in single rooms at an additional cost. We suggest you book well in advance since they are usually in high demand.

On the Camino de Santiago, you will find hundreds of pilgrims walking on their own. Many of them may have come to the Camino alone; others have probably moved away from their fellow travellers for a few hours because of the difference in speed when walking.

In any case, all the routes on the Camino are very well signposted, so you will have no problem if you go on your own.

Am I going to have an accompanying guide on el Camino de Santiago?

Most routes on the Camino de Santiago are done in a self-guided mode. Thus, each traveller has the opportunity to advance on their own and at their own pace along the routes marked on the complete itinerary of the route, which is sent one month before starting the Camino.

However, we also offer organized groups with accompanying guide on the stretch from Sarria to Santiago. We have specific dates already established, and we carry them out in groups of up to 15 people, with guaranteed departures. The guides in charge of these routes speak English and Spanish.

We already have all the dates published until 2021, so you are encouraged to reserve your place before the groups are filled.

What does the complete route itinerary consist of?

The complete route itinerary of the route is a guide that we prepare for you with information about the maps, route profiles and places of interest, kilometre by kilometre on each of the stages that you will go through on the Camino de Santiago.

The travel distances and travel times indicated for each route on both the website and the itinerary we send you are based on reference values. It depends on each pilgrim exactly how they carry out these times and distances, according to the speed at which they progress.

When do I get the complete route itinerary?

You will receive it by email one month before starting your Camino along with all the documentation for the trip: accommodation reservations, baggage transfers, among others.

How many kilometres should I walk on each stage?

In Santiago Ways, we adapt each stage to the needs of our pilgrims, so that they can travel according to their physical capability and the number of days available.

On average, a stage of the Camino de Santiago has 15 to 20 km. On most routes, however, we can organize your Camino so that you walk fewer kilometres, dividing some stages into two parts, depending on what is most comfortable for you.


Advice

What should I consider to prepare physically?

Both sedentary people and those who regularly exercise should physically prepare for doing the Camino de Santiago.

Sedentary people can start with moderate activity and continue progressively. They should start by taking small 20-minute walks, two or three times a week. It is suggested to increase the time until you reach walk about 4 or 5 kilometres every hour.

People with regular physical activity can start by walking from 45 to 60 minutes a day and increase the amount of time and kilometres they travel in the same span of time.

Generally, it is recommended to start training for about three months before starting the route.

How far in advance should I make a reservation?

There is no minimum number of days in advance to book, although on certain dates the occupancy of the accommodation is higher, especially in high season, and in dates of religious interest such as the San Fermin Festivals in Pamplona, from 7th to 14th July, or the Feast of Santiago the Apostle, on July 25th.

Therefore, in order to guarantee availability in the best accommodation, we suggest you book as much in advance as possible, so that we can meet all of your needs.

What clothes and hiking equipment are indispensable?

For any of the Caminos, we suggest you to bring the following items: light and fast drying clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a pair of shoes suitable for hiking, trekking poles, a pair of shoes to rest in, a jacket that doesn't take up much space and a bottle to carry water.

Depending on the time of year in which you make the route, these items may vary.

Remember that with Santiago Ways, you have included a baggage transfer service between stages, so we will take your backpack from one accommodation to another so that you only worry about walking (maximum 1 piece of 20 kg per person).

For this reason, we suggest you prepare a second backpack, much smaller, that you can carry with you every day with water, sunscreen, cap, sunglasses, documents, some food and cash.

How does the baggage transfer between stages work?

Every day, at 8:00 am, you must bring your luggage, properly labelled, to the reception. One of our carriers will pick it up and take it to the place where you are going to stay on your next stage.

Delivery time varies according to the distance between stages and the carrier's delivery route. Usually, delivery is made before 4 p.m.

Should I take out travel insurance?

To complete any of the routes on the Camino de Santiago, it is advisable to have travel insurance with all the necessary coverage, especially emergency evacuation and medical care.

