El Camino

Spain

Discover the many wonders of Spain and retrace the footsteps of history as you trek the Camino de Santiago under the warm Spanish sun.

Trip duration:
7 days

Challenge duration:
5 days

Challenge grade:
3/5

Departure months:
April to June, September to October

Accomodation:
Twin-share in 3 star hotels and guesthouses

Hiking El Camino

On this incredible adventure, undertake a journey along the final 115km of Spain’s Camino de Santiago.

Follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims as you walk through beautiful Galician countryside, passing quaint hamlets, roman ruins and stilted horreos. At night, experience Spain’s colourful culture and cuisine. The feeling of arriving at the finishing point in Santiago de Compostela simply can’t be beaten.

Best of all, will you tick off your bucket list while trekking alongside a group of passionate people making a difference, creating memories and friendships to last a lifetime.

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Why you'll love this adventure

  • Trek under the warm Spanish sun, into historic hamlets, beside bubbling rivers and across mountain meadows
  • Discover the colour, culture and cuisine of Spain
  • Retrace the footsteps of history along the Camino de Santiago
  • Make new friends while making a difference to a cause you’re passionate about

 

Trip notes

Day 1: Arrive in Sarria

Welcome to Spain! Your adventure begins in Sarria in the Galicia region of northwest Spain. This autonomous corner of the country has its own language, cuisine and culture, distinct from the rest of Spain, but is perhaps most famous for being the home of Santiago de Compostela, the finishing point of the Camino de Santiago. Over the next week, you will be walking the final 100km of this iconic and world-renowned pilgrimage. A briefing will take place at 6pm this evening where you’ll meet up with your local guide and the rest of your team. After your meeting, you may like to head out to a local restaurant for your first foray into the exciting world of Galician cuisine.

Meals: None

Day 2: Sarria to Portomarin

It’s time to hit the road! Kicking off from Sarria, we begin on a mostly asphalt path through beautiful countryside, passing forests of chestnut and oak trees, small farms, villages and wheat fields. You may like to stop for a breather at the Santiago de Barbadelo or the church of San Fiz de Reimondez – your guide will be on hand to share historical facts and interesting tidbits about the highlights you pass on your journey. Some of the little farms you pass will be selling lovely fresh produce like jams, bread and cheeses – perfect snacks to keep you going! After around 4.5 hours of walking (excluding stops), we finish up for the day in the delightful town of Portomarin. An excellent spot to recharge your batteries, the town features an inviting array of restaurants and lovely views of the Embalse de Belesar lake. 

Trekking Distance: 22km

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Portomarin to Palas de Rei

Much of today’s route is along a gravel path alongside the road with little traffic, often cutting through gorgeous Galician forests and fields. We walk through the rural Monterroso region and pass by the little villages of Gonzar, Ligonde and Castromaior. There will be stalls along the way selling fruit, snacks and cold drinks, plus plenty of places to stop for a sit-down meal or a coffee. Around halfway, we climb a gradual hill to Sierra de Ligonde, followed by a gentle descent. Today’s trek wraps up in Palas de Rei, an interesting town dotted with historical buildings and Romanesque architecture. This evening, prepare for a real treat as we get up close and personal with one of Galicia’s most mystical and celebrated specialties. The Queimada, or “fire drink” has its roots in Galicia’s Celtic past, and is made with the liqueur orujo, lemon, and coffee beans, which is then set alight and said to ward off evil spirits. Not only is the result delicious, watching it come together is quite the show! 

Trekking Distance: 25km

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Palas de Rei to Arzua

Get ready for your longest day on this stretch of the Camino de Santiago, covering the distance from Palas de Rei to Arzua. Today’s terrain is undulating asphalt, so prepare for some ups and downs. First, we walk to the town of Melide – home to around 9000 people, this is one of the most populated spots on your journey. Melide is renowned for its fantastic food, specialising in polbo a feira, a flavoursome octopus dish. You and your group will gather together in Melide to tuck into a traditional polbo a feira lunch, which you may like to follow up with some melindres, mini glazed doughnuts popular in Melide. After lunch, we hit the road and continue the final stretch of today’s journey, crossing the Iso River and navigating a series of short but steep slopes. On arrival in Arzua, be sure to ask your guide about the revered cheese made in this region – definitely a must-try while here!

