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Spain Lesbian Madrid & The Camino De Santiago Tour

Spain Lesbian Madrid &
The Camino De Santiago Tour

Journey Along Galicia's Famous Pilgrimage

Madrid, Sarria, Portomarin, Palas de Rei, Monterroso, Arzua, Pedrouzo, Santiago de Compostela, Cape Finisterre, Muxia, and more!

11 Days from/to Madrid, Spain

October 8 – 18, 2021
October 7 – 17, 2022

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Camino De Santiago lesbian tour Earn your Pilgrim’s Compostela by hiking the final 100km of “The Way” with a group of like-minded ladies. Our all-women’s Camino de Santiago hike begins in Madrid before winding its way through the country’s green northern oasis, Galacia. Together we’ll follow “The Way of Saint James” along the historic pilgrimages’ final 100km leg, through eucalyptus forests and quaint Spanish villages. The adventure ends in Plaza de Obradoiro, where the grandeur of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela awaits.

Expect delicious regional fare, robust Spanish wines and cheese shaped like breasts—yes, seriously. By tour’s end you’ll have tested your stamina, made a few friends and earned your very own Pilgrim’s Compostela—an official document verifying you’ve successfully completed the Camino. Felicidades!

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Spain Lesbian Madrid & The Camino De Santiago Tour Highlights

• Eat tapas and order Spanish wine in Madrid’s lively markets

• Join fellow pilgrims along the Camino de Santiago

• Experience Galicia, a verdant northern province in Spain

• Learn about the history of Spain from two of the country’s best lesbian guides (who just happen to be a couple!)

• Enjoy a wealth of Spanish cuisine including empanadas, paella and a regional cheese shaped like a woman’s breast

• Wallow in Plaza de Obradoiro where the historic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela awaits

• Spend the night at a pilgrim’s hospital from 1486 transformed into the now-famous 5-star Parador Hostal dos Reis Catolicos

• Catch a flamenco show and learn about the country’s famously flamboyant dance

• Bid the Camino adieu at the coastal area of Finisterre and Muxía.

 

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Spain Gay Madrid & The Camino De Santiago Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Madrid, Spain / Arrival Day
Madrid, Spain Lesbian TourHola! Welcome to Madrid.

After settling into our centrally located hotel, get to know your local guide and fellow hikers at our 6PM Group Meeting followed by a Welcome Dinner at Taberna La Berenjena, a restaurant run by Spain’s Top Chef contestant (and lesbian herself), Rebecca Hernandez.

To end the evening we may grab a cocktail at a female-owned bar.

 

Day 2 - Madrid, Spain
Lesbian Madrid tourRise and shine, Ladies. This morning we warm up our hamstrings on a leisurely walking tour of Madrid. We’ll get acquainted with the country’s culture and history and learn about its robust queer past.

The journey begins in Puerta del Sol, then we’ll walk the famous Calle Mayor to admire some of the oldest buildings in the city, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa. After our appetites are stoked we head to Mercado de San Miguel for a tapas lunch.

The afternoon is yours to rest or continue exploring alone.

Tonight you’re welcome to reconvene with the group for an optional dinner at a small locally owned restaurant in the heart of Madrid.

To cap off our evening we’ll experience a traditional flamenco performance. Olé!

 

Day 3 - Madrid to Sarria
Camino Santiago lesbian tour - SarriaToday we bid adieu to Madrid because we’re off to Sarria.

The scenic journey will take approximately 6-hours with a stop for lunch in Astorga, a city founded in 14 BC where Roman walls still surround the old town.

After freshening up at our charming accommodations in Sarria we’ll have a mandatory Camino meeting where we’ll review the hike in detail.

Our day ends with dinner at a restaurant owned by a former butcher and pilgrim, with fish and vegetarian options available.

 

Day 4 - Camino de Santiago - Portomarin
Camino Santiago lesbian tour - PortomarinLace up those hiking boots and prepare for our first day on the trail. We depart at 8:45AM, with our first checkpoint at 5km/3.1mi. We’ve included these checkpoints as an opportunity to chat with your local guide, change gear at our van and make any required adjustments. A light lunch will be served at 13.9km/8.6mi in Ferreiros.

Today’s final stop will be Portomarin at 22.6km/14mi. The medieval town begs to be explored, so if you still have some energy left we recommend wandering its cobblestone streets. You may even want to consider a swim in the River Minho! We’ll eat at a local casa rural, a basic country house on the river featuring food from the family’s organic garden, homemade wine and liquors. If we’re lucky there may be a chance to witness some ancient Pagan rituals.
Today's distance: 22.6km/14mi.

 

Day 5 - Camino de Santiago - Palas do Rei / Monterroso
Camino de Santiago - Palas de ReiThis morning you can expect an early breakfast as we kick off towards Palas do Rei at 8:45AM, with a checkpoint in El Gonzar at 7.8km/4.8mi.