To do this, we suggest you take out the Travel Assistance Insurance and Cancellation Insurance that we offer you in Santiago Ways. If you want more information about it, we will be happy to answer your questions.


Accommodation

Do all rooms have a private bathroom?

Yes, all rooms you book with Santiago Ways to do the Camino de Santiago have a private bathroom.

Can I sleep alone in a room?

Yes. We offer accommodation in single rooms and double rooms, according to the requirements of each pilgrim.

Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability according to the location.

When will you tell me where I am going to stay?

We work with multiple accommodations in all locations which allows us to guarantee the best quality rooms for our pilgrims, provided that they are booked well in advance.

The name and exact location of each hotel is sent about one month before the start of the Camino with all the documentation related to the trip.

Am I going to share a room with strangers?

No. All the accommodations we book for our pilgrims have private rooms with private bathrooms in order to guarantee all the comfort needed torest properly.

Is the accommodation close to the route that I should follow?

All the accommodations that we book are in the centre of the towns or villages. In any case, depending on availability, if any accommodation is somewhat far from the centre, most of them are accessible on foot.

When necessary, Santiago Ways could offer a round trip transfer so that the pilgrim can reach their accommodation in the most comfortable way possible and return the next day to the point on the route from where he must continue the Camino.

What type of accommodation do you reserve?

All the accommodation that we book in Santiago Ways offers the necessary comfort to rest after long days of walking.

We work with hotels, traditional Galician homes, country cottages, and charming hostels, always a room with a private bathroom.

We want to talk about the Camino Frances from León to Ponferrada, an eminently Leonese route that runs through the region of Bierzo, one of the most beautiful in our country. We will talk about the reasons that there are to complete it as well as other important aspects, as the best time to do it or all the necessary information related to it.

We want to remind you here that with Santiago Ways it is possible to make your pilgrimage in the best possible conditions guaranteed.

Why do the Camino de Santiago Frances from León?

1. Natural landscapes: one of the most powerful incentives to make the Camino Frances de Santiago from León is, without a doubt, the quality of its landscapes.

Not only we do say it for the region of El Bierzo, one of the most beautiful in our country, but also for the majestic mountains of León, which we will tour during our pilgrimage and offer us beautiful landscapes that make us fall in love with it.

Vista de los Montes de Leon

2.- Infrastructure: in Santiago Ways, We always emphasize that the Camino Frances de Santiago is well cared for and developed in terms of infrastructure.

This is the result of being the Pilgrims’ most travelled route. It has excellent communications, roads, supply points and signage. For this reason, it is also the preferred route of those who complete the adventure of the Camino de Santiago for the first time.

3.- Heritage: Another of the reasons to make this route of the Camino de Santiago from León to Ponferrada is its great patrimony. It is divided between its beautiful villages and in the cities by which we pass, the first of them, León.

Everything is very well kept and most of its remains go back to the Middle Ages and some even to Roman times. You can’t miss the connection this route makes to Europe’s most secluded past.

4.-Gastronomy: This point becomes important when we are on the route. The walks and the different stages make it more and more important to find quality establishments and quality gastronomy.

We can say that another of the most noteworthy aspects of the region of El Bierzo and the places we are going to spend is precisely the quality of its cuisine. With unbeatable land and specialities in meats and cold cuts , you will end up enjoying everything this route has to offer you.

Information about the route of the Camino de Santiago from León

The route of the Camino de Santiago from León to Ponferrada forms the sixth section of the Camino Frances de Santiago. It starts in the emblematic city of León: a beautiful city full of the heritage which you can enjoy from the beginning. It ends in Ponferrada, already in Galicia, a city built by the Templars in the 12th century.

En Ponferrada

Among the points that we will visit is the city of Astorga, the pilgrimage through the mountains of León and a lot of wonders that we will fall in love with. It has a total length of 105 kilometres divided into 5 stages.

With Santiago Ways, it is possible to book it all year round with breakfast or breakfast and dinner included in the best hotels and with all the attention that you deserve.

