Travel to Spain with AdventureWomen during a rare holy year for a nine-day hiking trip in 2021 on the Sanabrés Route in Galicia, a portion of the historic Camino de Santiago route walked by centuries of pilgrims. Travel over ancient bridges, visit local churches and monasteries, then relax in thermal baths with spa treatments and enjoy the warm hospitality of northwestern Spain.
Join AdventureWomen on this iconic hike on the Camino de Santiago alongside other intrepid women who share your interest in exploring this storied part of pastoral Galicia, a walk made richer by hiking together. 2021 is a holy year on the Camino, which happens whenever July 25th falls on a Sunday; there are only 14 holy years each century. The Puerta del Perdón, a door into the Cathedral of Santiago at the Plaza Quintana, is only open during a holy year. As you travel the Sanabrés Route, also known as the Mozárabe Route, you’ll cover an average of eight miles a day as you watch for symbols and relics left by 800 centuries of the passing faithful. Since the 1st century AD, spiritual pilgrims have humbly walked the Camino de Santiago to reach the tomb of the Apostle James resting under the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, and they were cared for along the Way by compassionate locals. This trail continues to attract millions, and residents still offer hospitality to those making the long trek across Spain.
Meet your fellow AdventureWomen travelers in Porto for a lively welcome dinner and share stories to learn about why each of you is excited to walk the Camino. Get to know your local guide versed in the history, culture, and cuisine of this sacred region. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way!
Begin in the “thermal city” of Ourense, where a bathing suit is as important as boots. Ourense is best known for its thermal baths, heated Mino River, and pure drinking water pouring from stone fountains. Pick up a pilgrim’s pass, Credencial del Peregrino, in Ourense and make sure to have it stamped along the Way. Enjoy comfortable lodging and a luxuriating dip in the As Burga and Outariz Burga thermal baths, then strike out over ancient cobblestones, rocky trails, and occasional asphalt to Tamallancos, a funky mix of centuries-old stone and modern buildings. Here, the hosts at your comfortable guest home will follow tradition in the morning by ensuring that each AdventureWomen traveler has enough delicious food and plenty of water for the day. On your way to Cea, you’ll cross the 13th century stone Sobreira Bridge of Sobreira over the Barbatino River and continue the hamlet of Faramontaos. The bread of Cea is the only bread of Spain to receive a Protected Geographical Indication by the European Union. Be sure to visit a bakery to learn about the bread-making tradition with recipes that have been passed down since the 13th century. Visit Dozon, a truly charming farming village where you can indulge your trail-tested body with a well-earned massage or body wrap!
The next day, muscles loosened and energies restored, cross Silleda Ponte, a colossal moss-crowned bridge, into fragrant woodlands of eucalyptus and past thriving farms to reach Silleda, soaking in the reverent feeling as you walk the Way.
Refuel with Bandeira’s famous empanadas, stop to contemplate Pico Sacro, Galicia’s most sacred mountain, then continue past many small churches, villages, and hamlets to reach Ulla. Here you’ll get your Camino de Santiago credentials stamped as a “Hiker of the Way”! End your day with a dunk in the waterfall and swimming pool near the elegant 18th century country home near Lestedo where you’ll spend the night.
From Lestedo, it’s just eight miles more to reach the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Get your Camino de Santiago pilgrim’s certificate first, then tour Santiago before a fantastic farewell dinner. You each may have had a different reason for hiking the Way, but everyone can agree that walking Camino Sanabrés together made this special experience one for the ages!
- Day-by-Day Itinerary: hiking trip to Santiago de Compostela for women
- What’s Included in your women’s adventure in the footsteps of Pilgrims
- Where You Stay While hiking a spiritual way to Santiago de Compostela, Spain
- Travel Tips and Traveling the Sanabres route with fellow adventure women
- Detailed Itinerary: Camino de Santiago adventure vacation for women
- Hike the less-traveled Sanabrés Way on the famous Camino de Santiago during a holy year
- Enjoy spectacular woodlands while you walk this ancient pilgrimage path
- Soak in natural thermal pools & enjoy spa treatments along your hike
- Indulge in the delicious local Spanish food in Galicia
- Earn your pilgrim’s certificate after successfully reaching the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
What You'll See and Do
- Cooking Class
- Cultural Exploration
- Historical Sites
- Hot Springs
- Local Delicacies
- Spa Element
- Wine Tasting