Spain Easter on the Camino: Our journey acquaints us with Spain’s past and present. Gentle walks through contrasting landscapes of Spain’s regional history, music, architecture combined with excellent food and wine. Local people on our route will share all of this with us as we make our way northwards to our final destination.
An eight-night adventure along the Vía de la Plata, a lesser travelled route of the Camino de Santiago. Starting with the dramatic setting of Seville on Maundy Thursday, we discover Spain at the most poignant time of the Spanish church year as we travel through the contrasting regions of Andalusia, Extremadura, Castile & León and Galicia, stepping off the path briefly for a night in the Portuguese town of Braganza. In addition to the Maundy Thursday Procession in Seville, we witness processions on Good Friday in the town of Zafra & Easter Sunday in the world heritage town of Cáceres. Continuing from the Hispanic world’s oldest university town of Salamanca to the land of the Conquistadores in Extremadura & through the lush pastures of Galicia, we finish our journey in Santiago de Compostela.
Vía de la Plata
“The Silver Way”, starting in Seville, it is the longest commercial & pilgrimage path to Santiago, it was traditionally taken by North African Christians on their way to Santiago. The Romans also left an important mark along the Vía de la Plata & you will encounter some of the best-preserved Roman sites in Europe such as Mérida and Cáparra.
About your hosts
Nancy Mead lives in Narragansett, Rhode Island. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with degrees in French and Art. Married to an Episcopal priest for forty-five years, she is the mother of two children & the doting grandmother of four. After two careers in the fashion industry & florist business, Nancy took up trekking at age 50. She has walked four different routes of the El Camino & has walked the Via Francigina from Canterbury to Rome amongst many other routes – over 6000 miles in total. She is also a keen gardener!
Originally from Yorkshire, UK, Joanna Wivell has always felt a natural attraction to Spain. She has lived in Madrid for 19 years, where she first worked in television for the lifestyle channel, Canal Estilo, & then the National Geographic Channel. For the last fourteen years, she has been showing visitors Spain with a personal, insider’s view through her companies Insider’s Madrid & Corazon Travel. Joanna has enjoyed walking on her travels through South America & in Europe. She has a love for flamenco dancing which she studied when living in Granada as a student and loves to find the real deal when she is travelling.
Bishop Carlos López Lozano is the Episcopal Bishop of Spain, an indigenous national church & proud member of the Anglican Communion. Bishop Carlos studied theology at the United Evangelical Theological Seminary in Madrid & recently published an article on the history of the church in Spain with the Sorbonne. He has been the Episcopal Bishop of Spain since 1995 & was consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Maundy Thursday: Welcome drinks & Processions from Private balcony
Guests arrive independently and check into our hotel, the Vincci La Rábida, a 4-star hotel, housed in a former 18th-century mansion house minutes’ walk from the cathedral. We meet in the lobby for a welcome drink before being led to our venue for the evening. Our host is a flamenco dancer who shares with us her studio’s private balcony, offering a privileged view of the Holy Thursday processions as they pass below us. Wine & tapas are served in the studio during the evening. Our guides will explain the traditions of Semana Santa in Seville, the most famous city in Spain for its Holy Week celebrations. This sets the scene for the rest of the Easter processions we will witness in the coming days.
Good Friday: tour of Seville & Zafra by evening
After breakfast we tour Seville, visiting the city’s towering 12th-century Gothic Cathedral, built on the site of the Great Mosque, its Moorish Giralda tower still intact. We go on to visit the intricate Mudéjar architecture of the Alcázar Palace & its gardens. then the winding streets of Santa Cruz, the former Jewish neighbourhood. We learn about the Golden Age of this Andalusian capital & why anyone who was anyone wanted a piece of the action.
After a light tapas lunch in a local taverna, we’ll board our private bus and embark for Zafra in the region of Extremadura, our next point on the Camino. Zafra is a former Roman settlement which later prospered as a cattle trading post due to its strategic location on the Vía de la Plata.
We stay tonight in the Casa Palacio Conde de la Corte, a 19th-century mansion house and former home to one of Spain’s most prestigious bull-breeders. We take a tour of the town including the 15th-century Plaza Grande and the Church of the Candelaria, with art by the “Spanish Caravaggio”: Francisco de Zurbarán. A tasting of wines on the camino, followed by dinner at the Rebotica restaurant and time to watch the Good Friday procession.