The most reserved routes on the Camino de Santiago from León

Despite all the appeal of the route of the Camino Frances de Santiago from León , we want to talk about the two most popular and reserved routes within it. Each of them has its own reasons and we want you to discover them so that you can make your own decision.

Camino Frances from Saint Jean Pied de Port

With a route of 66 kilometres spread over 5 stages and 4 nights, the section from St. Jean Pied de Port is the most popular in the south of France. That is why every year thousands of Frenchmen and other people from all over the world begin here in order to finish their journey in the city of Pamplona. The village in which it begins is a beautiful location in the south of the French countryside.

Camino Frances from Sarria

The reason why the stretch from Sarria is so reserved and so popular is that it is the last one before arriving in Santiago . Indeed, it is chosen by many pilgrims who want to experience the feeling of completing their journey to Santiago de Compostela. It has a total length of 111 kilometres divided into 7 stages with its corresponding 6 nights.

This and all the options we offer from Santiago Ways you can book all year round.

Route of the Camino de Santiago Frances from León

Maps of the Camino de Santiago Frances from León

Therefore, we include here all the necessary maps for your pilgrimage. With them, you can get an idea of what places you will go through and what experiences you can encounter in this adventure with Santiago Ways.

León – Villar de Mazarife

Mapa Leon a Villar de Mazarife

Map stage from Leon to Villar de Mazarife

Villar de Mazarife – Astorga

Mapa Villar de Mazarife a Astorga

Map stage from Villar de Mazarife to Astorga

Astorga – Rabanal del Camino

Mapa Astorga a Rabanal del Camino

Map stage from Astorga to Rabanal del Camino

Rabanal del Camino – Ponferrada

Mapa Rabanal del Camino a Ponferrada

Map stage from Rabanal del Camino to Ponferrada

Profile of the Camino de Santiago Frances from León

We will talk now about the profile of the Camino de Santiago from León to Ponferrada . With this, we intend to give you the information regarding its difficulty, as well as the height at which it passes and the points of ascent that it contains. For example, between Villafranca del Bierzo and Ponferrada, the road is practically flat.

The most rugged area is before reaching this locality, but thanks to the infrastructure which this section of the road has, there is no difficulty in completing it.

León – Villar de Mazarife

Perfil de Leon a Villar de Mazarife

Profile stage from Leon to Villar de Mazarife

Villar de Mazarife – Astorga

Perfil de Villar de Mazarife a Astorga

Profile stage from Villar de Mazarife to Astorga

Astorga – Rabanal del Camino

Perfil de Astorga a Rabanal del Camino

Profile stage from Astorga to Rabanal del Camino

Rabanal del Camino – Ponferrada

Perfil de Rabanal del Camino a Ponferrada

Profile stage from Rabanal del Camino to Ponferrada

Stages on foot of the Camino Frances from León to Ponferrada

We also want to give you all the information about the stages that we will walk on foot during our pilgrimage. With it, you can get an idea of the adventure and experiences that await you.

How long does the Camino de Santiago Frances from León to Ponferrada take?

As we have said, the Camino Frances de Santiago from León has a total length of 105 kilometres. They are distributed in 5 stages which can be made easily in half of that time if we are going to make the Camino de Santiago by bicycle. In any case, the time taken on every stage depends on each pilgrim.

Hace el Camino en bicicleta

The reason for being able to cover so much distance in less time than other sections of the road is because in the last stretch until you reach Ponferrada the route becomes practically flat. It is therefore very nice to do and it will surely feel short and will make you want to go more and more.

Best time to do the Camino de Santiago Frances from León to Ponferrada

It can be said that the question of when to complete the Camino de Santiago depends ultimately on the priorities of each person. However, it must also be said that each season has its advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, and to help you decide, we want to talk about each of the months and the points in favour and against to help you decide when to make the pilgrimage.

January

The month of January is a good opportunity to take advantage of the last days of the Christmas break. The disadvantage is that it is very cold in the regions we pass through, for which we can simply go better prepared.

