Spain: Madrid and the Camino de Santiago

 

Earn your Pilgrim’s Compostela by hiking the final 100km of “The Way” with a group of like-minded ladies.

 

Our all-women’s Camino de Santiago hike begins in Madrid before winding its way through the country’s green northern oasis, Galacia. Together we’ll follow “The Way of Saint James” along the historic pilgrimages’ final 100km leg, through eucalyptus forests and quaint Spanish villages. The adventure ends in Plaza de Obradoiro, where the grandeur of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela awaits. Expect delicious regional fare, robust Spanish wines and cheese shaped like breasts—yes, seriously. By tour’s end you’ll have tested your stamina, made a few friends and earned your very own Pilgrim’s Compostela—an official document verifying you’ve successfully completed the Camino. Felicidades!

Please Note: This tour has special booking conditions. Please click here for more details.

QUICK FACTS

  • Who's it for? Lesbian women, friends and family

  • Countries visited: Spain

  • Duration: 10 Nights/11 Days

  • Starts in: Madrid

  • Ends in: Madrid

  • Group size: Min 4; max 16

  • Accomodations: A variety of 3, 4, and 5-star accommodations

  • Physical Rating: 3.5/5

  • Theme: Active

  • Activities: Food Tours,Hiking,Wildlife,Wine Tasting

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Eat tapas and order Spanish wine in Madrid’s lively markets,

  • Join fellow pilgrims along the Camino de Santiago,

  • Experience Galicia, a verdant northern province in Spain,

  • Learn about the history of Spain from two of the country’s best lesbian guides (who just happen to be a couple!),

  • Enjoy a wealth of Spanish cuisine including empanadas, paella and a regional cheese shaped like a woman’s breast,

  • Wallow in Plaza de Obradoiro where the historic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela awaits,

  • Spend the night at a pilgrim’s hospital from 1486 transformed into the now-famous 5-star Parador Hostal dos Reis Catolicos,

  • Catch a flamenco show and learn about the country’s famously flamboyant dance,

  • Bid the Camino adieu at the coastal area of Finisterre and Muxía.

TOUR MAP

ITINERARY

 

Day 1 Madrid

 

Hola! Welcome to Madrid. After settling into our centrally located hotel, get to know your local guide and fellow hikers at our 6PM Group Meeting followed by a Welcome Dinner at Taberna La Berenjena, a restaurant run by Spain’s Top Chef contestant (and lesbian herself), Rebecca Hernandez. To end the evening we may grab a cocktail at a female-owned bar.

 

Day 2 Madrid

 

Rise and shine, Ladies. This morning we warm up our hamstrings on a leisurely walking tour of Madrid. We’ll get acquainted with the country’s culture and history and learn about its robust queer past. The journey begins in Puerta del Sol, then we’ll walk the famous Calle Mayor to admire some of the oldest buildings in the city, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa. After our appetites are stoked we head to  Mercado de San Miguel for a tapas lunch. The afternoon is yours to rest or continue exploring alone. Tonight you’re welcome to reconvene with the group for an optional dinner at a small locally owned restaurant in the heart of Madrid. To cap off our evening we’ll experience a traditional flamenco performance. Olé!

 

Day 3 Sarria

 

Today we bid adieu to Madrid because we’re off to Sarria. The scenic journey will take approximately 6-hours with a stop for lunch in Astorga, a city founded in 14 BC where Roman walls still surround the old town. After freshening up at our charming accommodations in Sarria we’ll have a mandatory Camino meeting where we’ll review the hike in detail. Our day ends with dinner at a restaurant owned by a former butcher and pilgrim, with fish and vegetarian options available.

 

Day 4 Portomarin

 

Lace up those hiking boots and prepare for our first day on the trail. We depart at 8:45AM, with our first checkpoint at 5km/3.1mi. We’ve included these checkpoints as an opportunity to chat with your local guide, change gear at our van and make any required adjustments. A light lunch will be served at 13.9km/8.6mi in Ferreiros. Today’s final stop will be Portomarin at 22.6km/14mi. The medieval town begs to be explored, so if you still have some energy left we recommend wandering its cobblestone streets. You may even want to consider a swim in the River Minho! We’ll eat at a local casa rural, a basic country house on the river featuring food from the family’s organic garden, homemade wine and liquors. If we’re lucky there may be a chance to witness some ancient Pagan rituals.

Today’s Distance: 22.6k/14m.

 

Day 5 Monterroso

 

This morning you can expect an early breakfast as we kick off towards Palas do Rei at 8:45AM, with a checkpoint in El Gonzar at 7.8km/4.8mi. Lunch will be served at 17.4km/10.8mi. From here we’ll head to a noteworthy church and monastery in Iglesias de Vilar de Donas, either by foot or car depending on your mood. Many members of the Order of Santiago are buried here. The property may still be undergoing restoration but your guide can let you peek at some colourful frescoes from the fifteenth century. Once we arrive at Palas de Rei, we’ll take a shuttle to our casa rural, our basic country house for the night. Tonight’s dinner is an organic take on a Spanish classic: paella! 

