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Horse Ride the Camino Frances

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The last 150 km to Santiago de Compostela, Camino Frances on Horseback.

Travelling on horseback is a great alternative to walking and can be a unique experience. It allows you to cover a lot more ground, around 30km per day, and provides you with an elevated viewpoint from which you can admire the Camino Frances’ gorgeous scenery.

Camino on Horseback is all inclusive! 

19 May 2019 to 24 May 2019
23 Jun 2019 to 28 Jun 2019
18 Aug 2019 to 23 Aug 2019
01 Sep 2019 to 06 Sep 2019
06 Oct 2019 to 11 Oct 2019

Who will come with us?
The manager and organizer of the specific route are going to lead the way on the lead horses. With an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) carrying your luggage and everything you need, you can rest assured you will have a comfortable trip.

The Horses
The Horses are well suited to the terrain, mostly native breeds. You need not be an expert rider, but some experience in horse riding is advised.

Additional information
The climate in Galicia can be temperamental and rainy so waterproof clothing is a must. The most recommended season of the year here are March and October although you are more than welcome to try it any time and any day, provided there are at least 6 people who are going with you

Day 1

O'Cebreiro
(Arrival)

We collect our riders and their luggage at 3.00pm in the arrival hall of Santiago airport.

Then we travel by car to the small village of O’Cebreiro.  We meet at the famous pilgrim  town of O’Cebreiro around 6pm.

O’Cebreiro is situated on the border of the Lugo province and it is about 230km to the east of Santiago de Compostela.

It is famous for its Chapel where the ancient buildings of Pallozas Celtic are and where a miracle is said to have occurred. The place is on a hilltop, overlooking impressive landscapes of mountains and lowlands.  In the evening, we have dinner and sleep in our comfortable rooms in a mountain chalet. Typically a specialty of the area is prepared for dinner and served in an informal mountain lodge where we eat in the presence of many other travelers and pilgrims who are also on their way to Santiago de Compostela.

Day 2
31km

O'Cebreiro
to
Samos

We leave O Cebreiro after breakfast. In the meantime, our horses will have arrived and been saddled. You will be assigned a horse for the trip. Today we travel through rolling hills and woods finally arriving at the town of Samos after about 7 hours of riding. We do stop regularly at local bars and restaurants on the way for rest and refreshments (not included). Lunch will be a typical Spanish 3 course lunch, served in a local restaurant in the town of Triacastella. We then stable our horses and are transported to our hotel. After some rest we meet for a late dinner with specialties of the area.

Day 3
33km

Samos
to
Portomarin

After breakfast we collect our horses and start our ride for the day. We shall pass the ancient town of Sarria where we stop for our first refreshment and if time permits, visit the ancient monastery. We then continue our trip until lunch at a typical Galician farm, famous for its countryside lunches prepared on an open barbecue.  We then continue our trip on the trail to the town of Portomarin where we arrive in the early evening hours. Here we stable our horses at the old stables of the Spanish national police and spend the night in the posada of Portomarin, a hotel with international standards. Portomarin is situated on a large man-made lake and is famous with pilgrims from around the world. There is an opportunity for those who wish to attend mass as well as socialize with other pilgrims.

Day 4
24km

Portomarin
to
Arzua

After breakfast we collect our horses once again and start our trip. The final destination of the day is Palas de Rei. We follow the river and the trails through the Ulla valley. After a coffee break, we cross a hill from where you see this beautiful scenary from an elevated position. In the afternoon, our lunch is in a small simple family restaurant, where we are served a typical local lunch. This gives a welcome rest for our hungry riders and horses. We continue our trip to Palas de Rei and enjoy dinner in the evening.

Day 5
29km

Arzua
to
Arzua

After breakfast we mount our horses and follow the road to Arzua. The road follows the ancient trail and takes us through old Roman roads and over bridges to the town of Melide. Here we shall meet many other pilgrims and enjoy a special pilgrims lunch. After lunch we will pass by Castaneda, where lime for the Cathedral was sourced. Some pilgirms would take stones from here to increase their penance. If you want to do this you will have to walk from here as no horse has to do penance! From here we will then follow the road through forests and over hills to the town of Arzua, famous for its famous Spanish Cheeses and Hams.

