Camino Frances - Gentle Steps
"Made To Measure" walks to fit your own pace on the last section of the Camino. Our 14-night itinerary averages the shortest possible walks of 4 -8 miles a day. So, take your time, enjoy the scenery and soak up the Camino atmosphere at your own pace.
Gentle Steps Camino, short sections at your own pace
We believe you should "Walk the Way, Your Way".
We will take time to understand your requirements and create a personalised itinerary just for you. Each person has their own particular walking ability and fitness level. You certainly do not have to be at peak fitness to walk the Camino. We regularly welcome clients from 8 - 80+.
We also design itineraries for couples or friends, where one walks the Camino and the other doesn't walk.
If you are concerned about carrying too much weight in your backpack, you don't need to worry.
We provide reliable luggage transfers. This daily service is organised so that all you have to worry about is carrying a small day sack with your essential items.
Santiago de Compostela As Your Base
We also design Camino experiences out of Santiago. Full day and half day tours are available around the Camino and the wider Galician area. Many of our couples and groups wish to combine gentle short walks with sightseeing excursions and gastronomy experiences.
For further details about our slow walks of the Camino de Santiago, just get in touch. We will be happy to create a personalised itinerary designed specifically around your needs and interests.
Transfer to Cape Finisterre and the Atlantic Coast
You can also spend 2 or 3 nights on Cape Finisterre where there are short walks to be enjoyed. Stroll the 2km long beach, take a gentle walk to the famous Finisterre lighthouse for a superb lunch, find the 0.0km waymarker and watch the Atlantic sunset. You can even add on a two-day mini itinerary from Finisterre to Muxia.
Enjoy the Camino de Santiago at Your Own Pace
This slow travel version of Spain's classic and most popular route - the Camino Frances or French Way, we call our "Gentle Steps" edition.
It's exactly the same route in shorter segments - fewer daily miles to walk, more overnight stops and you are still eligible for the Compostela certificate.
We will tailor the walking tour to suit your personal requirements walking a range of 4 - 8 miles sections each day.
As experts on the Camino and have considerable experience tailoring walking and driving tours of the Camino de Santiago. Contact us and we will create an itinerary to fit you.
For those who are looking for a new slow travel Camino experience, we also organise slow travel version of the Via de la Plata, which is often referred to as "The Quiet Camino".
Experience the classic pilgrimage route at a gentle pace
Walk the thousand-year old pilgrimage route in manageable sections, at your own pace. Soak up the Camino's ancient history as you go past medieval villages, pilgrim fountains, and majestic monasteries linked for centuries to the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.
Spanish Gastronomy and Wine
Every town in the Camino has a variety of lively plazas with bars and restaurants, so there will be plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy the delicious Spanish gastronomy and the variety of world-famous Spanish wines.
This is an area that still preserves a traditional way of life. Galicia is the green corner of Spain and its lush meadows support many family-run dairy and beef farms. Galician cooking is simple and hearty, using mainly fresh local produce.
Those with a sweet tooth will love Tarta de Santiago, a type of almond cake dusted with sugar outlining the shape of the cross of Santiago. A gastronomic point - in Melide look out for the local speciality "Pulpo Gallego" - octopus - sprinkled with paprika and served with potatoes.
The wines, cheeses and seafood are all renowned Galician specialities. Unlike the red wine-producing rest of Spain, Galicia's climate is better suited to whites. Albariño is a straw-coloured wine with a distinct peach flavour that's now highly respected outside Spain and the perfect companion to fish and seafood.
Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, Galicia's capital city Santiago de Compostela is the world-known destination of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. Around the Cathedral of Saint James of Compostela, a masterpiece of Romanesque art, the city boasts a picturesque old town worthy of one of Christianity's greatest holy cities.
Guided Tours of Santiago de Compostela
As an optional extra, we can arrange a guided tour of the city's extraordinary ensemble of distinguished monuments grouped around the Cathedral of Saint James the Greater.
Day Excursion to Finisterre & Muxia
We can arrange a full day excursion to Cape Finisterre on Galicia's Atlantic coast, which traditionally was the final destination for many pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. A walk on the long golden beach searching for your own scallop shell makes for a superb ending to the whole experience.
Food & Drink
Choose B&B or Half Board
For any traveller on the Camino, nourishment and refreshment is an important part of the daily routine. There are many places to enjoy good local dishes to suit a variety of tastes and budgets. We also aim to cater for those with particular dietary needs.
Where available we always order a full breakfast spread for our clients. But it does vary between establishments. Whether you have a light or substantial offering, you can always top up mid-morning at cafe bars along the route. The Spanish habit is to have breakfast between 10 and 11 when cafes and bars fill with locals having their "desayuno".