Trekking Distance: 29km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Arzua to O Pedrouzo

This morning we depart Arzua and reach a split in the path, where the right follows the main road, and the left cuts through shady forest. As the saying goes, the road less travelled is often the most rewarding, so we’ll veer left and enjoy a day of peaceful strolling, mostly through endearing forests and past little villages and farms – this is some of the most wonderful scenery on the whole Camino de Santiago. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants along the way to stop and fuel up. As we draw closer to O Pedrouzo, your base for the evening, pass by the Fountain of Santa Irene, the water from which was said to cure diseases of crops and illnesses of children.

Trekking Distance: 20km

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela

Gear up for our final day of walking, with each step taking us closer to the awe-inspiring Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. We begin by walking through dense green forest – with no cars or houses around, you may like to take this time to quietly reflect on all you’ve achieved over the past week. Next, we follow a long stretch of road between Lavacolla and Monte do Gozo, then swap out rural landscapes for urban as we walk the final 5km. We’ll hear the sounds of Galician bagpipes welcoming us to the cathedral, marking the end of our journey along the Camino de Santiago, a truly massive accomplishment. Present your stamped pilgrim passport and receive your Camino certificate, proof that you have walked the 100km to Santiago de Compostela. On arrival, we’ll pay a visit to the Museum of Pilgrimage to learn about the history of the Camino de Santiago and other places of pilgrimage across the world. This evening, why not treat yourself to a final dinner with the group in town – you’ve earned it!

Trekking Distance: 20km

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Depart Santiago de Compostela

With no activities planned for today and the walking done and dusted, your adventure comes to an end after breakfast this morning, leaving you with memories to last a lifetime.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 1: Arrive in Sarria

Welcome to Spain! Your adventure begins in Sarria in the Galicia region of northwest Spain. This autonomous corner of the country has its own language, cuisine and culture, distinct from the rest of Spain, but is perhaps most famous for being the home of Santiago de Compostela, the finishing point of the Camino de Santiago. Over the next week, you will be walking the final 100km of this iconic and world-renowned pilgrimage. A briefing will take place at 6pm this evening where you’ll meet up with your local guide and the rest of your team. After your meeting, you may like to head out to a local restaurant for your first foray into the exciting world of Galician cuisine.

Meals: None

Day 2: Sarria to Portomarin

It’s time to hit the road! Kicking off from Sarria, we begin on a mostly asphalt path through beautiful countryside, passing forests of chestnut and oak trees, small farms, villages and wheat fields. You may like to stop for a breather at the Santiago de Barbadelo or the church of San Fiz de Reimondez – your guide will be on hand to share historical facts and interesting tidbits about the highlights you pass on your journey. Some of the little farms you pass will be selling lovely fresh produce like jams, bread and cheeses – perfect snacks to keep you going! After around 4.5 hours of walking (excluding stops), we finish up for the day in the delightful town of Portomarin. An excellent spot to recharge your batteries, the town features an inviting array of restaurants and lovely views of the Embalse de Belesar lake. 

Trekking Distance: 22km

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Portomarin to Palas de Rei

Much of today’s route is along a gravel path alongside the road with little traffic, often cutting through gorgeous Galician forests and fields. We walk through the rural Monterroso region and pass by the little villages of Gonzar, Ligonde and Castromaior. There will be stalls along the way selling fruit, snacks and cold drinks, plus plenty of places to stop for a sit-down meal or a coffee. Around halfway, we climb a gradual hill to Sierra de Ligonde, followed by a gentle descent. Today’s trek wraps up in Palas de Rei, an interesting town dotted with historical buildings and Romanesque architecture. This evening, prepare for a real treat as we get up close and personal with one of Galicia’s most mystical and celebrated specialties. The Queimada, or “fire drink” has its roots in Galicia’s Celtic past, and is made with the liqueur orujo, lemon, and coffee beans, which is then set alight and said to ward off evil spirits. Not only is the result delicious, watching it come together is quite the show! 

