Camino de Santiago

As much as we would love to walk this...that's not going to happen. We are going to start in Pamplona and hopefully get to Santiago. We have about 4 days and a day set aside to get back to Barcelona. What are anyone's thoughts on what we can skip, visit quickly and must do. And what about spending the night? Any places pop out as the best?

Thank you in advance,
Lois

Posted by Bill
San Diego
551 posts

I would take Rick's advice if I were planning this trip. If you have one night in Pamplona and one in Santiago de Compostela, that leaves two nights in between. Here are a half-dozen choices, cut 'n pasted from Rick's list, to choose from in that section:
▲ Burgos Sprawling but walkable city centered on its glorious Gothic cathedral, with loads of quirky touches.
▲▲ León Bustling city with grand Gothic cathedral (crammed with Spain’s best stained glass), fresco-slathered Romanesque chapel (in the San Isidro Museum), and lively tapas-bar scene.
▲ Astorga Pleasant town graced with Antoni Gaudí’s visit-worthy Bishop’s Palace.
Villafranca del Bierzo Sleepy pilgrim town perched on rugged hills at the edge of Galicia.
▲▲ O Cebreiro Quintessential Galician mountain village, with stone palloza hobbit houses, a pre-Romanesque church, and oodles of pilgrim ambience.
▲ Lugo Atmospheric Galician city just off the Camino, lassoed by stout, mossy walls.

Posted by Lois
Arlington, MA, USA
12 posts

Thank you Bill and djp_syd for your insights. Really appreciate your descriptions Bill and I will go back to the section in Rick's Spain TravelBook and see about putting together those 3-days. Most concerned about the long trip back to Barcelona, so I have to work that out. Again, my thanks.

Posted by djp_syd
David in Brisbane, Australia
1495 posts

Over four days I would travel the following routing ...
1 Pamplona - Logrono - Burgos
2 Burgos - Leon http://www.nh-hotels.com/hotel/nh-collection-leon-plaza-mayor
3 Leon - Astorga - Ponferrada
4 Ponferrada - Lugo - Santiago de Compostela http://www.costavella.com/

Vueling offer an evening flight from Santiago to Barcelona, giving you a full day in Santiago de Compostela.
VY1673 Santiago (SCQ): 20:50 - Barcelona (BCN): 22:25 Flight duration: 1h 35m

Posted by Lois
Arlington, MA, USA
12 posts

Thanks for the travel log, very helpful. And thank you for the flying info as well. I think we may be finding that we might have long driving days as we are trying to do so many towns in so short a period of time. Thank you everyone for your responses and info.
Lois