El Camino de Santiago

Walking & Eating
El Camino de Santiago

Let's be honest. Our reasons for pursuing this famous ancient way across northern Spain were never entirely spiritual. We've trekked high and low in pursuit of holy cheeses. We've made homegrown dinners at friendly farmhouse inns our holy grail. But we do have to admit, the walks—past heathered meadows, sweet apple orchards, ancient chestnut forests, and herds of wild horses—truly are divine.

Our idea about how to best walk the Camino? Cheat a little. We like to arrange transportation to make it possible to experience contrasting stretches of The Way in a two week timeframe.

The ideal journey begins on the famed Camino Francés route, through delicious Rioja wine country, and into the beautiful Castillian cities of Burgos and León. Then it's really worth changing course for some walking in the high peaks and along the dramatic coast of Asturias—this is the older, less-traveled Camino del Norte. At the end, Santiago is a surprise: stunning, yet still small and sweet.

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