Trekking Distance: 25km

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Palas de Rei to Arzua

Get ready for your longest day on this stretch of the Camino de Santiago, covering the distance from Palas de Rei to Arzua. Today’s terrain is undulating asphalt, so prepare for some ups and downs. First, we walk to the town of Melide – home to around 9000 people, this is one of the most populated spots on your journey. Melide is renowned for its fantastic food, specialising in polbo a feira, a flavoursome octopus dish. You and your group will gather together in Melide to tuck into a traditional polbo a feira lunch, which you may like to follow up with some melindres, mini glazed doughnuts popular in Melide. After lunch, we hit the road and continue the final stretch of today’s journey, crossing the Iso River and navigating a series of short but steep slopes. On arrival in Arzua, be sure to ask your guide about the revered cheese made in this region – definitely a must-try while here!

Trekking Distance: 29km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Arzua to O Pedrouzo

This morning we depart Arzua and reach a split in the path, where the right follows the main road, and the left cuts through shady forest. As the saying goes, the road less travelled is often the most rewarding, so we’ll veer left and enjoy a day of peaceful strolling, mostly through endearing forests and past little villages and farms – this is some of the most wonderful scenery on the whole Camino de Santiago. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants along the way to stop and fuel up. As we draw closer to O Pedrouzo, your base for the evening, pass by the Fountain of Santa Irene, the water from which was said to cure diseases of crops and illnesses of children.

Trekking Distance: 20km

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela

Gear up for our final day of walking, with each step taking us closer to the awe-inspiring Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. We begin by walking through dense green forest – with no cars or houses around, you may like to take this time to quietly reflect on all you’ve achieved over the past week. Next, we follow a long stretch of road between Lavacolla and Monte do Gozo, then swap out rural landscapes for urban as we walk the final 5km. We’ll hear the sounds of Galician bagpipes welcoming us to the cathedral, marking the end of our journey along the Camino de Santiago, a truly massive accomplishment. Present your stamped pilgrim passport and receive your Camino certificate, proof that you have walked the 100km to Santiago de Compostela. On arrival, we’ll pay a visit to the Museum of Pilgrimage to learn about the history of the Camino de Santiago and other places of pilgrimage across the world. This evening, why not treat yourself to a final dinner with the group in town – you’ve earned it!

Trekking Distance: 20km

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Depart Santiago de Compostela

With no activities planned for today and the walking done and dusted, your adventure comes to an end after breakfast this morning, leaving you with memories to last a lifetime.

Meals: Breakfast

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

ABOUT THE ADVENTURE

How challenging is this adventure?

This adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The El Camino trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. You will be walking on a mix of terrain from wooded paths to dirt roads to urban pavement. You will encounter some slopes as your cross over creeks and rivers.

You will be well supported on the adventure by the expert guides and the wider team. You can move at your own pace and we take frequent rest breaks. Transport is available in some sections if you feel you are unable to complete the day. You will need to carry a day pack with personal items such as water, snacks, medications and spare clothing. The rest of your luggage will be transported by vehicle each day.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

FITNESS AND TRAINING

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. You should aim to make walking up and down hills the main part of your training. Take regular and increasingly long walks to develop your muscles. Gradually increasing the duration of your walks will help to develop your stamina and also assist in preparing you for being on your feet over long distances. Be consistent in your training, walk as often as possible and increase the intensity of your workouts to gain the most benefit from them.

As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

ACCOMMODATION

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in 3-star hotels and pensions. Hotels and guesthouses will have modern and clean amenities with toilet paper provided. In smaller towns, the amenities may be more basic. 

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

WHAT TO EXPECT

What are the toilets like? 

While trekking, basic public toilets are accessible, however cleanliness may vary. We advise that you always carry toilet paper and hand sanitiser with you in your daypack. Remember to have a laugh if amenities are not quite what you’d expect! 

What is the food like? 

Coastal Spain is famous for seafood including sardines, octopus and cod. Meals on the Camino will feature a mix of local specialities and hearty, filling foods such as bread, stew, meat and cheese.

Breakfasts will usually be buffet-style at the hotel and offer a variety of Western favourites like toast and jam as well as local specialties. Lunches on the Camino are at your own expense. Cafes and restaurants on the way cater for trekkers with affordable, hearty meals on the menú del día. Dinner is your chance to unwind and get a taste for local delights such as seafood, ham and wine.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide and Team Leader on Day 1 as well. You’re welcome to bring additional snacks such as protein balls, lollies, gluten-free or vegan treats with you. You will be fed very well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have a very specific dietary requirement or severe allergies, often it’s best to pack some extra things as back-up.

Will I have mobile phone reception or WiFi access? 