Panorámica de Ponferrada invierno

February

In February the temperatures begin to rise a little. That makes it a more pleasant month that also gives us the advantage of not encountering too many pilgrims along the way.

March

During March the temperatures begin to rise definitively, noting the proximity of spring. It is a good time because the region of El Bierzo begins to show its characteristic colour.

El Bierzo en época de primavera

April

During April, and taking advantage of Easter, many pilgrims make their journey. In these days, it is possible to cover the complete route between León and Ponferrada.

May

During May and, in general, throughout the spring, the risk of precipitation increases. The temperatures are milder, yes, and the environments that we travel through like the mountains of León show all their beauty.

June

In June, those people who can take their summer holidays before others should take advantage to complete the Camino. They will have clear and pleasant weather and also the route won’t have many pilgrims as yet.

July

In July, the festivities of the city of Santiago de Compostela take place. Also those of another important city on the Camino Frances : Pamplona. Between the 15th and 31st are those of Santiago, and on July 6th begins the San Fermín festivities. Two good reasons to make our pilgrimage in July.

Celebracion nocturna del dia del apostol Santiago

August

The month of August is the most popular among pilgrims due to the good weather (much cooler in the north of Spain) and the amount of time they have available. It is a good opportunity to make the way organized with Santiago Ways, taking into account that we will avoid overcrowding.

September

One of the distinctive notes of September and the months that follow is that the region of El Bierzo is full of beautiful colours. Just to contemplate this scene is worth a pilgrimage this month.

October

Although the risk of precipitation increases and temperatures fall, with planning, it is possible to enjoy the really spectacular autumn that we have been talking about.

November

November may bring the risk of precipitation and low temperatures. However, to complete the Camino in winter gives the pilgrims their chance to walk without crowds.

December

It is a month chosen more and more by those pilgrims who want to spend Christmas in a beautiful place and live an unforgettable experience.

Guide to the places that you cannot miss on the Camino de Santiago from León to Ponferrada

We have made a selection of places that you cannot miss on the route of the Camino de Santiago from León to Ponferrada. Some of them are historical and touristic places of interest. Others are the best hotels, those in which you will stay with Santiago Ways.

Finally, there are the recommendations of some restaurants along the route, a very important aspect when it comes to recharging your batteries.

Places of interest

Basilica de San Isadora end León

The starting point, the city of León, is a real gem among all the wonders that exist in our country. From it, you cannot miss its spectacular heritage where we have the cathedral, the Basilica of San Isadora, the Convent of San Marcos or the Casa Bovines, by the famous architect Gaudí. We’ll talk to you about where you can eat later.

Basilica de San Isidoro

Villa de Astorga

Without a doubt one of the most beautiful places along the route. The villa of Astorga surprises all those who visit it for its cathedral, its episcopal palace or its Roman museum. It is one of the most interesting stops along the way and an incentive to make you feel that you want to do it over and over again.

Foto de la Villa de Astorga

Castillo de Ponferrada

Ponferrada is another of the magnificent towns that we can visit during this route. Its imposing castle is one of the monuments that leaves a most vivid impression in our memory. You can’t miss finishing here to cap off this great route.

Imponente Castillo de Ponferrada

Where to sleep – The best hotels

One of the distinctive notes we offer in Santiago Ways is that we offer you the best hotels. With that, we want to make sure that you get the treatment and care that you deserve. We remind you that there is the option to book breakfast or breakfast and dinner to replace the energy that you need.

Where to eat – The best restaurants

Casa Mando: In the city of León is this prestigious inn that can offer us the best specialities of  Leonese cuisine at an affordable price and in a cosy atmosphere. The best of the land, as well as the best of its cold cuts and meats, will be at our disposal with unbeatable service.

Restaurant Serrano: In Astorga, we must highlight the Serrano Restaurant. Its philosophy is based on offering only seasonal products, which results in a taste and a character very attached to the land. All this in a rustic room that accompanies this unmistakable elegance of the whole town of Astorga.