Holy Saturday: World Heritage sites Mérida & Cáceres
After breakfast, we drive to the World Heritage site of Mérida, the former capital of the Roman province Lusitania. We visit the world’s longest ancient bridge, the Puente Romano before visiting the Roman theatre, amphitheater and the Roman Museum designed by the Spanish architect, Rafael Moneo. A light lunch in Mérida & on to our next stop on the Via de la Plata – the town of Cáceres. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, Cáceres is listed as being the third most important historic and artistic urban centre in Europe. It still has 30 towers from the Moorish period, including the famous Torre de Bujaco along with Roman, Moorish, Gothic & Renaissance influences. The city also plays host to film & TV productions; Game of Throne fans will not be disappointed. A 4-mile walk to Aldea del Cano, passing the well-known mailbox milario!
We stay at the Parador, a 14th-century mansion house in the protected historic centre. The day finishes with a short, guided evening walk and dinner at the Parador.
Easter Sunday: Cáceres, roman roads, Salamanca
Easter Sunday in Cáceres. Some free time in the morning for guests to witness the Procesión de Encuentro, or walk its cobblestone streets. A light lunch before boarding the bus to the province of Salamanca.
We stop to walk along the Roman Road that forms part of the Via de la Plata to the abandoned pre-Roman city of Cáparra. We then continue by bus to Spain’s oldest university town of Salamanca & check into the 16th-century former Dominican convent, the Hospes Convento San Esteban.
We are joined by Bishop Carlos Lozano for an evening stroll up to the 15th century Plaza Mayor for a tapas dinner.
Tour historic Salamanca, Michelin star dinner
We take a walk through the “golden city” of Salamanca, so named after its hallmark sandstone architecture. The Bishop, having been rector here some years ago, is our art historian and guide this morning as we visit the old & new cathedrals, the University, the oldest in the Hispanic world, listing Cervantes amongst its alumni & Columbus amongst its lecturers.
We then bid farewell to Salamanca & continue our journey north by bus, stopping to visit award-winning cheese-maker, Vicente Pastor. We resume our route north, but tonight, we step off the Vía de la Plata and spend the night across the Portuguese border in Braganza. Dinner at our hotel’s Michelin star restaurant, G Pousada.
Ourense, 6-mile Camino walk, Wine tasting in the country
We check out of the hotel & leave for Ourense in Galicia.
A morning coffee & a short walk around Ourense before driving to the start of our six mile walk on the Camino through pretty wooded countryside to the small town of Cea.
We stay tonight in the country house, Pazo de Bendoiro, where we enjoy a Galician dinner with paired wines.
Walking the Camino, Traditional Galician Dinner & Wine
Today you will have your first glimpse of the spires of the Santiago cathedral. Our walk starts from the Ermita de Santa Lucia passing several cruceiros en route. In Angrois we pass the Colegiata de Santa Maria del Sar with its 12th-century cloister where you can see some of the best-carved arches outside of Santiago. One of the prettiest walks of the Camino into the Plaza Obradoiro and to the Parador where we will be staying. It is in effect the oldest hotel in Spain.
We have a sandwich lunch upon arrival. There will be free time after checking into the Parador before meeting in the evening to walk to our local restaurant for dinner, serving Galician cuisine with a modern twist. Paired with local wines from Albariño & Ribera Sacra.
Mass in 12th-century church, Tour of historic Santiago de Compostela
For those who would like to join, Bishop Carlos will celebrate mass for our party in the 12th century Santa Susana church.
The group reassembles for our tour of the historic centre & the Cathedral of Santiago.
Free time for lunch & our farewell dinner at the Parador.
Time to say goodbye, for now…
Tour ends after breakfast & we go our separate ways.
“Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar.”
“Pilgrim, there is no way, you make the way as you go.”
⎯ Antonio Machado,
Spanish poet & writer who died at the end of the Spanish civil war with a poem in his pocket
Price, what’s included
Price per person:
$6565/ Deposit $575
Includes hotel with single supplement, all breakfasts, dinners & lunches. There is no lunch scheduled on the last full day. All guided tours mentioned in the itinerary, entrances and sales tax where applicable. Flights, tips, and holiday insurance are not included.
*Also, please note that there is no lunch scheduled on the final day.
1 night – 4* Vincci La Rábida, Seville
1 night – 4* Casa Palacio Conde de la Corte,
a 19th-century mansion house
1 night – 4* Parador Caceres,
a 14th-century mansion house
1 night – 5* Hospes Palacio de San Esteban, a converted monastery
1 night – Pousada de Braganza
1 night – Country house Pazo de Bendoiro
2 nights – 5* Parador Santiago de Compostela
Private transport by luxury coach
Breakfast daily; 6 lunches, 7 dinners
Visits & activities as specified
Local specialties from all five regions we visit, with a tailored wine tasting & a Michelin star dinner.
All applicable taxes
*Optional early arrival: Wednesday 8th April
If you wish, tour members can book an extra night with us before the start of our tour, subject to availability.
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