Walking Holidays Become ‘de Rigueur’ as Bookings Increase!
As travel opens up as we enter the post-lockdown world more and more people are seeking an outdoor adventure that will engage the mind and soul in a unique way. The Camino is one of the most life-changing experiences you can embark on and the ideal way to discover new friends, experiences and become part of nature. Uwalk.ie is one of the leading travel agents offering Camino walking holidays through France & Portugal. Here they give the top 5 reasons why people seek out the Camino:
Build Lifelong Friendships
The Camino is all about people, your fellow ‘peregrinos’. As visitors trek the hills and landscapes, they realise they are part of a true international community moving in a slow, steady stream towards the goal of Santiago de Compostela. Walking, sharing meals and experiences helps people open up, for a group and individuals to grow closer and build lifelong friendships, the kind that no other travel experience can develop.
Health & Wellbeing
Many people describe the Camino as a walking meditation, which is punctuated by churches, shrines, streams, mountains and valleys, good food and excellent local wines. Doing the Camino forces you to disconnect from normal life and technology and allows you to truly enjoy time to yourself, to reflect, to reassess your priorities, to realise what is most important to you in life, and to get to know yourself and others better. The Camino teaches people to appreciate the small things and enjoy living as they become part of nature. So, let the Inner Journey begin!
Become Part of History
Walking the Camino is becoming part of a tradition that has existed for centuries. There is something about retracing the steps of the millions of pilgrims who have trekked along the Camino from medieval times right up to today lends a substance and aura to the Camino that you won’t find along any other walking route.
For the culturally curious, the Camino has blended the past with the presence in a unique way and offers visitors the chance to step back in time amid glorious churches, chapels, and monuments – each with a hidden story.
The Many Routes to Santiago de Compostela
There are thousands of kilometres of Camino routes across Spain, Portugal and France. The most popular route, the French Way starts in St. Jean Pierre de Port and meanders approximately 790kms to Santiago de Compostela. Many first time pilgrims chose to start their Camino from the town of Sarria, 115kms of five days walking to Compostela, the famous last stage of the French way. It is the perfect route for those looking for that unique social experience or who have never walked the Camino before.
The wonderful scenery including the stunning coastal routes of the Portuguese Camino has surged in popularity especially among those who have experienced the French Way. The original Portuguese route is a fabulous inland journey across the northern Portuguese landscape and into Spain, which can also be divided into stages. U Walk will help you make this your Camino by creating bespoke itineraries around your individual preferences and requirements. Contact Us on 046 9068600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Discovering Towns & Cities on Foot
The Camino de Santiago is a magnificent opportunity to discover some of the most special cities and towns in Spain on foot. By walking, visitors become much more in touch with everything around them and get to see places that otherwise would be unexplored.
The different paths to Santiago have considerable scenic beauty. From cobblestone villages, breath-taking landscapes or visits to pint sized tapas bars and restaurants, the Camino is dotted with thousands of discoveries that can only be made on foot!
Commenting on the Camino, Martin Skelly, Managing Director at Uwalk.ie said; “As people are now thinking of a much needed holiday and as our health and wellbeing is more important than ever, walking holidays are becoming increasingly popular. At Uwalk.ie we have seen a welcome surge in bookings. Health and well being is to the forefront of people’s mind and holidays are no exception. The benefits of an active outdoors holiday are a natural response to the challenges of Covid-19 and UWalk.ie can help every step of the way.”
Uwalk.ie Camino prices start from approximately €499 per person excluding flights and include trusted locally run hotels and pensions, daily baggage transfers, walking notes, pilgrim passport and emergency support.