Restaurante Serrano

Doce Torres: In Ponferrada is famous this restaurant dedicated to home cooking. This says a lot considering that when entering Galicia, we can taste specialities that will make us recognize the quality of its cuisine. Be sure to visit this restaurant to finish off your experience on the Camino Frances de Santiago from León.

Origin of the Camino de Santiago from León to Ponferrada

The origin of this section is naturally linked to that of the Camino Frances itself. It began to take importance as the reconquest progressed. Although previously there was only the so-called Camino Primitivo or the Camino del Norte , when the reconquest was taking place, new routes were free, much more practical than the previous one.

Despite this, it must be thought that the Camino de Santiago was not just a path for pilgrims with religious motives, it was also an important trade route for the north of Spain that made it prosper in fact. Join this historic legacy.

The Camino de Santiago from León with Santiago Ways

Ideal footwear for the Camino de Santiago from Leon to Ponferrada

Other sections of the Camino de Santiago Frances

Other users’ opinions about the Camino de Santiago Frances from León

We also leave you the opinion of other people who have already completed the Camino Frances de Santiago from León with us. It will help you to finish deciding to live an unforgettable experience.

Karen Srajer
Karen Srajer
We took the French Way, Leaving from Saint Jean Pied de Port. Santiago Ways booked our rooms the entire trip and make sure our luggage was transported. The rooms were a delight the walk was wonderful. Santiago Ways made sure to have support for us on the trip as well as needed. I would highly recommend this company. The entire group was a delight to work with and Cristiana on it especially was helpful.If we should decide to do another way, we would definitely use this company.
Diane Nunez
Diane Nunez
This was our first time in Spain and first time walking on a daily basis. Santiago Ways answered our many questions and concerns over many emails. We started our walk September 1st 2019 in Sarria and took 10 days to walk to Santiago de Compostela. Santiago Ways booked our lodging in 10 different places along with luggage transfers. We asked that all breakfasts,dinner and picnic lunch be included. Our accommodations varied from Albergues. Inns, Boutique hotel, to Bed and Breakfast. We truly enjoyed our picnic lunch as we could stop anywhere and enjoy the view. The accommodations - private room and private bathroom as we requested were not disappointing. We would recommend Santiago Way to anyone that needs some assistance in walking The Way.
Richard Luna
Richard Luna
I changed my itinerary about 10 times before finalizing my vacation, 2 weeks prior to my trip date. Santiago Ways (Sara Mateo) was so polite and understanding throughout the entire process. My wife and I loved our great 2 week walk on the Camino. Every reservation, baggage transfer, excursion and transportation worked out exactly as planned. Thank you Sara for our memorable vacation.
Mark Nichols
Mark Nichols
This is a very professional company that helped create a fantastic journey. My contact person, Ylenia, responded to my emails and answered my questions. I highly recommend this company.
Kat Cust
Kat Cust
I have walked with Santiago Ways twice and have been impressed by their professionalism and services both times. I wanted to support a Spanish company for the walks, and found them to be a competitive option - in a crowded industry. Am planning to walk with them again as I’ve enjoyed my caminos so much!
Richard Luna
Richard Luna
I changed my itinerary about 10 times before finalizing my vacation, 2 weeks prior to my trip date. Santiago Ways (Sara Mateo) was so polite and understanding throughout the entire process. My wife and I loved our great 2 week walk on the Camino. Every reservation, baggage transfer, excursion and transportation worked out exactly as planned. Thank you Sara for our memorable vacation.
Richard Luna
Richard Luna
I changed my itinerary about 10 times before finalizing my vacation, 2 weeks prior to my trip date. Santiago Ways (Sara Mateo) was so polite and understanding throughout the entire process. My wife and I loved our great 2 week walk on the Camino. Every reservation, baggage transfer, excursion and transportation worked out exactly as planned. Thank you Sara for our memorable vacation.
Rachel Mckeeve
Rachel Mckeeve