Lunch on the Camino is often taken as a picnic, and most places have local shops selling items of fresh local produce to purchased each morning before you set out on the trail. Certain lodgings will offer pre-ordered packed lunches. Or check your guide and plan to stop off in a cafe-bar or restaurant on the Way.
Spanish people tend to have dinner from 9 pm. But on the Camino, dinner is usually served from 8 pm — so do take advantage of the habitual afternoon "merienda" to keep you going, once you have arrived at your daily destination. That could be cold beer "cerveza" and tapas or coffee and cake.
Hydration is essential — carry between 1.5 and 3l of drinking water, depending on the season, temperatures and distance you plan to cover. Keep a sugary and salty snack handy in your pocket or daypack - this will give you that little extra burst of energy to keep you going.
Mid morning/afternoon snacks known as "merienda" are the perfect way to sustain yourself on the Way. Especially if you are not used to the later meal times which are the norm across Spain. It is customary for Spanish people to have a mid-morning stop for breakfast and late afternoon for a bite to keep them going until the traditional late dinner.
Hand-picked comfortable, family-run establishments with high levels of personal service
We usually choose comfortable, small, family-run establishments on the Camino. Our Bed & Breakfast accommodation includes a variety of traditional farmhouses, historic homes and two and three star hotels. All rooms have en-suite facilities.
Our accommodation providers are hand-picked and well known to us. We believe that our high level of personal service and customer care offers the best available in the local food, culture and history.
We quote all our journeys with bag transfers as standard. We heartily recommend that you book your main piece of luggage to be transferred between accommodations. It helps your enjoyment of the Way and keeps unnecessary stress off your back and joints.
We work with dedicated professional companies who do this essential work day in, day out. The system works very well, with bags picked up between 8 and 8:30 am and delivered to the next hotel between 2 and 4 pm.
This daily service is organised so that all you have to worry about is carrying a day sack with your essential items.
If you do wish to carry your own bag that is fine with us. And you can always call us and request to add on the service if you change your mind.
Listed below are some reviews from other customers who have already undertaken this tour with Walk the Camino.
- Review by RitaThe Camino walk was a fantastic experience. In addition, my time in Madrid and San Sebastián rounded off what was an amazing cultural experience as a first-time visitor to Spain.
How would you rate your holiday?
The organisation was fantastic. The level of detailed information about the walk was far more than I had anticipated and gave me a great deal of confidence that all necessary preparations were in place. They helped with my own planning and preparation but also my comfort level given I was travelling alone. Suggestions and planning for pre- and post- Camino were great, with the same level of thorough information and documentation provided.
How would you rate your accommodation?
The accommodation was wonderful. With the Gentle Walk, I had a mix of accommodation in tiny hamlets as well as small hotels. Every stop was clean and comfortable, with friendly and helpful staff. The standouts for me were Casa Morgade, La Calleja and Pazo Xan Xordo, because of their unique styles. The one place I wouldn’t recommend is Hotel Arzua. This was the only place where I found the staff to be unhelpful and disinterested. The town itself has nothing to recommend it and was the one place I would have happily by-passed,
My accommodation in Madrid prior to walk was also good, great location and very comfortable. Based on Caroline Diaz’s suggestion, I travelled to Lugo and stayed one night before preceding to Sarria. This was a highlight and accommodation and location excellent.
How would you rate your food?
Overall very good. Range of breakfast options seemed to decrease the closer I got to Santiago, minor thing.
How would you rate your baggage transfers?
Worked like a dream - I was most impressed. Mostly my luggage would be at my accommodation before I arrive; sometimes perhaps an hour or two later. This was quite understandable given I was walking such short distances each day and was not a problem.
How would you rate your information pack?
Yes, yes and yes! The daily ‘run sheets’ for how to get to my accommodation each day were a lifesaver; the graphic and written instructions foolproof. Can I suggest having them numbered as just another safeguard.
Any suggested improvements?
As my walks each day were so short, I would often arrive at my accommodation well before they were open. I adapted by leaving later in the mornings. Perhaps including the time accommodation would be open for check-in might help future walkers with their planning.
Would you book with Walk the Camino again?
Would you recommend Walk the Camino?
Absolutely and unreservedly.
Any other comments?
A special thank you to Caroline who helped me put together a wonderful itinerary for my time in Spain and on the Comino. As I have stated, the thorough level of planning and selection of accommodation was superb.
- Review by Anne Corrigan, UKWe enjoyed our holiday very much - it was a wonderful experience. Something completely different! The organisation of the holiday was spot-on. You really couldn’t have done a better job. The whole thing was perfectly tailored to our needs. It’s hard to express in an e-mail how good it all was.
