The Feast Day Special: the last 100 kilometers of the Camino de Santiago + fireworks
July 19th - 25th, 2019
July 19th - 25th, 2020
115 KM (72 miles)
Santiago de Compostela
- 6 nights’ accommodation
- All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners, including wine
- Water and snacks along the way
- All baggage transport and van support if your legs need a break…
- English and Spanish speaking guide/s
- Guided tour of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral
- The Pilgrim Credencial or Pilgrim´s Passport and scallop shell
- Exclusive Andaspain Camino Guide Book
- Special seats to view the fireworks and celebrations in the famous Parador Hostal dos Reis Católicos
What is a feast day?
The Catholic church assigns a special date to every canonized saint to celebrate their life’s work. Some are of little mention (St Longinus receives no parade) while others, like St. Patrick, are celebrated far and wide. In the case of Saint James the Lesser, that day falls on the 25th of July. He is the patron Saint of Spain and the day is celebrated nationwide.
In Santiago de Compostela the day is celebrated with a full-blown liturgical feast, and is preceded with a week of festivities culminating in the Fogos do Apostol, a mighty display of fireworks set against the Obradoiro facade of the Cathedral. It is a spectacular way to commemorate the life of Saint James and the completion of a pilgrimage.
- The chance to be in Santiago on the most important night of the year – for the fiestas of Saint James! Fireworks, street parties and the most unforgettable atmosphere in the city, followed by a very special mass on the 25th and seeing the amazing giant silver Botafumeiro incense burner swung across the Cathedral.
- Great camaraderie with other pilgrims as you walk the most popular section of the Camino.
- The rolling, bucolic scenery of Galicia and a chance to see myriad churches and chapels dedicated to St. James.
- The chance to try great Galician food such as pulpo (octopus with paprika), empanada (hearty savoury pastry), tetilla (cow’s milk cheese in the shape of a woman´s breast), albariño (Galician white wine) and caldo gallego (ham broth with chard and potatoes).
- Special seats to view the fireworks and celebrations in the famous Parador Hostal dos Reis Católicos in the Plaza de Obradoiro.
why 115 km?
Walking the last 100 kilometres of the Camino de Santiago means that you can request your Compostela, or certificate of completion of the pilgrimage. Sarria happens to be just to the East and makes for a convenient starting point. Transportation there is easy and we like the restaurants.
The walk starts right out of the hotel lobby and quickly reaches beautiful oak woodlands, fragrant eucalyptus forests and traditional Galician villages. This region of Spain is famous for its great seafood, cheeses and wine which we will be tasting them all on this walk!
At the end of The Feast Day Special all walkers are presented with a Compostela issued by the Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela and the Pilgrim’s Office. This is true about all of the walks that complete at least the last 100 km of any Camino de Santiago.
The The Feast Day Special is walked during a 7 day period. We have divided the journey into days of similar length, and deliberately try to leave the last day a bit shorter than the others so that we arrive in Santiago de Compostela with energy enough to walk about town.
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 family.
Day 1: Arrival in Sarria. Welcome meeting and dinner. – Accommodation in Sarria
Day 2: Sarria to Portomarín – 22km : 13.7m – Accommodation in Portomarín
Day 3: Portomarín to Palas do Rei – 24km : 14.9m –Accommodation in Palas do Rei
Day 4: Palas do Rei to Ribadiso – 25km : 15.5m –Accommodation in Arzua
Day 5: Ribadiso to Arca – 22km : 13.7m – Accommodation in Arzua
Day 6: Arca to Santiago de Compostela – 20km : 12.4m. Special seats to view the fireworks and celebrations in the famous Parador Hostal dos Reis Católicos. – Accommodation in Santiago de Compostela
Day 7: Private guided tour of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Tour Ends.
Let´s hear from some Happy Andaspain Pilgrims
All of the accommodation is carefully chosen for its proximity to the Camino, for its charm and for the quality of service provided. We try to use small rural farmhouses or manor houses wherever possible. These are similar to bed and breakfasts and are usually traditional houses typical of the region, full of character and run by local people.
On some nights we use hotels so you will experience a mix, always of good quality! The amenities vary from location to location, meaning that not all places will necessarily have a bathtub. They are all up to our standards.
Included in The Feast Day Special
6 nights of accommodation: This includes the first night in Sarria, the last night in Santiago de Compostela, and of course every night in between. Of course we also have VIP plaza-side seats for a special dinner at the famous Parador to see the spectacular fireworks and celebrations!
Extra days before or after
If you are traveling at a busy time of year it´s best to reserve. For hotels in Santiago de Compostela it´s certainly better to reserve in advance. We can help if you need advice or assistance booking a room – just let us know.
The Feast Day Special is walked in Galicia, Spain’s green oasis in the North. It is famous for the wines produced there (both red and white), its seafood (pretty much everything the Atlantic has to offer), and its cheese (curiously shaped). You can count on enjoying all of these things. We take care of nearly every meal and for the rest we provide recommendations for our favorite local restaurants.
Included in The Feast Day Special
4 Lunches with wine
6 Dinners with wine
& water and snacks throughout the day.
From the starting point in Sarria, to the ending point in Santiago de Compostela, we take care of all luggage handling and transportation.
For the luggage this means leaving your bags by the hotel door and starting your walk; we handle the details of getting them into the next hotel room. We also find it handy to keep a small bag in the van with stuff you might need throughout the day.
We have a support vehicle which means being able to take a rest by shuttling ahead to the lunch spot, or if the need arises to get you straight to your room.
Preparing for a walk of this magnitude can be a daunting task. Part of our booking process involves ensuring that all of the details are considered. We’ll discuss transportation to and from the starting point too.
You do the walking, we’ll take care of the rest.
The Feast Day Special is a fully supported walking tour along the Camino de Santiago. That means that from beginning to end we will be there to make sure everything goes smoothly.
Everyone at AndaSpain was a pilgrim before they became a guide, in fact most of us spent a few years returning to the camino before setting out to help others do the same. For all of us the Camino de Santiago was a life changing experience and we consider the act of walking purposefully to be one of our most cherished activities. The Last 100 Kilometers, and every other walking tour we offer, is always led by a qualified guide.
Our Booking process
Complete the form on the right to schedule a phone call. We’re kind of sticklers about this step and promise to make it the best phone call you ever had.
After we’ve gotten to know each other, we will email you a link to our top-secret and very secure booking page. That of course is why we are asking for your email address in step 1. By the end of this step you will have confirmed your place on your chosen trip, and the places of anybody that will be joining you. This is done by means of a deposit of €300 per person (depending on trip length).
Once your booking is confirmed you will immediately be presented with step 3, which can be completed at any time but at least 1 month prior to the departure date. You will get this link in your booking confirmation in case you are a procrastinator. In step 3 we collect a bit more personal information to make sure that everything on the trip goes smoothly. This includes any medical allergies, old injuries that might give you grief, and lastly your passport number for the sake of expediting our hotel check-ins.
BEFORE THE WALK, WE TALK
This is STEP 1
The journey to Santiago de Compostela is one of many steps. We feel strongly that learning more about your expectations should be the first.To make sure that AndaSpain is an ideal fit for the adventure ahead tell us when you can be reached by phone and we will call you up.If you prefer to call us, scroll all the way to the bottom of this page and pick a number.