We recently walked part of the Camino de Santiago Trail. Our trip was arranged by Santiago Ways. We were part of a larger group we had a tour guide and our luggage was transferred each day. Our trip was an immense success, everything went very smoothly and that in part was down to Veronica who arranged the trip. She was very helpful throughout the whole planning procedure even arranging for a private transfer from the airport to Sarria, our start point. I would recommend Santiago Ways and Veronica and would definitely use them again.
Eilish Bye
Eilish Bye
After comparing several agencies, our group of 7 decided to go with Santiago Ways for our first Camino experience as they offered an all round better price for our customised package that included insurance, meals, accommodation, luggage transfers and any required transportation to accommodation. The booking process was straightforward, they responded quickly to various enquiries and changes that we requested and they provided guidance on preparation and the Camino route which we referred to throughout our trip.We had a couple of issues including one of our group injuring her ankle but Santiago Ways were available 24 x 7 and they resolved everything efficiently including all communications required with local accommodation providers, taxis etc. which was very reassuring. Pilgrims we met who organised their accommodation en route had to deal with lack of accommodation in some locations and then they had to organise transport to and from the nearest hostels. We didn’t have any stress like this at all which left us free to enjoy the stunning scenery and great camaraderie on this wonderful trip. We will use Santiago Ways again and we can highly recommend them.
Kerry Mannette
Kerry Mannette
I booked my Camino de Santiago for Sept 2019 through Santiago Ways and the company made the experience absolutely wonderful. Vanessa Veiga was a pleasure to deal with, very professional and informative and made it very easy to arrange the entire trip. The accommodations and board booked through Santiago ways were amazing, we were very pleased with the diversity (B&B, hotel, hostel) of the accommodations along with the service and cleanliness of the accommodations. The luggage transfer worked flawlessly. I would rate Santiago Ways 10 out of 10 and recommend them to anyone looking to book their Camino.
Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson
I was so pleased with the trip Santiago Ways set up for me to Walk The Camino Francés. My first experience was when I requested a quote in October 2018 for a August 2019 walk. Ylenia went above and beyond to answer all our questions and to provide numerous options for me before I made my final decision on the trip. She was patient and thorough as I gathered information. Her follow up was amazing and her attention to detail was very assuring! Once I booked the trip she continued sending updates until we departed for Spain. Once we arrived in Spain Ylenia and the Operations team stayed in touch via email to answer any questions. The hotel accommodations for 39 days were all wonderful and the baggage transfer was perfect. Every day our bags were at the hotel by the time we arrived. One day my friend left her hat in the hotel room and Santiago Ways Operation team sent an email saying the hat would be waiting at our next hotel. That’s going “above and beyond”. I highly recommend using Santiago Ways for your Camino!!!!! We walked with numerous people who had used other companies and they all thought Santiago Ways had the best hotels. I’ve already referred a friend to them and definitely will use them for my next Camino. Thank you Santiago Ways!!!!!!!!
Alison McEvoy
Alison McEvoy
Ylenia Conesa from Santiago Ways was very helpful answering all my question prior to my Camino trip. A truly memorable experience beautifully organised by Santiago Ways
Chantal Ryan
Chantal Ryan
This was a great experience from start to finish. From the on-line booking team that answered my numerous questions and comminucated with me in an efficient and friendly manner to the amazing guide we had and the quality of the hotels we stayed in. It all exceeded my expectations
Jon Lucas
Jon Lucas
Excellent company with excellent staff, couldn't fault their organisation and execution of my Camino walk. My special thanks to Ylenia who looked after my bookings and organised things for me.
LUCIA CARABINE
LUCIA CARABINE
Fantastic service and Ylenia Conesa who handled the booking was a delight and very efficient
Jasmine Pantuso
Jasmine Pantuso
Santiago Ways, and our advisor Ylenia Conesa , provided an outstanding travel experience! Ylenia answered every question that I had during my trip planning process! The accommodations were absolutely charming, and the food was perfect! Thank you for the experience of a lifetime!
