Have you ever thought about a walking holiday but not quite sure if you are brave or fit enough? This trip will take you through the lush green landscape of Galicia 20kms at a time. Fund-raisers will only cover a small section a day and will be in a group of like-minded and supportive people all there for the the right reasons and with good intentions.
The trip from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela in the north west corner of Spain is a magical one to tick off the bucket list. The Camino is a special place where people have been walking for over 1,000 years. People take the pilgrimage for many reasons. Some to find the answers to what they are doing with their life, or find the courage to make a change, some walk for inspiration or self development, others for adventure or fitness.
It is said that you start to walk the Camino for one reason and by the time you finish you have figured out the real reason you needed to.
Galicia itself is one of the most beautiful parts of Spain. It is covered in rich green forests, soft rolling hills, fields filled with sunflowers on of course vineyards, lots of vineyards.
The Camino is also one of the rare places where wine can be cheaper than water so after a long day's walking there nothing like sitting down to a huge meal and a well deserved glass of the local vino.
The good thing about a walking holiday in Galicia is as, the food is so delicious you can eat as much as you like completely guilt free in the knowledge that you are walking it all right back off. Indulge in tapas and pintxos to your heart's content, it would be a mortal sin to walk the Camino and not sample the local, fresh produce. Galicians love the freshest of food so much so, that some of the accommodation you stay in actually grow their own vegetables and cook them for your right out of the ground.
One of the most iconic foods along the Camino de Santiago is Pulpo or octopus. It doesn't matter weather you like it or now. It's a must try. No Camino de Santiago experience is complete without the obligatory taste of Pulpo. You'll see it everywhere you go, especially in a small town call Melide just out Santiago de Compostela. Melide is famous for the best Pulpo in the whole of Galicia so most pilgrims wait until they arrive there to taste the Pulpo. The best way to describe the taste is that it's similar to Calamari but, without the batter on the outside.
One of the most memorable things about walking the Camino de Santiago is the other pilgrims. You'll find yourself fall in to step with many of the same people every day and actually build up quite the friendship. Remember everyone is walking this famous way for their own reasons, some very deep and profound. You'll be inspired by the many stories you hear from your fellow pilgrims and become completely engrossed in the stories they'll share with you over a coffee break or even strolling along together. Walking the Camino is an enlightening experience so don't be surprised if you come home a bigger person, bigger as in self growth. You'll find yourself to be more open-minded, more creative or more patient. There's a reason people have been walking the Camino for over a millennium. Go there, learn the reason. Find out for yourself.
If you'd like to join in with the crew from Q102 to raise funds for Arthritis Ireland contact FollowTheCamino.com/Q102