Camino de Santiago Route I
CAMINO DE SANTIAGO ROUTE I (RUTA DE SANTIAGO I)
This route will allow you to discover some of the key sites along the final stages of the centuries-old Pilgrimage Route (the way of St. James) between Limpias and Santiago.
Suggested access airports: Bilbao/Santander/ Santiago de Compostela
7 NIGHT ITINERARY
First Night: Parador de LIMPIAS
The town is home to the parish church of San Pedro. In the surrounding area, there are a number of interesting towns, including Laredo, Castrourdiales and Santoña. Another option is to make the town’s natural surroundings the focal point of your trip, with visits to the Cabarceno Nature Reserve or Ansón Valley. Santander and Bilbao, with the Guggenheim Museum, are other attractions to discover.
Second Night: Parador de SANTILLANA
Santillana del Mar itself is a true treasure for travellers. Its streets, palaces and attractions such as Sta. Juliana Collegiate Church, the Regina Coelli Religious Art Museum all await your discovery. A journey into history at the Altamira Neo-Cave and its museum should not be missed. Other recommendations include Comillas, Santander and the Cabarceno Nature Reserve. Interesting options along your route toward Asturias include El Soplao (http://www.elsoplao.es) Cave and towns such as San Vicente de la Barquera.
Third Night: Parador de GIJÓN
Gijón: historic, commercial, and industrial, where the sea, the gentle mountains and the city come together to create one of the most attractive metropolitan areas in northern Spain. San Lorenzo Beach, the Esplanade, the marina, the Semana Negra (Black Week) festival, an active social scene and festive atmosphere all invite visitors to discover the city. Gijón has a network of museums and a variety of cultural events, including an international film festival and Latin American Book Show. Some of the town’s museums are noteworthy for their uniqueness, among them the Railroad Museum (Museo del Ferrocarril), the International Bagpipe Museum, the birthplace of Jovellanos, the Nicanor Piñole Museum, and the Revillagigedo Palace, among others.
Fourth Night: Parador de RIBADEO
This Galician seaside town lies on the border between Galicia and Asturias. As we near the end of our route, it offers a much-needed rest, and the opportunity to discover some beautiful places, including various beaches, especially Catedrales Beach and those along the Ribadeo Ria. We also recommend San Damián Fort, Do Santos Bridge and the nearby town of Castropol.
Fith and Sixth Nights: Parador de FERROL
Galicia opens its doors to you in this seaside town, where you can visit the Magdalena Quarter and the area around the naval yard. The nearby city of A Coruña has a variety of interesting places to visit, such as the Lighthouse of Hércules, San Antón Archeological Museum, San Carlos Garden, and the baroque Dominican church. Beaches and nearby nature spots are also worth visiting.
Seventh Night: Parador de SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Santiago is a World Heritage City, offering travellers a wealth of sites to visit. We recommend Obradoiro Square with its beautiful cathedral, the university’s square, the rutas along which you can experience the life of the city’s inhabitants, palaces and churches, and museums such as the cathedral museum, Museum of the Galician People, or the Galician Center for Contemporary Art. You cannot help but be charmed by this city.