Yuko Fujita
Yuko Fujita
Celebrating 60th birthday, we walked 100 kilos for 10 days. No pain and no blisters. Santiago ways transported our luggage on time every day even we changed one of the hotel to Paradores. Taxis were always on time waiting for us. All hotels were clean, friendly and conveniently located. The food and buildings and history of each accommodations were all unique and wonderful! I will use Santiago ways for my next Camino. Andriana was very helpful. Thank you! Muchas Gracias!
Yana Mileva
Yana Mileva
We booked our "Camino" trip via this agency. Our agent was Vanessa and we are ecstatic with the service! The booking went very smoothly. All our questions were answered and all our wished addressed in a very quick manner. Actually, the agency had to ping us a few times via email and WhatsApp, as we were the ones too slow to answer them. They even made arrangements for us to take our dog on the trip and book the appropriate hotels. The luggage transfer was wonderful. We had a pickup from Santiago to our starting point on "Camino" that also worked perfectly. We can highly recommend the services of this agency. I have to admit that I have not compared prices and if there is something cheaper on the market, but the service we received here was impeccable. We had a wonderful trip and are planing to come back next year and walk another "Camino" again. Buen Camino everyone!
Peggy White
Peggy White
Walking the Camino was the best experience of my life! Partially because I had such a great support crew of Santiago Ways! I worked with Vanessa Veiga who organized my trip to suit my needs. When some details needed to be changed, she kindly worked with me to make it happen. My accommodations were all very different- from Casa Rurals to hostels to Pensions, but they were all excellent. The luggage transfer worked perfectly, too. I highly recommend this company to anyone planning to walk the Camino!
Tamir Shemer
Tamir Shemer
excellent experience with Santiago way team, all that was promised accomplished to the last detail , the transportation, the hotels choices , the path segment choice, the information provided ,the luggage transfer just a perfect vacation
mary ellen canal
mary ellen canal
Santiago Ways is the perfect agency to help you plan you Camino de Santiago.Since the first day that i wrote my email the response was very fast, gladly i began speaking to the agent Vanessa Viega and she made sure i had all the information and helped me plan everything, she was really great .i really enjoyed my Camino, i was looking forward for it and it did satisfied my expectations.This experience for me was the most special in my life, i am really thinking about doing it again starting in Portugal
Winston Fernandez
Winston Fernandez
I used Santiago Ways on my first Camino in March this year. The trail that I did was from Vigo to Santiago de Compostela. The experience was truly fantastic ….. mainly because of Santiago Ways.My contact person at Santiago Ways was Vanessa Veiga. Right from the onset Vanessa was extremely helpful , sensitive and very attentive to all my requests. She responded swiftly to all my mails. She selected the right hotels which were excellent and the luggage always arrived on time.I am planning my second Camino next April and I would continue to use Santiago Ways and in particular Vanessa. Thanks a million Vanessa and continue the good work to all the pilgrims who want to experience a true Camino.Winston FernandezKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Marion Tilley-Vyner
Marion Tilley-Vyner
Santiago Ways made it possible for me to do the pilgrimage. At 69 I did not like the idea of staying in a hostal, I like a bit of privacy and comfort! And I could not have done the walking while carrying my luggage. Adriana at Santiago Ways helped me work out my route and booked hotels and luggage transfers. Also, having them there in case I had any problems, was very reassuring. Adriana was only a phone call away. I recommend using Santiago Ways for anyone having doubts about doing the pilgrimage - they make it so much easier!
Tammy Shain
Tammy Shain
