Hike the Pilgrim’s Path in Northern Spain
The Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile pilgrimage route from the Pyrenees, on the French border, to the shrine at Santiago de Compostela, 30 miles from the Atlantic coast, is a must-do for backpackers looking to see Spain’s pastoral side. “Witnessing the swinging incense pendulum in the cathedral is a highly spiritual experience,” says guide Diego Martín, “even if you’re not religious.” Country Walkers’ trek lets you hit all the highlights, from Basque mountain villages to an 11th-century monastery. They’ll transport your gear and, at the end of each day, give you a ride to your hotel. Customize your trip by adding a night in Burgos, the gastronomic hub near La Rioja, famous for its easy-drinking tempranillos.
The Details: Nine-day treks offered May through October, from $3,198. [countrywalkers.com]
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