Today’s Distance: 24.8km/15mi.

 

Day 6 Arzua

 

After a bright and early breakfast we’ll shuttle back to the Camino and depart Palas do Rei at 8:45AM. Today’s checkpoint is at 8.7km, with lunch served in Melide at 14.4km/8.9mi. This is one of the route’s oldest towns, famous for their signature octopus on Galician bread (it’s one of many choices that will be on the menu). Tonight after 25.8km/16mi we’ll arrive in Ribadiso, located just over the oldest known bridge on the route. Grab a drink to unwind and dip your feet in the river before we shuttle to our ‘pazo’— a traditional manor house—in Arzua. This town is famous for its Queso de Tetilla, or “little tit” cheese (the cheese looks like a boob, nipple et al). Dinner is served at the pazo.

Today’s Distance: 25.8km/16mi.

 

Day 7 Pedrouzo

 

This morning we’ll enjoy a relaxed breakfast before shuttling back to Ribadiso. Today’s checkpoint at 8.2km/5mi is quite special as we’ll rest our weary feet in our local lesbian guides’ (Ashleigh and Vanessa’s!) very own bar, Taberna Nova. You’ll have time to unwind, chat with the ladies working the taps and even fetch your own vegetables from their organic garden. We’ll then continue trekking until we reach 14.3km/8.9mi where lunch awaits. Finally, at 22.5km/15mi we’ll conclude today’s hike at Pedrouzo. You may want to consider a massage at our hotel before dinner is served in the on-site restaurant.

Today’s Distance: 22.5km/15mi.

 

Day 8 Santiago de Compostela

 

Up and at ‘em, as today is our final full day of hiking. Our first checkpoint is at 3km/1.8mi in a small town known as Amenal, with a picnic lunch served in Monte do Gozo at 14.6km/9mi. This is the last hill and stop on the pilgrimage, and offers our first views of the Cathedral spires. Our Spanish sojourn concludes at Plaza Obradoiro where we’ll arrive as a group to celebrate the end of our walk. After high fives and congratulations on a great hike, we’ll pick up our certificate of completion, the official ‘Pilgrim’s Compostela’. This is the perfect souvenir to memorialize the experience. For the full experience consider attending the Pilgrim’s Mass at 7PM to honour your achievement. Tonight we dine together and raise a glass to our industrious trek at a favourite restaurant. Felicidades!

Today’s Distance: 19.3km/12mi.

 

Day 9 Santiago de Compostela, Cape Finisterre, Muxia

 

With the trek behind us, we have a leisurely day to explore and recover. First up is a tour of Mercado de Abastos. This market dates back to 1874 and sells a solid selection of local foods. From here, a scenic one-hour drive brings us to Cape Finisterre. This is actually another pilgrimage destination, and would take 3-4 more days to walk. Considered the end of the world in the Middle Ages, people would burn their clothes and boots upon arrival (the practice has only recently been banned). You’ll have some free time to explore before a fresh seafood lunch at the port. In the afternoon we’ll stop at Muxia, mainland Europe’s westernmost point. Once we return to Santiago de Compostela, you have the choice to join us at one of our favourite restaurants in town for an optional dinner. Then, if you have the energy, consider a stop at Bloom, the town’s LGBT bar.

 

Day 10 Madrid

 

This morning we fly back to the capital of Madrid. Please note: this flight is NOT included in the cost of your tour. Do some final souvenir shopping, or check out one of the city’s impressive museums. Freshen up for our Farewell Dinner tonight. If you have the energy stores, consider a farewell cocktail with the group.

 

Day 11 Departure Day

 

It’s the last day of our tour and no activities are planned. Thank you for joining our big lesbian Spanish hike. Safe journey!

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Arrival & departure transfers to/from the Out Adventures Joining/Finishing Point Hotels

  • Accommodations throughout

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners including wine

  • Transportation by private coach

  • Baggage transport and van support on the Camino if you need snacks, a break, or need to stop walking

  • Expert local English-speaking Female Tour Leader and Lesbian Host

  • Guided private tour of central Madrid and Mercado de San Miguel

  • Traditional Flamenco Show

  • Guided private tour through the nightlife of Chueca, Madrid’s LGBT neighbourhood.

  • Guided private tour of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and surrounding area

  • The Pilgrim Credencial/Pilgrim’s Passport

  • Exclusive Camino Guide Book

  • Hotel porterage

  • Gratuities for city guides and drivers

WHAT ISN’T INCLUDED?

  • International & Domestic airfare

  • Alcoholic drinks not included with meals unless stated in our itinerary

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Gratuities for Group Leader (Recommended $70-$110 USD)

  • Visa fees

  • Travel insurance – mandatory for all travellers. Click here for more details.

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