- Review by Anne and Brian , UKWe thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and found the organisation excellent. We were also impressed by the friendliness and welcome we received everywhere. The information pack was useful and contained all the information we needed. So many, many thanks again for your kindness, efficiency and help in giving us such a good holiday.
- Review by MarciaA great memorial time. Very well done and very accommodating even when we had to change dates because of a family emergency. The accommodation was varied, comfortable and fun.
Spanish food in a class of its own. All very precious. The baggage transfers were easy, not a problem. I rate your information pack as excellent
I look forward to contacting you next year.
- Review by Chris and Davina, AustraliaWe had an amazing time on the Camino... I would recommend this 6 day walk to anyone. All in all a memorable trip, and you guys did a great job in planning, arranging and organising it.
- Review by John TVery good choice of accommodation. Fortunate with the weather. Almost everything went very smoothly. Collection and delivery of suitcases always completed efficiently. The only problem was in Arca where I had the wrong directions. Everything else went without a hitch.
All accommodation was of an acceptable standard. I particularly liked Hotel Casa Benilde, Casa do Maestro and Hotel Capitol. All the breakfasts were fine. Menu del dia options available everywhere with a good choice in towns. Baggage transfers - First class. No problems at all. The information pack with Guidebook supplied was also good. You have obviously developed a very smooth system.
- Review by Rosaline, ScotlandWe thoroughly enjoyed our Holiday. Overall we were quite happy with the accommodation - well situated and clean and comfortable with good ensuite facilities. Casa Morgade was our favourite. Great atmosphere, good food and a lovely sitting room with a log fire. Pilgrims menus were excellent value and all included a bottle or glass of wine so we enjoyed that. We didn’t get lost and often shared details with others who hadn’t been supported so well.
- Review by David and MargaretOnce again you have come up trumps! Excellent in every way. The food was a bit varied but perfectly adequate, considering this was a "pilgrimage". We were amazed at the amount of detail you provided in the information pack. Of all the travel companies we have used over the years you are by far the best.
I reflected quite a bit on the spiritual aspects of the walk. I understand that in the middle ages pilgrimage offered (for those who could afford it!) a quicker route to heaven, by reducing time in purgatory. As modern Christians we believe heaven and God’s forgiveness is an absolutely free gift earned at great cost by Jesus’s sacrificial death and resurrection, that cannot be earned or added to by our own efforts. I sensed though, in part through dipping into John Brierley’s book, that the Camino is perhaps reinventing itself by trying to appeal to people who want a spirituality without too much doctrine, and Jesus, as "the Way", did not feature as much as I had hoped. We were very pleased though to happen upon a small Anglican communion service in the chapel of the Parador Hotel on the Sunday morning - a fitting end to our Camino and bit of a contrast to the Pilgrim Mass with the Botafumeiro later on!
- Review by Gisella, USATailored Gentle Steps from Leon to Santiago de Compostela - I had a great time and I want to thank you for all the planning you did for me. The inns/hotels you have selected for me were just wonderful. The old stone buildings, renovated inside and outfitted with these great bathrooms was amazing and everything was clean! I also appreciated the close proximity of my lodging to the points of interest. The food was excellent, plentiful and a great combination for local and international tastes. The material in the yellow package was excellent, the guidebook was most helpful and I enjoyed the maps for each hotel you prepared with the arrows how to get in and out of the particular village. Without it, I might sometimes have missed my exit. The baggage transfer worked flawlessly, my backpack was ALWAYS in the lobby upon my arrival. I would not know what to improve on this it was such a great experience and I did and will recommend this trip to everybody interested in the Camino Pilgrimage; there is more interest in Germany than in the U.S.A I injured my knee after years of trekking in the Himalaya and I did not want to give up hiking. Considering my age and travelling alone (without a guide or friend) my German friend recommended the Camino Frances. I really did not know what to expect - but by choosing your company I felt absolutely SAFE and PAMPERED which was beyond my expectations. Thank you for this wonderful experience.
- Review by Allison, CanadaExtremely organized - you were great with organizing, responding, and helping when we needed you. We loved the little spot in Morgade - they were so wonderful and that spot was a total gem. Our absolute favourite on the trip was Pazo De Sedor - what a special place. I was EXTREMELY happy that we could get that upgrade. Also love that it was off the path a bit - they were also very wonderful and the restaurant there was great as well. Additionally, we loved Paxo Xan Xordo - a very special and unique place. The man running was also very accommodating etc. And a shout out to the woman who ran the place in Arca - it was a very simple place but she really went above and beyond to make sure everyone was happy and comfortable. We loved her. We also loved the spot in Lestedo - looks very new - cute little spot. Our favourites were always the ones in the country - in the farmlands. Thanks to you, we ended up staying at the San Francisco Hotel in Santiago, which was something...