Yes, you can expect to have phone reception for most of your adventure. 

If you have worldwide coverage, you can bring your own mobile phone and use it to make domestic or international calls. Please check with your mobile service provider prior to departure regarding international roaming and associated costs. Alternatively, you may wish to purchase a local SIM card with data. Please ensure your phone is unlocked prior to departure. Your local guide can assist with setting up the local SIM card.

Access to wifi will vary from hotel to hotel. You should be able to access the internet on most days, but expect lower quality in the more rural areas.

Will I have access to electricity?

Yes. Outlets in Spain are 220V/50Hz, plug type F (two round pins). We recommend that you use a universal adapter.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry phones to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

COSTS AND PAYMENTS

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Twin-share accommodation in 3-star hotels & pensions
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Pilgrim passport

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers,
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visas
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities

Is the travel cost guaranteed?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size, currency fluctuations or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a personalised fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow €60 per day (approx. AUD$90) to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs, gifts, drinks and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel well on a smaller budget and you can always withdraw more money while away.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not expected in Spain, but is appreciated. You are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate. The total recommended tipping amount for your local guide is €30–40 (approx. AUD$45-60), and €1–2 per person, per day for your driver. Tipping in restaurants and taxis is not compulsory but is appropriate. It is common to round up your bill to the nearest €1.

TRAVEL INSURANCE AND VISAS

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory for international adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

Do I need a visa to travel to Spain?

Australian and New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa for entry into Spain. If you are travelling on another passport, please check with your country’s embassy.

ABOUT SPAIN

What weather can I expect?

Weather in the northern coastal regions of Spain, even in summertime, can be cool and windy and vary considerably from Madrid. Prepare for wet conditions and make sure to pack comfortable waterproof outer shells. Maximum summer temperatures are low to mid-20s on average, though heat waves above 30°C can occur. Please check local weather forecasts prior to departure for up-to-date information.

Can I drink the water in Spain?

Tap water in Spain is safe to drink and we encourage you to bring refillable water bottles to use throughout the adventure to minimise plastic waste. On trekking days, you can fill up before the start of the day at the hotel and at cafés along the trek if needed.

Is it safe to travel to Spain?

While travelling in Spain and trekking on the Camino, we advise that you remain aware of your surroundings at all times. Never leave your belongings unattended, always keep an eye or a firm grip on cameras and shoulder bags, and avoid travelling alone, especially at night. Caution should be adopted in larger cities. When staying in hotels, secure all valuables and documents in a safe.

These are the same safety precautions we recommend when travelling to any destination. We suggest you review the Smartraveller website for the most up-to-date information. 

How challenging is this adventure?

This adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The El Camino trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. You will be walking on a mix of terrain from wooded paths to dirt roads to urban pavement. You will encounter some slopes as your cross over creeks and rivers.

You will be well supported on the adventure by the expert guides and the wider team. You can move at your own pace and we take frequent rest breaks. Transport is available in some sections if you feel you are unable to complete the day. You will need to carry a day pack with personal items such as water, snacks, medications and spare clothing. The rest of your luggage will be transported by vehicle each day.

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. You should aim to make walking up and down hills the main part of your training. Take regular and increasingly long walks to develop your muscles. Gradually increasing the duration of your walks will help to develop your stamina and also assist in preparing you for being on your feet over long distances. Be consistent in your training, walk as often as possible and increase the intensity of your workouts to gain the most benefit from them.

As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in 3-star hotels and pensions. Hotels and guesthouses will have modern and clean amenities with toilet paper provided. In smaller towns, the amenities may be more basic. 

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What are the toilets like? 

While trekking, basic public toilets are accessible, however cleanliness may vary. We advise that you always carry toilet paper and hand sanitiser with you in your daypack. Remember to have a laugh if amenities are not quite what you’d expect! 

What is the food like? 

Coastal Spain is famous for seafood including sardines, octopus and cod. Meals on the Camino will feature a mix of local specialities and hearty, filling foods such as bread, stew, meat and cheese.

Breakfasts will usually be buffet-style at the hotel and offer a variety of Western favourites like toast and jam as well as local specialties. Lunches on the Camino are at your own expense. Cafes and restaurants on the way cater for trekkers with affordable, hearty meals on the menú del día. Dinner is your chance to unwind and get a taste for local delights such as seafood, ham and wine.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide and Team Leader on Day 1 as well. You’re welcome to bring additional snacks such as protein balls, lollies, gluten-free or vegan treats with you. You will be fed very well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have a very specific dietary requirement or severe allergies, often it’s best to pack some extra things as back-up.