Lunch will be served at 17.4km/10.8mi. From here we’ll head to a noteworthy church and monastery in Iglesias de Vilar de Donas, either by foot or car depending on your mood. Many members of the Order of Santiago are buried here. The property may still be undergoing restoration but your guide can let you peek at some colourful frescoes from the fifteenth century.

Once we arrive at Palas de Rei, we’ll take a shuttle to our casa rural, our basic country house for the night. Tonight’s dinner is an organic take on a Spanish classic: paella!
Today's distance: 24.8km/15mi.

 

Day 6 - Camino de Santiago - Melide / Arzua
Pilgrim Camino de Santiago GaliciaAfter a bright and early breakfast we’ll shuttle back to the Camino and depart Palas do Rei at 8:45AM. Today’s checkpoint is at 8.7km, with lunch served in Melide at 14.4km/8.9mi. This is one of the route’s oldest towns, famous for their signature octopus on Galician bread (it’s one of many choices that will be on the menu).

Tonight after 25.8km/16mi we’ll arrive in Ribadiso, located just over the oldest known bridge on the route. Grab a drink to unwind and dip your feet in the river before we shuttle to our ‘pazo’— a traditional manor house—in Arzua. This town is famous for its Queso de Tetilla, or “little tit” cheese (the cheese looks like a boob, nipple et al). Dinner is served at the pazo.
Today's distance: 25.8km/16mi.

 

Day 7 - Camino de Santiago - Pedrouzo
Camino de Santiago - PedrouzoThis morning we’ll enjoy a relaxed breakfast before shuttling back to Ribadiso. Today’s checkpoint at 8.2km/5mi is quite special as we’ll rest our weary feet in our local lesbian guides’ (Ashleigh and Vanessa’s!) very own bar, Taberna Nova. You’ll have time to unwind, chat with the ladies working the taps and even fetch your own vegetables from their organic garden.

We’ll then continue trekking until we reach 14.3km/8.9mi where lunch awaits. Finally, at 22.5km/15mi we’ll conclude today’s hike at Pedrouzo.

You may want to consider a massage at our hotel before dinner is served in the on-site restaurant.
Today's distance: 22.5km/15mi.

 

Day 8 - Camino de Santiago - Santiago de Compostela
Camino de Santiago - Santiago de CompostelaUp and at ‘em, as today is our final full day of hiking. Our first checkpoint is at 3km/1.8mi in a small town known as Amenal, with a picnic lunch served in Monte do Gozo at 14.6km/9mi. This is the last hill and stop on the pilgrimage, and offers our first views of the Cathedral spires.

Our Spanish sojourn concludes at Plaza Obradoiro where we’ll arrive as a group to celebrate the end of our walk. After high fives and congratulations on a great hike, we’ll pick up our certificate of completion, the official ‘Pilgrim’s Compostela’. This is the perfect souvenir to memorialize the experience. For the full experience consider attending the Pilgrim’s Mass at 7PM to honour your achievement.

Tonight we dine together and raise a glass to our industrious trek at a favourite restaurant. Felicidades!
Today's distance: 19.3km/12mi.

 

Day 9 - Santiago de Compostela / Cape Finisterre / Muxia
Camino de Santiago - Cape FinisterreWith the trek behind us, we have a leisurely day to explore and recover. First up is a tour of Mercado de Abastos. This market dates back to 1874 and sells a solid selection of local foods.

From here, a scenic one-hour drive brings us to Cape Finisterre. This is actually another pilgrimage destination, and would take 3-4 more days to walk. Considered the end of the world in the Middle Ages, people would burn their clothes and boots upon arrival (the practice has only recently been banned). You’ll have some free time to explore before a fresh seafood lunch at the port.

In the afternoon we’ll stop at Muxia, mainland Europe’s westernmost point. Once we return to Santiago de Compostela, you have the choice to join us at one of our favourite restaurants in town for an optional dinner. Then, if you have the energy, consider a stop at Bloom, the town’s LGBT bar.

 

Day 10 - Madrid
Lesbian Madrid - ChuecaThis morning we fly back to the capital of Madrid.

Please note: this flight is NOT included in the cost of your tour.

Do some final souvenir shopping, or check out one of the city’s impressive museums. Freshen up for our Farewell Dinner tonight.

If you have the energy stores, consider a farewell cocktail with the group.

 

Day 11 - Madrid / Departure
It’s the last day of our tour and no activities are planned. Thank you for joining our big lesbian Spanish hike. Safe journey!

 

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What's Included

• Arrival & departure transfers to/from the Out Adventures Joining/Finishing Point Hotels
• Accommodations throughout
• All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners including wine
• Transportation by private coach
• Baggage transport and van support on the Camino if you need snacks, a break, or need to stop walking
• Expert local English-speaking Female Tour Leader and Lesbian Host
• Guided private tour of central Madrid and Mercado de San Miguel
• Traditional Flamenco Show
• Guided private tour through the nightlife of Chueca, Madrid’s LGBT neighbourhood.
• Guided private tour of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and surrounding area
• The Pilgrim Credencial/Pilgrim’s Passport
• Exclusive Camino Guide Book
• Hotel porterage
• Gratuities for city guides and drivers

 

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Not Included

• International & Domestic airfare
• Alcoholic drinks not included with meals unless stated in our itinerary
• Items of a personal nature
• Gratuities for Group Leader (Recommended $70-$110 USD)
• Visa fees
• Other activities, meals and extra costs at hotels not mentioned
Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers.

