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Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
8:00 AM 4th November 2020
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Walking Your Way To a Sin-Free 2021!

The Camino de Santiago – probably the most famous Pilgrim trail in the world – has a big year ahead of it and, to celebrate, Pura Aventura is introducing a new Three Caminos Inn to Inn self-guided walking trip.

On July 25th next year the Day of Santiago falls on Sunday and in a ‘Holy Year’, so, various events have been planned such as additional church services - and the opportunity to have all sins forgiven.

The ancient pilgrim network is poised to attract lots more visitors in 2021, not least because many will have missed out on visiting in 2020.

Pura Aventura Three Caminos
Pura Aventura Three Caminos
As Christianity celebrates, Pura Aventura’s new trip aims to traverse the Camino del Norte, the little-known Camino Vadiniense and the Camino Frances.

On the new 12-day private inn-to-inn walking break, Pura Aventura has hand-picked the very best stretches of three ancient pilgrim roads leading to Santiago de Compostela
and its famous Cathedral, at times drifting away from the crowds, at others uniting to enjoy the bustle.

Travellers are invited to explore the coastal paths and green pastures of the Cantabrian range along the Camino del Norte, before weaving inland along the lesser-travelled Camino Vadiniense. The Camino Vadiniense was the original link between the two main Spanish Caminos and provides the chance to walk through the high mountains of the Picos de Europa towards the wide plains of León.

While offered on a flexible, self-guided basis, at key moments along the way, local guides will join Pura guests to introduce where they live. Accommodation is in small, first-class hotels offering a comfortable bed, warm welcome and delicious meal at the end of a day on the trail. The luxury of private transport is also included to access the starting and finishing points of the walks each day, and to transfer any luggage on ahead. All walks can be tailored in length, and detailed walking notes make for easy navigation allowing guests to focus fully on enjoying the places they pass, engaging with the people they meet and relaxing into the unhurried rhythm of the Camino.

Holy Year was established back in the 12th century by the Pope for every year when the Day of Santiago, or the Feast of St James, fell on a Sunday. Pilgrims will find the Porta Santa (the Holy Door) open for the occasion providing exclusive access to the Catedral de Santiago de Compostela. According to Jacobean tradition, those following the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela and passing through the Holy Door during a Holy Year will have all their sins forgiven.

Price: Pura Aventura (pura-aventura.com, 01273 676712) offers an 11-night Three Caminos Inn to Inn break from £2,850pp based on four travelling (or £3,700pp based on two sharing) including B&B accommodation, most meals, welcome briefing, private transfers, luggage transfers, some guiding and walking notes. International travel is extra – rail, ferry and flight options available from the UK. Available April to October 2021.