Will I have mobile phone reception or WiFi access? 

Yes, you can expect to have phone reception for most of your adventure. 

If you have worldwide coverage, you can bring your own mobile phone and use it to make domestic or international calls. Please check with your mobile service provider prior to departure regarding international roaming and associated costs. Alternatively, you may wish to purchase a local SIM card with data. Please ensure your phone is unlocked prior to departure. Your local guide can assist with setting up the local SIM card.

Access to wifi will vary from hotel to hotel. You should be able to access the internet on most days, but expect lower quality in the more rural areas.

Will I have access to electricity?

Yes. Outlets in Spain are 220V/50Hz, plug type F (two round pins). We recommend that you use a universal adapter.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry phones to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Twin-share accommodation in 3-star hotels & pensions
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Pilgrim passport

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers,
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visas
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities

Is the travel cost guaranteed?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size, currency fluctuations or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a personalised fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow €60 per day (approx. AUD$90) to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs, gifts, drinks and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel well on a smaller budget and you can always withdraw more money while away.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not expected in Spain, but is appreciated. You are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate. The total recommended tipping amount for your local guide is €30–40 (approx. AUD$45-60), and €1–2 per person, per day for your driver. Tipping in restaurants and taxis is not compulsory but is appropriate. It is common to round up your bill to the nearest €1.

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory for international adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

Do I need a visa to travel to Spain?

Australian and New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa for entry into Spain. If you are travelling on another passport, please check with your country’s embassy.

What weather can I expect?

Weather in the northern coastal regions of Spain, even in summertime, can be cool and windy and vary considerably from Madrid. Prepare for wet conditions and make sure to pack comfortable waterproof outer shells. Maximum summer temperatures are low to mid-20s on average, though heat waves above 30°C can occur. Please check local weather forecasts prior to departure for up-to-date information.

Can I drink the water in Spain?

Tap water in Spain is safe to drink and we encourage you to bring refillable water bottles to use throughout the adventure to minimise plastic waste. On trekking days, you can fill up before the start of the day at the hotel and at cafés along the trek if needed.

Is it safe to travel to Spain?

While travelling in Spain and trekking on the Camino, we advise that you remain aware of your surroundings at all times. Never leave your belongings unattended, always keep an eye or a firm grip on cameras and shoulder bags, and avoid travelling alone, especially at night. Caution should be adopted in larger cities. When staying in hotels, secure all valuables and documents in a safe.

These are the same safety precautions we recommend when travelling to any destination. We suggest you review the Smartraveller website for the most up-to-date information. 

 

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

Reviews

Past adventurers rated their overall experience on the El Camino as 4.45 out of 5

★★★★★


“The highlight was everything - the people, the places, the views; all awesome!”

Kylie Richardson

BCFNZ Pink Ribbon Trek El Camino 2019

★★★★★


“An opportunity to do something iconic that I would never have done alone. All for an amazing cause”

Elizabeth Allan

Ronald McDonald Houses Monash and Parkville: El Camino for the Kids 2018

★ ★ ★ ★ ★


“It gave me confidence to get out, see, do & contribute”

Jeffrey Smart

Shake It Up Camino for a Cure 2018
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Responsible travel

Caring for our adventurers, the communities we visit and the wellbeing of the planet is the heart of everything we do. This adventure is no exception.

Meaningful connections: Hear from Aranda Elders who will tell us about the history of the area.

Environment: We offset the emissions from this trip through carbon credit programs in partnership with Carbon Neutral.

Treading lightly: Trekking is a great, low-impact way to explore.

Small group travel: Our teams consist of a maximum of 25 people. Better for you, and better for the planet.

Responsible business: We’re a certified B-Corp, committed to using business as a force for good

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Safe travel and flexible bookings

Keeping you safe: We’ve developed a stringent COVID-10 Pandemic Safety Management Plan in cooperation with government guidelines, tourism boards and the advice of medical experts to minimise the risks associated with travel as best as possible.

Flexible bookings: If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date or you will receive a travel credit.

To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, you can see a full list of FAQs here.

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