 

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Trip Notes

How We Travel
Out Adventures is all about good times with likeminded women. Whatever’s on the itinerary – from fireside camping to five-star decadence – our goal is to make the experience magical. We’re also committed to supporting the communities we visit by hiring local guides, staying at locally-owned accommodations when possible, and celebrating local cuisine. It all adds up to a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.

Spain Visa
As part of the European Union’s Schengen Area, Canadians and Americans do not need a visa for stays less than 90 days, but ensure your passport is valid for six months. There may be exceptions.

Culture Shock
Spain is a highly-developed Western nation. Crime rates are low and the nation is generally safe, but beware of pickpockets and petty theft anywhere that’s popular with tourists. It’s best to leave valuables at home or in your hotel room.

Local LGBT Scene
Madrid has an amazing LGBT scene centred around the neighbourhood of Chueca. And while Santiago may be famous for being the end of a Catholic pilgrimage, there’s even a small LGBT scene there. It’s Spain – the whole country is gay-friendly!

Weather
Madrid will most likely be hot but not sweltering when we visit, being the tail end of summer. Up north, where we’ll hike, things cool down. Galicia has an oceanic climate with mild temperatures and regular rainfall.

 

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Required Vaccinations
Based on the entry requirements, there are no immunizations needed for entry. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, consult with your doctor or a travel medical clinic. We cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

Electricity
You will need an international travel plug/adapter for Type F sockets.

Connectivity
Madrid and Santiago de Compostela will both be well connected. Cell service may be spotty along the Camino de Santiago but you’ll find plenty of free Wi-Fi hostspots en route.

Physical Preparedness
All guests must have a good level of health. All tours, regardless of activity level, involve uneven steps, stairs, walking tours, and you will be required to carry your own luggage from time to time. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate individuals with limited mobility unless they are willing to absorb the cost of a private guide/assistant which varies by country and is only possible on a case by case basis. It is also your responsibility to advise us of any pre-existing medical conditions that may increase the risk of you requiring medical attention, or that may affect the normal conduct of the tour and the enjoyment of the tour by other participants.

Travel Insurance
For everybody's peace of mind, medical travel insurance is required on all Out Adventures tours. At a minimum, your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability, with a minimum medical coverage of US $200,000.

Meals
All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners with wine are included on this trip.

 

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Starting/Finishing Point
Hotel Regina, Madrid
The Regina has a superb location in the heart of Madrid, next to the famous Puerta del Sol and 100 m from Sevilla metro station. It offers a rich breakfast, and free Wi-Fi access.

Standard check-in time is after 3PM. We are unable to arrange early check-ins, but you may store your luggage if you want to explore the area while you wait. If you want to guarantee an early check-in, you’ll need to reserve an extra night of accommodation.

Tipping
If you are happy with services throughout your trip, a tip is recommended. Tipping details will be provided in your final trip documentation, however we recommend budgeting approximately $150-$200 USD.

Money
Spain’s local currency is the Euro (EUR). Credit cards are widely accepted, but keep cash handy, especially in rural parts. We also recommend you bring about $400 USD in case of an emergency, or if your credit/ATM cards are placed on hold.

Flying Solo
If you've never travelled on your own, it's an amazing way to get to know yourself while making new friends along the way. We can arrange for you to share a room with people in your age range at no charge, or you can pay a supplement for your own room. And if there's an odd number of solos, we'll rotate a single room on a random basis.

 

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Itinerary Disclaimer
The itinerary is correct at time of publishing. If anything, it will only get better based on feedback from prior travellers and our own research. It's best to reference your final trip documents rather than our website in case there have been any changes that affect your departure.

Optional Activities
Every Out Adventure offers optional excursions that are not included in price of this trip. Please see your daily itinerary in your final pre-trip packet to see what's available.

What to Bring
Please keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb to avoid costly surcharges on domestic flights. You should also bring something smaller to carry a water bottle, your camera and souvenirs on day trips.

Groups Within Groups
We love when groups of friends join us on an OUT Adventure, whether you're celebrating a major milestone, or you just love to travel together. However, since we have travellers that will be flying solo, or as a couple, we would love your help ensuring everybody feels welcome and has an epic time.

 

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Spain Lesbian Madrid & The Camino De Santiago Tour Prices

Tour Date Description
Per person
$ (USD)
Availability

Tour Only, Per Person, Double Occupancy
Santiago de Compostela to Madrid flight is additional

$ 5,695

Tour Only, Per Person, Double Occupancy
Santiago de Compostela to Madrid flight is additional

$ 5,695

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Please note: domestic flight is NOT included in the cost of your tour.

Min. $750 deposit required.
Remaining balance collected min. 90 days prior to departure.

Optional Single Supplement - $1,225

 

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