The Camino de Santiago is a Spanish set of trails that all lead to Santiago de Compostela – and I’m so excited to say that I’ll be hiking 100km of this trail with G Adventures this summer. Not only that, but the very kind G Adventures team are giving YOU the chance to win this trip, too!
Hiking 100km in less than a week sounds pretty daunting, but I’m confident that with the right training, carefully considered packing, and the three-sixty degree support that G Adventures provide, I’ll have an incredible, safe and active time.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be documenting my preparation for this trip, both here on the blog and on my Instagram. Read on to find out more about what exactly the Camino de Santiago is – and how YOU can win your own Spanish hiking trip, too.
What is the Camino de Santiago?
Tradition says that the remains of St. James the Great are buried in Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where he has his very own shrine, so the walk is actually a pilgrimage – one of the most important during the Middle Ages. Traditionally, you’d simply take the path of least resistance from your home to the cathedral, but certain routes became more popular, hence the development of the trails. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, and nowadays it’s still a Christian pilgrimage, but the regional government also promotes it as a tourist experience too.
If you wanted to hike the entire Camino de Santiago it’d probably take around 35 days – but my trip will cover 100km of the trail and take 8 days in total. Our G Adventures Chief Experience Officer, Lalo, is a Santiago local, so I’m hoping to get a real local’s insight every step of the way – something I wouldn’t get if I were to wing it like my usual trips!
How do you prepare for the Camino de Santiago?
I’m a newbie to this trip too, so I’m using a combination of advice from my coach, information from the internet, common sense, and support from G Adventures. I’ll be providing a more in-depth training plan over the coming weeks, but in a nutshell, I’ll be working on endurance, stability, activation of specific muscles used during long walks, and simply spending more time on my feet. In the photos I’m out on a two hour weekend walk, which wasn’t strenuous and was simply to spend time walking. I’ll be building these up as the weeks pass and I’ll be adding in extra walks throughout the week, too.
I’ll also be sharing a post on what I’ll be packing, so hopefully that’ll cover off most of what you need to know pre-trip. Two important things, though: make sure your EHIC card is up to date, and get travel insurance – hopefully not needed, but you can’t be too safe.
How can YOU hike the Camino de Santiago?
G Adventures run eight-day Camino de Santiago trips priced from £1,149 per person, which includes seven nights in hotels, seven breakfasts, transport and a Chief Experience Officer (like our Lalo) throughout, though doesn’t include flights.
If you’re UK-based you can win all of this for you AND a friend simply by filling in your details HERE. The full terms and conditions are on the page though in a nutshell you have to book your prize before December 15, 2017 for travel before July 31, 2018, and the prize includes tour and flights to the value of £2,000pp.
I’m so excited about doing this trip myself but also super pumped that one of YOU get the chance to do it too. Let me know whether you enter and I’ll keep you updated about my Camino de Santiago trip!