Day 6
37km

Arzua
to
Santiago de Compostela

After a well-deserved rest we continue our trip to our final destination the city of Santiago de Compostela. The road will be crowded with pilgrims of all nationalities on their final day of their Camino. You can imagine everybody shall be full of expectations to finally arrive at their destination. We follow the medieval trail to Labacolla and where we will leave the horses to continue the last stretch on foot with the other pilgrims to the Cathedral. If you don?t want to walk this last section into Santiago you can get a lift with the support vehicle to the Cathedral.

Day 7

Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast, we bid you farewell.

Section 1

O'Cebreiro
to
Samos

We collect our riders and their luggage at 3.00pm in the arrival hall of Santiago airport.

Then we travel by car to the small village of O’Cebreiro.  We meet at the famous pilgrim  town of O’Cebreiro around 6pm.

O’Cebreiro is situated on the border of the Lugo province and it is about 230km to the east of Santiago de Compostela.

It is famous for its Chapel where the ancient buildings of Pallozas Celtic are and where a miracle is said to have occurred. The place is on a hilltop, overlooking impressive landscapes of mountains and lowlands.  In the evening, we have dinner and sleep in our comfortable rooms in a mountain chalet. Typically a specialty of the area is prepared for dinner and served in an informal mountain lodge where we eat in the presence of many other travelers and pilgrims who are also on their way to Santiago de Compostela.

Section 2

Samos
to
Portomarin

We leave O Cebreiro after breakfast. In the meantime, our horses will have arrived and been saddled. You will be assigned a horse for the trip. Today we travel through rolling hills and woods finally arriving at the town of Samos after about 7 hours of riding. We do stop regularly at local bars and restaurants on the way for rest and refreshments (not included). Lunch will be a typical Spanish 3 course lunch, served in a local restaurant in the town of Triacastella. We then stable our horses and are transported to our hotel. After some rest we meet for a late dinner with specialties of the area.

Section 3

Portomarin
to
Arzua

After breakfast we collect our horses and start our ride for the day. We shall pass the ancient town of Sarria where we stop for our first refreshment and if time permits, visit the ancient monastery. We then continue our trip until lunch at a typical Galician farm, famous for its countryside lunches prepared on an open barbecue.  We then continue our trip on the trail to the town of Portomarin where we arrive in the early evening hours. Here we stable our horses at the old stables of the Spanish national police and spend the night in the posada of Portomarin, a hotel with international standards. Portomarin is situated on a large man-made lake and is famous with pilgrims from around the world. There is an opportunity for those who wish to attend mass as well as socialize with other pilgrims.

Section 4

Arzua
to
Arzua

After breakfast we collect our horses once again and start our trip. The final destination of the day is Palas de Rei. We follow the river and the trails through the Ulla valley. After a coffee break, we cross a hill from where you see this beautiful scenary from an elevated position. In the afternoon, our lunch is in a small simple family restaurant, where we are served a typical local lunch. This gives a welcome rest for our hungry riders and horses. We continue our trip to Palas de Rei and enjoy dinner in the evening.

Section 5

Arzua
to
Santiago de Compostela

After breakfast we mount our horses and follow the road to Arzua. The road follows the ancient trail and takes us through old Roman roads and over bridges to the town of Melide. Here we shall meet many other pilgrims and enjoy a special pilgrims lunch. After lunch we will pass by Castaneda, where lime for the Cathedral was sourced. Some pilgirms would take stones from here to increase their penance. If you want to do this you will have to walk from here as no horse has to do penance! From here we will then follow the road through forests and over hills to the town of Arzua, famous for its famous Spanish Cheeses and Hams.

How to get there

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Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela airport with Aerlingus, Ryanair and Iberia/BA. (can book return flights).

 



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