Vanessa was awesome and we loved Santiago Ways! We had a group of 8 college friends that were all around 50-years old. The deciding factor in choosing Santiago Ways was the group discount offered for groups of 6 or more. All other companies threshold for a discount was 10 people. Vanessa and the staff were awesome to work with throughout the process. We did the five day hike from Sarria to Santiago. We requested superior accommodations in places that were on the trail. The accommodations were top notch and 4 of the 5 places were directly on the trail. The exception was our night in Lavacolla in which we were .4 miles off the trail. It was our choice to stay in that location in order to have a shorter walk to Santiago on our final day so we could make the noon mass. We were pleasantly surprised at how clean each place was and they all had great bar and restaurant choices in close proximity - with the exception of Lavacolla so we recommend eating on-site - it was very good.
Sandi Frost Steensma
Sandi Frost Steensma
We had an excellent experience on the Camino with Santiago Ways. We had 14 women and everything was wonderful. We enjoyed the hotels, loved the daily luggage transport and the food was terrific. Santiago Ways communicated throughout our trip. We felt well-supported when we needed to make changes. Thank you!!
Beatriz Beltranena
Beatriz Beltranena
Santiago Ways is excellent they exceeded my expectations!! they do a great JOB and we had a "Buen Camino" in part thanks to them... lovely hotels.. flawless bag transfers and great great service!!! I would totally recommend them and please look for Vanessa she is the best.
Jan Schubert
Jan Schubert
My family and I used Santiago Ways to organize our recent pilgrimage from Lisbon to Porto. They did an excellent job booking us (as much as possible) into wonderful, small, family-run hotels and coping with the many changes dictated by "group" travel. In addition, one of us was traveling by bicycle whilst the rest were walking, necessitating even more planning which Santiago Ways did with patience and grace. We recommend using Santiago Ways for Camino support and planning!!! Jan Schubert
Jill Scher
Jill Scher
My family and I (6 of us) just finished walking the Lisbon to Porto section of the Camino Portuguese. It was a wonderful experience for us. The hotels we were booked into were well chosen and the food was great. We also found the path to be well marked making way finding fairly easy. A great relief as we had heard it was not well marked. Our luggage was efficiently transferred each day and everything ran very smoothly. Thank you Santiago Ways! We would definitely recommend your services to our friends. Jill
Kenneth E. Nowell
Kenneth E. Nowell
Santiago Ways made my memorable hike trouble-free. I had excellent hotels, tasty breakfasts, dependable baggage forwarding, informative advance information, and a dependable drive to deliver me to Sarria. I really appreciate their attention to detail!
Margo Gosia Barker
Margo Gosia Barker
We booked our El Camino with Santiago Ways and we were very lucky to have Silvia as our agent. She did a fantastic job organizing our trip, always promptly responding to our inquiries, impeccable English, all accommodations that she arranged for us were great, and our luggage was always delivered to the next location timely, before our arrivals to sites. I would definitely recommend Santiago Ways and ask for Silvia to be your representative.
Patricia Bazán
Patricia Bazán
This trip changed my life in ways I could not describe! I knew the hiking was going to be a challenge, but Santiago Ways made it so easy to plan and execute. They are truly the best and I am already planning my next trip with Santiago Ways and would not think of going anywhere else. Silvia Rivera was particularly helpful in the planning, as she answered all my questions patiently, and help me through the process. Great job, Guys, and I will see you next year!
Roberto Canto
Roberto Canto
Have just finished El Camino de Santiago from Sarria with the help of Santiago Ways. They have been extremely accesible from day one. The transfer of the luggage throught the five days was impecable, always finding the luggage in the room on every stage of the way. The food and lodging was very acceptable. If I were to do it again I would not hesitate to contact them once more for their assistance! "Buen camino".
Edmee Flores
Edmee Flores
Our experience with Santiago Ways was flawless. We highly recommend this outfit for your Santiago way experience. A perfect 10!
Barbara Melinska
Barbara Melinska
Very nice experience. Good and professional organization.Nice and friendly environment during the event. Recommended 100 %. Saludos para Jose 😉
Hanna Ringel
Hanna Ringel
Simply put - an incredible experience! This agency looks after every last detail. I walked the last 100 km of the Camino with their help and I definitely want to go back soon and do a longer part of the route. When that happens (which I hope is soon) I'll definitely be using Santiago Ways again! Thanks for everything.
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